Join Shelburne’s 250 birthday celebration

250-Celebration-logoThe town of Shelburne turns 250 this summer, and you’re invited to help celebrate. Numerous activities are planned throughout the weekend of Aug. 16-18. Here’s what’s on your to-do-list:

Friday, Aug. 16: Cruise into Shelburne’s History

The Shelburne 250 kickoff event is a narrated cruise along the Shelburne shoreline. The use and operation of the ferry M/V Champlain is generously made available to the town by the Pecor and Gobeille families. The excursion will take place from 6:30-8:30 pm, leaving from the King Street ferry dock, featuring surprise guest storytellers, a fascinating display of images from earlier times, snacks donated by Shelburne restaurateurs and a cash bar. Tickets are $5 for children 12 and under and $10 for adults. Round trip bus transportation to and from the ferry dock are available for an additional fee of $5 per seat. People should arrive at 6 pm to board.

Saturday, Aug. 17: Historical Exhibits, Scavenger Hunt, Guided Walking Tours, Street Dance

Exhibits on display in the Town Hall from 10 am-4 pm. Items related to the history of Shelburne and the new walking tour of the Village will be held from 1-2:30 pm. Children who correctly submit completed forms for the scavenger hunt will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket and goodies. After a long day of festivities there’s nothing more enjoyable than listening and dancing to Rick and the Ramblers at the Shelburne Shopping Park at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10, adult, $5 child.

Sunday, Aug. 18: Step into Shelburne’s History at the Shelburne Museum, Community portrait, BBQ, Games

This interactive display from 1-3 pm at the Shelburne Museum will provide town residents a unique celebration of Shelburne’s history, culture, and industry. Participants will set up historical displays, skits, and activities chronologically on Shelburne Museum’s Covered Bridge and North Lawn to give audiences the feel of walking through time. Residents who are interested in designing a display or writing or performing a skit or activity, please contact David Cranmer by email at Old-fashioned lawn games, a bike/wagon decorating booth, and face painting are available for the kids. Immediately following a community portrait taken by Shelburne photographer Paul O. Boisvert, there will be a barbecue at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 child.

Tickets for the celebrations may be purchased online at or find the ticket booth at the Shelburne Farmers Market.

Commemorate your place in Shelburne’s history

The Town of Shelburne is publishing a 250th anniversary commemorative book in the fall, and everyone is invited to place ads marking your place in Shelburne’s history. Individual/family and business rates and submission instructions can be viewed at or on the ticket sales page of the website.

The book will be distributed digitally and in print. Ads may promote your business or nonprofit, or celebrate your family’s connection to Shelburne. All payments and ads must be submitted by Sept. 15 to ensure publication. Contact with any questions.


Banners displaying business sponsor logos will be hung around the town in the coming weeks. The Shelburne 250 committee is grateful for these business sponsors that are underwriting many of the activities Aug.16-18.  Please support them!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>