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Our major exhibition in 2020 is an exploration of Robert Frost and his time spent in Shaftsbury (1920-1940) when he wrote some of his most memorable works including Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.   In anticipation of this exhibition, it is our pleasure to invite you to Bennington Museum’s Major Annual Fundraiser and Seasonal celebration.

The Festival Gala – A Snowy Evening

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
7:00 to 10:00 pm

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Celebrate the Season while supporting Bennington Museum’s Largest Annual Fundraiser.
Great Food, Amazing Music, Delicious Cocktails, Auctions, and More!

Passed Appetizers and Seasonal Fare
presented by Chefs’ Consortium
Drawing on the talent of chefs from throughout southern New England, Chefs’ Consortium partners with other non-profits to share their love of local food and farm fresh cooking

Enjoy signature cocktails, brews and more offered by the
creative staff of Madison Brewing Company.
Full cash bar available

Be welcomed by wonderful seasonal music performed by
the talented Mt. Anthony Union Chamber Singers

Throughout the evening enjoy the Django Reinhardt Jazz performed by the incomparable Hot Club of Saratoga, New York’s premier gypsy swing ensemble playing a repertoire that reflects the spirit and style that was originated by Django Reinhardt and the Quintet of the Hot Club of France most prominent in the 1930s.

Silent Auction with over 45 items including some one-of-a-kind creations as well as great gift packages.  Just in time for the holidays!

Closed-Bid Auction of Original Artwork by thirty Regional Artists who have been inspired by the words of Robert Frost


Raffle Drawing for a Week in Puerto Rico
Win a one-week stay for 6 people at a privately owned home
in the grounds of the luxurious Dorado Beach Ritz Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico. Located on one of the 100 best golf courses in the world, with views to the sea, this is a great getaway!
Only 100 tickets are being sold.  Get yours here!

Enter to Win Here


During the evening of December 14, enjoy the wonderful exhibition of awesome original artwork by thirty regional artists and place your best bid in the closed-bid auction.  (50% of the proceeds goes to the artist/50% to the Bennington Museum) *Closed-bid auction closes December 22 at 4:00 pm, however the exhibition will remain on view through December 30.  Also available are wonderful gift items donated by many local merchants in the Silent Auction.

This Winter Festival is a black & white affair
Whether chic, costumed or country, we encourage everyone to celebrate Robert Frost whose favorite color was rumored to have been a shade of black.

Young Poets Society pricing –  $1 per year of age,
10 through 35*

*Young people under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

$85 per person early bird paid by November 16
$100 per person paid after November 16

Vanguard Pricing
$500 – Name in the program and 2 reservations
$1,000 – Name in the program and a reserved table for 4
$2,500 – Name in the program as  principal supporter and reserved table for 6

Join Us!

Ada and Paul Pareksy Wing
Bennington Museum
75 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201

So that we can plan in advance
Please RSVP by December 1
802.447.1571 ext 200
by mail or
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In 2020. Bennington Museum will explore Robert Frost and his time in Shaftsbury and examine his life and work in the context of the landscape and culture of Bennington  County from 1920-1940.  On view from June 27 – November 3 will be Robert Frost, At Present in Vermont.

Robert Frost moved to Shaftsbury, Vermont in 1920, intending to establish an apple orchard. During the 20 years he lived there, he interacted with such local cultural figures as Dorothy Canfield Fisher and Rockwell Kent and wrote some of his best-known poems, including the iconic, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

The Festival is supported by: