Vergennes Opera House

Vergennes Opera House Built in 1897 - Restored in 1997 - Thriving Today
Promoting & Celebrating a Sense of Community
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Look at this!
12/27/2023

Look at this!

Keep it local and stretch your dollar in 2024   Gift Certificates that Stretch the Budget! BONUS TIME! now through Dec. 31, great return on investment! BLACK SHEEP BISTRO - Offering up their holiday p

Saturdays are all about dance class at the Vergennes Opera House. Spotlight Vermont
12/16/2023

Saturdays are all about dance class at the Vergennes Opera House. Spotlight Vermont

A lil’ magic happened in the theater tonight. A “merry and a happy to all!”
12/09/2023

A lil’ magic happened in the theater tonight. A “merry and a happy to all!”

12/08/2023

Broadway Direct is SOLD OUT.
See you all tonight!

A perfect day to scurry into the Vergennes Opera House to listen to 14 trombones! Tix will be available at the door or y...
12/03/2023

A perfect day to scurry into the Vergennes Opera House to listen to 14 trombones! Tix will be available at the door or you can get then online here: https://www.vergennesoperahouse.org

11/20/2023
11/20/2023

A thanksgiving song from yesterday’s special hymn sing event at the Vergennes Opera House to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Little City represent!
11/20/2023

Little City represent!

11/19/2023

Um, wow! ❤️ Just a lil’ warm up for 3pm today.

Looking forward to an afternoon of music, community, and thanksgiving tomorrow at 3pm. There are only 20 seats left! Res...
11/18/2023

Looking forward to an afternoon of music, community, and thanksgiving tomorrow at 3pm. There are only 20 seats left! Reserve now online at VergennesOperaHouse.org. This is a free event with all donations to benefit the All Access Project.

Seats are going fast! Reserve your seats for the Thanksgiving Community Hymn Sing at vergennesoperahouse.org/events
11/10/2023

Seats are going fast! Reserve your seats for the Thanksgiving Community Hymn Sing at vergennesoperahouse.org/events

Welcome to the neighborhood Lost Lantern Whiskey! A new place in the little city to make you feel warm inside. 🥃 Cheers!
11/04/2023

Welcome to the neighborhood Lost Lantern Whiskey!

A new place in the little city to make you feel warm inside. 🥃 Cheers!

After more than a year of planning and hard work, we are proud to announce that today is the GRAND OPENING of the Tasting Room 11 Main Street, Vergennes, Vermont! https://www.lostlanternwhiskey.com/visit/

Opening weekend schedule is as follows:
Friday from 2-8 PM
Saturday 12-6 PM

The Lost Lantern tasting room is located in the bustling metropolis of Vergennes, Vermont, the state's smallest city (population: 2,500). We're about half an hour from Burlington, just off the main road heading north/south, and 20 minutes from Middlebury. It's about an hour from Stowe and Killington and in striking distance of several other major ski areas.

If you find yourself in the area, please stop by Tasting Room where we will offer a WIDE RANGE of whiskey flights as well as BOTTLE SALES (including many releases that have long sold out on our website) and yes, there is even a selection of exclusive Lost Lantern MERCH! You may even run into our co-founders Nora and Adam!

We look forward to having you visit our space soon! Cheers to a new chapter!

Great night at the opera house celebrating community stars from throughout Addison County at the Addison County Chamber ...
10/27/2023

Great night at the opera house celebrating community stars from throughout Addison County at the Addison County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards event. Julie Basol from the Vergennes Partnership was awarded citizen of the year. Governor Jim Douglas gave the keynote. 3 Squares Cafe catered and it was a delicious night. Bravo all! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🏆

A fantastic full house for Colby Crehan & MARSH LIGHTS !
10/14/2023

A fantastic full house for Colby Crehan & MARSH LIGHTS !

Last night four lucky couples enjoyed a delicious meal of caprese salad, homemade ravioli, meatballs, tiramisu, homemade...
10/07/2023

Last night four lucky couples enjoyed a delicious meal of caprese salad, homemade ravioli, meatballs, tiramisu, homemade bread and lovely wine at the home of VOH board member Teresa Boucher. This dinner was an auction item at our Ladies’ Rally this past June to raise funds for the All Access Project. The winning bid couple invited three more couples who produced more funds last night to match the original bid! They doubled the funds in one night! A delicious and generous night. Tonight Teresa does this all again for another group. Hazzah we are blessed!

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PO Box 88/120 Main Street
Vergennes, VT
05491

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Vergennes Opera House Historic 1897 Theater

On February 12, 1897, the citizens of Vergennes gathered in front of the newly built City Hall and Opera House to witness a ribbon cutting ceremony of the opening of the newly built City Hall and Opera House. The structure was built for $12,500 and was $2,500 over budget. The downstairs hosted city services while the theater space was on the second floor.

For the next 50+ years, the Opera House served as the community’s gathering space, hosting community political and civic events, performances as part of the vaudeville circuit, minstrel shows, community celebrations, dinners for war heroes, high school graduations and high school plays.

In 1955 the Vergennes Union High School opened complete with an auditorium. The student’s no longer needed the Opera House theater for their productions and graduations. Between 1955 and 1974, the Opera House struggled to find its relevance in the community and it was used less and less and began to show signs of neglect. Finally, in 1974, the city leaders had ten barn cables installed inside the Opera House pulling together the north and south walls of the space and rending the theater unusable.

Deterioration began to take place in earnest so by the time the Friends of the Vergennes Opera House , FVOH, was formed (1993), the hall was filled with broken windows, fallen plaster, pigeon droppings and a leaking roof. In short, it was a mess.

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