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Upcoming Events

Rochester Vermont Spring-Summer 2016 Events and Activities

April 13
Chris Mattrick of the U.S. Forest Service will give a presentation of the Robinson Project and its potential economic effect in the Valley. Please come and bring a friend! At Sandy’s Books & Bakery

Saturday, May 28
Yard sale at Park House from 9 to 1pm to benefit Park House shared living residence.  Close to the event, we will be accepting donations of gently used household items, not clothing, electronics or mattresses. parkhousevt.org

June 18 & 19
Rochester Historical Society will join with 150 history and heritage organizations at the 12th Vermont Historical Society EXPO 2016 at Tunbridge Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is H2O: The Power of Water in Vermont History, and Rochester Historical’s exhibit will focus on the history and photos of Log Drives on the White River from Granville through Hancock and Rochester to Stockbridge, dating from the early 1900s to the last drive in 1926. Following EXPO, this exhibit will be on display throughout the summer at the Historical Society Museum located at the Rochester Public Library. Rochesterhistorical.org

July 4
Rochester Town Parade on Main St.: 11 am, food, floats, & after-parade festivities. Contact Martha Slater at 802-767-9025 or lavendarmfs@myfairpoint.net if you’d like to participate.

Pierce Hall Independence Day Dash
Pierce Hall Celebrates its 100th Year! 5-Kilometer (3.1 Mile) Run/Walk Race before the Parade. Registration 8:00 AM at Rochester School. Adults Run/Walk 8:30 AM. Children’s (15 and under) One Mile 9:00 AM

Saturday July 16
SummerNight, from 4-10:30 pm, is a series of events taking place in Rochester. Produced by The White River Valley Players.
Rochester Concerts in the Park: Sundays from 6:30 to 8:30 from June 26 to August 14. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Rochester Recreation committee. Full schedule of bands will soon be posted on rochestervermont.org

July 19-21
“Hitting the Trail Camp” for Grades 7-12 at the Rochester High School. With Terry Paquette and Amy Braun

August 1-5
Theatre Camp open to kids in grades 2-8. The performance will be on Friday night, August 5th at 6:00. Sponsored by the White River Valley Players.

The Hancock Town Pride Committee will again sponsor 4 summer concerts on the new bandstand on the Hancock Town Green.  Concerts are held at 6:30 on Thursday evenings, dates TBA, and will include the South Royalton Town Band and the Pete Seeger Memorial Concert.  All concerts are free and open to the public. Bring your own chairs and enjoy the homemade desserts available at each concert.  (An indoor site will be available in case of rain.)

Bald Mountain Children’s Theater
July 18 through the 22 we will do our Circus Theater Camp at Spice Studio on Main St. for ages 8 to 18. Registration and info is at baldmountaintheater.org

Week of August 15 Bald Mountain will open a solo tour of Ethan Bowen performing a short story. Details to come.

The Rochester Chamber Music Society (RCMS), opens our twenty-second season in the White River Valley offering a tantalizing variety of programming. Music lovers throughout the state have discovered RCMS concerts are a perfect destination for a rewarding outing in central Vermont. We hope you can join us in the mountains for intimate chamber music performed by world-class musicians. Performances start in late May running through early August. Schedule coming soon at rcmsvt.org

 Rochester Public Library
Writer’s Workshop: 1st Sat. of each month, 1pm, with Amy Braun

Historical Book Club
Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 10:30. Pick up a copy of the current title and join us!
If you need an evening book club, we will repeat the title for an evening session if there is enough interest.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
is a free ongoing library based program promoting parents reading to babies, toddlers, and preschool children.

Summer Reading for children, teens, and adults during regular library hours.  Tuesday & Thursday 12:30-7, Saturday 9-1. Summer programs and speakers are yet to be determined.

Rochester Farmer’s Market:
Friday afternoons, 3-6pm. June 3 thru October 7

The Rochester’s Farmer’s Market & Exchange is gearing up for the 2016 summer season beginning Friday, June 3 and running thru October 7, from 3 in the afternoon until 6.  Rain or shine its a great way to start the weekend!”

This will be the second summer for the Market & Exchange and to that end Rhoda Stockwell, Rochester’s market manage attended the annual meeting of the Vermont Farmer’s Market Association held at the Vermont Law School in March. “It’s always interesting to hear what works for the different markets, some excel in prepared foods others have a fully diverse lineup from flowers to thai food, petting zoos to local whiskey tasting at 10 in the morning. There’s allot to learn to make a good market a great market.”

This year Rochester’s Market & Exchange will feature local farm produce, products and meat, baked goods, crafts, art and more. “We’re looking for several diverse prepared food vendors so you’ll be able to have a quick bite while shopping or pick up dinner on your way home.” according to the markets planning board. There are spaces available both by the day and the season at very reasonable prices.

Special events through out the summer are being planned including a children’s market where the kids are the vendors, cider tasting – hard and fresh, and a fun variety of music.

For more information call Rhoda at 802.595.0342 or stop by the Little Red Barn or Sandy’s Books and Bakery in Rochester.

Sandlot Ball:
June 29 to July 25. Free. Monday Nights from 5:30 to 8:00. Boys and girls ages 8-12. Come Join us on the little league field for some great Baseball fun! First session is June 29. Tri-Town Coaches will be on hand. And as always we encourage parents to join in the fun. A great way to keep all those baseball skills sharp, learn new skills or just build confidence for first time players in a fun and safe place . Games & scrimmages. No commitment, just lots of fun! So dust off those gloves and tie those spikes and we will see you on the field! Questions contact Jim at huntingtonj24@yahoo.com or at 767-3877


Harvest Fair
Saturday Sept 10th, 10 am to 4 pm. Sponsored by the White River Valley Players. Live entertainment all day, food, crafts, games, flower show, and more! For more information: Martha Slater at 802-767-9025 or lavendarmfs@myfairpoint.net