Events

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017
    12:00PM-6:00PMSouthern Vermont College

    UPDATED 5/4:  Join us at the Bennington Area Trail System's  on Saturday, May 6th at Southern Vermont College's Everett Mansion. Come check out what your local non-profit trails group, BATS is all about, join our effort, and learn about some of our trail plans for the season!

    Meet us at the Everett Mansion and the Upper Lot at SVC for all activities! 

    The event is free to the public! There will be lots going on and something for everyone! RSVP STRONGLY ENCOURAGED, but not required.

    Rain or Shine! Some activities can be moved indoors if rain, and as always, dress for the weather and activity you choose to participate in.

    Updates will be posted on the Trail Mix event page day of and on our website until then!

    2nd Annual Trail Mix Flyer Legal Size

    SCHEDULE (12pm-6pm)

    Ongoing      MTB Group Rides for Adults, Women and KIDS- Rides going off all day for adults and kids dependent on number of people- Kids rides will have a shuttle back up to the mansion!

    Ongoing         KidsBike Rodeo Safety Clinic with local law enforcement. Strider bike demos and loaner bikes for kids, but bring a bike if you have one! If your child does not have a helmet, we will have some available to loan or enough to giveaway while supplies last.

    Ongoing         Gear Demos– Thanks to Highlander Cycle, Berkshire Outfitters, Nature’s Closet and Salomon Footwear

    Ongoing         Amazing Raffle! Bring some cash money!  Donations from: Anytime Fitness, Tunbridge Fair, Bennington Museum, Madison's, Pizza Hut, It's Heavenly Holy Cow Frozen Yogurt, Bennington Bookshop, Knapp's, Darn Tough, Ken Bowl, Bennington Lanes, Wassick's Tire, Mad River Distillers, Spirits of Old Bennington, Ebb Fishing, Berkshire Outfitters, Olympia Sports and MORE 

    Ongoing             Food Truck  (burgers, dogs, taco truck, and non-alcoholic beverages, and special brews  from The Alchemist and Madison’s Brewing while supplies last. Special edition Pint Glasses available pre-sale $8  and day of $10- must be over 21, or we can get you some lemonade!

    Ongoing              Spirits of Old Bennington Tasting

    Ongoing but Limited/while supplies last- of legendary Alchemist Brewing beer, and the new, delicious Downtown IPA from Madison's Brewing.  $8 online presale, $10 Day off. Must be 21 to drink.

    Ongoing                Spirits of Old Bennington will have free tastings

    Time TBD            Trail Work/ Green Up Day– Either while on a walk, or in a separate event (To be announced) we will have a small trail maintenance project, or garlic mustard pull, or grab a Green Up Bag and bring your gloves and help pick up some trash along the SVMC and BATS Trails

    1:00 PM               Trail Run/Walk with SVC Cross Country team members

    1:00 PM               Women’s Mountain Bike Ride with BATS Board of Directors member, Silvia Cassano and Mary Hannah Parkman of BFF Adventures

    2:00 PM              Family Fun Walk  Meet at SVC and then carpool down the hill to the Southwestern VT Medical Center Trails- Led by BATS member, Amanda Monks and a SVC Cross Country Team member. It’s an easy trail, but no strollers, just backpacks and carriers, as the surface is natural. Plan for up to 1.5 hours max.

    2:30PM             Momma Walk  on the BATS Trails/Carriage Rd with BATS Member Mom’s with their kiddos

    3:00 PM            Trail Run with local Olympian Andy Newell

    4:00 PM            Social Hour(s) Begin at Everett Mansion

    4:00 PM             Brad DeBoer of BATS, Speaker, Mansion Theatre

    4:10  PM             Andy Newell- Guest Speaker, Mansion Theatre

    -Pace is determined by the leader, but all participants will be able to choose their own adventure/pace and communicate that to the leaders. Participation is at your own risk as outdoor activities can have hazards, be prepared and only do what you know you can handle. If riding bikes on trails, you MUST have a HELMET!

    More Details:
     The event will be based at the Everett Mansion at Southern Vermont College's beautiful campus. There will be guided and impromptu mountain bike rides on the mapped trails all day, in addition there are scheduled walks/runs/hikes for all ages on the BATS trails on Mt. Anthony as well as on the adjacent trail system at Southern Vermont Medical Center along as trails are dry enough.

    Bring your sense of community and adventure, the appropriate outdoor attire/gear (or demo some), and get out on the trails, or join us for camaraderie and some eats around 3:30 or 4pm on the patio of the Everett Mansion.

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  • Sun
    25
    Jun
    2017
    10:00 AM- 1:30 PMDorset Village Green, Dorset, VT

    This idea has been brewing, and a few of us at NATS and BATS decided to get it rolling. Our goal is to visit our neighboring VMBA Chapter's trail systems and ride with the clubs that built the trails to 1) Ride Bikes together 2) See what's been built or is being working on & learn about goals, challenges, and successes 3) Eat, drink & be merry

    First stop:
    Sunday, June 25th - 10am-1:30 (ish) pm at the Dorset Village Green
    Host: Northshire Area Trail System (NATS)
    Post Ride: Bring some cash or food. We will either do a mini-tailgate BBQ or go to the Dorset Farmers' Market (open til 2) or HN Williams for food after the ride. Carpooling advised as limited parking at the Dorset Village Green.

    RSVP on FB, or email Silvia at silcassano@gmail.com so we have a rough idea of how many folks to expect.

    *Kiddos welcome, but let us know ahead of time so we can make sure there is a ride leader at a different pace.

    **We love dogs, but please leave them at home (or bring a leash and someone to walk them. The BATS trails on the SVC campus portion of trails require dogs on leash).

    Thanks again for making this idea happen and we hope you can join us,

    Silvia Cassano and Jared Newell
    Bennington Area Trail System (BATS) BOD
    #BATSvt www.batsvt.org

    Alan Benoit and Joe Miles
    Northshire Area Trail System (NATS) BOD
    http://www.natsvt.com/

    http://tinyurl.com/y8a3ezse

  • Fri
    14
    Jul
    2017
    5:30 PM-8:30PMSouthern Vermont College, 982 Mansion Dr, Bennington, VT 05201

    This idea has been brewing, and a few of us at NATS and BATS decided to get it rolling. Our goal is to visit our neighboring VMBA Chapter's trail systems and ride with the clubs that built the trails to 1) Ride Bikes together 2) See what's been built or is being working on & learn about goals, challenges, and successes 3) Eat, drink & be merry

    2nd Stop:  

    Friday, July 14h- 5:30 pm -8:30 pm meeting at Highlander Bicycle, 160 Benmont Avenue, Bennington, VT 05201
    Host: Bennington Area Trail System (BATS)
    Post Ride: Grab burritos at Cilantro's or chose from the menu at Harvest Brewing (side by side). Bring your VMBA membership card for discount at Harvest.


    RSVP on FB, or email Silvia at silcassano@gmail.com so we have a rough idea of how many folks to expect.

    RAIN DATE will be Friday, 7/21. We will post that announcement on our FB Page between 9-noon on Friday. Thanks!

    *Kiddos welcome, but let us know ahead of time so we can make sure there is a ride leader at a different pace.

    **We love dogs, but please leave them at home (or bring a leash and someone to walk them. The BATS trails on the SVC campus portion of trails require dogs on leash).

    *** Share with your club/chapter members and friends

    Thanks again for making this idea happen and we hope you can join us,

    Silvia Cassano and Jared Newell
    Bennington Area Trail System (BATS) BOD
    #BATSvt www.batsvt.org

    Alan Benoit and Joe Miles
    Northshire Area Trail System (NATS) BOD
    http://www.natsvt.com/

    http://tinyurl.com/y8a3ezse

     

  • Tue
    18
    Jul
    2017
    6:00 pmSouthern Vermont College Trailhead- Upper Lot

    Members of the Bennington Area Trail System (BATS) will host a guided trail walk/run on Tuesday, July 18th at 6pm meeting at the Trailhead Kiosk parking at the Upper Southern Vermont College parking lot. This is your chance to learn what BATS is all about and learn the trails!

    Jim Sullivan of the Bennington County Regional Commission will lead a 3-4 mile guided run on the trails BATS maintains on Mount Anthony. Silvia Cassano, a BATS board member, will run sweep or lead any walkers (less distance for walkers). Kid friendly. Dogs welcome, but must be on a leash.

    We may/may not go to Harvest Brewing after. If you have your BATS membership, you get a special deal.

    Come and discover this amazing local resource with us. RSVP encouraged here or email silcassano@gmail.com

    ---This event is open to any SVMC or UCS staff and orginally we were going to host walks at SVMC trails that BATS maintains during the day, but the wash out the first weekend in July means we need to repair those trails. Stay tuned for more events.---
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    BATS is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit working with public and private landowners to plan, build, and maintain trails for sustainable, non-motorized use in and around the Bennington, Vermont area. BATS is a proud chapter of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA), which helps support our chapter with grants and other resources that are important to our current and future success.

    BATS Mission:
    Establish and promote a culture of cooperation between individuals, businesses, and institutions to support outdoor recreation, enhance the local economy, and to improve community health by getting people to be active outdoors.onomy, and to improve community health by getting people to be active outdoors.