Activities

festival ACTIVITIES

Concerts

Faculty concerts are each Friday, and the Wednesdays of weeks 1, 2, and 3. Student concerts are each Tuesday and Thursday. Student attendance is required at all concerts.

Master Classes

Each faculty member has a weekly master class which is normally open to all festival students. Guest master classes are attended by all festival participants.

 

On-campus recreation and fitness

UVM Campus Recreation has many excellent facilities available to GMCMF participants, and the Patrick-Forbush-Gutterson Athletic Complex is just several minutes walk from our dorm. General hours are 8am-8pm Monday through Friday; facilities are closed on weekends and on July 4th. See Campus Recreation Hours for more specific schedules by area. Students under the age of 18 are not allowed to use the fitness center (i.e. exercise machines and weight-lifting equipment), but are welcome at all other areas.

GMCMF students are considered 'UVM conference guests' and may purchase passes at the following rates whenever the facility is open: $8 for a one-day pass, $25 for a 5-visit punch pass, or $125 for a 20-visit punch pass. For information, contact Rachel Valyou at 802-656-3070 or email her at rachel.valyou@uvm.edu.

Festival students often organize informal running groups, soccer and Frisbee games. If you have an interest in sharing your activity with others, please let the resident staff know; some equipment can be provided.

 

off-campus recreational trips

Green Mountain students will be busy throughout each week with scheduled musical activities, but the time from Saturday noon through Sunday is left free so they can relax and enjoy a change of pace—and see beautiful Vermont! New activities will be posted around the time the festival begins, and links to register and pay online will be made active a few days in advance of each activity. Note a change in policy: once students have registered, no refunds will be given even if they do not go on the trip.

Following are the details of trips which were offered during the 2016 festival, for your information.

 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

In late June, strawberries are in season at Vermont's berry farms. We will take you to pick your own, in fields with gorgeous views. Students will pay the farm directly for the berries they pick. We will leave at 1:00 PM and return by 3:30 PM. ($5)

 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Enjoy a trip to the Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom (a Six Flags amusement park) in Lake George, NY. There are rides for all levels of thrillseekers, and the water park includes everything from a giant wave pool and lazy river ride to exciting speed slides. Getting there provides a scenic trip through the Vermont and New York countrysides. We will leave at 10 AM and return by 10 PM. No discounts or refunds are available for those holding season passes. ($60)

 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Enjoy a day trip to Montreal! Students ages 18 and over with a valid passport and visa are invited to board our coach bus headed to downtown Montreal, which features the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal at the time of our visit. You can enjoy many street performances in addition to all the usual attractions the city has to offer. We will leave at 10 AM and return at around 10 PM. Please contact Resident Director Nicole Wendl before registering if you have a non-U.S. passport. ($45)

 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Stroll down the hill to the waterfront area to enjoy Burlington's celebration of Independence Day with fireworks over Lake Champlain.  Resident staff will accompany younger students to the waterfront and back. (No fee)

 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Shelburne Museum, just a few miles south of Burlington, is one of the world's finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and architechture. Its astonishing diversity of exhibits are on display in a village-like setting of 38 exhibition buildings, many of which are historic structures from New York and New England relocated to Shelburne, including houses, barns, a meeting house, a one-room schoolhouse, a lighthouse, a jail, a general store, a covered bridge, and the 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga. Leave at 1 PM and return in time for dinner. ($20)

 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Across Lake Champlain in upstate New York is Ausable Chasm, which features a two-mile walk through a river-carved canyon surrounded by woodlands. An optional ride on a river raft deposits you at the end of the hiking trail. We leave at 10 AM, travel across Lake Champlain by ferry, and return in time for dinner. ($30)

 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Burlington's North Beach on Lake Champlain offers a fine sandy beach with lifeguard, snack bar, and grassy areas with picnic facilities. Several shuttles will run between the lake and the dorm, and signup sheets will be posted on the Announcements wall. ($5)

 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

GMCMF resident staff will offer a day of hiking in the Green Mountains; specific details are pending. We will leave at 10 AM with a bag lunch and return to campus in time for dinner. Sneakers or hiking boots are required: NO open-toed shoes or flip-flops.  Sunblock, a hat, a jacket and water are also recommended. ($5)

 

Other activities in Burlington

In addition to these planned trips, the area of Burlington accessible by foot from UVM campus offers a rich variety of activities.

 

Downtown Burlington and Church Street Marketplace      

Students can easily walk (20 minutes) to the historic Church Street Marketplace, eight pedestrian-only blocks where locals and tourists gather to shop, dine, and enjoy street entertainers and people-watching in general. Festival students can obtain a free street entertainer license and do some busking on Church Street; see Nicole Wendl once the festival begins.


On the Waterfront

The Burlington Waterfront is a great place to walk, watch boaters and kayakers, or eat ice cream while sitting with friends on a swinging bench. You can rent bikes or kayaks, or visit the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center.


Biking

Enjoy the Burlington Bike Path, a 7.5 mile paved trail alongside Burlington's downtown lakeshore, linking six major waterfront parks. The path extends through Colchester, then as a causeway into Lake Champlain for a beautiful, nearly-level ride. At the end of the causeway, a small ferry takes bikers the rest of the way across the lake to Grand Island, VT. Bike rentals by the hour and day are available from Local Motion VT (802-656-2525) and Skirack (800-882-4530).


Religious Services     

Various services are offered in Burlington, many within walking distance; transportation is provided upon request.