Catamount Trail

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Vermont Tourism’s February Calendar of Events: Pond Plunges to Literary Celebrations

MONTPELIER, Vt. - February may be a short month, but there’s no shortage of events to explore! From evenings at cultural events to snowsports competitions and festivals, here’s a sampler of the events in the Travel Planner this month:

Catamount Trail Association Backcountry Day
Feb. 1, Bolton
Get off the beaten path! An introductory course for skiers looking to try point-to-point backcountry touring on the Catamount Trail.

Giants: Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
Feb. 4, Manchester
John Stauffer illustrates the parallel lives of two great men; one born a slave, the other born dirt poor. Part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series.

An Evening with Christo
Feb. 5, Stowe
International artist Christo will speak as part of the Vermont Town Hall speaker series. Christo is best known for producing large scale environmental artworks.

Grafton Winter Carnival
Feb. 7, Grafton
A day of winter fun for the entire family.

Polar Bear 8 Hour Obstacle Challenge
Feb. 7, Benson
Six miles, 50+ obstacles, trail running, hills, mud, ice, and snow? All the bragging rights go the person who can complete the most laps in 8 hours.

Northern Vermont Showshoe Race
Feb. 8, Smugglers’ Notch
An exciting day of treks, walks, and races on snowshoes. Includes a ½K kids’ fun run, a 4K fun run/walk, and an 8K race. Rentals available.

Outside In: Art of the Street
Feb. 13-April 19, Middlebury
From outlaw status to the auction room. This exhibition presents the graphic art of 19 street artists whose prestige has carried them from urban legend into high-profile international art museums and galleries. Free.

Lake Elmore Polar Splash
Feb. 14, Lake Elmore
Jump into Lake Elmore for two great causes: Morrisville Rotary and Lamoille Restorative Justice.

Harris Hill Ski Jump International Competitions
Feb. 14, Brattleboro
Men’s and Women’s FIS Cup and US American Ski Jumping events at New England’s only Olympic hill.

Gregory Porter
Feb. 19, Burlington
Gregory Porter has quickly become one of jazz’s most important male vocalists. The 2014 Grammy winner for Best Jazz Vocal Album is a soul-drenched singer with star power, who combines gospel-shout power with the honeyed tone of a crooner.

Burke Wine and Art Snowcase
Feb. 21, Lyndonville
Enjoy a night out to sample fine wines and chocolate while meeting local artists and viewing their work. Photography, paintings, wood carvings and sculptures will be on display.

Magic Hat 20th Annual Mardi Gras Parade
Feb. 28, Burlington
Music and merriment! Grand parade starts winding down Main Street at 3 pm and the celebration continues through the night.

Winterbike Fat Bike Festival
Feb. 28, East Burke
Kingdom Trails celebrates the burgeoning fat bike culture by hosting group rides, demos, vendors, and a bonfire. Discover yet another way to enjoy the outdoors in winter time.

Circus Spectacular 2015
Feb. 28-March 1, Brattleboro
An awesome event with high flying trapeze, aerial silks, partner balancing, juggling, comedy and more.

Frigid Infliction
Feb. 28, Bolton
A ten-hour adventure race for teams of two or three, featuring several winter disciplines including navigation, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and postholing.

Concert: Heartbeat
Feb. 28, Plainfield
Heartbeat, the Israeli-Palestinian youth music community, delivers its dynamic blend of Eastern and Arabic music, Western rock, hip hop, jazz and reggae. The musicians share personal stories of growing up amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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