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Winter Renaissance Faire

Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 105 Pearl St.

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    Winter Renaissance Faire

    Winter Renaissance Faire

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Hear ye, hear ye! A world of music, mead and merriment awaits at the third annual Winter Renaissance Faire, presented by Vermont Gatherings. This year, the festival has expanded into a two-day happening featuring a wide range of family-friendly attractions inspired by the Middle Ages. Singers, musicians, acrobats and dancers entertain; living history demos illustrate medieval life; and art and craft vendors offer goods ranging from toys to jewelry to period clothing. Eats and drinks by local purveyors such as A Single Pebble, Bluebird Barbecue, Groennfell Meadery and Smugglers’ Notch Distillery keep spirits high during this historical and fantastical fest. at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. Chittenden County (map). $5-15; free for kids under 6.

    Nixmotion

    Nixmotion

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m. and Sun., Feb. 24, 10 a.m.

    Need to shake off those winter doldrums? Salsa dancers leave their blues behind at Nixmotion, a large-scale salsa dance convention coming to the Queen City for the fourth consecutive year. Also known as a salsa congress, this rhythm-driven gathering draws professional dancers from Philadelphia, New Orleans and beyond for three days of showcases, as well as workshops for beginners through advanced movers. Live music by the Grammy Award-nominated New Swing Sextet and an outdoor Iceblock social dance spice up the schedule. Nocturnal revelers can boogie ’til the sun comes up at after-parties with themes such as Neon Night and Pajama Night. at Hilton Burlington in Burlington (map). $40-195.

    HAM-CON

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Radio, electronics and computer enthusiasts convene for a day of talks, vendors, equipment demos and tech help. at Holiday Inn (South Burlington) in South Burlington. Chittenden County (map). $9.

    NAMI Vermont Mental Illness & Recovery Workshop

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Family, peers, professionals and community members at this National Alliance on Mental Illness seminar brush up on symptoms, treatment methods, coping strategies and more. Preregister for Burlington location. Free; preregister.

    Owl Festival

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Visitors have a hoot with hands-on activities dedicated to the bird of prey. at Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center in Quechee. Upper Valley (map). $13.50-15.50; free for members and kids 3 and under; preregister.

    Stitching Session

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 9:30-11 a.m.

    Fiber arts enthusiasts share ideas, questions, tips and conversation. at Fairfax Community Library in Fairfax. Champlain Islands/Northwest (map). Free.

    Writers’ Wertfrei

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Authors, both fledgling and published, share what they have written in a nonjudgmental, value-free atmosphere. at Waterbury Public Library in Waterbury. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). Free; preregister.

    Using FamilySeach.org

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Marcie Crocker teaches family-tree fact finders how to get the most out of a free online ancestry site. at Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester. Chittenden County (map). $10.

    Improvisation Workshop

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.

    Designed to foster creativity and imagination, this Burlington Writers Workshop class helps playwrights boost their ability to imagine dialogue, character and action. at 110 Main St., Suite 3C in Burlington (map). Free; preregister at meetup.com; limited space.

    'More Than a Month'

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 1-3 p.m.

    Members of the public join the Rutland-area branch of the NAACP to watch Shukree Hassan Tilghman’s exploration of Black History Month in a so-called post-racial America. at Rutland Free Library in Rutland. Rutland/Killington (map). Free.

    Fiction Craft Workshop

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 2 p.m.

    Burlington Writers Workshop members examine particular tools that are central to the art of writing. at 110 Main St., Suite 3C in Burlington (map). Free; preregister at meetup.com; limited space.

    Fair Trade 101: Global Trade & Racism

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 2-3:30 p.m.

    Attendees gain an understanding of the effects of U.S. trade policies on marginalized populations. Stick around after to learn about PJC volunteer opportunities. at Peace & Justice Center in Burlington (map). Free.

    Peak Snow Devil Snowshoe Race/Winter Ultra

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    Sat., Feb. 23

    Ambitious athletes attempt winter trail challenges ranging from 10K to 100 miles in two days of races. See peakraces.com for details. at Riverside Farm in Pittsfield. Rutland/Killington (map). $65-225. Buy Tickets

    Bird Monitoring

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    Sat., Feb. 23

    Avian enthusiasts keep their eyes peeled for winged wonders on a two-mile trek. Binoculars and field guides are available to borrow. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister.

    Craftsbury Chamber Players

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    Sat., Feb. 23, 3-5 p.m.

    Pianist Marcantonio Barone and cellist Fran Rowell band together to perform "Winter Warmth." at Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. Northeast Kingdom (map). $10-15.
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    • Nixmotion @ Hilton Burlington

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