Thursday December 1
POULTNEY Reservations are requested by Thursday, Dec. 1, for the Poultney Area Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Party that will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Fair Haven Inn (no payments accepted at the door). Cost: $30, including dinner, tax and tip. Bring a $5 gift for the Yankee Swap. Information/reservations: Mary Lee at Stitchy Women, 287-4114, or the chamber at 287-2010.
DORSET The Dorset Public Library will host a Coffee Reception with photographer Eric Seplowitz of Ballston Spa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. Eric’s exhibition will be featured at the library during December and it is a series of images especially for children and children’s décor. A children’s holiday story and craft also will be included at this event. Information: 802-867-5774, or www.dorsetlibraryinfo.org.
ARGYLE The Argyle Free Library will host an Open Knitting Group from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. Beginner and experienced knitters will be welcome.
WHITEHALL A Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Whitehall Cheerleaders will be held from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Elks Lodge in Whitehall. Cost: $7, eat-in or take-out. Proceeds will go towards new uniforms for the squad.
FAIR HAVEN American Legion Auxiliary Unit 49 will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at American Legion Post 49, 72 S. Main St. in Fair Haven. This auxiliary meets on the first Thursday each month. Information: 802-265-7983.
GLENS FALLS A World AIDS Day Memorial Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls. Information: 518-874-0800, or www.woodtheater.org.
RUTLAND Red Dog Solutions at 75A Woodstock Avenue in Rutland will host a Doggie Dance Review at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. Come watch dog owners and their dogs dance to music that’ll make you laugh and cheer. Cost: $5 minimum donation, free for children, with proceeds benefiting the Rutland County Humane Society. Information: 558-0512.
BENNINGTON Students from the Advanced Creative Writing Workshop class will host an Evening of Readings of original work in various genres, from poetry to fiction, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1. You’ll find this event in the Everett Mansion Theater at Southern Vermont College in Bennington. Free and open to all. Information: 802-447-6359, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
POULTNEY Meetings will be held at American Legion Post 39, 689 Granville Street in Poultney, as follows: Sons of the American Legion 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1; Ladies Auxiliary 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6; and regular Legion meeting 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Information: 802-287-5229.
RUTLAND Virtuoso Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Paramount Theatre on Center Street in Rutland. A 40-member choir of Rutland Intermediate School students will accompany her with a variety of holiday songs. Cost: $29.50 to $39.50. Information/tickets: 802-775-0903, or www.paramountlive.org.
Girls Night Musical
SARATOGA SPRINGS “Girls Night: The Musical” will be staged at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at Universal Preservation Hall, 25 Washington Street in Saratoga Springs. Additional performances will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Cost: $40. Information/tickets: 1-800-838-3006, or www.universalpreservationhall.org; group rates, 518-584-2627.
Friday December 2
CAMBRIDGE The Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Holidays Decorating Contest for all village residents and businesses. Judges will tour the village the weekend of Dec. 17 and gift certificates will be awarded to the top two homes and businesses. Information: 518-677-0887, or www.cambridgenychamber.com.
BENNINGTON/MANCHESTER The Northshire United Counseling Service will offer an expanded lineup of Therapy Group Meetings. The groups will include coping skills; managing anxiety, mood and relationships; substance abuse recovery; acute and chronic medical problems; livings skills; and more. Information/registration: 802-362-3950.
LONDONDERRY A Holiday Bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Flood Brook School in Londonderry. Enjoy lunch at the café, browse offerings from local vendors, participate in a silent auction and gingerbread house contest, and get a photo taken with Santa.
GLENS FALLS The LARAC Holiday Shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through Saturday, Dec. 24, at the Lapham Gallery in Glens Falls. Original art and fine crafts by local and regional artists will be offered. Information: 518-798-1144, or www.larac.org.
WASHINGTON COUNTY “Christmas in the Country,” the 21st Annual Artists’ Open House/Studio Tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 2 to 4, at 13 locations from Kingsbury to West Fort Ann. Each location will feature high-quality artwork. Look for Christmas tree-shaped signs from routes 4 and 149, and Dix Avenue, and get a map at participating locations. Information: 793-7925.
Thrift Shop Sale
SCHUYLERVILLE The Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop at 116 Broad Street in Schuylerville will hold a St. Nicolaas Weekend Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3. Featured will be 10 percent off on Christmas items, $4 men’s sport jackets, and a $1 bag sale and other bargains. This shop is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Information: 695-4640.
Thrift Shop Open
ARGYLE The Argyle Methodist Church Thrift Shop will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3. This shop will be open on the first Friday each month and every Saturday.
WHITEHALL American Legion Post 83 at 148 Main St. in Whitehall invites everyone to its Friday Fish Fry from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 2. This meal is served each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-2482.
SCHAGHTICOKE The Charles Waldron American Legion Post 731 Auxiliary invites everyone to a Friday Night Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the post on Main Street in Schaghticoke. Information: 753-4188.
FAIR HAVEN A Christmas Bazaar will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday the third, at St. Mary’s School, 19 Washington Street in Fair Haven (meet Santa from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday). Offered will be craft items, baked goods, trash and treasures. There also will be a raffle with more than 50 prizes, door prizes, and refreshments will be available. Information: Jane Schraff at 265-8045.
CASTLETON Everyone is invited to a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Miller family from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at American Legion Post 50 on Route 4A in Castleton. Takeouts will be available as well as possible delivery service to Castleton and Fair Haven (place orders after noon on Dec. 2 at 802-342-6278). Cost: $10 adults; $5 age 11 and younger. There also will be 50/50 and basket raffles with drawings at 9 p.m.
Pizza at Elks
GREENWICH The Greenwich Elks Club on Route 40 South will offer Henderson’s Pizza every Friday night. In addition to pizza, the menu will include weekly specials such as mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, French fries, and more. Information/to order: 692-2061.
POULTNEY Surdam Art Gallery at Green Mountain College hosts a reception for photographer Melissa Miller to open her show entitled “Noun: People, Places and Things,” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Miller, a senior in the college’s Fine Arts Program, will present her collection of images capturing the agrarian lifestyle in the small town of Hartford in Washington County, NY. Information: email email@example.com.
BENNINGTON A “Reading for Fun Night” will be conducted by students from Southern Vermont College’s Introduction to Literature class from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 in the school’s Everett Mansion. Children in grades kindergarten through five are welcome to attend and enjoy reading, crafts and pizza in a safe and fun environment. Information: Professor Lynda Sinkiewich at 802-447-6373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANCHESTER The Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce will present Gwendolyn Hallsmith, founder and director of Global Community Initiatives and author of “The Key to Sustainable Cities,” at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. Information/reservations: 802-362-6313.
CAMBRIDGE The Cambridge Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the 15th Annual It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas in Cambridge Celebration Friday through Sunday, Dec. 2 to 4. A parade will step off at 6 p.m. Friday from Gilmore Avenue (participants should line up at 5:45 p.m.). There also will be open houses and a Christmas Cash incentive for shopping locally at participating businesses from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday. There’ll be several other community activities over the weekend. For a list, visit www.cambridgenychamber.com. Information: 518-677-0887.
SCHUYLERVILLE Schuylerville Community Theater will host the second annual Memory Tree Program’s Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 on the front lawn of the Saratoga Town Hall. Eighteen live Christmas trees were purchased and decorated by community members as tributes to loved ones, and honorees will be named during the ceremony. Reception will follow in the Schuyler Room, with a special preview of the Festival of Trees. Information: 518- 695-4732.
Holiday Kick Off
GRANVILLE The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to kick off the holiday season from 6 to about 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at Veterans Park on Quaker Street in Granville. Santa will arrive by fire truck for a countdown to the lighting of the town tree, and then he’ll give a gift to each child. Adults will enjoy a fire ring provided by the Boy Scouts, while marshmallows and refreshments will be provided by the ladies auxiliaries of the Granville American Legion and VFW posts. Free and open to all.
SARATOGA SPRINGS A Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at Gavin Park in Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus will perform from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., Santa will arrive from 6:45 to 7 p.m. in front of Dailey Gym and the Administration Building and will meet and greet until 8:45 p.m. at the gym. Holiday movies also will be screened from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. and refreshments will be provided from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the gym. Information: 518-584-9455.
WELLS The Town of Wells will hold its Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 on the Town Green. The event includes Santa Claus, wagon rides, caroling, and cookies with the community. Sponsored by the Wells Beautification Committee.
MANCHESTER The Southern Vermont Arts Center invites everyone to its biannual, black-tie Winter Ball, “Arts for All,” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in the newly renovated Colonnade Ballroom at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester. Bid on a luxurious, five-bedroom hillside villa in St. Lucia, a weeklong stay at a private home with a pool in Vero Beach, and much more. There’ll be a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing. Information/reservations: Jackie Bell-Sargood at 802-362-1405, Ext. 22, or www.svac.org.
Holiday Open House
WELLS The Wells Village Library on the green will hold a Holiday Open House at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Purchase three tickets for $1 and a chance to win a gourmet cooking raffle basket, purchase a mitten for $4 from the Mitten Tree, get a free Polar Express bookmark, and enjoy tasty refreshments at this event for all ages. Also see a colorful collection of dolls from around the world. Books at low prices and VHS videos at $1 each also will be available.
CHITTENDEN The Church of the Wildwood at 347 Holden Road in Chittenden invites everyone to its First Friday Open Mic event at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2. Musicians, poets and storytellers of all ages are invited to perform and desserts and coffee will be available. Part of your free-will donation will benefit the VT Farm Disaster Relief Project. Information: 483-2234, or email email@example.com.
WHITEHALL Elks Lodge 1491 at 5 Elks Way in Whitehall will host Friday Night Bingo at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2. Featured will be a $500 jackpot special. This bingo is held each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-1491.
RUPERT The Rupert Kittay Public Library will host the No Strings Marionette Company with a presentation of the fairytale classic, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Rupert Firehouse on Route 153. Fifteen large-scale marionettes will be featured, and children and their parents will have an opportunity to inspect them and various tools used in staging this show. Free and open to all. Information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.rupertkittaylibrary.org.
Pember First Friday
GRANVILLE The Pember Library at 33 W. Main Street in Granville will host a First Friday in Granville event from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 2. Paintings by Nicholas Loscalzo, appliqué work by Chris Michel, leaf bird baths and garden tiles by Jody Kilbourn, and works by other artists will be featured. Holiday foods will be offered, including Raclette-style cheese by Southwind Farm, and one-of-a-kind jams from Red Bench Jam. Rupert Rising Bread, too. Also, bring an unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots drive.
Museum First Friday
GRANVILLE The Slate Valley Museum at 17 Water Street in Granville will hold a First Friday in Granville Holiday Sale from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and continuing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday the third. Offered will be unique gifts created by local artists and craftspeople at a 25 percent discount, and you’ll enjoy the beautifully decorated museum, including the current exhibit, “Heavy Lifting: A Human and Technological History of Moving Slate from Quarry to Market, 1850 to present.” And, the musical duo of Al and Kathy Bain will entertain on Friday. Information: 518-642-1417, or www.slatevalleymuseum.org.
Winnie the Pooh
DORSET The Dorset Players will stage “Winnie the Pooh” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and 9, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11, at the Dorset Playhouse. Cost: $12 adults; $10 members; $8 students; free age 5 and younger accompanied by an adult. For tickets: 802-867-5777.
Saturday December 3
WHITEHALL Boy Scout Troop 83 will collect non-perishable food items and toiletries on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Whitehall. If you live outside the village and have items to donate, you are asked to call Bob Gendron at 499-0297, or JoAnn Mattison at 499-9177, to arrange a pickup.
GREENWICH the Greenwich Women’s Service Club and others will host Breakfast with Santa from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Elks Lodge on Route 40S in Greenwich. Santa will arrive by fire truck at 8 a.m. and there’ll be family-style pancake breakfast, photos with Santa, and children’s crafts and activities. Cost: $5 adults, $3 age 9 and younger, at the door. Also, the FFA and local vendors will offer holiday decorations for sale and the Pooh’s Corner Preschool will lead the singing of Christmas carols. Information: Email email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHUSHAN The Shushan United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Bazaar from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 3. The day will start with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Offered will be crafts and handcrafted wreaths, and there’ll be a food sale. Information: Gayle Shaw at 518-854-3896.
SCHUYLERVILLE The Old Saratoga Reformed Church at the corner of Pearl and Burgoyne streets in Schuylerville will hold a Holiday Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. New and gently used Christmas items will be offered, including indoor and outdoor decorations, collectibles, ornaments, and much more. A bake sale, too. Information: Church office from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at 695-3479.
HUDSON FALLS A Flea Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3,
and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 188 Main Street, Route 4, in Hudson Falls. Door prizes will be presented. This event will be held on Saturdays and Sundays through March, 2012. Information/vendor space: 260-2807.
GRANVILLE The Granville Baptist Church at 23 Quaker Street in Granville will hold a Rummage Giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the church. Available will be items such as gently used winter clothing, Christmas decorations, gifts, toys, games, stuffed animals, baby and children’s clothing, household and kitchen items, sports equipment, etc. Information: Pastor Jim Peterson at 518-642-2245.
GRANVILLE The Sylvan Star/Skenesborough Chapter #122 Order of the Easter Star will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Slate Valley Masonic Center, 95 North St., Granville. Featured will be Christmas items and gift items, plus homemade soups, chili and sandwiches.
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS Rutland County Forester Eric Hansen will lead a “Winter Walk with a Forester” at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, on private land at 310 North Street in Middletown Springs. This will be a moderate hike and you should bring snowshoes if conditions warrant. Information: Staying Connected Initiative at 802-446-7030, or email email@example.com.
GRANVILLE An Ecumenical Coat Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, at the Bethel Peniel Presbyterian Church on Quaker Street in Granville. Anyone who needs free winter coats, gloves, hats, etc. will be welcome. Donations of winter coats and other winter wear, either new or in good and clean condition, will be accepted during the above hours.
CAMBRIDGE The Cambridge United Presbyterian Church at 81 E. Main Street in Cambridge will host its annual Christmas Goodies event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Included will be a crafts table, baked goods, used books, and a soup ‘n’ sandwich lunch. Everyone will be welcome.
Arts, Crafts Sale
SALEM The Sixth Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Courthouse Community Center in Salem. Twenty-five vendors will offer a wide assortment of unique, handcrafted items suitable for holiday gift giving. Breakfast and lunch foods also will be available.
PAWLET The Pawlet Public Library will hold its second annual Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4. The hand-crafted show will feature jewelry, hand-painted scarves, local cheese and maple products, hand-sewn doll clothing and more.
GRANVILLE A Holiday Book Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Pember Library, 33 W. Main Street in Granville. Information: 518-642-2525.
CAMBRIDGE The Cambridge Connects group will host the annual Christmas in Cambridge Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Cambridge Central School. Offered will be wreaths and locally produced crafts and products, and there’ll be a Chinese auction, children’s activities, and a holiday family photo shoot (reservations suggested with Meaghan at 677-3086). Also, the Police Dept. will collect new toys for Operation Santa Claus (donate to enter to win a door prize), and the Cambridge United Fund will offer lunch. Information: Dawn Case at 518-677-3959, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tracy at 677-8823.
Glass Bead Making
SALEM The Spinning Glass Studio at 123 Gillis Hill in Salem invites everyone to a Glass Bead Making Demonstration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Information: Email Nancy Bariluk-Smith at email@example.com.
EASTON Alpacas of Easton at 11822 Route 40 invites everyone to a free Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4. Meet alpacas, spin and dye fibers, and enjoy holiday cheer. Information: 518-692-8684, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival of Trees
SCHUYLERVILLE Schuylerville Community Theater will host the second annual Festival of Trees and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Saratoga Town Hall on Rts. 32/4 and 29 in the village of Schuylerville. Family entertainment, refreshments, and activities for children, followed by the traditional St. Nicolaas parade down Broad St. at 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. Information: 518-695-5332.
GRANVILLE The Granville Youth Basketball program will hold a Bottle Drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Ames Plaza in Granville, next to AJ’s restaurant. Proceeds will go towards purchasing new basketballs and uniforms for the third through sixth grade boys’ teams. To have bottles picked up at your residence, call Jo-Lynne at 518-642-9506.
RUTLAND An Upward Bound Basket Raffle will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Rutland High School, 22 Stratton Road. Cost: $5 admission and 25 tickets; $2 each additional sheet of tickets. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Castleton Upward Bound Scholarship Fund. Information: Jen at 802-468-6404.
DORSET The Dorset Public Library will host a coffee reception for photographer Eric Seplowitz from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Seplowitz’s new show, which is a series of images especially suitable for children and children’s décor, will be on display through the month of December. Information: 802-867-5774 or www.dorsetlibraryinfo.org.
WHITEHALL The Whitehall varsity wrestling team will host their counterparts from Granville in each team’s season opener at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 in the gymnasium at Whitehall High School.
CASTLETON The Federated Church of Castleton will host a Christmas Tree Ornament Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. This family event for all ages will provide materials and instructions for various types of ornaments. Light refreshments, too. Information: 802-468-5725.
MANCHESTER The Inn at Ormsby Hill at 1842 Main Street, Route 7A in Manchester, will host Holiday Open House Tours from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 and 10. Cost: $5 at the door, with all proceeds benefiting the Vermont/New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure of breast cancer. Pink gift bags with offers from local businesses, artisan cheese sampling, free raffle tickets and more will be featured both days. And from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 10, Vermont mystery writer Archer Mayor will sign copies of his new bestseller, “Tag Man.” Information: Chris Sprague at 802-362-1163.
RUTLAND Mount Saint Joseph Academy’s drama troupe will present “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the school. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, students and seniors. Information: www.mjsvermont.org or 802-775-0151.
MANCHESTER A Grandmother/Granddaughter Tea will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Equinox Village in Manchester. Great-grandmothers also are invited to this event that will feature gay apparel, tea and hot chocolate, tea sandwiches and cookies, and a holiday story read by Janet Kleinberg from the Mark Skinner Library. Free and open to all. Reservations are requested at 802-362-4061.
MANCHESTER Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of the legendary group, “Peter, Paul and Mary,” will set to music their book, “The Night Before Christmas,” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. A book signing will follow at this free event that’s open to all. Information: 802-362-2200, or www.northshire.com.
MANCHESTER The Second Annual Manchester Merriment Lighted Tractor Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, from the Dorr Farm and proceeding through downtown Manchester Center. Information: www.visitmanchestervt.com.
Taste of Europe
DORSET Everyone is invited to a “Taste of Europe” event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at The Long Trail School off Route 30 at 1045 Kirby Hollow Road in Dorset. Students will serve gourmet European hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Cost: $10, with proceeds going toward a spring trip by 18 students to France and Spain. Silent auction, too, with winners announced during the intermission of a performance of “A Christmas Carol.” Information: Anharad Edson at email email@example.com.
Tree Lighting, Santa
WEST RUTLAND The annual Tree Lighting will be held at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in West Rutland. Santa will arrive in an antique fire truck and light the tree at the Town Hall. For a donation of $1 you can light one of 2,000 bulbs in memory of a loved one, or as a gift to a friend, with proceeds benefiting the Town Hall Restoration Fund. Santa then will visit with children in the upstairs auditorium and there’ll be refreshments and singing of holiday tunes. Bring a plate of cookies to share.
Battle of Bands
GRANVILLE The Granville FFA will host the 2011 Battle of the Bands at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Granville High School on Quaker Street. Cost: $10 in advance; $12 at the door; Battle T-shirt $15; or ticket and T-shirt in advance, $20. Advance tickets/T-shirts may be purchased at the high school office.
MANCHESTER The Northshire Bookstore and the Equinox Resort will present Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Equinox Resort in Manchester. Cost: $45, including a copy of the book, “The Night Before Christmas;” and $65 VIP tickets, including a 6:30 p.m. pre-concert meet-and-greet with Peter and Paul, a copy of “The Night Before Christmas,” preferential seating, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Proceeds will benefit Music2Life and the Book Angels Program. Information/tickets: 802-362-2200, or www.northshire.com (tickets must be paid for in advance and picked up in person at the bookstore or the Equinox between 7 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 3).
Sunday December 4
JOHNSONVILLE The Johnsonville Rescue Squad invites everyone to a Pancake/French Toast Breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4.
CAMBRIDGE An all-you-can-eat Breakfast Buffet will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at American Legion Post 634, 210 Route 22 in Cambridge. This breakfast is served on the first Sunday each month, with few exceptions, and
everyone will be welcome.
COSSAYUNA The Cossayuna Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary invites everyone to a Toys for Tots Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 21 Bunker Hill Road in Cossayuna. Cost: $6 adults, $5 senior citizens, $4 ages 5 to 11, and free 4 and younger, with proceeds benefiting the Toys for Tots program. Donate a new, unwrapped toy and receive a $1 discount off the breakfast price. Information: 692-7155, or www.cossayunavfd.com.
RUTLAND The Green Mountain Club will offer a moderate, four-to-five-mile hike with steep climbing, at Merck Forest in Rupert on Sunday, Dec. 4. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Main Street Park, near the east end of the fire station off Center Street in Rutland City. Information: Vivian Bebee and Larry Walter at 775-3855.
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS The 17th Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Middletown Springs Elementary School on South Street. Wreaths, soaps, baked goods, honey, ornaments, paintings, quilts, and much more will be offered. There also will be a food sale to benefit the grades 5 and 6 class trip.
Toys for Tots
WHITEHALL The Canadian Pacific Rails Toys for Tots train will stop in Whitehall at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Amtrak Station on Main Street. Marines and Santa Claus will hand out toys to preregistered children.
Just for kids
DORSET Long Trail School will host an afternoon of holiday fun for kids starting at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 with a gingerbread man decorating and contest. At 2 p.m., the Arts Department will present a matinee performance of the Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol.” For tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/212520.
CAMBRIDGE Harpist Debi Craig will perform at the second annual Victorian Holiday Tea at the Rice Mansion on Sunday, Dec. 4. There will be two seatings: 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Washington County Historical Society. Tickets are $20; to purchase, call 518-747-9108 or 518-854-3421.
GLENS FALLS SUNY Adirondack associate professors of English, Nancy White and Peter Marino, will speak on “Life Lessons and Other Nonsense: A discussion of the history and craft of children’s literature for writers and readers of all ages” from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Also from 1 to 2 p.m. there’ll be a book reading for children of “Where the Wild Things Are,” followed by a movie at 2:15 p.m. You’ll find these free activities that are open to all at The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren Street in Glens Falls. Information: June Leary at 518-792-1761, Ext. 27, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHITEHALL The Whitehall Presbyterian Church on Broadway will hold their Annual Advent Hymn Sing at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. For more information, contact the church at 499-2535.
BENNINGTON The Vital Spark North group will perform a “States of Being” concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Martha Hill Theater at Bennington College. Works by Chopin, Bach, Debussy, Gershwin, Steve Reich and Fats Waller, along with original choreography, will be featured. Cost: $25, $5 students, with proceeds benefiting Meals on Wheels of Bennington County. Information/reservations: 802-332-8012, or email email@example.com.
SCHUYLERVILLE The Country Round and Square Dance Association invites everyone to an Old-Style Country Dance from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the American Legion Post on Clancy Street in Schuylerville. Music will be provided by the Ole Time Country band. Cost: $5 adults; $2 ages 6 to 17; free 5 and younger. A meeting will precede the dance from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and there’ll be a buffet at 3 p.m. (bring a dish to share). Information: Floyd at 747-6687.
CASTLETON The Friends of the Castleton Free Library group invites everyone to a Science Pub titled, “Just How Blank is That Slate?” with Dr. John Klein, chairman of the Psychology Dept. at Castleton State College, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Discussed will be the old, the new, and the latest on the nature versus nurture debate. You’ll find this event (free except for beverages) at The Iron Lantern on Route 4A in Castleton. Information: www.castletonfreelibrary.org/friends.
GREENWICH A Holiday Tree Lighting Memorial titled, “Everlasting Lights,” will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Town Commons on Academy Street in Greenwich. Free and open to all. Information: Town clerk at 518-692-7611, Ext. 1.
GREENWICH Community Caroling will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Mowry Park gazebo in Greenwich. Hot beverages and cookies will follow at St. Paul’s Parish Hall on Main Street.
Monday December 5
PAWLET Reservations are requested by Monday, Dec. 5, for the Haystack Hustlers senior group’s catered Ham Dinner that will be served by Mettowee Valley Grange members at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Pawlet Church. Cost: $10. Bring a table decoration and a reading or Christmas story to share, and a grab bag gift not to exceed $5 in value. Items will be collected for the Pawlet Food Shelf and there’ll be a 50/50 raffle. Information/reservations: Phyllis at 325-3196.
RUTLAND AREA The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinics as follows: 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Village Manor, Pittsford; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, Wallingford House, Wallingford; and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Castleton Meadows, Castleton. Cost: $2 blood pressure; $5 foot care. Information: 802-775-0568.
GRANVILLE The Granville Rotary Club invites everyone to its Christmas Wish Spaghetti Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at Bernardo’s Restaurant on Church Street in Granville. Takeouts will be available. Cost: $6 donation, with proceeds going toward the purchase of winter clothing and boots for Granville area children in need.
SCHAGHTICOKE Local florist Claudia Heyer will demonstrate how to make Fragrant Pomander Balls at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Diver Memorial Library, 136 Main Street in Schaghticoke. Adults and children age 8 and older will craft their own pomander balls to take home. Registration is required for this free event at 753-4344, or www.diverlibrary.org.
SOUTH GRANVILLE The South Granville Congregational Church will host a Monday Night Supper at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5. All are invited; please bring a dish to pass. Information: 642-9510.
EASTON The Easton Neighbors group invites everyone to a Potluck Supper at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Easton Methodist Church on Route 40 (bring your table service, beverage and dish to share). During this supper, children from the Easton Blue Birds 4-H and Easton Sunday School will hold a silent auction, with proceeds going toward the purchase of farm animals for poverty-stricken people in the United States and abroad so they can raise their own food (a Heifer International effort).
RUTLAND The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, Floor 1 at 6 Court Street in Rutland (RSVP/FGP/One-2-One office). Share stories, provide support, and suggest tips and strategies for dealing with rheumatoid arthritis. Information: Nan at 775-8220, Ext. 101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAMBRIDGE American Legion Post 634 at 2106 Route 22 in Cambridge will host Monday Bingo at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5. This bingo is held each Monday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-677-8069.
RUTLAND The Rutland Curbstone Chorus will meet for practice at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at Rutland High School. All males with an interest in barbershop singing are encouraged to join this fun group. Information: 802-273-2911.
Tuesday December 6
Cambridge/Granville Washington County WIC will hold its monthly clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, at The Baptist Church on Quaker Street in Granville, and Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Brieman Building in Cambridge. WIC provides supplemental foods and health education to pregnant and nursing women, infants, and children to age 5. Ask if you qualify for help with your food bill. Information/alternate time: 518-746-2460.
ARLINGTON The Arlington Garden Club will hold its Christmas Luncheon and Annual Meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Manchester Country Club. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting will follow at 1:30 p.m. Information/reservations: Fran Shepherd at 375-2465.
BENNINGTON Janet Flammang, professor at Lee and Seymour Graff University, will discuss her book, “The Taste of Civilization: Food, Politics and Civil Society,” at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. You’ll find this free event that is open to all in the Everett Theatre on the Southern Vermont College campus in Bennington. Information: 802-447-6389, 447-6388, or email email@example.com.
RUTLAND The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will host its annual Tree of Remembrance Tree Lighting Ceremony and Memorial Service at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Franklin Conference Center in Rutland. Community members are invited to gather and remember and honor someone who has died. Music, reflections and the reading of names will be included. To have a name read, call in advance to 802-770-1516.
QUEENSBURY The Queensbury VFW at 32 Luzerne Road, across from the West Glens Falls Fire Department, will host Bingo at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Cards go on sale at 5:30 p.m. and home-cooked meals and more will be available. Featured will be $1,000, $750, and $500 jackpots. This bingo is held each Tuesday, and the first Saturday each month, with few exceptions, and everyone will be welcome.
GREENWICH The Greenwich Citizens Committee will host a free forum, “Occupy Wall Street and the 99 Percent,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Greenwich Free Library on Main Street. This forum “will offer a constructive dialogue about this extraordinary movement and the conditions it seeks to shine a light on.” Occupy participants and local residents who’ve visited Occupy sites will speak from their perspectives. Information: Tracy at 518-692-8242, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.greenwichcitizens.org.
Wednesday December 7
Tree Lighting, Potluck
DORSET The Dorset Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, on the green in Dorset. The annual community potluck supper will follow.
SCHUYLERVILLE Sam Aldrich, former commissioner of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, will give a talk about his fascinating career as reflected in his new book, “Dancing with the Queen and Marching with King” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in Saratoga Town Hall on Rt. 29 in Schuylerville. Information: www.hudsoncrossingpark.org.
MANCHESTER The Equinox Curling Club will hold a Learn to Curl Clinic for ages 15 and older from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Riley Rink in Manchester. Cost: $35. Pre-registration is required at www.equinoxcurlingclub.org, on Facebook, or visit Riley Rink.
RUTLAND The Vermont Humanities Council will present post traumatic stress disorder expert Dr. Edward Tick with a talk titled, “War and the Soul: Transforming Our Communities to Heal Our Veterans,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street. Free and open to all. Information: Library at 802-773-1860, or Humanities Council at 802-262-2626.
FAIR HAVEN The Fair Haven Union High School Winter Chorus Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the school. The snow date will be Dec. 8. Everyone will be welcome.
MANCHESTER Filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy will show and discuss her acclaimed documentary film “Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the Riley Center for the Performing Arts at Burr & Burton Academy. The event is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesday lecture series and is hosted by Mark Skinner Library. Information: (802) 362-2607.
Thursday December 8
RUTLAND The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice and Dorset Nursing will offer a free “Coping with Grief during the Holidays” workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the RAVNAH office, 7 Albert Cree Drive in Rutland. This workshop is for those grieving the loss of a loved one, and coping strategies and helpful suggestions will be offered. Pre-registration is required with Ann LaRocque at 802-770-1516.
CASTLETON Everyone is invited to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Castleton Free Library on Main Street, Route 4A. Featured will be storytelling, a carol sing by the fireplace, cookies and cocoa, and a visit by Santa. The Tree of Remembrance will be lit in honor of loved ones. See posters at businesses throughout town to participate at $1 for each person named.
MANCHESTER Mark Skinner Library will demonstrate its newest resource, “Universal Class,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. The program offers more than 500 online courses taught in real time with 24/7 remote access. Classes are free when entered through MSL’s website, www.markskinnerlibrary.org and you enter your library card number. To reserve space for the introductory program, call 802-362-2607.
Friday December 9
RUTLAND AREA The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer a Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinic at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Rupert Firehouse. Cost: $2 blood pressure; $5 foot care. Information: 802-775-0568.
HOOSICK FALLS The Polish Hall at 12 Mechanic Street in Hoosick Falls will host its Third Annual Hall-a-Palooza Membership Drive Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9 to 11. Stop by Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for a variety of $5 bar foods (wings, clams, half pizza), Saturday for a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. and the CarMa Band from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday for a Chinese auction, with doors opening at noon. Everyone will be welcome.
Play at BBA
MANCHESTER The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning and Burr and Burton Academy will screen the National Theatre of London’s play, “Collaborators,” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. This play is set in 1938 Moscow. Cost: $20; $5 students. You’ll find this event at Burr and Burton’s Riley Center for the Arts in Manchester. Information/tickets: Renee Bornstein at 802-362-1199, or www.greenmtnacademy.org.
Pico, Rutland Books
RUTLAND Linda Goodspeed, author of “Pico, Vermont,” and “Redfield Proctor and the division of Rutland,” will discuss and sign copies of her books at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at Book King in downtown Rutland. Learn about Pico, one of the first ski mountains in the country, and about how Redfield Proctor divided his hometown, Rutland.
Saturday December 10
ARGYLE The Fourth Annual Old-Fashioned Christmas in Argyle event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10. Santa will visit at the firehouse, there’ll be horse-drawn wagon rides, a quilt show and a Christmas tea at the Argyle United Methodist Church, a piano and organ duet at the Argyle Presbyterian Church, and a tree lighting at the Stiles House. Also, Christmas caroling with the Girl Scouts, a pancake supper at the Argyle American Legion, a business showcase at the school, and a children’s craft and story hour at the library. Information/times: Diana at 638-6207, or email email@example.com.
SOUTH GRANVILLE The South Granville Congregational Church will host a Men’s Prayer Breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Grandfathers, fathers and sons are welcome. Reservations: 642-9510.
GRANVILLE The Ladies Group of the South Granville Congregational Church will hold a Prayer Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at AJ’s Restaurant. All are welcome. Information: 642-9510.
RUTLAND The Parent Teacher Club of Christ the King School will host Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Applebee’s Restaurant, 225 Woodstock Avenue in Rutland. Cost: $6. Information: 773-0500.
GREENWICH Gift wrapping for Operation Santa Claus will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, in the middle grade gymnasium at the Greenwich Central School. Bring scissors and scotch tape. This program will benefit families in the Greenwich Elementary School.
RUPERT The Mount Anthony Grange will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Rupert Firehouse. Crafters will offer a range of handmade items suitable for gift giving. Information/table space: Ellie at 802-645-9161 after 5 p.m., or email Kelli at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARLINGTON A Holiday Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Arlington Community House. Featured will be a Christmas tree lighting and a carol sing at 4 p.m., and luminaries will be lit on Main Street in Arlington. Cookies and hot chocolate, too. To pre-order a boxwood tree, kissing ball or centerpiece, call Kathy Geneslaw at 802-375-1233.
WELLS St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the green in Wells will hold its monthly Rummage Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. A wide range of items will be offered at this event that is held on the second Saturday each month, with few exceptions. Information: Charity Downs at 802-645-0071.
VFW Craft Fair
VALLEY FALLS VFW Post 1938 on Poplar Avenue in Valley Falls invites everyone to a Holiday Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Table space is available at $10 each. To reserve space, local crafters are encouraged to call Rose at 753-4358, or email email@example.com.
SHUSHAN The Courthouse Community Center will offer a Home for the Holidays House Tour at eight homes in Shushan and nearby communities from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Center, 58 E. Broadway in Salem, where maps will be provided for this self-guided tour. Cost: $20; $15 for CCC members. Reservations are encouraged at 518-854-7053.
GREENWICH Everyone is invited to help celebrate Dorothy Thomas’ 90th birthday from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Spiritual Life Center, 575 Burton Road in Greenwich. In lieu of a gift, you are asked to make a donation to the Greenwich Relief Fund, Orphan Grain Train, Stump Church, or the Greenwich Scholarship Fund.
GLENS FALLS The Adirondack Ballet Theater will stage the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” at 2:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday the 11th, at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls. Information/tickets: 518-874-0800, or www.woodtheater.org.
SALEM North Main Gallery in Salem will host a reception for its new exhibition “Winter Show,” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Featured artists are Joan Duff-Bohrer, Harry Orlyk and Ken Wheeler. The show will be displayed through Jan. 21. North Main will also hold a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Information: 518-854-3406.
Prime Rib Dinner
GREENWICH VFW Post 7291 in Greenwich invites everyone to a family-style Prime Rib Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Takeouts will be available. Cost: $15; $7 age 9 and younger. Information: 677-3174, or 692-2753.
SOUTH GRANVILLE The South Granville Congregational Church will host a sing-through of Part I and The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The public is welcome. Singers should bring their own score. Accompaniment will be provided by organist Geoffrey Gee; Crystal Everdyke will conduct. Information: 518-642-9510.
ARGYLE The Argyle American Legion invites everyone to an all-you-can-eat Pancake Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the American Legion Post on Route 40, Sheridan Street. Cost: $6 adults; $3 children. Information: Gary Gilchrist at 638-8603.
Tree Lighting, More
ARLINGTON Arlington’s annual Tree Lighting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Arlington Community House, followed by the annual St. Lucia Celebration at St. James Church that will feature a Swedish twist this year. Everyone will be welcome.
BRANDON World renowned concert pianist Peter Seivewright will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Road. The program will include works by composers from the early 17th to the early 20th centuries. Cost: $15, including complimentary soft drinks. Reservations are recommended at 802-465-4071, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday December 11
VALLEY FALLS The Ladies Auxiliary invites everyone to a Pancake/French Toast Breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at VFW Post 1938 on Poplar Avenue in Valley Falls. Cost: $7 adults; $3 children.
FAIR HAVEN American Legion Post 49 at 72 S. Main St. in Fair Haven invites everyone to a buffet Pancake/French Toast Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Cost: $7 adults; $3.50 children. This breakfast is held on the second Sunday each month, with few exceptions. Information: 802-265-7983.
CASTLETON A Basket Party will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11, at American Legion Post 50 on Route 4A in Castleton. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. with drawings starting at 2 p.m. Cost: $6, including a sheet of tickets, with proceeds benefiting CSC Alternative (substance-free) Spring Break. Door prizes, too.
SARATOGA SPRINGS The Saratoga Chamber Players group will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, in Zankel Hall on the Skidmore College campus in Saratoga Springs. Five musicians originally brought together 40 years ago will reprise their performance of Schubert’s String Quintet in C major, D.956, op.post.163. Cost: $18 adults; $15 senior citizens; free Skidmore students with ID and children accompanied by an adult. Information: 518-584-1427, or www.saratogachamberplayers.org.
RUTLAND The Vermont Symphony Orchestra will perform a joyful holiday pops concert, “Fun and Games,” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Tickets range from $9 for students to $29, available at 802-775-0903, or www.Paramountvt.org. Additional concerts will be on Jan. 29 and March 11, 2012. Series tickets for all three concert dates are available at $24 for students and $77 for premier seating; call 1-800-VSO-9293, Ext. 10, or visit www.vso.org.
SALEM An Art Reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the North Main Gallery, 196 N. Main Street in Salem. Featured will be works in the gallery’s Winter Show, including paintings, drawings, and mixed mediums on canvas and paper. Information: 518-854-3406.
GLENS FALLS The Glens Falls Symphony Children’s Chorus will perform a Holiday Pops Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Glens Falls High School. Cost: $25 adults; $10 students; discounts for groups of eight or more. Information: 518-793-1348, or www.gfso.org.
The Christmas Star
MANCHESTER The Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble and the FCC Chancel Choir will perform “The Christmas Star” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. The FCC Tall Spire Ringers, Burr and Burton Academy students, and special guest musicians will join in this program of music and narration. Cost: Free-will offering to benefit the FCC organ restoration fund. Information: Patti Kelley at 802-558-6946.
MANCHESTER The Israel Congregation of Manchester’s Jewish Film Festival will screen the comedy, “Keeping the Faith,” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Israel Congregation on Route 7A north, 6025 Main Street in Manchester. This film…starring Ben Stiller, Ed Norton, Anne Bancroft and Eli Wallach…tells the story of best friends, a priest and a rabbi, and the common ground that Judaism and Catholicism share in showing compassion toward people. Cost: Free-will donation. Open to all and refreshments will be served. Information: Doris Bass at 802-297-0167.
HOOSICK FALLS The men of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 70 Main Street in Hoosick Falls, invite everyone to a free Sunday Supper from 5 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 11. Information: 686-4982.
Monday December 12
FAIR HAVEN The Fair Haven Grade School Music Concert will be presented at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at the school (snow date Dec. 13). Students in grades 5 through 8 in Fair Haven and Benson will perform and everyone will be welcome.
Tuesday December 13
PAWLET The Haystack Hustlers Seniors will hold a catered ham dinner served by Mettowee Valley Grange members at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the Pawlet Church. Cost is $10 per person, to reserve call Phyllis by Dec. 5 at 802-325-3196. Bring a table decoration and grab bag gift not to exceed $5. Food shelf items will also be collected.
Wednesday December 14
CASTLETON The Castleton Women’s Club will hold a short meeting at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14, followed by a workshop by Linda Thayer to make one-of-a-kind keepsake cards at the Castleton State College Medical Chapel. There is a $2 fee for materials. All are welcome; call 802-273-2086 for more information.
CAMBRIDGE The American Legion Auxiliary invites everyone to a takeout-only Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the American Legion Post on Route 22 North, just outside Cambridge Village. Sauce choices will include mussel and clam, along with a choice of meatballs or sweet or hot sausages. Cost: $6.
FAIR HAVEN A Fair Haven Union High School Band Concert will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the school (snow date Dec. 15). Everyone will be welcome.
RUTLAND The film, “Troop 1500,” will be screened at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street. This movie, by Ellen Spiro and Karen Bernstein, deals with Girl Scouts in Troop 1500 who want to be doctors, social workers and marine biologists despite having convicted felons as mothers. Free and open to all. Information: 802-773-1860, or email email@example.com.
Friday December 16
GRANVILLE The Sylvan Star/Skenesborough Chapter #122 Order of the Eastern Star will hold a Rummage Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16 at the Slate Valley Masonic Center, 95 North St., Granville. Anyone wishing to donate items should bring them to the Masonic Center on the day of the sale.
WHITEHALL American Legion Post 83 at 148 Main St. in Whitehall invites everyone to its Friday Fish Fry from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. This meal is served each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-2482.
SCHAGHTICOKE The Charles Waldron American Legion Post 731 Auxiliary invites everyone to a Friday Night Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the post on Main Street in Schaghticoke. Cost: $8. Information: 753-4188.
Pizza at Elks
GREENWICH The Greenwich Elks Club on Route 40 South will offer Henderson’s Pizza every Friday night. In addition to pizza, the menu will include weekly specials such as mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, French fries, and more. Information/to order: 692-2061.
WHITEHALL Elks Lodge 1491 at 5 Elks Way in Whitehall will host Friday Night Bingo at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16. Featured will be a $500 jackpot special. This bingo is held each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-1491.
BENNINGTON The Club Muse Holiday Dance Party will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, Route 9. Holiday-themed cocktails from the cash bar will be available and the “Best of the Fest” awards for the public’s favorite tree vignettes will be announced. Cost: $5 at the door. Information: 802-447-1571.
Saturday December 17
HUDSON FALLS A Flea Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 188 Main Street, Route 4, in Hudson Falls. Door prizes will be presented. This event will be held on Saturdays and Sundays through March, 2012. Information/vendor space: 260-2807.
SALEM North Main Gallery in Salem will host a Holiday Open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. All are welcome. Information: 518-854-3406.
Sunday December 18
SCHUYLERVILLE The Country Round and Square Dance Association invites everyone to an Old-Style Country Dance from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the American Legion Post on Clancy Street in Schuylerville. Music will be provided by the Ole Time Country band. Cost: $5 adults; $2 ages 6 to 17; free 5 and younger. Information: Floyd at 747-6687.
Monday December 19
CAMBRIDGE American Legion Post 634 at 2106 Route 22 in Cambridge will host Monday Bingo at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19. This bingo is held each Monday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-677-8069.
Tuesday December 20
QUEENSBURY The Queensbury VFW at 32 Luzerne Road, across from the West Glens Falls Fire Department, will host Bingo at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20. Cards go on sale at 5:30 p.m. and home-cooked meals and more will be available. Featured will be $1,000, $750, and $500 jackpots. This bingo is held each Tuesday, and the first Saturday each month, with few exceptions, and everyone will be welcome.
Saturday December 31
SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Arts will host the 14th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. This run will be on a USA Track and Field-certified course, starting and finishing at Skidmore College. Advance registration fee: $30 (no race day registration). Registration: www.saratoga-arts.org. Information: 584-4132, Ext. 207.
Wednesday January 4
Classic Film Talk
RUTLAND The Vermont Humanities Council will present film expert Rick Winston with a talk titled, “What Makes a Classic Film?” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street. Free and open to all. Information: Library at 802-773-1860, or Humanities Council at 802-262-2626.
Sunday January 29
RUTLAND The Vermont Symphony Orchestra will perform a “Monuments” concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Tickets range from $9 for students to $29, available at 802-775-0903, or www.Paramountvt.org.
Friday February 17
HARTFORD The Hartford Community Food Drive will continue through June 30 to benefit the Hartford Community Food Pantry. Bring non-perishable food items to the Hartford United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 2 p.m. Sundays. Monetary donations also will be appreciated, with all food and donations going to the pantry at the Yoked Parish on Route 23. Information: 518-632-5894, or www.Hands4NY.org.
Sunday March 11
RUTLAND The Vermont Symphony Orchestra will perform a “Heroes” concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Tickets range from $9 for students to $29, available at 802-775-0903, or www.Paramountvt.org.
WASHINGTON COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKETS
Cambridge, Cambridge Freight Yard, East Main Street, behind Hubbard Hall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through mid October, contact Fran Morrison, 261-1877, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Edward, Broadway Lanes parking lot, Route 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays June through October, contact Linda Gifford, 792-0198.
Fort Ann, Walker’s Farm, Home and Tack, 5565 Route 4, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through October 26, contact Allison Wilshere, 639-5223.
Granville, downtown Granville, 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays, June through October, contact Bob Andersen, 854-3750.
Greenwich, Main Street (former IGA parking lot), 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, June through October, contact Bob Andersen, 854-3750.
Hudson Falls, Sutherland Farms, Lower Dix Avenue, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, June through October, contact Linda Gifford, 792-0198.
Salem, Salem Park, Main Street, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May through October, contact Bob Andersen, 854-3750.
Whitehall, Boulevard Park, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, June through October, contact Bob Andersen, 854-3750.
SARATOGA COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKETS (updated May 6, 2011)
Ballston Spa, Wisnal Park, Front Street, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, mid June through September; Winter Market, CCE Building, 50 W. High Street, first Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, October through May; contact Cyndi Pastore, 885-6693.
Burnt Hills, Former Old Homestead Restaurant, Route 50 and Lakehill Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May through October, contact Gary Janssen, 384-0526.
Clifton Park, St. George’s Church, Route 146, 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, July through October, www.saratogafarmersmarket.org.
Gansevoort, Village Park, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, June through October; Winter Market, inside City Hall, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. second Saturdays, November through February, contact Linda Gifford at 792-0198.
Greenfield, Middle Grove Park, 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays, late June through September, contact Ron Deutsch, 469-6769.
Prestwick Chase at Saratoga, 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays, June through October, contact Kellie Postlethwaite, 584-7766.
Saratoga Springs, High Rock Park, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May through October; Winter Market, Division Street Elementary School, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, November through April, www.saratogafarmersmarket.org.
South Glens Falls, Village Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, June through October, contact Linda Gifford, 792-0198.
Waterford, Waterford Harbor Promenade, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, June through October, contact Mary Stalker, 665-8344.