Bennington has two great events on the agenda this coming Wednesday, May 22nd! The unveiling party for the Catamount Prowl is this Wednesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at 190 North Street! Tickets are $10 per person and it will be well worth it to see 34 of these amazing Catamounts brought to life by talented local artists! This is the fourth community street art event held in Bennington - the first was held in 2005 and to date over $500,000 total has been raised to benefit local arts and our Downtown. Also happening this Wednesday is a fund raiser for the Old First Church being held at Bennington Potters at 324 County Street, Bennington. The event is being held to help raise funds to paint the exterior of the church. There will be a wine and cheese party at the Pottery with no cost to attend. A hand made hooked rug is being raffled off as a part of the fund raising and tickets will be available at the party.
The MAU Drama department is currently running performances of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing... remaining performances are tonight and tomorrow night at 7pm and the cost of a ticket is $6. Even if you are hesitant to dip your toe into a Shakespearean play, this comedy is something you will surely enjoy! There are several laugh out loud moments and you will especially enjoy Sebastian Durfee's portrayal of bumbling Constable Dogberry. All of the student actors bring their very best to their characters, the set is fabulous and you will soon lose yourself in this tale of romance and intrigue! Do yourself a favor and be sure to take in this production of Much Ado About Nothing!
Valentine's Day in Bennington! If you are still undecided about where to take your sweetheart to celebrate, you can click here to see a comprehensive list of local eateries! Still need to find a special gift? Check out this link to find Bennington retailers! On Main Street alone, there are a number of fabulous places to eat and shop. The Gift Garden, The Flower Works and The Tuscan Sunflower all offer beautiful arrangements for that special someone... The Village Chocolate Shop, KF Armstrong Jewelers and Hawkins House are great places to look too!
Attention Bennington area cooks! Come spend an evening with famed founder, editor and publisher of Cook's Illustrated, Chris Kimball! On Friday, March 1st at 7:00 there will be discussion, dessert reception and book signing at the Bennington Museum to benefit the Bennington Free Library. The cost is $25 per person. Kimball is the host of the PBS syndicated cooking shows "America's Test Kitchen" and "Cook's Country". He is also a regular contributor to NPR, a columnist for the New York Daily News and a prolific author. He says cooking isn't creative and it isn't easy. Cooking is about putting food on the table night after night, and there isnt anything glamorous about it. His philosophy is that there is a "single best way to make a dish" that leads to "nearly bulletproof" results. Take this opportunity to support our local library, view the updates at Bennington Museum and glean some cooking know-how from one of America's best known chefs!
On Saturday, October 27th bring the family to downtown Bennington to enjoy this year's Fallapalooza celebration! Activities include hay rides on Main Street, craft and gift vendors, pumpkin carving, kid's activities (bring them in their costumes!) and more.... for more details, click here! Downtown Bennington is always beautiful and especially when the leaves are turning and the air is crisp! This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to enjoy one of the most wonderful times in Vermont... There will be store-to-store trick or treating and live entertainment. Call the Better Bennington Corporation at 802-442-5758 or visit their website at www.betterbennington.com to learn more about this event and other!
OKTOBERFEST: October 13, 2012 Come join the fun on the grounds of the Historic Park McCullough in North Bennington. Bavarian food, great music, cold Oktoberfest beers (and wine) --- what more could you ask from an Oktoberfest? The event will take place rain or shine. Live music will be provided by the Rymanowski Brothers. They are one of the Capital Districts most popular Oktoberfest bands. Their radio program can be heard on 88.3 FM (Albany, NY) So, come out and dance up a storm, or sit and enjoy the sounds. You will also have an opportunity to purchase the commemorative beer glass, browse the stalls of craft vendors or take a hayride, or tour Historic Park McCullough. For details, click on the link below! http://www.parkmccullough.org/node/172
Last chance viewing: Bennington Museum's feature exhibit: Rockwell Kent - American Painter, Printmaker, Illustrator and Writer "Egypt", Shadow and light in Vermont. This exhibition focuses on the works of Kent during his time in Vermont 1919-1925, take advantage of this event before October 30. http://www.benningtonmuseum.org/rockwell-kents-egypt-shadow-and-light-in-vermont.html
OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND: October 6 &7, 2012 Artistic creativity and the brilliant colors of Vermont autumn go hand-in-hand on October 6th and 7th as a statewide network of craftspeople and artists open their studios to the public for Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend. Access maps and other event information here: http://www.vermontcrafts.com/OSW/fallpressrelease.html
Calling Antique Lovers! Each season brings a different destination for antique lovers. In winter it's New York City. In Spring it's York, Pennsylvania. In summer it's Antiques Week in New Hampshire. And in the fall it's Southern Vermont and Vermont Antiques Week. Where else would you want to be? Check out the website below! http://westonantiquesshow.org/vermont-antiques/
If you have a hankerin' for some summertime fun, don't miss the Lake Paran Bluegrass Festival 2012 on the shores of Lake Paran in North Bennington! The event will be held this weekend, July 28th and 29th and you won't want to miss it! Tickets are available at a discount online by clicking here.... And check out the line up by clicking here!
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