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Top Events - - July and August 2010

AUG. 13-15: HYDE PARK, Jane Austen Weekend. A leisurely weekend of literary diversions at the Governor’s House. Discuss Miss Austen and her celebrated novels over dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, plus a Saturday afternoon English tea and a Sunday-brunch quiz with prizes. Opt for a carriage ride, watch movie adaptations, and dress for whatever century suits you best. 866-800-6888, 802-888-6888;

AUG. 14-15: RUTLAND, Art in the Park Summer Festival. Featuring fine art and craft exhibitors, music, free kids’ activities, and hourly door-prize drawings, all at Main Street Park. 802-775-8836;

AUG. 18-SEPT. 4: STOWE, “The Sound of Music.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Rogers and Hammerstein’s beloved Broadway hit based on the Trapp Family Singers. The Stowe Theatre Guild presents the musical for the first time this century at Town Hall Theatre. 802-253-3961;

AUG. 20-28: VERGENNES, “Reflections on Basin Harbor.” Basin Harbor Resort on Lake Champlain celebrates the 25th anniversary of this artist-in-residence program and juried exhibit, showcasing Vermont painters. As a fundraiser for the Vermont Arts Council, this year the show also features a display of 8-inch replicas of Adirondack chairs, embellished by the participating artists and available for sale by silent auction. 802-475-2311;

AUG. 28: QUECHEE, Quechee Scottish Festival. Enjoy Highland games (including the caber toss), sheepdog trials, pipe bands and soloists, fiddling and more live music, dance, and great food–featuring haggis, meat pies, scones, and more–all at Polo Field. Vendors offer tartans, recordings, gifts, crafts, and Scottish antiques; clan society representatives will be on hand to help you trace your Scottish roots. Proceeds benefit the St. Andrew’s Society Scholarship Foundation. 802-295-5351;

Updated Thursday, July 1st, 2010

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