Burlington City Arts
Festival of Fools
Aug. 3-5: 11th annual Festival of Fools street performance festival in downtown Burlington. Entertainment on four stages on Church Street Marketplace, in City Hall Park, Red Square and Vermont Comedy Club. More than 100 performances featuring acrobats, circus arts, quirky comedy, diverse music and more. All ages. Details about performers, schedule are online at

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The Festival of Fools is the best-attended and longest-running busking festival in the country, featuring more than 80 comedy and music performances over one weekend in Burlington. Founded by Charlotters Woody Keppel and Doreen Kraft, the festival is in its 11th year and takes place this weekend, Aug. 3-5. The lineup includes Australia’s Alakazam (pictured above), a contortionist & daredevil, and Flip, a family circus from Quebec. Music headliners include Marco Benevento, What Cheer Brigade, and Latin Grammy winners Flor de Toloache, an all-women Mariachi Group from New York City. Events happen through the weekend on Church Street, in City Hall Park, and at Club Metronome. All ages. Information:

Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont
Mud Volleyball Tournament
Aug. 9: Deadline to register for Aug. 12 event, the 29th Annual Essex Mud Volleyball Tournament for Epilepsy. Register a team of 12 for $300; with t-shirts is $400. For more details on how to participate or volunteer, email or call 318-1575. This event raises funds to help children who have epilepsy and their families receive support services.

Franklin County Field Days
Aug. 2-5: Annual field days with events each day including live music. Airport Road. 238-4904,,

Richmond Farmers Market
Fridays through Oct. 12: 3 to 7 p.m. on the Volunteers Green in Richmond. Local produce, prepared foods, handmade crafts, baked goods, local meat, spirits, live music and more. A dozen new vendors this season.

All Souls Interfaith Gathering
Outdoor yoga
Aug. 12, 26. Instructors from Yoga Roots lead outdoor yoga sessions to benefit Audubon Vermont. Sessions will be 8-9 a.m. outside overlooking Lake Champlain. Registration is encouraged so participants may be contacted regarding any changes due to weather, etc. Suggested donation: $10 per class. Information and registration: or 985-0090.

Shelburne Farmers Market
Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the village green through Oct. 13. More than 50 vendors from Shelburne and the region, 11 new this year. Produce, cheese, prepared foods, crafts, jewelry, art, lots more. Music 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this week by Dixie Six; Aug. 11 is Steve Spensley. Information online at the Shelburne Business and Professional Association website:

Shelburne Farms
Vermont Fresh Network dinner
• Aug. 5: 5 p.m. Vermont Fresh Network 22nd Annual Forum Dinner presented byVermont chefs and farmers in the Coach Barn. Fundraiser for Vermont Fresh Network. Limited tickets: $60 for VFN members, $75 for non-members. Details at:
• Vermont Cheese-Makers Festival
Aug. 12: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10th annual. 1611 Harbor Road.,

Hadassah’s Annual Gala Luncheon
Israel at 70: A Musical Tour
Aug. 26: noon. Honoring Louise Stoll. Guest speaker Dr. Janice Weinman, Executive Director and Hadassah CEO. Israeli musicians Hamutal and Arnon Zimra. Catered by Rachel Jacobs of Vermont Kosher. Silent auction and drawing.
$36. Temple Sinai, 500 Swift St. Tickets: Information: Linda, 644-6650,

Waitsfield Farmers Market
Mad River Taste Week
Aug. 4 to 12: First annual. Farm and facility tours, many tastings, etc. 496-3165,,

Shelburne United Methodist Church
Queen City Contras
Aug. 10: 8 p.m. Queen City Contras hold their regular dance. Music by Frost and Fire; Dana Dwinell-Yardley caller. All dances taught, no partner or experience necessary. Beginners’ session at 7:45. p.m. Admission $9 for adults. Under 12 free. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Info: 371-9492 or 343-7166 or 30 Church St.

Art on Main
“Turning and Stitching”
Through Aug. 10: The exhibit “Turning and Stitching” features bowls and other wood objects by Toby Fulwiler of Fairfield along with stitched works by Jeri Canfield of Shoreham. 25 Main Street. Information: 453-4032 or

Burlington City Arts
Current: Nicole Czapinski, “forever, a little ghost.” First artist in new series dedicated to experimentation. Crystal Wagner: Traverse. Site-specific installation, first floor gallery.
Through October: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday: noon to 8 p.m. Sunday: noon to 5 p.m. Closed Monday. 135 Church St. 865-7166.

Rokeby Museum
Through Oct. 28: “The Fabric of Emancipation” an exhibit curated by Michelle Bishop founder of Harlem Needle Arts. The exhibition features the work of eight fiber, textile and needle artists. Guided tours Monday, Tuesday, Friday; Thursday by appointment.

Emile A. Gruppe Gallery
Through Aug. 12: Jericho Plein Air Festival 2018. 22 Barber Farm Road. 899-3211,

Middlebury College
• “1968: The Whole World is Watching”
Through Aug. 12: 1968 was a year of upheaval and transformation with national and international events sparking intense vocal expression and protest; exhibit looks at art, music, and literature. Free. Middlebury College Museum of Art, Christian A. Johnson Memorial Gallery. or 443-5007.
• “Just Kids: Photographs from the Nicholas Gift”
Through Aug. 12: An extensive collection of photographs of children from around the world by photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Louis Stettner, Danny Lyon, and Leonard Freed. Free. Middlebury College Museum of Art, Overbrook Gallery. or 802-443-5007.
Jackson Gallery
at Town Hall Theater
• Through summer: “Waterfowl Wonders and Amusing Animals” by three self-taught Addison County Vermont Carvers, Chuck Herrmann, Bill Holway, and Gary Starr.
• Through Sept. 9: “Land Marks…The Land We Mark, Marks Us,” by Janet Fredericks looks out an airplane window observing meandering rivers, wetlands, forests, and deserts as she sketches the human interaction with the ever-changing landscape. Her works on paper and canvas are part map, part conversation. More information: 382-9222, 68 S. Pleasant St.

ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
• This week through Aug. 3: Clean Water Week Celebration, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free with admission or ECHO membership. Celebrate clean water. Watch live animal demonstrations that show why clean water is important to healthy habitats. Make land formations on the stream table. Gift shop has specials. All ages.
• Aug. 8: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Champ’s Birthday. Free with admission or ECHO membership. ECHO celebrates with a fun-filled birthday celebration for Champ, Lake Champlain’s beloved, legendary lake monster. Features stories of encounters, videos, and Sandra Mansi’s famous Champ photo. Games, music, and cake!
• Through Sept. 3: “How People Make Things” exhibit inspired by the Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours. Sponsored by Vermont Public Television. Brings the manufacturing process to life showing how familiar objects are manufactured, and the people, ideas and technology used to transform raw materials into finished products. Includes hands-on activities. 1 College St.

Phoenix Books
Story times
• Saturdays at 11a.m. in both locations. Also Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in Essex. Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones. Each week features a new picture book, a classic or a staff favorite read aloud. Free. All ages.
Aug. 11: 11 a.m. in Burlington with City Market, “The Very Berry Counting Book,” by Jerry Pallotta; reading and healthy food activity.
• Through Aug. 31: “Reading Without Walls Bingo,” summer reading program for students going into grades 4 to 8 in fall 2018. 191 Bank St., Burlington and 2 Carmichael St., Essex. Info.:

Montpelier High School
Circus Smirkus
Aug. 15, 16, 17: The summertime tradition continues with 1 and 6 p.m. shows daily. Smirkus Midway opens 1 hour before showtime; novelties and food concessions. Montpelier High School, 5 High School Drive. Tickets: Bagitos, 28 Main St. 229-9212. Group discounts: Online at

Shelburne Museum
Webby’s Art Studio
Webby’s Art Studio is in Owl Cottage for the summer. Activities run daily through Aug. 12 with a new activity each week.
• Through Aug. 5: Paint flowers with watercolors in the gardens of Pleissner Courtyard.
• Aug. 6-12: Yarn dolls.
6000 Shelburne Road. 985-3346;,

Fitness at Any Age
Tuesdays 9:15 to 10 a.m. Interval type, moderate to high intensity exercise class. $10. Charlotte Senior Center. 212 Ferry Road. 425-6345,

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 Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, 122 Bostwick Road.

Shelburne Museum
• Through Oct. 21: “Playing Cowboy: America’s Wild West Shows” exhibition using paintings, sculpture, film footage, textiles that explore late 19th- and early 20th-century pre-television entertainment that shaped the image and understanding of the American West, Native American culture and the cowboy way of life.
• 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.
6000 Shelburne Road; 802-985-3346.

Burlington Country Club
Vermont Mozart Festival
Aug. 5: 5:30 p.m. dinner. 7 p.m. Chamber Players perform.

City Hall Park
Summer Concerts
Noon, through Aug. 29. Sponsored by Burlington City Arts.
• Aug. 3: Just for Kicks
• Aug. 8: Dana & Sue Robinson
• Aug. 10: Derek Burkins Band
• Aug. 10:  3 p.m. Vermont Youth Orchestra
• Aug. 15: The Dupont Brothers
• Aug. 15: 5:30 p.m. Francesca Blanchard
At City Hall Park. More information:

Burlington Concert Band
Sunday Concerts
Aug. 5 and 12: 7 p.m. Free. Joseph Lechnyr Band Shell, Battery Park.

Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival
Aug. 18 to 26: Performances in various locations including St. Michael’s College, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and All Sous Interfaith Gathering. This year’s theme is “Decades” for the 10th season. Soovin Kim, Gloria Chien; composer David Ludwig. The program features works that represent every decade from the last 100 years plus new violin concerto by resident composer David Ludwig.
• Aug. 23: All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Road. Individual events or Grand Festival Pass: 846-2175,;

Chamber music concerts
• Aug. 3: House concert at the home of Bill Racolin and Alison Williamson, in Charlotte. Three Mozart flute quartets.
• Aug. 10: At Shelburne Vineyard. Three Mozart quintets.
Seating limited to 35. Tickets: $50 each, $100 for all three performances. For information and tickets, call 425-2209 or email

Charlotte Town Beach
Vermont Mozart Festival
Aug. 2: 6:30 p.m. Free concert. 598-9520,

Moose Meadow Lodge
Vermont Philharmonic
Aug. 12: Summer Pops Concert. Opens at 3 p.m. for picnics. 4 p.m. Concert starts. Guest artist Marc Dalio, Vermont high school students: French horn player, Thomas Bergeron; “Traffic Lights” by student composer Grace Carlomagno. Limited parking; carpooling recommended. (Rain site: Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury). Moose Meadow Lodge. Tickets at gate: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $5 students.

Middlebury College
Summer Carillon concerts
Mead Chapel and lawns
Fridays at 6 p.m. For the 33rd season, musicians perform in the Mead Memorial Chapel’s bell tower. Listen from the chapel or surrounding lawns. This week’s performance by Elena Sadina, carillonneur for the Middlebury Summer Russian Language School and Belgian Carillon School. Free. Information: or call 443-3168.

Round Church
Upcoming concerts
• Aug. 12: 3 to 5 p.m. Young Tradition Vermont Showcase: Fiddleheads, Alexander Allison, ONE Band, Kat Rooney. By donation.
7 p.m. Pete’s Posse: Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Tristan Henderson. $15. 434-3654,
• Aug. 25: 7:30 p.m. Social Band, Annual Tribute to Summer. $15 advance, $18., Facebook, 355-4216.
25 Round Church Road. 434-3220,

Shelburne Museum
Ben & Jerry’s Concerts
on the Green
Aug. 2: Sylvan Esso with Ian Chang
Gates open at 6 p.m., shows at 7 p.m. All ages. 12 and under free. 877-987-6487, Ticketfly:

Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Parks and Recreation
23rd Annual Summer Concert Series
Aug. 1: Buckshot, a local four-piece band playing rock, blues and country tunes
Free. Donations appreciated to support Recreation Committee special events. Gates at 5:30 p.m.; concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Save the date for Aug. 18 special Shelburne Day concert and fireworks at Vermont Teddy Bear. Bounce house, food trucks, music by the Rhythm Rockets Band; fireworks finale. More information online at

Shelburne Vineyard
Aug. 2: 6-8:30 p.m. to dusk. First Thursday Concert with singer/songwriter Matthew Runciman who describes his style as following “in the footsteps of The Band and Neil Young,” as he sings of his adventures, travels and tales of America. Free. Family friendly. Outdoors if weather permits. Bring a chair or blanket. Food by Woodbelly Pizza and beer and wine for purchase. A portion of beverage proceeds benefits Vermont Day School. 6308 Shelburne Road/Route 7. 985-8222,, Facebook.

Green Mountain Club
Long Trail Day
Aug. 11: Join local Green Mountain Club sections throughout Vermont as they celebrate the Long Trail with guided hikes and visits to some of the state’s most spectacular places. Or register to hike a piece of the Long Trail to celebrate the trail on your own. Finish the day at local breweries planning to host hikers after their day on the Long Trail. Check out the available hikes and breweries, and if possible, register by Aug. 5 online at:

Green Mountain Bicycle Club
Weekend rides
All riders must wear helmets. Check with ride leaders if weather is questionable. Riders under 18 need a parent-signed waiver. Rides begin 15 min. after the meeting time. Social Rides are more leisurely versions of mapped rides. Email to get on contact list.

West Bolton Golf Course
Warriors Soar Golf Classic
Aug. 13: 10 a.m. start. Supports Organized by the nonprofit U.S. military veterans group S.O.A.R. – Support Outreach Assistance Recovery. Team and individual prizes, raffle, silent auction. Details and registration online at;

Phoenix Books Burlington
Aug. 9: 7 p.m. Author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl, “Rad Girls Can;” special guests Muslim Girls Making Change and Rep. Selene Colburn. Collection of stories and art about inspiring and accomplished girls who have made positive impacts on the world before the age of 20. 191 Bank St. 448-3350.

Charlotte Grange
“Mt. Philo Secrets” author
Aug. 3: 7-8:30 p.m. Charlotte author Judy Chaves presents her new book about Mt. Philo, “Secrets of Mount Philo” that details more than 30 historic sites, trails, natural features and stories about one of Vermont’s most popular mountains. Chaves traces Philo history from indigenous people to 19th-century settlers to the present with historic photos and maps. She even includes two treasure hunts. Q/A and book signing. Refreshments. 2898 Spear St.

Flynn Theatre
Aug. 2-5: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!”
All shows 8 p.m. 153 Main St. 86-FLYNN,

Summertime Shakespeare

Photo by Dok Wright

Vermont Shakespeare Festival presents its modern take on the 400-year-old comic battle of the sexes, “The Taming of the Shrew” in upcoming performances at Champlain College, Aug. 3-5, and Shelburne Museum, Aug. 9-11. Friday-Saturday performances at Champlain are at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium. House opens 30 minutes before curtain time. 375 Maple St. Next weekend in Shelburne, showtimes are 6 p.m. with gates open at 5 p.m. Performance is on the Circus Lawn; bring seating. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets for both Champlain College and Shelburne Museum performances are on sale at FlynnTix, Tickets will also be sold at the door/gates as available. Above, actors Dean Linnard and Lauren Pisano in character as Petruchio and Kate.

St. Michael’s Playhouse
“See How They Run”
Aug. 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11: 8 p.m.
Aug. 4 and 11: 2 p.m.
Classic British farce by Philip King. $36 to $45. Actors’ Equity Association theater company. McCarthy’s Arts Center, Route 15, One Winooski Park. 654-2281,

Middlebury College
“A Tale of Two Cities”
Aug. 1-5: 8 p.m. The Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble presents “A Tale of Two Cities,” adapted from the Charles Dickens novel by Brian McEleney, who also directs. Performances nightly. Tickets on sale starting July 25. Call 443-2771. Free. In the Burgess Meredith Little Theatre, on the Bread Loaf campus, Route 125. Reservations: 443-2771.

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