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click to enlarge COURTESY OF VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS
  • courtesy of Vermont lake monsters

Vermont Lake Monsters

Baseball is America's favorite pastime, and it's easy to see why at a Vermont Lake Monsters game. Home games are held at historic Centennial Field — opened in 1906, it's the oldest active ballpark in the country. These days, the small stadium draws nearly 100,000 fans each summer to watch the state's minor-league baseball team go to bat. Throughout the years, plenty of Burlington players have gone on to the majors, including Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, then watch team mascot Champ — a friendly green incarnation of Lake Champlain's storied monster — entertain the masses.

Season runs mid-June through early September, with home games at Centennial Field, University of Vermont, in Burlington.

Ben & Jerry's Concerts on the Green

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  • courtesy of rick levinson/rl photo

Vermont's version of Tanglewood — western Massachusetts' renowned outdoor concert space — is the Ben & Jerry's Concerts on the Green series at Shelburne Museum. Here, with a view of verdant hills, the distant Adirondacks, and the folk-art museum's historic barns, bridges and buildings, the music skews more contemporary. Picnickers lay down blankets this summer for bands such as Cake (May 27), Lake Street Dive (June 16), Bob Dylan and His Band (June 20), My Morning Jacket (July 12), Elvis Costello & the Imposters (July 23), Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (August 3), and the Avett Brothers (September 3).

Mid-May through early September at Shelburne Museum.

Champlain Valley Fair

click to enlarge FILE: JAMES BUCK
  • file: james buck

Summer, like all good things, must come to an end. But it goes out with a bang at the Champlain Valley Fair, held in nearby Essex Junction. The 10-day festival is a mix of cotton-candy fun, carny curiosities and agricultural amusements. From the Ferris wheel to the 4-H shows to the fried dough, the state's largest fair draws in folks by the thousands. Don't miss the major concerts on the grandstand; this year's performers include Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath (August 25), Brantley Gilbert (August 26), John Mellencamp (September 1) and Pentatonix (September 3).

August 25 through September 3 at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction.

Vermont Lake Monsters

click to enlarge COURTESY OF VERMONT LAKE MONSTERS
  • courtesy of Vermont lake monsters

Le baseball est une véritable religion aux États-Unis. Il suffit d'aller voir une partie des Vermont Lake Monsters pour comprendre pourquoi. Les matchs disputés à domicile se tiennent au Centennial Field, un lieu historique — ouvert en 1906, c'est le plus ancien stade de baseball encore actif au pays. Chaque été, près de 100 000 amateurs viennent assister aux prouesses de l'équipe de baseball mineur de l'État. Au fil des ans, de nombreux joueurs de Burlington sont passés dans les ligues majeures, dont Ken Griffey Jr, intronisé au Hall of Fame. Faites le plein de cacahuètes et de Cracker Jacks, puis regardez la mascotte verte, Champ — la version sympathique du célèbre monstre du lac Champlain — divertir la foule.

La saison va de la mi-juin au début de septembre; les matchs à domicile ont lieu au Centennial Field de l'Université du Vermont, à Burlington.

Ben & Jerry's Concerts on the Green

click to enlarge COURTESY OF RICK LEVINSON/RL PHOTO
  • courtesy of rick levinson/rl photo

Équivalent vermontois de Tanglewood — un espace réputé de concerts en plein air dans l'ouest du Massachusetts — la série Concerts on the Green, présentée par Ben & Jerry's au Shelburne Museum, est campée dans un décor de collines verdoyantes, au milieu des granges, des ponts et des bâtiments historiques de ce musée d'art populaire, avec comme toile de fond les Adirondacks. Ici, par contre, on donne plus dans la musique contemporaine. Cet été, les pique-niqueurs installés sur leur couverture pourront voir des groupes comme Cake (27 mai), Lake Street Dive (16 juin), Bob Dylan and His Band (20 juin), My Morning Jacket (12 juillet), Elvis Costello & the Imposters (23 juillet), Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (3 août) et les Avett Brothers (3 septembre).

Mi-mai au début de septembre au Shelburne Museum.

Champlain Valley Fair

click to enlarge FILE: JAMES BUCK
  • file: james buck

Comme toute bonne chose, l'été a une fin. Une fin qu'on souligne avec éclat à la foire Champlain Valley Fair, qui se tient dans le village voisin d'Essex Junction. Ce festival de 10 jours, où barbe à papa, curiosités de fête foraine et divertissements agricoles sont à l'honneur, est la plus grande foire de l'État. Les milliers de visiteurs pourront faire un tour de grande roue, assister à des spectacles 4-H ou encore déguster des beignets frits. Ne manquez pas les concerts présentés sur la grande scène; cette année, parmi les artistes invités, il y aura Mark McGrath de Sugar Ray (25 août), Brantley Gilbert (26 août), John Mellencamp (1er septembre) et Pentatonix (3 septembre).

Du 25 août au 3 septembre au complexe Champlain Valley Exposition à Essex Junction.

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