Singers, musicians, actors, artists, cooks — they all love an audience.

And, since Vermont’s glorious fall foliage draws thousands of people, all those performers jam their schedules to draw in the leaf-peepers.

For a rural part of the state, this area has a deep and broad range of events, activities and attractions. Here’s a sample of what’s available. There are also countless church suppers, yard sales, high school sports — and all those great hiking trails and mountain views. Just take a look around!

Party time

• Stowe Foliage Art on Park and Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie Baking Contest Sept. 21 from 11:30 to 3:30. Art on Park runs all summer on Park Street in Stowe village, and it really powers up for this fall event — fall-themed beverages, specialty foods, live music, and works by jewelers, artists, woodworkers, accessory and apparel designers, potters, craftspeople and specialty food and beverage producers.

Vermont amateur bakers can also compete in the fourth annual Blue Ribbon Pie Baking Contest. The event is organized by Stowe Vibrancy. Free.

• Von Trapp Brewing 10th annual Oktoberfest Sept. 21 from 11 to 7 in Stowe, with family-friendly activities, live oompah music, lawn games, traditional Austrian fare, and a traditional Oktoberfest keg tapping from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Stowe Foliage Arts Festival Oct. 11-13, with fine art and craftwork from 150 juried artists and artisans under Camelot-style tents at Topnotch Field, 3340 Mountain Road. Live music, food, beer, wine and craft demonstrations. Samples of specialty foods such as maple syrup, gourmet chocolate, craft spirits and more. $10/day, $12/weekend.

On the bike

Mountain biking has become a huge part of Stowe’s economy and community life, and the Leaf Blower Fall Classic Mountain Bike Festival is one of the biggest rides of the year.

The Stowe Trails Partnership, working with Mountain Bike Vermont, stages the Leaf Blower on Saturday, Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., based at Ranch Camp on Mountain Road. Group rides, vendors, homegrown food, local libations, live music. Suitable for both beginners and experts.

All proceeds go into building and maintaining Stowe’s trails. Details: stowetrails.org; click “Events.”

Art exhibits

There are art galleries up and down the roads in Stowe, Morristown, Waterbury and Jeffersonville; just look for the signs as you’re foliage-cruising. The nonprofit Helen Day Art Center in Stowe village has three exhibits right now:

• Exposed, the 28th annual exhibit that places sculptures all over Stowe village. This year, because of major road and sidewalk construction, Exposed is much smaller than usual — works by Tom Fruin and David Stromeyer on the front lawn of the Helen Day building at 90 Pond St.

• “Unbroken Current,” an investigation of cultural and personal identity, social justice and history through photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media.

• Greek artist Vasilis Zografos, a series of oils on paper; archaeological rather than Modernist tradition.

Information: helenday.com.


• Stowe Theatre Guild, “A Few Good Men,” Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 25 to Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Akeley Memorial Building, 67 Main St., Stowe. The 1992 movie starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore and Jack Nicholson was based on this script about the trial of two Marines in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. One of the stars is Adam Silverman, who’s the public information officer for the Vermont State Police. $20 adults, $18 students, $14 age 12 and under. 253-3961, stowetheatre.com.

• Lamoille County Players, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” Oct. 4-6 and 11-13 (Friday, Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.) at the historic Hyde Park Opera House in Hyde Park.

An American comedy classic. $18 for adults, $12 for students and age 60 and over. Info: lcplayers.com or 802-888-4507.

Great music

Clubs and bars all around the area present excellent local musicians — regularly including Tap 25 in Stowe, El Toro and Moog’s Place in Morrisville, and Zenbarn in Waterbury Center.

Two major programs are coming up at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at Stowe Mountain Resort:

• Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society, “Occupied Berlin,” Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. When the Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago, Leonard Bernstein gathered musicians from France, England, Russia and America — the four countries that occupied Berlin after the war. This concert features composers from those four countries. Sprucepeakarts.org.

• Opera Company of Middlebury, “Tosca,” Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. One of the most important small opera companies in the nation presents the Puccini opera with piano and string quartet. Local singers perform in chorus. Sprucepeakarts.org.


• Stowe Mountain Film Festival Oct. 25-26 at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center at Stowe Mountain Resort. Short films in the broad categories of adventure, sports, environment and culture that reflect the Stowe community spirit and celebrate local adventure and adventurers. Presented in partnership with the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum.

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