Summer is officially here! And so is the heat. Seriously… it’s hot, hot, hot outside. Thankfully, we live here, and not in Arizona, where my dad just reported a balmy 110 degree day like it was no big deal. Yeah, 110 degrees. NO. THANK. YOU. I’ll stick with my beautiful Vermont weather, thank you very much. Still, the heat did drive me back to Leddy Beach yesterday, and even with swirling pools of pollen at our feet, it felt amazing. (I recommend going early or late in the day to avoid the crowds.)
This week’s Top 10 list offers a couple online events, and a number of in-person (but outdoors) events, so you can pick and choose what works for you. Fresh air is good for the soul—and so is food, and music, and the arts—which all make an appearance this week. Enjoy!
1) Kids Concert with Miss Emma
Where: Jericho Town Library (online event)
When: Wednesday, 10AM-11AM
Head to the Music for Sprouts Facebook page on Wednesday morning with your little ones for a live music show with Miss Emma (of Emma Cook Music). This show is presented by Jericho Town Library. I’ve tuned into a couple of Miss Emma’s previous online shows with my toddler, and considering how much he danced, I’d say your kiddo is pretty likely to have a good time. Event page >>
2) Charlotte EATS! Featuring Sausage Shack & La Villa Bistro
Where: Charlotte Crossings, 3488 Ethan Allen Highway, Charlotte
When: Wednesday, 4:30PM-7PM
Food has become such a focal point on Facebook posts these days (you know, aside from politics), and there are a number of Charlotte EATS events you can check out, like this Wednesday’s event. Grab a dinner-to-go by the Sausage Shack, and beer, cocktails or gelato (all to-go) by La Villa Bistro & Pizzeria. Pre-orders are encouraged, but not required, so mix things up a bit and give this a try.
3) Rosé All Day!
Where: Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry Street, Burlington
When: Thursday, 4PM-9PM
This year’s event, held in the Brick Outdoor Kitchen & Bar, will be a little different than in previous years, with reservations only for parties up to 10 people. In addition to the rosé, attendees can enjoy food from Brick’s full menu while listening to tunes from DJ Cre8. There will also be frosé, and bottles to-go.
4) Yoga Nidra for Relaxation with Lee Diamond
Where: Balance Yoga (online event)
When: Friday, 8PM-9PM
Yoga Nidra is a technique for controlling your body’s relaxation response… and we could all use a bit of that, am I right? While you remain fully conscious, this technique allows your mind and body to escape into deep relaxation, somewhere between waking and sleeping.
5) Open Streets BTV
Where: Church Street Marketplace, Burlington
When: Saturday, 12PM-8PM
Each Saturday this summer, the Church Street Marketplace (Cherry, Bank, and College Streets) will be closed to cars and open for business. This will allow local, small businesses to offer safe dining and shopping experiences outside. This is a great way to more safely support our local businesses and help them through this challenging time.
6) Shallow and Pedantic
Where: On Tap Bar & Grill, 4 Park Street, Essex Junction
When: Saturday, 5PM-8PM
Grab some grub while you listen to good tunes from Shallow and Pedantic this Saturday on the On Tap Bar & Grill’s patio. The ambiance is always great, and it’s summer… so really, now is the time to get some fresh, warm air and relax. For Event Info >>
7) HED talks: PowerPoint Comedy ft. Medium Boy
Where: Vermont Comedy Club (online event)
When: Saturday, 7PM-8PM
I’ve really enjoyed sharing Vermont Comedy Club’s events each week, because they’ve come up with such creative and clever ways to keep bringing us the funnies. This week, I wanted to highlight Saturday’s HED talks (Humor. Entertainment. Dumb.) because it really does sound hilarious. Watch as local comedians (from improv team Medium Boy) give a “persuasive and possibly preposterous presentation” based only on a PowerPoint, which they’ve never seen before. As the audience, you can even participate by asking questions to the presenters!
8) Ryan Hanson
Where: Last Stop Sports Bar, 12 Malletts Bay Ave, Winooski
When: Saturday, 7PM-9PM
If you’re looking for some fresh air and fresh tunes, then head to Last Stop Sports Bar to listen to Ryan Hanson play an acoustic set of favorites on their deck.
9) Outdoor Pebble Art Workshop
Where: Snow Farm Vineyard & Winery, 190 West Shore Road, South Hero
When: Sunday, 2PM-4PM
Get outside and enjoy a couple hours of creative time. At this event, you’ll create a one-of-a-kind, framed pebble art piece. The tasting room will be open if you want to enjoy a little wine while you craft, and social distancing guidelines will be followed (so bring a mask). For Event Info >>
10) Sunset Drive-In
Where: Porters Point Road, Colchester
When: Nightly, 9:15PM (dusk)
Well, since it’s officially summer, I had to mention the Sunset Drive-In as an activity option for this week. This is one safe way to go to the movies right now, and they do have social distancing guidelines in place if you need to visit the restroom or snack bar (see here). Yes, you can still sit in front of your car.
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