6:30 -7:30 Walking group (voluntary)
7:30 -8:30 Breakfast time to check locations for the day's planned playing, and for booking more groups
9:00 - 10:25 First playing session
10:35 - 12:00 Second playing session
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch; checking locations for playing, booking
1:00 - 1:50 Madrigals, except Saturday
2:00 - 3:25
3:35 - 5:00 Fourth playing session
5:00 - Free time, cocktail hour
5:30 - 6:30 Cafeteria open for dinner, checking locations for playing, booking more groups
7:30 - 9:00 Fifth playing session
9:00-10:00 Snacks in the lounge;
booking sessions for future days; games and puzzles
10:00 - ? The totally addicted, energetic or insomniac may play after hours in Harvey Academic Center.
Special scheduled events - also optional -
See Activities (left) for details and links.
Sunday night Large Ensemble. Workshops are held simultaneously for piano or winds not involved in the ensemble.
9:00 - 10:25 except Thursday: Early Music, led by Collette LeFever, flute coach. The harpsichord and appropriate sheet music are also available throughout the day.
Wednesday 7:00 PM Lyndonville Community Band Concert on the village green -- a great slice of Americana! VMAC winds are welcome to participate.
Friday 8:00 Participant concert. Performing is voluntary. See programs from recent years.
Saturday 8:00 FUN NIGHT! You have to have been there.
The most important feature of the schedule is that everything is optional.
Participants are free to schedule as many or as few playing sessions as desired. Few play all five.
Trips to local attractions like Bread and Puppets, the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, nearby Canada, mountain trails, swimming in Lake Willoughby or in the college pool, working on a project in the art room, or just taking a nap can substitute for any of the playing sessions.
Most vital for a satisfying experience is to book plenty of sessions and keep track of them.
Cafeteria meals can be skipped in favor of dining at off-campus restaurants, from the down-home Miss Lyndonville Diner to the excellent River Garden Cafe in East Burke. However, much booking of groups takes place at meals, so it is important to keep checking your schedule against the times and room assignments posted in the cafeteria.
Presented with a draft of this schedule, one Board member suggested that it should include a list of the things one has to sneak into the schedule, like trips to the bathroom and stopping by the library to pick up the next music! It is a full life.