Southern Vermont Arts Center

In addition to excellent outdoor sculptures, this center's 10 galleries of classic and contemporary art feature touring shows of sculpture, paintings, prints and photography. Other attractions include walking trails, the on-site Garden Cafe, lectures and numerous musical events, including jazz concerts and the Manchester Music Festival, where classical music is the focus.

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