We have some ideas for what to do on Saturday, January 25, 2014.
FREE ICE FISHING
If you've ever thought about giving ice fishing a try, Saturday is a good day to do it! It's Vermont's new, free ice fishing day, a day when anyone, whether you're a resident of vermont or not, may go fishing without a fishing license. The Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry says, this is a perfect way to encourage people to try one of the most popular ways to fish in Vermont. Lake Champlain is a top spot to ice fish where you can find landlocked salmon, lake trout and northern pike to name a few. In fact, a state biologist says, Lake Champlain attracts twice as much fishing activity during the winter as it does during the summer.
Celebrate the wonder of Winter with guided snowshoeing, sleigh rides, children's story hour, bonfire, fireworks and more at the Heritage WinterFest at Smugglers' Notch. The activities run all day!
Montpelier Alive is bringing back Frostival in downtown Montpelier to help shake off cabin fever! There's a snowshoe obstacle course and ultimate Frisbee competition on the State House lawn, and also unicycling, belly dancing and Scottish Country Dancing.
NORTHERN ROOTS FESTIVAL
Head South to Brattleboro for the Northern Roots Festival. There are workshops, mini-concerts, pub sessions, dance band prep, and a family dance.
You can step back in time and show the kids how they used to refrigerate things! The Brookfield Ice Harvest & Winter Carnival includes demos of hauling ice blocks from the lake. A snowshoe race, tug-of-war and hot chili round out the frosty festivities.
Everybody Wins! Vermont, a children's literacy and mentoring program, will hold its 9th Annual Read-A-Thon at the National Life Building in Montpelier on Saturday, January 25th from 1:00 to 3:30pm. The group will attempt to break a record for number of books read in an hour. The event will feature entertainment by Marko the Magician, milk and cookies, and hidden golden Tickets in the books that are redeemable for prizes from Bear Pond Books. Teams and individuals are invited (but not required!) to collect pledges for their reading session, which National Life will match dollar for dollar. Those who sign up in advance at Bear Pond Books will be registered for a prize drawing.
Jan. 25, Randolph Tim Eriksen and the Trio de Pumpkintown performs love songs of the sea, fiddle tunes, ballads, shape-note and afro/celtic gospel. Much of their music comes from Pumpkintown's diverse early inhabitants, including Yankees, Africans, Native Americans, Irish, Scottish and Germans. www.chandler-arts.org
Jan. 25, Plainfield An all-ages show from Vermont Vaudeville features local talent and world-touring professionals performing circus, comedy, magic, puppetry, music and more. Every show is different, and everyone is welcome! www.goddard.edu/news-events/events/vermont-vaudeville
BABY BOOMER EXPO
Vermont Maturity Magazine presents the 19th annual Vermont 50-Plus & Baby Boomers EXPO on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 98at the Sheraton-Burlington Hotel and Conference Center. A day of fun and learning for baby boomers and seniors -- all ages welcome. The EXPO features 100 exhibitor booths, interactive seminars and workshops, giveaways including a trip for two, art demos, tea tasting, silent auction, Lyric Theatre Revue, dance party, Condor flight simulator, the Starline Rhythm Boys in concert and more. Tickets $4 in advance, $5 at the door. Phone: (802) 872-9000; Website: vermontmaturity.com/expo
HOT STOVE BANQUET
The Vermont Mountaineers are bringing back award winning movie actor Giancarlo Esposito for their Hot Stove Banquet. This annual event will be held on Saturday, January 25th at the Capitol Plaza Grand Ballroom in Montpelier. Kicking off with a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m., the 2014 event will include dinner, a silent auction, video presentations, special guests, and of course, fans, host families, sponsors, volunteers and staff members both past and present in attendance. A table of 8 is available for $360. Individual tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children under 12, and are on sale at our website: (www.thevermontmountaineers.com) or by calling 802-223-5224.
NASA MOVIE PREMIERE -- NEW YORK
"Water Falls" is showing for free at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. The NASA movie explores where all the fresh water on our planet goes and how much there is out there. You can see the movie at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3:30pm and even hear from the producer who made the NASA film. There are also other family activities, focused on water, throughout the day.