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January 2017

January 1, 2017, 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

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May 1, Regular Spring Turkey Hunting Season Starts.


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June 2016

June 3-4-5, 2016, Strolling of the Heifers Weekend
JUNE 3, Gallery Walk & Street Festival, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Main Street and the River Garden, Food, music, dancing and fun at our annual downtown block party! JUNE 4:, The Strolling of the Heifers Parade, 10 a.m. sharp, up Main Street. The heifers lead the parade, so don’t be late! NO DOGS, PLEASE! Pre-parade entertainment! JUNE 5, Famous Farmers Breakfast, Tour de Heifer, Vermont’s most challenging dirt road cycling rides — 15, 30 or 60 miles (plus family-friendly 3-mile Round Mountain hike) Beginning and ending at Lilac Ridge Farm, W. Brattleboro. www.strollingoftheheifers.com/our-parade-and-weekend

June 4, National Trails Day

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 4, Girls on the Run Vermont
5k Run/Walk @ Champlain Valley Expo. Anyone who has been to a Girls on the Run 5k knows that it is unlike any other running event. It is a celebration of and for the girls who are completing a ten week season of the Girls on the Run program. By the day of the 5k, their enthusiasm is so unbridled that they are running around before the race! Positive energy abounds as the girls dance to warm-up music, get their hair “happied” and “tattoos” on their faces, and gather with their teammates to hold hands as they head to the starting line. Our 5k is a non-competitive event (with each girl proudly wearing a “1” on her bib) that will bring a smile to your face. You will be so glad you joined us! http://gotrvt.org/5k/

June 5, Onion River Race and Ramble
The 2016 Onion River Race and Ramble will be held on Sunday June 5th. Come join friends and neighbors and to enjoy a paddle along the Winooski River between Bolton and Richmond. It promises to be a day of excitement, camaraderie, and fun! Proceeds from the race will support river restoration initiatives in the watershed. The Race and Ramble has a paddling class for everyone! Want to paddle but not race? Be a Rambler. Want to paddle as a family? Sign up for the Youth/Family class. Want to race but don't have a long or fancy boat? Join one of the Recreational classes. And of course, there are classes for the fast and furious! We also have an option to compete as a 2 to 4 person team. www.winooskiriver.org/race-overview.php

June 8, Moosalamoo Association Meeting
On behalf of the Moosalamoo Association (MA) we invite you, or a representative from your organization, to participate in a meeting/working session with us and other recreation-based and interested partners of the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area (MNRA) to be held on Wednesday June 8, 2016 4-6pm at Blueberry Hill Inn, Goshen, VT (Tel. 802-247-6735). Refreshments to be served. This will be an opportunity, particularly after this challenging winter, for all recreational organizations to discuss the current status and future of outdoor activities within the MNRA and how we can strengthen our collaboration to help realize the goal of making this area a world-class destination for visitors. Please RSVP by replying to vim@gmavt.net  with the name of who is attending. www.moosalamoo.org

June 10–11, Northern Forest Canoe Trail Paddling Festival
Saranac Lake, N.Y. Organized by the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the festival celebrates the kickoff of the summer paddling season and provides a setting for thru-paddlers—those who have paddled the entire 740-mile trail—to gather. Clinics and guided trips are suitable for beginner paddlers and are family-friendly. The event starts Friday night with a slideshow presentation at Mount Pisgah ski lodge about the 2015 thru-paddle by northern Adirondack residents Jim Sausville, Mike Peabody, Nick Gowans, and Chris Burnham. Saturday will begin with morning paddling clinics at Lake Colby, followed by afternoon guided trips on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. The day will conclude with a gathering at the Mount Pisgah ski lodge, where there will be a paddlers’ panel discussion, dinner, and slideshow presentation, “Paddling North American Waters” by Jack Drury and Doug Fitzgerald. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Northern-Forest-Canoe-Trail-Freshet-Fest--136

June 11, Vermont Bass Fishing Season Opens

June 11, Vermont’s Summer Free Fishing Day

June 12, EMS Kayak and SUP Demo Day
At Red Rocks Park in South Burlington on Central Ave. It will be from 10am-4pm, it is free of charge, and attendees will be given the opportunity to try out as many kayaks and SUPs as they would like and will also be receiving a significant discount offer if they are interested in purchasing.

June 16 - June 18, Killington’s Downhill Throwdown
2nd Annual Skateboard and Street Luge. http://summitlodgevermont.com/event/killingtons-downhill-throwdown/

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

June 18, 2016, 9th Annual Run for Empowerment
9:00 AM at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. 5K Walk/Run ~ 10K Run ~ 1K Kids’ Fun Run. June 17th from 11-7 at Skirack for early registration and bib pick-up. 1k Kid’s Fun Run will begin at 9:00 am. 5k Run/Walk and 10K Run will start as soon as the last child crosses the finish line. www.whbw.org/news-events/run-for-empowerment

June 18, Lake Memphremagog Swim
Kingdom Games hosts 2, 4 and 6-mile swims in Lake Memphremagog and can be used as a qualifier for other open water swims. http://kingdomgames.co/nekowsa-swimming-the-kingdom/

June 18, Switchback Bike for the Lake
7:30 am – 3:00 pm, Do your part for clean water, get some great exercise, connect with friends, and experience some of Vermont’s most stunning scenery all at the same time this summer at our annual Switchback Bike for the Lake supported ride! Funds raised from this event will support the work of Friends of Northern Lake Champlain on projects prevent nutrient pollution and ensure that we can still enjoy this natural treasure for many generations to come! www.northernlakechamplain.org/event/switchback-bike-for-the-lake

June 18th, Green Mountain Harley Rolling Bike Night - A&W Night
Middlebury, VT - Green Mountain Harley's first Rolling Bike Night is Saturday, June 18th, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Ride-in and purchase dinner and you will receive a small root beer float from for free. There will be raffles and give-aways. Meet at the dealership at 5:30 to ride to A&W or meet the group there at 6 p.m. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/green-mountain-harley-rolling-bike-night/

June 18-20, 2016, 35th Anniversary of the LCI Fishing Derby
Come Celebrate Family, Friends, and Fishing with LCI! www.mychamplain.net/FathersDayDerby

June 19, Worcester 4 Mile Challenge and 2 Mile Fun Run
10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Start at the intersection of West Hill Rd., Hampshire Hill Rd., and Minister Brook Rd. 4 Mile Challenge: An out and back course following upper Minister Brook Road. Up hill on the way out, down hill on return. 2 Mile Fun Run: Follows upper Minister Brook Road, turn around at Kimball Road. Race benefits the Worcester Historical Society. $10 ($5 if under 15). http://cvrunners.org/worcester4mile2mile/index.html

June 23, 2016, Bird Banding: Science in Action
7:00am - 11:00am, Join us at Green Mountain Audubon's bird banding station this summer. We'll walk you through the banding process, from mist nets to data sheets. Learn about Audubon's bird conservation and view wild birds up close. Bring a camera, mud boots, and a cup of coffee. Ages: All ages welcome. Fee: $5 suggested donation. Call ahead to the office: 802-434-3068 http://vt.audubon.org/events

June 25, 6th annual Long Trail Century Ride
The annual Long Trail Century Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is a recreational century ride that starts and ends at Long Trail Brewery on Route 4 in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. The first 500 participants to register will receive a lift ticket voucher to ski or ride Killington Resort during the 2016-2017season! In addition to the century, shorter rides of 60- and 20-miles plus a family-friendly 5K route allow participants to cycle through the towns of Killington, Pittsfield, Bethel, Barnard, Woodstock, Ludlow, Bridgewater, and Plymouth, Vermont. Quaint villages, the scenery of Route 100 and U.S. Route 4, the Crossroad of Vermont Byway, the seventh of its kind recently designated by the Vermont Transportation Board, are incorporated into the routes. www.longtrailcenturyride.com

June 25, Piece Ride for Autism
10 a.m. - Williston, VT - The 4th Annual Piece Ride to benefit Camp Kaleidoscope at the Common Ground Center is Saturday, June 25th. Registration is at 10:00 a.m. at Roadside Motosports in Williston. Following the ride there is lunch and door prizes at the Backstage Pub and Restaurant. Your $25 entry fee includes one door prize ticket, an official ride t-shirt, lunch and lot's of fun! Proceeds from the ride will benefit Camp Kaleidoscope, a summer camp for families affected by autism. Camp Kaleidoscope was created by families for families and inlcudes unique features such as universally accessible activities, arts, nature and educational opportunities. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/annual-piece-ride-for-autism/

Jun 25, Newport Sprint Triathlon
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, The event consists of ½ mile swim, 13 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run. Race in and along the shores of the Memphremagog as an individual or relay team. http://newportsprinttri.weebly.com/

June 25, 2016, Missisquoi River Paddle-Pedal
Paddle and pedal with friends and family in northern Vermont! The Missisquoi Paddle-Pedal event celebrates recreation along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail PaddlePedalRichford 2014between Richford and East Berkshire, VT. The event combines 6.5 miles of flatwater paddling along the Wild and Scenic Missisquoi River and 4.5 miles of cycling back on an adjacent rail trail. This is a family friendly event for all ages, and includes an optional race class, for folks looking for some friendly competition! www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/Missisquoi-Paddle---Pedal-135

June 25, 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) 434-2167

June 25-26, 2016, Abenaki Heritage Weekend
Vergennes: This special weekend hosted by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum gives visitors an Abenaki perspective on life in the Champlain Valley. Members of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk and Koasek Traditional Band of the Koas Abenaki Nation, and the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association work with Museum staff to plan and present the event. The Native people at this event are experts in the living indigenous arts and traditions which they come together to share with one another and with visitors. They have inherited, researched, reconstructed, or apprenticed to learn the techniques with which they create outstanding beadwork, quillwork, basketry, pottery, woodworking and other items for personal use or for sale. Tribal members will also share songs, drumming, dancing, games, food preparation, and other life skills. www.lcmm.org/museum_info/native-american-encampment.html

June 25 - 26, Ditch Pickle Classic Fly Fishing Tournament
Swanton, VT. - The 2016 Ditch Pickle Classic Fly Fishing Tournament on Lake Champlain! The 2016 DPC based out of Swanton, Vermont will be held on June 25th-26th on beautiful Lake Champlain. The DPC is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels. You don't need a big fancy bass boat to fish the DPC either! Kayaks, canoes and motor boats are all permitted. The DPC is a team event and we make every effort to pair people up with team mates and fill empty seats in boats. Each team will have 1-3 anglers and, if you want to be a 1-man team, you will be responsible for the team entry fee of $100. If you are your own 1-man team, you must still have a co-rider to assist with photographic documentation of your catch! We're allowing more than 1 team to fish from a boat as long as it's within reason. Spectators may ride along or pilot a boat for a team. www.dpcvt.com/p/2016-dpc.html

June 26, 42nd Annual Paul Mailman 10 Miler
8:30 am – 11:00 am. Starts and ends on Montpelier High School track. Flat to rolling out and back course over primarily dirt roads. Four water stations. Miles accurately marked. USATF certified course VT09004RF. Gift certificate/merchandise prize to top male and female and for top finishers in each age division. $12 pre-registration or $15 race-day registration. http://cvrunners.org/tenmiler/index.html

June 26, Central Vermont Cycling Tour
8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Fully supported dirt-road bike ride with food stops. All-you-can eat lunch. 13-, 33-, or 60-mile loops; register online or on the day of the event. $50 (free for under 17). http://www.crossvermont.org/events/cvct/register.php

June 26, Festival of Fidos & 15th Annual 5K
These combined events benefit Lacey’s Fund: a fund for retired police dogs of the Vermont Police Canine Association. The 15th Annual 5K race will kick off in the morning with preregistration starting at 7:30 a.m. The Festival of Fidos will follow with food and vendors. www.basinharbor.com  https://dockdogs.com/eventscal/2016-festival-of-the-fidos-fun-jump-2/

June 26 - 29 - Motorcycle Sport Touring Association - National Rally
Stratton, VT - The Motorcycle Sport Touring Association is having their national rally, June 26th - 30th in Stratton, Vermont at the Stratton Mountain Resort. The event will feature group rides, routes for self-paced rides, social gatherings, seminars and vendors. The Honda demo truck will be onsite throughout the rally, starting on Saturday June 25th. Demo's will include the latest bikes from the Honda line-up, including the much anticipated Africa Twin adventure bike. Demo rides will follow an extended, 15-20 mile format to allow participants amble time to sample the machines. There will also be a daily Lunch Run demo, where Honda will take a limited number of riders on a longer ride through the Vermont countryside and provide a hot lunch. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/motorcycle-sport-touring-association-national-event/

 

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July 2016


July 2, 2016, - Fairlee Forest Festival,

A celebration of Vermont's magnificent forests, Saturday July 2, 2016, 11-6 on the Fairlee, VT town common. Bring the whole family—rain or shine. There will be wildlife exhibits, “mountain” music all afternoon, children’s programs, Abenaki woodland songs and stories, skills workshops, presentations on topics ranging from birds to forestry, and booths by area organizations working in conservation and forest management, as well as producers of artisanal forest products, foods, and crafts. Presenters include two of Vermont’s favorite natural history centers, one of its last horse loggers, Abenaki cultural interpreter and author Michael Caduto, and experts from Audubon Vermont, the University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, and the state agencies responsible for Vermont’s wildlife and forests. On Sunday July 3, visitors can join these expert interpreters on one of four guided hikes in Fairlee Town Forest. Admission to all events is free. For information on the forest and festival, visit www.fairleeforest.org.

July 2, 2016: Son of a Swim
2, 4,and 6 mile swims in Lake Memphremagog. (Can be used as a qualifier for Kingdom Swim)(Cap of 10 on each swim). http://kingdomgames.co/nekowsa-swimming-the-kingdom/

July 3, Firecracker 5K
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Join the Town of Williston and the American Cancer Society as we partner to fight back against cancer and celebrate with pre-July 4th festivities! The run will begin at 6:00pm at the Williston Community Park (by the bathrooms), with registration opening at 5:00pm. After going along the bike path, the run will end on the Village Green with a live band, and ice cream greeting our runners! Every runner will receive a complimentary race shirt! All proceeds will benefit Relay For Life Nordic Style! http://www.relayforlife.org/firecracker5kvt

July 8, Bird Banding: Science in Action
7:00am - 11:00am Drop in any time. Stay as long as you like. Join us at Green Mountain Audubon's bird banding station this summer. We'll walk you through the banding process, from mist nets to data sheets. Learn about Audubon's bird conservation and view wild birds up close. Bring a camera, mud boots, and a cup of coffee. Ages: All ages welcome. Fee: $5 suggested donation. http://vt.audubon.org/events

July 8-10, 2016, Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival
Come to the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival and let your spirit soar as more than 25 hot-air balloons fill the sky. Enjoy free admission when you stay at Stoweflake and don’t miss a single moment. View breathtaking launches, enjoy live entertainment, all while sitting back and relaxing with offerings in the beer and wine garden. Kick start your getaway with a Bloody Mary and delicious breakfast at Charlie B’s. Take a dip in our indoor swimming pool or venture out into the many shops of the Mountain Road Marketplace before the festival. You’ll be delighted by all the activities you can take part in all within walking distance of Stoweflake! www.stoweflake.com/activities_balloon_festival.aspx

July 9, Mansfield Nordic Club Trail Run and BBQ
10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Mansfield Nordic Club hosts a 5km trail race through beautiful winding pasture fields and old sugar roads in Charlotte! This fundraiser is a low-key, hand-timed event and is open to all ages and ability levels. Post-race activities include lawn games, a BBQ, and raffle prizes from Skirack. All proceeds benefit Mansfield Nordic Club programs. http://www.mansfieldnordic.org/event/mnc-summer-5k-run/

July 09, 2016, July Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am Huntington, Vermont. Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. http://vt.audubon.org/events/july-bird-monitoring-walk

July 9, Firewalk - Blazing your Trail to Soul
This evening is a 3-4 hour workshop in which we explore personal obstacles, fears and courage, goals and empowerment. You will be given all the guidance necessary to walk the fire at the end of the evening. There is no need to decide now if you will walk the fire, and you are not required to walk the coals to participate. www.facebook.com/events/1292214714139712

July 10, 2016, Green Mountain Dockdogs, Newbie Session
1 handler/ 1 dog per slot, Fee is $10 which can be applied toward your 2016 GMDD membership (valid same day only), Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT. Location: Splashes N Wags, 200 Phyllis Lane, Bennington, VT 05201. Our next newbie session. Also depending on demand, we will add more time slots as needed. See you on the dock!! www.signupgenius.com/go/20f044fadaf2aa3fa7-newbie

July 13 - 17, Summer Hunter Jumper Show
Three rings of competition in hunters, jumpers, and equitation. Book your stalls NOW- they will be going fast! Trainers, please send the Trainer Stabling Form with check or credit card number to hold your stalls. Schedule: Tuesday, July 12: Stables Open for arrivals. Wednesday, July 13: Warm-ups in all rings, Trail Adventure Challenge opens for the week. Thursday, July 14: UNRECOGNIZED Hunter Ring classes, Team Jumper Challenge, Lobster Bake, Equitation Warm-ups. Friday-Sunday, July 15-17: Summer Hunter Jumper Show- USEF “Local” Competition – NEHC “C” Rated – VHJA Affiliated – Marshall & Sterling Medals & Hunter Classics. www.gmhainc.org/event/summer-hunter-jumper-show

July 14, Bird Banding: Science in Action
7:00am - 11:00am Drop in any time. Stay as long as you like. Join us at Green Mountain Audubon's bird banding station this summer. We'll walk you through the banding process, from mist nets to data sheets. Learn about Audubon's bird conservation and view wild birds up close. Bring a camera, mud boots, and a cup of coffee. Ages: All ages welcome. Fee: $5 suggested donation. http://vt.audubon.org/events

July 16, Introductory Bird-Friendly Sugarbush Management
9:00am - 12:00pm, Sugarbushes not only provide us with maple syrup, they also provide nesting habitat for a variety of songbirds. The Green Mountain Audubon Center’s sugarbush will serve as an outdoor classroom for learning the principles of bird-friendly sugarbush management. Learn about bird species that commonly nest in “the bush”, what their habitat needs are, and practical forest management approaches to integrating bird habitat with sap production. Opportunities for getting involved with the Bird-Friendly Maple Project will also be explored. This workshop is geared toward beginner and/or hobby maple producers with limited knowledge of sugarbush management. http://vt.audubon.org/events/introductory-bird-friendly-sugarbush-management

July 16-17, 2016, 28th Annual Vermont 100 Endurance Ride and Run
Location: South Woodstock area, - The Vermont 100 Endurance Race is one of the original 100 mile runs in the USA and a part of the Grand Slam Series of Ultrarunning. Each year, 300 runners attempt to finish this hilly race over beautiful Vermont back roads and trails under the 30 hour cutoff point, and a well-trained few finish in under 24 hours. The race proceeds support Vermont Adaptive. www.vermontadaptive.org/calendar_details.php?event_id=359

July 17, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run, Lake Dunmore, Vermont. Nestled against the Green Mountains, just below Rattlesnake Point is Branbury State Park. The lake region is a most spectacular and pristine place to swim, bike and run. Novice and advanced athletes alike marvel the beauty of our courses and enjoy the mountains, lakes and streams of Central Vermont. www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/events/vermont-sun-triathlon/vermont-sun-triathlon-race-details/

July 17, 2016, Champ's Challenge for CF
The "Champ's Challenge for CF" is an opportunity to engage in practicing an active lifestyle, while also supporting the CFLF mission. This fundraising ride offers a 40-mile course for more advanced cyclists, an 8-mile course for more recreational riders and families, or a 5k Walk/Run for participants preferring not to ride. Hosted by the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, VT the event offers a full BBQ luncheon on the shore of Lake Champlain. Many cyclists travel from out-of-state to partake in the incredible ride enjoying lake and Adirondack views, and may utilize a provided list of accommodations in this site. But book early, as this is the most popular time of year to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Vermont! www.cflf.org/champs-challenge-cf

July 22 - 24, Annual Vermont Mountain Bike Festival
Sugarbush Ski Resort, There's a reason others host their mountain bike festivals in Vermont... It's no surprise to us! The VMBA Annual Mountain Bike Festival is hands down the best festival value every year. VMBA chapters are incredible! The result? We keep the event moving, which means you get to learn about more trails, meet more cool people and save some dough for that upgrade you've been eyeing. Want to check out the scene as a non-rider? No porblem. VMBA doesn't charge for public curiousity - we encourage it! Register today and grab guided acess to a whole new network of trails. Get a bigger return from your festival time and keep it moving! https://vmba.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=98

July 23, 38th Annual Bear Swamp Run
Middlesex, VT - A 5.7 mile loop course on mostly dirt roads climbs 450 feet first 3 miles, then gradually descends to the finish. $10, race-day registration available. http://cvrunners.org/bearswamp/index.html

July 24, 3rd Annual Car Show
3rd Annual Car show returns this year! It is on SUNDAY July 24th from 10-2. Food once again hosted by the Windsor Rotary Club. Prizes awarded for many categories! 841 US RT 5N, Windsor, Vermont 05089, Call 802-674-5506 or message this page/Frazer Insurance Group for more details! https://www.facebook.com/events/1318943994786600/

July 28 - 30, Iron Adventure Run
Ludlow, VT - The 2016 Iron Adventure is July 28-30th at the Jackson Gore Inn, in Ludlow Vermont. The Iron Adventure Run is a five state Harley Owners Group rally, open to riders of all brands of motorcycles. The Quilts of Valor Project will be a part of the Ladies of Harley Room. Presentation of quilts will occur on Saturday, July 30, on the Green in Chester, Vermont. A Bike parade, fireworks, raffles, vendors and RIDES! RIDES! RIDES! as well as Biker Bingo, Biker Games and Ride In Bike Show will be a part of the 2016 Event. Preregistration is open through June 9th. www.ironadventure.com for details including schedule of events. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/iron-adventure-run/

July 30, AquaFest 2016
AquaFest will be held July 30th on the lawns at the Emory Hebbard State Building in Newport. More details to come.

July 30, 2016 – Eighth Annual Kingdom Swim
– 25 km, Border Buster, 10 mile, 6.2 mile, 3.1 mile, 1 mile swims for adults and youth, plus ¼ mile and 100 yard swims for youth. On Lake Memphremagog, Kingdom Swim 2016 will be the venue of the USMS National 10 Mile Championships as well asthe World 10 Mile Open Water Championship sanctioned by the World Open Water Swimming Association. Join us Friday evening before the swim for our Pirate Proemenade and a great pasta dinner under the tents. No Lanes-No Lines-No Limits! http://kingdomgames.co/nekowsa-swimming-the-kingdom/

July 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 museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

July 30 - 31, Burlington Maritime Festival
Don’t miss LCMM at the Burlington Maritime Festival, Saturday and Sunday, July 30 & 31, on the Burlington Waterfront! Tour the Schooner Lois McClure at her home berth of Perkin’s Pier, see traditional maritime skills demonstrations including log rolling and metal working, and go for a row in one of our Champlain Longboats with an expert LCMM guide! www.lcmm.org/museum_info/calendar.html

 

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August 2016


August 2, Bird Banding: Science in Action
7:00am - 11:00am Drop in any time. Stay as long as you like. Join us at Green Mountain Audubon's bird banding station this summer. We'll walk you through the banding process, from mist nets to data sheets. Learn about Audubon's bird conservation and view wild birds up close. Bring a camera, mud boots, and a cup of coffee. Ages: All ages welcome. Fee: $5 suggested donation. http://vt.audubon.org/events

August 6, 2016, EFTA Mountain Bike Race at Craftsbury
We're stoked to host an EFTA Vermont stop for the third straight year. As has become habit, we have more trails for you to race on than the last time you were here. We've added another couple k, bringing us up to around a 6 mile lap featuring the full spectrum of New England riding from machine built flow to hand-hewn, rooty gnar. C'mon up, race bikes, then go ride long at Kingdom Trails on Sunday, keep heading north and cheer on Lea et al at Mt. St. Anne, or just check out our neighbors at the General Store, C Village Store, Pete's Greens or Hill Farmstead Brewery. www.craftsbury.com/cycling/efta-mountain-bike-race/efta-mountain-bike-race-at-craftsbury-2/

August 6, 2016 – Sixth Annual Seymour Swim
– 3.5 mile and 1.75 mile swimming only option but also part of Kingdom Triathlon. We figured, while we had the buoys up we might as well invite swimmers to join us in one of the most pristine lakes in The Americas. http://kingdomgames.co/nekowsa-swimming-the-kingdom/

August 6, Upper Valley Trails Alliance Stoaked Trail Race
Start time: 9 am A Western NH Trail Running Series race held on the rolling Oak Hill XC trails. The race course is very well laid out to basically include just about every facet of trail running. The first few miles are on the XC ski trails and climb all the way to the top of Oak Hill. Once you hit the single track we promise that you will be grinning from ear to ear as it really becomes fun, tight and fast! You will do a mixture of XC trails and singletrack all the way back to the start area where you will then continue on to the Rollercoaster loop around Storrs Pond to finish. Start / Finish Location: Storrs Pond Upper Parking Lot 50 Reservoir Road, Hanover, NH 03755 www.wnhtrs.com/index.php?nav=22

Aug 6, 4th Annual Vermont Veterans Ride
Registration: 9 - 10:45; Ride leaves at 11 a.m. - St Albans, VT. - The American Legion, Green Mountain Post #1 is having their 4th Annual Vermont Veterans Event to benefit Vermont Veterans Causes on August 6th. Join them on an escorted 100 mile ride through Vermont to support our service men and women. After the ride enjoy some good food with some great people! The ride meets at the American Legion Post #1 in St Albans. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 10:45. The ride leaves at 11 a.m. The cost is $30 per bike (includes passenger). There is a cash grill and bar after the event. The event is held rain or shine. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/4th-annual-vermont-veterans-ride/

August 6, 2016, Family Paddle Day at Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
Easy instruction on August 6 for families who are first-time paddlers. Swanton, Vt. – The Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge will be offering a family paddling day on Saturday, August 6 at the refuge at Louie’s Landing (Mac’s Bend Road) in Swanton, Vermont. Morning instruction will focus on beginner basics like how to fit a life jacket, how to get in and out of a canoe, and how to paddle. Participants can then test their new skills during an easy paddle on the Missisquoi River, and look for bald eagles, osprey, great blue herons, and turtles. Check-in will be at 9:00 am. Space is limited; advance registration is required. Register for free at www.northernforestcanoetrail.org. A free lunch will be provided at noon by the Friends of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge at the refuge visitor center. Instruction and use of canoes and gear are being generously donated by Montgomery Adventures. More details are at www.northernforestcanoetrail.org

August 6, Hatchery Day in Vermont
Hatchery Day, which will be celebrated by open houses and other activities at the state’s hatcheries, will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Bennington Fish Culture Station and the 125th anniversary of the Roxbury Fish Culture Station, a facility soon to be rebuilt following impacts from Tropical Storm Irene. www.vtfishandwildlife.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=73163&pageId=4778405

August 6, 2016, STOAKED Trail Run
Description: Part of the XTERRA STOAKED triathlon weekend. The STOAKED trail race takes place on the rolling Oak Hill XC Trail System. The race course is very well laid out to basically include just about every facet of trail running. The first few miles are on the XC ski trails and climb all the way to the top of Oak Hill. Once you hit the single track we promise that you will be grinning from ear to ear as it really becomes fun, tight and fast! You will do a mixture of XC trails and singletrack all the way back to the start area where you will then continue on to the Rollercoaster loop around Storrs Pond to finish. The last section does include the infamous "Field" section that folks either LOVE or HATE. It is an open field that allows you to see your competition and let you know whether or not you need to throw down on the last 1.5 miles to the finish. The finish to this race has one last hill and it is one that you will remember as you have to dig deep to get to the finish line. This is a Fun, Challenging and extremely rewarding experience that will ignite your passion for trail running! Start / Finish Location: Storrs Pond Upper Parking Lot 50 Reservoir Road, Hanover, NH 03755  Start Time: 9:00 am. Distance: 12.5 km trail run. www.wnhtrs.com/index.php?nav=22

August 6, 2016, 9th Annual Fly Fishing Festival: A Taste of the Great Outdoors
10-4 p.m. Celebrate summer at our 9th Annual Fly Fishing Festival! Our signature event of the summer is back showcasing the joy of fly fishing with local vendors, demonstrations, and a gathering of people who are all equally enthused about the sport. This year, we’re kicking it up a notch and adding the celebration of local cuisine with our Taste of the Great Outdoors theme. Local chefs, food trucks, foraging experts, and farmers will partake in the celebration adding a fun element to an already exciting day.You won't want to miss this! Featuring: LIVE MUSIC from the Dear June band, Fly tying lessons from master freshwater and saltwater fly tyers, Casting competitions, Exhibitors such as GuideHire, Berkshire Rivers Fly Fishing, Why Knot Fishing, and more! Demonstrations on Atlantic Salmon fishing, conservation, cooking, and foraging. www.amff.com/festival2016.html

August 6-9, MotoVermont Dual-Sport July Training Tour
Jay, VT - The Moto Vermont Three Day Adventure Bike, Dual-Sport Training Tour combines world-class instruction, challenging Vermont back roads and trails, and luxurious accommodations at Jay Peak Resort for a weekend long adventure that you will remember. Spend your days perfecting your off-road riding in mud, rocks and steep hills. Learn the proper techniques for hill climbing, water crossings and riding on rough terrain, while touring remote historic roads through beautiful Vermont. Breakfast, a trail-side lunch and dinner at the resort are included in this package. Dinners feature fresh, local ingredients like Vermont raised meats and Maine seafood. After dinner, relax by the fire with a warm cider or a Vermont microbrew, while recounting the day’s events with your fellow riders. http://motorcycle-vermont.com/events/motovermont-dual-sport-training-tour/

August 7, 2016, Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival
FIRE UP YOUR DRAGONS! Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont presents the liveliest event of the summer: the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival! It’s 1,600 dedicated Vermonters racing 41-foot long dragon boats 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 like YOU who know that together we can make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors with cancer. No experience necessary. Come join the fun! http://ridethedragon.org/

August 8, 2016, Bird Banding: Science in Action
7:00am - 11:00am Drop in any time. Stay as long as you like. Join us at Green Mountain Audubon's bird banding station this summer. We'll walk you through the banding process, from mist nets to data sheets. Learn about Audubon's bird conservation and view wild birds up close. Bring a camera, mud boots, and a cup of coffee. Ages: All ages welcome. Fee: $5 suggested donation. http://vt.audubon.org/events

August 11-14, Vermont Challenge Bike Race
Now in its fifth year, the Vermont Challenge bicycle race returns August 11-14, 2016 with a series of multi-day tour options including a route on Saturday (8/13) that winds up with a four-mile climb to Stratton Mountain Resort in the only mountain-top Gran Fondo finish east of the Continental Divide. In addition to the 100 mile Gran Fondo, the Vermont Challenge will offer both the Medio (68 miles) and Piccolo (26 miles) Fondos so the entire family can enjoy the ride and weekend festivities. http://vtchallenge.com/

August 13, Burke Mtn's 8th Annual Bike n Brew Fest
Don't miss one of the best bike events of the summer, Burke Mountain's Annual Bike n' Brew festival happening Saturday, August 13th. If you like to bike and you enjoy Vermont craft beers then this event is for you. Bike all day in the Burke Bike Park or enjoy our single track here at Kingdom Trails then head on over to the fest. Dual Slalom Race starts at 3pm with the Bike n' Brew festivities kicking off at 5pm. Live music, bike games including our favorites like the bunny hop, pit bike race, and huffy toss and lots of craft brew favorites will keep us entertained. http://skiburke.com/events-and-activities/event-calandar/8th-annual-bike-n-brew-fest/

Aug. 13, 30th Annual Toy Run
Sat 11 AM · Montpelier, VT. - Show your support for Motorcyclists' Rights and help support the kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children, join us for the 30th Annual Toy Run this August. The 30th Annual Toy Run is Saturday, August 13, 2016. We stage at the Blue Cross parking lot in Berlin, VT starting around 9:00 am, please be there by 11:00 for staging. We leave for the State House in Montpelier at noon sharp. We've invited Lt. Governor Phil Scott to address us at the State House, he has said he wants to but hasn't been able to confirm yet. http://unitedmotorcyclists.org/wp/

August 13, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am. Meeting Place: Office Building, Green Mountain Audubon Center. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/wxJOd, Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Ages: All ages welcome. http://vt.audubon.org/events/august-bird-monitoring-walk

August 13, 2016, Crossbow Demo Day
R&L Archery will be hosting a free Crossbow Demo Day on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10-4 at Whistling Arrow Archery Club. With the changes to Vermont’s crossbow regulations, hunters 50 years old or older are now allowed to hunt with a crossbow without a special permit. Join us for a day of trying out many different brands and styles of crossbows and talking with factory representatives and R&L pro-staff. This event is geared towards familiarizing all of the potential new crossbow shooters with the operation and limitations of crossbows, as well as an opportunity to try shooting a large assortment of crossbow styles to help determine which may be the best for each individual shooter. This is a free event that will be held rain or shine at Whistling Arrow Archery Club, 965 VT Rte 14, East Montpelier, hosted by R&L Archery in Barre. For more information contact R&L Archery at 802-479-9151 or rlarchery@aol.com

August 13 - 21, 2016, SWIM THE KINGDOM WEEK
9 Days –8 Lakes – 45 Miles – 4 Marathons, Swim one day or up to all eight with the option of shorter swims on each day and new this year, the option of doubling up on any day OR ALL 8! http://kingdomgames.co/nekowsa-swimming-the-kingdom/

August 14, Vermont Sun Triathlon
600 yard Swim | 14 mile Bike | 3.1 mile Run, Lake Dunmore, Vermont. Nestled against the Green Mountains, just below Rattlesnake Point is Branbury State Park. The lake region is a most spectacular and pristine place to swim, bike and run. Novice and advanced athletes alike marvel the beauty of our courses and enjoy the mountains, lakes and streams of Central Vermont. www.vermontsuntriathlonseries.com/events/vermont-sun-triathlon/vermont-sun-triathlon-race-details/

Aug 19, Derby Day & Tailgaiting Party
South Woodstock, VT, Join us for a great day of jumping on GMHA’s classic derby course, brought to you by the Kedron Valley Inn! Come on out and grab a FREE ringside tailgating spot! Bring your friends, food, and beverages and enjoy a great evening of competition at GMHA. Tailgaters welcome anytime from noon to 7pm and beyond. Final schedule will be posted here two days prior to the event. When the horses finish, the derby course will go to the dogs! Come check out the Annual Doggy Derby- open to all. www.gmhainc.org/event/hunter-derby-day-tailgaiting-party

August 20, Vermont Black Bears from A-Z
Saturday, August 20, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, VT. This seminar covers basic bear biology, successfully hunting bears, and processing bear meat. Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 17. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

August 20, Kingdom Farm and Food Ride
As part of Kingdom Farm and Food Days, we’ll be organizing a backroad bike ride. The vast majority of the roads around the Kingdom remain unpaved, and there’s few better ways to explore them and the countryside than from the seat of a bicycle. Cyclists will enjoy a scenic ride from Craftsbury thru the rolling farms and fields to Greensboro where we’ll quench our thirst at Hill Farmstead – and best of all, riders will enjoy a shuttle ride back to the start. More details to come! www.craftsbury.com

August 20, Youth Waterfowl Hunter Training
Saturday, August 20, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sportsman Club of Franklin County, St. Albans, VT. The seminar will instruct young waterfowlers aged 12 to 17 in waterfowl identification, hunting regulations, duck and goose calling, decoy sets, and safe shooting techniques. Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 17. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

August 27, Paddle Lake Memphremagog
Newport, VT. - Join trip leader Russ Ford on this lake that spans the Canada-U.S. border. Paddle from Newport, Vt. to Perkins Landing, Quebec. Skill level: Intermediate; 12 miles of lake paddling with possible waves. Passport or equivalent identification required for the border crossing. www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/CalendarofEvents-2/NFCT-Paddler-Series---Free-Guided-Trips-132

August 27, Small Game Hunting Seminar
Saturday, August 27, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Randolph Fish & Game Club, Randolph, VT. The seminar will feature workshops on hunting rabbits with beagles, hunting ruffed grouse with dogs from former Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry, and squirrel hunting. The seminar will conclude with a shooting workshop hosted by Randolph Fish and Game. Signup deadline: Wednesday, August 24. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

August 27, Centennial Celebration at National Park
It’s not every day that you turn 100. So, in honor of the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Site in Woodstock, Vermont is celebrating with a party on Saturday, August 27 from 10am until 4pm. There will be great fan-fair and fun for all ages to mark this special occasion. It's a birthday party for the National Park Service! Get a behind the scenes glimpse of our historical buildings, share your national park memories in our Story Booth, enjoy lawn games like bocce and croquet, golf or play tennis on the estate grounds, paint, picnic, and play in your national park. Check out www.nps.gov/mabi/centennialcelebration.htm  for more information, or call 802-457-3368 x222.

August 27 – 28, Wilderness Self Reliance
The Wilderness Self Reliance Weekend is a weekend course designed to cover the basic necessary knowledge one should have on even the most simple outing into the wild. Hunters, hikers, naturalists, travelers, or anyone doing anything in the back country will find this course a helpful compliment to their own skills sets and knowledge. We will cover preparedness, survival mentality, emergency shelters, fire starting through several modern and primitive methods, water gathering and purification, navigation, weather prediction, basic survival food gathering, hunting and trapping, and more. The goal of the course is to provide a practical primer for students so that they will feel more confident and ready to deal with meeting their own needs in the case of emergency. https://www.facebook.com/events/151177801973207/

August 27 - 28, Okemo Valley Antique & Classic Car/Motorcycle Show
Friday Night, Ludlow, Vermont Saturday 10am-3pm Show Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts fields in Ludlow, VTSunday 10am-3pm followed by parade through Ludlow. www.hemmings.com/events/detail?listing_id=45844

Aug 27, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am Huntington, Vermont. Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Please pre-register, museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

Aug. 28, Race to the Top of Vermont and Kids Fun Run
Stowe Mountain Resort. The North Face Race To The Top Of Vermont draws hikers, bikers, and runners from across the U.S. and Canada to climb the Mt. Mansfield toll road on Sunday, August 28. For some it's all about trying to achieve a fast time up this tough 4.3 mile course. For others - they come to test themselves, and to enjoy the spectacular views. Join us for the Catamount Kids Run for Fun, a .75km or 1.5km untimed mini hill-climb. 100% of the money raised goes to support the Catamount Trail Association. http://catamounttrail.org/events/race-to-the-top-of-vermont/

 

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September 2016


September 1 - 30, Vermont River Cleanup Month
Many of Vermont's watershed groups and other community organizations organize events to clean up Vermont's rivers, streams and lakes.  Learn about your local watershed group.  Your participation will help make VT River Cleanup Month a success! Watersheds United Vermont helps to coordinate this effort by providing resources to organizers and outreach about VT River Cleanup Month. Together we can make 2016 VT River Cleanup a success! www.watershedsunitedvt.org/vtrivercleanup

September 1-25, Vermont Statewide Canada Geese Hunting Season
The daily bag limit is five Canada geese in the Connecticut River Zone and eight in the rest of the state during this September season. The purpose of the September season is to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada. www.vtfishandwildlife.com 

September 3 - 6, Osage Long Bow Building
The bow has captivated peoples' hearts and minds from the misty depths of time to the present. The Self Bow Building class will bring the student from a seasoned stave to a finished, hunting weight long bow. Although mostly workshop, a series of several short lectures will be given to expand on subjects such as: wood selection and harvesting, bow design and performance, tillering, and instinctive shooting. The class will cover primitive bow building on a conceptual level as well as each step in the technical process from peeling back the bark to twisting your own strings. We will also discuss the bow in the context of survival skills. This class is a tremendous experience whether you are a hunter looking to hunt with your own handmade tackle or a lover of archery and its long history looking for a new bow to enjoy and shoot. www.facebook.com/events/620734968088444/

September 4, 2016, 17th LCI Bass Open
Malletts Bay, Colchester, VT. $3000 guaranteed first-place prize! Cash prizes through 10th place* plus cash for the Lunkers. Save $50 by pre-registering. Register online by phone at 802-879-3466, http://mychamplain.net/LCIBassOpen

September 6, The Basics of Fishing, Free Fishing Clinic
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be hosting two free fishing clinics in September, both of which are open to people of all ages and levels of experience, including those who are completely new to fishing. The first clinic, “Basics of Fishing,” will be held on Tuesday, September 6, at the Shelburne Bay Fishing Access Area in Shelburne. The clinic will focus on general fishing techniques and equipment, and is tailored toward those who have little to no fishing experience. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. and run until 7:00 p.m. Fishing equipment will be available for use, or participants can bring their own. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for participation in either clinic. Anyone interested can register by emailing letsgofishing@vermont.gov , or by calling 802-505-5562

September 9 – 11, 2nd Annual VT Fly Fishing Show
The Fly Rod Shop, 2703 Waterbury Rd, Stowe, VT. - Join us Friday for a Free Casting Clinic, Fly Tying Demos and Discounted Guided Trips. Don't miss Saturday, we'll have Reps, and Owners of some of the leading companies in the Fly Fishing World including Simms, Hardy, Sage, Winston, 3-Tand, Finn Utility, Regal Engineering and many more!! https://www.facebook.com/events/1649149325412476/

September 10, “Intro to Trout Fishing,”
Takes place on Saturday, September 10, at the Waterbury Public Library as well as on the Winooski River in Waterbury. The clinic, which will concentrate specifically on trout fishing tactics, will start at 9:30 a.m. and run until 1:00 p.m. “For those looking to learn the basics of trout fishing with spinning equipment, this clinic is a great starting place,” said Hart. “We’ll cover a range of topics including habitat, life cycle, regulations, and fishing techniques. The course is designed as an introductory level course and will emphasize basic live bait techniques as well as strategies for using artificial lures.” Fishing equipment will be available for use, or participants can bring their own. Space is limited and pre-registration is required for participation in either clinic. Anyone interested can register by emailing letsgofishing@vermont.gov , or by calling 802-505-5562.

September 11, 2016, 10th Annual Tour de Taste
Upper Valley Trails Alliance, 9:00 AM (EDT), Fairlee, VT. - A Pedaling Picnic. Like to eat? Like to ride? Join us for our very popular, scenic, progressive pedaling picnic through the Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy the autumn foliage and beautiful scenery at your own pace. Along the way you will meet local food producers and community members as you stop at local farms and restaurants to taste their delicious harvest bounty. Choose one of our three routes: the family-friendly Lake Morey Loop (6 miles), the Classic Loop (20 miles), or the River Road Extension designed for advanced riders (34 miles). Please see below for a synopsis of the three routes (when registering you will be required to identify which route you will be riding). www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-tour-de-taste-a-pedaling-picnic-tickets-25378491752

September 11, Wild Mushrooms of Autumn
1:00pm - 3:00pm. 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, www.themushroomforager.com  for a colorful presentation introducing gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms of autumn. Then, we will head into the rich woods around the Green Mountain Audubon Center to pursue the distinctive and delicious mushrooms on the ForageCast, including porcini, lion's mane, yellowfoot chanterelles, and hedgehog mushrooms. Participants will receive a September ForageCast handout for the region, steering us towards a safe, targeted and fruitful foray. http://vt.audubon.org/events

Sept 16 - 18, Fall Doe Camp
Vermont Outdoors Woman is planning a sports weekend retreat for women of all ages. Instruction in hunting, shooting, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, survival and more classes are under development. We are pleased to announce the location will be at Jackson Lodge and Cabins, Canaan, VT, located in the heart of Vermont's backcountry. www.voga.org/fall_doe_camp.htm 

September 17, White-tailed Deer Hunting and Processing Seminar
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield, VT. The seminar will feature Vermont Fish & Wildlife deer biologist Nick Fortin, as well as Whitetail Tracker Brad Lockwood. Rodney and Theresa Elmer will demonstrate how to field dress, process, and prepare a deer for taxidermy. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 14. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Sept 18, 2016 Del's Ride and Trail Run
At Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center in Huntington VT. This mountain bike ride and trail run raises money to benefit Cure AHC: Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. Del's Ride 2016 will have two loops for riders from about 7 miles to 20 miles, a new 5-6 mile strenuous trail run, as well as an expanded kids ride and activities. Registration is from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. BBQ follows run and ride. $75 minimum fundraising goal for ride and run. www.delsride.org/event-info/2016/1/19/2016-dels-ride

September 18th, 2016 Tour de Farms
Bristol, VT. - TWO routes: the flagship 30-mile route and a brand new, family-friendly 14-mile route. The 2016 Tour features a 30-mile route with 9 farm stops and a 14-mile route with 4 farm stops. Over 25 local farms, food businesses and restaurants will be participating. Sample everything from organic fruit smoothies to grass-fed beef to Vermont's famous cheddar cheese! A Farm Bus is available for those who choose not to ride a bike. Share in the experience of sampling delicious, farm fresh food while enjoying the beauty of the landscape from the comfort of the bus. A concierge Farm Van will deliver purchased farm products to the Bristol Rec Field so riders don't need to carry extra weight with them. Please bring extra cash to purchase items direct on the farm to take home! A tasty Farm Stop on the 2015 tour de farms. it was a gorgeous day! Tour de Farms After Party- We'll have live music from The Doughboys, a food truck, FREE Farmhouse ice cream for ALL RIDERS, and drinks for sale by Shacksbury Cider, Hogback Mountain Brewery and Savouré Soda. Bring cash so you can enjoy these awesome food and drink vendors! http://www.acornvt.org/tour-de-farms

Sept. 18, 2016, Vermont Wildlife Festival
from 10:00am to 4:00pm. at MOUNT SNOW RESORT, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, VT. FREE ADMISSION www.vermontmuseum.org/website_2013_018.htm

September 18 2016, GMT Gnarly Adventure or the 6HOUR Challenge
Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield, Vermont. About the Race: Our race’s diabolical origins date back to the 666 race eight years ago, which featured a short, but brutal, six mile loop ridden fir six hours up steep skidder roads and through our budding trail system, barely recognizable to what it’s grown into now. The other six may have stood for the beast that we roasted over a pit for the post race feast. Our trail offerings have quadrupled since then, and the contest has also morphed to take advantage of the boon, but we still retain the same wild spirit of that first race. A portion of the income from the race will benefit the stewardship and growth of the Green Mountain Trails. www.peak.com/bike-races/mtb6/

September 21 & 22, 2016, 73rd Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation
"Ignite the Light" at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Imagine a picturesque view of the Vermont fall foliage reflecting off the sparkling waters of Lake Morey as you enjoy your morning coffee before embarking on a day full of interactive sessions and quality networking. VRPA and the Conference Committee would like to personally invite you to join us this year for the 73rd Annual Vermont Conference on Recreation. Plan now, put the dates in your calendar, Conference Brochure will be out in July. Are you a commercial exhibitor? Do you offer programming? Does your business offer products for parks and recreation? If so, there is still time to reserve a booth for this year's exhibit hall. Register and pay before June 1, 2016 and save $50. http://www.vrpa.org/conferences.html

Sept. 23-25, ROOTS School Rendezvous
A three day gathering of earth based traditional 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. These three days have multiple workshop blocks, ongoing demonstrations, and night time fires and celebrations. Bring along family and friends, and come have a great time with others who share a passion for the natural world and leave knowing more about the beautiful world we a part of. There are a variety of workshops to choose from. https://rootsvt.com/adults-youth/roots-rendezvous

Sept 24, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am Huntington, Vermont. Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Please pre-register, museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

Sept 24, Early Autumn Hike on Mt. Belvidere
Eden, VT. - Long Trail from Rt. 118 trailhead parking lot. Long-range views of two countries and three states from historic fire tower on the summit. Free, newcomers and non-members welcome. Sponsored by the Green Mountain Club, Montpelier Section. Difficult, 5.6 miles. Bring lunch and water. For meeting time, details, and place contact leader Cynthia Martin or George Longenecker at marlong@myfairpoint.net  or (802) 229-9787.
www.greenmountainclub.org

September 24, Advanced Bowhunting Seminar
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Chelsea Fish & Game Club, Chelsea, VT. This seminar will demonstrate advanced techniques for bowhunting, including equipment, hunting tactics, and tree stand safety. Signup deadline: Wednesday, September 21. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Sept, 24 - 6th Annual Ride for Life - Diabetes Research Foundation
At 11; KSU at 12 noon; dinner to follow ride, Milton, VT - The Eagle Riders Group of Milton is sponsoring the 6th Annual Ride for Life to benefit the Diabetes Research Foundation, Saturday September 24th. The two-and-half hour, 95 mile ride is followed by a chicken dinner and a 50/50 raffle. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and kick-stands-up is at 12 noon. Riders should meet at the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The cost of the ride is $20 for a ride or $30 for a rider and passenger. www.motorcycle-vermont.com/events/annual-ride-for-life-diabetes-research-foundatoin

Sept 24, Atlati Championship
For this Vermont archaeology month event participate in or watch this annual event testing skills in accuracy
and distance. The sport of using the atlatl to throw darts is based on an ancient hunting technique. Newcomers to experts welcome. Children’s activities. Workshops and demonstrations on flintknapping, woodland pottery, and other crafts and skills. 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. Chimney Point State Historic Site, 8149 Rt. 17W. (802) 759-2412. www.historicsites.vermont.gov

September 24, The Color Run Tropicolor™ World Tour
10:00 a.m. - Join us at the start line to be whisked away to paradise. The Color Run Tropicolor™ World Tour has more fun, more sun and even more color for you and your friends to experience together and it’s coming to Burlington! The Color Run is known as the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet,’ and is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality. The Color Run Tropicolor World Tour will combine the enjoyment of a 5k with all the fun leisure of an island-style vacation–full of unforgettable memories, music, and colors. It will take place on Saturday, September 24 at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center starting at 10:00 a.m. Participants will experience an all-new Tropicolor Zone™ on course, where they will be bathed in a tropical array of colors and delicious island scents as they pass through the shade of palm trees, arches, and island-style music. At the Finish Festival, Color Runners will enjoy even more fun at Rainbow Beach, an interactive island featuring music, dancing, unique photo opportunities, and massive color throws. The run will benefit Chill Burlington, an organization that provides opportunities for underserved youth to build self-esteem and life skills through snowboarding and other board sports. http://thecolorrun.com/locations/burlington/

Sept 24, East Burke Annual Fall Foliage Festival
Parade starts at 10 am. BBQ with burgers, hot dogs, sausages and more! Rubber duck race. Kids area with a jump house, face painting and more. Horse-drawn wagon rides. Farm animal petting zoo. Cow plop bingo. Craft show opens at 9 am – 3 pm featuring 75 vendors! Silent auction inside the library featuring work from local artists & crafters, unique historical items and antiques. Bird of Prey interactive show from Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Chickweed performs from 12:30 - 2:30 pm at the Gazebo. Beer & wine tent open from 11 am – 6 pm at Mike’s Tiki Bar. Live music from Tritium Well, 3 - 6 pm at Mike’s Tiki. On the green at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse/East Burke Library. burkechamber@burkevermont,  com. www.burkevermont.com

Sept, 24 - Tour de Kingdom 2016
THE MOOSE REDUX, Saturday, September 24, 2016. We have a great route, recently repaved, with wide roads, long stretches, few intersections, light traffic, and some beautifully scenic stretches, especially along the upper Connecticut River. We ran this “race” in June. It was SO MUCH FUN we decided to REDUX it in September. We start in East Burke at Mike’s Tiki Bar, head north on Route 114 through Island Pond, Norton, and Canaan, then South along Route 102 and the Upper Connecticut River, then back to Burke on Routes 105 and 114. Here’s the map of the ride. The Moose. We’ve been waiting for years for these paving projects to be completed and we are happy to report that the roads are now ready for us. Time to Ride. http://kingdomgames.co/tour-de-kingdom/

Sept 24, Vintage Car Rally
Windsor, Vermont automobile enthusiasts will be stopping at the museum as part of their 2016 ‘run.’ Visitors will be able to see a fabulous collection of vintage automobiles with their owners. 11 am – 3 pm. American Precision Museum, 196 Main St. (802) 674-5781. www.americanprecision.org.

Sept 24, 2016, 6th Annual Ride for life for the Diabetes Research Foundation
At the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 42 Centre Dr. Milton, VT 05468... Sign in 11AM-Stands up 12PM... Rain Date Sept 25, 2016... $20 Rider- $10 Passenger... Includes 2 1/2 Hour Ride 95 Miles & Chicken Dinner After Ride- also 50/50...Riders Group Milton VT Aerie 4218... Contact Information, Jim 802-238-3246

Sept 24 - 25, Woodstock, VT - Vermont Woodworking Forest Festival Weekend
At Billings Farm & Museum. Vermont woodworking crafters will show their carvings, home accessories, jewelry, bedroom or dining furniture and toys and games. Their work is sponsored by Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association. In the barns, see farm work first-hand, including care of the Jersey herd, draft horses, sheep, oxen, and chickens. Explore the horse barn, calf nursery, milk room, and dairy barn. Admission: adults $14; over 62 $13; children 5-15 $8; 3-4 $4; under 3 free. 10 am – 5 pm. Billings Farm and Museum, 5302 Old River Rd. (802) 747-7900. erin@gwriters.com . www.vermontwoodfestival.org 

September 24 and 25, Vermont’s Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

September 24 - December 31, Vermont's Hunting Season for Ruffed Grouse
www.vtfishandwildlife.com

Sept 25, Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk
This Vermont Archaeology monthly event is about the history surrounding you as you walk across the Lake Champlain Bridge. Chimney Point site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and Crown Point site manager Michael Roets lead this guided roundtrip walk. Rain or shine, dress for the weather. Fee $6. 1-3 pm. Chimney Point State Historic Site, 8149 Rt. 17W. (802) 272-2509. www.historicsites.vermont.gov 

Sept 28, Groton Bike Ride
Explore an old railroad bed from Ricker Pond to Bailey Pond. Check out as many as four other ponds along the way. Meet at Ricker Pond outlet at 1 pm. Free, newcomers and non-members welcome. Sponsored by the Green Mountain Club, Montpelier Section. Helmet required. Moderate difficulty, 16 miles. For meeting time and place, contact leader Steve Lightholder at (802) 479-2304 or steve. lightholder@yahoo.com , www.greenmountainclub.org


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  October 2016

Oct. 1, Vermont Woodcock Hunting Season

Oct. 1,  Woodcock Season, Archery Moose Season

Oct 1 - 28,  Vermont’s Archery Deer Season

Oct. 1, 2016 - Craftsbury Women's Mountain Biking Weekend
Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827. This is a fundraiser for our scholarship fund. We want to improve your riding skills. All skill levels and abilities are welcome! We will be staying in Craftsbury’s new lodging, LED certified facility. What’s included: Locally sourced breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Wine and cheese, Campfire, Double occupancy lodging (please email
sabra@littlebellas.com  with rooming requests) Mountain bike instruction for all levels and abilities, Time to relax. http://littlebellas.com/events/craftsbury-womens-weekend/ 

Oct. 1, Dead Creek Wildlife Day
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 Dead Creek WMA headquarters will open at 9:30 a.m. featuring wildlife-related exhibits and activities such as decoy carving, building bluebird boxes and wildlife photography. One of the highlights of the festival this year will be a fun and friendly waterfowl calling contest with prizes in honor of the thirtieth anniversary of the Vermont Duck Stamp program. There will also be a presentation on the successes of the Duck Stamp program by waterfowl biologist David Sausville, who will highlight the nearly 12,000 acres of wetlands conserved in Vermont by funds raised from the sale of the stamp.
Nature walks, illustrated talks, live wildlife presentations, hunting dog demonstrations, fishing and hunting tips, and much more will be held until 4:00 p.m. All events are free, and a free shuttle bus will provide regular access to nearby field events throughout the day. www.vtfishandwildlife.com

October 1 - 2, 2016, VT Ski & Ride Expo
Burlington, VT - Winter's biggest party starts Oct. 1 with door prizes (including season passes), 4 bands, ski films, a beer tent and more. And these resorts will be there: Sugarbush Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, Killington Resort, Bolton Valley, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Rikert Nordic Center, Jay Peak Resort, Smugglers' Notch Resort plus all the latest winter gear from your favorite #Vermont shops and brands. http://vtskiandride.com/expo/

October 2, 2016, Fly to Pie – Kingdom Marathon
Run it – Bike it – But do it. Doin’ the dirt through “the gut” of the Northeast Kingdom. 26.2 miles, 17 miles, 13.5 miles, 6 Miles. Registration is also now open for October 8, 2017. Hosted by Lakeview Aviation and Parker Pie, West Glover. Start: Newport Airport and Lakeview Aviation, 2628 Airport Rd, Newport, VT 05855. Finish: Parker Pie, 161 County Rd, West Glover, VT 05875, Party at Parker: All the pizza you can eat, Music by Beg, Steal or Borrow, Cash Bar with Hill Farmstead and other local beers on tap. Shuttle back to the Start provided by Jay Peak. Start Time: Runners: 9 am. Irasburg Walkers: 10 am. Bikers: 10:30 am. Sign-in opens at 8:00 am at Lakeview Aviation. http://kingdomgames.co/fly-to-pie-kingdom-marathon/

Oct. 2, Foliage 5 Miler
Union Village Dam Recreation Area, East Thetford, Vermont 05075. Join us for a fun, tree-lined course during peak foliage season. Billed as 'The Best Dam Race', you'll find lots of perks and all proceed will go towards a new scholarship fund for local graduating high school runners. Fun, modest rewards for overall male and female and top 2 in each age category, plus fun raffles throughout. Free fun run at 1:30 pm for kids and adults that don't want to tackle the main event. $10 registration through Sept 28th (afterwards, $15). There is an optional Tshirt available for an additional $10 while supplies last (register now to be sure you get yours) www.facebook.com/events/166365510434258

October 8, 2016, James Wakefield Rescue Row
On December 9th, 1876, the crew of the canal schooner General Butler was stranded atop the breakwater in Burlington, VT, after their boat sank during a terrible winter storm. They were rescued by James Wakefield and his son, who rowed out to save them. Every year, the Champlain Longboats program commemorates this heroic event with a youth rowing race on Lake Champlain, traditionally held in Burlington, VT; over one hundred participants! Races begin at 9:30am. Contact Nick Patch at (802) 475-2022 x113 or nickp@lcmm.org  for details.

October 8, Missisiquoi River Homemade Raft Race
Join our friends the Missisquoi River Basin Association for Missisiquoi River Homemade Raft Race! This event will take place at Davis Park in Richford, VT from 11am - 3pm. Registration for the race opens at 11am and the race will start at noon. There will be games, activities, contest, great raffle items, and authentic Japanese ramen available in Davis Park during the event. Visit https://mrbavt.com/missisquoi-river-homemade-raft-race/  for more information.

October 8-9 - Oktoberfest 2016
Save the weekend! Craftsbury Oktoberfest will once again feature a selection of active celebrations of fall, anchored by Oktoberfest Dinner. Saturday: Morning- Black River Beatdown Trail Race: 10k run, 10/20mile bike Afternoon- Checkpoint Challenge: fun, team adventure race Evening- Oktoberfest Dinner: the Dining Hall celebrates the local harvest. Sunday: Morning- SingleTrack Shootout biathlon: run/shoot or bike/shoot. www.craftsbury.com

Oct. 15, 2016, Trapp Lodge Mountain Marathon
Stowe, VT - This race will challenge you! Although Trapp lodge has some of the smoothest, most runnable trail around for running, they also boast some incredible single track. Steep climbs and descents and a newly updated climb to the highest point on the Trapp Lodge Property; Round Top Mountain! The 13.1 mile loop course is approximately 2/3 double track wide trails and dirt roads, and 1/3 serpentine, rugged single track. Full marathon racers will traverse this loop twice. This is a challenging trail race with significant elevation gain and loss and some steep scrambling segments. Finishers award: All finishers receive a custom finishers glass full of delicious Trapp Brewery beer! www.trappmountainmarathon.com www.lcmm.org/education/rowing.html

Oct. 29, Bird Monitoring Walk
7:00am - 9:00am Huntington, Vermont. Beginning birders learn bird song basics, intermediates fine tune their field mark identification, and experts share their passion for all things ornithological. Following a regular monitor route, we visit different bird habitats at the Audubon Center's Important Bird Area. The long-term data we gather contributes to the eBird database, which is available to a global community of educators, land managers, ornithologists, conservation biologists, and the public. Please pre-register, museum@birdsofvermont.org  or call (802) 434-2167

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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