Getting right to the point: Our 2015 season is amazing and got into full swing with our opening show on October 17. The show featured Downtown Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen with special guests Dwight & Nicole. Click here to see images from that magical evening. 

But wait, there's more! This coming Saturday, November 7, at 7:30 pm we welcome, once again, the acoustic magic of the Bluegrass Gospel Project

Then, one week later, on Saturday, November 14 we take live music VERY seriously with Charles Neville (yes, of the Neville Brothers) and the Gent Treadly band. And to warm you up that evening some locals that go by the name The Good Parts, take to the stage.  What's not to like?

On Sunday, November 15 there is a book release celebration and important discussion about Syria with Deb Felmuth.

Finally on Sunday, November 22 the public is invited to an open house and concert with the Champlain Brass Quintet as they play one last time with their band mate of 25 years, Joe Klopfenstein, before he and his wife Nancy relocate to the West Coast. 

Plenty to to do this month along with the VUHS school play (The Addams Family, Nov. 19-21 at the high school) and Thanksgiving (Nov. 26). 

Ain't we lucky! 

Gerianne Smart

President, FVOH

They are returning, Saturday, November 7, 7:30 pm!

The members of the Bluegrass Gospel Project returning to the acoustically rich Vergennes Opera House stage, one of their favorite venues where their harmonies really shine.

Their music explores and expands the tradition of bluegrass gospel in surprising ways with music from U2 to the Stanley Brothers, Sam Cooke to Steve Earle. Their natural on-stage abilities, blissful vocal work, incredible musicianship and tight-knit camaraderie is infectious and unforgettable.

Tickets are $18 in advance online here or at Classic Stitching on Main Street in Vergennes or $20 at the door the evening of the performance.

This event is sponsored by RPM: Restoration Performance Motorcars, J.W. & D.E. Ryan Plumbing and Heating, Vergennes Animal Hospital and an anonymous donor with media support by WOKO, WKOL and WJOY Radio.


Charles Neville, the second oldest of the well-known musical group The Neville Brothers brings his New Orleans-style sound, soul, talent and a four-piece band, Gent Treadly, to the Vergennes Opera House. Expect to hear the classics from Hey Pocky Way to Fire on the Bayou and even a surprise visit from another member of the Neville family! This show will also be the debut for the new local jazz funk group The Good Parts. The Good Parts features Jeff Margolis (Hot Neon Magic) and Chris Wyckoff (Panton Flats) Justin Perdue and Terry Simpkins.

Doors and cash bar open at 6:30, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. General seating with tickets available here online now or at Classic Stitching on Main Street in Vergennes. 

Sponsored by Beverly and Ed Biello, Denecker Chevrolet, and our season sponsors, Jackman Fuels, Vergennes Animal Hospital, RPM, J.W. & D.E. Ryan Plumbing & Heating, H.J. LeBoeuf Contractors & Builders, Andrew and Jeff Fritz, and WhistlePig Whiskey (so far!). Special media support from Hall Communications Radio Group: WKOL, WOKO, WBTZ, WJOY and WIZN. 
The book Syria-Remember Me, by local author/photographer Deborah Harte Felmeth, will be launched with a celebration at the Vergennes Opera House on November 15th from 3-5 pm. Published by Bard Owl, an imprint of Windridge Books of Shelburne VT, Syria-Remember Me is a limited edition hardcover Photo Essay of wide scope and beautiful accomplishment.  

Deborah Harte Felmeth, a resident for 30 years on Green St. in Waltham, found her way to Damascus, Syria in 1991 as a music teacher and fell in love with Syria's hills, deserts, cities, villages and above, all its people and their culture. She never really left.

Since 1996 and up until the recent upheavals,heartbreaks and deep tragedies, she and her husband divided their time equally between a beloved apartment above Straight St. in the Old City of Damascus and their equally well-loved home in the Green Mountains of Vermont. 

Deborah Felmeth works professionally as a piano and voice teacher, yoga instructor and healer. She is a musician, weaver, gardener, singer, and avid photographer.

This event is free and open to the public. 
Join your neighbors and friends on Sunday, November 22 from 1 to 5 pm at the Vergennes Opera House as the Champlain Brass Quintet sends off their trumpet player and city council member Joe Klopfenstein and his wife Nancy with a final concert featuring all five original members.

Joe and Nancy are relocating to the West Coast at the end of the year. 

This group has played together for 25 years and this will be the final performance with the originating members. 

Lite refreshments and a cash bar will be available. 
Keep the winter weight off by indulging in opportunities to move your body in both slow and fast ways.

Zumba on Monday and Wednesday evenings a 6 p.m with Stacey Sherman. Contact her at 802-349-0026 or

Yoga on Saturday mornings at 9:00 a.m. with Rebeccah Brinton. Contact her at 

Drop ins welcome to all classes. 
What's ahead?

December 5 the Vergennes Holiday Stroll! The entire city celebrates the season with events happening all over the community including Santa's Land in the Vergennes Opera House. The Holiday Stroll is produced by the Vergennes Partnership. 

Friday, December 11 the 10th anniversary show of BROADWAY DIRECT! Local talent and Broadway veteran Bill Carmichael is joined on stage by his Broadway professional friends (as well as some local youth) and together they present a full evening of familiar show and holiday tunes. This is an annual favorite! Tickets and information will be available soon!

Saturday, December 12 JOE's BIG BAND LIVE for the HOLIDAYS!! This 18-piece orchestra does jazz in a big way.  An annual favorite of music and dance for family and friends. 

Become a FRIEND of YOUR Vergennes Opera House!

Our annual appeal letter (and email) will be going out soon and we hope you will show your continued support of the work the all-volunteer group of people do to keep the Opera House busy and alive with art of all kinds. 

For your convenience, you can become or renew your membership now by going to our online membership page here.
See you in the VOH real soon! 
WHAT'S COMING UP IN THE FUTURE? Plenty! Visit our calendar of events page to get a sneak peek on our upcoming events. 

Want to volunteer? See some shows for free? Maybe get some exercise by stacking or moving chairs? JOIN US! 

Email and tell us your information and board member volunteer committee chair Lynne Perry will be in touch with you to get you involved and having a blast. 

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