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. 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
Lat / Long: 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 Ctr (3.3 miles SE), Fletcher Allen Hospital (38.9 miles NW)
Major Airports: Burlington International Airport (35.9 miles NW)
Amtrak Stations: Montpelier Junction
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: Waterbury-Montpelier | 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 April

Summit School Spring Music Classes 4/1/19 - 6/11/19

The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture presents…. The Spring 2019 Session of Evening Music Classes at the Center for Arts and Learning 46 Barre Street in Montpelier, VT. Registration is now open for classes in Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Singing and more! Classes start April 1st and run through June 11th Cost is $25 per class. For full class descriptions and other details, visit: www.summit-school.org Mondays Old Time Banjo with Ted Ingham | 8 classes | April 1 - May 20 Old Time Mandolin with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | April 29 - June 3 Old Time Fiddle with Dana Robinson | 6 classes | April 29 - June 3 Bluegrass Banjo Sampler with Jacob Stone | 3 classes | April 1 - April 15 Tuesdays Trad Music Ensemble with Jeremiah McLane | 8 classes | April 2, 9, 30; May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11 Wednesdays Harmony Singing with Heidi Wilson & Avery Book | 6 classes | April 24 - May 29 Foot Percussion Basics with Ellen Cooke | 6 classes | April 3 - May 8 (no class April 17) Thursdays Rags and Blues for Fiddle with Mark DiStefano | 6 classes | April 1 - May 9 Advanced Blues Guitar with Dave Keller | 4 classes | April 4, 11, 25; May 2 Fridays Klezmer Tunes with Oliver Zeichner | 6 classes | April 5 - May 17 (no class April 19) For questions regarding these classes, please visit www.summit-school.org, or contact Yasi Zeichner at yazbozz@gmail.com

PoemCity Mary Oliver Tribute Poetry Reading 4/22/19 - 4/22/19

Poets Didi Jackson and Kris Gruen will pay tribute to Mary Oliver, the wonderful and much-loved American poet who passed away in January. Didi Jackson will begin by reading Oliver poems that inspired her own, which she will also read. Kris Gruen will provide accompaniment with acoustic guitar and transition into thematically connected songs of his own. Kris will also weave his own stories and inspirations on Oliver in between, for a wonderful celebration on Earth Day. Refreshments provided.

PoemCity In Defense of Butterflies: Poets for Migrant Justice 4/23/19 - 4/23/19

A reading & fundraiser with Nico Amador, Cynthia Dewi Oka & Natalie Scenters-Zapico Poets will read original work that touches on issues relating to border culture, migration, and social justice; a representative from Migrant Justice, a non-profit organization for economic justice and human rights in Burlington, Vermont, will give a talk and introduction. Suggested donation at the door, with all proceeds benefiting Migrant Justice

PoemCity Charm City, Indie Lens Pop-Up 4/24/19 - 4/24/19

Filmed during three years of unprecedented violence in Baltimore, Charm City delivers a powerful and candid portrait of those on the frontlines. With grit, fury and compassion, a group of police, citizens, community leaders and government officials grapple with the consequences of violence and try to reclaim their city’s future.

PoemCity The Poetry Society of Vermont Reading 4/25/19 - 4/25/19

The Poetry Society of Vermont was founded in 1947 and has published The Mountain Troubadour since 1960. President George Longenecker will introduce poets Steven Cahill, Judith Janoo, Ellen Parent, David Stauffer, and Diane Swan.

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