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Celebrate Art at the Vermont Festival of the Arts

July 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Vermont Festival of the ArtsVermont’s Mad River Valley doesn’t mess around when it comes to celebrating the arts, as the month-long, 120 event, Vermont Festival of the Arts amply demonstrates!

Held every August in towns around Mad River Valley, the Vermont Festival of the Arts has a simple mission: to support and promote existing Vermont art while also encouraging new art and artists. And by “art” Vermont Festival of the Arts means *all* art – from pottery to painting, culinary arts to music, from the classic to the avant garde.

The Vermont Festival of the Arts is made up of primarily free events and, along with exhibitions, offers workshops, seminars, and demonstrations for all ages, disciplines, and levels of ability. This festival truly does have something for everyone!

Here are just a few of the offerings from this year’s festival:

Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent
Originally performed by Leonard Nimoy himself, Vincent is an intimate, one-man play full of drama, conflict, humor, and beauty adapted from the actual letters between Vincent van Gogh and his brother, Theo.

Beethoven to Bernstein – Two Centuries of Piano Duos
Hear the nationally acclaimed Transcontinental Piano Duo of Elaine Greenfield and Janice Meyer Thompson as they work their way up through the musical decades with truly entertaining and educational, 4-handed piano pieces.

Mosaic Shard Workshop – You Break It You Make It!
A two-day mosaic shard workshop led by the artist in her Waitsfield studio. Learn how to plan, design, and grout ceramic shards for exterior or interior mosaics.

Mural Painting – at the Village Country Creemees
Help transform a blank wall to a spectacular work of public art by adding your efforts to the new valley mural at the Waitsfield Creemee Stand.

Sidewalk Art Show and Sale
View and purchase paintings resulting from the Great Vermont Plein Air Paint-Out! Meet the artists and gain insight into their processes.

And of course much, much more!

 

The 2014 Vermont Festival of the Arts

August 1st through Labor Day, 2014
For a full schedule of events, locations, tickets, and other details, please visit: www.vermontartfest.com

Vermont Festival of the Arts Lodging
West Hill House B&B in Warren, VT is the perfect choice for your Mad River Valley vacation. With nine individually decorated guest rooms, delicious breakfasts, lush, quiet grounds, and Quaich Single Malt Scotch bar, you’ll feel positively spoiled.

Waterbury Arts Fest 2014

June 28th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Waterbury Arts FestThe 13th annual Waterbury Arts Fest, held in Waterbury, VT – minutes from West Hill House B&B – is scheduled for July 11th and 12th, 2014.

And what is the Waterbury Arts Festival?

This annual festival-cum-block party of the arts in Waterbury is a collection of more than 80 vendors showcasing their fine art plus food, drink, and live entertainment. Last year’s celebration brought in thousands of visitors from all over who took home all manner of one-of-a-kind jewelery, crafts, home furnishings, apparel, and fine art – and this year is looking to be even bigger and better.

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Don’t Walk, Run to the 4th Annual Mad Marathon

June 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

4th Annual Mad Marathon in Vermont's Mad River ValleyThe 4th annual Mad Marathon, Mad Half, and Relays are scheduled for July 6th, 2014 – and you’d be hard pressed to ask for a more breathtaking course than Vermont’s Mad River Valley – that’s why they call it “The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon!”

The Mad Marathon and associated events occur along rural Mad River Valley roads with stunning vistas of the Green Mountains, rolling farm land and fields dotted with cows, rustic barns, quiet villages, and, of course, Vermont’s historic covered bridges.

With three different events, runners have the opportunity to choose a race that suits their level of ability. The Mad Marathon course is 26.2 miles long and the Mad Half is, as the name suggests, half that at 13.1 miles long.

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Get Wrapped Up In the Vermont Quilt Festival

May 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Vermont Quilt Festival 2014The Vermont Quilt Festival, scheduled for June 27th through 29th at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center, is New England’s oldest and largest quilt event!

Quilting is a tradition that goes back far into our collective history. Who hasn’t snuggled up under a big, soft quilt on a cold, winter night – or at least wished they could! There’s something special about a handmade quilt – that family heirloom, that work of art – something that surpasses the depth of many other household objects whether you’re a quilter yourself or just a fan, and that’s what the 38th annual Vermont Quilt Festival is all about.

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BrewGrass Festival 2014

May 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

BrewGrass Festival 2014Something’s brewing in them, thar hills – it’s the fourth annual Sugarbush BrewGrass Festival!

And what, exactly, is a BrewGrass Festival?

The BrewGrass Festival is an annual, Mad River Valley celebration that combines three of the better things in this life: blue grass music, craft-brewed, regional beer (also cider and distilled liquors), and a delectable selection of finger-licking foods: *that’s* BrewGrass Festival.

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Green Mountain Stage Race 2014

March 19th, 2014 by Katie Pate

The Green Mountain Stage Race will take place August 29 – September 1, 2014, offering, as always, 4 days of exciting and challenging racing in the mountains of Vermont. We are honored to have had many accomplished cyclists stay at West Hill House B&B for the Green Mountain Race and look forward to the event again this year!

Lodging for the Green Mountain Stage Race

Paris Suite at West Hill Bed and Breakfast

The Jacuzzi tub in the Paris Suite is the perfect place to soak sore muscles!

If you are coming into town for the race and need lodging in the Mad River Valley, here are a few perks to staying with us you might consider:

  • We have a large barn (our Handsome Red Barn) where there is room for you to set up and make adjustments
  • We have indoor storage for your bikes
  • We provide breakfast at the time you need it for your race schedule
  • If you stay with us for the race for three or more nights we offer a 15% discount
  • If you book for four nights by May 31st the 4th night is complimentary

Registering for the Green Mountain Stage Race

You can register for the race online or by mail to: Green Mountain Stage Race, LLC P.O. Box 1172 Waitsfield VT 05673.

Recreational Cycling in the Mad River Valley

While future Olympians partake in races here, anyone can enjoy the beautiful vistas from our quiet back country roads, perfect for cycling. We can help you with everything you need to get your cycling trip underway. Bikes are available for rent at the Sugarbush Adventure Gear Shop, a few miles down the road, and we can provide you with maps and directions for miles of well-maintained blacktop routes.

If you would like to mountain bike, Sugarbush offers biking on some of their ski routes in the summer months.

The Mad River Valley Sugaring Time Festival

February 28th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Sugaring Time for Vermont's Pure Maple SyrupIt is probably a little hard to believe, what with so much snow on the ground and all but Spring is fast approaching and that means one thing: Sugaring Time!

If you’re scratching your head at that, it’s clear you are not from Vermont because, up here, *everyone* knows about sugaring time. It’s a major event! Maple, as they say, is in the blood of Vermonters.

Oh, and now I’ve gone and let the cat out of the bag with that word: “maple.”

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SKIING ENTHUSIASTS – save the date!

December 20th, 2013 by Susan

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Jeremy Davis with 1934 Ski Area Historical Marker

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

 MAD RIVER GLEN

7 – 9 PM

Did you know that over 120 ski areas throughout Vermont have closed, from the 1930′s through the 2000′s? From local, town operated rope tows, to major resorts with high speed quads, these areas all played an important role in the development of skiing in the state.

Join ski historian and author Jeremy Davis for his presentation on:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
at
MAD RIVER GLEN, 7 – 9 PM.

A wide variety of ski areas will be discussed, including nearby areas as well as those featured in Davis’ book, Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont.

As well as Jeremy’s presentation, the evening will include light fondue refreshments,  a special showing of the new T-Bar film, United We Ski, and more. Admission by donation at the door .

Jeremy Davis is the founder of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project, a website dedicated to the history of lost ski areas throughout the region. He is the author of three books: Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont, Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains,  and Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks, and is currently working on his fourth book, Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks. Davis serves on the Board of Directors on the New England Ski Museum in Franconia Notch, NH. He is a 2000 graduate of Lyndon State College, VT, and today works as a Senior Meteorologist at Weather Routing Inc. in Glens Falls, NY.

Plan to be there if you can – you might just find out what happened to that ski hill you skied on as a kid.

Print the poster!

This event is co-sponsored by West Hill House B&B and Mad River Glen.

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A Christmas Story – You’ll Put Your Eye Out

November 27th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Mad River Valley's Community Theater Presents: A Christmas StorySome stories have the ability to transport you to many different eras and places at once – Jean Shepard’s classic “A Christmas Story” is one of these.

I’ll be surprised to hear you’re not familiar with the film. “A Christmas Story” is one of those classic, holiday movies beloved by many and watched over and over again each year – but even if you have seen it a billion times before, take my word that catching it on stage is a special treat.

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Mush Ado About Something: Dog Sledding in Vermont

November 13th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Dog Sledding in Vermont

One of the things we here at West Hill House B&B pride ourselves in is providing our guests with the kind of unique experiences they’ll remember for years to come. Something that you will return to in your mind time and again as having been the vacation of vacations.

It is with this in mind that we mention (and heartily suggest) one of our state’s best-kept secret, vacation activities: dog sledding in Vermont!

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