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January 2016

January 1, 2016, First Day Hikes at Vermont State Parks
Start the New Year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont State Park. Join a free, guided, easy, family hikes taking place in state parks and forests throughout the state. Hike leaders include professional guides and outdoor educators, sharing their knowledge and love of the Vermont outdoors. Don't need a guide? Then get outside at the state park or forest of your choice. They are always available and close by to all of us. Entry is free and you will discover a whole new world in the winter. Bring the whole family! Dress for the weather; brin snowshoes if there is a lot of snow. Bring some beverages and snacks. Dogs are welcome (on leash) unless otherwise noted. You don't need to pre-register, just show up. To check the status of the hikes call 802-249-1230. Update messages will be posted on December 31st and January 1st. Check out our website at www.vtstateparks.com  and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information and more hikes as they are added.  http://vtstateparks.blogspot.com/2015/12/join-vermont-state-parks-for-fun-guided.html

January 1, 2016,  Resolve to Revolve at Kingdom Trails
Kingdom Trails will host bike shops at their Nordic Ctr on Darling Hill to provide free Fatbike demos. Check out “fatbiking” by getting on different brands and ride the trails for an hour (or two) and see why anyone who try’s it is instantly hooked. For info check out www.kingdomtrails.org.

January 9, 2016, Predator Hunting Seminar
R & L Archery will be hosting our annual predator hunting seminar on January 9, from 1 - 3 p.m. at R & L Archery. Featured speaker is noted predator hunter Erik Hammond from Richmond, VT. Erik, who is a member of the FoxPro professional hunting staff, successfully hunts predators year round. Seminar will cover gear and gear set-up, stand placement, use of calls, and techniques for getting predators to come in. Seminar is FREE, and open to the public, no reservation required. For more info contact us at rlarchery@aol.com , or 800-269-9151 R & L Archery Inc. - 70 Smith Street, Barre, VT 05641.

Jan 10, 2016, Stowe Nordic Mini Enduro
12:00 am, Trapp Family Lodge, 700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, VT. The Enduro format allows for skiers to race on sections of a course with recovery ski time in-between checkpoints. The participants have an option of a short (7.5 km) or long course (12.5 km) in this fun racing format with interval starts. Post-race party to follow. www.stowenordic.org

Jan 10 2016 - Winter Trees and Birds at Audubon
1:00pm - 3:00pm. Event Contact, Gwendolyn Causer. Winter’s a wonderful time to learn your trees. Buds, bark and branching provide ample clues to discern the differences between oak and maple, birch and beech. The Green Mountain Audubon Center offers a diversity of tree species and natural communities. We’ll also keep our eyes and ears open for resident and irruptive winter birds. Ages: adults and teens 15+. Fee: Members $10, Non-members $15. Pre-registration is required: 434-3068 or vermont@audubon.org  Meeting Place: Education Barn, Green Mountain Audubon Center

January 15, 2016, CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT COURSES
Held at the upstairs conference room at the Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show January 15th. There will be a Concealed Carry Permit Course at the Champlain Valley Exposition located at 105 Pearl Street, Essex VT 05452 during the Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show in the Robert E Miller building. Entrance to the class/show is through the CVE main entrance on Pearl Street (Route 15). The one day course will be offered once only on Friday January 15, 2016. The successful completion of this class will provide the student with the training requirement certifications for a non-resident UTAH and non-resident FLORIDA CCW permits. ** see note below regarding Florida

Class size will be limited to 60 students. The Florida and Utah non-resident CCW permits are among the most widely respected by other states in the country. The course will run from 10 am to 6 pm with a one hour break for lunch.

The cost for the two courses is $110.00; class cost also includes your entry into the show for all 3 days. Make your check payable to: Patrick M Benner Sr. and mail your check to: Patrick M Benner, 3 Woodside Drive, So Burlington VT 05403; cash will also be accepted at the door. The instructor will be furnishing all material necessary for the class. Utah State is a class room only requirement, no range time or other materials are necessary. **see note below regarding Florida
Please contact Patrick at: maj.benner@comcast.net  or you can call 802-355-0245 to reserve your seat. Please enroll early as there is limited seating available. Also available upon request are: Massachusetts and Maine CCW permits at a later date. Please inquire about these any time at the same contact information. **Florida state CCW permit requires that you receive a small amount of range time. I will work with you on this if required. NOTE – if you are current or retired military, current or retired law enforcement or have had Hunter Education Safety training at any time, then the Florida range time is not necessary in your case.

January 15 – 17, - The 24th Annual Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show
Celebrate Vermont’s Hunting and Fishing Heritage. The 24th Annual Yankee Sportsman's Classic Show presented by the H-Team will be held January 15th thru the 17th at the Robert E. Miller Expo Center in Essex Junction, Vermont. The three day, 100,000 square foot event brings together 15,000 sportsmen, women and their families from all over to celebrate Vermont’s hunting and fishing heritage. With nearly 200 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. During this long weekend, attend seminars, check out the latest gear, boats, trucks, tractors, ATVs, and RV’s, take advantage of show specials and the truckload sale gun safes, talk with wildlife and fisheries experts, and book the hunting or fishing adventure of a lifetime. The kids can see the Whitetails of North America Collection, take part in the kids archery shoot, BB gun shoot, casting competition and live birds of prey demonstrations. They can try their luck at the catch, and release trout pond, and even climb the high rock wall. www.yankeeclassic.net

January 16, 2016, Torchlight Ski and Snowshoe
Head out for a night time snowshoe or ski on the Kingdom Trails cross country ski trails. Solar torches will be your guide (but make sure that you have a headlamp) to a bonfire and hot chocolate. Great friends and family outing. $5 non/members- check in at the Kingdom Trails Nordic Adventure Ctr. For more info visit www.kingdomtrails.org

January 16, 2016 Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics Vermont
North Bennington, VT. In 1996 a few hardy souls jumped into Lake Champlain during the Burlington Winter Carnival and raised more than $8,000 for Special Olympics Vermont. The initial fundraising efforts exceeded expectations and by the following year, $27,000 was raised at the second annual Burlington Penguin Plunge. Today, the Penguin Plunge is a three-part series with events in North Bennington, Burlington and Cool Schools - Burlington. Nearly 1,500 brave souls will jump into Vermont's icy lakes to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Vermont athletes. The Penguin Plunge has become a highly anticipated staple of winter in Vermont and is widely recognized as a fun team building exercise for hundreds of families, schools, and businesses. Do you have 32 degrees of courage? http://penguinplunge.org/

Jan. 16-17, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show Trail
Clean, Family Friendly Environment, Free Gun Appraising, Handicap Accessible, Antiques & Collectibles (Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc.), Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives & more. Knights Of Columbus, 2 Berard Drive, South Burlington, VT. www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com

Jan 22, 2016, Smuggs Ice Bash
12:00 am, Petra Cliffs, 105 Briggs St., Burlington, VT. The 9th Annual Ice Bash includes Ice Climbing, Mountaineering and Avalanche Clinics, the Friday Night Drytooling Competition, speakers and athlete presentations, public demos of ice climbing equipment, raffles and support for local Access Fund Affiliate, CRAG-VT. www.smuggsicebash.com

January 23-24, 2016 Winter Tracking Intensive
The Winter Tracking Intensive is open to all skill levels and students. The weekend will be predominantly experience based, offering guided ‘dirt time’ in which students can push their skills in real tracking situations. Trailing and interpretation will be a major theme for the weekend as we take in depth looks into the lives of the animals living in Vermont’s forests. When the sun goes down students will be offered ecological tracking information and apply it to creating an accurate map of the land they have tracked and how the animals have moved through it. We will also check out skull and bone, and feather identification. Expect to cover a lot of snow in any weather conditions and to spend two full long days in the forests and fields tracking. Snow shoes recommended. Details at www.RootsVt.com  Contact us at Info@RootsVt.com  or 802.456.1253 Located at; 192 Bear Notch Rd. Bradford Vt, 05033

Jan 24, 2016 - Mansfield Nordic Masters and BKL Duathlon
12:00 am, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT. - The Craftsbury Outdoor Center hosts Masters through U16 divisions in 6K classic and skate races. BKL skiers race in 1-2K classic and skate races. www.skireg.com

January 29, 2016 to January 31, 2016, NASTAR Eastern Championships
Recreational racers compete against their peers in a modified GS race on Saturday and with their family members and friends in a team competition on Sunday. There will be race clinics, races, a sponsor village, live music, Warren Miller movies, professional pacesetters and more. This event is open to the public. No race experience is necessary to participate. More info at www.nastar.com

January 30, - BIRD MONITORING WALK
8:00am-9:00am. Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register by email or phone: museum@birdsofvermont.org  or (802) 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, Vermont 05462

Jan 30, 2016, Third Annual Memphremagog Marathon
10:30 am. East Side Restaurant & Pub, 47 Landing Street, Newport, VT. - Kingdom Games, hosts 1, 5, 21, and 42K races plus a 42K untimed skate. The 1 and 5K races are free and open to the public. www.kingdomgames.com

January 30-February 1, AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Training Course
If you plan to spend a lot of time in the backcountry, this is some seriously vital knowledge. The AIARE Level 1 course is a 3-day/24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. The course is expected to: Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain and give skills that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to locate and extricate a buried person(s). Contact us at adventurespiritguides@gmail.com  or 802-535-1498.

Jan 30, 2016, Craftsbury Marathon
9:00 am, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT. - The Craftsbury Marathon is a classical technique wave start cross country ski race of 25 or 50 km on January 30. It is on a 12. 5 km loop with 3 aid stations. www.craftsbury.com

January 30, Vermont’s Free Ice Fishing Day
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January 30 , 3rd Annual Free Ice Fishing Day Festival
Vermont’s 3rd annual Free Ice Fishing Day Festival. Free and open to the public. Vermont Fish & Wildlife staff, as well as instructors from Vermont’s Let’s Go Fishing program, will be on hand to teach ice fishing basics including how to successfully use ice fishing equipment, tie knots and stay warm on the ice. Loaner ice fishing equipment will be available for use, or participants may bring their own. Staff will also operate a fish fry station and will be frying and serving samples of panfish provided by the Department. Additionally, staff will be available to fillet and cook any fish caught by participants that are large enough to be cleaned and prepared. Other refreshments will also be provided, and several warming huts will be on site. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., WHERE: Lake Elmore State Park, 856 VT Route 12, Lake Elmore, VT 05657 Free and open to the public . https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/70512

Jan 30, 2016, 21st Annual Nicolas Gage Poker Run
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  First prize; $500! Many other prizes donated by local business. Stops, rules and final destination to turn cards in to be announced soon. Watch local papers and posting at local business, or contact us by phone or e-mail. We will also post info on website and Facebook as time approaches. This event will be held regardless of the weather. Come by sled, car, canoe, horse back, or grandma's pet pig, but don't miss this fun filled event. Come out and support our snowmobile club and area businesses. Gloria Rodrigue, Email: gramg7@live.com  Phone: (802) 334-6179 Fees: $5

Jan. 30-31, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show Trail
Clean, Family Friendly Environment, Free Gun Appraising, Handicap Accessible, Antiques & Collectibles (Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc.), Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives & more. VFW Hall, 40 Black MTN Road, Brattleboro, VT www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com 

January 30 - 31, 2016 – Third Annual Memphremagog Marathon
Memphremagog Ice Skating Club, 1, 5, 21, and 42 km races plus a 42 km untimed skate. The 1 and 5 km races are free and open to the public. In the event that weather or ice conditions force us to postpone the event, the alternate dates will be February 13 & 14, 2016. Outright cancellation of this event entitles registrants to a refund of all but $50. http://kingdomgames.co/283-2/ 

January 31, Skate-a-thon 2016
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., UVTA's Annual Winter Fundraiser. We're hopeful that colder weather will soon arrive and create perfect skating trail conditions by mid-January. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! How far can you skate? Come out to skate and glide around the longest skating trail in the country. Skate-a-thon participants receive one raffle ticket, to enter for some great prizes, for each lap skated. Join hundreds of others at this great community event - loads of room for all. Registration now open: Lunch, hot chocolate and nordic skate rentals for registered participants. Volunteers willing to offer a few hours of event help can register for free. www.eventbrite.com/e/upper-valley-trails-alliance-presents-the-2016-lake-morey-skate-a-thon-sunday-january-17-2016-tickets-19841965854

Jan 31, Ski for Heat
Bromley hosts a fundraiser to help local neighbors in need of heating assistance. www.skiforheat.org

January 31, UVTA's Annual Winter Fundraiser, Skate-a-thon 2016
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Colder weather has finally arrived but as of last Friday we only had an inch of ice on Lake Morey followed by a weekend of rain. To allow for safer ice conditions to form that are suitable for both grooming equipment and skaters, we've moved Skate-a-thon to Sunday, January 31st. How far can you skate? Come out to skate and glide around the longest skating trail in the country. Skate-a-thon participants receive one raffle ticket, to enter for some great prizes, for each lap skated. Join hundreds of others at this great community event - loads of room for all. Join us for some outdoor fun! Lunch, hot chocolate and nordic skate rentals for registered participants. Volunteers offering a few hours of event help can register for free. www.eventbrite.com/e/upper-valley-trails-alliance-presents-the-2016-lake-morey-skate-a-thon-sunday-january-31-2016-tickets-19841965854

 

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February 2016

February 4, Seminar on Ice Fishing for Pan Fish and Trout
R&L Archery in Barre, VT will be hosting a seminar on ice fishing for pan fish and trout in Vermont on Thursday, February 4, 6-8pm at R&L Archery. Our featured speaker will be local avid ice fisherman, and Clam Powerstick 2015 Champlain Valley Hardwater Tournament Series Champion, Nathan Smead. We’ll spend an evening talking fishing tips through the ice, equipment, set-up, and probably a few fishing stories along the way. Our primary focus will be on fishing for pan fish and trout in Vermont. This is a FREE seminar. R&L Archery, 70 Smith St, Barre, VT 05641 802-479-9151 802-476-1377 (fax)  www.randlarchery.com

Feb 5 - 7, 2016, Willoughby Lake Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Willoughby Lake Store, 1:00 AM (Feb 5) to 3:00 PM (Feb 7) - Waterbody: Willoughby Lake, Check-in Location: Willoughby Lake Store, Town: Westmore, Fish: Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch. Contact: Name: James Towns, Address: 2003 VT Route 5A, Westmore, VT, 05860, Phone: (802) 525-3300 (day) / (802) 525-3300 (evening), Email: twls@ymail.com

February 5 - 7, Great Ice
North Hero, VT. On the Largest Skating Oval on Lake Champlain. City Bay, North Hero, Vermont. Free Public Skating, Bonfire, Sled Dog Rides, Kids Ice Fishing Derby, Over 'n Back Trek to Knight Island, Ice Bike Racing, Pickup Hockey, Extreme Frisbee, Flapjack Breakfast, Drag Racing, Valentine's Dinner and Dance, More www.greaticevt.org

Feb 6, 2016, NENSA EasternCup Race Weekend #4
12:00 am, Trapp Family Lodge, 700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, VT. - The Von Trapp trails host 5K/10K freestyle races on Saturday and 10K/15K classic races on Sunday. www.nensa.net

Feb 06, 2016, Lamoille County Poker Ride
Lamoille County is holding their annual poker ride Saturday, February 6, 2016. Come join us for a fun filled Saturday of riding and explore Lamoille County and all that it has to offer, amazing scenery, country stores, amazing food, great people. Please be advised that if we do not have enough snow the snow date will be Saturday, February 20, 2016. Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Contact: Brian Currier, Email: IronwoodPrecision@gmail.com,  Phone: (802) 279-7688 Location: Through out Lamoille County Fees: $10 per card

February 6, 2016,  'Fatscutney' Winter Bike Challenge
9:00am – 11:00am, In partnership with Vermont Overland, Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin is excited to be hosting FATSCUTNEY – a fatbike challenge to benefit Ascutney Outdoors. The event will be held the morning of the Inaugural Winter Fest and Rope Tow Dedication, part of a day of celebration and fun. In addition to the 8-mile ride, there will be skiing, snowshoeing, live music, and catered lunch. Vendors will be on-hand with demo bikes and skis, and loads of great swag. For more info and to register for this great ride, click here. If you’d like to volunteer to help with any of the day’s activities, drop us a line at social@ascutneytrails.com , http://ascutneytrails.com/

February 6, Kingdom Trails Poker Run
The proceeds will go to support the Kingdom Trails KT Friday Night Kids Ride. For all you people wondering what a Poker run is, according to Wikipedia; " A poker run is an organized event where participants, usually using motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, horses, on foot or other means of transportation must visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run." For this particular Poker Run, we will choose fatbikes, and snowshoes as the mode of transportation. You can do this as a team or individual- although you will all compete in the same category for one grand prize. The grand prize for the best hand will be a night at the beautiful Wildflower Inn, Vermont. Don't worry, if luck isn't with you for the day, you can still win lots of raffle prizes and swag provided by Long Trail Brewing Company, Village Sport Shop Trailside, East Burke Sports, and Kingdom Trails. Cost $5 per hand. Non Kingdom Trails members will need to purchase a trail pass ($15) to participate. Proceeds will benefit KT Friday Night Kids Ride.
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February 6, 2016, Annual Winter Trails Day
Hikes beginning from 9:00am-1:00pm. 9 guided hikes on a variety of trails, Free snowshoe & microspike demos available, Snacks and refreshments, Raffle, Warming fire. All hikes and snacks are FREE. The annual Winter Trails Day is a great way to get out and shake off some cabin fever! This year we are teaming up with CC Outdoor Store through the annual Waterbury Winterfest celebration to bring you nine guided hikes for every ability, including three that are perfect for families. Demo snowshoes and microspikes, enjoy snacks and warm refreshments, and take part in our awesome raffle with gear, gift certificates, and local food prizes! GMC and CC Outdoor Store representatives will be on-site to help you with gear and hiking questions. This year's festival will be based from CC Outdoor Store on Route 2 in Waterbury. All hikes will meet at and leave from the store. To learn more about Winter Trails Day or details about the hikes, contact Caitlin Miller, GMC’s AmeriCorps Group Outreach Specialist, at 802-241-8327 or groups@greenmountainclub.org . To see the hike schedule, visit: www.bit.ly/wintertrailsday

February 6, 2016 Penguin Plunge for Special Olympics Vermont
Burlington Waterfront Park, In 1996 a few hardy souls jumped into Lake Champlain during the Burlington Winter Carnival and raised more than $8,000 for Special Olympics Vermont. The initial fundraising efforts exceeded expectations and by the following year, $27,000 was raised at the second annual Burlington Penguin Plunge. Today, the Penguin Plunge is a three-part series with events in North Bennington, Burlington and Cool Schools - Burlington. Nearly 1,500 brave souls will jump into Vermont's icy lakes to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Vermont athletes. The Penguin Plunge has become a highly anticipated staple of winter in Vermont and is widely recognized as a fun team building exercise for hundreds of families, schools, and businesses. Do you have 32 degrees of courage? http://penguinplunge.org/

Feb. 6 - 7, 2016 - 7th Annual Vermont Pond Hockey Champions
VT Pond Hockey Championships (VPHC) is the way that hockey was meant to be played, outside on natural ice, where you can see your breath in the air, feel the chill of a winter's day and enjoy the thrill and camaraderie of friendly pond hockey competition. Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT. www.vtpondhockey.com

Feb 6 - 7, 2016, Lake Hortonia Ice Fishing Derby
Lake Hortonia Country Store, Waterbody: Lake Hortonia, Check-in Location: Lake Hortonia Country Store, Town: HUBBARDTON,  Fish: Brown_Bullhead, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Contact Name: Jody L. Gale, Address: 303 Rt., 144/Hubb, Orwell, VT, 05760 Phone: (802) 273-2577 (day) / (802) 236-5060 (evening)

February 6 - 7, Annual Barre Fish & Game Club Gun Show
The Annual Barre Fish & Game Club Gun Show, the largest in New England with over 200+ tables. FREE PARKING
ADMISSION: ADULTS $8.00 & CHILDREN $1.00. www.barrefishandgameclub.com/2016%20Gun%20Show.pdf

Feb 7, 2016, 7th Annual Frozen Onion Winter Bike & Snowshoe Running Race
Hubbard Par, Montpelier, VT, Start off the New Year with Montpelier’s most unique race of 2016! Onion River Sports announces the 7th Annual Frozen Onion Winter Fat Bike and Snowshoe Running Race, Sunday, February 7th.  Chip the icicles off your trusty steed and snowshoes and head up to Montpelier’s Hubbard Park for day of winter family fun!  Want to try both riding and snowshoe running? Race the "Abominable Snow Monster" duathlon category for an extra $10! Special trophies and prizes awarded. Riders/duathletes go off at 10:00am and snowshoe runners start at 11am. Hang out afterwards for Fat bike group rides and snowshoe demos around the course, a warm fire and a free kids Strider Ski fun race around the New Shelter! A portion of the proceeds from the event is benefiting bridge maintenance on the mountain bike trail in North Branch Park and ongoing natural playground construction in Hubbard and Blanchard Parks. www.bikereg.com/frozen-onion-hubbard

Feb 7, 2016, Benson Polar Bear Obstacle Challenge
12:00 am, Shale Hill Adventure Farm, 517 Lake Rd., Benson, VT. - Shale Hill Obstacle Course in Benson, Vt. hosts an 8 hr race with over 65 obstacles in addition to hills, mud, snow and ice. www.shalehilladventure.com

Feb 7, Fisk Trophy Race
Suicide Six hosts the 79th consecutive running of the oldest alpine trophy race in North America. www.suicide6.com

Feb. 7, Blueberry Hill Ski Center Snowshoe Run and Race
at 10am. Goshen, VT, A 5km and 10km course option, followed by a meal. An event for all levels of experience. 5km &10km snowshoe on the Blueberry Hill trails within the Green Mountain National Forest. Followed by meal and bonfire and smores. Veggie Chili, Meat Chili, cornbread and fresh rolls, hot drinks, smores. $25pp ($40 day of race) Meal only $15pp Volunteers needed. All proceeds go to trail maintenance! Final course will be determined the week prior to the event. https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=36793

Feb. 12, Ride 365, Winter Bike to Work Day
Celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day with a ride around town with our BTV Police Chief Brandon del Pozo to Battery Park. At Battery Park we will have #coffeeoutside, free pastries from Barrio Bakery & Pizza Barrio and fat tire bike demos around the park courtesy of Old Spokes Home and SKIRACK. If you cannot make the 8am departure at Old Spokes Home, feel free to just meet at Battery Park at 8:30 for the festivities. www.facebook.com/WinterBikeToWorkDay

Feb 13, 2016, The Great Skate
12:00 am, Downtown Newport, Main St, Newport, VT. - Skaters and cross country skiers attempt a “border buster” skate from Newport, Vt. to Magog, Quebec. www.kingdomgames.com

February 13, Fly Tying Courses and Tournament
From 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. join tiers Brian Price of Vermont Fly Guys, Mike Hulvey of Central Vermont Trout Unlimited, Kelly Bedford, Paul Sinicki, and others as they show you the ways in vise mastery. This event is family friendly and the AMFF staff will also have a craft table set up to teach young children how to make clown flies. These big decorative flies made on coat hanger “hooks” serve as a fun teaching tool. Whether you are a seasoned fly tier or have yet to string together your first Woolly Worm, these classes will benefit all. The generous staff at Green Mountain Troutfitters has donated fly tying materials for the event. www.amff.com/fittobetyed2016.html

Feb 13, Romance Half Marathon
The Rikert Nordic Center hosts a weekend half marathon on their trail network. www.rikertnordic.com

February 13, OPEN MUSEUM FOR THE GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT
10am - 3pm, Drop by the Museum to find out more about the Great Backyard Bird Count! * New to the count? We can tell you about it and help you participate. * Need to warm up from your outdoor excursion with Audubon Vermont? Do so from the comfort of our viewing window chairs. * Seen a great bird and want to let us know? Sounds good! * Need help identifying a bird? From apps to field guides, we can help. You'll need to know your fieldmarks, though! (And we can help with that, too) * Want to have fun? You bet! More info: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, Vermont 05462 USA (802) 434-2167 • museum@birdsofvermont.org  • http://www.birdsofvermont.org

Feb 13 - 14, 2016, 36th Lake Champlain Islands Ice Fishing Derby
Organization: ISLANDS FISHING DERBY COMMITTEE, Time: 12:00 AM (Sat) to 3:00 PM (Sun), Waterbody: Lake Champlain
Check-in Location: Hog Island Market (West Swanton); Harborside Harvest Market (North Hero); Martin's General Store (Highgate Springs); Lakeshore Ace Hardware (Colchester); Bayside Bait & Tackle (St. Albans Bay); Keeler's Bay Variety (South Hero), Fish: All legal species. Contact Name: Todd Sudol, Address: 597 Holy Cross Road, Colchester, VT, 05446. Phone: (802) 233-7613 (day) / (802) 862-1150 (evening) Email: casimer37@aol.com

Feb 13 - 14, 2016, Lake Bomoseen Ice Fishing Derby
Organization: CASTLETON LIONS CLUB, Time: 6:00 AM (Sat) to 3:00 PM (Sun), Waterbody: Lake Bomoseen, Check-in Location: Crystal Beach, Town: CASTLETON, Fish: Brown Trout, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Smelt, Yellow Perch, Contact Name: Stanley Patch, Jr., Address: P. O. Box 2, Castleton, VT, 05735, Phone: (802) 468-5001 (day) / (802) 468-5001 (evening), Email: stanandmamie@myfairpoint.net

Feb 13 - 14, 2016, Lake Dunmore Ice Fishing Derby
Organization: Lake Dunmore Kampersville, Waterbody: Lake Dunmore, Check-in Location: Kampersville Store (1457 Lake Dunmore Road, Salisbury), Town: SALISBURY, Fish: Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Contact Name: Holly Hathaway, Address: P. O. Box 56, Salisbury, VT, 05769, Phone: (802) 352-4501 (day) / (802) 388-7507 (evening), Email: hollyvt2005@yahoo.com

Feb 14, 2016, AT & Tele Backcountry Skinning Clinic
9:00am - 4:00pm, Learn from the best instructors in the East, like, Wendy Bridgewater of the North American Telemark Organization. Learn trip planning and backcountry protocol, refine Skill & Techniques for BC Powder & Tree Skiing. Increase confidence on variable terrain and explore Climbing Techniques with wax & skins on your favorite gear. (Tele, AT, BC or Split Board). www.umiak.com/#!at--tele/c1sig.  Space is limited! Call (802)-253-2317 to reserve your place today! $99 per person.

February 14, 2016, Woodstock Nordic Runners CLASSIC Sweetheart Race
Woodstock Nordic Center, Woodstock, VT. Join us for our Woodstock CLASSIC Sweetheart Race on Sunday, February 14th at the Woodstock Nordic Center, now located at the Woodstock Country Club! ​Sign up on skireg and we will also have Day of Race for an additional fee. Lollipoppers are day of and are free! The goal of this race is to encourage first time racers to race. We like to keep it festive with costumes, fairy wings and sparkles! ​We encourage families to stay for the day and ski our renovated trail system or register for the OPEN class race at 1pm. https://www.nensa.net/calendar/index.php

Feb 14, 2016, 33rd Annual Ice Fishing Derby
Organization: UPPER VALLEY FISH AND GAME CLUB, Waterbody: Lake Fairlee, Check-in Location: Lake Fairlee Access Area
Town: WEST FAIRLEE, Fish: Brown Trout, Chain Pickerel, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass. Contact Name: Rhett W. Scruggs, Address: P.O. Box 265, East Thetford, VT, 05043, Phone: (802) 333-4067 (day) / (802) 333-4067 (evening) Email: Rhett_W_Scruggs@valley.net

February 14, 2016, Stowe Nordic Mini Enduro
Stowe, Stowe , VT. Start times: lolipopper race at 9:50, all others 10:00 a.m. Location: Stowe Mountain Resort Cross Country Center. Technique: Freestyle. The Enduro format allows for skiers to race on sections of a course with recovery ski time in-between checkpoints. The participants have an option of a short (7.5 km) or long course (12.5 km) in this fun racing format with interval starts of waves of 4 skiers beginning with the Open Class (U15 and above), U14, U12,U10...U6 at 10:00 am. Participants ski to checkpoints along the course with start and finish times being recorded on a bib card. After completing a section, skiers ski on their own recovery time to the next start checkpoint along the marked course. Short course includes 3 checkpoints while the long course includes 5 checkpoints while using an additional loop. Total race duration in the short course will not exceed 4 km and 8 km in the long course. Chili feed, blueberry soup, S’mores and more are all part of the day with a race after-party and participation awards. All entrants please bring either drinks, apps, salads, cookies or other items to contribute. We will provide the chili for the after party in the yurt. https://www.nensa.net/calendar/index.php

Feb 19 - 21, 2016, Eli Goss Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament
Organization: Eli Goss Memorial Scholarship Fund, Waterbody: Seymour Lake and Echo Lake, Check-in Location: Seymour Lake Access Area (no transporting of live fish), Fish: All legal species, Contact Name: Stephanie Goss, Address: 1465 South Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931, Phone: (802) 673-8931 (day) / (802) 673-8931 (evening), Email: Stee01@live.com

February 20, 2016, Torchlight Ski and Snowshoe
Head out for a night time snowshoe or ski on the Kingdom Trails cross country ski trails. Solar torches will be your guide (but make sure that you have a headlamp) to a bonfire and hot chocolate. Great friends and family outing. $5 non/members- check in at the Kingdom Trails Nordic Adventure Ctr. For more info visit www.kingdomtrails.org

Feb 20, 2016, Brattleboro Winter Carnival Ice Fishing Derby
Organization: Grafton Village Cheese, Waterbody: Retreat Meadows - West River, Check-in Location: Retreat Meadows Access on Route 30, Town: BRATTLEBORO, Fish: Chain Pickerel, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Contact Name: Ellyn Ladd, Address: 400 Linden Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. Phone: (802) 246-2221 (day) / (evening), Email: Ellyn.Ladd@graftonvillagecheese.com

Feb 20 - 21, 2016, Memphremagog Pond Hockey – Newport, VT
We are gearing up for our Second Annual INTERNATIONAL pond hockey series. Buddies on the USA and Canadian sides of Lake Memphremagog have partnered up to offer two tournaments, one on each side of the border: the Memphremagog Pond Hockey Classic! This series will take place over two weekends, first on the Canadian side at Pointe Merry, Magog, QC on February 6th – 7th, 2016. Second, on the U.S. side of the border by the Eastside Restaurant, Newport, VT on February 20th -21st, 2016. Players of all skill levels are invited to this outdoor gathering to celebrate the best winter sport in the world! On line registration is now open for the Newport event. Magog registration will open soon. http://kingdomgames.co/memphremagog-pond-hockey-newport/

Feb 21, Catamount Trail Association Backcountry Day
The Catamount Trail Association holds a series of clinics for alpine touring and telemark skiing. http://catamounttrail.org/

February 27, Fly Tying Courses and Tournament
From 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. with the same instructors returning from the first event. From 6 p.m. until around 8 p.m. the AMFF and Pig Farm Ink will host the Iron Fly and Classic Tie with FREE pizza donated by Christos’ Pizza and Pasta and a cash bar serving beer provided by Otter Creek Brewing. What is the Iron Fly you may ask? Well, this fly tying sensation that is sweeping the nation follows the format of the Food Channel’s Iron Chef, where participants are given a mystery bag of ingredients to make some insanely creative flies. This is open to experienced tiers and novices alike who want to prove that their vise has the spice. Immediately following the Iron Fly will be our own tournament of sorts, with a historical twist. For the Classic Tie contestants will examine three flies from the AMFF’s collection- a Quill Gordon, Adams, and Royal Coachman and try to beat the original without instructions. They will have to tie by what they see in front of them and the contestant’s patterns will be judged by our panel to see who’s comes out the cleanest and closest to the original masterpiece. www.amff.com/fittobetyed2016.html

February 27,  BIRD MONITORING WALK
8:00am-9:00am, Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, Vermont 05462 USA (802) 434-2167 • museum@birdsofvermont.org  • http://www.birdsofvermont.org

Feb 26 - 27, 2016, I Love Winter Ice Fishing Derby
Organization: Barton Area Chamber of Commerce, Waterbody: Lake Willoughby, Crystal Lake, Shadow Lake, Check-in Location: (no transporting of live fish) - EM Brown & Sons (Barton), Curriers Market (Glover), Fish: Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Rainbow Trout. Contact Name: Lori Wells, Address: PO Box 776, Barton, VT, 05822, Phone: (802) 525-3524 (day) / (802) 673-7151 (evening), Email: lwells@communitynationalbank.com

Feb. 27-28, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show Trail
Clean, Family Friendly Environment, Free Gun Appraising, Handicap Accessible, Antiques & Collectibles (Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc.), Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives & more. CT Valley Auto, 1567 Route 14, White River Jct, VT www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com

Feb 27 - 28, 2016, 3rd Annual North Country Fire Protection Ice Fishing Derby
Organization: North Country Fire Protection, Time: 12:01 AM (Sat) to 4:00 PM (Sun), Waterbody: Lake Champlain, Check-in Location: Dockside Outdoor Supply (Colchester, VT), Town: Fish: Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Contact Name: Curtis Esden, Address: 2 Hampshire Court, Essex Junction, VT, 05452, Phone: (802) 999-2670 (day) / (802) 999-2670 (evening), Email: curtis.esden@comcast.net

Feb 27 - 28, 2016, 2016 Harriman Reservoir Ice Fishing Derby
Organization: DEERFIELD VALLEY SPORTSMEN'S CLUB, Time: 7:00 AM (Saturday) to 4:00 PM (Sunday), Waterbody: Harriman Reservoir and Lake Sadawga, Check-in Location: Wards Cove (on Harriman Reservoir), Town: Wilmington, Fish: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Chain Pickerel, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Contact Name: Jonathan Boos, Address: 70 Sun and Ski Road, Wilmington, VT, 05363, Phone: (802) 380-9617 (day) / (802) 464-1868 (evening), Email: jonathanboos@ymail.com

Feb 28, 2016, Strafford Nordic Relays
12:00 am, Strafford Nordic Center, 166 Brook Rd, Strafford, VT. - The Strafford Nordic Center hosts a sprint relay race for teams of two. Skate race in the morning followed by classic races in the afternoon. Lunch will be available for purchase. Free Strafford Organic Creamery Ice Cream for all participants after the race. www.straffordnordicskiing.com

Feb 28, 2016, Stowe Derby
8:00 am. Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road , Stowe, VT. - Participate in or cheer on racers as they ski from the top of the Mountain Road, down to the Stowe bike path and finish in the center of town. Race is open to fat bikes as well. stowederby@gmail.com  802 253 9216 www.stowederby.com


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March 2016

March 4 - 5, 2016 Winterbike 2016 and Northeast Fatbike Summit
Winterbike is essentially a celebration of the burgeoning fatbike culture that includes group rides, fatbike demos, vendors, a bon fire, games, a fun race and food and beverages. For more info check out www.kingdomtrails.org

Mar 5, 2016, Iron Maiden Bouldering Competition
12:00 am. MetroRock – Burlington (Essex Junction) 6 Susie Wilson Rd, Essex Junction, VT. - The Essex Junction MetroRock Climbing Gym hosts an all-female bouldering competition. Top finishers earn entry in the finals. www.climbironmaiden.com 

Mar 05 - 06, 2016, Tri-County Kids' Fishing (14 & younger)
Organization: Nancy Doyon, Time: 6:00 AM (Sat) to 3:00 PM (Sun), Waterbody: all legal VT waters located in Orleans, Essex & Caledonia, Counties, Check-in Location: (No live fish transportation) Island Pond Town Hall, Fish: All legal species. Contact Name: Nancy Doyon, Address: 2972 Route 105, Island Pond, VT, 05846, Phone: (802) 673-6585 (day) / (evening), Email: ndoyon1140@gmail.com

March 5 – 6, 2016, The Second Annual Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival
Registration Closes on March 1, 2016 at noon. No “walk ons.” Swimmers planning on doing longer distances, but who are qualified only for the 25 meter events can qualify for the longer distances at the Festival itself, but still must be registered and paid in advance. Starting times of events are subject to change. depending on numbers of swimmers and weather, ice and water conditions. Regular reports during the event will be posted on the Memphremagog Winter Swimming Society’s Facebook Page. Each participant must be qualified to swim the distances they choose. http://kingdomgames.co/memphremagog-winter-swimming-society/

March 6, 2016 - Camel’s Hump Challenge
The Camel’s Hump Challenge is a unique wilderness ski touring event which brings spirited backcountry skiers together to ski entirely around the perimeter of Camel’s Hump (13+ miles). Participants raise money to support their “Round the Hump” trek. All skiers collect a minimum of $150 in pledges and/or donations to fund education and outreach support for Vermonters living with Alzheimer's and their caregiving networks. Registration is open! Camel’s Hump State Park, start at Camel's Hump Nordic Ski Area trails, Huntington, VT. www.camelshumpchallenge.com

Mar 12, 2016, Bolton Valley Split and Surfest
9:00 am, Bolton Valley Resort, 4302 Bolton Access Rd., Bolton, VT. - The Catamount Trail Association hosts a splitboarding festival with clinics, backcountry tours and an obstacle course. www.catamounttrail.org

Mar 12, 2016, Relay For Life Nordic Style
12:00 am. Catamount Family Center, 592 Governor Chittenden Road, Williston, VT. - Teams and participants campout on the snow while taking turns for eight hours skiing nor snowshoeing around the ski trails at Catamount. Live entertainment and food are available all night long. www.catamountoutdoorfamilycenter.com

Mar. 12-13, Green Mt Gun & Knife Show Trail
Clean, Family Friendly Environment, Free Gun Appraising, Handicap Accessible, Antiques & Collectibles (Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc.), Rifles, Pistols, Shotguns, Knives & more. Franklin Center, 1 Scale Avenue, Rutland, VT  www.greenmtgunshowtrail.com 

March 24, 2016, Women’s History Month Event: Women of the Long Trail
at 7:00 pm at Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Route 100, Waterbury, Vermont. The Vermont Commission on Women works with the Vermont Historical Society every year to present a program for Women’s History Month. The Vermont Historical Society, Vermont Commission on Women, and the Green Mountain Club present Reidun Nuquist and Green Mountain Girls: Women of the Long Trail. Kathleen Norris, Catherine Robbins, and Hilda M. Kurth, aka “The Three Musketeers,” were the first women to hike the Long Trail from Canada to Massachusetts in 1927. They became a national sensation. But they are only the most famous, numerous other women have followed in their footsteps, not just as hikers, but as trail workers and leaders of the Green Mountain Club. Join us as we celebrate Vermont Women’s History Month and the pioneering roles by many women in Vermont. This event is free thanks to our co-sponsors Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Denis, Ricker & Brown and Vermont Mutual Insurance Group. http://vermonthistory.org/research/vermont-women-s-history

Mar 26, 2016, Topsy Turvy Derby
12:00 am, Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT. - Culminating the evening uphill series, the Catamount Trail Association holds an evening race up the Gondolier trail, gaining 2,000 feet before skiing back down to the finish. www.catamounttrail.org

 

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May 2016

May 1, Regular Spring Turkey Hunting Season Starts.


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June 2016

June 4, 2016, Vermont Gran Fondo
9 a.m. The Vermont Gran Fondo is a non-competitive ride through Vermont’s Green Mountains. This ride will test your fitness with its challenging climbs across Appalachian Gap, Moretown Mountain, Roxbury Gap and Lincoln Gap. There are amazing views at the top each gap—savor them for a moment before you speed downhill. Start/finish: Woodchuck Hard Cider, 1321 Exchange Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. The Vermont Gran Fondo is a non-competitive ride through Vermont’s Green Mountains. This ride will test your fitness with its challenging climbs across Appalachian Gap, Moretown Mountain, Roxbury Gap and Lincoln Gap. There are amazing views at the top each gap—savor them for a moment before you speed downhill. Three ride options: Gran Fondo: 105 miles, 10,000+ feet of climbing (all four gaps), Medio Fondo: 64 miles, 6,800’ feet of climbing (Lincoln & App gaps), Piccolo Fondo: 43 miles, 3,700’ feet of climbing (Baby App Gap). www.vermontgranfondo.com

June 17-19, 2016, NEMBAfest
Celebrating Summer & All things Mountain Biking! Experience over 100 miles of unique trails and terrain that makes Kingdom Trails. Enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly weekend of riding, camping, demo-ing the latest mountain bikes, checking out all the gadgets and gear, rockin’ to great music, and enjoying yummy local food & drink in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom! New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA), http://www.nembafest.com/#home

 

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July 2015


July 10-12, 2015,
Summer Hunter/Jumper Show
Summer Hunter Jumper Show features competition in hunters, jumpers, and equitation in three rings for three days of fun in Vermont's Green Mountains. Hunter/Jumper shows are exciting events that test the horse and rider's ability to navigate a set course at different heights that can range from 12" to over 4'. Hunter classes are judged on the horse's jumping ability and style, manners, and way of going. Winners of Jumper classes are chosen based on who jumped the course with the least amount of faults and in the quickest time. Want to learn more about Hunter/Jumper shows? Volunteer this season at GMHA! For more information on our Hunter/Jumper shows, please email hunter_jumper@gmhainc.org  www.gmhainc.org/hunter-jumper

July 10-12, 2015, Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
More than 25 hot-air balloons will soar through the sky above Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa during Stoweflake’s 29th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival, July 10-12, 2015. One of Vermont’s most popular summer celebrations, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa will once again host the spectacular three-day event. Admission: $10 (Kids under 12 are free) http://stoweballoonfestival.com/

July 11, Bennington Bike Night - 2nd Annual BIMC Bike Night
4-8pm. Bennington, VT - The Bennington International Motorcycle Club presents the 2nd Annual BIMC Bennington Bike Night, Saturday, July 11th, 2014 from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. on School Street in Bennington. There will be a bike show, raffles, bikes for sale, vendors. food and music. The event is free and all bikes are welcome. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/bennington-bike-night/

July 11, 2015, Dirty Girl Mud Run
The Dirty Girl Mud Run is a 3.1 mile(ish) obstacle course run for women, and women ONLY! If you’re an uber cross fitter looking to make your weekend more challenging, Dirty Girl Mud Run has a place for you. If this is your first time running an organized obstacle run or 5k, YOU WILL GET TO THE FINISH LINE! Over 900,000 women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and athletic backgrounds have completed this incredibly fun obstacle course since it’s debut in 2011. Some run to challenge themselves, some make it a girls weekend with a group tailgate before the run (cough…Wisconsin…cough). Most run in memory of a loved one who lost their battle with breast cancer, or OUR HERO’S – Those who have looked cancer in the eye, kicked it’s ass and are celebrating their health at our start line. The Dirty Girl Mud Run is for every lady out there. http://godirtygirl.com/killington-vt/ 

July 11-15, 2016: Magical Earth Adventure Day Camp
Wilmington, VT. Boyd Family Farm, 125 E. Dover Road, Wilmington, VT. Children from 6-12 will be introduced to the nature that surrounds us through the use of exercise, art, music, writing, science, reading and much more. The younger children will be in a group of their own. Everyone will learn to make a walking stick, draw and paint leaves and trees, cook lunch on an open fire, animal tracking, make a musical instrument and will get to here great story telling. These Summer Earth Adventures will be managed and led by Jane and Don Jones, along with other teachers and artists from the area (all finger printed and back ground checked). For more information please email info@magicalearthretreats.com. Please note that we offer scholarships so please send us a message to apply. Registration for this camp are available online at http://magicalearthretreats.com/childrens-adventures/childrens-adventures/summer-day-camps/  We accept PayPal and VISA/MC! Thank you for your interest in our programs! Let's learn how nature nurtures creativity....

July 12, 2015, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run. Lake Dunmore, Vermont www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/suntri/index.html

July 12, ANNUAL BUTTERFLY AND BUG WALK
10am- 12pm, Explore our meadows, lawns, and forests with Vermont Entomological Society naturalists and entomologists! Bring binoculars, magnifying glass, and an insect net if you have one. Pack a lunch if you would like to picnic after the walk. If it is raining on the day of the walk, please call the Museum (802 434-2167) to see if we have rescheduled. Free! (Donations welcome) Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, VT 05462 (802) 434-2167 • museum@birdsofvermont.org  • http://www.birdsofvermont.org

July 12, 2015, Mad Marathon
This scenic course sends runners along beautiful country roads in the Mad River Valley, through covered bridges, past farms and over streams. Participants can run a relay or a half or whole marathon. The marathon course is certified and sanctioned by the US Track & Field. Walkers are more than welcome for the Mad Half and there is a new category for Mad Half Walkers. Location: Mad River Valley. Website: http://www.madmarathon.com/

July 12 , The Stowe 8-Miler/5K Run
The 8th Annual 8-Miler summer run in Stowe continues a New England tradition. This run will mark the eighth year of the existence of the 8-Miler, and the excitement involved with all runners continues to grow with each passing year, especially with the addition of the 5K race. The popularity of this race is such that not only people from Vermont but also other parts of New England and Canada take part as well. Camaraderie among the participants helps make this a truly enjoyable event. http://blog.greenmountaininn.com/my-blog/2015/06/the-stowe-8-miler5k-run-set-for-july-12.html

February 12 - 14, 5th Annual Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic
The Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic is returning for the winter of 2016. Located on Malletts Bay in Colchester, VT, the LCPHC provides it's participants with an unparalleled tournament experience. Presented by Labatt Blue this event is specifically tailored for the participants. When the days competition is over, participants head to Church Street in downtown Burlington to take in the nightlife and reminisce about the day on the "Pond." Don't miss out on this unique pond hockey experience, register your team today! www.pondhockeyclassic.com/LakeChamplain

July 17, Racknreel Bowfishing Tournament
July 16 starting at 8:00 barbecue starts at 1 o'clock with prizes nine fish Combine between three carp three gar and three Bowfin hundred percent payout first through third and payout for big fish four-man team or women for $60 big Fishpot $20 get ready it will be a blast!!!!!! Stop fishing time is 11 AM Sunday the 19th have to be at racknreel at 1 o'clock or you will be disqualified you can sign up at Racknreel if you have any questions to please message me or John Kipp thank you it should be a blast. www.facebook.com/events/1548551255425129/

July 17 - 18, Crossroads Motorcycle Rally 2015
Waterbury VT - The Crossroads Motorcycle Rally in Waterbury, VT is a true biker rally, run for fun, while giving back to the local community. This year’s rally is July 17 th and 18th and promises to continue their tradition of good music in a friendly atmosphere. http://crossroadsmotorcyclerally.com/schedule.html

July 17 -19, 2015 - Rack'N'Reel Bow Fishing Tournament
Start fishing time 8.30 pm July 17 $60 for up to a four man team $20 for individual big fish Will be individual payout for the biggest carp The biggest gar and the biggest bowfin and the four-man team will be a combination of three bowfin three carp and three gar The barbecue Way in Will be at 1 o'clock the 19th make sure you're at the shop by 1 o'clock Sharp we will have a sign-up sheet at the shop in New Haven until Friday the 17th at 6 PM if you have any questions let us know it will be a blast. www.facebook.com/events/461089757389401/ 

July 18, 2015, Missisquoi Family Paddle Day
9:00am to 1:00pm. This event is FREE.  Location: Mac's Bend, Rt 78 Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. Join us for a Family Paddling Day focused the basics of safely paddling and paddling safety. We will spend some time paddling the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. The event is FREE and lunch is provided. Sponsored by Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Friends of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and the US Fish & Wildlife Service-Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Missisquoi-Family-Paddle-Day-141

July 18, Goshen Gallop 2015
at 4:00pm, A 10km race, often called the "toughest 10km in New England". 4 pm. In its 37th year, the Goshen Gallop course still takes the runner on those same gravel roads and cross country trails through the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area of the Green Mountain National Forest with fabulous views from the South end of Hogback – rated as one of the best view in Vermont. Race entry includes Tshirt, meal and endless pond dips. There is also a 5km option! https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=32259

July 18 - 19, Hunter Education Instructor Training Course
STAMFORD, Vt. -- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is offering a New Instructor Training Course for people interested in volunteering to teach Hunter Education, Trapper Education or Bowhunter Education courses in Vermont. The course will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stamford Fish & Game Club in Stamford, Vt. Policies and procedures, field techniques, and teaching methods will all be covered in order to give instructors the tools to teach future Vermont hunters how to have a safe and enjoyable experience. All applicants who pass the final written exam are required to pass a background check with a warden and shadow a Chief Instructor before they can teach on their own. Upon completion, they will then receive their full state of Vermont Hunter Education Instructor certification. “Our hunter education instructors are all volunteers, donating their time to pass on a cherished Vermont tradition,” said Saunders. “The hours our instructors put in will leverage federal dollars that allow the hunter education program to function.” Those planning to attend should RSVP by email to Nicole Corrao at Nicole.Corrao@state.vt.us  or call 802-828-1193.

July 18 and 19, 2015, 11th Annual Sheep Dog Trial & Farm Festival
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Merck Forest and Farmland Center's annual Sheep Dog Trial and Farm Festival falls in the early summer this year. Join us for this two-day event: watch the Northeast Border Collie Association in action at the Sheep Dog Trials, and take part in the Farm Festival's activities. Tickets are sold at the door: $5/adult, $3/child ages 4 - 12, and under age 4 are free. http://merckforest.org/sheepdog_trials.php

July 19, 2015 Cystic Fibrosis 9th Annual Champs Challenge
This years Champs Challenge for Cystic Fibrosis will be held at Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, Vermont on July 19th. The event, which consists of an 8 or 40-mile bike ride will start at the club and take participants on a scenic tour of Addison County finishing at the Basin Harbor waterfront dock with a BBQ luncheon and raffle. New last year is the addition of a 5k Walk/Run! Both rides are fully supported with SAG vehicles, and are on moderate - easy terrain with little car traffic. Riders are required to wear helmets, and encouraged to bring a water bottle (available at registration). Funds raised from this event will support the CFLF Recreation Grants program aimed at offering people with CF direct support to improve their health and self-confidence through physical activity. www.bikeride.com/events/13222-2015-cystic-fibrosis-9th-annual-champs-challenge

July 25, 2015, 12th Annual Onion River Century Ride
The Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Onion River Sports in Montpelier, Vermont have teamed up to present the 12th Annual Onion River Century Ride on Saturday, July 25, 2014. Voted the Best Century Ride in Vermont by Vermont Sports readers, the Onion River Century Ride follows some of the most scenic roads in Central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom to create a quintessential Vermont riding experience for a great cause. This full-day tour consists of three choices in routes all beginning and ending in Montpelier, Vermont; a 40-mile out-and-back ride on Route 12 from Montpelier to Elmore; a 110k (68 mile) Metric Century following routes 14, 15 and 12 in East Montpelier, Hardwick and Elmore, and the full 111-mile Century Ride featuring the scenic rural roads of Hardwick, Barton, Wolcott and Elmore, Vermont. The 110k and 111 mile rides leave with a police escort through historic downtown Montpelier. Each ride is supported with food stops full of delicious, local food and homemade baked goods, mechanical support and a celebratory BBQ at the finish. Register at Onion River Sports or at www.onionriver.com/events/onion-river-century-ride.  Donate directly to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at www.kellogghubbard.org.  Contact Tristan Von Duntz at Onion River Sports at 802-229-9409 or events@onionriver.com
or Rachel Senechal at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 802-223-3338 or rysenechal@kellogghubbard.org

July 25, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30-8:30am. Experienced birders, walks in the woods, and bird-friendly coffee. Every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Free • Please pre-register. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, VT 05462 (802) 434-2167 • museum@birdsofvermont.org  • http://www.birdsofvermont.org

July 25th, 2015, Kingdom Swim
New England Masters’ 1, 3, and 6 Mile Championships, Third Annual WOWSA 10 Mile World Championship, Second Annual Border Buster 15 mile swim, 15 miles,10 miles, 6 miles, 3 miles, 1 mile, 1/4 mile, 100 yard. Kingdom Swim is a true celebration of open water swimming held on Lake Memphremagog in the heart of the summer in the heart of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We are proud to host the 2015 WOWSA World 10 Mile Open Water Championship in a world class venue with world class accommodations. In addition to the World Championship, Kingdom Swim is a competitive and recreational swim for all open water skill levels, young and old alike, now offering distances of 15 miles,10 miles, 6 miles, 3 miles, 1 mile, 1/4 mile and 100 yards. With three divisions, Skins, Wet Suit, Assisted.  Hosted by Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association and Kingdom Games, Inc. - Sanctioned by USMS, WOWSA and NEKOWSA www.kingdomswim.org

July 31st - August 2, Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB), in conjunction with the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, bring you the 8th Annual Vermont Mountain Bike Festival. The Festival is Vermont’s premier mountain biking event, bringing riders together to enjoy Vermont’s finest trails as well as industry manufacturers and retailers with booths and demo products. Proceeds from the 2015 event will benefit projects at the Ascutney Trails in Windsor and Brownsville, Vermont and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=31

 

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August 2015


July 31st - August 2, Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Sport Trails of the Ascutney Basin (STAB), in conjunction with the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, bring you the 8th Annual Vermont Mountain Bike Festival. The Festival is Vermont’s premier mountain biking event, bringing riders together to enjoy Vermont’s finest trails as well as industry manufacturers and retailers with booths and demo products. Proceeds from the 2015 event will benefit projects at the Ascutney Trails in Windsor and Brownsville, Vermont and the Vermont Mountain Bike Association. https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=31

August 1,Vermont Turkey Brood Survey
Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont, but their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with a little help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August. Fish & Wildlife is again asking the public for help. If you see a group of young turkeys in Vermont during August, the department wants you to go to the turkey brood survey on its website: www.vermontfishandwildlife.com   where you can record where and when you observed the number of adult and young turkeys, or poults.

August 1, 2015, The Outdoor Gear Exchange Bitter Pill Adventure Race
Location: Richmond, VT. Looking for a dose of Adventure? We've got your prescription: The Bitter Pill! The Green Mountain Adventure Racing Association wants to show you what Vermont outdoors is really all about. Challenge yourself to trek, swim, paddle, mtn bike, and navigate through one of the toughest, muddiest 12-hour races anywhere. (And get yourself an entry to USARA Nationals if you win.) As always, we'll be holding a navigation clinic at registration the night before and don't forget our famous post-race party: food, drink, massages, and prizes prizes prizes! Teams of 2 or 3, coed or single-sex. $248 for 2, $339 for 3. GMARA membership is included! Price increases June 8th, so register soon! Visit http://www.gmara.org/bitter  for full details. Contact Person: Shawn Freebern, info@gmara.org , (802) 734-8514.

August 1 - Craftsbury Academy 5k
8:30am. The Craftsbury Academy Class of 2016 is hosting a 5k run, 8:30am, Saturday, August 1. Race starts on the Common. Registration opens at 7:45, Kids race at 8:15. Cost is $12 preregistered, $15 DOR. Preregistration and more information www.ca2016.org.

August 1, 2015, R&L Archery at The Whistling Arrow Archery Club, Crossbow Demo Day
On August 1st from 10-4 come join the staff of R&L Archery at The Whistling Arrow Archery club for an opportunity to check out and shoot all of the latest technology that the crossbow market has to offer. Factory representatives will be on hand from Ten point, Horton, Stryker, Parker & Wicked RIDGE. This event will be open & free to the public. So if you are interested in trying out a crossbow or have questions about the upcoming changes to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife regulations regarding crossbows, Come and see the staff at R&L Archery. For more information call 800-269-9151 www.randlarchery.com

August 1, Third Annual Vermont Veterans Ride
Registration is 9-10:45; Ride begins at 11 a.m. St. Albans, VT - The 3rd Annual Vermont Veterans Ride is Saturday, August 1st. Registration is 9 a.m. to 10:45 at the American Legion, Green Mountain Post #1 in St. Albans.The 100 mile escorted ride begins at 11 a.m. sharp. Jamie Lee Thurston, along with other musical guests, will perform a live show after the ride beginning at 2 p.m. There will also be a cash bar and grill. The cost of the event is $30 for a rider and passenger and includes two tickets to the concert. The concert is also open to the general public for $15 per person. All proceeds from the event benefit PTSD/TBI Awareness, the Josh Pollotta Fund and Vermont Veterans. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/the-vermont-veterans-ride/

August 2, 2015, Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
The Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival is all about community. It’s hundreds of dedicated Vermonters joining together for an unforgettable day of fitness, fun, and fundraising. Our community teams are made up of local businesses, non-profits, service groups, neighbors, and families who know that together we can make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors with cancer. www.ridethedragon.org/festivals/festival-day.aspx

August 2, Vermont Mounted Shooting State Championship
Green Mountain Gunners at West River Stables, Brookline, VT. Join us in the beautiful mountains of Vermont at West River Stables in Brookline for the first CSA State match in Vermont, sponsored by Ruger. Co-hosted with Green Mountain Gunners and CT Renegades. 6 Stages, with shotgun & rifle classes See the CT Renegades website at www.CTRenegades.com  for additional details and entry form. www.cowboymountedshooters.com/Green-Mountain-Gunners.aspx

Aug 6, 2015, Umiak Outfitters VTPB SUP Race Challenge – North Beach, BTV
6:00 pm at North Beach Park, Institute Rd, Burlington, VT. Test your speed at Umiak’s stand up paddle board race night for your chance to win weekly prizes. Paddle against the clock and your peers in this SUP race for all ages and ability levels. Bring your board or rent one. www.umiak.com/#!sup-race/c14dh

August 8, 2015, The 29th Annual UMV Toy Run
The 2015 United Motorcyclists of Vermont Toy Run is Saturday August 8th.The annual Toy Run is the largest charity motorcycle ride in the State of Vermont, attracting hundreds of riders from around New England in support of the Shriner's Hospitals for Children. Staging for the ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Blue Cross parking lot in Berlin. The police escorted ride leaves noon and rides to the State House in Montpelier. Bring cash, checks or a new unwrapped toy. Stuffed animals, which are traditional for the Toy Run, cannot be used by children in the Shriners burn centers. Please consider bringing other types of toys or donating money. There will be satellite starting points around the state for riders to join with others in riding to the Berlin staging area. The locations and times for satellite starting points will be post when they are known, later this summer. The Shriner's Hospitals provide quality medical care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs in a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. http://unitedmotorcyclists.org/wp/

Aug 8, 2015, Kingdom Run
8:30 am, Irasburg Common, Park Avenue, Irasburg, Vermont. Kingdom Run (half marathon, 10K & 5K) combines a competitive athletic event with the old-fashioned hospitality and charm of a small town in rural Vermont. Kingdom Run is an out-and-back race on scenic dirt roads in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. 5K & 10K walkers are welcome. A complimentary munchies buffet is topped off with blueberry sundaes. Prizes for winners in six age categories. Registration opens at 7:15AM on Irasburg Common. 8:30AM: half marathon runners and all walkers start. 9:00AM: 5K & 10K runners start. For more information and to pre-register on-line go to www.kingdomrun.org

Aug 9, 2015, Stowe Trail Race Series: Cady Hills 5K
8:30 am, Golden Eagle Resort, 511 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont. The Cady Hills 5K begins on a private dirt road and quickly merges onto technical single-track through hardwood forests, rocky outcroppings. The trail takes you through a stunning tall pine forest before ending back at Golden Eagle Resort. Trail is split as 97-percent single-track, 2-percent double track, 1-percent dirt road. This is the second race in the Stowe 2015 Trail Race Series. Award presentations will follow the race, with plenty of free refreshments and product prizes to the top 3 female and male runners in open and masters categories. Free parking in the Mayo Field lots. Restrooms in the Golden Eagle Conference Center open to race participants. All proceeds from the Trail Race Series benefits Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports. $20 Pre-registration; $25 day of the race; $10 ages 16 & under. www.stoweadaptive.org

August 9, 2015, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run. Lake Dunmore, Vermont www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/suntri/index.html

Aug 9, 2015, Smugglers’ Notch Trail Racing Series
10:00 am at Smugglers’ Notch Cross Country Trails, 4323 Vermont Route 108 South, Jeffersonville, VT. Explore the trails of Smugglers’ Notch with our 2nd annual Trail Race Series. The Series consists of 3 trail races in and around the Smugglers’ Notch cross-country trail network. Each race will feature a 4k, 8k and Kids’ Fun Run (ages 7 & under), and all races are open to runners of all abilities. A completed sports waiver is required before the start of the Series. Race Series Dates: (Sign up online in advance or day of at the registration table) 2K (50+ August 9th race only) $12 (partnering with Vermont Senior Games) www.raceplanner.com/register/index/Sunday-August-9-2015

Aug 13, 2015, Umiak Outfitters VTPB SUP Race Challenge – North Beach, BTV
6:00 pm at North Beach Park, Institute Rd, Burlington, VT. Test your speed at Umiak’s stand up paddle board race night for your chance to win weekly prizes. Paddle against the clock and your peers in this SUP race for all ages and ability levels. Bring your board or rent one. www.umiak.com/#!sup-race/c14dh

Aug 13, 2015, Vermont Challenge & Ride-Up Bike Festival
12:00 am, Stratton Mountain Resort, Base Lodge Parking Lot, Stratton Mountain, VT. The Vermont Challenge traverses Southern and Central Vermont over three or four days plus a one-day Gran Fondo century option for all riders. Route Overview by Day • Thursday 8/13: Southern routes out of Manchester – 65, 45 or 30 miles, • Friday 8/14: Routes to/from the Vermont Country Store plus BBQ! – 53, 35 or 25 miles, • Saturday 8/15: Gran, Medio & Piccolo – 97, 68 or 26 miles respectively all departing and ending, at Stratton Mountain or Bondville. Two Strava timed segments: KOM & Sprint, • Sunday 8/16: Northern routes out of Manchester – 58, 40 or 24 mile. www.vtchallenge.com

August 14 - Bike Maintenance Clinic
6:00pm, Sheldon Miller will be leading a bike maintenance clinic. This round of clinic will cover basics for situations that you may encounter during a ride: flat tires, broken chains, adjusting shifting and other essentials. Armed with some mechanical know-how your next ride can be an adventure and not an epic hike! Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com  www.craftsbury.com,  802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

August 15, Family Campfire Night: Into the Dark
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. What happens at twilight as the sun goes down and the dark creeps in? Amazing things! Come join us for a family campfire as we explore our senses at night. We will start by the fire with songs and stories. As twilight approaches we will learn how owls, bats, and our other wild friends (ourselves included) thrive in the dark during a short night hike. You will "see" your senses at night come alive!
Register: 434-3068 or vermont@audubon.org

Aug 15, 2015, 100 On 100 Relay
12:00 am at Trapp Family Lodge, 700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, VT. A 100-mile team relay through Vermont. Teams of six runners complete three legs each, starting at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe and finishing at Okemo’s Jackson Gore resort in Ludlow. www.100on100.org

Aug 15, Women in the Outdoors Event
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Vermont chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation are putting on a one-day “Women in the Outdoors” introductory course on Saturday, August 15 at Buck Lake in Woodbury. The 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. course will be held at the Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake in Woodbury. Women must be 18 years of age or older, although anyone younger may attend if accompanied by parent or guardian. Information is available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website www.register-ed.com/events/view/65227  . Pre-registration through Ron Lafreniere with the National Wild Turkey Federation costs $35. Registration fee includes lunch and all materials for the day. For more information and to register, contact Ron at 802-434-4274.

Aug 15, 2015, IRR 4.0 Irreverent Road Ride
7:00 am at Cochran Ski Area, Cochran Road, Richmond, VT. Waterbury hosts a bike race with two dirt loops on double track, jeep roads, Vermont pave, ATV and other rugged terrain. The “Original” loop will be between 110-125 miles and the “Short” will be close to 70 miles. www.bikereg.com/irreverent

August 15-16, 2015, August Hunter/Jumper Show & VHJA Jumper Finals
Competition for all ages and abilities, including the NEHC,VHJA, and Marshall and Sterling Medals- plus the VHJA Jumper Finals! Summer Hunter Jumper Show features competition in hunters, jumpers, and equitation in three rings for three days of fun in Vermont's Green Mountains. Hunter/Jumper shows are exciting events that test the horse and rider's ability to navigate a set course at different heights that can range from 12" to over 4'. Hunter classes are judged on the horse's jumping ability and style, manners, and way of going. Winners of Jumper classes are chosen based on who jumped the course with the least amount of faults and in the quickest time. Want to learn more about Hunter/Jumper shows? Volunteer this season at GMHA! For more information on our Hunter/Jumper shows, please email hunter_jumper@gmhainc.org    www.gmhainc.org/hunter-jumper

Aug 16, 2015, Lake Monster Sprint/Olympic Tri & Aquabike
8:00 am at Shelburne Beach, Beach Road, Shelburne, Vermont. The Sprint Triathlon offers a great introduction into the triathlon world and an opportunity to get out of your element. Not ready for all 3 back to back events? It’s ok, grab a friend and split it. As with last year we’ll be offering the Olympic distance triathlon for those seasoned triathletes or those wishing to take their experience to next level. The races start with a swim at Shelburne Beach and monitored by race volunteers and/or lifeguards on several boats along the course. Following the swim is a bike/run along scenic country roads of Vermont. There will be a wave start for this race. Sprint distances will start 3:00 minutes after the Olympic distances. www.racevermont.com/lake-monster-tri-aquabike

Aug 22, 2015, Bolton Valley 5K to Benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
7:00 am at Bolton Valley Resort, 4302 Bolton Access Rd., Bolton, VT. An annual trail run at Bolton Valley Ski Area, where runners and walkers head out to make strides on the Bolton Nordic trails to raise money for adaptive sports programming and equipment. Children, ages 8 and under, are encouraged to participate in an untimed 1k Fun Run. Kids Fun Run 1K ages 8 and under: $10, 5K ages 18 and under: $20, 5K ages 19 and up: $30, www.vermontadaptive.org/bolton5k

Aug 22, 2015, The Millstone Duel
10:00 am at Millstone HIll, 59 Little John Rd., Websterville, VT. Riders compete solo or in teams of two or three in an eight-hour race on the Millstone trail network. Riders compete against other teams as well as their team members for the fastest lap. www.gearworksproductions.com

Aug 22, 2015, Echo Lake Road Race & Swim
12:00 am at Echo Lake Fishing Access, East Charleston, VT. Kingdom Games in the Northeast Kingdom holds a classic run and swim to help support the Orleans County Citizen Advocacy on dirt roads around Echo Lake offer up some running and biking. The bike will be held separately from the run. The event includes a swim of 1 mile or 3 miles on Echo Lake to benefit the Echo Lake Association. Taken together they offer an opportunity to do all three as part of a stage triathlon. www.kingdomgames.com 

Aug 23, 2015, Vermont Overland Grand Prix
7:00 am, Woodstock Sports, 30 Central Street, Woodstock, VT. A 51 mile dirt road bicycle race featuring 5400 feet of climbing, seven sections of “Vermont pavé” (unmaintained ancient public roads), a village downtown start/finish and a street party afterwards. www.vermontoverland.com

Aug 23, 2015, St. Albans Raid Half Marathon
8:00 am. Saint Albans hosts a half marathon on a a gently rolling, out-and-back course through Franklin County, Vt. Water stations are every mile. The historic race is open to all runners and relay teams of 2 people. Finisher medals and T-shirts for all registrants. Post-race food plus brews from 14th Star Brewery at the finish line. https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=15171754

August 23, 2015, Tour de Force Charity Run
Plattsburgh, NY. a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k running event. The Tour De Force Charity was started in 2002 by two N.Y.C. Detectives to raise money for the victims of the September 2001 Terrorists Attacks. Since then we have been having an annual bicycle ride from either N.Y.C to Boston or from Boston to N.Y.C. to raise money for police officers families that are killed in the line of duty nationwide. On 9-11-14 our bicycle ride started in Boston and finished at the FreedomTower in N.Y.C. on 9-14-14. We raised $500,00.00 nationally for our cause and our local North country bicycle group the Adirondack GARDA raised $52,000.00 dollars in ClintonCounty. The Tour De Force Charity will be sponsoring a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k run at the Point Au RocheState Park located at 19 Camp Red Cloud Road in Plattsburgh, N.Y.12901. https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Plattsburgh/TourdeForceHalfMarathon

Aug 23, 2015, The North Face Race to the Top of Vermont
12:00 am at Stowe Mountain Resort, 5781 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont. The Catamount Trail Association holds their annual benefit race up the Stowe Toll road to the summit of Mount Mansfield – a 4.5-mile run or bike with a vertical gain of 2,564 vertical feet. www.rtttovt.com 

August 25 - Last Tuesday Night Trail Race
Our trail race series wraps up. Season long prizes will be awarded at the end of season wood-fired oven pizza party! Whether you're a regular or an occasional participant we hope you'll join us to celebrate the summer series. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com  www.craftsbury.com,   802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

August 27 - 30, Killington Classic 2015
Killington, VT - The Killington Classic combines the beauty and warmth of late summer riding in Vermont with a Vendor Village, a stunt show and entertainment to provide a full weekend of motorcycle fun for you and your friends. Ride Beautiful Vermont! Includes: The Amazing Covered Bridge Ride - Last year's top ride! NEW "Vermont Highlights Tour" - The BEST of VT stuffed into one route. Ride the thrilling “Green Serpent” - Do you dare? Vermont's Best Poker Run (great prizes/amazing scenery) Brand NEW Route! Green Mountain Scavenger Hunt (beautiful views, and fun prizes) NEW Route! 12 Mile Parade to Rutland Block Party. www.killingtonclassic.com

August 29, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30-8:30am. Experienced birders, walks in the woods, and bird-friendly coffee. Every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, Vermont 05462 USA​​. (802) 434-2167 museum@birdsofvermont.org  www.birdsofvermont.org

August 29 & 30, 2nd Annual Antique & Classic Car/Motorcycle Show
At Fletcher Farm Field for the Arts & Crafts in Ludlow, Vermont. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2015 Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car/Motorcycle Show, presented by Springfield Buick GMC at the Fletcher Farms School for the Arts & Crafts, 611 Route 103S in Ludlow, VT. General Admission is $5/car. Rain or shine. Spectator rate is $5.00 per person. Cars from decades ranging from the 1910’s-1990 will be represented and judged. Car enthusiasts, novices, family & friends are encouraged to attend and will have the opportunity to view the antique & classic cars and guests will even have a chance to vote for their favorite car in the “People’s Choice” awards for the Top 25 & Best in Show. - See more at: www.yourplaceinvermont.com/event/2015-okemo-valley-antique-classic-car-show-presented-by-springfield-buick-gmc

August 29, Coyote Calling Seminar
12:00pm, Coyote caller Erik Hammond will be on site to demonstrate how to call in the weariest coyote with fox pro callers and show how to set up using google earth and topo maps. this is a great way to spend time in the field in summer months when were all waiting for fall, so come on in and enjoy. Rack 'N Reel, 5343 Ethan Allen Hwy, New Haven, Vermont. 802-453-2000 www.racknreel.com

Aug 30, 2015, Howard Center’s Zoe’s Race
9:30 am at Oakledge Park, Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT. This 1K fun run or 5K run/walk helps raise money for accessibility projects for Howard Center clients. In six years, Zoe’s Race has raised more than $120,000 and completed 15 home accessibility projects. This family-friendly event offers participants and fundraisers the opportunity to enjoy a fair-like atmosphere with great food, entertainment and fun while making a difference in our community. $10/$30 before June 1. $15/$40 after June 1. www.zoesrace.com

 

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September 2015

September 1-25, Canada Geese Hunting Season
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Sept. 5, 2015, The Dirty 40 Race
"VERMONT'S TOUGHEST GRAVEL ROAD RACE" The Dirty 40 Race travels through Derby, Holland, Morgan, Charleston, Westmore, and Brownington, Vermont. 80% of the course is on some of the most rural scenic backroads you will find in the State of Vermont. The course is tough, real tough. In fact, we've been told it is harder than an Ironman. Climbs as steep as 13% grades and 5600 feet of elevation gain.
www.dirty40race.com/#!dirty40/c24az

September 6, 2015, Darn Tough Ride
Believe us, it will be Darn Tough! The Darn Tough Ride is a road cycling event held in Stowe, Vermont, annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Every year, hundreds of cycling enthusiasts and their friends and families gravitate to the picturesque New England village of Stowe to be a part of the Darn Tough Ride, the perfect cycling adventure, incorporating some of the most celebrated unique routes, challenging climbs, and exhilarating descents in Northern Vermont. 98.8 mles/159km, 7924' / 2415 meters of elevation. The NEW 60 mile and 48 mile routes will be announced on July 11th. Stowe's only road cycling event. 

September 6, LCI Evinrude Fox Marine Bass Open
Mallets Bay, Colchester, VT. - Two-person teams are encouraged to register online soon and prepare to head out to Malletts Bay for your six best bass. This is an exciting one-day event with a guaranteed cash prize of $3000 for first place. There are additional cash prizes for the first 15 places, including both small and largemouth bass categories, based on at least 90 pre-registered teams participating. Anglers can also win the Alumacraft Smallmouth Bass Lonely Lunker and the Alumacraft Largemouth Bass Lonely Lunker. This all-day event is open to anglers of any ability. Experience bass fishing at its best and the reason why Outdoor Life Magazine lists Lake Champlain as “one of the best bass fishing destinations in the country…it’s a beautiful lake that all anglers must visit once in their lives.” So hook up with a partner and head out to the Malletts Bay Boat Launch on September 6th to try your luck. http://mychamplain.net/LCIBassOpen

September 12, MENDON FISH & GAME CLUB 3-D BOW SHOOT
The Mendon Fish & Game Club will be holding their annual 3-D BOW SHOOT, Saturday September 12th, from 7am-3pm, and Sunday September 13th from 7am-1pm, at the MENDON FISH & GAME CLUB, 347 Chittenden Road, in Pittsford, Vermont 05763. Archery enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the 3-d shoots with 5 new targets and improved course layout. Cost is only $10.00 per person and all proceeds benefit the sponsorship of the 2016 Green Mountain Conservation Camp attendees. There will be a concession stand available. Directions: At the corner of Rts. 4 & 7, take Rt. 4 east four miles to Meadow Lake Drive, turn left by Sugar and Spice Restaurant and go one mile to Chittenden Road. Turn right and Mendon Fish & Game Club is ¼ mile on the left. Contact: Fred Watkins, Committee Chair, (802) 353-8152, Mendon3Dbowshoot@gmail.com

September 12 - Riverbank Cleanup - 9:00am
Craftsbury Conservation Commission and Memphremagog Watershed Association will co-sponsor a riverbank cleanup at 9:00 am September 12. This event is part of Vermont's River Cleanup Month. Meet at the site, a dirt road on the east side of Rt. 14, 1.2 miles north of the North Craftsbury Rd. and 1.0 miles south of Town Line Rd (look for the River Cleanup sign). Wear old clothing, gloves, and sturdy shoes. Contact for more information: Ann Ingerson, 802-586-9625 or anni@myfairpoint.net

September 13, Masons of Pulaski Lodge Vet's Ride
Registration begins at 9 at the P&H Truck Stop, Exit 17 I-91. Wells River, VT - The Sixth-Annual Pulaski Lodge Masonic Motorcycle Ride, A benefit for Veterans at White River Junction VA Hospital is Sunday, September 13th, 2015.Registration is 9-9:45AM at P&H Truck Stop, I-91 Exit 17, Wells River, VT. The ride is free. The ride stops at the VA Hospital in White River, the Veterans War Memorial on I-89N in Sharon, the Veterans Cemetery with Flag Ceremony in Randolph and ends at Wilkins Harley-Davidson in Barre with a complimentary cookout and 50/50 drawings. Riders are asked to donate new under-garment and/or toiletry needs for men and women and/or cash. 100% of donations go directly to the Veterans distributed by the Voluntary Services Division. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/masons-of-pulaski-lodge-58-veterans-motorcycle-ride/

September 13, Wild Mushrooms of Autumn
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Amidst the falling autumn leaves, a mysterious and fascinating array of mushrooms fruit from trees, stumps and soil. Join Ari Rockland-Miller of The Mushroom Forager for a colorful presentation introducing gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms of autumn. We hope to find porcini, lion's mane, yellowfoot chanterelles, and hedgehog mushrooms.  Register early for this popular program: vermont@audubon.org  or 434-3068

September 13, 2015, Tour de Taste
Tour de Taste is an annual pedaling picnic featuring tasty local food as you bicycle between special visits to farms and scenic vistas. Enjoy the autumn foliage and beautiful scenery at your own pace, meet local food producers and community members, and stop at local farms and restaurants along the way to taste delicious harvest bounty. Choose one of our three routes: Classic Loop (20 miles), River Road Extension designed for advanced riders (34 miles); or the family-friendly Lake Morey Loop (6 miles). Please see below for information on other new features this year as well as a synopsis of the three routes (when registering you will be required to identify which route you will be riding). Get ready for our annual valley ride by registering today. Early-bird specials and member discounts currently offer $15 off a full priced ticket. www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-tour-de-taste-a-pedaling-picnic-tickets-17152538705

September 17-20, ROOTS Rendezvous
A four day gathering of earth based ancestral living skills. This gathering is grounded in the idea that we as people can become more conscious, stronger, effective, and capable stewards of the land by learning new and old skills of interacting with the natural world. Thursday is for half day intensives. The next three days have multiple workshop blocks, ongoing demonstrations, and night time celebration. There are a variety of workshops to choose from. Thursday is for half day intensives. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday have multiple workshop blocks, ongoing demonstrations, and night time fire and music. Bring family and friends to come have a great time with others who share a passion for the natural world. Leave knowing more about the beautiful world we a part of. The weekend is full of workshops offered by a diverse group of experienced teachers. There are a wide array of topics, including; stone tools, herbal medicine, weaving, tracking, pottery, bows, naturalist studies, ninjutsu, self reliance, stalking, hides, fire by friction, and more. There are multiple class offerings that happen at the same time so you get to choose your own adventure, and if you come with friends and family you can split up for workshops and come back together and share. People of all skill levels are welcome to come and participate. This is an all ages event of adult classes, and family friendly kid workshops. Kids 12 and under come for free. Bows and arrows? Bring 'em! We will have targets set up to use at designated times. Traditional bows only. Click here for more details on the event. The schedule is up, yet always subject to change. https://rootsvt.com/adults-youth/roots-rendezvous

Sept. 19, 2015 Sterling Ridge “Mutt Strut” to benefit North Country Animal League
Sterling Ridge Resort this September 19 at 9 am, Sterling Ridge Resort is going to the dogs! The First Annual 5k Goes to the Dogs Mutt Strut, a fun run/walk will be taking Dogs and their humans on a 5k (3.1 miles) journey through Sterling Ridge Resort and picturesque back roads of Jeffersonville, VT. While enjoying this fun event, we will be raising money for North Country Animal League or “NCAL.” Participants are welcome to preregister by calling 802-644-8265 or stopping by Sterling Ridge Resort. The cost is $15 before 9/19 and $20 day of event. The 5k Goes to the Dogs is a great way for everyone, two footed or four pawed, to experience the beauty of Sterling Ridge. Jessica Bonath, 800-347-8266, marketing@sterlingridgeresort.com

Sep 19th - 20th, Brattleboro Gun Show
Brattleboro, VT. The Vermont Gun Show Trader List features gun and knife shows. We've made it our goal to make it easy to find Gun Shows in your area. Contacting gun show coordinators has never been more simple. Each listing provides as much promoter information as possible. https://gunshowtrader.com/gunshows/vermont/

September 26, 2015, Green Mountain Iron Dog
Obstacle Course racing with your dog. Our 16th Annual Vermont Police Canine Association's Green Mountain Iron Dog will be held on September 26, 2015 on the shores of Lake Champlain at Camp Dudley at Kiniya. In past years we have had over 100 runners spread through our three categories. The Iron Dog is a 1.5 mile obstacle course where handler and dog run through a variety of obstacles over various terrain. The course is based on what Police K9 handlers experience during a real life deployment. It is open to the public to compete and observe. Competitors are a mix of military, Police, and civilian. All abilities and dog breeds are welcome. There are also separate competitions to include building and drug searches, as well as a 100 yard dash (dog only). http://irondogvt.weebly.com/  

September 26, BIRD MONITORING WALK
7:30-8:30am. Experienced birders, walks in the woods, and bird-friendly coffee. Every month. Please bring your own binoculars and dress for the weather. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road • Huntington, Vermont 05462 USA​​. (802) 434-2167 museum@birdsofvermont.org  www.birdsofvermont.org

September 30 - October 1, 72nd Vermont Annual Conference on Recreation
The conference is two days of workshops, sessions, and fun activities. On Wednesday, September 30th there will be workshops during the day, and an exclusive Exhibit Hall time from 5:00-6:30pm, followed by the Exhibitor Social, and our always popular Attendee/Exhibitor Game, with attendees and exhibitors participating on teams together. The evening is an amazing time to interact with attendees. Past exhibitors have said it is the best part of the conference, and worth the money. On Thursday, October 1st, there is a full day of sessions along with an exclusive Exhibit Hall Time of 10:30am-12:00pm, followed by the Awards Luncheon, which is now included for one exhibitor with an exhibit space. Also included is the continental breakfast Thursday morning.72nd VT Recreation & Parks Annual Conference on Recreation. www.vrpa.org

 


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  October 2015

Oct. 1, Vermont Woodcock Hunting Season

Oct. 1,  Woodcock Season, Archery Moose Season

Oct. 3 - Vermont’s Archery Deer Season
For more information, download the 2015 Deer Season Guide on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website. You also can call 802-828-1000 or Email (fwinformation@state.vt.us). 

Archery Turkey

October 1, 72nd Vermont Annual Conference on Recreation - Day 2
The conference is two days of workshops, sessions, and fun activities. On Wednesday, September 30th there will be workshops during the day, and an exclusive Exhibit Hall time from 5:00-6:30pm, followed by the Exhibitor Social, and our always popular Attendee/Exhibitor Game, with attendees and exhibitors participating on teams together. The evening is an amazing time to interact with attendees. Past exhibitors have said it is the best part of the conference, and worth the money. On Thursday, October 1st, there is a full day of sessions along with an exclusive Exhibit Hall Time of 10:30am-12:00pm, followed by the Awards Luncheon, which is now included for one exhibitor with an exhibit space. Also included is the continental breakfast Thursday morning.72nd VT Recreation & Parks Annual Conference on Recreation. www.vrpa.org

Oct. 3 - Dead Creek Wildlife Day
If you enjoy wildlife be sure to make plans to attend the annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison, Vermont on Saturday, October 3. Activities at Dead Creek Wildlife Day are especially for people who enjoy hunting, fishing, birdwatching, or learning about Vermont’s diverse wildlife. The event will be held at the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Route 17 west of Route 22A. Early risers can begin the day with bird banding demonstrations at 7:00 a.m. Two large tents at the Dead Creek WMA headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m. and feature wildlife-related exhibits and activities such as decoy carving, building bluebird boxes and wildlife photography. The day’s main activities run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and include nature walks, illustrated talks, live wildlife presentations, hunting dog demonstrations, fishing and hunting tips, and much more. All events are free, and a free shuttle bus will provide regular access to nearby field events throughout the day. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Oct. 3, Singletrack Shootout Biathlon Race
Everyone is invited to test their limits on the Craftsbury Outdoor Center's trails with the 4th annual Singletrack Shootout Biathlon Race, Saturday, October 3, 2015, part of our annual Oktoberfest celebration. Racers can choose between a running or mountain bike race, each with four shooting stages. Novices will race in interval start format; 6k for running and 7k for biking. All levels of ability are welcome: Craftsbury supplies the range, ammo, safety instruction, rifles and other equipment - you just have to show up! The morning starts with a shooting and safety clinic for novices, followed by the beginner's race. An expert's mass start race, also 6k running and ~7k biking, will follow for racers with biathlon experience and their own rifle. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/nordic-oktoberfest/singletrack-shootout

October 3-4, Oktoberfest 2015
Craftsbury’s social and sporting event of the fall. Oktoberfest weekend (October 3rd and 4th this year) is always a great way to kick off the fall season with a smorgasbord of fun racing events and the always popular Oktoberfest local dinner, complete with a beer garden. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com   www.craftsbury.com,  802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827 

October 4,  Cyclewise Fall Ride
Meet at 8:30; Depart at 9 Sharp. Cyclewise Ducati-Vermont in New Haven is having their annual Fall Ride, this coming Sunday, October 4th. The ride will meet at 8:30 and depart at 9 a.m. sharp on a 200 mile plus, relaxed pace ride on their Whiteface Mountain loop through Vermont and the Adirondacks. The all day ride will include a lunch stop and a ride to the summit of Whiteface Mountain, a 4,867 foot mountain with breathtaking views. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/cyclewise-fall-ride-%281%29/

Oct. 4, Craftsbury Checkpoint Challenge
Gather three of your family, friends, team-mates or co-workers and join us Sunday, October 4, for the 2015 Craftsbury Checkpoint Challenge, part of our annual Oktoberfest celebration. The Challenge is an endurance team adventure race meant to challenge participants physically and mentally. It is a timed race that requires racers to complete a series of tasks in order to finish. Starting at 9:30am, teams of four will race from checkpoint to checkpoint on foot, navigating by map. At each stop, teams will be given a new task to complete - or a time penalty to accept if they don't want to take the challenge. Challenges are widely varied, and the exact details of each will not be announced prior to the event, but expect to be tested. www.craftsbury.com/skiing/nordic-oktoberfest/craftsbury-checkpoint-challenge

October 10 - Black River Beatdown MTB & Trail Race - 9:30
Pick your adventure: 10k singletrack run or an 11/22 mile mountain bike loop. Either way is a great way to celebrate the shoulder season in the NEK! If you've like our summer EFTA mountain bike races, this is more of the same, with several new miles of trail to enjoy. Registration goes live on Bikereg in the coming days. www.bikereg.com

October 10, Heels to Paws
Grab Fido because it's the Heels to Paws 5k fun dog run and walk. Four legs are just as welcome at Stratton as two! Bring your furry friend along for a vigorous 5k Fun Run/Walk. Money raised will benefit the Second Chance Animal Shelter. All event proceeds and donations go to shelter. Registration: The North Face store in the Village from 8-9am. Price: $20 - cash or check donation accepted. Please make checks out Second Chance Animal Shelter. Start Time: 9:30am. Second Chance animal shelter will be on hand to answer questions and take donations. All participants and guest are encouraged to donate pet food and products. www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2015/10/columbus-day-weekend/linked-pages/heels-to-paws.aspx

Oct 10 - 11, MTB Instruction: Little Bellas Women's Day at Craftsbury
We're excited to partner with the Little Bellas to offer women 21+ an overnight that includes wine and cheese, fall colors, and excellent mountain bike instruction. Instructors from the Jericho based non-profit will help you improve your mountain bike skills, no matter your level. As with their kids programming, the main goal will be to have fun, laugh and learn from each other! This overnight mountain camp for adults is an all-inclusive, one nights stay and serves as a fundraiser for Little Bellas and their mission of empowerment for young girls through cycling. www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/1544/

October 11th, Leaf Blower Bike Rides
2015 9:30 AM through 7:00 PM. An epic day of camaraderie and group rides on some of Stowe’s most exciting and scenic trails. Whether you are sprinter who rides everyday, a weekend warrior, or a leisurely rider, there will be a group for you. Groups will take a break in the middle to refuel on energy grub and water, before charging back to town! This year there are even kid specific rides: One for the younger kiddos on the bike path and one for middle school rippers with some mtn biking experience that will hit the trails. https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=74

Oct 11, 2015, North Face Race to the Summit
This Columbus Day Weekend, test your mettle in our Annual North Face Race to the Summit. There's over $2000 in prize money and awards. When: Sunday, October 11, Time: 9:30am. Distance - 2.18 miles, Vertical climb - 2003 feet, Preregister at runsignup.com -$35.00, Race Day registration - $55 (race day registration in The North Face Store from 8-9am) Participants receive North Face t-shirt, Participants may ride gondola to bottom after race. www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2015/10/north-face-race-to-the-summit.aspx

Oct. 18, Fatt'n Up - Mad River Riders
Warren, VT. Group rides, all levels, raffle. https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=76

OCTOBER 25,  CIRCUMBURKE CHALLENGE
25 mile- Mountain Bike Challenge & Mountain Marathon. The 6th annual CircumBurke, a 26 Mile Marathon Run and Mountain Bike Challenge, held in memory of Vermont endurance biker, Dave Blumenthal, was voted Vermont’s Best Mountain Bike Race/Ride by Vermont Sports readers. "Best MTB Race/Ride in VT" http://circumburke.org/

Oct 31, Trout and Landlocked Salmon Season ends
 

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November 2015

 

November 07 -November 08, Youth Deer Weekend

November 7, Wild About Vermont: An Extraordinary Fish & Game Supper
One of a kind event benefiting healthy habitat and healthy local food and water. Experience the best truly local and organic cuisine from the wilds of Vermont's woods and waters prepared by the chefs of Hotel Vermont under the direction of culinary genius and woodsman, Executive Chef Douglas Paine. Moose, deer, trout, salmon, and more! at 7:00 pm, Where: Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry Street in Burlington, Tickets are available at the Flynn box office or at FlynnTix. www.facebook.com/events/141308182880436/

Nov. 7, 2015, SkiErg World Sprints
Craftsbury will participate in the 7th Annual SkiErg World Sprints! Everyone is invited to come race 1000 meters on a SkiErg. Come to the gym any time between 10:00am and 3:00pm. You can ski by yourself, or race with others. Never tried the SkiErg? We’ll have coaches to help you learn or improve your technique. We’ll also show you how to post your time to the Concept2 Online Logbook to compete for prizes in your age group. Let’s see how many age groups we can fill with COC skiers and friends! www.craftsbury.com/general/about-the-center/news/detail/1575/

Nov 11, 2015, Jarred Williams Turkey Trot
12:00 am, Round Church, Cochran Road, Richmond, Vermont. A 5K and 10K run starting at the Round Church in Richmond benefits the Jarred Williams Foundation. www.runsignup.com

Nov 12, 2015, Backcountry Film Festival
8:00 pm, Outdoor Gear Exchange, 37 Church St., Burlington, VT. The Outdoor Gear Exchange hosts a series of backcountry skiing films including: Winner of Best of Festival, Japan by Van immerses in the head-deep powder of the Shirakawa backcountry. A Sweetgrass Productions film. Winner of Best Grassroots Award, Shared Lines features the story of Vermont Backcountry Alliance and their community in a short film by T-Bar Films. Winner of Best Environmental Message Award, from filmmaker Kt Miller, Shifting Ice is an all-women team on a journey at the intersection of scientific exploration and, of course, grueling fun. The Weight of Winter, filmmaker Be Sturgulewski takes viewers on a ride to tune in, sit back, and enjoy. www.gearx.com

November 14 -November 29, Rifle Deer (16 day regular season)

November 14 -November 22, Black Bear Late Season

Opening Date: Okemo Mountain Resort: Saturday, November 14, 2015

Opening Date: Stowe Mountain Resort: November 14 for passholders

November 19, 2015, The Annual Game Supper in Danville
Danville United Methodist Church 89 Park st. Danville, VT. Seatings at 5, 6 and 7 pm. The Danville Methodist Game Supper is not only the oldest game supper in Vermont, but considered by many to be one of the finest in the region. Once featured in Yankee Magazine's Book of Special New England Days, the game supper takes place on the Thursday before Thanksgiving at the Danville United Methodist Church on the southwest corner of the Green. Meat pies are featured, typically venison, moose, bear, coon, beaver, rabbit, and chicken. The tables groan with side dishes, squash, potato, glazed carrots, green beans, cranberry sauce, coleslaw, and pickles, topped off with dinner rolls, coffee, and homemade dessert pies. Reservations may be made by emailing within a month of the event. tobybalivet@netscape.net,  

November 20 - 22, 2015, Okemo's Annual Ski and Snowboard Swap
Okemo Mountain Resort Here’s a great opportunity to purchase new and pre-owned ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and accessories at great prices! All proceeds benefit Okemo Mountain School. Sellers keep 75 percent of the selling price and OMS receives 25 percent. Drop off gear to sell Nov. 14, 15 and 18; 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the Sitting Bull. Sale opens Nov. 20, 4 to 7 p.m.; Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 22, 9 a.m. www.okemo.com

Opening Date: Stowe Mountain Resort: November 21, 2015 for public

Opening Date: Sugarbush Resort: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nov. 21, 2015, Birch Bark Plating Baketry
The outer bark of the birch tree has been used to make baskets and containers for thousands of years by people all over the Northern latitudes. With its inherent flexibility and antiseptic properties, birch bark as a wilderness or stone-age material is unrivaled for its utility for storing and preserving perishables. In this class we take you from start to finish on the creation of a plaited birch bark basket. You will: identify, locate and harvest birch bark from the landscape; prepare and process it for weaving and create a basket of your design using the ancient and effective plaiting technique. We will explore several variations of plaited weaving in the styles of the ancient Russians, Finns and Scandinavians. The weaving techniques that you will learn in this class are applicable to a wide variety of natural materials other than birch bark. 11/21/2015 - 9:00am to Sun, 11/22/2015 - 5:00pm, Age: 16 and up. Daily Duration: This is a daily course, please bring your own food. Camping is available by request. https://rootsvt.com/adults/birch-bark-plaited-basketry?utm_source=Roots+School+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3003d0138c-fall_2015_classes10_22_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79a5113f83-3003d0138c-102263169

November 21, 2015, The Big Kicker
Sugarbush Resort Kick off the 2015/16 winter season with Mad River Glen and Sugarbush. The Valley's two ski resorts throw a freestyle party at American Flatbread at Lareau Farm, with rail jams, ski movies, local food and libations, and appearances by partners including The High Fives Foundation and Flyin' Ryan. Location: American Flatbread at Larue FarmTime: 5:00 PM www.sugarbush.com

November 22, 2015, LOADED TURKEY RAIL JAM
Killington Resort Tradition at its finest: Killington’s Loaded Turkey Rail Jam is back to kick off another great season of park competitions. We’re serving up Thanksgiving dinner on the podium with a frozen turkey going out to first place and all the fixings going to second and third place. Don’t forget - first place competitors earn free entry into Rails 2 Riches! REGISTRATION Online. www.killington.com

Opening Date: Stratton Mountain: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Opening Date: Mount Snow Resort: Thanksgiving week 2015

Opening Date: Jay Peak Resort: Thanksgiving week 2015

Nov 26, 2015, Annual Gobble Gobble Wobble 5K
Bring your friends, family and a funny costume and jump start your Thanksgiving with a run through the resort, starting at 9 am. The course runs starts at the Clocktower and takes runners, walkers and turkey-trotters through the Village and around the resort before finishing back at the Clocktower. Register now on runsignup.com  for $35 or register at the race for $55. Fee includes the Annual GGW race t-shirt. www.stratton.com/events-and-activities/events/2015/11/gobble-wobble.aspx

Nov 26, 2015, 38th Annual GMAA Turkey Trot 5K
11:00 am, Gutterson Field House, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, Certified 5K on the UVM women’s cross-country course. Great footing (not counting snow or ice) on cinder/paved path and grass. Some single track. Walkers welcome. This race benefits the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Suggested donation $5 ($10 per family) and/or a food donation Note: Runners are welcome to donate more than $5! All proceeds go to the Food Shelf. The race will be timed with large race clock, but no results are recorded other than top 3 male and female finishers. Random prize raffle at noon for all participants. There will be a free 1/4 mile kids’ race at the Archie Post fields just before the 5K at 10:45. Suggested donation $5 ($10 per family) and/or a food donation (make checks payable to GMAA); Note: Runners are welcome to donate more than $5! All proceeds go to the Food Shelf. www.gmaa.net/schedule.php?raceid=TT2014

Nov 26, 2015, Middlebury Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble 5K & 10K
12:00 pm, Middlebury Municipal Gym, 94 Main St, Middlebury, VT. - These races starting in downtown Middlebury feature chip timing, t-shirts for all entrants, raffle prizes and 20-pound turkeys for the winners. www.middleburyfitness.com

Nov 26, 2015, Running of the Turkeys
12:00 am, Fisher Elementary School, 504 East Arlington Rd., Arlington, VT. A scenic Thanksgiving 5K starts and ends in Arlington. www.bkvr.net

Nov 27 - 28, 2015 , Craftsbury Thanksgiving Biathlon Race
Craftsbury Common, VT, - Friday Nov. 27th will be a regular biathlon sprint format race, Men 10km, Women 7.5km, Juniors 5km. Saturday Nov. 28th will be a super sprint format. This race will be similar to a cross country sprint race with quarter, semi, and final heats. You will be seeded into heats based on your finish from the Friday sprint race. Each heat will consist of 3 ski loops and two shooting stages and be 1.5-2km in total length. On Friday for the sprint race there will be club rifles available for juniors to use but not on Saturday for the super sprint race. If you are a junior and have your own rifle you can still compete in the Super Sprint race, there will just be no club rifles avaiable for the super sprint. On Sunday Nov. 29th there will be the Craftsbury opener ski race which would be another opportunity to race for those looking for more race opportunity. www.skireg.com/craftsbury-thanksgiving-biathlon-race

November 27, 2015, Turkey Hangover Hillclimb
Mount Snow Resort Burn off some of those turkey day calories and get your legs in shape for a great winter of skiing by coming out for our annual fun run! Meet by the Grand Summit Express for a run, walk, or sprint up the mountain. This event is FREE!!! Beginners will climb to the bottom of Yard Sale. www.mountsnow.com

Opening Date: Bromley Mountain: Friday, November 27, 2015

Opening Date: Smugglers’ Notch Resort: Friday, November 27, 2015

Opening Date: Q Burke Mountain Resort: Saturday, November 28, 2015

November 28, 2015, Okemo Trot It Off 5k.
Okemo Mountain Resort This 5k running/walking race is perfect for the avid runner or the recreational walker hoping to burn off the calories from that extra slice of Thanksgiving dessert. Registration is $25 per person and proceeds go to support the Wendy Neal Scholarship Fund and Black River Good Neighbor Services. www.okemo.com 
 

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December 2015

December 3-6, 2015, Master's Camp at Craftsbury Outdoor Center
In response to the popularity of last year's Masters' Camps, we'll be offering two sessions again this December. The first camp will be geared more toward newer skiers or those who haven't raced before; the second will be aimed more at the master skier who has been competing and wants to race faster. Participants will get three days on snow (four if you get to campus early enough on Thursday) full of instruction. Coaching staff for the camps are being finalized but will include Craftsbury's Ollie Burruss, Janice Sibilia, Craftsbury GRP's Pepa Miloucheva (session 2 only), GRP athletes, Craftsbury coaches and more (we're hoping for a return of Gunstock's Nina Gavrylyuk). www.craftsbury.com/skiing/nordic-events/masters-camps/

Dec 5, 2015, Rails 2 Riches
12:00 am, Killington Resort, 3800 Killington Road, Killington, VT - Killington Resort kicks off their annual competition series with pro and amateur skiers and riders from across the U.S. and Canada. www.killington.com

December 5 - 12, 2015 - Fibers from a Wild Landscape
5:00pm, Age: 18 and up. Humankind’s relationship to fibers and fiber technology stretches back along our time line thousands upon thousands of years, resulting in a globally practiced, rich, and varied tradition. In our modern age, we have access to seemingly endless inexpensive synthetic fibers. While useful, this has reduced our need to procure, process, and provide them for ourselves, and distanced ourselves from the plants and animals that provide these materials. This class invites you to return to a practice that we have relied upon for countless generations. Come process a variety of plant and animal based fibers, gain a better understanding of string technology from identification, processing, basic spinning, in the hand weaving, and create some beautiful and functional works of art. https://rootsvt.com/adults/fibers-wild-landscape?utm_source=Roots+School+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3003d0138c-fall_2015_classes10_22_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_79a5113f83-3003d0138c-102263169

December 05 -December 13, Archery Deer (split season)

December 5, 2015, NEWPORT SANTA RUN
11:00 am at Gardner Park, Newport, VT. 5 K and 1 Mile Run and Walk, HO! HO! HO! JOIN THE FUN! HO! HO! HO! JOIN THE SANTA RUN.
Bring a toy, $35 Adult; $15 Kids Santa Suit Included, 20% of adult fees benefit Toys for Kids, http://kingdomgames.co/santa-run/

December 05 -December 13, Muzzleloader Deer

December 10-13, 2015, Master's Camp at Craftsbury Outdoor Center
In response to the popularity of last year's Masters' Camps, we'll be offering two sessions again this December. The first camp will be geared more toward newer skiers or those who haven't raced before; the second will be aimed more at the master skier who has been competing and wants to race faster. Participants will get three days on snow (four if you get to campus early enough on Thursday) full of instruction. Coaching staff for the camps are being finalized but will include Craftsbury's Ollie Burruss, Janice Sibilia, Craftsbury GRP's Pepa Miloucheva (session 2 only), GRP athletes, Craftsbury coaches and more (we're hoping for a return of Gunstock's Nina Gavrylyuk). www.craftsbury.com/skiing/nordic-events/masters-camps/

Opening Date: Bolton Valley: Saturday, December 12, 2015

Dec 12, 2015, Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge
12:00 am, Okemo Mountain Resort, 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow, VT - Okemo kicks off this popular eastern race series with a free, fun race on Okemo’s Bull Run open to all ages and abilities. Race registration starts at 8 a.m. with racing starting at 11 a.m. www.okemo.com

December 12 - 13, 2015, Twined Basketry
Age: 18 and up. This is a daily course, please bring your own food. Camping is available by request. Twining is perhaps one of the earliest weaving techniques used by our ancestors. The relative simplicity and durability of twined vessels resulted in their manufacture and use all over the world, by cultures far and wide. Twined baskets can be lose and open, or can be crafted tight enough to hold water. This class introduces you to a variety of materials to work with, but will focus on the use of cattail leaves. www.rootsvt.com

Opening Date: Mad River Glen: mid-December

Opening Date: Pico Mountain: mid-December

December 14 - January 5, - 116th annual Christmas Bird Count
While there is a specific methodology to the CBC and you need to count birds within an existing Christmas Bird Count circle, everyone can participate! If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. If your home is within the boundaries of a Christmas Bird Count circle, then you can stay home and report the birds that visit your feeder or join a group of birdwatchers in the field. If you have never been on a CBC before and you want to participate in a count this year, including feeder counting, please contact your count compiler prior to the count. www.audubon.org/content/join-christmas-bird-count The dates and contract information for each event are listed on the Vermont eBird website at www.tinyurl.com/XmasBirdVt15.

December 19, 2015, Island Pond Bird Count
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Northwoods Stewardship Center 154 Leadership Drive East Charleston, VT. Cost: free! Join us as NorthWoods participates in the longest run Citizen Science survey in the world, the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count! Tens of thousands of birding enthusiasts throughout the Americas volunteer each year, collecting data that Audubon in turn uses to assess the health of bird populations, and help guide conservation action. (Did we mention it will also be super fun?!) Check out www.Audubon.org for more details. Potluck to follow. 802-723-6551, www.northwoodscenter.org

December 19 - 20, 2015, Craftsbury to host NENSA Eastern Cup 15-16 Opener
We're happy to kick off the NENSA race calendar (and our own winter of high level events) with NENSA Eastern Cup #1, December 19 & 20. December 19 will be a classic sprint and December 20 will be 5k interval starts for both men and women. We'll be posting more details for racers and volunteer opportunities alike at www.craftsbury.com/easterncup  as we get ready for another big winter! Craftsbury Outdoor Center, stay@craftsbury.com  www.craftsbury.com,  802.586.7767, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

December 26, -  BIRD MONITORING WALK
8:00am-9:00am. Join fellow birders (and would-be birders) on the monthly monitoring walk on the Museum's property. We go out the last Saturday of every month. Most fun for adults, older children. Please bring your own binoculars. Free • Please pre-register by email or phone: museum@birdsofvermont.org  or (802) 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum, 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington, Vermont 05462

Dec 28, 2015, Grommet Jam
12:00 am, Mount Snow Resort, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT, - Skiers and riders ages 12 and under will be coached in the park in the morning and then compete in the afternoon, all at Grommet Park in Carinthia. www.mountsnow.com

 

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