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   Welcome to "The Hotel That Feels Like An Inn”, The Olympia Lodge.  We are family owned and operated offering warm and friendly Vermont hospitality for over 35 years.  If you are looking for a real Vermont experience, something that you will not find from a chain hotel, give the Olympia a call.

  The Olympia is conveniently located just north of Manchester Center, Vermont. It is  known for its designer outlet stores, and its close proximity to Bromley, Magic. and Stratton ski areas. Manchester and the surrounding area is also known for its many fine restaurants, antique shopping, summer theatre, festivals and country fairs, car shows, horse shows, rivers and lakes for fishing and swimming, and, of course, breath taking scenery during our fall foliage season.

   The Lodge consists of 24 spacious rooms, a dining room and a lounge all located in one building. What sets us apart from the others is our large lounge common area. Come sit by a roaring fire and enjoy a glass of wine or beer from our tavern.  In the mornings enjoy your complimentary home cooked breakfast.
(Dinners are available for small or large groups in our dining room upon request.)
In the summer time enjoy playing tennis on our private court and after take a dip in our sparkling heated swimming pool.
During our winter months enjoy skiing with one of our value ski packages at Bromley or Stratton Mountain, both are just minutes away. (check our deals and packages page.)
If you enjoy ice skating, we are located just one minute away from one of Vermont’s best ice skating rinks. (Riley rink at Hunter Park)


Your Innkeepers and Hosts
Trish, Sal &Tom



  October 1, 2015

Dorset Farmers Market

Every Sunday, 10am-2pm

H.N. Williams Store  

 GNAT Video of the Week

Legislative Forum on Property Tax & Education Reform

 Talking about Act 46 w/ Rep. Oliver Olsen & Speaker of the House Shap Smith. Ch. 17 & Ch. 10, Thursday at 9:30am & 9:30pm, Saturday at 2pm.  Watch Show.
Friday October 1 - Thursday October 8

The Intern

  (PG-13) 2 hrs. 1 min.
Fri & Mon: 5:15pm, 8:15pm
Sat & Sun: 2:15pm, 5:15pm, 8:15pm
Tue-Thu: 7pm
(PG-13) 2 hrs. 22 mins.
Fri & Mon: 5pm, 8pm
Sat & Sun: 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
Tue-Thu: 6:45pm


Evening of Fall Fashion
Thur. October 1, 5-7pm
Join us at our Marimekko Outlet for a fun, fashion filled evening and explore our newest collection with help from our in-store stylists. Learn tips on layering, and accessorizing, while enjoying drinks and light bites. Enjoy an extra 20% off full price fashion collection. 802-366-1160.

"Turning Point" w/ Michael Seely
Friday October 2 @ 7pm
Turning Point makes a compelling case for an overriding focus on job-creating growth, led by the info tech-savvy young, that emphasizes equality of opportunity, the centerpiece of America's cultural endowment, and thereby moves the national discussion away from divisive social issues to the one thing on which we must unrelentingly focus as we move toward the 2016 election-rising prosperity for all. 802-362-2200.

"The Hummingbird" w/ Stephen Kiernan
Saturday October 3 @ 7pm
Told with piercing empathy and heartbreaking realism, The Hummingbird is a masterful story of marital commitment, service to country, the battles we fight for those we love, learning to let go, and finding absolution through wisdom and acceptance. 802-362-2200.

The Nuns are Coming
Oct. 9-11 & 16-17 @ 7:30pm & Oct. 11 & 18 @ 2pm
The Dorset Players open their 88th Season w/ "Nunsense", a musical comedy. 802-867-5570/5777 for tickets.

Manchester Music Festival Presents Einstein's Mozart: Two Geniuses
Saturday Oct. 10 @ 3pm
Einstein's Mozart: Two Geniuses integrates two of Mozart's great string works with Kate Light's original poetry and prose. The narration draws listeners into ordinary and extraordinary moments of these two exceptional men, while the music -- separating the texts into discrete segments - casts its own magic. Mozart String Quartets K.465 and K.575 will be performed by Joana Genova and Heather Braun, violins; Ariel Rudiakov, viola and Benjamin Capps, cello in collaboration with poet Kate Light. Tickets $25, at, 802-362-1956 & the Northshire Bookstore

"The Company She Kept: A Joe Gunther Novel" w/ Archer Mayor
Sat. October 10 @ 7pm
During the height of a harsh Vermont winter, the body of a woman is found hanging from the steel-mesh retaining net lining the cliffs along the interstate. She was brutally murdered, with the word "dyke" carved into her chest. She was also a state senator and best friend and ally of the current governor, Gail Zigman. At Zigman's personal request, Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team agree to help the Vermont State Police in their investigation before the victim's high profile and powerful friends create the inevitable publicity maelstrom. 802-362-2200.

Annual Pumpkin Festival
Sat. Oct. 17, 11am-4pm
Enjoy pumpkin carving, wagon rides, corn maze, cider donuts & more! Benefits Manchester Community Food Cupboard. 802-362-2610

60th National Fall Open: Opening Reception
Now - Sun. Nov. 8, 2-4pm
  Artists from across the country, including SVAC artists members, submit their paintings, sculpture, photography, and mixed media works for selection in this juried show. Including an exhibition at the prestigious Tang Museum and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, this year's juror David Miller has handpicked over 150 pieces for the upcoming show. Meet many of the artists and enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres. 362-1405

New England's Best Foliage Towns

Manchester and the Mountains and The Shires of Vermont                 

We're No. 3 on Yankee Magazine's New England's best foliage towns!  Plan now to spend your fall in Manchester and the Mountains and The Shires of Vermont --- The Vermont Experience begins here!
Maddie's Fund
Second Chance Animal Center                
Second Chance Animal Center is a proud recipient of funding from Maddie's Fund ® (, helping to achieve a no-kill nation #ThanksToMaddie. We are using some of this funding to offer fee-waived adoptions of particular animals. This program will continue until grant funding is exhausted; ask the staff which animals qualify for fee-waived adoptions.Right now, all black cats and kittens qualify, as well as all older cats and dogs, and all long-term shelter residents. 802-375-2898.

Reading by Vermont Author & Journalist Elayne Clift  

Thursday October 1 @ 7pm

Manchester Community Library                

Vermont author and journalist Elayne Clift will read from her latest book, Children of the Chalet: New and Selected StoriesGrand Prize Winner for Fiction in the Greyden Press 2014 Book Competition. Free & open to the public. Copies of her books available for purchase. 802-362-2607.
27th Annual Manchester Fall Art & Craft Festival
Friday October 2 - Sunday October 4
Autumn in Vermont! The mountains around Manchester are awash with color and tents are full of fine art, contemporary craft-work, specialty foods, live music & more. It's an annual tradition for many shoppers and a delightful new experience for others. This is the perfect time to take a weekend getaway experience Southern Vermont at peak foliage while sipping a hot cappuccino, shopping for handcrafted art and craft-work, and eating amazing local food.
Art Treasures on the Hill
Friday October 2 @ 6pm
Nathan Auction & Real Estate Inc. will be conducting an exciting auction. This auction is the result of a thorough look at SVAC's archives and offers attendees the opportunity to purchase incredible and unique works, from oil paintings to watercolors, and stunning photography to impressive woodwork. Proceeds raised from this auction will go in part towards the maintenance and preservation of the permanent collection. 802-362-1405.   
TEDx Battenkill Returns 
Saturday October 3, 9am-4pm
His TEDxBattenkill 2015 presentation on "The Extinction of Democracy" will cover the change in the economy, why we are facing a major Sovereign Debt Crisis, and why politics is moving into meltdown mode where people are upset with politics as usual. Most people now see Democrat or Republican, nothing changes. Come see through the economic changes in the world with fresh eyes in Armstrong's thought-provoking talk. Tickets: $45 in advance or $55 at the door.
Kids Event: "Firefly w/ Alison McGhee
Saturday October 3 @ 4pm
Alison McGhee is the New York Times bestselling author of Someday, as well as Firefly Hollow, Little Boy, So Many Days, Bye-Bye Crib, Always, A Very Brave Witch, and the Bink and Gollie books. Her other children's books include All Rivers Flow to the Sea, Countdown to Kindergarten and Snap. 362-2200.
Robert Dubac's "The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?"
Saturday October 3 @ 7:30pm
Dorset Playhouse                
"What do women want?" This hit multi-character comedy pinpoints the differences between the sexes; ninety minutes of non-stop laughter. Tickets $23. 802-867-5570

Zion Church Blessing of the Animals & Backpacks and the Bishop's Visit on the Rector's 20th Anniversary

Sunday October 4

Zion Episcopal Church 

The Blessing of the Animals and Backpacks will be held outdoors before the 10am service. It is Zion's tradition to do the Blessing of the Animals on the Sunday near the Feast of St. Francis. The Blessing of the Backpacks has been added in recent years at the beginning of the school year. The festivities continue with the visit of Bishop Thomas C. Ely for baptisms and confirmations and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rev. John S. Mitchell as Rector of Zion Church and Vicar of St. John's Chapel. Refreshments following. 802-362-1987 or or www.
The Forecaster, Live Q&A + Discussion w/ Martin Armstrong
Sunday October 4 
Village Picture Shows              
Armstrong forecasts that October 1st 2015 is the beginning of a sovereign debt crisis that will impact all global economies. Through his extensive historical knowledge of financial markets, he has developed a solution for the crisis. It is imperative that people throughout the world learn about the challenges they will face and what they can do to improve the situation. As the former Chairman of Princeton Economics Institute, Martin Armstrong gained international popularity for his accurate predictions, earning the nickname "Mr. Yen" in Japan and the title of Hedge Fund Manager of the Year in 1998. Tickets: $85/person and may be purchased at

Art Comes to PreSchool Story Time/Play Group

Tuesday October 6 @ 10:30am

Manchester Community Library  

Local artist/art teacher Stacy Gates will facilitate the first in a series of monthly creative, process-oriented art projects following PreSchool Story Time/PlayGroup. Stacy will be at the Library on the first Tuesday of every month to enhance and expand young imaginations. Free & open to the public. 362-2607.

Tutor Training

Tuesdays & Thursdays October 6, 8, 13, & 15, 1-4pm

Martha Canfield Library in Arlington              

Vermont Reading Partners is looking for tutors! No previous experience is necessary to become a tutor. Participants must attend all sessions & you will need to register prior to attending. Registration can be completed by calling our office 802-362-2323 or
Green Mountain Academy Presents: Boiling the Frog: Is There a Future for the American Middle Class?
Tuesday October 6, 5:30-7pm
Manchester Community Library              
The American middle class was once world renowned for its stability, affluence, and political influence. Yet recent trends and policies have threatened that vaunted position. Today it is common to read about various threats to the middle class way of life. Is this decline real? If so, what was the cause? And what can be done to return the American middle class to its world prominence? $15 in advance/$20 at the door. 802-867-0111. Register here.

Grammy Nominee Stephen Wade Shares Music of the South

Wednesday October 7 @ 7pm

Manchester's First Congregational Church              

Grammy nominee, banjo player, and music historian Stephen Wade will explore folksong traditions across the South in a special lecture performance. The event, "The Beautiful Music All around Us," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series. Free & open to the public. 802-362-2709.
Southern Vermont College "How to Dress for Success or Not" Fashion Show    
Thursday October 8, 6-8pm
Southern Vermont College           
The event is tailored for students making the transition from school to work and for individuals interested in re-entering the workforce. Event is free and open to all in the SVC and Bennington communities. Seating is limited to the first 75 attendees. Clothing will be provided by Maurices and Label Shopper of Bennington. For more information, call 802-447-4631 or
32nd Annual Weston Craft Show 
Friday October 9 - Sunday October 11, 10am-5pm 
Weston Playhouse                 
The Weston Craft Show is a juried exhibit of exceptional Vermont artisans, representing works in baskets, ceramics, folk art, glass, jewelry, lighting, paper, fiber, leather, mosaics, pastels, sculpture, wearable art, and wood.
"God's Kingdom" w/ Howard Frank Mosher
Friday October 9 @ 7pm
Howard Frank Mosher is one of America's most acclaimed writers. His fiction, set in the world of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, chronicles the intertwining family histories of the natives, wanderers, outcasts, and fugitives-white, Native American, escaped slaves fleeing north, French Canadians, and others-who settled in this remote and beautiful place. 802-362-2200.
Kids! "A Day With Bonefish Joe" w/ Elizabeth Howard
Saturday October 10 @ 3pm
Northshire Bookstore              
Join us for story time with Elizabeth Howard. This is an enchanting story about an adventurous girl and her day at sea with Bonefish Joe, one of the best-known bonefish guides in the Bahamas. Young and fearless Flossie lives on Harbour Island, a small outpost in the Bahamas known for its exquisite three-mile pink sand beach and for bonefishing, a compelling catch-and-release enterprise that pits a determined angler against an inedible, surprisingly powerful, and elusive quarry. 362-2200.

3 Award Winning Artists' Show

Saturday October 10, 4:30-7pm

Tilting at Windmills Gallery 

Carol Arnold, Cindy Baron & Michael Fratrich will be on site all day painting & demonstrating their creativity for your pleasure & interest. It promises to be a novel approach to learning about their techniques of 3 different expressions in painting & getting to know the artists personally.802-362-3022.
Rare and Wild
Saturday October 10, 5-8pm
Helmholz Fine Art               
Chamber members and their colleagues, friends and family are invited to RARE & WILD. Cocktails by Appalachian Gap & Caledonia Spirits and Fall-inspired hors-d'oeuvres followed by a series of 10-minute artist demonstrations including "Egg Tempera" with Mark Wilson Meunier who traces the history of this rare and centuries-old medium, "How to prepare canvas, grind paint, and make and use the Maroger medium using techniques from the 1600s" with Elizabeth Torak and Thomas Torak, then Lisa Cueman, "On location in the Outer Banks," a 4 minute video followed by a Q&A with the photographer and finally Stephen Schaub will talk about new artworks, describing his use of rare and exceptional papers, still produced using a process dating back 3000 years.

Jim Brickman: Grammy-Nominated Pop Pianist

Sunday October 11 @ 7:30pm

Southern Vermont Arts Center                 

Jim Brickman is the most commercially successful instrumental pop pianist of the last three decades. Four of his albums have been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America - 1995's By Heart, 1997's Picture This and The Gift, and 1999's Destiny - for sales of more than 500,000 copies. Along with two Grammy nominations, he has sold more than 7 million albums and amassed 27 Top 40 singles on the adult contemporary charts, including 14 Top 10 smashes. For tickets, call Linda at 802.367.1305 or click here.
Green Mountain Academy Presents: Delivering "Little Boy": Inside the Manhattan Project and the Dawn of the Nuclear Age 
Tuesday October 13, 5:30-7pm
Williams College Professor James L. Nolan, Jr. will discuss the unusual journey of his grandfather, Dr. James F. Nolan, a radiologist and obstetric gynecologist who was on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Among other roles, Nolan escorted the first atomic bomb, "Little Boy," from Los Alamos to Tinian Island. $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Register here. 802-867-0111.
Green Mountain Academy Presents: The Nature of Value and the Value of Nature
Wednesday October 14, 5:30-7pm
Two daunting challenges our species face are biodiversity loss and climate change. Policies to address these crises have for the most part been abject failures. This talk with RPI Professor John Gowdy examines current market-based approaches to environmental policy and explores some alternatives focusing on collective choice and a much more active role for governments. $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Register here. 802-867-0111.
Green Mountain Academy Presents: Evolution of the Modern Presidency: From FDR to Obama
Thursday October 15, 5:30-7pm
This talk will draw upon Saint Michael's College Professor Bill Grover's new book. Focus will be on how historians and political scientists have thought about the American Presidency since the founding of the nation with special attention to the evolution of the modern presidency, from FDR forward. $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Register here. 802-867-0111.







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