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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.

    Wintervale

    Wintervale

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    Sun., Feb. 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Hot beverages, local fare, kids' activities and a chili cook-off complement an afternoon of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. at Intervale Center in Burlington (map). Free; preregister to compete in chili cook-off.

    Nixmotion

    Nixmotion

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 3 p.m., 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.

    Yamiche Alcindor

    Yamiche Alcindor

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 5-6:30 p.m.

    In the Robert W. van de Velde Jr. Memorial Lecture "My Journey Through Journalism," the reporter speaks about her career and current role as a PBS White House correspondent. at Mead Memorial Chapel, Middlebury College in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). Free.

    Winter Wine Down Music Series

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 5-8 p.m.

    Oenophiles let loose with live music by Bob Boyd, award-winning wine and mouthwatering eats. Wine service begins, 5 p.m.; music, 6-8 p.m. at Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero. Champlain Islands/Northwest (map). Cost of food and drink.

    'Warren Miller’s Face of Winter'

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 7 p.m.

    Big names in skiing and snowboarding tackle daunting peaks around the globe in this tribute to all things snow sports. Gate House Mountain View Room, Lincoln Peak. at Sugarbush Resort in Warren. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). Free.

    Naturalist Journeys Presentation Series

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 7-8:30 p.m.

    Herpetologist Kiley Briggs reveals "The Secret Lives of Vermont's (Lesser-Known) Reptiles and Amphibians." at North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). Donations.

    Stellaria Trio

    Stellaria Trio

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 7:30-9 p.m.

    The Burlington-based classical ensemble delights listeners with works by Haydn, Brahms and Jennifer Higdon. at Richmond Free Library in Richmond. Chittenden County (map). $5-10; free for kids.

    Christian Sands Trio

    Christian Sands Trio

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Nominated for multiple Grammy Awards throughout his career, the pianist offers a fresh look at the language of jazz. at Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). $6-28.

    The Queen's Six

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.

    SOLD OUT. The members of the professional male vocal ensemble of Queen Elizabeth II and her family lift their voices in austere early chants, haunting folk songs, and upbeat jazz and pop arrangements. Preshow talk, 6:30 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m. at University of Vermont Recital Hall in Burlington (map). $10-40.

    'Word G.Ames'

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 7:30-9 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 23, 7:30-9 p.m.

    Presented as part of the One and Only Series, veteran Vermont actor G. Richard Ames packs music and wit into his one-person show. at Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury Center. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). $15. Buy Tickets

    Candoco Dance

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    Fri., Feb. 22, 8 p.m.

    Disabled and nondisabled performers broaden perceptions of art and ability through contemporary dance. at Flynn MainStage in Burlington (map). $15-40.

    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.
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