Wednesday, May 20, 2015

37th Annual Middlebury Summer Festival On the Green - VT

When a summer event is named a “Top 10 Summer Event for 2015” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, you know it is going to be good! Whether you call Middlebury, VT home, live nearby, or will just be passing through this summer, we want to encourage you not to miss out on visiting the Festival on the Green.

Held rain or shine from July 5-11, 2015, the Middlebury Festival on the Green is a premier summer event for the area. This year marks the 37th anniversary and every year brings in more people, better talent and activities, and bigger crowds. The venue is the picturesque Recreation Park, which is just south of the village. It is a family-friendly week that is completely free! That doesn’t happen too often this day and age so take advantage of all the fun to be had—everyone in your family will find something to enjoy.

It all kicks off on Sunday night at 7pm with live music by Caroline Rose. Monday through Friday will offer “Brown Bag” programs from noon until 1 pm and then evening performances are every night from 7-10pm. Some of the highlights include Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, Caitlin Canty, The Miles Donahue Quintet, The Bluegrass Gospel Project, Vance Gilbert, and The 24th Street Wailers. You will definitely want to at least catch the lawn dance on July 11th as the festival closes out with a “Big Band” dance with the Vermont Jazz Ensemble, starting at 7pm. You can find the complete schedule and more information on the event website.

What else could be added to make this week even better? A stay with us of course! We are just a few minutes from the festival venue, making our inn the perfect resting stop during your time here. Outside of the festival activities, owners Dan and Michelle can offer some other great outdoor activities, shopping areas, and restaurants to try to make your stay a memorable one. Call us today or book directly online.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Vermont Sun Triathlon Series – Lake Dunmore, VT

Helen Keller is a well-known woman in our history who lived her life fearlessly even though she was deaf and blind. She was an author, political activist, and an influential humanitarian. She is quoted as having said at one time, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” No matter what obstacles may stand in your way, she is an example that anything is possible!

The Vermont Sun Triathlon Series is definitely a daring adventure and will push you to your limits whether you are a seasoned athlete or a weekend warrior who wants to try something new. This triathlon series will have events on three separate days this summer: June 20, July 12, and August 9, 2015. The beautiful Branbury State Park and Dunmore Lake will be the backdrop of these triathlons, which will make racing here truly memorable. Each race will involve a 600-yard swim, 14-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run. The races will start at 8:30am and every participant will enjoy free professional photos, free sports drinks and bagels, customized swim cap and water bottle, goodie bags, raffles and giveaways, and post race refreshments. There will also be custom awards for the top overall and top 3 racers. To find out registration details and more, visit the event website or call (802) 388-6888.

Innkeepers Dan and Michele Brown also have a love for the outdoors and staying active. Dan in particular is a cycling enthusiast and we would love to host you if you will be coming in for one of these triathlon weekends. We are close to the state park and a wonderful place to rest and relax before and after the race. Book your favorite room online today or give us a call for more information.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Middlebury New Filmmaker’s Festival – 2015

Some of the greatest artists, writers, musicians, and creators of our time exist not only because of their talent, but also often because someone took a chance on what they brought to the table and saw great worth. Many artists, especially in the film department, appreciate any way to get their art form out into the public. Not for fame and recognition – while that certainly can come—but so their story can be told.

The Middlebury New Filmmaker’s Festival has been put together to honor and celebrate the great new talent that is coming out in the world of cinema. This year is in fact the inaugural year for this festival and it will be taking place August 27-30, 2015. Happening in the beautiful and historic city of Middlebury, VT this four-day festival will be screening films in three different venues: the Town Hall Theater, The Marquis Theater, and The Dana Auditorium. There will be all genres in the mix including documentary, narrative, animation and experimental. There will also be a panel of judges led by Jay Craven, the festival’s artistic director.

These screenings will be special as many of the filmmakers will be on hand to engage in Q&A sessions with the audience following the screening. There will also be several parties going on throughout the festival including an exclusive Filmmakers Gathering at Storm CafĂ© and an Opening Night party right here at Swift House Inn. We are thrilled to be hosting this great event. There are several different tickets and passes you can purchase depending on what you are interested in attending—you can find out all of this information and more on the event website.

Swift House Inn is just a short 5-minute walk from the center of town where all of the festival activities will be taking place, making it a great home away from home during your time here. Our 20-room former governor’s mansion has all of the amenities, space, and privacy you need to fully relax and feel at home. Contact us today as we are sure to book up quickly as the festival date approaches!