On Tuesday, July 8, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., rain or shine, Hildene hosts a Native Pollinator Walk and Talk: Field Identification and Habitat Enhancement with organic farmer, John Hayden, of The Farm Between. Program participants will explore Hildene’s fields and gardens to discover the local native pollinators, learn about the perils they face and how to enhance their habitats in gardens. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. To register, call Stephanie at 802-367-7960 or email Stephanie@hildene.org. To see the complete list of pollinator programs from June 14 through August 9, contact the participating organizations directly or visit www.hildene.org/news/calendar.html.
The Bennington Rotary is sponsoring the July Fourth National Bell Ringing Ceremony at 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July. A short ceremony with the singing of the National Anthem by Vermont’s Outstanding Teen from the Miss American Scholarship program will begin about 15 minutes prior, so get there at 1:30.
The Fabulous Catamount Midsummer Night’s Prowl Auction and party at Colgate Park on July 19. Thyme Tables is catering A Taste of Vermont. Music will be by the Standard Clams who have a large following in New York. The night features our amazing Catamount Sculptures as they go up for auction (our version of adoption) to the highest bidders. Our Artists have created some amazing works of art! Proceeds will benefit the Artists, the Chamber for future public programs, and Bennington’s local Cancer Charity Organization. What a fun way to celebrate and make the world a better place. Tickets are $50 per person. Call now to reserve your place at this party under the stars, 802-447-3311.
Big arts weekend in Bennington, August 1-3: August kicks-off with a weekend full of arts, crafts, music, and great food all set in Bennington. August 1-3 brings together Bennington Arts Weekend and Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival. The Festival is located at Camelot Village on Route 9 West. Enjoy live music, including Contra Dancing on Saturday afternoon, Vermont craft beer on tap, and food vendors offering local farm-to-table fare. Have the kids stop by the Vermont Arts Exchange Bus to enjoy a hands-on art experience. And be sure to stop by the Bennington Arts Weekend Tent to find out about all the great activities taking place throughout town.
While the Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival is taking place at Camelot Village, the town of Bennington will be alive and bustling with activities: Bennington Arts Weekend Plein Air Paint Out! Throughout the day on Friday, more than a dozen plein air artists will have set up their outdoor easels to paint the best of Downtown Bennington and Old Bennington. Watch them work fast and skillfully. At 5 p.m. their framed paintings will be on exhibit at a central downtown location, judged, and awarded prizes. Buy one directly from the artist -- or on Saturday and Sunday at a special tent exhibit and sale at the Southern Vermont Art & Craft Festival in Camelot Village.
First Friday Gallery Tour & Art Walk, August 1, finds downtown open late with most cultural venues and shops open to 8 p.m. Visitors can enjoy one or more of these downtown events: open rehearsal and guided tour of the Oldcastle Theatre Company located on Main Street, book signing at the Bennington Bookshop, sidewalk chalk project, Funtastic Fridays at the Village Chocolate Shoppe, the Summer Music Series with the Mo Rancourt Sextet at the Town Office Steps, dinner specials, in-store sales promotions, and much more.
Albany International Airport has six new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for airport traveler use, stemming from a collaboration by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the Albany County Airport Authority. The installations are part of a planned statewide network of up to 3,000 EV stations slated for various public and workplace locations across New York State. At the Albany Airport, EV drivers will be able to charge their cars without cost for a two-year trial period, after which there will be a nominal fee.
Joann Erenhouse is executive director of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce. Her column appears weekly in the Banner.