Discover Dorset will return with music


DORSET -- Have you seen what Dorset has to offer lately? Discover Dorset, the weekend of Sept. 6 through 8, wants you to come visit the small village just north of Manchester

Roger Squire, president of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce, said the event has changed from last year.

"Last year, we had various vendors on the green," he said. "This year, we have a series of three different events."

On Saturday, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Andy Avery Trio will have a concert on the green, covering folk, pop, country and bluegrass.

Saturday night, at the Dorset Playhouse, singer/songwriter Ben Taylor, the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon, will play a benefit concert for The Dorset Theater Festival. Taylor's concert will benefit the Giving Back Program, which offers free theater tickets to police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, members of the military and veterans, local farmers and more. Local musicians Bob Stannard and Rick Reddington will open the concert at 7:30 p.m.

And finally, on Sunday at the Dorset Fire Department, a huge pancake breakfast will benefit the organization Community Sharing, a local non-profit.

Following the breakfast, visitors are invited to shop the Dorset Farmer's Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"There's a lot going on in our quiet little town," Squires said.

In the past, the weekend was jam-packed with events, everything from concerts to pottery making. This year, Squires said, they wanted to spread the fun out for the whole summer.

"We started with the Quarry Concert earlier this summer, with the famous Don't Leave Band," he said. "We had hundreds of people and a beautiful evening."

This is the third year for Discover Dorset, and Squires said they wanted to raise the awareness of what Dorset has to offer, not just for tourists, but for people in the surrounding towns as well.

"Dorset is a quiet place and people like it that way, but we wanted people to realize there is an energy in Dorset," he said. "That's how the idea came [for Discover Dorset]."

Jamie Hathaway, a Dorset resident, has previously gotten involved in planning the event. His family moved to Dorset in the mid 1970s, he said, and he grew up in the family store, which is now the Dorset Union Store. When he was a child, it was known as Peltier's.

For Hathaway, Discover Dorsetgives people a chance to see all that the town has to offer.

"Dorset's greatest secret is that it is home to many artists and crafts people that have shops nearby or right there in their homes," he said. "Discover Dorset allows you to explore this hidden gem we have here in Vermont."

Berta Maginniss, executive director of the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber supports the event as well. The Maple Leaf Half Marathon is the same weekend of Discover Dorset and she encourages runners to stick around after the race and go to the event.

Squires said he is most looking forward to the Andy Avery trio performance. For Hathaway, it's seeing Dorset in a different way.

"It's fun for locals also to spend time as a tourist," he said.

If you go ...

What: Discover Dorset presents Andy Avery Trio

Where: On the Dorset Green, Route 30, Dorset

When: 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept 6

Admission: Free


What: Ben Taylor live with Bob Stannard and Rick Reddington

Where: Dorset Theater Festival, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6

Admission: $30 to benefit DTF's Giving Back Program

Information: (802) 867-2223

What: Community Sharing Pancake Breakfast

When: 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7

Where: Dorset Firehouse, Route 30


What: Dorset Farmers Market

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 12

Where: Outdoors at H.N. Williams Country Store, 2732 Vermont Route 30

Admission: Free

Information: (802) 353-3539


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