Hardwick Vermont is a town in Caledonia County, east of Morrisville and west of St Johnsbury, in the beautiful and scenic "Northeast Kingdom" of Vermont, an area that National Geographic selected as part of their geotourism program for sustainable destinations. The town contains the incorporated village of Hardwick and the unincorporated villages of East Hardwick and Mackville. Hardwick is a commercial center for the region's farming population.
The predominant business following the Civil War was granite quarrying and Hardwick became known as the "Building Granite Center of the World." By 1906, 1200 people were employed in the industry. Buildings around the country made with Hardwick granite include the Pennsylvania State Capitol, Chicago City Hall, Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C., as well as numerous city halls and custom houses.
Some notable people from Hardwick include: writer Catherine Cate Coblentz; lawyer & author Dorman Bridgman Eaton; Governor of Vermont Lee E. Emerson; author & jogging enthusiast Jim Fixx; congressman Thomas J. D. Fuller; and politician David H. Nichols.
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Vermont Vaudeville 10/17/14 - 10/18/14
Vermont Vaudeville is back at the Hardwick Town House for one weekend only on October 17th and 18th. Now in their 6th year, the Northeast Kingdom troupe will once again pack the house with their unique combination of comedy, circus, and music. “What Goes Up”, the latest side-splitting, jaw-dropping entertainment extravaganza, is a gravitational experiment in pure hilarity, featuring all new material from founding company members Rose Friedman, Brent and Maya McCoy, and Justin Lander as well as the Vermont Vaudeville house band-- Geoff Goodhue and Otto Muller. Guest performers for this fall show include: Magic Brian, a New York City-based comic magician whose career has spanned international venues as well as the Coney Island Sideshow and The Late Show with David Letterman; and The Fourth Wall, a Boston-based hybrid arts ensemble made up of three classically trained musicians who are also dancers and physical comedians, not to mention winners of the 2014 Savvy Musician in Action award. For the first time, you can grab dinner at the Town House before the show. Meghan's Wood-Fired Grill will be serving locally-sourced Tacos on the Town House Lawn starting two hours before each performance. And, of course popcorn, cider and baked goods by Red Sky Trading will be available in the lobby. Performances are Friday October 17th and Saturday October 18th at 8pm and a reduced price matinee on Saturday at 2pm. Tickets are $12 adults/$6 kids in advance and $15/$8 at the door. The matinee performance is $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets are available at Galaxy Bookstore in downtown Hardwick and online at www.vermontvaudeville.com. The crowds come out for Vaudeville, so get your tickets early.
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