Hooray for three-day weekends! All of us here in the newsroom wish you a happy Memorial Day and a wonderful unofficial start to summer.
We hope you spend time out at the grill, maybe trying one of these 7 summer pasta salads on the side. This weekend would also be a great time to hike Wheeler Mountain, and to visit a local brewery with outdoor seating.
Here are 8 other events happening nearby.
Local Motion Bike Ferry Opening Weekend
When: 10 a.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Where: Island Line Trail, South Hero
Details: Bike the Colchester Causeway to South Hero this weekend via the Local Motion Bike Ferry. Summer weekend service kicks off Friday at 10 a.m. There is no cost to ride the ferry, but a $10 donation is recommended for a round trip. Here's what to do for a day in South Hero.
The Lebowski Trio
When: 6-9 p.m., Friday
Where: The Spanked Puppy, Colchester
Details: Kick-off a weekend of live music on the patio of The Spanked Puppy with The Lebowski Trio, a blues-rock band from Burlington. Reservations are suggested. Musical acts will also play on Saturday and Sunday.
Learn to Drive Your Own ATV, UTV or SxS
When: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday
Where: Bolton Valley Resort, Richmond
Details: This one-day class is an entry level introduction to driving your ATV, UTV or SxS off-road, and is designed to give drivers an intensive and immersive driving experience in a variety of off-road driving situations. This class is perfect for individuals that enjoy recreational trail riding or a family that has recently purchased an ATV or UTV. Class fee for two people is $475. Register here.
Colchester Senior Spring Sing
When: 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Colchester High School
Details: Senior Spring Sing is a live outdoor cabaret showcasing the graduating seniors of Colchester Theater Company. Bring a chair, family and a picnic to this free event! The performance will adhere to the social distancing and mask-wearing protocols currently in place in the Colchester School District.
Essex / Westford Community Bike Fix and Swap
When: 9 a.m., Sunday
Where: Maple Street Park, Essex Junction
Details: Community members in need of a bike or a minor bike tune-up are invited to Maple Street Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mechanics will be on site to grease chains, patch tires and more. Donated bikes will also be available for pick-ups and Local Motion will be hosting a variety of maintenance and safety workshops.
2nd Annual MARK BBQ Memorial Day Parade and Food Drive
When: 10 a.m., Sunday
Where: various locations in Essex Junction
Details: MARK BBQ is hosting its second-annual parade on Sunday to honor current service members and veterans. Donations to Aunt Dot’s Place will be collected along the route, and a Charity Burger cook-out will be held at MARK BBQ on Park Street afterwards. Here’s the route:
Start at MARK BBQ
Left on Park Street
Right on South Street
Transition to West Street
Right on West Street Ext.
Right on Pearl Street (Police Stop)
Hard left on Lincoln Street (Police Stop)
Right on North Street
Left on Old Colchester Road
Right on Educational Drive
Left on Main Street (Police Stop)
Right on Brickyard Road
Left on Countryside Drive
Left on Beech Street
Left on Corduroy Road
Left on Briar Lane
Left on Rivendell Drive
Right on Maple Street (Police Stop)
Left on Park Street
Left into MARK BBQ
Vermont Youth Dancers Performance
When: 12:30 and 6:30 p.m., Sunday
Details: Vermont Youth Dancers’ performance of “As You Are: The Story of Beauty and the Beast” will be livestreamed Sunday from the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. Watch from home as these talented local dancers tell the classic fairytale through hip-hop and current music. Livestream tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.
Live in the Biergarten
When: 4-6 p.m., Sunday
Where: Black Flannel Brewing, Essex
Details: Local acts Milton Busker and The Grim Work are performing Sunday evening on Black Flannel’s Biergarten. No reservations are required, and there is plenty of seating for all to enjoy the full draft list and snacks menu. Live music happens every Thursday and Sunday in the Biergarten all summer-long.