Event Details & Schedule

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Top 10 Summer Event Vermont Chamber of Commerce

RockFire returns for our sixth year with an expanded schedule of events creating a weekend-long celebration we plan to be worthy of our “Vermont’s Top Ten Summer Events” designation. All of your favorites are back, including Bow Thayer, the Iron Guild, The St. Andrew’s Pipe Band and the Pyrophone Fire Organ – as well as a number of new surprises.

In collaboration with our partners, The Vermont Granite Museum, we are excited to again offer a night of RockFire activities which will be held at the Museum’s complex in Barre on Friday, June 23rd. Many of the features of RockFire’s past will be incorporated into this new event with family in mind. It will be an all-ages event that will include live music, hands-on activities, and the signature event for the night: the Granite Heritage FireWalk, a one mile fire-lit path leading to 10 stages featuring actors reenacting aspects of Barre’s colorful and dynamic history.


Friday June 24th, all ages welcome:

7pm to midnight Heritage Night at the Vermont Granite Museum (map here.) Inside and outside the Museum’s Historic Complex. Experience many aspects of Barre’s unique granite story and past. Outside you will find games, live music, an assortment of food vendors, and the Granite Museum’s Nature Walk. Explore the inside the museum’s historic complex, see displays illustrating Barre’s amazing granite story, a working blacksmith shop and hands-on displays allowing you to experience sandblasting, metal pouring and smithing, and if you’re lucky, take some of these items home with you. You will also get to experience The Iron Guild’s molten metal theatrics. Musicians featured include: Ian Gauthier on Bag Pipes, Melody McCormack and Jamie O’Keefe with vocals & fiddle, The Barre Tones Chorus, Meredith Kerin, an 11 year old fiddler, and Emily Nyman on guitar.

Enjoy food from: Northern Fire and Slice, wood fired pizzas, Oasis on Wheels, fries, wraps and salads, and Artisano Ice Cream.

8pm to midnight. The Granite Heritage FireWalk, ages 7+
Starting at 8pm, timed groups of 25 people will depart approximately every ½ hour for the FireWalk – first come, first served. Walking shoes recommended! Activities will continue in and around the Granite Museum’s complex until 11pm, but as the sun sets the emphasis will shift to the Granite Museum’s new outdoor Nature Walk, which will be lit by luminaries and campfires creating a pathway leading to 10 stages. The Granite Heritage FireWalk will begin in the Museum complex with the showing of the “RockFire Video” illustrating the molten lava origins of Barre Granite. Attendees will then head outside to follow the pathway as it walks them through Barre’s amazing and colorful granite story from it’s 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.


Saturday June 25th

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 4th Annual RockFire FireWalk Ages 10+ (map)
7pm Bow Thayer and His Band. 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: Northern Fire and Slice, wood fired pizzas, Oasis on Wheels, fries wraps and salads, Artisano Ice CreamMediterranean Mix serving lasagna, moussaka, samosas and more, and Maple Specialties Maple Kettle Corn.
At 9pm the Iron Guild begins it’s featured molten metal performance in collaboration with Bow. At 9:30 The St. Andrew’s 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 6 stages containing live performances recreating the sounds the Scottish, Italian and French Canadian ethnic groups represented in Barre’s colorful granite past. Our 2016 line-up includes Scott Forrest, Scott Campbell, Denise Ricker and Linda Young, The Italian Village Dance Group, High-Low-Jack, Emily Nyman, Art Zorn and Richard Shadroui, and of course the haunting sound of Antoinette Jacobson’s Pyrophone Fire Organ performance. Complete your evening by launching a Remembrance Lantern. 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 28th

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 any one under the influence.

Artists & Musicians

Emily Nyman, vocals & guitar
Ian Gauthier, Bag Pipes
Melody McCormack & Jamie O’Keefe, vocals and fiddle
Barre Tones Chorus
Meredith Kerin, 11 year old fiddler


Antoinette Jacobson, pyrophone
Arthur Zorn and Richard Shadroui, Keyboard and vocals
Bow Thayer and His Band
Emily Nyman
High-Low-Jack, fiddles
Italian Village Dance Group
Iron Guild
Scott Campbell fiddle
St.  Andrew’s Pipe Band
Scott Forrest, acoustic guitar

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Keepers of the Fire and other volunteers needed. Learn more about how you can help make ROCKFIRE a great success!

ROCKFIRE Tickets & Pricing

Per Person Family

Friday Eve Activities 7-Midnight 

$10 $25
 Saturday Concert & FireWalk $25 Adults
$15 Ages 10-17

*Family = 2 Adults and 2 Children. Additional Children $5 each.

No children under 10 allowed on the Saturday FireWalk.

Advance tickets available at:

  • Barre Opera House, (802) 476-8188 or BarreOperaHouse.org
  • Day-of at The Lodge at Millstone Hill, 59 Little John Road, Websterville



59 Little John Road, Websterville, VT
June 26-28, 2015
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Mail: Box 44 Websterville VT 05678