'A Prairie Home Companion': Garrison's Last Show

Jul 2, 2016

Garrison Keillor will be hosting A Prairie Home Companion for the last time Saturday, July 2. We think this calls for a celebration to honor Garrison!

Event Update 10:30 a.m. 7/2- The weather looks like it's going to cooperate so we're planning on having the event at the Parade Grounds at the front of Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester. Please remember to bring a chair or blanket, your picnic basket and good cheer. See you there!

Join your fellow Prairie Home fans and VPR staff for a listening party starting at 5:00 on the Parade Grounds at the front of Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester. VPR’s Reuben Jackson and Ric Cengeri will be our hosts.

Bring a picnic and your rhubarb pie to share with the crowd. Depending on how many pies show up we may even have a contest for the best pie. We'll play trivia games and then listen to the show together at 6:00.

That's Saturday, July 2. Picnicking starts at 5:00 at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester. If it rains the party will move indoors and will be located at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction in the Blue Pavilion.


DIRECTIONS – Fort Ethan Allen is located on Route 15 at the Colchester/Essex Junction line. The Parade Grounds are located on Dalton Drive. See the map here.

Our rain date location at Champlain Valley Expo is also on Route 15 in downtown Essex Junction. From Fort Ethan Allen drive east on Route 15 for 1.5 miles and the fairgrounds are on your left.

PARKING in Fort Ethan Allen will not be allowed on Dalton Drive. Please park in the Saint Michael’s College lot at King St. and Ethan Allen Ave. Champlain Valley Expo parking is plentiful and free.

SEATING- Please bring chairs and blankets for Fort Ethan Allen. If we are going to be at the rain site at Champlain Valley Expo tables and chairs will be provided.

NO TRASH- The listening party is a PACK IN/PACK OUT event. Please come prepared to remove your own picnic trash regardless of which location at which we gather.

DOGS- Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome at Fort Ethan Allen. Dogs are not allowed at Champlain Valley Expo.   

Are you thinking this is a sad occasion? Don’t despair! We will hear Garrison Saturday nights all summer in rebroadcasts just as we have in years past. Then we can all look forward to October 15 when musician extraordinaire Chris Thile will take over for Garrison as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion. Chris' wide range of musical taste, paired with his vast network of famous and talented friends, will draw new, diverse talent to the show.