It doesn't matter if it's a cold -18 degree day in the middle of winter or a steamy humid day in July...the Shires is always on the go. If you want to stay in the know - you have to be tracking with our "Community Calendar" . If you are member of the Chamber this is a free service to use. Get your company events out there! With thousands of people visiting the calendar a month it's a quick way to spread the love of what you are doing in your organization. Here is "what's happening" in the next week Nov. 8-15. Go and be a part of your community! 

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Oct. 13 - Nov. 28 - Bennington, VT

Southern Vermont College is pleased to exhibit new works by Bennington visual artist Barbara Ackerman. The exhibit is available for viewing October 13 through November 28 in Everett Mansion’s Burgdorff Gallery. The general public is invited to a reception for the artist Friday, October 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gallery. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends by arrangement with the Campus Safety Office. Inquiries about the exhibit may be addressed to Ackerman by e-mail at



Nov. 8 - Wilmington, VT

An INSTIG8 and Southern Vermont Economy Project Workshop hosted by Wilmington Works

Who: Businesses owners in Bennington and Windham regions who are interested in learning some basic marketing tools

What: Four 2-hour long classes, held once a week by Brandon Stephens of AIO Marketing, covering the topics of Facebook, Instagram, and Email Marketing.

  • 10/18: Introduction and Overview

  • 10/25: Facebook

  • 11/1: Instagram

  • 11/8: Email Marketing

Where: Pettee Library, Wilmington, VT

When: Wednesdays, 9-11am (10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8)

Cost: Classes can be purchased individually for $10/class. Please note space is limited to 15 attendees per class. To get a well-rounded understanding of digital marketing, please attend all four classes.

Business Card Raffle: For each class you attend, you can enter your business card into a raffle drawing for $500 of marketing services with AIO Marketing complements of BDCC and Wilmington Works. The more classes you attend, the better your chances increase!



Nov. 8 - Bennington, VT

United Counseling Service will be presenting the film Beyond Silence. The film celebrates the strength, perseverance and dedication of courageous individuals determined to break through the silence often associated with mental illness and help others along the way.

The film is Directed by Shaul Schwarz and Produced by Demi Lovato. 
Join a discussion to follow with Dr. Alya Reeve, Medical Director of UCS. 

Watch the trailer to Beyond Silence here:
For more details about the event:
This event is free and open to the public.



Nov. 9 - Bennington, VT

Happy Thursdays!!

Live music from 7-9pm in the Tavern.

Once a functioning barn, the Publyk House was moved in 1972 to it's current location on Harwood Hill in Bennington VT where it quickly became a favorite stop for locals and folks everywhere. Serving New England style comfort food and boasting fireside dining, a fresh and bountiful salad bar, a full bar, a tavern menu, and outstanding views of Historic Bennington VT, The Publyk House is a great destination for a date, friends, family, or parties and special events.

For more information see their website:




Nov. 10 - Bennington, VT

In celebration of Veterans Day, Oldcastle Theatre presents the next film in our Independent movie series.

My Father’s Vietnam

6:00pm meet n greet with filmmaker Soren Sorensen and and his father and Vietnam Veteran: Peter Sorensen

7:00pm film and Q&A


A personal documentary about a public subject, My Father's Vietnam personifies the connections made and unmade by the Vietnam War. Featuring never-before-seen photographs and 8mm footage of the era, My Father's Vietnam is the story of three soldiers, only one of whom returned home alive. Interviews with the filmmaker's Vietnam Veteran father, and the friends and family members of two men he served with who were killed there, give voice to individuals who continue to silently carry the psychological burdens of a war that ended over 40 years ago. My Father's Vietnam carries with it the potential to encourage audiences to broach the subjects of service and sacrifice with the veterans in their lives.

This event is FREE for all Veterans!



Nov. 11 - Bennington, VT

Join Bennington Beverage Outlet for a great day of tasting, learning, and fun! This festival will feature over 70+ wines! Our wine vendors not only bring in quality wines, but bring in quality wines at a terrific value. Robin Cavanaugh will prepare special

hors d'oeuvres to compliment the wines!

All wines will be available to order at super discounted prices the day of the event. You won't see these wines at these prices, anywhere!

Session One: 1:30-3:30 pm.

Session Two: 4:00-6:00 pm.

$20 / ticket

Get your tickets before we sell out!



Nov. 11 - Bennington, VT


Southern Vermont College, 982 Mansion Dr, Bennington, VT 05201, USA map directions

Southern Vermont College will host its Fall Open Houses on Sunday, October 1, and Saturday, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prospective students and their families will have an opportunity to learn about the programs of study, athletic opportunities, campus life, financial aid, and scholarships. Pre-registration for the Open Houses is strongly encouraged and can be done online at For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 802-447-6300 or If unable to attend one of the Open Houses, individuals are encouraged to schedule a personalized visit through


Nov. 12th - Williamstown, MA

The Four Nations Ensemble and Artistic Director Andrew Appel present a lively selection of music based on the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough, featuring Pascale Beaudin, soprano; Kathie Stewart, flute; Olivier Brault and Adriane Post, violin; Kyle Miller, viola; Jaap TerLinden, viol; Loretta O’Sullivan, cello; and Andrew Appel, harpsichord. 

The Clark’s collection includes one of Thomas Gainsborough’s most exquisite and touching portraits, Elizabeth and Thomas Linley. Thomas, a great friend of Mozart, drowned in a swimming accident in his early twenties after having written violin concertos, choral works, and songs for Shakespeare productions by David Garrick. Elizabeth married the brilliant playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, but the marriage was a strained one. Unfazed by her voice—said to be the best in England—Sheridan refused his wife access to the stage once married. 

Four Nations, inspired by these two stars of the eighteenth century and the artist’s passion for music, has woven a program around the composers who passed through Gainsborough’s studio, the finest in eighteenth-century London. We add to the works of Thomas Linley, songs written specifically for Elizabeth Linley, and works by J. C. Bach, Johann Abel, Thomas Chilcott, and Franz Joseph Haydn. This moment in music history is marked with grace, eternal sunshine, and endless intelligence.

For tickets, details and program



Nov. 12 - Bennington, VT

Renowned L’Ensemble chamber music group will present “Good Vibrations,” a concert featuring such seldom heard, highly vibrating instruments as the theramin*, glass armonica** and saw***, on Sunday, November 12 at 3 p.m. Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington, VT. This is L'Ensemble's fifth season in residence at Oldcastle.

“While there are few outings of these unique instruments in contemporary classical music performance, some of the great composers, notably Mozart, wrote music expressly for them,” said L'Ensemble artistic director Ida Faiella. “And we are thrilled to have world-class musicians conjuring up the good vibrations at this performance.”

The artists performing include Bill Hayes (lead percussionist in the current Broadway show "Bronx Tale"), Dale Stuckenbruck (see his recent appearance on the Conan O'Brien show here, ) as well as soprano Ida Faiella and pianist Lincoln Mayorga. The music will range from Mozart to Harold Arlen (“Somewhere Over The Rainbow”), along with Rachmaninov and Leonard Cohen.

Tickets are $18 in advance/$25 at door and $10 for students. Tickets are available at www.oldcastletheatre.orgor by calling (802) 447-0564.

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Nov. 12 - Bennington, VT

We are gathering together once more this year for the annual Bennington Empty Bowls. Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Service, Inc. is collaberating again this year with Bennington College for this event.

Come join us for a soup supper! Specialty soups made by local restaurants will be served to you in handmade ceramic bowls made by Bennington College students and community members. You take home the unique bowl of your choice! This is a chance to discuss the food insecurities facing our community and the world. It is also a time to connect with your community and the community of Bennington College students, to discuss what service to our society means to each of us. Please join us.

Tickets $10 in advance at VSECU, Martin’s Mini Mart and Jophiels in Bennington, VT, and $12 at the door. 



Nov. 14 - Bennington, VT

This is the monthly mixer for the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce Serving the Shires of Vermont.

Please RSVP to Marie Shutts at or call her at 802.447.3311.

This is open to members and people who are interested in exploring membership with the Chamber. There is light fare and a cash bar.