Female Founders Event Series

We are now half way through our six-part Female Founders Speaker Series with the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies. Featuring female entrepreneurs from around the state, the series aims to share what it takes to start a company from the ground up. Every month, from January to June, two speakers representing a featured industry share the story of their business, how to get started, lessons learned, where they hope to go in the future, and more. Each event benefits a non-profit organization doing charitable work in a related field. RETN will be filming all events and posting the videos online. In an effort to help achieve RETN’s goal of public access and education, the videos will be available for all.

The first three events (held once a month on the third Monday), featured entrepreneurs from the fields of wellness, manufacturing and design, and food and beverage.

January’s Wellness Working featured Sarah DeGray of REV Indoor Cycling + Fitness, and Jovial King of Urban Moonshine. February’s events highlighted women in manufacturing and design with Corinne Prevot, founder of Skida, and Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson, co-founders of Mamava. March’s topic was food & beverage with founders Jen Kimmich from The Alchemist and Allison Hooper from Vermont Creamery. All the founders have provided incredibly valuable insight in how to take a craft or idea and build it into a business. You can watch the past three events online courtesy of RETN here.

The upcoming events for April, May and June will explore topics on technology and communications, energy, and arts and culture respectively. Stay tuned to hotelvt.com and our Facebook page for details on each event.

Burlington Writers Workshop Mud Season Review

This Saturday, September 17th, the Burlington Writers Workshop will kick off their annual Mud Season Review in conjunction with the Burlington Book Festival. The event, running from 7-10pm, will feature readings by several writers, both well-known as well as emerging local talent, along with a writers-in-the-round event in which writers do a more collaborative/interactive reading. The event will be held in Juniper Hall & Common and includes writers such as Patridge Boswell, Julia Shipley, Chard deNiord and more!
The Burlington Book Festival runs September 16 – 18 at the UVM Davis Center and literary venues around the city. For the full schedule, visit their website here.

Dog Days at Hotel Vermont

Thank you to everyone who participated in Dog Days here at Hotel Vermont!

The first annual Long Trail Canine Rescue was a success with over 100 attendees, we were able to raise over $7000 for the rescue! In case you missed the event, Eva Solberger from Seven Days’s Stuck in Vermont profiled Kim and John Frigault from Long Trail Rescue and their partnership with Hope 4 a Street Dog, a Costa Rican rescue that helps brings dogs back to the States to be adopted. The video can be viewed here.  Thank you to everyone who attended as well as everyone who donated such amazing items for the silent and live auctions! We hope to put on another fundraiser next summer. Also, thanks to our friends at Andy’s Dandys for supplying delicious doggy turndown treats and snacks for our canine friends.

We also hosted our first Yappy Hour with the Beer Concierge and his pup last night. Starting with a training session by the Humane Society, the event gathered together over 15 dogs and their humans to partake in craft brews, bacon-infused water and light snacks. We hope this is the first of many Yappy Hours to come!

Bach & Brews with Vermont Public Radio

Thursday, July 14th we are welcoming classical musicians young and old to get together for a sight reading cocktail party. Musicians and enthusiasts are encouraged to grab a beer and pull up a seat to listen and mingle. Any interested musicians should bring their instrument, stand and chamber music to share. The party starts at 6pm in our lobby.

Read more online at vpr.net.

Book It for COTS

Tuesday, April 26, we have partnered with Vermont’s own Chris Bohjalian to present an evening in support of Burlington’s Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS). Chris is a New York Times Best Selling Author, with his newest novel, The Guestroom, is on sale now.

Chris is an avid supporter of COTS and fighting homelessness in the Burlington Community. He will be discussing his writing and novels as well as his work with COTS.  The evening begins at 6:00pm with a welcome reception followed by a discussion with the author. Tickets include a $10 coupon to Phoenix Books, a welcome drink and hors d’oeurvres.

Big prizes are to be won at the silent auction with items including an overnight at Hotel Vermont, dinner for four at the Hen of the Wood butcher table, two tickets to the Firefly Music Festival, a bottle of Literary Dog, Phoenix books gift card and  the piece de resistance, a named character in Chris’s next book! All proceeds from the event and auction will do directly to COTS.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online here. We hope to see there!

Holiday Party Detox: Off-the-Beaten Path December Events

Merry-making abounds this month, but it’s easy to overdose on the holidays. Rather than holiday parties, check out these off-the-beaten path events happening in Burlington this month.

 On-Going Tuesdays, 10pm: Honky Tonk Tuesdays at the Radio Bean

Get a taste of the local flavor every Tuesday at the Radio Bean. Local legends Eric George, John Abair and band jam all night in this intimate and funky venue.

Saturday, December 5, 5:30pm: It Happened One December, Live Story Telling at Hotel Vermont

Burlington Writers Workshop members will be live story telling in the lobby of Hotel Vermont. Cozy up by the fire with a drink or some complimentary hot cocoa and listen to these Moth Radio-style performances.

Sunday, December 6, 10am: Santa 5K Run

Run Santa run! Sponsored by RiRa’s, hundreds of Santas turn up to run through downtown for charity.

 Sunday, December 6, 4:30pm: Ethiopian Night at ArtsRiot

Come enjoy the wonderful spicy, flavorful, food and culture of Ethiopia! ArtsRiot invites guest chefs Alganesh Michael and Mulu Twelde into the ArtsRiot kitchen. Mulu Tewelde and Alganesh Michael are from Eritrea; a small country next to Ethiopian will cook the food they love. Dinner service is reservation only.

Friday, December 11, 7:05pm: UVM Hockey

The UVM Catamounts face off against the St. Lawrence Saints at Gutterson Field House.

 Saturday, December 12: Live Reindeer on the Church Street Marketplace

Sponsored by FairPoint Communications. The Church Street Marketplace invites you to join them at the Top Block for delightful rides in holiday-bedecked carriages pulled by miniature horses from the Green Mountain Miniature Horse Club.

 Friday, December 18, 7pm & 9:30pm: Vermont Comedy Divas

Don’t miss the outstanding Vermont Comedy Divas – the state’s own all-female touring standup comedy group – as they take to the stage for two hysterical shows at the club in December!

Friday & Saturday, December 18 & 19: Burlington City Arts presents their annual Holiday Artist Market

Buy local this year at BCA’s Artist Market. All sorts of unique hand-made items will be for sale. Free admission!

Fall Festivals for September

Kids are headed back to school and the college students are back in town making it hard to deny that fall is on the way. The changing weather doesn’t stop the energy in town; a number of festivals celebrate everything for local art to beer, makes for a great time to visit Burlington.

August 28 – September 6, 2015: Champlain Valley Fair

The Champlain Valley Fair celebrates the end of summer with 10 days of rides, food, concerts, livestock shows, and games at the Champlain Expo in Essex Junction. Big names performing this year at the Grandstand include Little Big Town, EchoSmith, Jake Owen and the Happy Together Tour with The Turtles, Flo & Eddie, The Grass Roots and more. Fair admission: $12 adults, $5 children.

September 5: Vermont Heritage Brew Festival

Vermont Heritage Brew Festival highlights craft brews from at least 13 beer, cider and mead makers. Brews specifically created for the festival will be on tap alongside known favorites from Fiddlehead, Magic Hat, 14th Star, Champlain Orchards Cidery, Backacre, The Vermont Pub & Brewery, Eden, Shacksbury, Windfall Orchard, Whetstone Ciderworks, Groennfell Meadery, Drop-In Brewing, and Queen City Brewery.

Brewers will be located at four different locations on the Museum’s campus, designed so that visitors can stroll from one sip to the next. Maps will be available onsite.

Live music performances throughout the grounds feature: Pete Sutherland and Tristan Henderson (fiddle and guitar), Brass Balagan (a radical marching band), Erica and Eric Andrus, Scheitholt and his Zithers and Fiddleheads. Tickets are $55; $35 for Shelburne Museum members.

September 11 – 13: Art Hop

The Art Hop brings thousands of residents, visitors, and the community together to celebrate the dynamic art and culture of Burlington. It has gained a reputation as being Vermont’s largest and best arts festival, and won a Seven Daysie as the Best Event/Festival. Last year over 30,000 visitors were able to experience and enjoy art exhibits, music, performance, comedy, sculpture, and fashion from over 500 participating artists at over 100 locations throughout Burlington’s South End Arts District. This is a free street festival located on Pine Street.

September 12 – 13: Grand Point North

For its fifth consecutive year, Grace Potter’s Grand Point North will be held on the Burlington Waterfront. The family-friendly festival features local food and drink as well as an impressive line up including The Flaming Lips, Shakey Graves, Greensky Bluegrass. Tickets are almost sold out so get your now: $59 for a day pass children 12 and under free.

September 19 – 20: Eat by Northeast

Presented by Higher Ground and the Skinny Pancake, Eat by Northeast is a two-day food and music festival at Oakledge Park in Burlington’s South End. This free festival features dozen of local vendors serving all local fare and performances by Hug Your Farm All-Star Band, Josh Panda, Rebirth Brass Band, Caroline Rose and more.

September 25 – 27: Oktoberfest

Located on Burlington’s Waterfront, the Barvarian-style Oktoberfest Vermont is a weekend-long festival that celebrates local food, like oompah bands, games, contests and beer. Tickets $35 per person; must be 21+ to attend.


Picture by Miss Magpie of Find and Go Seek.