Wednesday, April 24, 2019

April Newsletter- Theatres within a short drive!

We are enjoying springtime here at The Wilmington Inn! The snow has slowly melted away & the trees are starting to bud!

One of the many things that we have been able to enjoy since we arrived in Wilmington is the abundance of theatre (stage plays) locations near Wilmington. Our April blog shares the theatre spots that are under an hour's drive from the inn.

Hope you enjoy reading it! We can't wait to see everyone this year.

Thank you,
Charlie & Megan
Theatre Day trips from Wilmington
One our favorite getaways for a day trip is to go see a great play or theatre production. Check out these locations that are within one hour drive from Wilmington.
Memorial Hall
Wilmington, VT

Memorial Hall is located right down the street from The Wilmington Inn. Memorial Hall is a town-owned community/performance center dating back to 1912. It serves as the town's war memorial and has the largest collection of 19th century portrait photography in Vermont.Check out their website below to get a list of upcoming plays & music event s.

Weston Playhouse
Weston, VT

Vermont’s oldest professional theatre is a living testament to a community’s belief in the arts. In 1935, while the Great Depression was raging, Weston-born architect Raymond Austin was putting the finishing touches on a playhouse that one Boston Globe critic would dub “the most beautiful theatre in New England.” A former church renovated for the town’s dramatic club, the Weston Playhouse quickly attracted the attention of director Harlan Grant, who produced the theatre’s first summer stock season in 1937, featuring a young actor named Lloyd Bridges.

Dorset Theatre
Dorset, VT

Dorset Theatre Festival is a major player in the arena of world-class summer theatre. Dorset Theatre Festival's mission is to create bold, innovative, and authentic theatre that engages a diverse, multi-generational community, and economically diverse region: enlightening, entertaining, and inspiring their audience through the celebration of great plays. They aim to redefine the landscape of theatre by presenting thought-provoking productions drawn from the new and classic canon, as well as through the development of new plays, new audiences, and new artists for the future of American theater.

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 Playhouse became host to the professional Equity Summer Festival in 1977. Today, Dorset Theatre Festival is a rich cultural resource and integral part of the community. Whether they'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 their audiences can experience thought  provoking, inspiring, and entertaining live theatre.

Barrington Stage
Pittsfield, MA

Barrington Stage Company is the fastest growing arts venue in Berkshire County, attracting more than 58,500 patrons each year. BSC continues to gain national recognition for its superior quality productions and comprehensive educational programming.

Barrington Stage has produced several award-winning plays and musicals, beginning in its inaugural year with  The Diary of Anne Frank , which won the Elliot Norton/Boston Theatre Critics Award. In its third year, BSC won two Elliot Norton/Boston Theatre Critics Awards and four Outer Critics Awards for its smash hit production of  Cabaret , which moved to Boston and played an extended run at the Hasty Pudding Theatre. In 2018, BSC produced the critically acclaimed production of  West Side Story , in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ 100th birthdays. In 2017 and 2018, BSC won the Best of the Berkshires Readers’ Choice for Best Live Theatre.

2019 marks BSC’s 25th Season Anniversary.

Williamstown Theatre
Williamstown, MA

Since 1955, Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. Each WTF season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events including COMMUNITY WORKS, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs.

While best known for acclaimed productions, WTF is also home to one of the nation’s top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011.

Oldcastle Theatre
Bennington, VT

In an age when the average life of an American theatre company is only five years, the Oldcastle Theatre Company is thrilled to be celebrating their 47th birthday!
Formed by five New York actors in 1972, the troupe began touring in Vermont because one of its founding members, Eric Peterson, was originally from Bennington. Plays developed at Oldcastle have been produced in more than 25 states and in such foreign countries as South Africa, Canada, Spain and Argentina. OTC presents at least one new play each season and has premiered plays by such well-known writers as Elliot Hays, Reginald Rose and Bob Shanks. Tony winning actresses such as Karen Ziemba and Emmy winning actors and directors such as Richard Thomas, James Goldstone, Melissa Leo, Larkin Malloy and others have worked with the company over the years. Academy Award winning composer, John Addison, wrote original music for an OTC premier production.
In the early days the troupe toured in Vermont, New York and New Jersey with many Vermont performances taking place at the historic Park-McCullough House in North Bennington. Oldcastle is a true company of actors, writers, directors and designers working together over time to create a theatrical style as well as developing s close long term relationship with its audience.
Entering its 47th season, Oldcastle has produced almost 300 shows and is now creating a new chapter of exciting growth, as Oldcastle renovates its new home the new Oldcastle Theatre in downtown Bennington.

Looking to come visit this summer?
Check out the calendar of events from the Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce to see what's happening!
Thank you for your continued support

Thursday, February 28, 2019

February Newsletter: Cross Country Skiing at Prospect Mountain

Cross Country Skiing at Prospect Mountain
Hope everyone is having a great winter! We have had some great snow this winter making winter activities plentiful.

Earlier this year we announced a partnership with Prospect Mountain to offer our guests discounted tickets to enjoy their cross country and snowshoeing trails.

Our February Blog is about the history of Prospect, and its current available activities. This mountain is a special quintessential spot not to be missed.

Thank you,
Charlie & Megan

Prospect Mountain
Woodford, VT

Prospect Mountain is located on Route 9 in Woodford, Vermont. The small town of Woodford, which is just 11 miles west of Wilmington, has the highest elevation above sea level of any town or city in the state of Vermont. The base elevation of Prospect Mtn. X-C Ski Area is 2250′. This is the highest base elevation of any alpine or cross-country ski area in the state. The high elevation is an important factor in providing consistently good ski  conditions at Prospect. During the fall, winter, or spring months, it often snows at Prospect Mountain when it is raining just down the road in Bennington. 

Prospect Mountain maintains more than 30 kilometers of trails. When the snow falls, the trails are expertly groomed for both skating and classical cross-country skiing. Most trails have tracks set on either side with a wide skating lane in the center. There are also special snowshoeing and single-track trails available. 

Prospect Mountain Ski Area was born in the late 1930’s when the first rope tow pulled skiers up the mountain. Operations were interrupted by World War II, but then resumed in the 1960’s when two T-bar lifts were installed. The first cross-country ski trails were built in 1980, at the beginning of the Great Northeastern Snow Drought. Eventually the lack of natural snow in the northeastern US caused the downhill ski operations to cease, while  Nordic skiing at Prospect continued to increase and become more popular. Now the entire operation is devoted to cross-country skiing in the winter. 

On site Prospect has multiple amenities available. The Base Lodge at Prospect Mountain offers a comfortable and inviting place to relax and recharge. The spacious lodge has a country atmosphere with a large stone fireplace, wood stove , and big windows to enjoy the view of Vermont’s scenery. The lodge restaurant serves everything from hearty meals to light snacks. The menu includes foods to satisfy our gourmet, vegetarian, and health conscious customers. 

Tribute Video
Check out this great tribute made of Prospect Mountain!

Discounted packages for Wilmington Inn guests
For $30, rent all of the gear & get a trail pass
Already have your own gear? Trail passes available for $15
Book through our website to add package
Thank you for your continued support

Monday, January 28, 2019

January Newsletter: Part 2 of 2 Local Tasting Spots

Part 2 of 2- Local tasting spots to visit
Happy New Year from The Wilmington Inn! We enjoyed researching this blog!

Next blog we will talk about Spring events in the area. Can't wait to see everyone soon.

Thank you,
Charlie & Megan
Part 2 of 2: Local tasting spots
As promised in our December blog, here is the 2nd part of our local tasting spots. Enjoy!
Saxtons River Distillery
Brattleboro, VT

Saxtons River Distillery has been crafting small batch, craft-made liquors, which showcase the flavors of Vermont, since 2006. Award-winning spirits include their signature Sapling Maple Liqueur, Sapling Vermont Maple Rye, and Sapling Vermont Maple Bourbon - all celebrating the flavors of Vermont Maple; Perc Coffee Liqueur, with robust, organic Arabica coffee, and Snowdrop Gin, an American Dry Gin distilled with 18 botanicals.

Tavernier Chocolate
Brattleboro, VT

Creating artisanal chocolates in small batches, Tavernier Chocolate’s original recipes are inspired by nearby fields, farms, forests, and farmers markets. Tavernier explores earthy, often savory flavor combinations that are unique to the locale, using seasonal, area-sourced ingredients as often as possible, paired with the finest, ethically-sourced South American couverture that can be found. Tavernier offers a wide array of chocolate truffles, bonbons, tablets, and its singular line of chocolate charcuterie.

Madison Brewing Company
Bennington, VT

Madison Brewing Company Pub & Restaurant is the most popular place in Bennington, VT for craft beer and mouth-watering food. The Madison’s have deep ties to the community, and in the early 1990s converted an old storefront in Bennington’s historic downtown into the area’s first brew pub.
In the past 3 years, their focus has been on crafting the freshest and best beer possible. The Head Brewer Will has developed new and unique recipes and has reworked and updated their classics. Madison Brewing’s focus is to offer a Draft selection that any beer lover would appreciate from New England Style IPA’s to traditional Belgian White. They cover the spectrum of beer styles. Stop in and discover for yourself everything Madison Brewing Company Pub & Restaurant has to offer!

Here are some local spots to purchase some of these great items!
Located in Wilmington has a great selection of beers, wine, liquor & much more!
Brattleboro Farmer's Market
Opened Year round, lots of great vendors
Red Fox Shop
Located in Wilmington has local beers, wine & cheese available for purchase
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