Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, is scheduled to attend a glitzy state dinner at the White House Tuesday night.
The governor will be one of more than 350 guests at the dinner being hosted by President Barack Obama for French President Francois Hollande. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, is also on the guest list.
The dinner includes elegant place settings, colorful flower arrangements and food from around the country. Some Vermont cheese from Jasper Hill in Greensboro will be on the menu. And after dinner, guests will sample fudge made of Vermont maple syrup.
Part of the evening's event will take place in a huge white tent on the South Lawn of the White House.
The White House curator will also highlight longstanding ties between the U.S. and France on a tour of the Blue Room.
Singer Mary J. Blige will perform for the guests.
While Shumlin is in Washington, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott will become the acting governor.