The Brookfield Ice Harvest Festival is held the end of January each year in Brookfield. This family event provides the opportunity to see how ice was harvested on Sunset Lake at the turn of the century. Activities include ice cutting and ice boom demonstrations, an ice-hauling contest, a chance to try hand-made snowshoes and view ice sculpting. Admission is free. 802-276-3959.
The Annual VT Maple Open House Weekend will be held when the sap is running in the Spring. Activities will include the opportunity to watch syrup being made (weather permitting) and possibly sample syrup and other maple products at sugarhouses. Information about the dates, participants and activities that are part of Open House Weekend can be found online at www.vermontmaple.org.
imagine a sunny summer weekend at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds, with 4,000 people re-living important moments in Vermont history, watching history-based theater, parades or music performances and generally having fun while experiencing Vermont's rich heritage. The biennial Vermont History Expo will be held June 18 & 19, 2016. At the Expo, a collection of 150+ local historical societies, museums, and heritage organizations meet to create a fresh picture of Vermont history with exhibits, music, family activities, food, presentations, performances, and more. Follow the Vermont Historical Society's website, organizer of the event, at www.vermonthistory.org or call 802-479-8502.
The Fourth of July Parade and Street Fest in Randolph is held on July 4th rain or shine. This event is organized by the White River Valley Chamber of Commerce and is one of the largest Independence Day parades in Vermont. After the parade attendees head to the street festival in the town center for food from many different vendors, live entertainment, crafts, games and more. A detailed list of events and activities as well as maps and descriptions is published as a supplement in the local weekly newspaper, The Herald, the week before Independence Day, so pick it up at almost any local store. Or you can contact the Chamber where extra copies are available for free. Contact the Chamber for information at 802-728-9027 or email us at email@example.com.
The Twelvth Annual Last Mile Ride, hosted by Gifford Medical Center, 44 South Main St., Randolph, date TBD. The festivities start off on Friday with a 5k race and walk in support of end-of-life care. Funds raised support special services for patients in advanced illness and at the end of life, whether they are at home or staying in the "Garden Room"ùsuite at Gifford Medical Center. Then on Saturday, bicyclists take off for a 38 mile loop and motorcycles ride 80 miles, taking to the streets to raise money and awareness for the end-of-life care program at the award winning medical center. For more information contact Gifford Medical Center at 802-728-2726, or visit thier website at www.giffordmed.org
Farm Tour Saturday will be held September 2, 2017. Get an up close and personal tour from the farmers themselves by taking the farm tour loop and visiting multiple local farms on this day. This family friendly event is held rain or shine only once a year! Come see what Vermont is famous for. Farm Tours and loop maps are coordinated by the White River Valley Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are only $10 and advance reservations are required. Contact information: 802-728-9027.
The 24rd Annual New World Festival is scheduled for September 3, 2017 from noon to midnight . This all-day festival of Celtic and French Canadian music and dance featuring artists from New England, Canada and the British Isles is performed on five stages simultaneously in the historic Chandler Music Hall and in other all-weather facilities. This event is consistently voted a Top 10 Summer Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Location: Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. 802-728-9878, www.newworldfestival.com
A Vermont Top 10 Fall Event listing, the 146th Tunbridge World's Fair, Sept 13-16, 2017 is a blend of active livestock shows with beautiful farm animals, a good old fair-time midway, and a competitive harvest and crafts exhibition. As a family venue this couldn't be better for all ages and interests tucked away in a charming valley. Location: Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Route 110, Tunbridge. 800-889-5555, www.tunbridgefair.com