Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016

Montpelier, Vermont

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Montpelier, Vermont
As the capital of Vermont, Montpelier (pronounced mont-peel-yer) is the site of the Vermont State House, seat of the legislative branch of Vermont government. The population was 8,035 at the 2000 census. By population, it is the smallest state capital in the United States. Montpelier is also home to the Vermont History Museum and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Montpelier is located in a picturesque valley along the Winooski River in Central Vermont and is very accessible by car, train, and air. Located on the I-89 Interstate, Montpelier can be reached from both Boston and Montreal in less than 3 hours.

Industry in Montpelier, Vermont
Since the city's establishment as capital in 1805 the primary business in Montpelier has been government, and by the mid-nineteenth century government and life and fire insurance. Today, Montpelier is home to the New England Culinary Institute, the annual Green Mountain Film Festival and the headquarters of several insurance companies. The majority of businesses in the downtown area are locally owned.

An annual local vernacular culture phenomenon, the Valentine Bandit, a tradition of covering downtown storefronts and public buildings with red hearts each February 14, began in Montpelier in the 1990s.

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Quick Facts About Montpelier

County: Washington
Latitude / Longitude: 44.26 N / 72.57 W
Zip Code(s): 05601, 05602, 05603, 05604, 05609, 05620, 05633
Incorporated: 1895
Population (2010): 7,855
Elevation: 525 feet | Land Area: 10.2 miles
Town Clerk: 802-223-9500
Major Hospitals: Central Vermont Medical Center (3.3 miles SE), Fletcher Allen Hospital (38.9 miles NW)
Major Airports: Burlington International Airport (35.9 miles NW)
Amtrak Stations: Montpelier Junction
Colleges/Universities: Community College of Vermont, New England Culinary Institute (NECI), Vermont College of Fine Arts. Nearby: Norwich University (10.8 miles SW), Goddard College (10.5 miles NE) Top Employers: State of Vermont, National Life Group, Vermont Mutual Insurance, New England Culinary Institute (NECI), Vermont College of Fine Arts, Community College of Vermont (CCV), Goddard College, Norwich University.
Tourist Attractions: Vermont State House, Vermont Historical Society Museum, Montpelier Historic District, The Capital Region's Welcome Center, Hubbard Park, T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center, North Branch Nature Center, Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Nearby: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory Tour (13.0 miles NW), Birthplace of: Patrick Leahy (born 1940), US senator.

Fun Fact: Did you know Montpelier is the only state capital in the US without a McDonald's!

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Nearby Cities and Towns:

Region 5: Central Vermont | Middlesex (2.2 miles NW) | East Montpelier (2.0 miles NE) | Plainfield (2.8 miles E) | Moretown (2.8 miles W) | Barre (2.4 miles SE) | Berlin (1.8 miles SW)

Vermont Events in February

Jennifer Armstrong’s Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World 1/28/16 - 2/25/16

Shackleton failed in this mission but his epic struggles with ice, wind, cold and the unforgiving southern ocean made him a legend in his own time. Read aloud by Nancy Schulz. Four one-hour installments. There will be time for discussion at the end of each reading. 2016 VT Reads book sponsored by VHC

Reading Freud with Psychologist Peter Burmeister 2/1/16 - 3/7/16

Mondays, (February 1, February 8, February 22, February 29, and March 7) at 6:30 pm This course has been conceived as a very brief introduction to the writings of this remarkable man. Selected readings will include excerpts from The Interpretation of Dreams, Totem and Taboo, The Freud Reader, and the classical drama Oedipus Rex. Bring your copy of the books (we are using James Strachey translations) or pick up a copies at the library.

Art Exhibit at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library 2/5/16 - 2/16/16

“On Certain Days…” is an exhibit of photographs by Montpelier artist Linda Hogan and will open at the Kellogg Hubbard Library on Friday, February 5th from 4 -5:30 PM as part of Montpelier’s Art Walk. This exhibit runs through February 28, 2016. Linda is a painter and photographer. Her photographic images are represented in Central Vermont at Global Gifts in Montpelier, and permanent collections can be seen at Montpelier City Hall, the Vermont Mutual Insurance Company, the Community National Bank in Barre, Jay Peak Resort and in Chittenden County at the Essex, and at the Vermont Institute for Emerging Technologies at UVM. Her work has been shown throughout New England. Linda studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Rhode Island School of Design, earned B.A from Goddard College, and received her MFA at Vermont College.

On Certain Days 2/5/16 - 2/28/16

“On Certain Days…” is an exhibit of photographs by Montpelier artist Linda Hogan and will open at the Kellogg Hubbard Library on Friday, February 5th from 4 -5:30 PM as part of Montpelier’s Art Walk. This exhibit runs through February 28, 2016. A painter and photographer, her work has been shown throughout New England, with permanent collections at various locations such as Montpelier City Hall and the Vermont Institute for Emerging Technologies at UVM.

Father & Daughter Valentine Dance 2/11/16 - 2/11/16

Fathers and daughters join us for this special valentine celebration. Dancing, refreshments and FUN! Fathers, Relatives or Special Friend & Daughter Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm $20.00 per family in advance $25.00 per family at the door Tickets available at the Montpelier Recreation Department Capitol Plaza – Downtown Montpelier Sponsored by the Capitol Plaza Hotel & the Montpelier Recreation Department Montpelier Recreation Department 55 Barre Street Montpelier, Vermont 1-802-225-8699 www.montpelierrec.org

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