Bennington celebrates the arts

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Bennington Arts Weekend is an annual celebration of the visual and performing arts, taking place Friday, Aug. 2 through through Sunday, Aug. 4. Here's a look at the events planned for the weekend:

Southern Vermont Craft Fair

The 41st annual Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival runs Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Camelot Village (66 Colgate Heights, off Route 9 west of Old Bennington). Adult admission is $5 on Friday, $8 on Saturday and Sunday, or $10 for a weekend pass. Nearly 200 juried fine art and craft exhibitors presenting outdoors and in tents.

The Beyond Gallery grand opening

Bennington's newest fine art gallery, at 437 Main St., is scheduled to open its doors Friday, with hours on Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p,m., and Sunday 12-4 p.m. Its vision statement: "To showcase artists and artisans who create beyond the ordinary and bring new voices to the community to stimulate dialogue."

Southern VT Summer HomeBrew Festival

Formerly known as the 4 Corners North HomeBrew Festival, the fifth annual edition of this brewfest is moving to Shields Drive in Bennington on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. A shuttle will be from several locations every half-hour for the duration of the event, which will feature live music and dance performances, local craft vendors and food trucks. Tickets are $25 and sell out in advance at www.bennington.com

Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra

Better Bennington Corporation and the Bennignton Area Arts Council present a free concert featuring award-winning 12-piece band at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Masonic Hall, 504 Main St. Led by bassist Alex Torres, the Latin Orchestra features Afro-Caribbean rhythms and a wide variety of rhythmic styles.

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