- a unique blend of striking scenic beauty, endless outdoor recreational opportunities and celebrated heritage.
The Soundwaves 2016 Summer Concert Series begins July 7 at 7:30 p.m. and continues every Thursday night through August 11 at Ballard Park Performance Pavilion, a hillside amphitheater overlooking Lake Champlain in Westport. The rain site is across Main Street/Route 22 in the warm acoustics of the historic chapel of the Westport Heritage House.
This summer's Soundwaves selections are an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, and folk, starting with Chilean-born vocalist and guitarist Camila Meza, who will dazzle audiences not only with her exquisitely crafted multi-lingual songs, but also with her fluid, modern approach to the guitar.
On Friday, July 22, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Soundwaves curator and musician Taylor Haskins will present a free workshop called Soundwaves Kids at Black Kettle Farm in Essex. Haskins will introduce children to the concept, meaning, and nature of sound waves.
This free workshop will take place on the trail at Black Kettle Farm in Essex where he will use wooden Native American flutes and other instruments to demonstrate the behavior of sound in the open air along different sections of the trail. He will also explore exercises in deep listening in order to cultivate a heightened awareness of the world of sound and the sound of the world around us.
Preregistration is required, as space is limited. A parent/guardian must accompany your child. To sign up, please email Soundwaves at email@example.com. Suggested donation $5.
Champ Day and the Lake Champlain Antique and Classic Boat Society are a great way to spend a day by the water in the Lake Champlain Region. Join the fun at the Port Henry Marina, Village Beach, and Powerhouse Park. Festivities include children's games, Penelope the Clown, book sale, craft and vendor sales, live music with the North Country Travelers, children's painting session with a public artist, Linda Smyth, and a sailboat race.
The Essex County Fair is a longstanding, must-do Lake Champlain Region tradition! The theme for the 168th Essex County Fair is "we go out on a limb for you." It opens August 10 and will run for five days that are filled with demonstrations, exhibits, competitions, entertainment, and a not-to-be-missed midway!
To boldly go where no man has gone before, look no further than Trekonderoga, a Retro Films sponsored celebration of all things Star Trek that runs from Aug. 12-14 in Ticonderoga. The convention features stars from the original Star Trek TV series, including autograph and question and answer sessions, guided tours of Star Trek sets, and the opportunity to create your own video being beamed up from the Transporter Room.
Step back in time and witness history with the Crown Point State Historic Site’s French and Indian War Encampment. Visit the French and British military camps within the ruins of the National Historic Landmark and watch British and French soldiers, Canadian militiamen, Woodland Indians, boatmen, and civilian re-enactors during tactical weapons demonstrations.
Fort Ticonderoga’s Guns by Night is an exciting tour that includes educational sessions on the workings of 18th century guns and cannons, and ends with a dramatic nighttime display of weapons.
Space is limited and advanced reservations are required for this rain-or-shine tour. Admission is $35 per person. The entrance gate opens at 7:30 p.m. and the hour-long tour begins promptly at 8 p.m. Tours take place every Thursday, July through August.
Check the entire events calendar for dates and take part in the fun!