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Featured Cultural Heritage
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Vermont History Museum, Library & Exhibits, Barre & Montpelier - Website
Experience Vermont Historical Society's award-winning interactive museum, visiting an actual Abenaki wigwam and traveling through time to the Green Mountain Boys and the era of railroads and telegraphs to present day voices from the 20th century. See and experience how Vermont has changed. The museum is located next door to the State House at 109 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont. Call (802) 828-2291. At the Vermont History Center Leahy Library in Barre, you can explore your family roots, town history or any other aspect of Vermont’s past, browsing through books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, and more. The Library is the source for research and discovery―it has the largest printed genealogical collection in the state. The Vermont History Center and Leahy Library is at 60 Washington Street, Barre, Vermont. Call (802) 479-8500. Email: vhs-info@vhs.state.vt.us
Additional Cultural Heritage
Barre Opera House, Barre
The Barre Opera House hosts over 100 events each year, ranging from community theater and orchestras to world-renowned performers and dance companies. Located at the corners of North Main and Prospect Streets in downtown Barre. Phone: 802-476-8188 Location: Barre, VT Email: staff@barreoperahouse.org.
Barre Historical Society, Barre
The Historical Society owns Barre's Old Labor Hall, which is located at 46 Granite Street and has been nominated as a National Historic Landmark. Tours are offered of the Hall as well as Hope Cemetery. Phone: 476-0567 Location: Barre, VT
Montpelier Heritage Group, Montpelier
Events are held throughout the year including lectures, slide shows, and discussions on historic preservation. The Annual Victorian Ice Cream Social and Croquet Tournament is held on the Statehouse lawn in July. Location: Montpelier, VT
Featured Educational
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Bragg Farm
Bragg Farm Sugarhouse and Gift Shop, Montpelier - Website
This traditional, family-run sugaring operation offers year-round educational and historical tours including a walk along the maple woods, a sugarhouse, video presentation and taste testing of all grades of Vermont maple syrup. Sugar-on-Snow parties held each weekend in March and April. Phone: 802-223-5757 Location: Route 14N, East Montpelier, VT
Rock of Ages Visitors Center
Rock of Ages Visitors Center, Barre - Website
The world's largest granite quarry is 50 acres in size and 600 feet deep. Tours are offered weekdays from June through mid-October. The Visitors Center is open daily May-Oct. and offers a video presentation, historic photos and exhibits. The Craftsman Center is open Monday thru Saturday (except holidays) and features an observation deck overlooking the production floor. Phone: 802-476-3119 Location: 560 Graniteville Road (Exit #6, I-89), Graniteville, VT Email: visitor@rockofages.com
USS Montpelier Museum
USS Montpelier Museum, Montpelier - Website
Montpelier, the birth place of Admiral George Dewey, has been a sea town without shores since the 1800's. The ships that have carried the City's name, served our country well, achieving highest honors both above and beneath the waves. Montpelier is proud of its Naval Tradition and those who have served. Hours: 8-4:30 Mon-FriPhone: 802-228-9502 Location: on the Second Floor of City Hall (39 Main Street), Montpelier, VT
Vermont State House
Vermont State House, Montpelier - Website
The first wooden State House, "whittled out of use" by representatives' pocketknives, was replaced in the late 1830s with a Barre granite building, and rebuilt again after a fire in 1857. Under the glittering dome stands an architectural treasure and hands-on museum of the state's political and military history. Free guided and group tours available. Phone: 802-828-2228 Location: State Street, Montpelier, VT
Featured Visual Arts & Galleries
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Artisans Hand
Artisans Hand, Montpelier - Website
Artisans Hand is a nationally recognized, award winning gallery exhibiting the best in traditional and contemporary Vermont craft. With over 120 craftspeople contributing, we feature pottery, fiber, wood, metals, prints, photography, and jewelry... unique, personal, treasurable. Visit Artisans Hand for the hand crafted experience. Open 7 days. Phone: 802-229-9492 Location: 89 Main Street at City Center, Montpelier, VT
Additional Visual Arts & Galleries
Studio Place Arts, Barre -Website
Explore free exhibitions of a broad range of contemporary artwork, meet working resident artists, and explore your own creativity in art classes or workshops. Phone: (802) 479-7069 Location: 201 N. Main St., Barre, VT Email: info@studioplacearts.com
Art Resource Association, Montpelier
It hosts a monthly exhibit at City Center in Montpelier. It also displays in other venues on occasion. Phone: (802) 485-8428 Location: Montpelier, VT
Blinking Light Gallery, Plainfield
The retail outlet for Central Vermont Artists Marketing Cooperative located in Historic Plainfield. Open Thursday 2 to 6 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. Phone: (802) 454-0141. Location: 16 Main St, Plainfield.
Savoy Theater, Montpelier
Presenter of non-mainstream and alternative films with two film showings daily and occasional special events and speakers. Phone: 802-229-0598 Location: 26 Main Street, Montpelier, VT Email: savoydv@aol.com
T. W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center, Montpelier
This non-profit visual arts center hosts a gallery and permanent collection and is located in College Hall at Vermont College in Montpelier. The gallery is an established center of on-going exhibitions for contemporary Vermont art. Phone: 802-828-8743 Location: College Hall, Vermont College, Montpelier, VT Email: woodartgallery@tui.edu
Other Galleries
Other galleries include the Green Bean Gallery located at Capital Grounds Cafe in Montpelier, the City Hall Gallery in Montpelier City Hall, the Spotlight Gallery located at the Vermont Arts Council, the Cheap Art Gallery on State Street in Montpelier, the Supreme Court Gallery also located on State Street in Montpelier, and The Gallery Wall at The Drawing Board on Main St. Montpeiler. Each gallery features a variety of styles and medium, open to the public.
Featured Performance Series
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Lost Nation Theater
Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier - Website
Named "Best of Vermont" by Vermont Magazine, Lost Nation Theater has been creating and presenting first-rate productions of contemporary plays, classics, and original works for more than twenty years. The company creates an intimate chamber theater within Montpelier City Hall Arts Center. In residence year-round, Lost Nation's highest-profile activity is its Summer Theater Series featuring five different shows, five nights a week, June through October. Recent Performances Include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, An Edgar Allen Poe Halloween, and You Can't Take It With You. Co-productions with Montpelier High School Masque Dec-May. Call for complete schedule and reservations. Phone: 802-229-0492 Location: 39 Main Street, City Hall, Montpelier, VT
Northeast Fiddlers Association, Barre - Website
The Northeast Fiddlers Association, Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised of fiddlers, other musicians and supporters located in the Northeastern Regions of North America. Its home office is located in the state of Vermont (USA). The Association annually hosts the National Traditional Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest and Festival held at the Barre Auditorium in Barre, VT. the last weekend in September. Phone: 802-476-7256 Location: 1002 South Barre Rd., Barre, VT Email: marcdeb186@verizon.net
Additional Performance Series
Barre Players, Barre
Community theatre performed in the spring and fall at the historic Barre Opera House. Phone: 802-476-8188 Location: 6 No. Main Street, Barre, VT Email: staff@barreoperahouse.org
Capital City Concerts, Montpelier
Capital City Concerts presents chamber music performed by some of the world's finest musicians, in collaboration with outstanding Vermont artists. Founded in 2000 by flutist Karen Kevra, the concert series is based in Montpelier. Email: kkevra@sover.net
Celebration Series, Barre
Set in the historic Barre Opera House, this series of performances features world-renowned artists in music, dance and theater. Phone: 802-476-8188
Monteverdi Music School, Montpelier
A community music school providing individual lessons, ensemble experience and music camps for people of all ages and abilities. Phone: 802-229-9000 Location: Barre St., Montpelier, VT Email: mntverdi@together.net
The Valley Players, Waitsfield
This group annually produces musical, children's, fall and winter shows. They also present the Cabin Fever Follies community variety show each March, and the Labor Day Craft Fair. Phone: 802-583-1674 Location: Route 100,Waitsfield, VT Email: valleyplayer@madriver.com
Vermont Philharmonic, Montpelier
Vermont's own premier orchestra featuring Louis A. Kosma, conductor. Performs classical programs, youth concerts, an annual outdoor pops concert, a New Year's Eve concert, and other programs in communities throughout Central and Northern Vermont. Phone: 802-244-6828. Location: Montpelier, VT Email: wil@vermontphilharmonic.org
Other Performance Series
Performances in the Park in Barre. Feel free to bring a picnic, lawn chairs and the whole family for these free concerts featuring some of Vermont's best bands. Wednesday nights during the summer. Also, Brown Bag Series, a series of free concerts at Noon in the Christ Church's Pocket Park in Montpelier in the summer on Fridays.
Featured Festivals
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Barre Homecoming Days
Barre Homecoming Days, Barre
A Celebration of the culture and history of Barre City and Barre Town. Events included art exhibits, stock car racing, lots of different live bands playing in the City Hall Park, street dance, book sales, sport events, a parade through downtown Barre and fireworks just to name a few. Molly Binaghi-Brault Phone: 802-476-3615 Location: 322 N Main St. Barre, VT 05663
Additional Festivals
All Species Day, Montpelier
Annual spring pageant celebrating the many species that inhabit the earth. Held on the first Sunday in May. Phone: 802-454-1461 Location: Montpelier, VT
Celebrate the Winooski, Montpelier
Celebrate the Winooski is an annual celebration in September that takes place in Montpelier with activities such as: river clean-up, junk sculptures, music, storm drain stenciling, art exhibits, educational workshops, and more. Phone: 802-229-1443
Dragon Dance Halloween Show, Middlesex
Fire sculptures light the stage for this unique seasonal event which features giant puppets and masks, music, fireworks and themes from classical mythology. Location: 148 North Bear Swamp Road, Middlesex, VT Email: Ninshabor@aol.com
Enchanted Forest, Montpelier
Groups are lead on a magical journey through Montpelier's Hubbard Park to experience music, dance, theater and nature in the autumn evening hours. Held in Mid-October. Phone: 802-454-1461 Location: Montpelier, VT
First Night-Montpelier, Montpelier
This New Year's Eve celebration features hundreds of performances and activities for the whole family. Fireworks, a spectacular parade, road race, children's workshops, music, dance, theater and more make up this drug and alcohol-free community event. Phone: 802-223-9502 Location: City of Montpelier
Mad River Valley Crafts Fair, Warren
This intimate crafts fair exhibits the work of 100 juried artisans and is held in the scenic communities surrounding the Sugarbush resort area. Annually held on Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend in Kenyon's Field. Phone: 802-496-4420 Location: Kenyon's Field, Waitsfield, VT
Montpelier's Independence Day Celebration, Montpelier
Presented by the City of Montpelier and the Montpelier Downtown Community Association, this free, day-long festival takes place on July 3rd on the Statehouse lawn and features dozens of performances, activities, demonstrations, food vendors, and a spectacular fireworks display. Phone: 802-223-9502.
Open Studio Weekend, Montpelier
More than 100 Vermont craftspeople open their doors to the public during this statewide event held each Memorial Day weekend. Phone: 802-223-3380 Location: Montpelier, VT Email: vt1crafts@aol.com
Pow Wows, Montpelier
These celebrations are held in April, August and October each year and feature Native American vendors, food, traditional drums and flute, dancing and storytelling. Location: 21 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT Email: Dawnland@together.net

Stowe Street Arts Festival, Waterbury
The Stowe Street Arts Festival is held in June featuring arts, crafts, music, and lots of fun! A wide variety of arts and crafts for sale from Vermont crafters. Chicken BBQ and live music. Phone: 802-229-1342 Location: Waterbury VT

Vermont Festival of the Arts, Mad River Valley Area
A month long celebration of the arts in August in the towns and villages of the Mad River Valley and beyond. There is something for every interest, including music, performing arts, visual arts, cultural history tours, outdoor events, workshops, demonstrations, and culinary delights. Phone: 800-517-4247 Location: Mad River Valley

Aldrich Public Library, Barre
This community library has been serving Barre City, Barre Town and neighbors since 1908. It houses the Barre Museum, Archive of Barre History, the Milne Gallery, and the Children's Library. Phone: 802-476-7550 Location: 6 Washington Street, Barre, VT

Brown Public Library, Northfield
The Brown Public Library is nestled within the small town of Northfield, Vermont. The Library accepts as its mission the responsibility of providing access to books and other resources in support of education, recreation and culture. Phone: 802-485-4621 Location: 93 South Main Street, Northfield, VT
Cabot Public Library, Cabot
The Cabot Public Library occupies one large room in a substantial gray building resembling a school. Called the Willey memorial Hall, the Greek Revival structure also contains the town clerk's office and a large meeting room with stage and balcony. Phone: 802-563-2721 Location: 3084 Main St, Cabot, VT
Calef Memorial Library, Washington
Phone: 802-883-2343 Location: 3964 VT Route 110, Washington, VT
Cutler Memorial Library, Plainfield
The collection of the library contains 8825 volumes. The library circulates 5097 items per year. The library serves a population of 1364 residents. Phone: 802-454-8504 Location: 151 High Street, Plainfield, VT
Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield
It is a center for the community, making information, ideas and cultural experiences free and available to the public through a collection of books and audio-visual materials, other technologies, and programs. Phone: 802-426-3581 Location: School Street, Marshfield VT
Joslin Memorial Library, Waitsfield
The Joslin Memorial Library encourages a love of reading by providing community members with educational, cultural, and recreational materials. A special emphasis on lifelong learning underlies a strong preschool program and services to the senior citizens of the Mad River Valley. Phone: 802-496-4205 Location: 4391 Main St., Waitsfield, VT
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier
The historic building was built in 1895 and has many interesting architectural details including the frieze on the second floor consisting of copies of the Elgin Marbles. Phone: 802-223-3338 Location: 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT
Moretown Memorial Public Library, Moretown
The Moretown Memorial Library will provide informational and recreational materials and services for the residents of Moretown. It will also strive to collect and preserve materials relating to Moretown and Vermont. Phone: 802-496-9728 Location: 897 Route 100 B, Moretown VT
Roxbury Free Library, Roxbury
Phone: 802-485-6860 Location: 1491 Roxbury Road, Roxbury, VT

Warren Public Library, Warren
We have books, wireless internet service, public access computer, audio books, videos and DVDs, puzzles, toys, games, and a paperback collection (no library card needed to borrow these paperbacks). Phone: 802-496-3913 Location: 42 Cemetery Road, Warren VT Email: warren@vals.state.vt.us

Waterbury Public Library, Waterbury
At the Waterbury Public Library you will find information, entertainment, friendly staff, and free programs for all ages. Phone: 802-244-7036 Location: 28 North Main Street, Waterbury, VT Email: programs@waterburypubliclibrary.com
Woodbury Community Library, Woodbury
Phone: 802-472-5715 Location: 69 Valley Lake Road, Woodbury, VT

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