Community Events


sparklers-3Independence Day activities in the region

Sunday, July 3

Burlington: Music at Perkins Pier and Waterfront Park from 5 – 9:30 p.m. Don Marcotte Biplane Airshow 8:30 – 8:45 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Bristol: Ball Park. Food, Crafts, Games and Fireworks. 6 p.m. Info:

Ferrisburgh: Music by the Bessette Jazz Quartet and fireworks by Basin Harbor Club. 6:30 p.m. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Rain date July 5. Info:

Vergennes: Fireworks at Vergennes High School. 9:30 pm.

Monday, July 4

Hinesburg: Parade at 11 a.m. beginning at Hinesburg Community School, Fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Shelburne: Fourth of July Chicken BBQ and Auction. United Methodist Church. 30 Church Street. 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bristol: 10:30 a.m. parade, followed by music and food.

Williston: 10 a.m. parade along Williston Road from Johnson Lane to Old Stage Road. Activities, music,  vendors and fireworks at Allen Brook School. 7 – 9 p.m. Info:

Charlotte Community Beach Party and Potluck

Saturday, July 16

4 – 8 p.m.

Free admission and parking with potluck dish. (If no potluck dish, please consider a $5 donation.) Free Misty Knoll chicken & Fat Cow Farm burger BBQ, Stony Loam Farm salad and Adams Berry Farm dessert. Live music with the Mystic Party Band. Activities include Outdoor Gear Exchange Stand-up Paddleboards, Suncommon Solar Bouncy House, Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Petanque Playground, Disc golf demo, Horseshoes and Pickleball. Please NO DOGS and
no trash: Carry-in/Carry-out. BYO drinks, utensils and plates. (Rain date is July 17.) Info: Bill Fraser-Harris,

Events in Charlotte or including a Charlotter

Tuesday, July 5

PUBLIC MEETING: Public Informational Meeting for Charlotte FEGC-019-4(20)
(U.S. Route 7 reconstruction).
The Vermont Agency of Transportation hosts this meeting to present the public with an overview of the project. There will be a question and answer period following the presentation. Charlotte Town Hall. 6:30–8 p.m. Info: Francine Perkins, Project Outreach Coordinator, 802-479-6994.

Sunday, July 10

OPEN HOUSE: Charlotte’s Historic Schoolhouse on the Town Green will be open for a look around and lemonade from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (Note: this is the day of the library book sale, which will be held 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and the schoolhouse is right next door.) Learn more about the schoolhouse watch a video that shows the reconstruction of the building and view the stories of some of the students who attended classes there. The schoolhouse dates back to 1850 and is part of Charlotte’s farming heritage.

BOOK SALE: The annual Charlotte Library Book Sale. A wonderful chance to stock up on some year-round reading material. This year’s event takes place on the Town Green. When you’ve sated your book appetite, grab some breakfast or lunch from one of the several food vendors. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Info: Shanley Hinge,

Saturday, July 16

DANCE PERFORMANCE: Farm to Ballet at Philo Ridge Farm. 2766 Mt Philo Road. Doors open 5 p.m. Show at 6:30 p.m. Dinner available for purchase. General admission is $16.50. Children 12 and under are free, but must have a ticket. Tickets: In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be cancelled. Info:

Monday, July 18

PICNIC: Grange Summer Picnic. The Charlotte Grange invites everyone to attend the annual summer picnic at the Charlotte Town Beach, Lake Road. 6:30 p.m. Hot dogs and beverages provided. Please bring a dish to share. (Rain location is the Charlotte Grange Hall on Spear Street) Info: Dorothy Hill, 425-4140.

Other Area Events

Saturday, July 9

FUNDRAISER: Motorcycle ride to benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a year-round camp for children with cancer. BBQ lunch, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle! All participants receive a T-shirt and commemorative pin or patch. The registration fee is $50 per rider and $75 for rider and passenger. To register, volunteer or become a sponsor: Lindsay Longe, 802-372-5863 or Info:

Saturday, July 16

EVENT: Soccer Tournament benefit. This event is to honor Stefan Pierson and others we have lost, or who are courageously living with cancer, and to provide funds so our foundation can help local young adult cancer patients (18-26) by providing resources to pursue activities cut short by cancer and its treatments. The tournament will host competitive 7 vs. 7 games for U10-12 Boys, U10-12 Girls, U14-16 Boys, U14-16 Girls, Adult Competitive and Adult Fun. Invitational Metro Division I High School Alumni games at night. University of Vermont Virtue Field Athletic Complex. 8 a.m.–9 p.m. $15 per player, $150 per team, $250 per Alumni Team. Info:

Saturday, July 23

CONFERENCE: League of Vermont Writers’ Biennial Writers Meet Agents Summer Conference. Registration fee for the conference, which includes lunch, is $125.00 for League of Vermont Writers members. The non-members fee is $155. Registration after July 15 will be $135 for members and $165 for non-members. DoubleTree Hotel on Williston Road in South Burlington. Info:

The News is taking its annual summer break beginning June 30. We’ll be back in your mailbox on July 28.

See you at the Town Beach Party!