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    Join Vermont's Cultural Heritage Days Celebration Across The State

    “When people think of Vermont, it is often in terms of our scenic landscape, our fall foliage, or a particular recreational activity,” said Governor, Jim Douglas. “The idea behind Cultural Heritage Days is to go beyond the scenery to get people to experience the cultural traditions that have shaped, and continue to shape, Vermont’s landscape and its society.”

    During this exciting event travelers can experience many festive events throughout the state. Among our favorites is the Open Studio Weekend to be held in late May. During the Open Studio Weekend Vermont celebrates visual arts and the creative process in more than 265 Vermont studio and gallery locations during Memorial Day Weekend. Visitors can tour historic villages and town centers or travel up mountains and down back roads to visit artists and craftspeople at work in their studios. Everywhere, they will find the natural beauty of Vermont and the artwork created in response to it.

    In Mid June travelers can join Vermont Days, which offers visitors the opportunity to hike, paddle, climb, fish or just relax in beautiful and unusual settings in any or all Vermont state parks. They can also relive history and learn about historic contributions by Vermonters at Vermont’s state-owned historic sites. Vermont Days includes free day-use admission to state parks and state historic sites on Saturday and Sunday. On Free Fishing Day the whole family can fish statewide without a license or learn how to fish at free clinics.

    During the Vermont History Expo, held in late June at the Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds in Tunbridge visitors can experience Vermont’s living history in this event that spans generations. The Vermont History Expo, presented by the Vermont Historical Society, features distinctive exhibits from the collections of 150 local historical societies, museums, and heritage attractions. It also includes music and dance performances, traditional craft and historic preservation demonstrations, quilt and antique appraisals, children’s games, heirloom animals, historical talks and book signings, a parade, a genealogy resource center, and much more.

    Did You Know? - Calvin Coolidge, the Thirtieth President of the United States, who served in office from 1923-1929, was born July 4, 1872 in Plymouth, Vermont.

    Getting There:

    Whether you plan your visit in the summer, autumn, or winter, there are many exciting destinations to explore in Vermont by visiting www.travel-vermont.com.

    Photo Credits: MS