On Friday and Saturday, June 29th and 30th, RockFire will celebrate its 7th annual festival at Millstone Hill in Barre Town. On Friday at 7PM, there will be Live State performances by Emily Nyman, Bobby Watt and others. At 8PM, groups will depart every 30 minutes on a 1-mile candle and fire/lit pathway leading to 10 stages with actors recreating Barre’s storied past. On Saturday, 7PM to Midnight, there will a 2-mile FireWalk commencing with Bagpipes Fanfare. There will also be molten metal pour by The Iron Guild, dozens of Campfires and large Bonfires and 7 fire-lit Stages with Live Performers including Emily Nyman, Arthur Zorn, The Turning Stile, Scott Forest, Denise Ricker, Linda Young and Italian Village Dance. Food vendors will be on site for both evenings. For more detailed information: www.rockfirevt.com.
On Wednesday, June 27th, there will another performance of Currier Park Concert series promoted by the Barre Partnership. Performing will be Dana and Susan Robinson, a Vermont based folk duo, at 7PM. For a full performance schedule for the summer: https://www.thebarrepartnership.com/currier-park-concerts
For an earlier start to the weekend on Thursday, June 28th, racing fans can see the action at Thunder Road Speedbowl for 3 Divisions of racing including Late Model Street Stocks. Post time is 6:30 PM. For a complete schedule, go to www.thunderroad.com. The Vermont History Center on Washington Street has curated a new exhibit about the history of automobile racing in Vermont. This is must see for both younger and older motorheads who are passionate about cars and racing. Sign-up here for news about auto racing in Vermont: http://vermonthistory.org/visit/vermont-history-center/autoracing-in-vermont. The exhibit also features an interactive, virtual racing car for visitors to test their skills.
The granddaddy of Barre summer events is the Barre Heritage Festival and Homecoming Days starting on Wednesday July 25th and going through Sunday July 29, four full days of arts, culture, food and music activities that commences with guided tours of Rock of Ages Quarry Tours, Arts exhibits at Studio Place Arts, Art Show and Reception at Aldrich Library and ends of Sunday with breakfast at the American Legion and a 5K Trail Race in the Barre Town Forest. Between the Wednesday and Sunday are Thursday’s La Soiree Sucree, a French Desert Competition at the Old Labor Hall, and Mid-season stock racing championships at Thunder Road, Friday’s continuation of Rock of Ages tours, Aldrich Library book sale, Vendors on Washington Street, Community Dinner outside of the Library, and 3 live music shows at City Hall Park. On Saturday, there is Rotary Breakfast, Vendor and Sidewalk Sales including a Tent sale at Lenny’s, the Vermont Granite Museum exhibits, a recreational Kid’s Zone, an afternoon Parade, more live music, an admission free day at the Vermont History Center, Heritage Car Show, a tow competition to pull an 18 ton truck tractor and fireworks at dark. For more detailed information about the Festival: https://barreheritagefestival.org/ . Interested vendors, or volunteers to assist in managing the event should contact Josh Jerome at firstname.lastname@example.org.