What to do locally this weekend…

Here are my top picks from VT’s Seven Days Calendar:

Friday, March 25, 2011:

Green Mountain Film Festival – This 14th annual screen-centric bash boasts more than 150 events — including feature films, documentaries, shorts, special-guest appearances and a 48-hour film “slam” — in 10 days. Visit greenmountainfilmfestival.org for details. Friday, March 25, 11:30AM–10PM, Saturday, March 26, 9:30AM–10PM and Sunday, March 27, 10AM–10PM at Various locations in Montpelier. Various prices.

Talks & Events: ‘Art for Social Impact’BCA Center, Burlington. A panel discussion on how art can impact social issues, such as hunger, poverty, domestic violence and community development, with Michael Nye, Caleb Kenna, Dan Higgins and Bess O’Brien. Friday, March 25, 5–7:30PM.

Saturday, March 26, 2011:

Pond Skimming – Fueled by gravity, technique and the desire to stay dry, skiers and riders try their luck at crossing a man-made pond. This year’s event has a “Superheroes and Comics” theme. Registration, 10 a.m.-noon; skimming starts at 1 p.m.; awards ceremony, 3 p.m.; wine-tasting celebration at Bolton Valley Deli & Grocery, 3-6 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 10AM at Bolton Valley Resortin Bolton Valley. $5; lift ticket or season pass required.

Burke Mountain Maple Festival – Celebrate Vermont’s sweet season with sugar on snow, an outdoor barbecue, a lumberjack jam, a family fun race and more. Saturday, March 26, 8AM at Burke Mountain Ski Resort in East Burke. $5 for pancake breakfast.

Burlington Winter Farmers Market – Vendors sell ethnic cuisine, pottery, artisan cheese and anything else they can produce in the cold. Saturday, March 26, 10AM–2PM atMemorial Auditorium in Burlington. Free.

Fools’ Fest – To raise funds for Edmunds Middle School’s drama program, adults enjoy comedy by Jason Lorber, gypsy-jazz music by Mike Martin and Jim Stout, dancing to X-Rays tunes, and a food spread. Saturday, March 26, 7–11:30PM at FlynnSpace in Burlington. $25-30.

Home Vendor/Craft Fair – Reps from home-party vendors such as Inspiranza Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Madison Handbags and Mary Kay tout their goods and services, and Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer teams sell handcrafted wares. Saturday, March 26, 9AM–3PM at American Cancer Society in Williston. Donations accepted.

In case you missed out on the open maple sugarhouse tours last weekend: Sugaring Maple Weekend: South Burlington – Celebrate the syrup with sugar on snow, specialty maple foods and plenty of samples. Saturday, March 26, 12–4PM at Dakin Farm in South Burlington.

Sunday, March 27, 2011:

New York State Maple Weekend – A fifth-generation maple operation opens its doors for a pancake breakfast, horse-drawn wagon rides, maple demos, tours and more.Sunday, March 27, 10AM–4PM at Parker Family Maple Farm in West Chazy. Free.

Vintage Ski & Board Style Event – Saturday’s Vintage-Style Contest & Parade and Sunday’s Antique Ski Race turn back the clock to the days of straight skis, stretch pants and neon colors. Sunday, March 27, 8:30AM at Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe. $10-15 per race; $25 for both events

Antiques Market – Treasure hunters find bargains among collections of old furniture, art, postcards and more. Early buying, 7:30 a.m.; regular admission, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.Sunday, March 27, 7:30AM–1:30PM at Elks Club in Montpelier.


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