What to do: Sunday, September 18

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Let’s see what to do this Sunday, September 18!

Today, the Japan-America Society of Vermont is hosting Matsuri 2022, a Japanese cultural festival of arts, crafts, music, and food. At Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., there will be a wide variety of activities including martial arts, origami, a bonsai display, calligraphy, and more. Admission is free and there are concerts and demonstrations throughout the day. It’s a great opportunity for Vermonters to celebrate Japanese culture.

Or, you can head to Grace Church in Rutland for a celebration of Robert De Cormier’s life and contribution to Vermont music. Join six Vermont choirs, including The Brass Quartet, members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus and chamber singers from Castleton University, to celebrate what would be the 100th anniversary of this key figure in the history of music from the Vermont. Admission is free and the concert starts at 3:00 p.m.

The Putney Inn continues its Next Stage Bandwagon series with a puppet show by Krystal Puppeteers from Kenya and Ghana. The Krystal Puppeteers will perform their show ‘Tears by the River’, a folk musical tale of courage when it comes to migration. Audiences of all ages can enjoy the show. Adult tickets are $18 and children under 12 are free. It starts at 5:00 p.m.

The Middletown Springs Historical Society is hosting a guest speaker who will present on Vermont’s history in film today. Amanda Gustin of Vermont Historical will give her presentation, titled “Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film,” at 2:00 p.m. after a dessert buffet and brief board meeting. Vermont has been a star location in Hollywood films for more than a century, ranging from 1919’s Way Down East to 2005’s Thank You For Smoking, and organizers say examining these films can provide interesting and entertaining insights into Vermont’s role in today’s media age. .

Finally, today is the Burlington Pride Parade! Since 1983, Vermonters LGBTQ+ have been marching in the streets to increase their visibility and continue the fight for equal rights. This year’s parade will start at the Hood factory at 12:30 p.m. before moving up Church Street, Bank Street and St. Paul Street. Feel free to join the end of the parade as it heads down Main Street to the Waterfront for the festival and celebration. Here you’ll find entertainment, food and drink vendors, and a plethora of community resources.

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