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Brattleboro, Vermont
Brattleboro is a town in Windham County, Vermont, located in the southeast corner of the state, along the state line with New Hampshire. The population was 12,005 at the 2000 census. It is situated along the Connecticut River, at the mouth of the West River.

Shopping and Dining in Brattleboro, Vermont
Brattleboro, being the first major town over the Vermont border on Interstate 91, offers a mix of a rural atmosphere and urban amenities such as a large number of hotels. Brattleboro is a host to a number of art galleries and stores.

In 2007, Brattleboro passed the Fairtrade town resolution, clearing the way to become the second Fairtrade certified town in the nation, joining Media, Pennsylvania.

Arts in Brattleboro, Vermont
Brattleboro has a thriving arts community. The town is listed in John Villani's book The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America, in which it ranks number nine among towns with a population of 30,000 or under.

On the first Friday of every month, an event known as the Gallery Walk is held, in which galleries, artists, and arts organizations open their doors to the public to display new work or hold performances. Included in the organizations that participate are the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, the Hooker-Dunham Theater and Gallery, the In-Sight Photography Project, River Gallery School, Through the Music, and the Windham Art Gallery.

Other notable arts organizations in Brattleboro include the Brattleboro Music Center, the Vermont Theatre Company, the New England Youth Theater, the Brattleboro Women's Chorus, the Brattleboro School of Dance, Luminz Studio dance and performing arts center, and the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA).

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Grafton Village Cheese - A Vermont Tradition Since 1892 - Grafton, Vermont
Grafton, VT - Grafton Village Cheese began as The Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company in 1892. A fire destroyed the original factory in 1912, but the Windham Foundation, in the mid-1960s, restored the company and many buildings throughout the town of Grafton. Open Daily 10am - 6pm (Fridays til 8pm). 400 Linden Street (Route 30)
The Retreat Farm - Brattleboro, VT
Brattleboro, VT - Part of the Windham Foundation, The Retreat Farm is an historical site and a recreation center encompassing 475 acres. A petting zoo is open seasonally. Home to one of the five trail heads for the nine-mile Retreat Trail recreation network. Trails are open year-round. Pets welcome on leashes. Also on the farm, Grafton Village Cheese Company cheese making facility and retail shop.
Dutton Verry Farm and Farm Stands
West Brattleboro, VT - Route 9 West - Open seasonally - from May to late December. The stand in W. Brattleboro is the smallest of our three locations. Vermont grown fruits and vegetables, cider, maple syrup, baked goods, fudge and other Vermont products. Our Manchester and Newfane locations are open year round for your convenience.

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Quick Facts About Brattleboro

County: Windham
Latitude / Longitude: 42.86 N / 72.56 W
Zip Code(s): 05301, 05302, 05303, 05304
Chartered: 1753
Population (2010): 7,414
Elevation: 240 feet | Land Area: 9.53 miles
Town Clerk: 802-251-8157
Major Hospitals: Brattleboro Memorial Hospital
Nearest Airports: Keene Dillant Hopkins Airport (20 miles E)
Amtrak Stations: Brattleboro Station
Colleges/Universities: School for International Training (World Learning, Inc), Marlboro College Graduate School, a branch of the Community College of Vermont. Nearby: Marlboro College (12.6 miles W) Top Employers: C & S Wholesale Grocers Inc, Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee LLC, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital
Tourist Attractions: Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Kidsplayce, Brattleboro Historical Society, Brattleboro Country Club, Fort Dummer State Park, Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, New England Youth Theater, Vermont Theater Company, New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), Latchis Hotel and Theatre, Molly Stark State Park. Annual Events: The Winter Carnival in February, Harris Hill Ski Jump competition in February, Women's Film Festival in March, Easter Egg Hunt in April (for residents only), Maple Open House Weekend in March, River Gallery School benefit auction in March, Taste of the Town in May, Brattleboro Free Folk Festival in May, Strolling of the Heifers in June, Brattleboro Fest music festival in mid-June, Vermont Theater Company's Shakespeare-in-the-Park in June & July, Brattleboro Animation Festival on the first Friday in July, Brattleboro Literary Festival in September, World Solstice Celebration in December.
Birthplace of: Sam Amidon (born 1981), folk artist; Peter Shumlin (born 1956), 81st governor of Vermont; Brad Baker (born 1980), minor league baseball player; Chris Duffy (born 1980), major league baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates); James Galanes (born 1956), Olympic cross-country skier; Ernie Johnson (1924-2011), pitcher for the Boston Braves/Milwaukee Braves & Baltimore Orioles; Bill Koch (born 1955), Olympic ski racer (silver & bronze medalist); Joe Shield (born 1962), quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.

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Nearby Cities and Towns:

Region 11: Southern Vermont | Dummerston (2.2 miles NW) | New Hampshire (0.5 mile E) | Vernon (2.5 miles SE) | Guilford (2.6 miles SW) | Marlboro (2.9 miles W)

Vermont Events in February

Brattleboro Winter Carnival 2/12/16 - 2/21/16

Brattleboro Winter Carnival is a 60 year tradition in the greater Brattleboro area. There are events to watch, events to participate in and even events to compete in! Bring the whole family and join in the fun!

Steve Davis Sextet- Music of J.J. Johnson- featuring Harold Mabern and Scott Mullett 2/13/16 - 2/13/16

Steve Davis Sextet: the Music of J.J. Johnson -featuring Harold Mabern and Scott Mullett. Saturday, February 13, 2016 8 pm Steve Davis, trombone Josh Bruneau,trumpet Scott Mullett, saxophone Harold Mabern, piano Nat Reeves, bass Joe Farnsworth, drums The Steve Davis Sextet highlights the music of trombonist and composer J. J. Johnson. Featured are one of bebop’s foremost elder statesmen on piano, Harold Mabern, as well as the formidable tenor saxophonist, Scott Mullett. Steve Davis celebrates one of his main influences, one of bebop’s foremost trombonists and composers, J. J. Johnson. Sponsored by Janet and Jeremy Birch and a friend of the VJC’s Summer Workshop. Thanks for ongoing support to the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Hampton Inn of Brattleboro, the Brattleboro Reformer, WVPR, WVEW and WFCR. Tickets- $20-40 general admission, $15 student (contact VJC about educational discounts); at door, In the Moment in Brattleboro, online, reserved by phone. Please call ahead for handicap access.

Stand Up for Bernie: A Valentine's Day Comedy Fundraiser 2/14/16 - 2/14/16

DATE: Sunday, February 14, 2016 TIME: Doors @ 7:30pm // Showtime @ 8:00pm WHERE: 157 Main St., Brattleboro VT 05301 TICKETS: $20 in advance // $25 at the door This Valentine's Day! Bring a date to the River Garden for a night of love and laughter in support of Bernie Sanders' Campaign. Hosted by Kendall Farrell (VT's Funniest Comedian 2015) this stand up comedy showcase will feature some of Vermont, Boston, and New York's funniest rising comics. FEATURING: Jessie Baade Bitsy Biron Sam Evans Carmen Lagala Phoebe Angle & Shawn Carter With special musical guest: The Mary Jane Jones! SHOW IS 16+. Drinks will be served to those 21+. Don't forget to join the event on Facebook and share with your friends!

9th annual Domino Toppling Extravaganza 2/15/16 - 2/15/16

An annual spectacle and crowd favorite, the Domino Toppling Extravaganza returns to BMAC for the ninth straight year. Veteran domino toppler and YouTube superstar Lily Hevesh and other domino whiz kids will arrive in Brattleboro 48 hours in advance to begin setting up the big show. Correctly guess how many dominoes are set up, and you could start the entire chain reaction!

New England Center for Circus Arts Sample Class 2/16/16 - 2/16/16

Ages 8 - adult. All children under the age of 18 must either have a parent present to sign a waiver, or download one from our web site and bring it with you already signed. Try our trapezes & fabrics in a class taught by participants in our Teacher Training Workshop. No prior experience required. Sample classes are a great way to experience circus with no longer term commitment or big financial investment. Students range from crawling tots who swing on a trapeze with their parents, to women in a private group acrobatics class; and from a teenage boy who finds juggling helps him focus on his schoolwork, to a 63-year old grandfather who includes trapeze in his daily workout.

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