T hursday, Dec. 5
Call for WIC
HUDSON FALLS Call for a Women, Children and Infants, or WIC appointment, if you missed the recent Dec. 3rd and 4th appointments in Granville and Cambridge. Washington County WIC reports it has immediate openings available for new participants. If you missed the two aforementioned clinics, call 518-746-2460 for a personal appointment at a “more convenient time and location.”
WILTON Gavin Park in Wilton is still accepting registrations for its state licensed after school program for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Operating Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6 p.m., the activities include sports, crafts, homework time and more. For details, call 518-584-9455.
ARGYLE Double L Stable Equine Rescue and Sanctuary is again holding its “Holiday Cards for Rescue Horses” fundraiser, asking participants to send a holiday card, with a dollar bill enclosed, to Double L so that next year’s budget to save horses can be determined. Larger contributions are welcomed, but in any case, for more details call 518-638-6929.
WILTON Gavin Park in Wilton announces that “indoor pickleball” has begun and will run until April. The popular net game is held from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost per person is $3. Players must register in person at the Gavin Park Office. For details, call 518-584-9455.
Hildene, circa 1912
MANCHESTER Thursday, Dec. 5 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, visitors can tour Hildene, the home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his wife, Mary, as it would have looked on Christmas Eve, 1912. The tours are conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $16 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 14. Children under 6 are admitted free. For details on prior-reservation tours, weekend events and other holiday events, call 802-367-7961 or visit www.hildene.org./calendar.html.
Parents and Tots
WILTON Gavin Park in Wilton announces that from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, now through April, children ages 2 to 4, accompanied by parents, may use the gym to play a variety of games. Required registration punch cards costs $15 for Wilton residents and $25 for non-residents for 5 punches; and $25 and $35 for 10 punches for residents and non-residents, respectively. For detail, call 518-584-9455.
Fair Haven Joy
FAIR HAVEN The 39th annual Toys for Joy drive of Fair Haven Knights of Columbus Council 810 is now underway. Donations should be dropped off at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, Castleton Beauty Shop, Pruniers’ Market, Our Lady of Seven Dolors Church and Fair Haven Fitness. Toys will be distributed from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16. For details, call Dennis Perry at 802-265-2025 or Tim Perry at 802-468-2446.
Open Gym in Wilton
WILTON Gavin Park in Wilton announces an open gym for basketball, for all ages, is running from now until March 1, weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m. There is no charge, but since the gym accommodates only up to 20 players, basketball play is held on a first-come, first-served basis. For details, call 518-584-9455.
MANCHESTER Northshire Bookstore in Manchester today announces the start of its annual Book Angel Program, which puts books into the hands of children who do not ordinarily have access to them. Northshire solicits general interests of area children from more than 20 schools and organizations. From a book angel tree, customers select an angel matching a child whose anonymity is protected. For every five books bought, Northshire donates one book. For details on this educational effort, call 802-362-2200 or 800-437-3700.
MANCHESTER CENTER Learn to make your own Christmas gifts at 4764 Main Street in the former Movado Building, offered by “Create with Bogate,” an arts and crafts store operated by Stacy Gates. Gates said, “For six consecutive years, Create with Bogate has provided handmade workshops as an alternative to commercialized Christmas shopping.” People may choose 30 projects featured at the store to work on. For details, call 802-362-5608 or visit bogate.wordpress.com.
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.
GRANVILLE Granville will hold its annual tree lighting event in combination with First Friday on Friday, Dec. 6. Both the Slate Valley Museum and the Pember Library and Museum will hold kids events with crafts and snacks at 4:30. Santa arrives in Veterans Park, where there will be cocoa and cookies, to light the trees at 6 p.m., and First Friday will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Pember museum and the Slate, which is holding its annual festival of trees.
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.
WILTON The annual tree lighting at Gavin Park in Wilton will be held from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, both outside and in Dailey Gym. Besides lighting the park’s Christmas Colorado Spruce, events include holiday songs, candy, treats, gifts and Santa and his elves. Frosty and Rudolph also will attend. Holiday movies and refreshments round out the night. For details, call 518-584-9455 or email [email protected].
And Wells Lights
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
SCHUYLERVILLE In time for Schuylerville’s Saint Nicholas Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 7, the Chamber of Commerce is taking orders for “chocolate initials,” an old Dutch tradition that now comes in dark or milk chocolate, 3 by 4 inches in size, in a “festive” box, costing $6 each. Call Chamber President Dave Roberts at 518-695-6923 or [email protected] or call Marie Foster at 518-695-5609 or email [email protected], but make your checks payable to Schuylerville Chamber of Commerce.
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.
DORSET Men and women of Dorset that serve the community are invited to a breakfast in their honor from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at The Dorset Church, 143 Church Street, off Route 30. The Men’s Group of Dorset Church have, for example, singled out the following groups: Dorset and East Dorset Volunteer Firemen, Manchester Rescue Squad members, Dorset Road Crews, Dorset Constables, Vermont State Police serving Dorset, and the Dorset Dog Warden. For details on others to be so honored, call 802-867-2260.
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.
Free Indeed Store
MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS The Middletown Springs Community Church will hold its annual “Free Indeed Store” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, an event of interest to anyone piqued by “no-money shopping for clothes, gifts, holiday decorations, etc.” This is a non-dealer event. For details about this freebee, call 802-235-2434.
School Craft Fair
DORSET Dorset School will hold its 3rd annual Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, featuring local crafters and artisans. Santa Claus appears at 1 p.m. and stays until 2 p.m., the end of the fair that will be held in the school’s gymnasium. Dorset School is located on Morse Hill Road, off Route 30. For details, email [email protected] or call 802-362-2606.
HOOSICK FALLS A pop-up shop is a temporary market selling any kind of merchandise, and Hoosick Valley Youth Center and Community Coalition will hold its first pop-up shop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Hoosick Falls Armory. In addition to pop-up shopping, visitors can help make ornaments and participate in the Christmas cookie contest. For details, call Aelish Nealon at 518-686-9050 or email [email protected].
HOOSICK FALLS Residents of the Hoosick Falls area can bring their homemade cookies (one dozen, please) for judging at the Armory’s Pop-up Holiday Shop by 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and take home first, second and third place ribbons. Competitors and others can also sample the product. For details, call 518-686-9050 or email [email protected]
Cambridge “Connects” Fair
CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Central School will be the scene for the Cambridge Connects 17th Annual Craft, Vendor and Fine Arts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Call 518-669-2052 to register for the event. 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. on Saturday, Dec. 7 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 [email protected].
Arts and Crafts
SALEM Salem Courthouse Community Center will host its 8th annual arts and crafts sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Roughly 24 vendors will offer soaps and lotions, needle crafts, jewelry, pottery, baskets, floral items, candies and baked goods at the CCC, located at 58 East Broadway. A food concession will supply breakfast items. At 1 p.m., Debi Craig will treat children to a story hour. In Battenkill Kitchen, gingerbread cookies will be decorated. Call 518-854-7053.
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.
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 [email protected].
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,
A Santa Visit
HOOSICK FALLS Santa Claus will visit Hoosick Falls area children at The Armory from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. For details on this once a year visit, call Aelish Nealon at 518-686-9050.
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 protected]
KILLINGTON Killington’s Toys for Tots Benefit, also known as Ted Arbo’s 27th annual Toys for Tots Holiday Party, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at The Foundry at Summit Pond in Killington. A Christmas tradition since 1986, Ted Arbo’s has raised more than $100,000 in toys and donations in that time. Last year, a record 500 toys and $8,600 in donations were collected. For details, call 802-422-3035.
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.
HOOSICK FALLS Area performers David Sutton, Krissy Fauler, Shari Hand, Ric DiDonato and the Richard Cherry Trio will take the stage at Saint Mary’s Academy for “Holiday Cabaret: a Reunion Event” on Saturday, Dec. 7 in Hoosick Falls. Light fare, a cash bar and a silent auction will also take place, after doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets cost $25. For details, call Pat Hayes at 518-686-4314. Pat is responsible for reservations of parties of eight or more.
BENNINGTON Dramatic scenes written by such dramatically different playwrights as Tom Stoppard, Eugene O’Neil, Edmond Rostand, David Edgar, Eugene Ionesco, and Edward Albee, and ranging in styles from poetic to realist to absurdist and back again, will be performed by Bennington College drama students at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 in Room D207 of the Visual and Performing Arts Center at the college. For details, call 802-379-5116.
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 one. 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 [email protected] or call 802-884-8056 or 802-287-2010.
GREENWICH The Community Choral Society will present its annual Christmas performances at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at United Church in Greenwich and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 in United Presbyterian Church in Cambridge. The concert, called “Never a Brighter Star,” is directed by Harriet Welther and accompanied by Michael Garvey.
Cost is adults, $8; teens and seniors, $5. For details, call 518-677-3327.
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 protected].
BUSKIRK Buskirk Volunteer Fire Department will hold its “All You Can Eat Breakfast” from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. For details about this “best breakfast in town,” call Chief Michael Moses at the non-emergency number, 518-686-9966.
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 [email protected] or [email protected]. 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 [email protected].
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 protected]
CASTLETON Castleton Historical Society will host its annual carol-sing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 in Castleton’s Higley House. Once again Local Pianist Linda Splatt will lead carolers in song. All are welcome to sing and enjoy treats at this event, which is handicapped accessible. Singing is, of course, weather dependent. If in doubt, call Holly Hitchcock at 518-468-5105.
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.
Fundraiser 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.
POULTNEY Foundation Church of Poultney will present “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” a musical about family and hope in the golden age of radio, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 in the church “on the Green” in East Poultney. For information, call 802-287-0667. Childcare will be available.
Israeli Film Shown
MANCHESTER Israel Congregation of Manchester (ICM) will screen the Israeli film, “Hava Nagila,” which explains the traditional chair dance performed at Jewish weddings, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Congregation on Main Street (Route 7A) in Manchester. Admission is by a free-will donation. For details, call Rosalie Fox at 802-867-0199. The screening kicks off ICM’s International Jewish Film Festival.
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.
Monday, Dec. 9
Hoosick Blood Drive
HOOSICK FALLS Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church at 484 Hill Road will be the scene for an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. To be eligible, one must be healthy, at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds, and, for fifty-six days, not have given blood. For more information, call HFCAC at 518-686-3269 or the American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS.
WILTON Gavin Park in Wilton announces that “Over 30 Basketball” is currently running from 8 to 10 p.m. on Mondays now through May 19. Cost is $5 per person and maximum number of players is $20. For details, call 518-584-9455.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
GRANVILLE Washington County WIC will hold a monthly clinic from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Granville’s Baptist Church on Quaker Street. “If you are a New York State resident and you are pregnant and have children under five years old, call WIC to see if you qualify for some help with your grocery bill,” program officials said. If unable to attend the clinic in Granville, call 518-746-2460 for a more convenient time and location.
ARLINGTON The annual meeting of the Arlington Garden Club will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Arlington’s West Mountain Inn. Following the meeting, will be a holiday luncheon. New members are welcomed. To join or to get meeting details, call Patricia Rauch at 802-375-2405. For general information, visit [email protected].
Long Trail Dinner
PAWLET The 9th grade of Long Trail School will hold a fundraising dinner at The Barn Restaurant in Pawlet from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10. A choice of three entrees costs $10. Take-out is also available. The entrees are roasted chicken, pork loin and vegetarian lasagna. For details, 802-325-3088.
BENNINGTON On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Southern Vermont College will re-launch its Campus Community Series, meeting with 14 SVC students and six Bennington-area families for food and thoughtful conversation on the value of education and civic engagement. Sponsored by Sodexo, Inc., a food and facilities management company, the campus series is also part of the grassroots movement, The Family Dinner Project. For details, call 802-447-4012 or email [email protected].
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.
BENNINGTON Devotees of electronic music can enjoy an “Electronic Music Concert” featuring student works in 5.1 surround sound at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9 in Deane Carriage Barn at Bennington College. For details, call 802-379-5116.
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.
Fly Tyers Meet
RUTLAND Green Mountain Fly Tyers Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the Godnick Center on Deer Street in Rutland, where member George Butts will demonstrate “The Spirit of Pittsford Mills,” a Vermont-originated dry fly pattern. Open to the public, details about the meeting can be learned from Eric Nelson at 802-468-5525.
History Society Meets
MANCHESTER The annual meeting of the Manchester Historical Society will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the Vestry of First Congregational Church in Manchester. All members are encouraged to attend. Program and achievement reports, discussion on membership and finance, and elections for board officers –– all this is on the agenda.
For details, visit www.manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org.
Thursday, Dec. 12
MANCHESTER CENTER The Northshire Seniors announce that they will enjoy a Christmas dinner at noon on Thursday, Dec. 12 at Ye Olde Tavern, offering roast turkey, scrod or pot roast as entrée choices. Call Sally McManus at 802-375-9780 to make $12 reservations. On December 14, Northshire Seniors will see a musical performed by The Christmas Revels at Spaulding Auditorium in Hanover, New Hampshire. Call Alberta Harrington at 802-362-2263 to make $20 reservations.
Hanukkah and Christmas
MANCHESTER Tales of Hanukkah and Christmas will be told by guests Saragail Benjamin and The Dorset Players at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 in Manchester’s Mark Skinner Library, as part of a special “Evening of Holiday Memories.” As well as tales, MSL will offer mulled cider, wine, and delights both sweet and savory. All are welcome. For details, call 802-362-2607 or email [email protected].
Friday, Dec. 13
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.
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.
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 on 9 Tilford Road in Argyle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. As well as finding a gift for another horse lover, visitors are encouraged to stop by and meet the sanctuary horses and adoptable horses. A can and bottle drive, used printer ink cartridges collection, and Nutrena feed tag collection will be simultaneously held. For details, call 518-638-6929.
Kid’s Free Breakfast
SCHUYLERVILLE Everyone, but especially children, is invited to a 9 a.m. free breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the United Methodist Church of Schuylerville on 51 Church Street. The venture is an effort by the United Methodist Churches of Schuylerville and Quaker Springs. After breakfast, children can stay for a film on a big screen and other Christmas-related activities. For details, call Tim Lagoe at 518-584-1812.
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.
Santa at Mark Skinner
MANCHESTER A Super Saturday Santa Program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 in Manchester’s Mark Skinner Library, where children and adults may meet and take pictures with Santa and his Elf Express Elves. Children will all be eligible to win the book, “Christopher Pop-in-Kins.” The event is free and open to the public, which is urged to bring cameras. For more information, call 802-362-2607.
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.
WELLS Saint Paul’s Church, near the Green in Wells, will hold its Christmas Rummage-Tag-Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church. For details, call Charity Downs at 802-645-0071 or Tammy Alexander at 802-236-1880.
ARLINGTON The Arlington Garden Club will hold its annual Community Holiday Event at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Arlington Community House, where twinkling lights will line Main Street and there will be a visit from Santa Claus. Carols, cookies and hot chocolate will be served. The event directly precedes St. James Church’s “Santa Lucia Festival of Lights.” For information about either event, call 802-375-6515.
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 [email protected]
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.
STRATTON MOUNTAIN Classical guitarist Brett Grigsby will entertain at the Winter Gala of the Stratton Foundation, which serves Vermont’s children-in-need, from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Besides Grigsby, $100 tickets pay for appetizers and buffet (courtesy of Blue Flame Gas Company) and dancing to DJ Joe Bell. A raffle and live and silent auction will also be held. For details, call 802-297-2096 or visit www.strattonfoundation.org.
GREENWICH A Christmas Party, offering a choice of prime rib, chicken or vegetarian entrée, will be held at Greenwich Elks Lodge on Route 40 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by dancing to the band, “Standing Room Only,” from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Cost is $20 per person and reservations should be made by Dec. 9. Call 518-692-2061 after 4 p.m. to make reservations, especially for a table of eight or more.
For further details, call Donna A. Blair at 518-692-2347.
Sunday, Dec. 15
3rd Sunday Breakfast
GREENWICH Greenwich Elks Lodge continues its buffet breakfast, served the third Sunday of each month, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Lodge on Route 40. Cost for the full buffet breakfast is adults, $7; seniors, $6; children 5 to 12, $5; and children under 5, free. For details, call 518-692-2347.
Country Dance Style
SCHUYLERVILLE Country Round and Square Dance Association will host an old style country dance from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Clancy Street American Legion, with music supplied by “Ole Time Country.” Cost is adults, $5; 6 to 17, $2; under six, free. Call Linda at 518-638-8905 or call Sandy at 518-824-3719. All are welcome to dance at this
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.
Monthly Film Night
SALEM Monthly movie night at Salem’s Bancroft Public Library will be held this month at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, with a holiday film, “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell. Patrons are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks to the free event. The library also announces that on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., a Kids’ After School Movie is shown, and Story Time takes place on Thursdays at 4 p.m. For details, call 518-854-7463.
Wednesday, Dec. 18
HUDSON FALLS Meeting the first and third Wednesday of each month, Washington County Toastmasters will meet this Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Annex Two Building, next to Washington County Cornell Cooperative Extension at 415 Lower Main Street in Hudson Falls. For details on this group of teachers of public speaking, visit
Thursday, Dec. 19
RUTLAND Project Help –– a four-decades-old charity in Rutland of Mount Saint Joseph Academy’s students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni and friends ––will be held this year on Thursday, Dec. 19 and Friday, Dec. 20. On the first day, all of these volunteers will be joined by 8th graders from Christ the King School in collecting food and money from Rutland-area residents and businesses. Gift baskets are then delivered to local families in need. For details, call 802-775-0151 or visit www.msjvermont.org.
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 protected].
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
SCHUYLERVILLE On Sunday, Dec. 22, from 1 to 5 p.m., an “ole style country dance” will be held at Clancy Street American Legion, hosted by The County Round and Square Dance Association in Schuylerville. All are welcome. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $2 for youths 6 to 17, and children under six, free. For details, call Linda at 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.
ARLINGTON The annual Dollar Skate at Riley Rink in Arlington will be hosted from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22 by The Fisher Elementary School Parent Teacher Group, with admission costing $1. For details, call Fisher Principal Deanne Lacoste at 802-375-6409 or email [email protected] or call Melissa Smith at 802-375-6409, ext. 217 or email [email protected].
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.
Tuesday, Dec. 23
WILTON The December Holiday Breakers Club at Gavin Park in Wilton will run from Monday, Dec, 23 through Friday, Jan. 3, with exception of Christmas and New Year’s Days. Program fee is $35 per day for Wilton residents and $45 for non-residents. Registration is open until Dec. 15. Call 518-584-9455 to register for the program whose hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding non-school-break holidays.
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.
Sunday, Dec. 29
4th Country Dance
SCHUYLERVILLE Country Round and Square Dance Association, for the fourth time this month, will dance old style country from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29 at Schuylerville’s Clancy Street American Legion. All are welcome. Cost is adults, $5; children 6 to 17, $2; under six, free. As there will be a change in winter dancing dates, be sure to call Linda at 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.
Monday, Jan. 6
Zumba in Wilton
WILTON The popular Latin fitness dance Zumba will be taught at Gavin Park in Wilton at the following times and dates: Session A will runs from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Mondays, from Jan. 6 through Feb. 4; Session B will run from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 8 through Feb. 26. Pre-registration, including payment of a fee, is required. For registration details, call 518-584-9455.
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.