This week's Top 10 Events list includes comedy, classes and live music. In addition, the ReDiscover Jazz Festival continues online through the 14th.
I also wanted to share some community news. First, the Burlington Farmers Market, Jericho Farmers’ Market, and Richmond Farmers Market are all going to be open for the 2020 summer season, with precautions in place due to COVID-19. Other markets in Chittenden County are closed for the 2020 season. Check out our updated list for Chittenden County here, with links to each site so you can review the precautions, and/or see how you can still purchase from your favorite local vendors.
Secondly, a couple of local activity favorites have recently announced that they are closing their doors. At the end of April, Wildflowers Studio announced that they are closing permanently. On Monday, the Wiggle Room announced that they too, are closing their doors. This is sad news for so many families who enjoyed crafting and playing in these spaces. If you can, take an opportunity this week to support a local business. Every little bit can make a difference for those who are struggling.
Take care everyone!
1) ReDiscover Jazz Festival
Where: streamed on Facebook & YouTube, broadcast on Vermont Public Radio, or shown on Vermont PBS
When: now through Sunday, 11:30PM
The music continues all week, either online or on TV. Catch interviews and musical performances from bands like the Ingrid Jensen Quintet, Marcus Roberts Trio, Jimmy Greene Quartet, The Rodriguez Brothers, and more.
2) Good Clean Fun! Comedy Livestream for Kids
Where: Vermont Comedy Club (online event)
When: Wednesday, 1PM-1:45PM
I was finally able to join one of these livestream comedy shows, which is specifically geared to kids. It was so entertaining! My toddler was probably a little too young to fully appreciate all of the off-the-cuff, creative humor, but the older kids seemed to be really into it. This is a unique way to engage and entertain your kids if they have (or want to have) a funny bone.
3) Wednesday Night Dead with Zach Nugent
Where: Zenbarn, 179 Guptil Road, Waterbury
When: Wednesday, 8PM-10PM
The Zenbarn restarts their weekly shows this week, with Zach Nugent, as he pays tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. This will be an intimate, seated show with social distancing and safety protocols in place. Reserve a table for 4 or 8.
4) Open Water Scuba Class
Where: Waterfront Diving Center, 214 Battery Street, Burlington
When: various dates/times
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we have no idea what tomorrow will bring. One way we can turn this year into a positive is to try new things—things you maybe wanted to do, but never got around to—like scuba diving! My husband has actually been begging me to do this for years… but you know, we did the whole baby thing and free time isn’t as abundant as it used to be. If you’re in good health, check this out. You can learn how to dive and become a certified scuba diver.
5) Virtual Adult Craft Night: Waldorf Window Stars
Where: Bent Northrop Memorial Library (online event)
When: Thursday, 6PM-8PM
Learn how to make Waldorf Window Stars, which are colorful stars made from kite (translucent) paper. These window decorations will add a pop of color to your home. Find supply details online, or you can pick up a supply kit at the library in advance of the event (but registration is required).
6) Baby Stories
Where: Burnham Memorial Library (online event)
When: Friday, 10:30AM
Raise your hand if you like the giggles! If you’ve ever been to a Baby Stories event at Burnham, these are continuing online through Facebook live. You can share books, stories, songs, rhymes… and yes, even giggles. The giggles are a must, really.
7) Justin Panigutti LIVE
Where: On Tap Bar & Grill, 4 Park Street, Essex Junction
When: Friday, 5PM-7:30PM
I know you’ve been missing your live music shows, and they are finally starting to make a comeback! It’s exciting, but it’s still important to be safe with social distancing, which is why you can check out this great Rock n Soul musician at the On Tap outdoor patio.
8) DIY Herbal Sugar + Salt
Where: Railyard Apothecary (online event)
When: Friday, 5PM-6PM
During this Zoom event, learn how to make your own herbally infused salt or sugar through a couple of different techniques, which can be used in baking or in body care products. Do you like a good sugar scrub or a good salt rub? I don't know the recipes yet, but check this out!
9) Youth Fishing Derby
Where: Indian Brook Reservoir, Essex Junction
When: Saturday, 8AM-10:30AM
This event is open to all youth fisherman between the ages of 4 and 15. Participation will be based around current social distancing guidelines. Kids will be awarded prizes based on age group, and the different species of fish caught.
10) The Power and Art of Pranayama
Where: Balance Yoga (online event)
When: Saturday, 3PM-5PM
Join Jen Peterson for this workshop on breath (pranayama). This is one of the most powerful tools in yoga. Learn breath adaptation for postures and techniques to enhance your yoga practice. This class is best for those who practice yoga at least once per week.
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