Events

  • Tue
    06
    Dec
    2016
    6-8pmSVC Theatre and Gallery
     bennington-southern-vermont-college
    Quick Hit Presentations 6:00-6:30pm - 20-30 min. tops (Theater with website projected)
    - BATS Welcome
    - MG375 Web Site Navigation & Features - Project Overview by students
    - Trail Mix Preview - a team of MG340 students has already started work for our 2017 spring Trail Mix event with demo days
    Networking - 6:30 - 8:00pm
    Music/Food/Beer&Wine
    Fundraising 50/50 raffle and Prize giveaways from sponsors
    VMBA Info Table
    Donations: Hannaford and Walmart for food
    Bright Ideas or Mt. Anthony CC for Beverage service with $1.00 per drink back to BATS
  • 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.

    kickoff

  • 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.

  • Sun
    03
    Sep
    2017
    9:30am-12:00pmBennington, VT

    Time for some trail work! BATS will be holding trail work events on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:30 am -12pm now through the end of fall.  Like the trails on Mount Anthony? Please come join us and pitch in! In the coming weeks we will be working on a new section of trail off of Halloween Tree.

    Meet at 9:30 am at one of the following Meeting Locations:
    9/3- due to Garlicfest, meet at the Southern VT College Fieldhouse parking lot (not designated trail parking, but permission given for this date)
    All other dates- Meet at the Camelot Village parking lot closest to Fox Hill Drive

    Meet at the SVC Mansion/Upper parking lot at 9:30 am.

    Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for trail work. Gloves recommended. Bring water, snacks, and your bike or running/hiking shoes for a ride, hike, or run afterwards! We have tools, but a few extras can come in handy. If you have a small folding saw, loppers, or digging tool (pickmattock, put them in your trunk in case we need them (Check out this list of the 25 best trail building/maintaining tools)!

    Please note that any and all changes to the trail system on Mount Anthony must go through the Bennington Area Trail System first. We are a small, non-profit dedicated to building and maintaining sustainable trails. If you have ideas and want to help, BECOME A BATS MEMBER, or COME VOLUNTEER and talk to us about your ideas!

  • Sun
    17
    Sep
    2017
    9:30am-12:00pmBennington, VT

    Time for some trail work! BATS will be holding trail work events on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:30 am -12pm now through the end of fall.  Like the trails on Mount Anthony? Please come join us and pitch in!

    Meet at the Camelot Village parking lot at 9:30 am. We will be working on a new section of trail off of Halloween Tree.

    Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for trail work. Gloves recommended. Bring water, snacks, and your bike or running/hiking shoes for a ride, hike, or run afterwards! We have tools, but a few extras can come in handy. If you have a small folding saw, loppers, or digging tool (pickmattock, put them in your trunk in case we need them (Check out this list of the 25 best trail building/maintaining tools)!

    Please note that any and all changes to the trail system on Mount Anthony must go through the Bennington Area Trail System first. We are a small, non-profit dedicated to building and maintaining sustainable trails. If you have ideas and want to help, BECOME A BATS MEMBER, or COME VOLUNTEER and talk to us about your ideas!

  • Mon
    25
    Sep
    2017
    5:00PM-6:00PMSouthern Vermont College, 982 Mansion Dr, Bennington, Vermont 05201

    Members of the Bennington Area Trail System (BATS) invite you to a Guided Trail Run and Walk on Monday, September 25th at 5pm 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!

    Join BATS Board of Directors member and exceptional athlete and advocate of health, wellness, and community, Tim Van Orden, on a short, guided walk. Or bring your running shoes and follow Silvia Cassano, a BATS Board of Directors Member and trail professional, and Jim Sullivan, Executive Director and Planning Program Coordinator for the Bennington County Regional Commission, on a 3-4 mile guided run. Come and discover this amazing local resource with us.

    RSVP encouraged and indicate if you are walking or running! RSVP on FB or email silcassano@gmail.com 

    Event Free to the Public. Kid friendly. Dogs welcome, but must be on a leash. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes, and bring your own water. We may/may not go to Harvest Brewing after. If you have your BATS membership, you get a special deal.

    ---Please note hunting season starts soon and trail use closer to SVC campus is advised. Hunting is allowed on private land the BATS trails have permission to go on. Wear orange. Dog on leash, orange bandana... be smart...be safe.-
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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.

  • Sat
    30
    Sep
    2017
    8am-10amSouthern Vermont College 982 Mansion Dr, Bennington, Vermont 05201

    Join Battenkill Valley Runners (BKVR) and the Bennington Area Trail System (BATS) on a beautiful 4 mile trail run on the BATS trail system. Led by Silvia Cassano, run from the SVC Upper Lot on the amazing trails around the base of Mount Anthony. Experience this hidden gem of Bennington!

    A carpool will leave the Arlington Rec Park main parking lot at 7:15am. If you would like to carpool please let us know!

    Park by the kiosk in the Upper SVC Everett Mansion Lot.

  • Sun
    01
    Oct
    2017
    9:30am-12:00pmBennington, VT

    Time for some trail work! BATS will be holding trail work events on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:30 am -12pm now through the end of fall.  Like the trails on Mount Anthony? Please come join us and pitch in!

    Meet at the Camelot Village parking lot at 9:30 am. We will be working on a new section of trail off of Halloween Tree.

    Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for trail work. Gloves recommended. Bring water, snacks, and your bike or running/hiking shoes for a ride, hike, or run afterwards! We have tools, but a few extras can come in handy. If you have a small folding saw, loppers, or digging tool (pickmattock, put them in your trunk in case we need them (Check out this list of the 25 best trail building/maintaining tools)!

    Please note that any and all changes to the trail system on Mount Anthony must go through the Bennington Area Trail System first. We are a small, non-profit dedicated to building and maintaining sustainable trails. If you have ideas and want to help, BECOME A BATS MEMBER, or COME VOLUNTEER and talk to us about your ideas!

  • Sun
    15
    Oct
    2017
    9:30am-12:00pmBennington, VT

    Time for some trail work! BATS will be holding trail work events on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:30 am -12pm now through the end of fall.  Like the trails on Mount Anthony? Please come join us and pitch in!

    Meet at SVC Fieldhouse at 9:30am. Since it is now Archery Season, we will work on trails on SVC Campus

    Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for trail work. Gloves recommended. Bring water, snacks, and your bike or running/hiking shoes for a ride, hike, or run afterwards! We have tools, but a few extras can come in handy. If you have a small folding saw, loppers, or digging tool (pickmattock, put them in your trunk in case we need them (Check out this list of the 25 best trail building/maintaining tools)!

    Please note that any and all changes to the trail system on Mount Anthony must go through the Bennington Area Trail System first. We are a small, non-profit dedicated to building and maintaining sustainable trails. If you have ideas and want to help, BECOME A BATS MEMBER, or COME VOLUNTEER and talk to us about your ideas!

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    6pm-8pm1West Mountain Inn, 44 W. Mountain Inn Rd, Arlington, VT 05250

    If you care about outdoor recreation in Southern Vermont we hope to see some BATS members/Bennington area outdoor recreation supporters in Arlington for this VT Outdoor Recreation Economy Collaborative Regional Summit.

    For those who cannot attend an in-person meeting, an online survey will go live on September 12th on the FPR webpage at www.fpr.vermont.gov/VOREC ,   where you can also learn more information about this initiative. If you have any questions or need special accommodations, contact Jessica Savage, Recreation Program Manager at the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, 802-249-1230, Jessica.savage@vermont.gov.


    Background about VOREC from our parent organization, the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, who helps us be able to build, maintain, and support volunteer work on our multi-use trails:

    VOREC will be hosting seven regional summits to learn more about the public's perspectives on what the steering committee should recommend to the Governor as the next best steps for Vermont AND Vermonters. VMBA encourages you to attend as many summits as you can and to keep the following items in mind:

    All types of recreationists are welcome in this conversation (ATVers, anglers, birders, hunters, snowshoers, equestrians, etc.)

    Show up in force, be polite, patient, concise, and open to collaborating with new kinds of partners.

    ___________________________________

    Full Regional Summit Schedule:

    Tuesday, September 12th: The Best Western, 45 Blush Hill Rd, Waterbury, VT 05676. 6-8 pm.

    Monday, September 25th: Island Pond Town Hall, 49 Mill St, Island Pond, VT 05846. 6-8 pm.

    Tuesday, October 3rd: Community College of Vermont, 60 West St, Rutland, VT 05701. 6-8 pm.

    Tuesday, October 10th: City Hall, 100 North Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478. 6-8 pm.

    Monday, October 16th: The Evening Star Grange 1008 East-West Rd, East Dummerston, VT 05346. 6-8 pm.

    Monday, October 23rd: Hartford Town Hall 171 Bridge St White River Junction, VT 05001. 6-8 pm.

    Tuesday, October 24th: The West Mountain Inn, 144 W. Mountain Inn Rd, Arlington, VT 05250. 6-8 pm.

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    Quick backstory: The state led Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) was launched in June through an executive order by Governor Scott. A steering committee of 15 people appointed by the Governor, including VMBA's executive director, has been assembled.

    A primary charge of the group is to strengthen stewardship of outdoor recreation resources and the organizations that support them.

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    Talking Points to Consider - encourage VOREC to put forth recommendations that strengthen stewardship of outdoor recreation resources and the organizations that support them.

    For example:

    • Shift private land use regulations in a way that supports more access for local chapters to expand your trail networks
    • Develop state driven funding mechanisms that reflect Vermont's economic growth attributed to the trails.
    • Create state land, long-range trail expansion commitments to Vermonters to proactively absorb growing levels of mountain bike ridership.

    It is critical that we show up and share our thoughts. What gets logged at these meetings will get attention and change that better support trails will follow. Please share this with your members and neighbors so they can attend.

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    Sun
    29
    Oct
    2017
    Whenever!Willow Park, Bennington, VT

    Calling BATS members, fellow trail fans, bike lover, and community members! Volunteers needed for The Wicked Creepy Cross Race. The Wicked Creepy CX is in it's 11th year. Held at Willow Park, it is a really fun setting and a great community event. See the flagging, posts, and stairs in the photo? They don't just get there by themselves!

    Volunteers needed in larger numbers to set up the day before (10/28) from mid-morning to sunset.

    Some volunteers needed race day during the day, and especially for take down. Races begin at 8:15 am and the last race starts at 3pm.

    PLEASE contact Race Director, Tim Payne if you can help. payneposse@comcast.net 

    The Wicked Creepy is part of the NYCross series. Learn more about this race below, or heck, go watch/race in a few!
    https://www.bikereg.com/wicked-creepy-cyclocross-race-part-of-the-nycrosscom-series

  • Sun
    05
    Nov
    2017
    Bennington, VT

    Time for some trail work! BATS will be holding trail work events on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 9:30 am -12pm (unless otherwise noted) now through the end of fall.  Like the trails on Mount Anthony? Please come join us and pitch in!

    Remaining Dates:

    11/5- Meet at SVC Fieldhouse at 1PM and work until about 3pm. BLOWDOWN WORK! BRING Proper PPE and a handsaw. If you are a BATS member, and trained on a chainsaw, we may need you. 
    Since it is Youth Hunting Weekend, we will work on trails on SVC Campus or work on blazing trails and installing any remaining informational signs we have left to install

    11/19- Meet at SVC Fieldhouse at 9:30am and we will work until about noon.
    Since it is now Rifle Season (white-tailed deer), we will work on trails on SVC Campus

    *Weather permitting for all events. If it snows/ground finally frozen, then we will update accordingly.

    Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for trail work. Gloves recommended. Bring water, snacks, and your bike or running/hiking shoes for a ride, hike, or run afterwards! We have tools, but a few extras can come in handy. If you have a small folding saw, loppers, or digging tool (pickmattock, put them in your trunk in case we need them!

    Please note that any and all changes to the trail system on Mount Anthony must go through the Bennington Area Trail System first. We are a small, non-profit dedicated to building and maintaining sustainable trails. If you have ideas and want to help, BECOME A BATS MEMBER, or COME VOLUNTEER and talk to us about your ideas! #BATSvtwww.batsvt.org