250 years of Shelburne


Not only is it summer. It’s the town’s big 2-5-0; there is cause to celebrate! On August 16, commerate the milestone with a cruise into Shelburne’s history. This event will kick off the weekend from 6:30-8 pm. The excursion features a narrated cruise along the shoreline, leaving from the King Street ferry dock and showcasing surprise guest storytellers, a fascinating display of vintage images, snacks donated by Shelburne eateries, and a cash bar.

Then, on Saturday, August 17, continue the celebration by exploring the town’s many historical exhibits, a scavenger hunt, and guided walking tours. Exhibits will be on display in the Town Hall from 10 am-4 pm. Walking tours will take place from 1-2:30 pm and, kids, look alive – those submitting correctly completed scavenger hunt forms will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket and goodies.

Later on, get footloose with a street dance at the Shelburne Shopping Park at 7:30 pm. Musicians Rick and the Ramblers will keep your feet busy.

The weekend closes with a jam-packed Sunday. Visit the Shelburne Museum for an interactive celebration of the town’s history, culture, and industry. Enjoy historical displays, skits, and activities set chronologically, like a walk through time, on Shelburne Museum’s Covered Bridge and North Lawn. Just don’t get stuck in time, because the day holds more excitement. Old-fashioned lawn games, a bike and wagon decorating booth, and face painting are some of the activities at the community barbeque, beginning at 3:30 pm.

Tickets for the barbeque are $10 and will be available for purchase at the Town Clerk’s offices beginning Thursday, July 11 by check or cash.

To stay up to date on the details of the celebratory weekend, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shelburne250. For sponsorship opportunities, updated event information, and ticket sales, visit www.shelburne250.org.

The Shelburne 250th celebration is made possible thanks to the following local business sponsors: Picket Fence Preview, Shelburne News, Alpine Media, Futura Design, Acorn Marketing, Automaster, Shelburne Shipyard, T-Bird Motor Inn, Almartin Volvo, Schip Inc., Vermont Teddy Bear, Ark Veterinary Hospital, Burlington Foreign Car Parts, Titus Insurance Co., SBPA, Café Shelburne, TD Bank, PT 360, AARP, Paul O. Boisvert Photography, JD Designs, Shelburne Museum, and Shelburne Farms.

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