Whether you’re hiking through on the Appalachian Trail or planning a family adventure, Manchester and the Mountains has it all; world-class golf courses, yoga workshops, fly fishing lessons, and adventure parks. You can experience our valleys and mountains with an expert, or simply relax with friends. Take the bikes off-road, float all day on a lake, or hop a gondola to a breathtaking summit. Sky's the limit in MVT!
ARTS AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCES IN MANCHESTER
Whether you’re looking for adventure or just a quiet escape, Manchester is just the place. For a quaint mountain town, we’ve got all the big perks; world-class heritage sites, award winning cultural venues, incredible galleries and museums, and recreational activities to suit even the most ardent enthusiast.
Located on 412 acres in Manchester Village, the historic Lincoln family estate, built by Presidential son Robert Lincoln and his wife Mary, is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or a fan of gorgeous architecture, Hildene offers amazing grounds and gardens, trails, Hildene Farm (including goat dairy, cheesemaking facility, and both animals and production gardens in the dene), informative tours, engaging exhibits, and a fabulous museum store. Don’t miss the restored 1903 Pullman railcar “Sunbeam” and the “Many Voices” exhibit (the southernmost stop on Vermont’s African American Heritage Trail). Particularly special times of year to visit include peony season from late-May through mid-June (thousands of flamboyant blooms in the formal garden) and a Victorian Christmas (the home is bedecked in holiday finery, as thought it were Christmas in 1912). Manchester’s most popular visitor destination, Hildene is a favorite of ours in every season. Not to miss!
Pinball is back and better than ever! Come see for yourself at Pastime Pinball in the heart of beautiful Manchester Center Vermont! Featuring 60 of the hottest pinball games from the 1950s to today – all set to free play! Visit our snack bar…. dishing out tasty treats and a variety of local drinks. Grab a friend and head on over for some Flippin Good Fun!
Pastime Pinball Museum Arcade
4802 Main Street, Manchester Vermont
Bringing new meaning to community and education, Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is an important resource in the Northshire region for all adults (young and old!) to continue learning via their accessible, diversified, and high-quality educational programs.
Open to all inquisitive minds, most classes are interactive, providing hands on learning through programs and workshops in history, religion, sciences, the arts, bridge, and culinary.
Held at various locations in and around Manchester, Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning offers a firm hand in enriching the intellectual and cultural life of our community.
The Museum was established by Dr. Albert Levis, author of Conflict Analysis, The Formal Theory of Behavior. It features five permanent art exhibits introducing the creative process as a scientific conflict resolution mechanism reflecting the unconscious.
The exhibits demonstrate The Formal Theory, bridging art and science, gaining insight into the human unconscious as a scientific mechanism, revamping our understanding of psychology and of religions as both founded on science. The scientific unconscious revamps psychology from a medical specialty into a pure psychodynamic science, the Science of Conflict Resolution, The Moral Science.
The Moral Science revamps psychology’s key concepts:
The analysis of the creative process, the plot of stories, identifies the unconscious as a scientific conflict resolution mechanism, the integrative paradigm reconciling psychology, morality and science.
Diagnostic categories are revamped from illness DSM 5 diagnoses to the four alternative ways of the unconscious resolving conflicts, as four syndromal relational modalities, a wellness personality typology.
Therapy is simplified into psycho-education for all by introducing the Conflict Analysis Battery, a self-assessment available online free of charge, using creativity for self-discovery. It is didactic, diagnostic and therapeutic representing a concise program of emotional education.
Religions are viewed as psychological phenomena sanctifying alternative ways of resolving conflict that have evolved as metaphors of conflict resolution.
Opened in 1997, Northshire Civic Center sits on 35 acres in the foothills of Vermont’s bucolic Green Mountain National Forest on Route 7A in Manchester Center, Vermont. With 22,000 square feet of open floor space and an Olympic-sized indoor ice rink, it is Southern Vermont’s premier civic center for sports, events, and exhibitions.
During mid-October thru early March, we have pubic skating, learn to skate program, youth and adult hockey leagues, and it is home to the Northshire Skating Academy, Northshire Hockey Association and Burr and Burton High School Hockey.
In mid-March thru early May, the ice rink transforms to an indoor Turf arena, where we have youth lacrosse, high school field hockey, youth baseball, youth soccer and men & women soccer league.
In May thru early October, events & exhibitions begin, including Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Art & Craft Festival, Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival, Komen New England, Barn Sale, Super Bingo, Shakespeare in the Woods and much more.
We are dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of fly fishing. The American Museum of Fly Fishing was established in 1968 in Manchester, Vermont, by a group of passionate and enthusiastic anglers who believed that the history of angling was an important part of American culture and tradition. The Museum was created to serve as an institution to research, preserve, and interpret the treasures of angling history.
Today, the Museum serves as a repository for and conservator to the world’s largest collection of angling and angling-related items, numbering in the thousands. Our collections and exhibits thoroughly document the evolution of fly fishing as a sport, art form, craft, and industry in the United States and abroad, dating as far back as the sixteenth century. Rods, reels, flies, tackle, art, photographs, manuscripts, and books form the Museum’s permanent collection.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing is the steward of the history, traditions, and practices of the sport of fly fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, studies, and interprets the artifacts, art, and literature of the sport and, through a variety of outreach platforms, uses these resources to engage, educate, and benefit all.
The Museum fulfills this mission through our public programs (including exhibitions, gallery programs, lectures, special events, and presentations), our publications, and our quarterly journal, the American Fly Fisher.
Please note Summer and Winter hours below:
June – October
Tuesday – Sunday, 10am to 4pm
November – May
Thursday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm
4 CHAMBER CONCERTS Thursdays in July • 7:30pm • Arkell Pavilion, SVAC
Manchester Music Festival presents four Thursdays of world-class musicians performing chamber masterworks spanning the classical period through the 21st century. Sit indoors or bring a chair and join us in the Grove for an open-air, casual listening experience.
SATURDAY SALON RECITALS Saturdays in July • 5pm • Yester House Gallery, SVAC These solo or duo performances provide the audience with an opportunity to experience renowned musicians in a different light. Stay after for a meet-n-greet reception with the artist(s).
YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERTS Sundays • July 10, 17, 24 • 5pm • Arkell Pavilion, SVAC
MMF Young Artists Concerts are an exciting opportunity to see the next generation of performing musicians. Featuring our Young Artists (ages 18-26) in performance of full chamber works.
WEEK5Shapeshifter Concert: AARON DIEHL JAZZ TRIO Thursday, August 4 • 7:30pm • Arkell Pavilion, SVAC
MMF’s Week5 shapeshifter concert features classically trained pianist Aaron Diehl, one of the most sought-after jazz virtuosi of his generation. The Aaron Diehl Trio will perform Mirror, a program reflecting two worlds of music across time, melding the improvisational spirit of jazz with the compositional technique of Bach.
AN ORCHESTRAL EVENING Thursday, September 1 • 7:30pm • Arkell Pavilion, SVAC From Carnegie Hall to the green mountains of Vermont, MMF is delighted to welcome the musician-led, Grammy-award winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to the stage.
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA Thursday, September 15 • 7:30pm • Arkell Pavilion, SVAC A Night at the Opera returns, featuring the extraordinarily talented singers of The Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, performing a dazzling selection of operatic works with piano accompaniment.
Manchester Music Festival is a non-profit organization that offers classical chamber music performances and music education of the highest caliber in order to engage the public and encourage the enjoyment of this art form.
The Festival’s artistic director, Adam Neiman, is hailed as one of the premiere pianists, composers, and entrepreneurs of his generation. He makes frequent appearances at prestigious festivals around the world, is an honors graduate of The Juilliard School, and is currently Chair of Classical Performance Studies and Assistant Professor of Piano at the Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts. His multifaceted career includes maintaining an active profile as a composer and serving as the founder and CEO of the Aeolian Classics record label.