READSBORO- Readsboro will be holding its annual Independence Day celebration on Saturday, June 29. The day begins with the parade on Main Street at 11 am. Line-up for the parade is at Mack Bros. on Route 100 at 10 am.
The afternoon holds a lot of great activities. Meet at the Readsboro ballfield after the parade for a chicken barbecue, tough truck obstacle course, lumberjack competition, horseshoe tournament, free children’s games, and more. At 9 pm there will be a fireworks display by Atlas Fireworks. Admission is only $2 for the day and children under 5 are free.
Also, on Friday, June 28, join in for a rocking good time. There will be a park dance at the Readsboro Lions Park at 8 pm with live music from the band Shut Up and Dance. Admission for the dance is $5.
For more information call Earlene at (802) 423-7080.
Free rides to the fireworks in Wilmington
DOVER- The DVTA will again operate free buses to help facilitate the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce’s July Fourth fireworks celebration, the Readsboro fireworks and the Wardsboro Street Fair and parade.
The Readsboro parade shuttle will operate from 12 to 1:30 pm, and the fireworks bus will operate from 7 pm on Saturday, June 29.
The Wardsboro street fair and parade begins at 10 am on Thursday, July 4. Shuttle service from the field next to the Wardsboro School to downtown will run from 8 to 10 am and then after the parade until 12:30 pm.
The Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce fireworks are at dusk on Wednesday, July 4, with a rain date of Friday, July 6. Park and ride lots will be open from 5 to 9 pm at the Howe Farm, Deerfield Valley Supply (formerly GS Precision), and the new town of Wilmington highway garage. Buses will depart from those locations and arrive at the high school.
The Route 100 MOOver will depart from the Health Center at the top of the hour from 7 am to 8 pm that day, and will make its last southbound run from Mount Snow at 8:30 pm directly to the high school. There is no service past the high school after the 8:30 pm bus that departs Mount Snow. Extra MOOvers will be provided on this route that evening.
For more information contact the DVTA at (802) 464-8487.
Wardsboro continues annual parade/events
WARDSBORO- For the last 64 years Wardsboro has celebrated the artistic talent of the region. This year is no different. The exhibition and sale of fine art and fine crafts features many well known Vermont painters and artisans Whether it’s handcrafts, jewelry, pottery, glass, oils, watercolors or photography – there will be art in all mediums at the exhibition. The regional artists who participate in the show are helping to support the fundraising effort to restore the 19th century Red Barn into additional library space for the small rural library.
Admission to the show, which runs from 9 am to 5 pm on Thursday, July 4, is free. Most of the pieces are for sale, and since this is a country art show for a good cause and not a big city showcase, the prices on the works for sale are well within reach. The show is a benefit for the Friends of the Wardsboro Library, the nonprofit organization that owns the Gloria Danforth Memorial Building and attached barn, the home of the Wardsboro Public Library.
Traditionally Wardsboro celebrates July Fourth with a big parade and street fair beginning at 9 am, rain or shine. In addition to the art show the Street Fair features a wide variety of vendors, food, and entertainment all along the town’s Main Street. The Friends’ booth is located across from Town Hall and features two exciting raffles. The Super Raffle is an Old Town kayak (drawing August 17) and the July 4 Only raffle features 30 prizes appealing to all ages (winners announced at 1 pm). All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Wardsboro Library.
This year’s event marks the 64th consecutive year that this unique parade will entertain spectators as it travels the length of Main Street, turns around, and travels the same route for a second pass. The parade begins at 10 am with judging of the entries announced from the steps of Town Hall on the parade’s return trip. Visitors are urged to arrive early since parking on Main Street will be prohibited during the parade. Other parking areas, including a handicapped-only lot, will be available along Route 100.
World’s longest stroll
WILMINGTON - Be part of trying to set a world record for the longest “stroll” line dance ever at the July Village Stroll. Stop by the boardwalk outside Jim McGrath Gallery and Pickwell’s Barn for a quick dance lesson. Then, at 7:45 pm start heading over to the new footbridge where we’ll do the stroll! No dancing experience necessary, just lots of fun and laughs. We’ll be documenting this dance, so join in and help us create a world record for Wilmington.
Enjoy strolling, dancing, eating, shopping, socializing, and more at the July stroll in downtown Wilmington. If you’re looking for a rockin’ good time, you won’t be disappointed at the Saturday, July 6, stroll from 5 to 8 pm. Events kick off at 5 pm at Pettee Memorial Library with family musician Les Julian. Keep an eye out for Anthony Manuel and his roving troupe of tap dancing revelers. Do the limbo. Pick up a scavenger hunt sheet at the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce and get tickets for a Chinese auction hosted there when you return. Learn a trick on the circus lawn. The fun continues rain or shine! Most activities can get tucked inside or under porches. Wear a raincoat for dancing on the bridge.
Wilmington’s shops will be open late so come on out and shop local. On North Main Street visit the sidewalk sale at Beyond Imagination, do some beading at Beadz Needs, and visit the Ann Coleman Gallery and see the “Sumptuous Summer” show. Meg Streeter Real Estate will be open on South Main Street. On West Main Street, Chapman’s In-Town Antiques will have live music at the gazebo and a lemonade stand, Pickwell’s Barn will be offering 10% off items made in America; Bartleby’s Books will be hosting a limbo contest at 6:30 pm, Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty will host a guess-the-price-of-that-residence contest. Stop in at The Incurable Romantic, 1836 Country Store, Norton House, Wilmington Candle Company, Jim McGrath Gallery, The Fashion Plate, and Skip Williamson Gallery. The lawn of the Crafts Inn will feature artists exhibiting their work (all weekend).
Hungry? Sample delicious fare from the Jr. Iron Chef teams. If you haven’t tasted what these kids can make, you’re missing out! Stop in to one of our wonderful local restaurants for some dinner: Jerry’s Deck at the Old Red Mill Inn, Anchor Seafood, Maple Leaf Tavern, and Jezebel’s Eatery.
Fancy dress encouraged. Wear your favorite dance era outfit for strolling on the bridge. Poodle skirts, flappers, country, salsa, anything goes. Prizes for best dressed will be awarded.
For more information see our Facebook page www.facebook.com/wilmingtonvillagestrolls.