By Olivia Werenski ‘17/ Champlain College News
So, you are here for the weekend to attend Champlain College’s Accepted Students Day. You will have seen the restored Victorian-Era mansions where first-year students live. You probably met many of your future professors, and you are stuffed from the all-you-can eat lunch at the IDX Cafeteria. So now what?
One place to start is the rack of tourist brochures located in the IDX Student Life Center or Perry Hall Welcome Center. Lots to see and do and you can get the details from the colorful pamphlets, as well as details on visiting Ben & Jerry’s Factory, the Burton store, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Lake Champlain Chocolates and Shelburne Museum.
Next up, be sure to spend some time off campus in Burlington and the surrounding area. Stroll down Church Street Marketplace, visit the the Burlington Waterfront and check out the world-famous panoramic views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. This is the place you could be spending the next four years! Think hiking, biking and kayaking just minutes from campus.
Ahh, walking down the brick-lined Church Street Marketplace with its many restaurants, plenty of shopping, art galleries and festivals for every season. Unfortunately, it’s a little too chilly to take a sailboat ride on the lake, so if you want a little warmer sampling of what Burlington has to offer, check out these events taking place at Champlain and in the Burlington community.
There are many reasons Burlington always seems to be on those “Best of” lists. It has been named one of “America’s Coolest College Towns” and among the top 10 “Great Places for Campus Culture.”
If you are coming the weekend of April 12, here are some events to enhance your experience in Burlington, especially if you plan ahead. :
Champlain’s Wellness Day runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Events will includegroup fitness classes every hour, a healthy lunch from a local caterer, nutritious snacks, personal training, nutrition seminars, chair massage, henna, and more. The event is made to promote a healthy mind and body. This event and classes are free and open to the public.
Lyric Theatre Company presents Les Miserables at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on Sun, April 13 at 1 p.m. Get tickets in advance, click here: http://www.flynntix.org/flynn-mainstage/les-misrables/Details?perfNo=10177&perfCodePrefix=LYM14L.
Champlain’s annual Talent Show is at 4 p.m. the Alumni Auditorium on Saturday April 12. Talented students from all the divisions will be breaking out their skills and putting on a show. It’s free.
Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” will be on stage on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Shelburne Town Center in Shelburne, Vt.. The comedy tells the tale of love, assumed identities and a hilaroius intersection of the two. Tickets are priced from $12-15 and can be purchased ahead of time here: http://www.shelburneplayers.com/
There are plenty more places and events to visit while here. Ask your student ambassador about their favorite places and then check the calendar and event listings from Seven Days, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Department of Tourism websites or “Experience Burlington Vermont” for more ideas.