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Middlebury October Events Roundup

Friday, October 9, 2020

Check out some of these events happening in Middlebury in October!

Wednesdays & Saturdays, Year-Round
Middlebury Farmers Market
The Middlebury Farmers’ Market (MFM) is a year round Market with over 50 registered members. The Market normally operates as an inside market from November – April and offers an outdoor season from May – October.

Stone Mill Public Market
Every Saturday from 12-5 pm the Stone Mill Public Market hosts farmers, artists, makers, and entrepreneurs on the outdoor deck. This community event provides a fun outing for locals and visitors who enjoy an outdoor market. Lost Monarch Coffee will be pouring and the Slate Home, Dedalus Wine and Cheese, and the Vermont Book Shop spaces will be open for additional shopping. 

October 8 – December 31
Online Exhibit: “Drawing on the Past”
The Henry Sheldon Museum presents the online exhibit “Drawing on the Past” by Miriam Adams. The Sheldon Museum’s website includes a virtual tour of the exhibit with Miriam Adams and Bill Brooks, Executive Director of the Sheldon. All drawings in the exhibit are featured online.

October 9
David Shifrin, Clarinet
The Middlebury Performing Arts Series presents Avery Fisher Prize-winning clarinetist David Shifrin, one of only two wind players to have been awarded the prestigious prize since the award’s inception in 1974. Shifrin is in constant demand worldwide as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber music collaborator. In this virtual concert, he’ll perform works by Mozart, Bassi, and Duke Ellington.

Sidewalk Sales Downtown Middlebury & The Marble Works graphic

October 10-12
Downtown Sidewalk Sales
Sidewalk Sales are happening in Downtown Middlebury + The Marble Works during the weekend of October 10-12. Be sure to check out additional vendors popping-up for an artisan market on Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm! Plus a live animal program with VINS and the Ilsley Library at the Riverfront Park on Sunday at 2 pm, together with Bundle and Lacewing Productions.

October 10
Bundle Presents Patio Pop-Ups
Bundle presents eight local artists & artisans in downtown Middlebury at Cannon Park & Star Mill Patio on Saturday, October 10th from 11 am – 3 pm as part of Middlebury’s Sidewalk Sales Days.

October 10
Inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, Cocoon is a special evening of true stories told live and without notes. This year’s virtual edition, on the theme of “Downpour,” will feature a select group of students and staff.

October 11
Animals in Myths & Legends
How did Snake lose her legs? Why does Owl only fly at night? How did Turtle fly south for the winter? Meet these animals and hear their stories while we learn about the adaptations that help them survive. The program will be a live, contactless encounter. Event will run rain or shine. Masks and social distancing are required.
2pm, Riverfront Park, Middlebury

October 15
Tool Training
Tool Training is back as The Makery at Hannaford Career Center reopens the Woodworking Lab. Tool Training is a one-night prerequisite for new participants to use the Woodworking Lab.

October 16
Michael Brown, Piano
Described as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” by the New York Times, pianist Michael Brown is the winner of both Lincoln Center’s 2018 Emerging Artist Award and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant. He makes regular appearances with orchestras and festivals across the U.S. and was selected by pianist András Schiff to perform an international solo recital tour. In this online performance, Brown will play works by Barber and Mendelssohn, plus one of his own compositions, and will be joined by violinist Chad Hoopes, violists Paul Neubauer and Matthew Lipman, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, double bassist Joseph Conyers, and pianist Gilles Vonsattel—many of whom have appeared in our own Robison Hall.

October 18
Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
The Sheldon Museum invites you and your family to participate in a Road Trip Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, October 18! Drive through different parts of Addison County while you follow clues to locate approximately 10 landmarks along the route. You’ll have a grand time with your family while still being safe and following COVID-19 guidelines. The hunt is appropriate for all ages, young and young at heart.

October 23
Arnaud Sussman, Violin
Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship. Minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “Sussmann has an old-school sound…a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener.” Sussmann will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Chausson’s Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet. For this concert he is joined by flutists Sooyun Kim and Tara Helen O’Connor; violinists Bella Hristova, Francisco Fullana, Kristin Lee, and Yura Lee; violist Richard O’Neill; cellists Dmitri Atapine and Nicholas Canellakis; double bassist Xavier Foley; pianist Wu Han; and piano-harpsichordist Hyeyeon Park.

October 30
Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, Pianos
The real-life marriage of concert pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung—with their abundant artistic chemistry, passion, and stunning virtuosity—has led to one of the most appealing and impressive piano duos of our time. In the words of the UK magazine Music and Arts, “Theirs is a marriage of wondrous colors and dexterous aplomb, subtly balanced to make a musical performance sound as one.” Bax and Chung will perform Mozart’s K. 449—and the Middlebury premiere of Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion—with a supremely talented group of collaborative musicians: violinists Bella Hristova and Arnaud Sussmann, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist Sophie Shao, double bassist Joseph Conyers, and percussionists Ayano Kataoka and David Rosenbaum.

October 31
Spooktacular: Drive-Thru Trick or Treating!
A safe way to enjoy Halloween this year! Families will be able to drive up to the candy-drop station, which will be all decked out with volunteers, decorations and props to make it fun and exciting, grab pre-bagged candy through the car window and move along to the next stop.

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