W ednesday, Nov. 27
HUDSON FALLS Pick-up time for Thanksgiving pies made by the West Fort Ann Auxiliary and Kingsbury Baptist Church will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Valerie’s Hair Care at 221 Main Street. Cost is $10 for a wide variety of fruit, cream, minced pies and other turkey day treats. For more information, call Valerie Twiss at 518-747-4000.
SALEM Six area artisans will show their wares at North Main Gallery’s “Pop-Up Gift Market” in Salem on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. A reception and party for the artisans will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5. For information on extended holiday weekend hours call 518-854-3404.
Thursday, Nov. 28
SCHUYLERVILLE Schuylerville Public Library, in honor of Thanksgiving, will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28. For more information, call 518-695-6641.
SALEM A Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at noon, Thursday, Nov. 28 at Salem’s Holy Cross Catholic Church “for those who would like to share the day with others at Holy Cross,” Spokesperson Rose Mary Sheffield said. For more information, call 518-854-3692.
Give Thanks Dinner
ARGYLE Friends Ensuring A Supper, or F.E.A.S.T., will serve its 20th annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Argyle Firehouse on Route 40 near Argyle Central School from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28. Volunteers and food items are needed. Please contact Karen Evens with food items at 518-638-8667 or to volunteer, Betsy Smith at 518-638-8817.
WHITEHALL The Companions in Christ Fellowship Committee of Whitehall United Methodist Church will hold its annual free Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 in the church at 56 Greenmount Cemetery Lane off Country Route 12 in Whitehall. For more information, call 518-499-1565 or the church at 518-499-0851.
ARLINGTON Arlington American Legion Post 69, and its Women’s Auxiliary Post, extend to “all of our Veterans, members and their families” a happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. The post phone number is 802-375-6157.
Friday, Nov. 29
Poultney Christmas Fair
POULTNEY Memory lights will be among the many items offered for sale at the Poultney Christmas Fair in Poultney High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30. Last year, more than 60 vendors participated. For more information, email email@example.com.
BENNINGTON The 17th annual Festival of Trees at Bennington Museum gets underway Friday, Nov. 29 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 30. Called “Hidden Gems,” this year’s exhibit features trees modeled on selected objects from the museum collection. For more information, call 802-447-1571 or visit www.benningtonmuseum.org. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
GLENS FALLS The Hyde Museum on Warren Street in Glens Falls will open its art studio for children’s use from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. Pre-registration is required since space is limited. The cost is $5 per child for the art training under a museum educator. For more information, call June Leary at 518-792-1761, ext. 327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TINMOUTH Tinmouth Community Center on Route 140 will hold a “Contra Dance,” a long-lined square dance to live music, from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 with Susan Conger on fiddle, Brendan Taaffe on guitar and Mary Wesley calling. Special first-timer cost is $5.
Regular admission is $9 for adults; $7 for teens; and free for children 12 and under.
For information, call 802-235-2718.
Comic at Paramount
RULTAND Rusty Dewees, also known as “The Logger,” will entertain Paramount Theatre audiences on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30, in a family-oriented show that hearkens back to the Andy Williams and Dean Martin shows, but with a bit of earthy “Logger Comedy” added to the musical mixture. $24 tickets are available at the box office or charge by phone at 802-775-0903. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30
POULTNEY The Slate Valley Community Breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at Poultney United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 30. Cost is adults, $1; children under 15, free. The church is handicapped accessible. All are welcome to this traditional scrambled egg breakfast held the last Saturday of each month. Call 802-287-5710 for more information.
HOOSICK FALLS A clothing drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, according to Gail Smith of Hoosick Falls. Good, clean clothing with no holes or stains can be dropped off at those times at 191 Main Street (formerly Patire’s.) Persons who need clothing during this winter season can select items for wear on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7. For more information, call Gail Smith at 518-817-7286 or email email@example.com.
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS Santa Claus will parade atop a tire truck to the Middletown Springs Firehouse, where he invites you to join him for a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 30. The event begins at 9 a.m. and Santa encourages you to bring your Christmas lists and cameras. The firehouse is located at 8 Firehouse Lane. For more information, call 802-235-2160.
Valley Artisans Market
CAMBRIDGE Valley Artisans Market will hold its annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the store and gallery on 25 East Main Street in Cambridge. Originally designed as a dry goods store, Artisans Market was founded in 1981 as a venue for Cambridge-area craftsmen and artists. The open house will have a Christmas theme, and the gallery will be open for December, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 518-677-2765 for more information.
On-going Book Sale
GRANVILLE Friends of the Pember Library in Granville continue to hold their “back-room” book sale from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Pember Library, 33 West Main Street. Hardcovers are $1 and paperbacks are 25-cents a book. For more information, call 518-642-2525.
DORSET United Church of Dorset and East Rupert will hold its Alternative Gift Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Provided by SERV International, gifts from around the world will be on display at the church on Dorset’s Church Street. Purchase benefits needy families in 35 countries.
For more information, call 802-867-2260 or email Jane@dorsetchurch.org.
Art and Craft Sale
CAMBRIDGE Green Bridge Gallery will hold a fine art and craft sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. Ten artists/crafters are needed to set up booths at the gallery in Cambridge. Contact Meaghan for details at 518-677-3086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARGYLE Argyle United Methodist Church will serve a free community lunch of soup and grilled cheese sandwiches from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. All are welcome. For information, call Paula at 518-638-8391.
WEST FORT ANN Donations of warm winter coats may be made from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at West Fort Ann Methodist Church on 1011 Copeland Pond Road. The coat drive is a joint effort by Girl Scout Troop 3267 and “I Clutter Bug, Professional Organizer,” and more information can be garnered by emailing email@example.com or by calling 518-495-6676.
Pizza and Wings
VICTORY MILLS The Victory Mills Fire Department will serve pizza and wings from 4 to 8 p.m., both eat in and carry out, Saturday, Nov. 30 at the firehouse. Prices range from $11 to $18, for either a 12-cut cheese pizza or with-the-works pizza, and toppings are $2 each.
One dozen wings, be it plain, sweet, hot or extra hot, will cost $8, with blue cheese 75-cents extra. Place your order after 2 p.m. at 695-6623.
MANCHESTER Russia’s Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky shares the Christmas stage with Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla, when Manchester Music Festival, featuring duos, trios and quartets, plays music by both composers, and a third, Eduardo Angulo, on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert. Cost is adults, $30; youths, 18 and under, $13. Call 802-362-1956 for more information.
Field of Trees
SCHAGHTICOKE Hoosick Valley Community Partners and Schaghticoke Entertainment Committee announce that a “Radiant Peace Tree Lighting Memorial and Ceremony” will be held at 5 p.m. at Schaghticoke Town Hall. A field of trees, dedicated to those no longer with us, will be dedicated on the lawn outside the town offices. “Loved ones purchased and decorated the trees, and they will be lit simultaneously upon conclusion of the 5 p.m. ceremony,” officials said. For information, call town hall at 518-753-6915.
“A Christmas Carol”
POULTNEY Gary Meitrott, founder of Shakespeare on Main Street, will present a five-actor performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the following places on the following times and dates: 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30, Poultney High School; 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, Maple Street School, Manchester; 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, Wallingford Town Hall; 7 p.m, Friday, Dec. 13, Manchester’s Inn at Willow Pond; and 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, Stratton Mountain School. Tickets are adults, $7; students and children under 12, $4. Call 802-366-0110.
Tony DeSare at Wood
GLENS FALLS The Charles R. Wood Theatre in Glens Falls will welcome back triple-threat entertainer Tony DeSare for his 7th annual Home for the Holidays Concert, with two showings of the talented pianist, singer and composer at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. Tickets are $45 and selling quickly. Place orders at www.woodtheatre.org or by phone at 518-874-0800 or at the door.
Sunday, Dec. 1
RUTLAND The Rutland Area Nurse Association and Hospice reminds residents in Rutland, Wallingford, Pittsford, Poultney, Ira, Rupert and Fair Haven that it will hold 13 foot clinics during December at various locations at various times. For information about a clinic nearest you, call 802-770-1520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. $30 cholesterol clinics are held on the first Monday at the Rutland office and third Wednesday at the Dorset Office. Call the Rutland office at 802-775-0568 and the Dorset office at 802-362-1200 for an appointment.
WHITEHALL Whitehall High School on Buckley Road will house the 15th annual Skene Manor Basket Party on Sunday, Dec. 1, with doors opening at 11 a.m. and the drawing at 1 p.m. Cost is $5, with $2 for additional tickets. A light lunch costs $3. To donate money or for information call the following numbers: 518-499-1022 or 518-499-0913 or Skene Manor at 518-499-1906.
SCHUYLERVILLE Jack Frost himself will select a King, Queen, Prince, Princess and Jester for his “icy court” at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1 during “Jack Frost’s Flurry Festival,” which continues until 4 p.m. This old-fashioned winter carnival marks the re-opening of the Greater Schuylerville Youth Program at Fort Hardy Park. For information about the festivities, call 518-480-9488 or email email@example.com.
MANCHESTER Barbara Parry, author of “Adventures in Yarn Farming,” will discuss her book at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1 in Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. Attendees will “gain an insider’s view on fiber farming and yarn craft, from sheep to skein, all told through the eyes of shepherd and textile artisan Barbara Parry.” For details, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700.
HARTFORD Hartford Yoked Parish invites everyone to listen to the Yoked Parish Hand-bell Choir, as well as area vocal choirs, when they perform at the second annual Advent Worship Service at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1 at First Baptist Church in Hartford on County Route 22 (Main Street) in Hartford. Special solo numbers will be included, and a light meal will afterwards be served. For details, call 518-632-5805.
Monday, Dec. 2
MANCHESTER The Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester reminds everyone at this festive time that its “Yester House” features 10 galleries filled with original artwork, and all for sale. Admission is free. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 802-362-1405. The SVAC is located at 930 SVAC Drive off West Road in Manchester.
GRANVILLE The South Granville Congregational Church will hold its “Family Night Supper” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. December birthdays will be celebrated. The dinner is open to the public, but church members ask you to please bring a dish to share. For more information, call 518-642-9510.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Mission to Peru
GRANVILLE Bishop Mike Chapman will update parishioners of Trinity Episcopal Church in Granville at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 on progress made by missionaries in Peru. All are welcome to attend this event. For more information, call 518-561-2244. Later, on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., the church will offer a healing service, which all are again welcome to attend.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
SCHUYLERVILLE Schuylerville Public Library reminds its patrons that the library continues to hold pre-school story hour at 10 .m. each Wednesday and Thursday. All are welcome. For details, call 518-695-6641.
Seniors pick gifts
MANCHESTER Seniors residing in Equinox Village, a retirement apartment community in Manchester, will pick and choose from area retailers’ best and also ship their selection the same day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Equinox Village in Manchester. More than 15 retailers and artisans will be on hand to display their wares, which the seniors can ship via iShip Express. For more information, call Ashley Brenon Jowett at 802-362-4061, ext. 212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST PAWLET Mettawee Valley Church in West Pawlet will show two short videos at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, both of which explain “the true meaning of Christmas.”
Desserts will be served and childcare provided. For details, call 802-342-0756.
MANCHESTER The legendary and fatal 1804 duel in which unprincipled but charismatic Aaron Burr shot and killed principled but conservative Alexander Hamilton will be explored by Willard Sterne Randall, an award-winning biographer, in a talk at First Congregational Church in Manchester at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. “The Duel: Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton,” is part of Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is open to the public. Call 802-262-2626, ext. 302 for information.
Jane Austen Talk
RUTLAND Rutland Free Library presents Dartmouth Professor Emeritus James Heffernen at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Nella Fox Room to examine the real and fanciful elements of the Jane Austin classic, “Pride and Prejudice.” The lecture is part of the “First Wednesdays” lecture series. For more information, call 802-773-1860 or email email@example.com.
HOOSICK FALLS A one-night talk that demystifies “the ancient pack of cards called the Tarot” will be given by Paul Joseph Rovelli from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Hoosick Falls Armory. Rovelli has authored two volumes on Gnosticism, and directs the Gnostic Church of L.V.X. on Factory Hill Road in North Hoosick. The free talk will be downstairs in “The Keep.” Call 518-686-9050 for more information.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Super Book Sale
GREENWICH A “super sale” of books will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the Boomerang Book Store in the basement of Greenwich Library on Thursday, Dec. 5. Considerable re-stocking has been done during November, and new books wait to be purchased. This month’s theme is crossword puzzles and a puzzle book can be won. For more information, call the library at 518-692-7157.
SCHUYLERVILLE Author Khaled Hosseini’s book, “And the Mountains Echoed,” will be discussed at Schuylerville Public Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, a joint presentation by Saratoga Reads and Schuylerville Library. For details, call 518-695-6641.
Friday, Dec. 6
Rutland Library Sales
RUTLAND Friends of Rutland Free Library announce the following sales of new and used hard-covers and paperbacks, puzzles, CDs, DVDs, for both adults and children, on the following dates: from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7; and 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. Most items range in price from 25 cents to $3. For more information, visit www.rutlandfree.org or call 802-773-1860.
FORT ANN West Fort Ann United Methodist Church on Copeland Pond Road will hold a Christmas Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7. Crafts, baskets and a cookie walk will be featured. From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., there will be a bake sale. For more information, call Rose Potter at 518-792-7032.
Small Business Awards
KINGSBURY The 9th annual Washington County Small Business Awards ceremony will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at Rainer’s Gourmet Inspirations in Kingsbury. The event is hosted by the Washington County Local Development Corporation and the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. Eight 2013 nominees, three announced winners, and one lifetime community commitment award will be presented.
For more information, call the chamber at 518-798-1761.
WELLS Wells Volunteer Fire Department will hold a benefit holiday basket raffle on Friday, Dec. 6, with doors of the Modern American Woodman white building opening at 5 p.m. and the benefit raffle starting at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and $2 for each additional ticket. Refreshments will be on sale. Donations are needed. Please call Jill at 802-342-6622 or 802-417-1655.
Lights of Wells
WELLS The annual “Lights of Wells” tree lighting ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 on the Town Green. The event will feature Christmas music, time with Santa, wagon rides, hot treats, and the tree lighting. Three landmarks –– United Methodist Church, Wells Village Library and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church –– will provide the treats.
For information, call 802-645-0611.
Pulitzer Winner Talks
MANCHESTER Pulitzer-prize winning Historian Doris Stearns Goodwin will present her newest book, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 at Northshire Bookstore’s Saratoga Springs outlet at Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway. Tickets are $45 for a seat and Goodwin’s book; $48 for two seats, one book; $25 for one seat, no book. For details, call 802-362-2200 or 518-682-4200.
DORSET Six performances of a new version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be given at Dorset Playhouse on these dates: 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7; and 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14; and 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15. Adult tickets are $20. Students pay $8. Playwright Joe Landry re-imagines the legendary film as a radio broadcast where Dorset actors use the names of the radio personalities they portray rather than the film’s character names. For more information, call 978-764-1868.
Saturday, Dec. 7
SHUSHAN The Shushan Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar will kick off at 8 a.m. with a pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 7, continuing until noon with the sale of craft and food goods and handmade wreaths. For more information, call Gayle Shaw at 518-854-3896.
SCHUYLERVILLE Old Saratoga Reformed Church at Pearl and Burgoyne Streets in Schuylerville will hold a holiday sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the church. For more information on items available for sale, call 518-695-3479 between the hours of 9 am. to noon, Monday through Friday.
CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Central School will be the scene for the Cambridge Connects 17th Annual Craft, Vendor and Fine Arts Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7. Call 518-669-2052 to register for the event and for its specific time. The Fine Arts Fair is held in conjunction with The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce’s “It’s a Wonderful Life Christmas in Cambridge” Celebration.
WEST PAWLET A Christmas Bazaar and Flea Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the West Pawlet Firehouse. Along with bazaar and flea market items, organizers said a “huge food sale” and “face painting for children” would also be offered. For details, call 802-645-0174.
SARATOGA SPRINGS A state approved Defensive Driving Class, saving one 10 percent on auto insurance for the next three years and knocking 4 points off one’s driving record, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saratoga Spring’s First Baptist Church at 45 Washington Street. Cost is $39, but $34 each, if one brings a friend. Call Ray Frankoski at 518-286-3788 to complete required registration.
PITTSFORD Pittsford Farmers Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 7, and at the same times on Saturday, Dec. 14 in Lothrop School Gym on 3447, US Route 7 in Pittsford. For information, call 802-483-6351. Featured artisan’s items include jewelry, pottery, crafts, crotchet items, food and more.
PETERSBURG The Petersburg Methodist Church at 12 Head of Lane, Petersburg will hold a flea market, bake sale and Chinese auction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Available tables for vendors are $15 each. Lunch of homemade soups, hog dogs, hamburgers, chili, coffee and soda will be provided. For information, call 518-658-3757 or 518-283-5397.
WHITEHALL Whitehall United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the church on 56 Greenmount Cemetery Lane, off County Route 12. Christmas decorations, crafts, cutlery, toys, a flea market and an 11 a.m. lunch are featured. $5 buys the lunch of soup, sandwich, beverage and cookie. Take-outs are available. For more information, call 518-499-0851.
GRANVILLE Granville Baptist Church at 23 Quaker Street opens its doors at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 for its annual “Rummage Give-Away.” Free clothes, toys, household items, holiday decorations, books and other items will be offered until 1 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 6 p.m., items can be dropped off. No junk, furniture, torn clothes, dirty clothes or summer clothes should be donated. For more information, call Pastor Jim Peterson at 518-642-2245.
SALEM First United Presbyterian Church of Salem will hold its 7th annual Christmas Cookie Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the church chapel. The church is located on West Broadway, just west of the Route 22 traffic light. Proceeds benefit local and county-wide Christmas projects. For details, call 518-854-7521 or 518-854-7275. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANCHESTER “Hooked on Holidays,” an annual celebration of Manchester’s American Museum of Fly Fishing, will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, with free admission to the museum from 1 to 4 p.m. The fishermen invite everyone to “decorate and eat a trout cookie, paint a fish ornament, make a holiday card, or tie a clown fly in your favorite holiday colors.” Refreshments will be served. The museum is located at 4070 Main Street on historic Route 7A. Call 802-362-3300 or visit www.amff.com for more information.
Painter in Dorset
DORSET Dorset Village Library will present Janine Thomas, a Hartford, New York artist and former Hartford Central School art teacher, who will exhibit her work at the library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during a free reception for the artist, followed by a sale of her works to benefit the library. Owner of Crowfield Studio and Gallery in Hartford, Thomas specializes in rural scenes. Her work will be on library display throughout December. For more information, call 802-867-5774 or visit www.dorsetlibraryinfo.org.
Need Nativity Cast
WARRENSBURG Volunteers are needed to carol and enact roles in “A Living Nativity and Community Caroling” event sponsored by the Greater Warrensburg Ministerial Association from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 on the lawn of the Alexander-Baker Funeral Home in Warrensburg. Families and church groups are urged to carol, which requires no rehearsal.
Volunteers are needed to work in half-hour shifts as the cast of “The Living Nativity” scene. For more information and to volunteer, call 518-623-4849 or 518-793-3020.
HOOSICK FALLS The first annual “Pop-up Holiday Shop” will be held upstairs in The Perry Room at the Hoosick Falls Armory from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Sponsored by Hoosick Armory Youth Center and Community Coalition, the event is a day for crafters, artists and artisans and other vendors to offer their goods and/or services. For information, call 518-686-9050 or email email@example.com.
BENNINGTON A children’s shopping boutique, backed by Bennington Museum’s Festival of Trees, will be held at the museum during normal hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 7. Admission is $3 for the boutique, a meeting with Santa, a children’s forest display, and, of course, the museum’s 17th annual Festival of Trees. Call 802-447-1571 or visit www.benningtonmuseum.org.
PAWLET Pawlet Public Library will host its sixth annual Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. Carefully selected crafters and vendors are set to sell their wares at the event. For more information about items to be sold, contact Beth Kashner, Pawlet Library Director, at 802-325-3123.
SCHUYLERVILLE For three weekends starting Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays, Olde Flax Mill Gallery will feature a gathering of crafter tables in its gallery space, making the gallery an ideal place to find unique and affordable holiday gifts. The works of potters, woodworkers, fabric workers and mosaic workers will be on display. The Olde Flax Mill Gallery is located at 88 Broad Street in Schuylerville. For details, call 518-695-5534.
Cookies with Santa
GRANVILLE Kids can eat cookies with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Curtis Lumber, 9511 Route 22 in Granville. Santa’s visit, courtesy of Curtis, demands pictures. Cameras will be available if Mom and Dad forget their own. And until Dec. 9, the Curtis basket raffle is still available. For more information, call 518-642-2855.
Museum Tree Fest
SHUSHAN A weekend festival of trees will be held at the Georgi Art Museum and Park, starting Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with viewing of the trees continuing until Saturday, Dec. 14, when, from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a silent auction of both trees and crafts. Between those times, the museum will glow with the light of holiday trees and other treats. For more information, call Gail Bearup at 518-854-3773.
CAMBRIDGE The Cambridge United Presbyterian Church will hold its “annual Christmas Goodies Sale” from 10 am to 2 p.m. at the church at the corner of Park and Main. Homemade crafts, as well as homemade baked goods, and a soup and sandwich lunch will be offered. For more information, call 518-281-5121.or email Chantal.firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Basket Raffle
WELLS The fifth and sixth grade class at Wells Village School will hold a holiday basket raffle on Saturday, Dec. 7, with doors opening at 11 a.m. and drawings held at 1 p.m. $5 buys the first sheet of tickets. Each additional sheet is $2. An iPad, Nintendo Wii U, Telescope furniture and a $100 lottery tree will be up for grabs. For information,
Shared Medical News
ARLINGTON The public can learn more about Battenkill Valley Health Center’s award of federal monies to operate as a Federally Qualified Health Center, as well as other future plans, at a 3 to 5 p.m. informational event at Arlington Family Practice, 61 Church Street in Arlington on Saturday, Dec. 7. For information about the specific agenda of the free event, call 802-375-8353 or 603-477-5484 or email email@example.com
Free Energy Nights
BALLSTON SPA Free workshops called “Save Energy, Save Dollars” will be held at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the 50 West High Street office of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County in Ballston Spa. Pre-registration is required since class size is limited. For more information, or to register, call 518-885-8995.
POULTNEY The lighting of Poultney’s Memory Tree will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at town hall. Cost of a light is $1 to remember a deceased loved. Sponsored by St. Raphael’s Ladies Guild, the lighting includes a visit from Santa. Lights can be bought at Marcie’s Hair Studio, Tot’s Diner, The Original Vermont Store, The Craft Fair, Discount Food, St. Raphael’s Church or the Guild itself. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-884-8056 or 802-287-2010.
GRANVILLE A Christmas Variety Show will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Granville Hook and Ladder and Fire and Rescue headquarters at 41 Quaker Street. Cost is $8 per person and children under 8 are admitted for free. The show will offer musical skits, “Alvin the Chipmunk,” Santa Claus as a special guest, a 50-50 raffle and refreshments. Tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hook and Ladder Building on Saturdays, or call Steve “Skeeter” Morse at 518-932-3620.
Sunday, Dec. 8
WEST PAWLET West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department’s pancake breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the firehouse. All are welcome. Cost is $7 for those 12 years and older; $5 for children 5 to 12; and under 5, free. The firehouse is located on Route 153 (Main Street) in West Pawlet. For more information, call 802-345-4312 or email email@example.com.
New York City
ARGYLE A day trip to New York City will be offered by the Argyle Parents Teachers Students Association, with departure time at 6:30 a.m. Cost is $55 to shop, see a Broadway show, or visit a museum. Proceeds benefit the 2014 Junior After-Prom Party. For more information, call either 518-638-5481 or 518-932-9347 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Make checks payable to the Argyle PTSA.
Rod and Gun Breakfast
VICTORY The Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club will serve breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 and will continue this treat on the second Sunday of each month all year. The club is located on Route 32, south of Victory. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. All are welcome to taste eggs cooked to order, pancakes, and other specialties of the Rod and Gun Club.
VALLEY FALLS The Ladies Auxiliary of Valley Falls VFW Post 1938 on Poplar Avenue will serve a full breakfast of eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage and biscuit, plus hash browns, toast, juice and coffee from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the post. During breakfast, Rada knives and Tupperware will be sold. For more information, call the VFW at 518-753-7707.
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS The 19th annual Middletown Springs craft fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at Middletown Springs Elementary School off South Street. Residents of Middletown Springs will sell a variety of wares, ranging from jewelry to woodenware. There will also be a food sale to benefit the 5th and 6th grade trip. For information, call 802-235-2189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANCHESTER Kids can pay a dollar to skate at Riley Rink on Route 7A, just north of Manchester from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, thanks to the Mettawee Community Parents-Teachers-Organization. Parents will pay $3. Skate rentals are $6. There will also be a PTO bake sale. For details, email email@example.com.
The Nativity in Crafts
HEBRON West Hebron United Methodist Church on Route 30 will host a display of paper, wood and ceramic scenes of the Nativity, made by church members, from noon to 3 p.m. at the West Hebron Church. A rich variety of scenes will be displayed. For details, call 518-854-3729.
Guess the Pennies
MANCHESTER The last day to “guess-timate” how many Lincoln pennies are in a jar at Hildene, the Manchester home of President Lincoln’s son, Robert, is from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, all part of the annual Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 “open house” at the museum store. The Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble will provide live holiday music on that Sunday. For more information about the “open house,” call 802-367-7961.
MANCHESTER “Holidays on the Hill,” a free family event at Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, will let children decorate festive masks, create ornaments and make mini-gift boxes ––all the while they enjoy holiday treats and hot chocolate. The children of all ages will do all this from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the SVAC on 930 SVAC Drive off West Road. Call 802-362-1405 for more information.
SALEM Anchor’s Holiday Show, featuring TV broadcasters Jerry Gretzinger, Jessica Layton and Benita Zahn, returns to its cabaret home, Fort Salem Theatre, for a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 8. The $25 cost includes a $6 credit toward coffee and dessert at this performance of secular Christmas tunes. Information: 518-854-9200.
CAMBRIDGE The final performance of Jean Giradoux’s “Ondine,” which once starred Audrey Hepburn on Broadway, will be given at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge. Director John Hadden describes the tragic-comedy as, “The story of a love between a water nymph and a knight, and the folly that results from their actions.”
Members’ tickets are $22, $15 for students, and $25 at the door. Call 518-677-2496 or visit www.hubbardhall.org. The show is a production of The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall.
Raise Funds for Child
WELLS A basket fund raiser for 4-year-old Zoey Van Guilder, who is hospitalized in Albany and battling a rare disease, will be held at the headquarters of Modern Woodmen of America in Wells, with doors opening at 2 p.m. and tickets pulled at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. The event is sponsored by Jan’s Hope House and the Good Will Gang and family and friends of Zoey. For more information on this worthy cause, call Janice Rivers at 518-338-5356.
Symphonic Sleigh Ride
GLENS FALLS Glens Falls Symphony will take children and adults on a musical sleigh ride round the world, playing holiday pieces that fly from the notes of Polish polonaises to the beats of mariachi from Mexico. 40 youngsters will comprise the Symphony’s Children’s Chorus, with members ranging in age from 8 to 15. Glens Falls High School auditorium will house the concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, with tickets costing from $25 to $28 for adults and $10 for students. Call 518-793-1348 or visit theglensfallssymphony.com.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
Santa at Library
SCHUYLERVILLE Santa Claus will visit the Schuylerville Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, where he will have his picture taken with all of his beneficiaries and everyone will enjoy snacks and crafts. For details, call 518-695-6641.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
SCHAGHTICOKE The Women’s Club of Valley Falls and Vicinity will celebrate the holiday season with a covered dish luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the Masonic Temple in Schaghticoke. The event features games, prizes, song and fun. Bring a dish to share, a place setting and a gift to exchange. For more information, call Lois Squire at 518-664-4983.
CASTLETON The Castleton Woman’s Club will visit the kitchen of Whitney Lamy, founder of Castleton Cracker, following its noon meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Castleton State College Medical Chapel. The kitchen visit follows a light lunch and business meeting. For details, call 802-468-5421.
MANCHESTER Bennington Professor Mansour Farhang, a former US ambassador, will talk on prospects of negotiated settlement with Iran about its nuclear program at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, the event presented by Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning. Call Gloria Palmer at 802-867-0111 for more information. Registration is $20.
Friday, Dec. 13
GREENWICH Teens at Greenwich Youth Center invite area residents to attend a “jam” concert at the center’s new event space, “Plow 103 Main,” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. Working under Musician and Songwriter Tom Keller’s direction, the teens have benefited from a gift of instruments given by the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, complimenting existing band equipment. The concert culminates two months of rehearsals. Seating is limited, so come early. Call 518-692-2755 for more information.
HOOSICK FALLS A spaghetti dinner to benefit long-time coach and sport advocate George Villarini, who is battling liver cancer and on the national transplant list, will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at The Hoosick Falls Armory. Jointly sponsored by the Hoosick Falls Baseball and Softball Program and the Hoosick Armory Youth Center and Community Coalition, the dinner costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 4 to 12. Children under 4 get in free. Call HAYC3 at 518-686-9050 for more information.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Mount Anthony Grange will hold a holiday fair at Rupert Fire House on Route 153 on Saturday, Dec. 14. The grange is seeking vendors and crafters to participate. Space is available at $15 and $10 for non-profit groups. To reserve space or to learn the exact time of the event, call Rose at 802-394-7801.
HOOSICK FALLS The first annual Holiday Ball of the Cambridge and Hoosick Lions will be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Hoosick Falls Country Club. A buffet style dinner, with carving station, accompanied by music by Sage City Six, will be offered to both Lions and the general public. Seating is limited. Bring an unwrapped gift for toy drives. Cost is $35.
For more information, including exact time, call 518-321-4062 or 518-686-5404.
ARGYLE Horse lovers are invited to an open house in the rescue and sanctuary barn of Double L Stable Equine Rescue and Sanctuary from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Visitors are encouraged to meet the sanctuary horses and find out about adoptable horses. A can and bottle drive will be simultaneously held to help the horses, and used printer ink cartridges and Nutrena feed tags are also sought. Double L Stable is on 9 Tilford Road, Argyle, and the phone is 518-638-6929.
CAMBRIDGE Hubbard Hall will celebrate the holidays in Spanish-style with “Feliz Navidad,” a food and theatre combo that presents music, dance, puppetry and story-telling from Spain and serves a continental breakfast of homemade delicacies, both on Saturday, Dec. 14. General admission is $12, $10 for members and $5 for students. “Merry Christmas” will be held twice, seating at 9 and 11 a.m. For details, call 518-677-2496 or visit www.hubbardhall.org.
WEST PAWLET The sixth graders of Mettawee Community School in West Pawlet will hold a basket fund-raiser on Saturday, Dec. 14, with doors opening at 11 a.m. and the drawing at 1 p.m. $5 buys the first sheet of tickets. Each additional sheet is $2. There will be a concession stand offering chili, macaroni and cheese and sandwiches, and proceeds benefit the Class of 2014 Spring Trip. For information, call 802-645-9009 for the school, and 802-779-4486, cell.
Santa Lucia Festival
ARLINGTON The Santa Lucia Festival of Lights will be at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at St. James Church on historic Route 7A in Arlington’s heart. The day starts with the Arlington Garden Club Craft Fair at Arlington Community House and open houses at Arlington and Manchester Inns and Bed and Breakfast Homes from noon to 4 p.m. A Christmas tree, luminary lighting and carol sing in front of Community House at 4 p.m. directly precedes Santa Lucia. For more information, call 802-375-6516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BENNINGTON Bennington Museum hosts its 17th annual Festival of Trees Gala from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, with tickets costing $50 if purchased by Dec. 2 and $65 thereafter. Music, dancing, auctions and gallery exhibits, as well as the beautifully decorated tree exhibits, all celebrate the holiday season. Call 802-447-1571 to make recommended reservations.
SALEM Area Musicians Al and Kathy Bain, Deborah Craig, the OBQ, and others will give a free-will-offering Christmas Concert at Salem United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. The free-will offering benefits the food pantry and fuel fund. The church is handicapped accessible. For details, call 518-854-7588.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
SCHUYLERVILLE Trace your heritage at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 when “The Genealogy Group” of Schuylerville Public Library meets at the 52 Ferry Street library.
For details, call 518-695-6641.
Book Board Meets
SCHUYLERVILLE The Board Meeting of the Schuylerville Public Library will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at the library on 52 Ferry Street. The board meeting is open to the public and pre-meeting details can be gleaned by calling 518-695-6641. Promptly at 7 p.m., also Dec. 17, the Schuylerville Public Library Advocates will meet in the library.
Thursday, Dec. 19
BENNINGTON “Baby Ensor: Recent Paintings,” an exhibition of paintings by Renee Bouchard on exhibit at Southern Vermont College, has been extended through Thursday, Dec.19. The paintings chronicle Bouchard’s nineteen months as a “new mother,” and can be seen in SVC’s Burgdorff Gallery. For details on gallery hours, call 802-447-6316 or email email@example.com.
Friday, Dec. 20
BENNINGTON Green Mountain Christian Center will hold its sixth annual Green Mountain Christmas, with a “Gift Room for Parents in Need,” and gift wrapping and children’s crafts, music, cookies and refreshments on Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21. The center office, scene of the Gift Room, is open on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For information on Saturday’s “Gift Room” hours and to donate gifts, call 802-447-7224.
Free Film Night
SCHUYLERVILLE A free movie will be screened at Schuylerville Public Library at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. Attendees are asked to bring their own popcorn. The film runs 120 minutes. For details, call 518-695-6641.
Norman Rockwell Talk
MANCHESTER “American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell” will be presented by its author, Deborah Solomon, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 in Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. Solomon is the author of two previous biographies on artists Jackson Pollock and Joseph Cornell. For details, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700.
Sunday, Dec. 22
POULTNEY The combined strength of the Poultney-Granville Town Band can be heard at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 in Parish Hall of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church at 21 East Main Street in Poultney. Sponsored by the Poultney Women’s Club, the free concert features a band of more than 40 musicians, a band that marks its 87th year. The free event is the 4th annual Christmas concert in Poultney. Call 802-287-5185 for more information.
TINMOUTH Contra, a long-lined square dance, will be called by Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin, fiddled by Cedar Stanistreet and guitar-picked by Brendan Taaffe at Tinmouth Community Center’s “Contra Dance” from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. (This dance generally takes place the third Friday of the month.) Cost is $9 for adults and $7 for teens, with children under 12, free. First-timers pay $5. For more information, call 802-235-2718 or 802-446-2928 or visit www.tinmouthvt.org. The center is located off Route 140.
SHOREHAM Shoreham Congregational Church announces the following holiday events for late December and early January: a 10 a.m. Christmas pageant during service on Sunday, Dec. 22; readings and carols at a 5 p.m. traditional Christmas Eve service on Tuesday, Dec. 24; a 10 a.m. hymn sing of Carols and other favorites on Sunday, Dec. 29; and a 10 a.m. reflection on Dr. Ira Byock’s “Four Things that Matter Most” on Sunday, Jan. 12. Call 802-897-2687 or 802-989-2454 for more information.
Wednesday, Dec. 25
SCHUYLERVILLE In observance of Christmas, the doors of the Schuylerville Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25. Normally, the library is open daily at various times, except for Sunday when it is closed. For details on exact library hours, call 518-695-6641.
Saturday, Dec. 28
CAMBRIDGE Hubbard Hall will twice present the folk group, “The Whippersnappers,” on Saturday, Dec.28. The trio of Frank Orsini, George Wilson and Peter Davis will join a community dance at 4 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., on Hubbard Hall’s main stage, the trio will perform a full concert, which costs $25 for general admission, $20 for members and $10 for students. For more information, call 518-677-2496 or visit www.hubbardhall.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 8
Van Gogh Influence
RUTLAND Art Historian Carol Berry will explain what influenced Painter Vincent Van Gogh and his influence on later painters, impressionist or otherwise, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, as part of Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays at Rutland Free Library. For information, call 802-773-1860.
Saturday, Jan. 11
MANCHESTER A “Hot Blues for Cold Nights” concert of blues and jazz will be performed by “Downtown” Bob Stannard and those Dangerous Bluesmen at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Eagles Club in Manchester on Routes 11 and 30. Proceeds from the jazz-blues concert will go to “Ski for Heat,” the fundraiser providing heating assistance to local families and individuals. For more information, call 802-824-3558 or 802-779-2227.
Wednesday, Jan 25
FORT ANN The Fort Ann Volunteer Fire Company will host a live auction at its Route 149 station house, with doors opening at 4 p.m. and auction bidding at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Dave Mattison will be the auctioneer. All proceeds benefit the fire company.
All new items, gift cards and gift certificates will be auctioned off. The kitchen will also be open, and there will be a bake sale, too. For more information, call 518-639-8635.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
RUTLAND Film Expert Rick Winston will screen an acknowledged screen classic, 1940’s Casablanca, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Rutland Free Library, as part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series, held the first Wednesday of each month. For specifics, call 802-773-1860.
Friday, Feb. 14
BENNINGTON Bennington Museum will exhibit art created by public and private school students from the Bennington area from Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, March 30. The art of elementary, middle and high school students will be shown. Students receive certificates of presentation at the show’s grand opening on Saturday, Feb. 15. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.
Exhibit Season Starts
BENNINGTON At the Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, starting Friday, Feb. 14, different regional artists will display their artwork for eleven weeks. Selected by a jury twice a year, the exhibits include a mix of paintings, sculpture, photos, wood working and more. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.
BENNINGTON The 1970s photographs of John Hubbard, former sports reporter and photographer for the Bennington Bannner, will be displayed from Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, March 30 at Bennington Museum, whose hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The black and white photographs are the people Hubbard encountered on the job. For more information, call 802-447-1571.
Saturday, Feb. 15
BENNINGTON Closed from January through Feb. 13, the Bennington Museum will officially reopen its doors Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a community day celebration. Patrons can view the re-installed Grandma Moses exhibit and the initial recreation of the Decorative Arts Gallery, amongst all the other special exhibits, as well as the permanent collection. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.
Monday, Feb. 17
BENNINGTON The Bennington Museum will offer school vacation workshops from Monday, Feb. 17 through Friday, Feb. 21 for children of all ages at appropriate times for the appropriate age. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For specific information and to make reservations, call Deana Mallory at 802-447-1571.
Saturday, March 29
BENNINGTON Bennington Museum will offer an “Appraisal Fair” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. A panel of art experts and antiques appraisers will evaluate family heirlooms or any other odd, quirky piece. For more information, call 802-447-1571.
Friday, April 4
Eat and Drink
BENNINGTON “The Annual Brew and Food Pairing” will be paired at Bennington Museum on Friday, April 4. The food will be created by area chefs, bakers and chocolatiers, and the brews and ciders are carefully selected potations. The event runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and it is the fifth annual event of its kind at the museum. Call 802-447-1571 for more information.