Event Details & Schedule

RockFire returns for our eighth year with an expanded schedule of events creating a weekend-long celebration at Millstone Hill in Websterville, Vermont. All of your favorites are back, including Iron Guild, Bow Thayer, Emily Nyman, Art Zorn and the Pyrophone Fire Organ.

Friday night’s Heritage Walk will again be held at Millstone Hill. This walk is more family-friendly, an all abilities event with half of the pathway being wheel chair accessible. The Heritage Walk, which will be lit by luminaries and campfires creating a pathway leading to stages with actors retelling Barre’s past. There will also be live music and food.

Saturday’s signature evening includes a Bow Thayer concert, Iron Guild molten metal experience, various fire performances and a bagpipe fanfare opening the RockFire. This is a different experience from Friday’s walk with musicians and granite sculptures.

BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENTS ARE RAIN OR SHINE (details here.)

ROCKFIRE 2019:

Friday June 28th, all ages welcome:

7pm–midnight Heritage Night
Benefiting the installation of the Temple of Hephaestus, the first major sculptural work to be erected at the Grand Lookout.

Enjoy food from: Mediteranian Mix and Artisano Ice Cream.

Music:
7:00 Hilde Ojibway & Ed Eastridge
8:00 Emily Nyman
9:00 Keri Ryan

8pm–midnight. The Granite Heritage FireWalk
Recommended ages 7+. Only service dogs allowed at event.
Timed groups of people will depart approximately every half hour for the Heritage Walk – first come, first served. Walking shoes recommended! The Heritage Walk follows a completely different pathway and experience than Saturday’s FireWalk and is designed to be accessible to every level of mobility, with half of the pathway being wheel chair accessible. Guests can choose to do the entire 2 mile walk, estimated to take 1.75 hours, or just half of the walk, which is estimated to take about 1 hour. The Heritage walk leads you through the storytelling of Barre’s amazing and colorful granite story from its original Abenaki origins to today’s revival. Meet William Barclay, E L Smith, Maria Corti, Carlo Abate and a host of colorful characters as they relate their powerful personal stories. All ages will be welcomed, although we do not recommend bringing children under 7 years old. 

The first walk will start at 8pm, for those preferring not to walk in the dark.
The first candle lit walk will begin at 9:15pm, with groups departing every 15 minutes after that.

Tickets:
$10 per person, or $25 for a family (2 adults & 2 children. Additional children $5 each)
Can be purchased through the Barre Opera House:
(802) 476-8188  BarreOperaHouse.org
And day-of at Millstone Hill.

Saturday June 29th

All Day Millstone Trails will be open to the public for walking and exploring of the abandoned quarry sites and quarry ruins found only on Millstone Hill, Vermont’s manmade natural wonder.

7pm to midnight 7th Annual RockFire FireWalk Ages 10+ (map)
Settle under the tent and watch the world-class sunset atop Millstone Hill. Bring your own picnic or enjoy food from our varied choice of vendors including: Artisano Ice Cream, Mediterranean Mix serving lasagna, moussaka, samosas and more, and BSA Troops 709/1709 will be serving burgers & hot dogs.

7pm Bow Thayer Concert
8:45pm Cielle’s Lightkeepers Performance
9pm Iron Guild Performance with Bow Thayer

At 9:30 The Catamount Pipe Band will commence the Signature FireWalk with their opening Bagpipe fanfair as they lead the first group to the entrance of the 1.5 mile luminary-lit FireWalk pathway, featuring 8 stages containing live performances recreating the sounds the Scottish, Italian and French Canadian ethnic groups represented in Barre’s colorful granite past. Our 2019 line-up includes:
CATAMOUNT PIPE BAND
ITALIAN VILLAGE DANCE
DENISE RICKER & JUDI BYRON
ARTHUR ZORN
HILDE OJIBWAY & EVELYN THIBODEAU
EMILY NYMAN
SCOTT CAMPBELL
ANTIONETTE JACOBSON’S PYROPHONE
SCOTT FORREST
ALSO: DRAGON’S BREATH & OTHER FIRE PERFORMERS

Concert & FireWalk Tickets: $25 per adult, $15 ages 10-17
Can be purchased through the Barre Opera House: (802) 476-8188  BarreOperaHouse.org
And day-of at Millstone Hill.

Only service dogs allowed at event. We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, layers in case it gets chilly, and perhaps a bit of bug spray. The use of headlamp-flashlights is prohibited, and we request those who insist on using flashlights be considerate of others.

Sunday, June 30th

All Day Millstone Trails will be open to the public for walking and exploring of the abandoned quarry sites and quarry ruins found only on Millstone Hill, Vermont’s manmade natural wonder.

  • Parking available on-site.
  • Trails are alcohol-free.  We reserve the right to deny trail access to anyone under the influence.