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Up, Up and Away & French Heritage Day: A Weekend Preview 

Published July 9, 2014 at 3:31 p.m.

click to enlarge Stoweflake Balloon Festival
  • Stoweflake Balloon Festival
This weekend promises warm temps and tons of fun events. 

On Saturday, in Vergennes, Francophile families revisit their roots during French Heritage Day, an annual celebration of Vermont's cultural connections to Canada. Rope making, ice cream churning, old-time games and horse-drawn carriage rides ensure a bon temps for all ages. 

In Stowe, colorful floating orbs transport people through the sky at the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival. Take a tethered ride or — if you want to keep your feet on the ground — watch the balloons take off while enjoying children's activities, live music and a food tent.

Creative folks might want to hit up Waterbury for their annual Arts Fest. There's a block party on Friday night with pizza and aerial acrobatics from Nimble Arts. On Saturday, kids can take part in an ArtSpy scavenger hunt while adults peruse the wares of local artisans.

On Sunday, aspiring junior birders visit the Birds of Vermont Museum, in Huntington, to learn about feathered friends through observation, research and goofing around. And at the Babar Brunch at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes at noon, a fancy spread of mini quiches and granola parfaits is accompanied by a narrated instrumental performance of Poulenc's The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.


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