Calendar of Events

BONSAI TREES RECREATE the natural world in miniature. Learn more about it on Tuesday, March 12, at 1 p.m., at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury when Carl Phelps and Nan Jenks Jay of Miller Hill Farm in Sudbury discuss the creation and maintenance of bonsai.
Photo by Sage Ross, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, Feb. 29

An Evening for Porter fundraiser in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 29, 5-6:30 p.m., Edgewater at the Falls, 1 Mill St. Music by the Do No Harm-onies, a band of Porter Medical Center’s own musicians, door prizes, refreshments and cash bar. Join the fun and help raise funds for Porter Auxiliary, an organization that has contributed over $2.5 million to Porter Medical Center over the years. Tickets $37, include 1 drink ticket and $2 processing fee. Available at 802-382-9222, www.townhalltheater.org or [email protected].

“Your Sexts are Sh*t: Older Better Letters” in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., Wright Theater, Chateau Rd. Award-winning theater maker Rachel Mars performs a gloriously rude new solo show that unearths the hot-as-hell letters that make sexts blush. Tickets: $25/20/10/5 available at go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-MIDD (6433). Repeats March 1.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Middlebury Community Players’ production of Christopher Durang’s smash Broadway comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” revolves around late-middle-age siblings Vanya and Sonia who share the family home in Bucks County, Penn., where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new 20-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, resentment, and regret ensues. Tickets $20 /$17 opening night, available at townhalltheater.org.

 

Friday, March 1

Green Mountain Club walk in Middlebury. Friday, March 1, TAM Trail, location based on trail conditions. Moderate outing of 4-6 miles on the TAM. Microspikes or snowshoes required. This will be an afternoon walk at a medium to fast pace, possible happy hour afterwards. Contact Ellen Cronan for more information at 908-595-2926.

Lenten fish dinner in Vergennes. Friday, March 1, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 58 S. Maple St. Menu includes beer-battered haddock, zesty wedges, coleslaw, mixed vegetables, roll with butter and chocolate chip brownie. Take out or dine in. Cost $13 adults/$7 children 6-12 (cash or checks). Call 802-877-3352 to reserve. Leave a message with your name, phone number and number of dinners.

“Your Sexts are Sh*t: Older Better Letters” in Middlebury. Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Wright Theater, Chateau Rd. See Feb. 29 listing.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in Middlebury. Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See Feb. 29 listing.

 

Saturday, March 2

Wildlife walk in Middlebury. Saturday, March 9, 8-10 a.m., Otter View Park, Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Rd. Otter Creek Audubon and the Middlebury Area Land Trust invite community members to help us survey birds and other wildlife. Birders of all ages and abilities welcome. Please take common sense: Stay home if you are feeling ill, and wear a mask if you are unvaccinated. More info at 802-388-6019.

Racial Learning for Young Children in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, March 9, 10-11 a.m., Rokeby Museum, 4334 Route 7. Our society does not equip parents well to talk to their young children about difficult social topics like racial bias, social class and other types of inequity. Nonetheless, children observe an unfair world and are curious to learn why. If children are excluded from conversations and information, they can easily internalize harmful, biased messages about themselves and others at an impressionable age. Free. Registration required. More info at rokeby.org/family-group-racial-learning-for-young-children. Continues March 16, 23, and 30.

Used book sale in Middlebury. Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Isley Public Library, 75 Main St. As always, current members of the Friends organization may begin shopping at 9:45.

Music with Anna in Orwell. Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m., Orwell Free Library, 473 Main St. Immerse your little ones (ages 3-6) in the joy of music with early childhood music educator Anna Laufenberg. Through hands-on instrument exploration, interactive sing-alongs and creative movement, cultivate a love for music while fostering creativity. Free.

Atlantic Crossing in Vergennes. Saturday, March 2, 1-2:30 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Lace up your dancing shoes. As part of Making Music in Vermont, Bixby Library will come alive with the music of Atlantic Crossing. From foot-stomping jigs to soulful ballads, Atlantic Crossing will take you on a journey through Vermont with the power of history and song. The concert is the first in the Bixby’s Making Music in Vermont Free Concert Series, accompanying the library’s newest historical exhibit, “Making Music in Vermont.”

Youth Ministry Bingo in Vergennes. Saturday, March 2, 5 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 South Maple St. Doors open at 5 p.m., Bingo starts at 6 p.m. This is a family friendly event. All cash prizes, 50/50 raffle. Refreshments sold. This event is sponsored by St. Ambrose and St. Peter’s Youth Ministry to benefit the on-going program costs.

VOCES8 in Middlebury. Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall. Middlebury Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Come hear the 2023 Grammy-nominated British vocal ensemble inspire through their music, offering versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression. Their Vermont debut program, titled “20 Songs from 20 Years,” features beloved music from across the centuries and pieces by contemporary composers. Tickets: $25/20/10/5, available at go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-MIDD (6433).

Larry & Joe in Lincoln. Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Burnham Hall, 52 E. River Rd. Larry & Joe play a mix of Venezuelan and Appalachian folk music they’ve dubbed “Venezualachia,” aiming to create a personal and unique sound that blends their distinct backgrounds. Both men are versatile multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters on a mission to show that music has no borders. A Burnham Presents concert. Admission: general $15 to generous $20-$25 available at www.burnhampresents.org or at the door. Homemade desserts and beverages available.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in Middlebury. Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See Feb. 29 listing.

 

Sunday, March 3

Veterans’ benefit breakfast in Middlebury. Sunday, March 3, 8-10 a.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Menu includes pancakes, sausage gravy& biscuits, bacon, hash, sausage, hash browns, eggs to order, scrambled eggs, toast, coffee and orange juice. Cost $12 adults/$6 children. Open to the public. All proceeds benefit Veterans’ programs.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike in Middlebury. Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See Feb. 29 listing.

 

Monday, March 4

Drop-in Korean drumming class in Middlebury. Monday, March 4, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. Learn Korean Drumming. Pay as you can (suggested: general $5, generous $10, students free). E-mail Shelby Kimmel [email protected] for more information.

 

Tuesday, March 5

American Red Cross blood donation in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd. Join the Red Cross Month celebration by visiting redcross.org to make a financial donation, give blood or platelets, become a volunteer or take a lifesaving skills course.

Awe: A talk by Middlebury College professors Katy Smith Abbot and Matthew Evan Taylor in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 5, 5:30-7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The first installment a new, free series created by Vermont Book Shop and Town Hall Theater. “Up for Discussion” is designed to spark community conversation and features local experts in their fields, sharing timely topics that span literature, art, film and contemporary issues. The 30-minute presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion and sharing of thoughts and ideas. Free, but registration required at townhalltheater.org.

Author Rick Winston in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 5, 6 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Ilsley and Vermont Book Shop’s First Tuesdays series continues as Rick Winston returns to share his latest book, “Save Me A Seat: A Life With The Movies!” Winston’s genial and companionable memoir is the chronicle of a lifelong love affair with movies. VBS will be there with books for sale and signature.

 

Wednesday, March 6

Film screening: “An Ocean Songline” in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center 125, 72 Porter Field Road. Filmed over three years on 16 Island nations across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, this grassroots musical follows the ocean highways uniting ancient musical lineages. From Madagascar to Rapa Nui/Easter Island, Taiwan to Zenadth Kes/The Torres Strait. A heartfelt plea for environmental awareness and cultural preservation from those on the frontline of the climate crisis. A Q&A with the artists follows the screening. Free and open to the public. For more information contact the event organizer Allison Coyne Carroll at [email protected].

Historical society meeting in Shoreham. Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m., Platt Memorial Library, Main St. The Shoreham Historical Society will meet in person for the first time in two years. Anyone interested in having an active Shoreham Historical Society is welcome. Bring your ideas. Refreshments will be served.

 

Thursday, March 7

Green Mountain Club hike in Bristol. Thursday, March 7, the Watershed Loop, Plank Rd. This moderate hike is a 5-mile loop with about 600 feet of elevation gain. Enjoy a scenic pond, diverse plant communities, and a beautiful view west to the Adirondacks. Contact Alan Finn at [email protected] or 802-349-2162 to register and for details.

“The Tempest” in Middlebury. Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m., Black Box Theater, Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Come see Addison Repertory Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s story of shipwreck, magic and love. March 7, 8, and 9. ART students take the lead in all aspects of production. Tickets $10, available at addisonrep.ludus.com/index.php.

Off Campus: A Middlebury College comedy showcase in Middlebury. Thursday, March 7, 7:30-9 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The comedians of Middlebury College will be coming to the Town Hall Theater with a mix of sketch comedy, standup and perhaps a little bit of improvising. To make matters more confusing, they’ll also be performing “Off Campus” on campus later that weekend in the Hepburn Zoo. Tickets $5/$10 available at townhalltheater.org, at 802-382-9222, or in person at THT’s box office Monday-Friday between 12-5 p.m.

“Climate Change: Our Response as Artists” discussion in Middlebury. Thursday, March 7, 12:40-1:30 p.m., Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103, 531 College St. This panel discussion features performing artists from Small Island Big Song to discuss the impacts of climate change and explore how the arts can influence our relationship with the environment. Free and open to the public. For more information contact the event organizer Lily Hunt at [email protected].

 

Friday, March 8

Photography opening reception in Middlebury. Friday, March 8, 4-7 p.m., Photoplace Gallery, 3 Park St. Opening reception for “Traces.” Show runs through March 28.

Lenten fish fry in Bristol. Friday, March 8, 5-7 p.m., St. Ambrose Parish, 11 School St. All-you-can-eat fish fry. Menu includes fried or baked haddock, French fries, cole slaw, fresh-baked dinner roll, beverage and dessert. Cost: $17 adults/ children 9 and under $9/immediate family of 5 $50. More info contact St. Ambrose at 802-453-2488.

“The Tempest” in Middlebury. Friday, March 8, 7 p.m., Black Box Theater, Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. See March 7 listing.

Three one-act plays in Bristol. Friday, March 8, 7 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. The Bristol Gateway Players will present three one-act plays: “Cindy and Julie” by Bruce Kane, “Universal Language” by David Ives and “Blazin’ Pistols in Sleepy Ol’ Bristol” by Carl Engvall, in collaboration with the Bristol Recreation Department. Admission by donation. Proceeds will be split between the Bristol Gateway Players and the Bristol Recreation Department.

Small Island Big Song in Middlebury. Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., McCullough Student Center, Old Chapel Rd. This sweeping performance unites the seafaring cultures of the Pacific and Indian oceans, a region at the frontline of the climate crisis. Indigenous artists come together with filmmakers and poets to present irresistible oceanic grooves and soulful island ballads collected across 16 countries. Tickets: $25/20/10/5, available at go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-MIDD (6433).

Reed Foehl Band in Middlebury. Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Join us for a night of folk music at its best. Foehl was born into a musical family and raised in a small New England town. His Americana-folk music tells stories with a voice that pushes boundaries while paying homage to tradition. Tickets: Table seating $37/regular seating $27, includes applicable fees. Available at 802-382-9222, www.townhalltheater.org or [email protected].

 

Saturday, March 9

Wildlife walk in Middlebury. Saturday, March 9, 8-10 a.m., Otter View Park, Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Rd. Otter Creek Audubon and the Middlebury Area Land Trust invite community members to help us survey birds and other wildlife. Birders of all ages and abilities welcome. Please take common sense COVID-19 precautions. Stay home if you are feeling ill, and wear a mask if you are unvaccinated. More info at 802-388-6019.

Spring Fever craft and vendor fair in New Haven. Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m., New Haven Town Hall, 78 North St. Join more than 20 crafters and vendors at the first annual craft fair for the Michelle Kilbreth Legacy Foundation for Hope. Shop a wide variety of items: jewelry, crochet, woodworking, children’s gifts and more. Bake sale fundraiser, too. All bake sale proceeds go to the foundation’s scholarship fund for local youth.

Winter Crafters Market in Middlebury. Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., VFW, 530 exchange St. Join the Middlebury Farmers Market as our regular winter members welcome several new vendors to share their crafts with the community. Produce, fresh food items, breads, granola, herbal supplements, CBD products, maple products, bird houses and other wood products along with jewelry, candles, earrings, knitted and crochet items, woolen and felted items, quilted items, maple products, wood crafts, note cards, calendars, canvas prints and more. Vendor gift raffle: proceeds to be donated to the Michelle Kilbreth Legacy Foundation. Live music by Michael Stridsberg.

Racial Learning for Young Children in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, March 9, 10-11 a.m., Rokeby Museum, 4334 Route 7. Our society does not equip parents well to talk to their young children about difficult social topics like racial bias, social class and other types of inequity. Nonetheless, children observe an unfair world and are curious to learn why. If children are excluded from conversations and information, they can easily internalize harmful, biased messages about themselves and others at an impressionable age. Free. Registration required. More info at rokeby.org/family-group-racial-learning-for-young-children. Continues March 16, 23, and 30.

“La Forza del Destino” live opera in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, March 9, noon, Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. In this METOpera HD broadcast, Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s grand tale of ill-fated love, deadly vendettas, and family strife, with stellar soprano Lise Davidsen as the noble Leonora, one of the repertory’s most tormented — and thrilling — heroines. Pre-show talk with OCM board member Jim Pugh beginning at 11:15 a.m. Tickets adult $26/student $12, available at townhalltheater.org or 802-382-9222.

“The Supreme Court’s Role in Reproductive Freedom” in Middlebury. Saturday, March 9, 1 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Join Meg Mott, PhD., for “How to Trust the People with Reproductive Rights,” a three-part series examining the history and strategy of securing reproductive rights in the United States. Part 2 is March 16.

Chowder Fest and basket raffle in Orwell. Saturday, March 9, 2 p.m., Farmers Haven, 318 Route 22A. Who doesn’t love to taste test some yummy chowder? In the chowder contest, it’s $5 per person to taste. Basket raffle. All proceeds will be donated to Tatum’s Totes. Enter your chowder or donate a basket. Contact Farmers Haven or MaKayla Davis 802-349-3038 or [email protected].

Corned beef and cabbage supper in Vergennes. Saturday, March 9, 5-6 p.m. Vergennes United Methodist Church, Main St., across from the Opera House. Takeout only. Menu includes corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potato, onion, roll and dessert. Cost $12. Preorder required at 802- 877-3150 before 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7.

Three one-act plays in Bristol. Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. See March 8 listing.

“The Tempest” in Middlebury. Saturday, March 9, 7 p.m., Black Box Theater, Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. See March 7 listing.

Contra Dance in Cornwall. Saturday March 9, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall. Local favorite Adina Gordon will be calling, with red hot music by Red Dog Riley. Tickets $5 to $10 or pay what you can.

Ray Vega and His Six Piece Band in Vergennes. Saturday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. New York born and bred musician Ray Vega is a University of Vermont faculty member, host of Vermont Public Radio’s Friday Night Jazz and TRR, as well as Origin recording artist. His Vermont-based ensemble presents original compositions by Vega, which combine elements of Jazz, Latin and Funk. Tickets $10 advance/$25 door available at vergennesoperahouse.org.

 

Sunday, March 10

Fundraising breakfast in Bristol. Sunday, March 10, 7:30-10 a.m., Libanus Lodge, 2 Elm St. Served by the Bristol Masons Lodge, all profits are donated to a person or group in need within the Five Town Area. Menu includes homemade corned beef hash, scrambled eggs (or over easy if you ask us to flip them), bacon, sausage patties, sausage links, home fries, pancakes, blueberry pancakes and French toast, all with Vermont maple syrup and Cabot butter, assorted juices, homemade apple bread pudding and coffee. Cost $9 adults/$5 children under 12.

Breakfast Buffet in Vergennes. Sunday, March 10, 8-10 a.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 S. Maple St. Omelets to order, scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, fruit, plain and blueberry pancakes, maple syrup, sausage gravy on biscuits, corn bread, home fries, mini muffins, juice, milk and coffee. Adults $12/children 8-12 $7/immediate family $32 (maximum). Offered by Vergennes Knights of Columbus to support their community service programs.

“Underdog” on screen in Middlebury. Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. In “Underdog,” the late New Haven dairy farmer Doug Butler risks losing the only home he’s ever known to chase his dreams of dog mushing in Alaska. Revealed in intimate vérité, Butler at first presents as a modern Quixote, but then finds to his delight that sometimes the world can be as he imagines. A Q&A with the film’s director/editor/cinematographer Tommy Hyde and producer/writer Aaron Woolf will follow the showing. Presented by Vermont Public. Free, but registration required at townhalltheater.org or 802-382-9222.

“Katharine, The Diary of An Ordinary Woman” in Ferrisburgh. Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m., Ferrisburgh Town Hall and Community Center, Route 7. Ferrisburgh Historical Society hosts Katie Quinn for this presentation on Katharine Hale Royce’s diaries, which recount the life of an ordinary woman living in Vermont from 1926-1938. Royce and her family lived in North Ferrisburgh.

Three one-act plays in Bristol. Sunday, March 10, 2 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. See March 8 listing.

 

Monday, March 11

Legislative breakfast in Vergennes. Monday, March 11, 7-8:45 a.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall 85 S. Maple St. Bridport Grange and Addison County Farm Bureau invite all to chat with legislative representatives over breakfast. Meal starts at 7 a.m. Program starts at 7:30 a.m. The purchase of breakfast is not required to attend, however it is a nice thank you to our hosts, to help defray the cost of opening their hall so early.

 

Tuesday, March 12

Death Café of Addison County in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 12, 9 a.m., Jessica Swift Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. At a Death Café people gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death in a relaxed, open setting with no agenda, objective or themes. It is a discussion group, rather than a grief support or counseling session. Space is limited. Registration required at Eventbrite: tinyurl.com/death-cafe-March. More info contact Louella Richer at [email protected].

Introduction to Bonsai in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 12, 1 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Middlebury Garden Club hosts Carl Phelps and Nan Jenks Jay of Miller Hill Farm in Sudbury. The pair will discuss the creation and maintenance of bonsai. Some of their interesting bonsai will on display. Free and open to the public.

The Moth StorySLAM in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 South Pleasant St. The Moth Radio Hour flutters to Middlebury for a night of stories on the theme “Dazzled.” The Moth StorySLAM is an open-mic storytelling competition in which anyone can share a true, personal, 5-minute story on the night’s theme. Sign up for a chance to tell a story or sit back and enjoy the show. Tickets $15, available Feb. 20 at townhalltheater.org or 802-382-9222.

 

Wednesday, March 13

“Tales of a Lost Ocean in Vermont” in Orwell. Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m., Orwell Free Library, 473 Main St. Rocks near Orwell formed under water off the coastline of an ancient continent, located near the equator. Learn about the amazing geology of Vermont and ask questions about the environment around us. Presented by Professor Emeritus Ray Coish of Middlebury College.

 

Thursday, March 14

“Mamma Mia!” In Vergennes. Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., auditorium, Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. Come see the VUHS spring production. This musical delight, filled with hit songs from the band ABBA, tells the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise, on the eve of her wedding.

“Legally Blonde Jr.” in Middlebury. Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Middlebury Union High School, 73 Charles Ave. MUHS Class of 2024 will get legal with the story of Elle Woods and her hilarious journey from California IT girl to legal whiz. Ticket info at www.showtix4u.com/event-details/80781. All proceeds benefit MUHS Project Graduation. Repeats March 15 and 16.

Cabin Fever Lecture Series: “Mosquitoes Suck!” in Middlebury. Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Do mosquitoes bug you? Then join Otter Creek Audubon Society for this presentation by Craig Zondag from the Lemon Fair Insect Control District who will tell us about mosquito biology, measures used to monitor and control them, and what makes a good year for them, and a bad year for us.

 

Friday, March 15

Lenten fish dinner in Vergennes. Friday, March 15, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 58 S. Maple St. Menu includes beer-battered haddock, zesty wedges, coleslaw, mixed vegetables, roll with butter and chocolate chip brownie. Take out or dine in. Cost $13 adults/$7 children 6-12 (cash or checks). Call 802-877-3352 to reserve. Leave a message with your name, phone number and number of dinners.

“O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music” on stage in Middlebury. Friday, March 15. 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. For St. Patrick’s Day, MACo teams up with Bald Mountain Theater to present this one-man musical theater piece that tells the story of beloved 18th Century Irish Harpist and bard Turlough O’Carolan. The play tells the harpist’s story through the eyes of fellow poet Charles MacCabe, Carolan’s lifelong friend and traveling companion, played by actor Ethan Bowen. His compelling story of deep friendship in a turbulent time in Irish history is interspersed with O’Carolan’s beautiful harp tunes reconfigured for the guitar and played by local author and musician Stephen Kiernan. Tickets $35 generous/$30 standard/$20 budget available at townhalltheater.org or 802-382-9222. Repeats March 16 and 17.

“Mamma Mia!” In Vergennes. Friday, March 15, 7 p.m., auditorium, Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. See March 14 listing.

Legally Blonde Jr. in Middlebury. Friday, March 15, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Middlebury Union High School, 73 Charles Ave. See March 14 listing.

 

Saturday, March 16

The Pig Race in Goshen. Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m., Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center, 1288 Ripton Goshen Road. Come enjoy the return of The Pig Race — a classic Nordic ski event with a legacy dating back to the 1970s. The outdoor center’s 2.5, 7.5 and 15km self-timed “races” guarantee jumps, spills, singletrack challenges, agility obstacles and maybe a touch of early spring mud. Rain or shine, snow or no, the race will go on. Post-race pig roast and wood-fired pizza and prizes for standout vintage ski outfits, epic falls, and more! More info and registration online at blueberryhilltrails.com/the-pig-race.

“Out of the Courts and Onto the Ballots” in Middlebury. Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Join Meg Mott, PhD., for a “How to Trust the People with Reproductive Rights,” 2nd in a three-part series examining the history and strategy of securing reproductive rights in the United States. Part 3 is March 23.

“Legally Blonde Jr.” in Middlebury. Saturday, March 16, 2 p.m., Auditorium, Middlebury Union High School, 73 Charles Ave. See March 14 listing.

“Mamma Mia!” In Vergennes. Saturday, March 16, 3 p.m., auditorium, Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. See March 14 listing.

Bingo in Vergennes. Saturday, March 16, 5 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 S. Maple St. Doors open at 5 p.m., Bingo starts at 6 p.m. A family-friendly event. All cash prizes, 50/50 raffle. Refreshments sold. Sponsored by St. Peter’s Cemetery Committee to benefit the ongoing efforts for cemetery improvements.

“O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music” on stage in Middlebury. Saturday, March 16. 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See March 15 listing.

 

Sunday, March 17

“O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music” on stage in Middlebury. Sunday, March 17. 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See March 15 listing.

 

Wednesday, March 20

“Easter in Art” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 20, 11 a.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The story of Christ’s death and resurrection has dominated western culture for the past 2,000 years. From the triumphant to the savage, the ethereal to the tactile, some of western civilization’s greatest artworks focus on this pivotal moment. This beautifully crafted film explores the Easter story as depicted in art, from the time of the early Christians to the present day. Tickets $15, available at townhalltheater.org or 802-382-9222.

Nepal Travelogue in Orwell. Wednesday, March 20, 6 p.m., Orwell Free Library, 473 Main St. Orwellian Jenn Barber visited Nepal in 2023. Hear about the people, the places, the food and the joy she and her partner found there.

 

Thursday, March 21

“The Conspiracy” on screen in Middlebury. Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Peasant St. The latest film in the MNFF Selects series, “The Conspiracy” is an animated documentary that stunningly depicts how a centuries-old myth, that Jews are plotting to take over the world, moved from the fringe to the mainstream, becoming a pillar of modern anti-Semitism. Tickets $14 advance/$16 at the door, available at townhalltheater.org or 802-382-9222.

“The Addams Family” in Bristol. Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Mt. Abraham Union High School, Airport Dr. Come see Mt. Abe’s spring musical, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family with toe-tapping tunes, wickedly witty lyrics, and a cast of characters that will leave you in stitches. Our talented middle and high school performers are ready to transport you to the mysterious and macabre world of the Addams Family. Tickets $15 adults/$12 seniors and children under 12, available online at www.showtix4u.com/event-details/79393. More info contact [email protected] or 802-377-3335. Parental Guidance suggested.

Nate Gusakov in New Haven. Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., New Haven Community Library, 78 North St. Singer-songwriter and musican Gusakov plays clawhammer banjo and explores new directions in sound with a solid-body electric banjo. Free. Part of the 5-Town Musical Library tour.

 

Friday, March 22

Lenten fish fry in Bristol. Friday, March 22, 5-7 p.m., St. Ambrose Parish, 11 School St. All-you-can-eat fish fry. Menu includes fried or baked haddock, French fries, cole slaw, fresh-baked dinner roll, beverage and dessert. Cost: $17 adults/ children 9 and under $9/immediate family of 5 $50. More info contact St. Ambrose at 802-453-2488.

“The Addams Family” in Bristol. Friday, March 22, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Mt. Abraham Union High School, Airport Drive. Details in March 21 listing.

Lena Jonsson Trio in Middlebury. Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Peasant St. This multi-award winning trio continues to break new grounds around the world with their unique mix of deeply rooted Swedish folk, jazz, American old-time and electro-acoustic sounds. Tickets $22, available at townhalltheater.org or 802-382-9222.

 

Saturday, March 23

Vermont Maple Open House weekend. Saturday, March 23, Locations around Addison County. Learn, taste and explore Vermont’s sweetest season and the first crop of 2024, hosted by the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association More details at www.VermontMaple.org/MOHW.

Attic and rummage sale in New Haven. Saturday, March 23, 8 a.m.-noon, New Haven Congregational Church, Town Hill Rd. New Haven Ladies Union will hold this sale. Items include plants, clothing, toys, games, linens, Rada ware, bake sale, kitchen ware, books and so much more.

“Better Strategies for Pluralism” in Middlebury. Saturday, March 23, 1 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Join Meg Mott, PhD., for a “How to Trust the People with Reproductive Rights,” 3rd in a three-part series examining the history and strategy of securing reproductive rights in the Unit

“The Addams Family” in Bristol. Saturday, March 23, 2 and 7 p.m., Auditorium, Mt. Abraham Union High School, Airport Drive. Details in March 21 listing.ed States.

Grand Friends Gala in Middlebury. Saturday, March 23, 4 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Peasant St. Vermont Children’s Museum invites you to a magical evening of dancing, live music and kid-friendly appetizers. Dress your best and have fun supporting this fundraiser for Vermont Children’s Museum. Tickets $50/$30/$22/$15. Sliding scale pricing available. More info at townhalltheater.org or 802-382-9222.

 

Sunday, March 24

Vermont Maple Open House weekend. Sunday, March 24, Locations around Addison County. Learn, taste and explore Vermont’s sweetest season and the first crop of 2024, hosted by the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association More details at www.VermontMaple.org/MOHW.

 

Monday, March 25

Legislative breakfast in Shoreham. Monday, March 25, 7-8:45 a.m., Shoreham Congregational Church, School Rd. Bridport Grange and Addison County Farm Bureau invite all to chat with legislative representatives over breakfast. Meal starts at 7 a.m. Program starts at 7:30 a.m. The purchase of breakfast is not required to attend, however it is a nice thank you to our hosts, to help defray the cost of opening their hall so early.

 

Tuesday, March 26

“Snapshot — Barbie’s Reflection on Our World” in Middlebury. Tuesday, March 26, 4 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 757 Main Street. St. Michael’s theater professor Peter Harrigan has collected Barbies for over three decades, amassing a personal collection of over 500 of the figurines. In this talk, he takes a dive into the fantastic world of plastic and how it echoes our own world. A Vermont Humanities program.

Rokeby online book discussion. Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m., ZOOM. Rokeby’s Winter Book Discussion Group is back for 2024. This month’s books is “Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts,” by Rebecca Hall and illustrated by Hugo Martinez. Free. Registration in advance is required at rokeby.org/2024-virtual-winter-book-discussion-group. Attendance at all three discussions is not required.

 

Wednesday, March 27

“Double Indemnity” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 27, 6 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Middlebury Community Classic Film Club begins its Billy Wilder Series. Join fellow movies lovers in the Jessica Swift Community Room for screening of some of Wilder’s most popular films followed with a bit of discussion. This series runs March through June one film per month.

 

Thursday, March 28

Solar eclipse preview in Middlebury. Thursday, March 28, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Join Vermont Astronomical Society to learn about the total eclipse on April 8, how to view it safely, and other interesting topics.

 

Friday, March 29

Jay Parini’s “Robert Frost – Sixteen Poems to Learn by Heart” in Middlebury. Friday, March 29, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Come celebrate Frost’s 150th Birthday with Town Hall Theater and the Vermont Book Shop, by paying homage to Frost’s greatest work. Featuring live poetry, book signing and birthday cake. Free, but registration required at townhalltheater.org.

Sophie Shao and Friends in Middlebury. Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Cellist Sophie Shao has a gift for assembling impromptu chamber ensembles that are brimming with passion and talent. The concert program will include Messiaen’s Quartet for The End of Time, and Vermont composer David Ludwig’s Spiral Galaxy. Tickets: $25/20/10/5 available at go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-MIDD (6433).

 

Saturday, March 30

Willowell Boogie Benefit in Lincoln. Saturday, March 30, 6-9:30 p.m., Burnham Hall, 52 East River Rd. Come to the Willowell Foundation’s benefit dance and silent auction. Live music by The Almendros, a cash bar, and a silent auction packed with exciting items from local businesses and artists. All funds raised will support Willowell’s scholarship fund for youth programming for programs such as Pond Brook Middle School, New Roots, Wren’s Nest and summer camps. All are welcome to this fun-filled, family friendly evening in support of nature-based programming in Addison County. Tickets $10 at the door. Kids age 12 years and younger are free.

“Just Getting By” on screen in Middlebury. Saturday, March 30, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. A sweeping, and yet intimate look at the lives of Vermonters who are struggling with food and housing insecurity. “Just Getting By” focuses on everyday people: working families, folks who are homeless and are accessing food shelves and soup kitchens, people who are living in the temporary hotel/motel program, New Americans grappling with the cost of living in the U.S.A, Native people creating innovative farming practices and folks on the ground providing services to their fellow Vermonters in need. Tickets $17, includes applicable fees, available at 802-382-9222, www.townhalltheater.org or [email protected].

Krishna Guthrie Band in Vergennes. Saturday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. The Guthrie family story is interwoven into the fabric of American music. While Krishna Guthrie incorporates elements of his lineage, from the folk roots of his great-grandfather Woody to the masterful storytelling of his grandfather Arlo, he’s not afraid of adding influences from his own generation as he carves his own initials in the family tree. Tickets $15 advance/$20 at the door, available at vergennesoperahouse.org.

 

Thursday, April 4

“Hundred Days” in Middlebury. Thursday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. An uncensored, exhilarating and heartrending true story about embracing uncertainty, taking a leap, and loving as if you only had 100 days to live. Created by Abigail and Shaun Bengson, this performance features Grace Experience and her partner Stephen Shore. The show explores a fundamental question: How do we make the most of the time that we have? Produced by the Middlebury Acting Co. Tickets TBD, available at townhalltheater.org or 802-382-9222.

 

Friday, April 5

Community dinner in New Haven. Friday, April 5, 5:30 p.m., New Haven Congregational Church, Town Hill Rd. Enjoy a free meal of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread and a cookie while mingling with fellow community members. More info contact Dawn at 802 349-0352.

Vermont Youth Orchestra in Vergennes. Friday, April 5, 7 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. The VYO features the most advanced young musicians from Vermont, New Hampshire and northern New York. Touring internationally, they have performed in Spain, Portugal, Iceland, Germany, the Czech Republic, France and China. Tickets $15 adults/$5 students, available at vergennesoperahouse.org.

“Hundred Days” in Middlebury. Friday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See April 4 listing.

 

Saturday, April 6

Music with Anna in Orwell. Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m., Orwell Free Library, 473 Main St. Immerse your little ones (ages 3-6) in the joy of music with early childhood music educator Anna Laufenberg. Through hands-on instrument exploration, interactive sing-alongs, and creative movement, cultivate a love for music while fostering creativity. Free.

Youth Ministry Bingo in Vergennes. Saturday, April 6, 5 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 South Maple St. Doors open at 5 p.m., Bingo starts at 6 p.m. This is a family friendly event. All cash prizes, 50/50 raffle. Refreshments sold. This event is sponsored by St. Ambrose and St. Peter’s Youth Ministry to benefit the on-going program costs.

“Hundred Days” in Middlebury. Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See April 4 listing.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem in Lincoln. Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Burnham Hall, 52 E. River Rd. This musical ensemble consists of Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion). Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets general to generous $15/$20/$25. All funds after expenses go directly to the performers. More info at www.burnhampresents.org.

 

Sunday, April 7

“Hundred Days” in Middlebury. Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See April 4 listing.

 

Monday, April 8

Legislative breakfast in Weybridge. Monday, April 8, 7-8:45 a.m., Weybridge Congregational Church, 2790 Weybridge Rd. Bridport Grange and Addison County Farm Bureau invite all to chat with legislative representatives over breakfast. Meal starts at 7 a.m. Program starts at 7:30 a.m. The purchase of breakfast is not required to attend, however it is a nice thank you to our hosts, to help defray the cost of opening their hall so early.

Solar Eclipse viewing in Middlebury. Monday, April 8, Middlebury Rec Park, Mary Hogan Dr. Get your glasses and join Ilsley Public Library for this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse.

 

Wednesday, April 10

“Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film” in Middlebury. Wednesday, April 10, 10:30 a.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Amanda Kay Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society will provide background and share clips of films ranging from 1919’s “Way Down East” to 2005’s “Thank You for Smoking.” A Vermont Humanities Council Program. Free and open to the public.

 

Sunday, April. 14

Breakfast Buffet in Vergennes. Sunday, April. 14, 8-10 a.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 S. Maple St. Omelets to order, scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, fruit, plain and blueberry pancakes, maple syrup, sausage gravy on biscuits, corn bread, home fries, mini muffins, juice, milk and coffee. Adults $12/children 8-12 $7/immediate family $32 (maximum). Offered by Vergennes Knights of Columbus to support their community service programs.