April 8 is a once-in-a-lifetime experience

What are Your Plans for April 8?

April 8 is International Romani Day, It’s also National Empanada Day, National Zoo Lovers Day, and National All is Ours Day, which is about “noticing nature and the world around you and taking pleasure in the beauty you see.” That last one seems to fit the once-in-a-lifetime event that’s also happening that day – the Total Solar Eclipse, which will occur in a band from Mexico through to Canada, including Northern Vermont. The actual period of Totality – when the moon will completely block the sun – begins at about 3:25pm – and will last as long as 3 and a half minutes, depending on where you are. The coverage in Vermont will be from the Canadian border east to Derby, south to Middlebury, Montpelier, and St. Johnsbury.

Vermont will be seeing a number of visitors coming for the eclipse – estimates range from 36,000 to 145,000 people. Already, many hotels have sold out in the Chittenden County area, charging hundreds of dollars a night. Many schools in the path of totality will be on half-day schedules.

Be Prepared: