Ethan Allen Homestead Museum
March 25, 2 p.m. “STORIES FROM BEHIND THE BARN” with Bill Torrey. Join NPR Moth Mainstage storyteller, woodsman, author, and sixth-generation Vermonter Bill Torrey as he tells hilarious, heartwarming, true stories about growing up in 1960s Vermont. Hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. Tickets: $15. Reserve via e-mail to John Devino at firstname.lastname@example.org or 863-5403.
Make-A-Wish Vermont and ArtsRiot
Vermont Beardies Contest
March 24: 5 p.m. Second annual fundraiser for two Vermont children facing critical illnesses. Enter or support a beard in the contest. 400 Pine St. Details, sign up, donate at vermontbeardies.com
Charlotte Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services
April 6. Cocktail hour, 6 p.m. Dinner and awards, 7 p.m. followed by dancing with music by The Hitmen. Cash Bar. Proceeds from ticket sales, a basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle will go toward community outreach and training support programs. Tickets on sale now. Call 425-3111. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. At The Old Lantern, Greenbush Road.
Swap Thing Comics Event
March 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Inspired by the intimate comic book shows of the 1970s and 1980s, three local comic book fans are launching a free, old-school comic book sales and swap event at Memorial Hall in Essex featuring dealers, collectors and fans from around the region buying, selling and trading old comics. “We wanted to hold an event like the comic shows we went to when we were kids,” says event Organizers are local comic collectors Andy Kolovos John Rovnak along with local comic creator and collector, Michael Waggoner. Tables are $10. Facebook event: facebook.com/events/156548628462083/ or website: devilsdream.org/swap-thing/). Contact Kolovos at email@example.com.
Richard Tom Foundation,
CVU Mountain Bike Club Community Supper Fundraiser
April 3, 4-9 p.m. Community Supper at Hinesburgh Public House to benefit the Richard Tom Foundation and the Champlain Valley Union High School Mountain Bike Club. Half the value of dinner sales will be donated to the foundation and the bike club. For $25, enjoy a three-course meal including antipasto, bolognese (or vegetarian Mediterranean) pasta and tiramisu. Family-style seating. Contact Hinesburgh Public House, 482-5500, to make reservations; hinesburghpublichouse.com. More information at richardtomfoundation.com, cvumountainbiking.blogspot.com.
Spring Farmers Market
Hinesburg Firemen’s Association
Vendor signup by April 1 for April 28 market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire station. Fees: $30 for spaces outside 10 x 10 (you provide your own table and pop-up); $35.00 for inside with a $10 table rental (25 spaces available). Information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Pancake Breakfast
March 24, 8-11 a.m. Friends of Huntington Scouts and Cub Pack 645 will hold an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Community Church of Huntington Annex in Huntington Center.Made-to-order all-you-can-eat pancakes with fresh maple syrup and Vermont butter; juice; bacon or fresh fruit; coffee, tea or milk. Adults, $7. Kids 6-12: $5. Preschoolers and younger: $3. Held in conjunction with the annual Huntington Sugarmakers Tour, which begins at 11 a.m. Enjoy breakfast before touring Huntington’s sugarhouses. Contact: Heidi Racht, 434-2690 or email@example.com
JOHNSON and CASTLETON
Vermont Student Assistance Corp.
Johnson State College
(Northern Vermont University-Johnson)
College & Career Pathways
March 24: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Johnson.
April 7: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Castleton.
For high school sophomores, juniors and seniors and their families. 15 college and career workshops led by experts. vsac.org.
Instant Decision Day
Lyndon State College
(Northern Vermont University-Lyndon)
March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Northern Vermont University-Lyndon hosts an Open House and Instant Decision Day for prospective students. Free to students just starting their college search and for those who want an admissions decision on the spot. Take a tour, visit classes and sessions about financial aid, academics and residential life. Information and registration at northernvermont.edu/visit.
Sugar on Snow parties
Through April 15. Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Open house weekend March 24-15 hours are 9-5. Family fun with maple goodies, live music, animal farm barn, and walking/ski trails. 985-5054.
Central Vermont Trout Unlimited
March 24: 5 p.m. 47th annual conservation banquet. Live and silent auctions, door prizes, bucket raffles, rod and reel raffle, grand prize raffle for three-day/three-night trip for two to Lakewood Camps, Middle Dam, Maine. $45, two for $80, includes buffet dinner. Open to all.
Guest speaker: George Daniel, author and angler, member of Fly Fishing Team USA. Sunset Ballroom, 1712 Shelburne Road. vttu.org/banquet.php.
March 22: 7-8:30 p.m.
March 23 and 24: 7- 8:30 p.m., 9 -10:30 p.m.
Students and guest artists Ephrat Asherie and Avi Waring. $10. UVM Mann Gym, Trinity Campus, 208 Colchester Ave. 656-7776.
‘A Show of HANDS’
At Burlington’s Penny Cluse Cafe
March 29, 6-8 p.m. Silent auction of 100 decorated wooden hands for the 6th annual “Show of HANDS” event to benefit HANDS, a local nonprofit that provides food for older adults. The event will include a short live auction of a special hand by Vermont folk artist Warren Kimble. 169 Cherry St. View the exhibit Monday-Friday, 6:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.; weekends 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: handsvt.org. Clockwise from left, artwork by Erik Rehman, Warren Kimble, Terry Zigmund, Kate Cahill Vansuch, and Gail Seaver.
EXHIBITS / MUSEUMS
Emile A. Gruppe Gallery
Fiber art exhibit
March 25, 2-4 p.m. Reception for Waterbury Center fabric artist Elizabeth Fram’s exhibit, “Drawing Threads: Conversation between line and stitch.” Fram’s work features everyday objects interpreted through stitching and various dye techniques. On view through May 6. At the Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, 22 Barber Farm Road; emilegruppegallery.com.
Vermont Folklife Center
Through March 31. Exhibit of hand-colored photos from 1952 Pawlet, Vt., home of Minnie Griswold that was kept intact for 30 years before being documented in photographs. 88 Main St. Information:
March 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In honor of World Puppetry Day (March 21) and the exhibition “Puppets: World on a String,” (through June 3) the museum plans several live theatrical puppet performances: “The Snowflake Man” with puppeteer Sarah Frechette of PuppetKabob and “Punch & Judy” with Modern Times Theatre. Puppets in Education will demonstrate the work they do in schools. In Webby’s Art Studio, create a puppet, act out a puppet show in the interactive puppet theater, enjoy a curator-led gallery tour in the exhibition. Space is limited for performances. Free with museum admission.
Puppet-making workshop: 2 p.m. with puppeteer Sarah Frechette. Additional ticket fee: $10. Limit 25. Separate online registration required. popuppuppetworkshop.eventbrite.com.
Through Aug. 26: In the Garden: Flower Power: Desire, Love and Sentiment; Everlasting Blooms: Floriform Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann; Invasive Species: Insects in the Home. Murphy Gallery, Pizzagalli Center.
6000 Shelburne Road. 985-3346; shelburnemuseum.org.
“Painting for a Cure”
Through March. Exhibition of paintings by Charlotte artist/architect Ted Montgomery. Sales of paintings will support the University of Vermont Cancer Center research team headed by Dr. David Krag of Shelburne. 6308 Shelburne Rd.; shelburnevineyard.com.
St. Michael’s College
March 23, 7 p.m.: French film, “Like a Pebble in the Boot (Comme un caillou dans la botte),” is part of the Quebec Film Festival. This documentary by Hélène Choquette follows several Senegalese migrants on their journey through the streets of Florence. In French with English subtitles. Trailer: vimeo.com/213329787.
March 28 at 7 p.m.: “Of Ink and Blood (D’encre et de sang)” part of the Quebec Film Festival. In French with English subtitles. When a novelist is killed on the doorstep of a bookshop, its owner discovers a mysterious manuscript left behind. Eventually, the children of both characters grow closer and the secrets of their fathers threaten their relationship and lead them to seek the truth.
Both in Cheray Science Hall 101.
Vermont State Scholastic Chess Championships
April 7: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Player check-in. 10 a.m. games begin. 31st annual. K-6, 7 and 8, 9-12. Swiss pairing, no eliminations. Top finishers represent Vermont in national competitions. Rules and registration: vtchess.info. Mike Stridsberg, 223-1948, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Webby’s Art Studio
Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Specialized art activities for all ages, inspired by temporary and permanent exhibitions.
March 24: Puppet Day. Special time 10 a.m. to 1p.m. Design a finger puppet.
March 31: Trivet, Trivet, Trivet. Turn natural wool fibers into a colorful, felted-ball trivet.
All activities are in the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education classroom. Free with Admission. 6000 Shelburne Road. 985-3346; shelburnemuseum.org/calendar/.
MEETINGS, CLASSES, CONFERENCES
Chittenden County Chess Club
Every Thursday at 7 p.m. Registration 7-7:15 p.m.; Games begin at 7:30 p.m. Great competitive fun. Information: Dave at 324-1143 or email email@example.com. Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, 122 Bostwick Road.
Sun Style Tai Chi
Classes at Shelburne Town Hall. Basic: Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday 9 – 10 a.m. Sun 73: Monday/Wednesday 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Sponsored by Age Well. Donations welcome but not required. Information by email to Chris Curtis firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lee Sheridan-Orr email@example.com.
March 31, 1-3 p.m. Hope Johnson of Vermont Quilt Bee offers “If the Bees Can Do It, Sew Can You!” in two sessions covering basic hexagonal patchwork design and construction, making templates and hand-sewing honeycomb patchwork. At Roadhouse Studios, 207 Webster Road. Beginners welcome; for adults, kids 12 and up. Information and registration at roadhousestudiosvt.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Spring Carousel” Tour
March 31 at 7:30 p.m. First Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl St. Benefits City of Hope National Medical Center. Tickets: georgewinston.com
UVM Lane Series
March 23: 6:30 p.m. Talk with artists. 7:30 p.m. Late Night with Leonard Bernstein; narrated by his daughter, Jamie Bernstein; pianists Michael Boriskin and John Musto, soprano Amy Burton.
UVM Recital Hall, 384 S. Prospect St. 656-7776.
St. Jude’s Church
Evening of music
March 20 at 7 p.m. The Taize community will hold an evening of music at St. Jude Church in Hinesburg on Route 116. Free will offering at the door. All are welcome. 482-2290.
Town Hall Theater
Annual Spring Concert Series
March 25: 4 p.m. “Lion and Lamb,” 19th century works filled with drama and passion, delicate gestures, familiar melodies. Music director Matt LaRocca from UVM, director of Music-COMP and artistic curator of the Vermont Symphony’s Jukebox concert series. 68 S. Pleasant St. $15 (plus $2 preservation fee), $12 seniors 60-plus and $5 students (plus $1 preservation fee) 382-9222 (Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.), townhalltheater.org, townhalltheater.org.
Bach Organ Marathon
March 25 at 1:30 p.m. Fourth annual. Local piano students, five Vermont organists play compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach on the church’s pipe organ built by Karl Wilhelm in the north German Baroque style. Free; donations welcome to public schools’ music scholarship funds. Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St. Lynnette Combs, 371-5066; email@example.com.
Scrag Mountain Music
Art Song Recital
March 23: 7:30 p.m. Mary Bonhag, soprano; Jeffrey Chappell, piano; Karen Kevra, flute. Songs by Bach, Barber, Debussy, Schwanter, Wolf. Bethany Church, 115 Main St. scragmountainmusic.org.
April 6: 7:30 p.m. Violinist Letitia Quante, cellist John Dunlop, and pianist Claire Black. Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat Major, Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 3 in F Minor. Donations welcome. Richmond Free Library, 201 Bridge St. Free admission. Donations welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Mountain Club
March 24: Camel’s Hump Loop. Forest City Trail to Montclair Glen Lodge, then climb the Long Trail to Camel’s Hump summit, return along the Burrows Trail. Difficult snowshoe. Moderate to strong pace. 6 miles. 2,400-foot elevation gain. Contact leader David Hathaway: email@example.com or 899-9982.
March 25: Mt. Ethan Allen. Bring a bit of Ethan Allen trivia to share. Moderate to difficult snowshoe. 6-7 miles. Contact leader Mary Lou Recor: firstname.lastname@example.org 660-2834.
Phoenix Books Burlington
March 22: Annelise Orleck, “We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages.” History professor at Dartmouth.
6:30 p.m. $3, benefits Vermont Foodbank; includes $5 discount coupon for featured book. Coupons expire at end of event.
191 Bank St. 448-3350. phoenixbooks.biz.
Vermont Genealogy Library
March 24: 10:30 a.m. to noon. “Tips for Scaling Genealogy Brick Walls.” Information handout provided.
$10. Fort Ethan Allen, 377 Hegeman Ave. Open for research: Tuesday, 3 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 310-9285, vtgenlib.org.
Phoenix Books Essex
March 28: 6:30 p.m. Arnie Kozak, Ph.D. “Timeless Truths for Modern Mindfulness.”
2 Carmichael St. 872-7111, phoenixbooks.biz.
Energy Task Force
March 22 at 7 p.m. The Jericho Energy Task Force welcomes Vermont weather forecaster Roger Hill for “Connecting the Dots between Daily Weather and Climate Change.” Having worked for the National Weather Service in Los Angeles, Montana, Cape Hatteras and Burlington, Hill has forecasted weather for Radio Vermont since 2000 and he runs his Weathering Heights website from his home in Worcester. Part of the group’s annual winter movie/lecture series. Light refreshments. A waste-free event, bring mugs and bowls. At the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library, 8 River Road. Information: Phyl Newbeck at email@example.com.
Burlington Garden Club
March 27: 12:30 p.m. Laura Hill, Senior Lecturer in Plant Biology, UVM. “How Plants Will Save the World.” Free. Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St. bgcvt.org.
Education and Enrichment for Everyone (EEE)
March 23: 2 to 3 p.m. “The History of Lakeview Cemetery and Some of Its Notable Residents,” Britta Tonn, Architectural Historian.
April 6: 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Social Time, refreshments; 2 to 3 p.m. “Through Thick and through Thin: The Textures of Music,” Larry Hamberlin, Professor of Music, Middlebury College; held in the sanctuary.
EEE Spring Speaker Series is $40 for the semester and its 12 lectures; tickets for a single date are $5 each. At Faith United Methodist Church, 899 Dorset St. 846-5132. Full schedule at eeevermont.org.
Flynn Theatre Mainstage
March 23: 8 p.m. Mike Birbiglia: The New One. Award-winning comedian.
March 27: Stand Up, Sit Down & Laugh.
Through March 25: Vermont Stage presents Laura Eason’s play “Sex with Strangers.” Smart, tantalizing, comedy flirts with the ever-blurring line between public and private personas and relationships in the digital age. Cadden Jones and Logan James Hall appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets and information at vermontstage.org or 802-862-1497.
FlynnSpace, 153 Main St. 86-FLYNN, flynntix.org.
Celebrate 30 Cabaret
March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Lost Nation Theater Company kicks off its 30th season with a variety show offering glimpses of its productions through the years. Emcee G. Richard Ames, and Dan Bruce on piano will host a program of songs, scenes, monologues and more. Appearances include Katherine Paterson, Aaron Aubrey, Ben Ash, Kim Bent, Kathleen Keenan, Warren Kitzmiller, Maura O’Brien, Scott Renzoni, Mark Roberts, Christopher Scheer and George Woodard. Highlighted shows include “Gunslinger” (LNT first show at City Hall), “Always Patsy Cline,” “Side by Side by Sondheim,” “Into the Woods,” and “Woody Guthrie’s American Song.” $25 donation suggested. Montpelier City Hall, 39 Main St. 229-0492, firstname.lastname@example.org. lostnationtheater.org.
Saint Michael’s College
McCarthy Arts Center Theater
“Fuddy Meers” by David Lindsay-Abiare
March 22, 23, 24: 7 p.m. Claire (Jillian Kenny) has psychogenic amnesia, waking each day in a blank optimistic slate, while others try to alter her sense of reality. Darkly comic thrill-ride, mature situations, very strong language. Free. Limited seating reservations: fuddysmc.eventbrite.com; special seating needs: email@example.com