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“A Lot Going On” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vermont Folklife Center

Vermont Folklife Center
Court Street at the Gamaliel Painter House, Middlebury, VT
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Ranked #11 of 19 Attractions in Middlebury
Middlebury, Vermont
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“A Lot Going On”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

The Folklife Center is an interesting place to visit with all of the changing shows (Gingerbread Contest, Peeps, photo exhibits, etc.). The gift shop is eclectic with items from all over the world. Nice place to visit.

Visited May 2012
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Middlebury, Vermont
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“Beautiful handcrafts from around the world and usually a special display”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

Fittingly, The VT Folklife Center is placed in an old historical building in the heart of Middlebury. Their is always a display focusedon one theme - African weavings, oral history videos... There is a wide selection of handcrafted gifts in many price ranges that could be from anywhere in the world. I really enjoy strolling through even when I'm not shopping to buy. The attendant is knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. It's a very pleasant spot to spend some time.

Visited November 2011
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“In-depth displays, with augmented audio; excellent gift shop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

When we visited the VT Folklife Center, there was a fabulous show of black and white Vermont photography being displayed. Mostly of faces, and sometimes of their rural settings, it described the reality of small-farm life as it has been and is today in Vermont. Really fascinating. For each photograph, the artist had hand-written a description of the person and/or the situation the picture described. But the most unusual feature of this museum is their audio accompaniment.

Apparently, this is one of the things the VFC prides itself on, and no wonder. They get each of the artists in a show to talk about their pictures, their subjects and their art, which you can then use to augment your experience. The curator described events in the past where photographers would (years later) recall the names of their subjects, and have them interviewed, providing even more detail and information regarding their shows.

Situated between Two Brothers Tavern and the Otter Creek Bakery, this is one stop not to miss. Good-quality local crafts are also available in the gift shop, so stop in and get something Vermonty to take home, which doesn't involve maple syrup.

Visited July 2011
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