Chimney Point

You Can’t Get There from Here: Stories from the Day the Bridge Closed

The Chimney Point, Vermont, and Crown Point, New York, sites present, on the 10th anniversary of the October 16, 2009, closing of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge, a day exploration of the rich history of the bridge area. In the morning at Chimney Point learn about the bridge project archaeological findings and talk with personages from the past. The afternoon at Crown Point includes a moderated panel discussion of stories and memories from the October 16, 2009, closing day and after, and reflections on the challenges and triumphs of the new bridge. Lunch included. Fee and program details to be announced. Pre-registration required, call (802) 759-2412.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Addison County Amateur Radio Demonstration

The Addison County Amateur Radio Association sets up a radio station, to communicate with other operators elsewhere and to talk with the public about what they do and how you can get involved. How far away can they reach? The public is welcome to watch and ask questions.

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Birchbark Basketmaking with Barry

Make your own birchbark basket with expert guidance from Barry Keegan. The bark is folded with the help of hot water and sewn together with pine roots and/or basswood bark strips, to make a basket about 10 inches by 10 inches. Pre-registration and payment required, call (802) 759-2412. 

Cost: $60.00

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship

Participate in or watch this annual atlatl championship testing skills in accuracy and distance. The sport of using the atlatl to throw darts is based on the ancient hunting technique. Newcomers to experts welcome. Children’s activities. Workshops and demonstrations on crafts and skills from ancient to early Contact period times. Try your hand at stone tool-making (flint-knapping) and Woodland pottery. Learn how the colonists made fire. Call (802) 759-2412 to register.



Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

Atlatl Workshop

Atlatl experts Bob and Cheryll Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl teach traditional and modern techniques of atlatl and dart construction, flint knapping, hafting stone points, and cordage making. Enjoy atlatl lore and coaching on the use of your new atlatl. Pre-registration required. Fee includes instruction and materials.

Cost: $70.00

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Points of Interest: Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk

Learn the history of what surrounds you as you walk across the Lake Champlain Bridge. Chimney Point site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and Crown Point, NY, site friends group president Thomas Hughes lead this guided round trip walk. Meet at Chimney Point. Rain or shine, dress for the weather. Bring a picnic to enjoy before.

Cost: $8.00

Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Blast from the Past: Working with Fiber

Members of the Twist o’Wool Guild and Strands will be in residence on the Chimney Point porch to demonstrate a variety of fiber skills, including spinning, many weaving techniques, and other crafts and arts important historically and relevant today. Bring your project or ask questions. Light refreshments. 

Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Pre-schoolers at the Point

Bring your pre-schooler to enjoy story and craft time at Chimney Point. Topics relate to the history of Chimney Point and may include archaeology, bridges, boats, clocks, post offices, or light houses. A parent or responsible adult must be with the child. Ages 3 to 5. Siblings welcome. Bring snacks if you like. Call (802) 759-2412 for topic.

Friday, August 16, 2019 - 10:30am to 11:15am

Blast from the Past: Historic Clock and Watches Afternoon

Green Mountain Timekeepers Society members are in residence on the Chimney Point porch to keep time and talk with you about the history of your clocks and watches and how they can be repaired. Bring your old clocks and watches or photographs and learn more about your timepieces.

Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Guided Landscape Painting with Watercolor and Gouache

Artist Lillian Kennedy shows you how to stay fearless and serene during the creative process while you make a small Lake Champlain landscape painting. She will explain the fundamentals and demonstrate options. You’ll have plenty of room for individual expression. Take home a painting and the skills to continue on your own. You will learn the tricks to make a painting kit that fits in a baggie that you can carry with you on all your travels. Workshop suitable for all skill levels from rank beginner to seasoned professional. Adults and children 10+. Pre-register by calling (802) 759-2412.

Cost: $35.00 all materials included

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm


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