Event Details & Schedule

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Top 10 Summer Event Vermont Chamber of CommerceRockFire 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 Catamount Pipe Band and the Pyrophone Fire Organ.

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 Walk, a one mile fire-lit path leading to 11 stages featuring actors reenacting aspects of Barre’s colorful and dynamic history.

ROCKFIRE 2017:

Friday June 23rd, all ages welcome:

7pm–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 Heritage 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, etching, design, and the artistic processes of clay modeling and sculpting. Sandblast or etch your own tile to take home with you! Musicians featured include: Ian Gauthier on Bag Pipes, Arthur Zorn & Denise Ricker, Ellen Krajewski, Italian Village Dance, and Emily Nyman. There will even be Gordon’s Granite Calliope!

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

7:30pm–midnight. The Granite Heritage FireWalk, ages 7+ 

Starting at 8pm, timed groups of 30 people will depart approximately every half hour for the Heritage Walk – 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 Heritage Walk, which will be lit by luminaries and campfires creating a pathway leading to 11 stages. The Granite Heritage Walk 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 leads them through 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.

 

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 6th Annual RockFire FireWalk Ages 10+ (map)
7pm Bow Thayer Concert. 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 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 6 stages containing live performances recreating the sounds the Scottish, Italian and French Canadian ethnic groups represented in Barre’s colorful granite past. Our 2017 line-up includes:

Ellen Krajewski
Gordon’s Granite Calliope
Italian Village Dance
Denise Ricker & Linda Young
Arthur Zorn
Aaron Marcus & Joanne Garton
Emily Nyman
Scott Campbell
Antionette Jacobson’s Pyrophone
Scott Forrest

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

FRI:
Arthur Zorn & Denise Ricker
Ellen Krajewski
Emily Nyman, vocals & guitar
Gordon’s Granite Calliope
Ian Gauthier, Bag Pipes
Italian Village Dance

SAT:

Aaron Marcus & Joanne Garton
Antoinette Jacobson, pyrophone
Arthur Zorn
Bow Thayer
Catamount Pipe Band
Denise Ricker & Linda Young
Ellen Krajewski
Emily Nyman
Gordon’s Granite Calliope
Italian Village Dance
Iron Guild
Scott Campbell fiddle
Scott Forrest, acoustic guitar

See Sculptors & Installation Artists

Volunteer!

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

ROCKFIRE

ROCKFIRE!

59 Little John Road, Websterville, VT
June 23-25, 2017
Map & Directions
802-479-1000
Mail: Box 44 Websterville VT 05678