Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Fun

You could come to Vermont in summer just to soak in the beautiful views, dip in a lake or take a walk through the woods, but there are also a ton of fun local summer events going on just a few miles from the Inn. Most of our weekends are still busy with weddings but our guests are out enjoying music performances, summer theater, horse shows and a host of other great activities nearby. Here are a few great events coming up in July and August.

July 6th - Aug. 14th - Vermont Summer Festival Horse Shows

The Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset hosts the fourteenth annual Vermont Summer Festival with a beautiful backdrop of the Green Mountains. The Festival welcomes all spectators to the show grounds so you can watch the horses and athletes, shop the onsite boutiques, or plan to have lunch and a drink. The show grounds boast FIVE all weather rings, including one of the largest Grand Prix fields in New England, as well as several all weather schooling and riding areas, permanent wash racks, paddocks and extended trails for casual enjoyment.

July 7th-Aug. 18th - Thursday evenings of Music at the Southern Vermont Arts Center

The Southern Vermont Arts Center’s performance space, the Arkell Pavilion, is a 400 seat acoustical gem in Manchester where a season of great music events take place. Completely restored in 2000, The Arkell has been entertaining audiences since its opening night nearly 50 years ago.

The 2011 performance series includes three exciting shows:
Homemade Vermont Jam with The Samples, Gold Town, and The Gordon Stone Band
Come Fly with Me - a Frank Sinatra Tribute with vocalist Rob Zappulla
DooWop Legends - Original recording stars Jay Siegel and the Tokens, Jay Traynor of Jay & the Americans, and Shirley Alston Reeves - lead singer of The Shirelles

July-August - Summer Theater

Southern Vermont and the surrounding area have some of the best summer playhouse line-ups you'll see anywhere off Broadway. The Dorset Playhouse, Oldcastle Theater, the Weston Playhouse and the Williamstown Theater Festival are all a short drive from the Inn and showcase a season of great plays and top-notch actors. The Dorset and Weston Playhouses are beautiful restored historic buildings providing unique Vermont settings for theater. Oldcastle in Bennington is an intimate 250 seat playhouse and the Williamstown Theater Festival has 3 performance venues and attracts star-studded casts, big productions and up and coming playwrights. All of these festivals attract audiences from throughout the Northeast and several have been going strong for over 30 years so you can count on some great entertainment from any one of them.

Artists and Artisans exhibit under gorgeous camelot-style tents at the Hildene Meadowlans in Manchester. You'll find everything from birdbaths and patio tables to handcrafted pottery, hand painted clothing,furniture, jewelry, leather purses and bags, photography, original paintings and more. You get to stroll into 150 boutiques and meet the actual artists and hear their stories. A fun day of outdoor art and food and a great way to support handcrafted products!

Right in our backyard, you can't miss Norman's Attic - a craft fair with over 60 vendors, plus antiques, collectibles and a town wide tag sale. You’ll find woven items, pottery, art, jewelry, china, linens, antiques, dried flowers, home made jams, knitwear, and the folks at St. James Episcopal Church serve a great assortment of home cooked food at their popular grill and food booths. This fun family event has been held for 17 years in historic Arlington, Vermont, the home of beloved American artist Norman Rockwell and his family from 1939 to 1953. In addition to the town green and main street being lined with vendors, the town-wide tag sale includes over 20 locations, stretching from Sandgate to Sunderland. You might even meet one of the models for Norman Rockwell's paintings in town!