There is so much to do and see during your stay at The Inn at Ormsby Hill in Manchester, Vermont. Be on the lookout for small, but tremendous, art galleries and artist studios tucked away in the most charming locations. If you come across one that we don’t have listed (and we are sure there are many), please let us know so we can update the list.
Arts, Music and Theater
Manchester Music Festival welcomes internationally renowned classical musicians for five weeks of summer concerts in the Green Mountains of Vermont, on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Concerts feature top musicians who regularly headline the world’s greatest stages and prestigious orchestras. The Festival also welcomes the community to several complimentary musical events throughout the summer.
In the summer, the 400-seat Arkell Pavilion is regularly filled with audiences entertained by a variety of performing arts encompassing everything from dance and classical music to theater.
Established in 1922, the Southern Vermont Arts Center provides cultural, educational, and creative opportunities for all ages, located within a four-hour drive of Boston, Montreal, and New York City.
Situated amid over one-hundred acres of pristine forest in the heart of the Green Mountains, SVAC offers a first-class experience in a traditional New England setting. With a rotating calendar of member and guest exhibitions, the largest sculpture park in Vermont, and a busy schedule of dynamic classes for all ages, the Southern Vermont Arts Center has something for everyone.
The Festival’s summer home is an intimate theatre built from 2 pre-revolutionary barns. Opening its doors to local thespians in 1929, the Dorset Theatre became host to the professional Equity Summer Festival in 1976. Today the Dorset Theatre Festival is a rich cultural resource and integral part of the community. Whether we’re staging dramatic classics, producing great plays from the contemporary canon, or providing a platform for fresh new theatrical voices, the Festival is always pursuing its single mission: to create an environment in which our audiences can experience thought-provoking, inspiring and entertaining live theatre.
The Boston Globe calls Weston Playhouse “the most beautiful theatre in New England.” As Vermont’s longest-running professional theatre, the Company celebrates the classics and nurtures the new with a multi-stage summer season of rollicking musicals, family-friendly productions, classic plays, and ground-breaking new works. Come early for a meal out at our restaurant. Lose yourself in the raucous frivolity of our after-hours Cabaret. Bask in the warmth of our cherished Vermont village. Enjoy the shows and come back often. Visit westonplayhouse.org or call 802.824.5288 (during the summer)/802.824.8167 (during the rest of the year).
Oldcastle is a true company of actors, writers, directors and designers working together over time to create a theatrical style as well as developing close long-term relationship with its audience. Entering its 44th season, Oldcastle has produced almost 300 shows and is now creating a new chapter of exciting growth, as Oldcastle renovates its new home in downtown Bennington.
GALLERIES AND ARTISANS
The Center is a non-profit full-spectrum art center built by local philanthropist Bruce Laumeister and wife Elizabeth Small. The doors opened in 1994 onto two gallery spaces and a 315-seat theater. Much of the artwork that the couple has collected over the years from galleries around the country hangs in the galleries and stairwells when temporary exhibits are not on display.
Since its opening The Bennington Center for the Arts has been very fortunate in bringing to the Galleries some of the finest exhibitions in the country.
A warm welcome awaits you at their beautiful gallery on the historic Dorset Green. There are two floors of curated fine art, as well as original artisanal pieces, from accents to focal points for the contemporary and country home. Handcrafted gifts, glass, children’s boutique, pottery, jewelry—all by Vermont and the region’s renowned artists. 10:30 am – 6 pm (closed Tuesdays).
Bronze sculptures of Native Americans and others, historical, Western and fine art.
Jud Hartmann’s primary artistic focus since 1983 has been a series of limited-edition bronze sculptures of Native Americans called the Woodland Tribes of the Northeast. – The Iroquoian and Algonkians. The work is the first attempt to depict in bronze the Woodland Tribes, focusing on the 17th and 18th centuries.
Jud has cast more than 75 Native American bronze sculptures in this series, representing the first and by far the most comprehensive exploration of eastern Native American peoples ever undertaken in bronze or any other medium.
Original Oil Paintings and Limited Edition Giclee
A Cooperative Art & Craft Gallery, featuring some of Vermont’s finest Artisans working in a variety of disciplines. Each day, the gallery is staffed by one of the Artisan members, offering their unique view of the creative process.
One of New England’s largest fine art galleries, Tilting at Windmills features a broad selection of work by important regional, national, and international artists. While quality and visual appeal are paramount in choosing the artwork we offer, we also select with an eye towards investment and potential appreciation in value for our collectors.
Featuring Canadian Inuit Art, Native Alaskan Art, Native American Art, and Vermont Arts and Crafts, the gallery that is in the same converted classic New England house since 1986. Conceived by Grant and Betsy Turner as a window into the deepest roots of culture on the continent, Long Ago & Far Away continues to offer top-quality products from the most interesting artists and craftspeople working today. The selection of indigenous art comes from the entire North American Continent, including Canadian Inuit Stone Sculpture, Alaskan Sculpture, and Iroquois Sculpture.
THEATRE AND MOVIES
Manchester’s premier movie theater experience. Village Picture Shows offers all new state-of-the-art projectors and Dolby Digital sound in a beautiful turn-of-the-century style venue. Call the movie-line 802-362-4771 for shows and times or visit the website.