An Abundance of Art and Culture in Bennington This Weekend
Bennington Arts Weekend celebrates art, history, and culture with street art, street performers, open air cafes and more, Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2. Events include the Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival at Camelot Village, where festival-goers can enjoy a variety of fine art and craftwork for sale, specialty foods, live music, Vermont craft beer on tap, and local farm-to-table fare. There will be a tent to direct attendees to other area activities, too. Hop on the Cultural Loop Wagon, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday to arrive at many cultural destinations, and various discounted admission tickets are included.
Also happening: the Oldcastle Theatre Company’s production of ‘Cabaret,’ Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. This classical musical features a host of well-loved songs. Visit oldcastletheatre.org or call 802-447-1267 for more information. On Friday at 7 p.m. the Mount Anthony Country Club, in conjunction with Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, will host ‘Cabaret and Dinner Night.’ Reservations are required at 802-442-2617. The Bennington Center for the Arts, 44 Gypsy Lane, will feature ‘Art of the Animal Kingdom,’ followed by the opening August 2 of ‘The Impressions of New England.’ The site also offers the Covered Bridge Museum and a 313-seat theater.
The Bennington Museum offers fourteen galleries of ongoing and changing exhibits. It features the largest public collection of Grandma Moses paintings in the world, and the largest collection of Bennington Pottery. On Sunday, August 2, at 1 p.m., stop by and enjoy Bennington Community Theater for improv, with skits created by the audience. Admission is free to this lively comedy performance.
On Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m., enjoy the Home Brew Festival at Four Corners North on County Street. Samples of the area’s 50 top homebrews will be available with edibles from local shops at the Catamount Tasting Building, the hub for this activity, with a multitude of festivities surrounding the event.
Enjoy views of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York from the observation deck of the Bennington Battle Monument. The tallest structure in Vermont soars more than 306 feet above the streets of Old Bennington. The Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont contains a permanent collection of dollhouses.
Make your way to North Bennington for the 18th annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show featuring works by 40 national and local artists; the Usdan Gallery on the campus of Bennington College, The Left Bank Gallery and the Bennington Museum are all showing works by prolific printmaker and artist Dan Shapiro. You can also take an intimate look at the life and work of a unique contemporary Sri Lankan artist, Mandalika Manjusri at The Harwood Hill.
Historic Park McCullough is a time capsule preserving 100 years in the lives of one family. Experience the grandeur of the estate, and discover the paintings, furnishings, artifacts, and more that the wealth obtained during the Gold Rush afforded the owners. Join them on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. for the Living Room Theaters’ performance of ‘Exit the King.’ For details, go to betterbennington.com or call the 802-442-5758.