Each winter, you can join us for an entertaining winter evening in the State House Chamber in Montpelier. Farmers' Night performances are free, featuring music, poetry, historic displays and more. The series began in 1923, long before the Interstate was built, when many legislators lived in Montpelier during the session and organized mid-week entertainment for themselves. All are welcome.
2015: "From Plimoth to Yorktown" – Seven Times Salt
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 • 7:30 pm
Vermont State House, Montpelier
Enjoy an evening of music featuring Seven Times Salt—from the American colonies, from the first settlers at Plimoth to their descendants on the eve of the Revolution. Our program includes refined English consorts, early shapenote hymns, songs of liberty and taxation, wartime laments, and George Washington's favorite dance tunes. Music of Dowland, Ravenscroft, Arne, Billings and others.
What the critics are saying about Seven Times Salt:
"All was performed with a keen sense for authenticity . . . I'd change nothing about this talented young group."
"Their understanding of the repertoire and its context truly brought the music to life . . . tasteful ornamentation and subtle yet effective articulation . . . [a] well-blended and impeccably balanced sound."
–American Recorder Society Magazine
"Brightly and lovingly performed . . . This group best exemplifies the fact that you don't have to have been born in the 17th century to love this music . . . Sweet, indeed."
–Richard Knisely, former host of "Classical Performances", WGBH Radio Boston
Farmers' Night 2014: The Music of World War I
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • 7:30 pm
Vermont State House, Montpelier
Hundreds of people joined us for an evening commemorating the "Great War" as we heard music performed by the Vermont Philharmonic Chorus and the Bethany Baritones.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Amanda Gustin at (802) 828-2180.
Farmers' Night 2013: "1838: The Founding of the Vermont Historical Society Amid Tumultuous Change"
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 7:30pm at the Vermont State House in Montpelier
Nearly 150 guests joined us for an evening of history, music, and poetry as we told the story of the decade that led to the founding of the Vermont Historical Society. In 2013, we celebrated our 175th anniversary by delving into the years that led up to its founding. Actors gave voice to the writings and music of Vermonters who lived that history, speaking passionately on politics, religion, and social change including temperance, abolition, and women’s suffrage.
Amid all this change and tumult, a group of Vermonters came together to found the Vermont Historical and Antiquarian Society in 1838.
For the next 175 years, the Vermont Historical Society pursued its mission of documenting the remarkable history of the state. Its organization and methods have evolved over time, as history organizations have changed from antiquarian libraries and “cabinets of curiosities” to valued community centers and first-rate educational institutions.
Visitors to Farmers’ Night on February 20 stepped back into time to experience the sweeping changes and excitement of the 1830s and celebrate the landmark founding of the Vermont Historical Society.