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What to do locally… Lake Champlain Island Happenings!

Just because Apple Fest is no longer, doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to do up on the Lake Champlain Islands during the fall!  Check out all these fun things you and your family or friends can do this Saturday, September 17th:

Grand Isle:
Grand Isle Farmers’ Market
St Joseph Church Hall
Local fruits, veggies, handmade crafts & more 

Grand Isle Art Works
259 US Route 2Paroose through the gallery & then eat at the Kitchen Door Cafe

Isle La Motte:

9am-1pm Isle La Motte Farmers’ Market @ Hall’s Orchards 4461 Main St
10am-3pm Pick your own apples, cider press demo, corn maze @ Hall’s Orchards 4461 Main St
11am-3pm Isle La Motte Historical Society Building on Main St open
11am-3pm Old Schoolhouse of Isle La Motte open
11am-5:30pm Goodsell Ridge Preserve Visitor Center on Main St open (walking trails, fossils, museum)
2pm Geology tours @ Goodsell Ridge Preserve Visitor Center
4pm Annual Teddy Roosevelt Parade at Goodsell Ridge Visitor Center
4:30pm Teddy Roosevelt Celebration @ Goodsell Ridge Preserve Visitor Center on Main St (food, drink, music & more)
Additional Info: 

Hall's Orchards by Michael Waters

Hall's Orchards Cider Press Demo by Michael Waters

Teddy Roosevelt Day Celebration

Goodsell Ridge Barn Isle La Motte


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What to do this weekend in the Champlain Valley… 8/12-8/14/11

What to do….what to do…Well, here’s a few ideas for what to do!

Lake Champlain Maritime Festival:
Kids Day events on Friday, events Saturday at the ECHO Center, boating demonstrations & Mission Possible (a crazy race) on Sunday.  There will also be a number of concerts with some big name artists (i.e. O.A.R, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Damien Marley & Nas)
Location: Waterfront Park in Burlington
When: Friday-Sunday
More info: LCMFestival

If music isn’t your thing…

Historical & Architectural Tour of Downtown Burlington:
Walk around & learn about the Queen City!
Where: Meet at the southwest corner of Church & College St
When: Saturday, Aug 13 11am-12:30pm
$10 suggested donation to Preservation Burlington
More info: Preservation Burlington

Queen City Ghostwalk:
Author of Haunted Burlington shares tales of those who once were…Spooky!
Where: Burlington City Hall Park
When: Saturday, Aug 13 8-9pm
More info: QueenCityGhostWalk

And outside of Burlington…

Vermont Festival of the Arts:
Performances, exhibits, crafts, food & more.
Where: Various locations in the Mad River Valley
When: Saturday, Aug 13, 8am-4pm
More info: VermontArtFest 

Tweed River Music Festival:
Seems like it is a weekend of festivals…A little outside of the Champlain Valley, but looks like a good time & a weekend of rockers showing their stuff off in Stockbridge.
Where: Off Rt 100 in Stockbridge, VT
When: Friday-Sunday
More info:  Tweed River Music Festival

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What to do in the Champlain Valley…Isham’s Family Farm

My boyfriend and I had a great time blueberry picking this weekend at Isham’s Family Farm in Williston, VT!  It is also raspberry season, so if you’re craving some delicious blueberries and/or raspberries, this is the place to go.

$5 pick your own for a quart

$7 pre-picked for a quart

Isham Family Farm website:
 3515 Oak Hill Rd
Williston, VT 

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What to do locally this weekend…7/29-7/31

My picks of what to do in the Champlain Valley area this weekend…

Friday, July 29

Bright Eyes (opener: The Mountain Goats)
Doors open 6pm, 7pm show
@ Shelburne Museum
$34 advance, $38 day of show
Blend of blues & folk music

Dropkick Murphys
Doors open at 7pm, 7:30pm show
@ Midway Lawn at Champlain Valley Expo
$33 advance, $38 day of show
I saw these guys a number of years ago & boy do they put on a great show!  Their music is hard to explain- a blend of rock & metal, with an Irish soul.  

Saturday, July 30

Yoga on the Mountain
@ Mt. Philo State Park in Charlotte
$35 suggested donation

Green Mountain Draft House Field Day
@ Shelburne Farms in Shelburne
$5-8 admission fee
Demonstrations, wagon rides & more.

Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival
Movie: Yogi Bear
@ Ben & Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury
Watch a movie & eat some ice cream…yum!

Weekend Events:

Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival
@ Various locations throughout Wilmington, Whitingham & Dover
Parade, music & pick-your-own blueberries

Champlain Valley Folk Festival
Friday- Sunday
@ Waterfront Park in Burlington
3 days of workshops, music & dancing.
$15-30 per day or 3 day pass $60

Festival of the Islands
@Various locations in the five island towns
Meander through VT Rt 2 & Rt 129 through the islands (all happenings on these roads) and visit craft fairs, farmers’ markets, galleries, music, farm stands, yard sales, wine tastings & more!
Email for a map:

Taste of Stowe Arts Festival
@ Topnotch Field, Topnotch Resort in Stowe
Booths of numerous exhibitors of crafts & art.

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What to do this weekend…Isle La Motte Farmers’ Market THIS Saturday!

Come to the first Isle La Motte Farmers’ Market of the 2011 season- THIS Saturday, July 9th from 9am-1pm!

Crafts, live music, baked goods, fresh produce, art, canned goods, dog treats, prepared foods, custom furniture, flowers & more!


More information: Isle La Motte Farmers’ Market Facebook Page

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Vermont Quilt Festival 2011…Photos

First, I apologize for not posting a Fun with Frosting/Fruit Friday last Friday… What I had intended to post unfortunately didn’t turn out as planned.  Note to self: Remember to buy all the ingredients before you start cooking/baking!

Anyhoo, this past Saturday I had great fun at the Vermont Quilt Festival.  I picked up some fun new fabric for some projects I’m working on and took in some gorgeous quilts.  Various quilts- old and new- hung all over both sides of the Expo Center and vendors spread themselves all along the sides.  The Vermont Quilt Festival is the largest in New England, so people came from all over!  Was a great experience & I’d highly recommend anyone with an interest or appreciation for quilting to go next year (it’s an annual festival).  Quilting truly is another form of art and creative expressionism.  Below are some photos I took while I was walking around the Festival (pardon the somewhat poor quality of photos- I only had my phone with me).  The photos are some quilts that I felt were noteworthy.  Enjoy!

Antique Quilts:

Made in 1957 by various participants from local Vermont historical societies.  Now hangs at the Kent Museum in Calais, VT.

Crazy quilt (my favorite kind of quilt) made in 1890 by Jennie Wright Putman of Middlesex, VT.

Another example of a crazy quilt- made by Philea A. Spear of Waitsfield, VT in 1909.

Close-up of Spear’s quilt.

Antique quilts- Left, unknown; Right, by Paulina Jones of Chelsea, VT in about 1875.

Modern Quilts:

“The Pride of Iowa Revisited” by Miki Peine (Saint Paul, MN)

“O Holy Night!” by The Women of the Grace Church (Madison, NJ)

“Spring Thaw” by Pamela Druhen (Northfield, VT)

“Never Again…Again” by Joan Dorsay (Ottowa, ON) & “Christmas at Kelmscott Manor” by Dawn S. Hayes (Upper Montclair, NJ)

“Madelaine- A Step Beyond Paper” by Cutting Edge Quilt Guild (Reedville, MA)
I thought this quilt was very creative- the clothes have Velcro behind them, so you can actually dress the doll! 

“Birds In The Garden” by Anna Bullard (Wells, ME)

“Queen of My Heart” by Holly Dominie (Readfield, ME)
This quilt was very creative and very touching- it is of her daughter, who’s hair has always fascinated her.  The fabrics used were mainly from Australia.  The card read, “The journey making this quilt was one of love, challenge and learning, just like our relationship!”  Something about the quilt & explanation really struck me. 

Cyndy Needham- CA

“Provincial Baskets” by Frances Abell Brand (West Dennis, MA)

“Cutwork Blue” by Alice Flynn, 1995 (South Yarmouth, MA)

By Karen Henderson

By Sonya Lee Barrington- CA

Vase made of fabric by Marilyn Gillis

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What to do this weekend in BTV…6/23-6/26

My picks for what to do this weekend in the Burlington, VT area…

Thursday, June 23
VYP Connect 6pm
Mix & mingle with the Vermont Young Professionals!  A great way to network & meet other young professionals!
Location: Miguel’s on Main, Burlington

Sunsets at Shelburne Museum 5-7:30pm
Some of the buildings stay open at the Shelburne Museum during the summer for lectures, performances & other fun activities.  Picnics encouraged.  Kick-off event of annual Thursday evening series.
Location: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne $10-$20

Friday, June 24
Vermont Quilt Festival June 24-26
Not just bedspreads- many of these quilts are real works of art! Look at beautifully crafted quilts (on display and for sale) or get your old family quilt appraised!  Classes & demonstrations, too!
Location: Expo Center, Essex Junction $10/$12

Stowe Wine & Food Classc: Opening Night Wine Tasting 5pm-7pm
Opening night of  weekend festivities (June 24-26)
Location: West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park, Stowe $75 

Saturday, June 25
Burlington Wine & Food Festival  11:30am-3:30pm/4:30pm-8:30pm
Sipping sessions, seminars & gourmet food.
Location: Burlington Waterfront Park, $50 advance/$60 day of

Sam’s 16th Annual Strawberry Festival 11am-4pm
Strawberry picking, pony rides, kids’ games, petting zoo, face painting & other yummy foods.
Location: Sam Mazza’s Farm Market, Colchester

Craft Hour 10am-11am

Seniors knit crafts for the home…how adorable!
Location: Champlain Senior Center, Burlington

Colchester Clean-Up 8am-8pm
Help those who were hit by the flooding on the shoreline…Organized by the Colchester-Milton Rotary Club.
Location: Colchester

Sunday, June 26
Cedar Circle Farmstead & Education Ctr Strawberry Festival 10am-4pm
Kids’ crafts, live music, wagon rides & organic strawberry picking!
Location: East Thetford

Also happening this weekend if you’re willing to travel…
Montreal International Jazz Festival!

Ongoing in June
Festival of Fine Arts Juried Show June 1-June 30th
Location: Art’s Alive Gallery in Burlington

Winooski Pop-Up Gallery District June 23-June 31st
Location: various locations around Winooski

In Fashion: High Syle 1690-2011 June 18-October 30
Numerous costumes & borrowed works from designers all over the world.  Also includes works by students from the Fashion Institute of Technology of NYC.
Location: Shelburne Museum, Shelburne $10-$20 

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