The Mayfest kicked off what has become a beautiful season here in Bennington. Everything is blooming and lush. The Chamber Office at Veterans Memorial Drive is looking great with new front room furniture and pictures.

I3 Imaging Group was at the Vermont Business Expo up in Burlington which was good for our community. I have to say it was wonderful not being the only booth from our area. I hope to see more Bennington representation next year.

Our Chamber Mixer in May was full to overflowing. The Safford Mills Inn & Cafe was very gracious and were happy to see so many Chamber members! It was a great mixer.

The American Lung Association is hosting the annual Fight for Air Climb to the top on June 7 at the Bennington Battle Monument. Go support the climbers and help them raise donations. I believe our fire department is even doing a climb wearing their equipment.

The Great Race is making a detour and stopping here in Bennington for a Lunch Stop on June 22. Please come to Bennington Station on that Sunday from about noon to 2:30 p.m., when the 100 vintage vehicles in the road race will be pulling in every minute for a designated lunch stop. The Carbone Auto Group is also a sponsor and others are joining the festivities.

The Ninja Bike Trail Work Day went well on Saturday.

Come visit Colgate Park and see the catamounts before they are auctioned off in July. We have been getting phone calls asking about the A Midsummer Night’s Prowl & Auction and if a favorite Catamount is up for auction. If you want to get a Big Cat remember the date: July 19.

Stop at the Bennington Center for the Arts and check out the very prestigious 200 Top American Oil Painters Exhibit. This is the National Show with receptions and art magazine writers to celebrate our best American painters.

The Welcome Center Art Wall has become quite popular. Each month a different artist is on display. This month, Vermont Artist Leslie Heathcote from Brattleboro is featured. Her work is of the natural landscape, animals and birds with a wonderful use of pastels that take on the look of oil paint. We have had a variety of local and regional artists and will continue to promote art in Vermont.

Come visit the Welcome Center and enjoy the new Adirondack chairs and the views. Take in a show at Oldcastle Theatre and visit the Bennington Museum, the Apple Barn, Bennington Potters, the Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont, the Tennis Center, Bennington Sports Center, Merck Forest, Hildene, and all the great outdoor recreation spots that are now open for the season.

Joann Erenhouse is executive director of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce. She writes a weekly column for the Banner.