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Upcoming March Events Offer Late Winter Fun in Vermont


MONTPELIER, Vt. – The spring maple sap harvest is one of Vermont’s sweetest and most special seasons, and the fascinating process of making maple syrup will attract thousands of visitors to Vermont’s Annual Maple Open House Weekend March 28-30. But there’s more to March than sugar-on-snow. You’ll also find plenty of outstanding events around Vermont that celebrate outdoor recreation and the arts. Here’s a look at what’s happening in March.

Frigid Infliction Winter Adventure Race at Bolton Valley Resort
March 1, 2008
Bolton – 802-865-9895
Think you’ve got what it takes to tackle the nation’s largest winter adventure race? Show them what you’ve got at the 2008 FIWAR at Bolton Valley Resort. Teams of two and three compete in co-ed or single-sex divisions with topical map and compass, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, post-holing and a ropes course. First-timers welcome. Sanctioned by the US Adventure Racing Association. For more information, visit

Relay for Life Nordicstyle
March 1-2, 2008
Stowe – 866-466-0626
Think snow! Fight cancer! Come to the Trapp Family Lodge for the 5th annual Relay for Life Nordicstyle, the nation’s only Winter Relay. This is a unique opportunity for winter enthusiasts to join the fight against cancer. Cross country ski or snowshoe during this overnight outdoor event, raise funds and support the mission of the American Cancer Society. Free public admission. For more information, visit

North American Telemark Festival at Mad River Glen
March 8-9, 2008
Fayston – 802-496-3551
Free-heelers fly down the mountain at this event, described by organizers as the world’s oldest and largest gathering of telemark skiers. Admission $54 per day, $104 includes tickets, demos, clinics and contests. For more information, visit

Vermont Antique Ski Race at Ascutney Mountain Resort
March 8-9, 2008
Brownsville – 802-484-7711
Dust off your Rossi 102s and woodies to compete against pasts Olympians and US Ski Team members at Ascutney Mountain Resort. Times and fees vary. For more information, visit

Hina-Matsuri: Doll Festival of Japan
March 9, 2008
West Brattleboro – 802-579-9088.
The Asian Cultural Center of Vermont invites you to a day of wishes for happiness, success, and healthy growth. The event includes a
doll exhibition and activities for all ages. Dolls wear imperial court costumes from the Heian period of Japan (8th-12th centuries). Learn origami doll making, a Japanese song, calligraphy, haiku poetry, and how to wear a kimono. Take your picture in a kimono with the Hinamatsuri display. The festival will be followed by a concert for children of the bamboo flute. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. C.X. Silver Gallery, 814 Western Avenue, West. Brattleboro. For more information, visit

U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships at Stratton Mountain
March 11-16, 2008
Stratton Mountain – 1-800-STRATTON
Over six days of competition athletes from five continents perform in front of over 25,000 spectators. The tent village at the base of Stratton’s Sun Bowl provides a center for entertainment, with games and snowboard demos for all ages, while Stratton Village comes alive at night with live performances by national rock acts such as Pennywise and the Misfits. For more information, visit or

Chiara String Quartet at Chandler Music Hall

March 15, 2008
Randolph – 802-728-6464
The Chiara String Quartet plays music in concert halls, clubs and bars. They impressed New York Times critic Bernard Holland when they didn’t dumb down a set featuring Mozart, Haydn and Brahms for the Friday night drinking crowd at a Brooklyn nightclub. They stray from classical, too: a recent performance included a string-laden cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”


Dakin Farm Sugar on Snow and Pancake Breakfast Parties

March 15-16, 2008

Ferrisburgh and South Burlington – 802-425-3971

Celebrate the arrival of spring and the new 2008 crop of maple syrup! Come sample this year’s newest maple syrup over spring snow and ice cream or try it with our mouthwatering buttermilk pancakes, bacon and sausage. See boiling sap. Taste sausage hoagies cooked in sap. Free samples and live music. Free admission. The event will be held at Dakin Farm on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh and at 100 Dorset Street in South Burlington. Noon to 4 p.m. Pancake Breakfast will be from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on both days in Ferrisburgh only. For more information, visit


U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix Finals at Killington Resort
March 15-16, 2008
Killington – 802-422-6200
The best in snowboarding take to the halfpipe at Killington’s Bear Mountain. Recent winners have included Kelly Clark, Lindsey Jacobellis, Hannah Teter and Shaun White. For more information, visit


Green Mountain Film Festival

March 21-30, 2008
Montpelier – 802-229-0598
The 11th annual Green Mountain Film Festival is a 10-day, independently run international film festival held in Vermont’s capitol city. For more information, visit


Dummy Big Air Competition at Sugarbush Resort
March 22, 2008
Warren – 800-537-8427
Contestants build dress-up dummies, strap them onto skis or snowboards, and launch them high in the air. The goal: lots of air and a crash landing to remember. Participate or watch: either way it’s hilarious. For more information, visit


Pond Skimming at Burke Mountain Ski Area
March 22, 2008
Burke – 802-626-7395
Take the plunge with pond skimming at Burke Mountain Ski Area. Competitors dress up and take old skis or a board over the pond. Prizes awarded for best costume, best exit, biggest splash and best wet look. Free to watch, $25 to participate. For more information, visit


Art in the Snow, Brandon Open Studio Weekend
March 22-23, 2008
Brandon – 802-247-4956
Art is elegant, quirky, practical and whimsical at “Art in the Snow” in Brandon, a town that comes together in support of the growing and active arts community that Warren Kimble calls home. For more information, visit


Maple Open House Weekend

March 28-30, 2008
Statewide – 802-899-9926

The Seventh Annual Vermont Maple Open House Weekend will be held at sugarhouses throughout Vermont. The Open House Weekend is the public kick-off to the maple season in Vermont and is an invitation to the public to visit one or more sugarhouses throughout the state. For more information, visit





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