Since 2012, Southern Vermont’s most prestigious arts organizations have collaborated to promote Hills Alive — a rich and diverse calendar of cultural events and opportunities offered year-round, in every season. Premier arts venues – contemporary and fine art galleries, theaters, performance halls – can be found in four distinctive communities, each a popular destination for the arts with a rich accompaniment of award-winning lodging, dining, and recreational opportunities. Enjoy a concert beneath the stars, stroll a gallery, pair a wine tasting with a symphony, or treat yourselves to an off-Broadway show right here in the heart of the Green Mountains. Check out featured and upcoming events below!
Winter Members Show
Now through January 1
Southern Vermont Arts CenterLearn More
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SVAC’s Winter Member’s Show in Yester House includes attractively priced paintings and photography, making for an array of perfect gifts for the people on your list. A selection of original Elfriede Abbe prints and reproductions from SVAC’s permanent collection will also be available for purchase. Plus, two solo exhibitions…work from Clarence King and Jacob Houston.
Holiday Variety Show
Saturday, December 17
Oldcastle Theatre CompanyLearn More
A nostalgic and fun excursion to a tuneful time of great songs, and humorous radio comedy! A cast of Oldcastle favorites and local performers will return the audience to a simpler time when radio and television variety programs were the rage, and folks sat home clustered around the radio of TV and sang along. Family-friendly holiday cheer!
New Year’s Eve Concert
Saturday, December 31
Manchester Music FestivalLearn More
3:30 and 5:30 pm
MMF will ring in the New Year with a special celebration on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31 with a 3:30pm Family concert and 5:30pm Evening Concert, at First Congregational Church in Manchester. The nine-piece Manchester Festival Strings and a special surprise guest will take you on a musical trip around the world: from classical to Broadway, waltzes to tangos, Beatles to Jazz there is truly something for everyone!
Weston 101: Buyer and Cellar
Thursday, January 19
Weston Playhouse Theatre CompanyLearn More
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Manchester Village, BBA Campus
Hosted by Weston Director of Education/Artistic Associate Piper Goodeve and featuring artists from the theatre’s summer productions. The first class explores Weston’s Vermont Premiere of “Buyer and Cellar,” the New York Times’ “most talked-about new comedy of the season.”
Art Lovers Browsing Yester House, Courtesy Southern Vermont Arts Center; Conductor Ariel Rudiakov and Manchester Music Festival’s POPS performance at Arkell Pavilion; Jennifer Harmon and Jonathan Hogan in OUTSIDE MULLINGAR by John Patrick Shanley, Dorset Theatre Festival; Cast of Weston Playhouse Theatre Company’s PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann; Detail of Benjamin Heller’s site-specific sculpture “Spinal Alluvial” at Marble House Project.