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Happy birthday, Champlain!

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Samuel Champlain's excursion on Lake Champlain, the Saturday event includes performances by Martin Sexton, the United States Merchant Marine Academy Band, Piers Faccini, Junstin Jones and the Driving Rain, Stephane Wrembel, Bear Tracks, Tim Jennings, and LeAnne Ponder. There will also be food vendors, displays under a tent, and a screening of the upcoming Samuel Champlain film "Dead Reckoning." The Saturday, September 19 program highlights are the rededication at the Champlain Memorial lighthouse and the fireworks show. Free parking is available; guests may wish to bring a flashlight to use for walking to their vehicles after the fireworks.

On Sunday, Sept. 20, one lane (not both!) of the Lake Champlain Bridge will be open for pedestrian and bicycle traffic from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m., a special one-hour opportunity for the public to enjoy the vistas from the bridge. Thanks to Chimney Point and the Lake Champlain Committee, live music will be provided by Blue Sky Boys. The historic site on the Vermont end of the bridge will host a continuation of select Festival of Nations free programming on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Crown Point State Historic Site on the New York end of the Lake Champlain bridge, which fits Samuel Champlain's description ("at the extremity of a cape which extends into the lake on the western bank") of where he participated in a July 30, 1609 battle, will host one special program on Sunday afternoon, September 20. In the museum auditorium, at 1 p.m., filmmaker Caro Thompson will introduce a one-hour showing of her Emmy Award-winning documentary, "Champlain: The Lake Between," followed by a discussion.

Late last year, Vermont Public Television hosted the broadcast premiere of "Champlain: The Lake Between." Guests who attend this Director's Screening will hear some of the insights that went into the making of this acclaimed documentary. The public is invited to come hear how world history came together in what is now Vermont, New York and Quebec. Carol Thompson is well-known for Vermont Public Television projects: the series "Rural Free Delivery," documentaries "In Days Gone By," "Barns: Legacy of Wood & Stone," and "New England's Great River: Discovering the Connecticut." Thompson is a trustee of the Vermont Arts Council and a member of the University of Vermont's Center for Research on Vermont.

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