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. 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.
Join slam master Geof Hewitt for an afternoon of poetry performed by participants ages 8 and above, including adults. This is a traditional slam with original writing only and a three-minute time limit. Participants should come prepared with two pieces of writing.
Like the pairing dialogue of our trails and the mountains above, toward the view of worlds far within and well beyond, or the burgeoning dance of spring from our long wintered floors, or likewise the collective liberation of all our illuminating calls for freedoms of peace, poet, composer, and jazz bass clarinetist Toussaint St. Negritude presents an evocative collaboration of words and tones in the Hunger Mountain Co-op Café. Performing his own broad explorations of poetry and music, on select pieces he will also be accompanied by special guest musicians.
Join Kellogg-Hubbard librarian Nicole Westbom in the children’s tent for fun with poetry. Write poems, listen to stories, and take part in other hands-on activities.
Join us for tea as we hear the voices of teachers and students of the Montpelier Senior Activity Center: Charlie Barasch, Liz Benjamin, Jane E. Bryant, Jeanne Weston Cook, Sarah Franklin, and Geof Hewitt. Down Home Kitchen will wow us with a delicious tea featuring scratch-made goodness. There is a charge for tea and food, but you can attend without buying food.
Learn to appreciate the rhythm and musicality of poetry and spoken word. “Bon Mot” host and radio producer Rick Agran will share recorded voices of contemporary poets to explore their sonic qualities. Poets are invited to bring a poem to share that they'd like to develop further. Explore breath, annunciation, and diction to accentuate a poem's language. Practice pacing with attention to lines and stanzas. Learn to minimize nervousness and enhance your presentation skills. Remain relaxed and open to poems and share their power with others. Listeners also welcome.