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Jan 11-Mar 15 - Manchester
"More Than Meets The Eye: an exhibition series"
This winter, the Southern Vermont Arts Center is proud to offer a suite of exhibitions addressing important and topical issues. The I Am More: Facing Stigma photography exhibition, created and sponsored by the Yellow Tulip Project, features black-and-white portraits of people who are dealing with mental health challenges personally or through the experiences of family or friends. The individuals - musicians, artists, nature lovers, parents, and more - are dedicated to challenging assumptions and stigma around mental illness and what mental illness "looks like."
The Forty-Seven Main Street Artists Group demonstrates the inspirational power of abstract self expression in paint. Renowned photographer Gisela Gamper documents her personal journey of love and mourning. Bennington College Visiting Professor Terry Boddie takes a complex approach to the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade. Nationally recognized photographer Carl Austin Hyatt shows portraits made from two decades of travels in the Andes of Peru. In mixed media portraits, students from area schools present themselves as they want to be seen. We are, all of us, more than meets the eye!
Our role in curating this exhibition is to create an opportunity for art to inspire connections and conversations. The exhibition will provide space to come together–which is at the center of our mission. SVAC will provide opportunities for visitors to express their responses to all the artwork on display.
Feb 7-Mar 29 - Bennington
"Portraits at The Beyond Gallery"
A new exhibit at The Beyond Gallery in downtown Bennington, a display of portraits in a variety of styles and medium. thebeyondgallery.com
Feb 29 - Woodford
"Snow Day at Prospect Mountain"
Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield, the cost for a day of skiing is covered. Come explore the picturesque trails of Prospect Mountain Nordic! prospectmountain.com
Feb 29 - Bennington
"VT Arts Exchange Basement Music Series presents Eastbound Jesus"
Eastbound Jesus draws on a mix of diverse influences from the worlds of bluegrass, country and rock and roll to develop their own sound that is at the same time distinctly familiar and completely original, one that they have dubbed "Northern Rock," These six friends from the rural upstate New York town of Greenwich have released four studio albums and a live album over the past five years, all while packing venues across the northeast with an infectious energy that gets people smiling, dancing, and hollerin'! Tickets: Advance $22, At-the-door $27, Students $10. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. vtartxchange.org
Mar 7 - Bennington
"4th Annual Winter Homebrew Festival"
Join us for the 4th annual Winter HomeBrew Festival! Shake off the Winter blues with the areas best appetizers and Home Brewed beverages! You've been cooped up all winter and now it is time get out and enjoy the areas finest Home Brewed Beverages and Delicious Appetizers! Enjoy unlimited beverage sampling from New Englands premiere Home Brewers. Expect a wide range of beverages to include Beer, Wine, Cider, and Mead. Additionally, each home brewer will have several different styles to taste like IPA's, Stouts, Porters, Hard Cider, Sours, Barrel Aged, Belgians, and everything in between! We typically have over 100 unique beverages to sample.
Our hand selected Restaurants have been charged in creating the finest bite sized appetizer for the Festival. It can be hot or cold sweet or savory, the only guideline is it must be delicious! You will be able to sample (1) appetizer from each participating restaurants (10).
In addition to the Food and Drink we will have many local vendors joining the festival. Everything from Hot Sauces to Chocolates to spice blends to jams and jellies. Truly something for everyone and each vendor will have samples to try!
This event has sold out every year its been held and there are limited tickets available. We encourage you to get your tickets early before they sell out. Also, ticket prices will increase as we near the event.
Mar 14 - Rupert
"Maple Madness for Children at Merck Forest"
Let's find out what sugaring and maple trees are all about! This is a sap-to-syrup program with games and story-telling, a tapping demonstration, a sap house tour (if we're very lucky and the weather conditions are just right, we may even get to watch the sugar makers at work!), and finally, a tasting to savor the sweet product of our maple trees.
Part of the program is outside, so participants should be dressed for the weather; children must be accompanied by an adult companion. $10 per person. Register for the workshop at merckforest.org.
Merck Forest and Farmland Center is a non-profit educational organization located in the Taconic Hills of southwestern Vermont. The Center's mission is the sustainable management of its forest, the promotion of innovative agricultural practices on its upland farm, the education of local students in outdoor exploration and the study of natural sciences, and the creation of unparalleled recreational opportunities for individuals, families and school groups. The property is open free to the public daily, from dawn to dusk, year-round.
Mar 14 - Weston
"Walker Farm Music Series Presents Upstate"
Finishing the series is Upstate, who first emerged from New York's Hudson Valley in 2015 with their critically acclaimed debut, 'A Remedy.' The Poughkeepsie Journal raved that the group "needs nothing more than their voices to channel rhythm and stoke your emotions," while Chronogram hailed their "infectiously sunny organic stew," and The Alt called them "toe-tapping, contagious, and fun." The album earned the band festival performances from Mountain Jam to FreshGrass, as well as a slew of national headline dates and support slots with everyone from The Felice Brothers and Phox to Marco Benevento and Cory Henry.
Music Curator, Jed Hughes, has joined forces with Weston to put together a series of eclectic, exciting events. All Walker Farm Music shows are "Pay What You Will" events, letting you determine the price option that makes the most sense to you while supporting live performance in Weston and creating opportunities for others to attend. This concert series is sponsored by RK Miles, Marvin Windows & Doors, JJ Hapgood, Vermont Foam Insulation, and Four Seasons Sotheby's. westonplayhouse.org/wfm
Mar 21-22 - All Over Vermont
"Vermont Maple Open House Weekend"
Maple Open House Weekend celebrates the first crop of the season as Vermont's sugar makers will open the doors of their sugarhouses, inviting visitors in to experience and enjoy this remarkable time of year when pure Vermont maple syrup is made. Whether it’s the sight of steam rising from the sugarhouse, the inviting aroma of boiling sap, or the sweetly divine flavor of syrup as enjoyed in traditional sugar-on-snow, visitors are treated to an experience for the senses! As we get closer to the date we will know more about who will be participating this year. In previous years The Shires has had over a dozen sugarers hosting guest over the two days.
Mar 28 - Bennington
"VT Arts Exchange Basement Music Series presents The Sea The Sea"
The Sea The Sea is an Upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, "Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year." Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, gathering over 15 million streams on Spotify. Tickets: Advance $18, At-the-door $23, Students $10. Doors open at 7 pm. Show starts at 8 pm. vtartxchange.org