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From Waterfront Music Fest to tangle free earbuds



Overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Champlain, the 2015 Grand Point North music festival returns for a 5th season at Waterfront Park in Burlington (Sept. 12-13). This two-evening performance extravaganza features Vermont’s hometown gal-made-good Grace Potter along with legendary acts The Flaming Lips, Shakey Graves, Mike Gordon, Greensky Bluegrass, and more. Continuing a tradition of highlighting local talent, the concert lineup also includes bands in the Burlington music scene, including Madaila, Soule Monde, Heavy Plains, and Mal Maiz. Each night will close with a full set from Potter’s new band, featuring both new and old faces. Tickets: two-day $79; single $59; ages 12 and under free. Festival is rain or shine. The fun continues with separate after-parties at local venues ($10-$20).


Aspiring nature photographers can learn tricks of the trade from professional photographer George Mitchell on the Mount Washington Cog Railway’s guided train tour (Sept. 13). Ascend to the 6,288-foot summit — the highest in New England — aboard one of the company’s modern and eco-friendly biodiesel engines. The daylong venture features a two-hour round-trip train ride; four hours shooting time at the summit (including walking to various points around the mountaintop), one-on-one instruction, box lunch, and time to visit the new Extreme Mount Washington exhibit at the Sherman Adams Summit Building. Tour departs on the 10:30 a.m. train and returns to the base station at 4:30 p.m. Space is limited: reservations recommended. $165 per person. 603-278-2255;



Single travelers: Make plans now for next year’s six-night barefoot cruise aboard the windjammer sailing vessel S/V Mandalay, operated by Sail Windjammer (July 3-9, 2016)., organizer of hosted singles cruises, announced that — for the first time — it has booked an entire ship, meaning guests will enjoy exclusive access to all cruise offerings and activities, such as raising the sails at sunset and taking a turn at the helm. Departing from Grenada, the vessel will stop at seven islands for swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying the crystal clear Caribbean. is offering a precruise option for its clients in Grenada, allowing guests the chance to meet in person before the journey. Also, a private group network allows single cruisers to connect online prior to their trip. Free roommate matching cuts the cost of booking single staterooms. From $1,499. 800-393-5000,



Enjoy all-things-wine — and a splash of comedy — at the sixth annual Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival (Sept. 11-13). Hotel guests may sign up for one or many events including the kickoff dinner reception featuring Chilean wines and food, and a comedy show, “Something To Wine About,” by Laurie Forster, The Standup Sommelier. Other weekend offerings include a tour of Waltz Vineyards Estate Winery (complete with wine and local cheese tasting); a Bordeaux blending class; Italian winemaker dinner with Cesare Benvenuto from Pio Cesare Wines; VIP winemaker breakfast; and a grand tasting event in the hotel’s formal gardens and harvest plaza. Tickets vary per event, $30-$120. Registration: 717-534-8800. Hotel rates for doubles from $359/night.



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