T hursday, Dec. 12
RUTLAND Rutland County Humane Society at 765 Stevens Road in Pittsford reminds everyone to stop by the RCHS shelter to purchase an item that an animal needs, bring it to the shelter and get a Christmas ornament that represents the item. The range of needed items includes dog treats, rawhide bones, brooms and dustpans and animal bedding, among other items. For details, call 802-483-6700.
GLENS FALLS The Shirt Factory Arts and Healing Center in Glens Falls announces four December events: from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, a Ladies’ Night will be held at the center in conjunction with 10 selected city shops; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, the factory will hold an open house; a friends and family night will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20; and a last-minute dash will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. For details on these four events, call 518-907-4478.
POULTNEY Poultney Public Library announces that “Frosty Friends for the Library” is the name for its 4th annual Christmas ornament donation program. A library benefactor has purchased 100 snowman ornaments. Donate $3 to the library and take home a snowman. For details, call 802-287-5556.
RUTLAND The Chaffee Art Center has announced that Chaffee Downtown will host more than 20 animated windows for the holiday season, each displaying gingerbread houses created by area families and creations made by the Rutland Garden Club. The window displays will remain open through Saturday, Dec. 21. Chaffee Gallery is open from 11 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For details, email email@example.com.
Longer to Register
SARATOGA SPRINGS Adirondack North Country Association announces that registration has been extended through Tuesday, Dec. 31 for Adirondack Buyers Days, a wholesale handmade products show, which will be held Tuesday, April 8 and Wednesday, April 9 at the Saratoga Springs City Center at 522 Broadway. For more details, call 518-891-6200.
Register for Soccer
HOOSICK FALLS The Hoosick Falls Soccer Club now is organizing spring travel teams, with registration held through Saturday, Dec. 14. Six teams are being formed for two sets of fourth grade boys; two sets of fifth grade boys; and two sets of sixth grade boys. For general information, call Justin Caywood at 518-944-1498
GLENS FALLS Warrensburg Photographer Len Frazier and Glens Falls Mixed-Media Artist Kate Austin-Avon are exhibiting their works this December at Second Floor Gallery in City Hall, located at 42 Ridge Street in Glens Falls. The exhibit is sponsored by North Country Arts Center. Second Floor Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For details, call 518-353-2121.
MANCHESTER Among other holiday treats offered at Hildene –– home of President Lincoln’s son, Robert –– music will be played on the very organ and piano which Robert and his wife, Mary, and their daughters, Mamie and Jessie, all played in the early 20th century. From now until January 1, Hildene looks as the Lincolns would have known it on Christmas Eve, 1912. For details on tours, history, and for a list of performing musicians, visit www.hildene.org/calendar.html. or call 802-367-7961.
CAMBRIDGE The Cambridge Valley Farmers’ Market announces that in December it will continue selling meat, eggs, vegetables, maple products, crafts and baked goods each Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., until the Sunday before Christmas. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
SALEM Gardenworks, a family-owned specialty-crop and flower shop, will display Jeweler Tim Shea’s works from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. Shea will showcase his collection of handcrafted jewelry, while Gardenworks offers other gift ideas. For details, call 518-854-3250. Gardenworks is located on Route 30, five miles west from the Route 22 traffic light.
POULTNEY Saint Raphael Church in Poultney will present a “Living Nativity” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 on the lawn in front of the parish rectory at the corner of Main and Beaman Streets. The drama of this “live” nativity scene will be underscored by music from Christmas carolers. After the re-enactment, refreshments will be served in the church. For details, call Ernie DeMatties at 802-287-9755. Or call 802-287-9702 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tea Party Patriots
FORT EDWARD Washington County Tea Party Patriots will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 on the lower level of building two of the Washington County Office Complex on Upper Broadway in Fort Edward. Skip Cornell, co-founder, will preside over a round table meeting. For further details, call 518-746-2170.
Long Trail “Peter Pan”
DORSET A boy enacts Peter Pan in an upcoming version of J.M. Barrie’s classic play, presented by the Arts Department of Long Trail School at the following times and dates: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Pre-ceding Saturday’s show will be a dinner and silent auction to support “Actors Anonymous” students performing at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland next summer. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For details, call 802-867-5717, ext. 190.
Friday, Dec. 13
WHITEHALL The Border Riders of Granville and the Whitehall RailRiders snowmobile clubs will hold a Snowmobile Safety course from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 in Whitehall. You must be 10 years of age or older to attend. Register and get location information by calling Dan Daigle at 518-260-8704.
POULTNEY Story time continues at the public library in December, with 11 a.m. readings for toddlers and preschoolers on Fridays, Dec. 13 and 20. All children are welcome to come to this free program. For details, call Poultney Library at 802-287-5556.
HOOSICK FALLS A reception will be held for noted Cambridge artist George Van Hook at 120 Gallery 90 in the Hoosick Falls Armory from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. Hook’s work, impressionist in style, depicts upstate New York rural scenes, and it will remain on display at the gallery from Dec. 13 through January 10. For details, call 518-686-9050.
HOOSICK FALLS A spaghetti dinner to benefit long-time coach and sport advocate George Villarini, who is battling liver cancer and is 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.
HOOSICK FALLS Sage City Six, southern Vermont’s Chicago-style Dixieland band, will play swing-style Dixieland from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Hoosick Falls Armory’s Owl’s Nest. The Owl’s Nest is located downstairs in the Armory, which is at the corner of Church and Elm Streets. Sage City Six, the area’s oldest jazz band, has played since 1955. The concert is free and open to the public. For details, call 518-686-9050.
DORSET Final performances of Joe Landry’s radical stage adaptation of the classic holiday film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Landry turns the timeless film into a radio play, where Dorset Players’ actors use the names of radio actors they portray rather than the film characters’ names. For details, call 802-867-5570 or email email@example.com. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $8 for students.
Saturday, Dec. 14
CAMBRIDGE New Skete Communities in Cambridge announced that orders for their acclaimed cheesecake, and other New Skete holiday gifts, should be placed by Saturday, Dec. 14. For details on placing orders, call 518-677-3810 or visit http://www.newskete.com.
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.
POULTNEY Breakfast with Santa will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Poultney Methodist Church on Main Street, with breakfast and a photo with Santa costing $1.25 each. The event is sponsored by the Poultney Woman’s Club. For details, call 802-287-9244.
POULTNEY “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will be discussed at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Poultney Public Library by the library’s “Discussion Group.”
For details, visit poultneypubliclibrary.com or call 802-287-5556.
Women of Hope
CAMBRIDGE Two speakers –– Shirley O’Dell and Victoria Pelland — will speak at the 9 a.m. meeting of The Women of Hope on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Senior Center at 5 Park Street in Cambridge. Beverly Quackenbush will offer music, and the meeting will start at 9 with its customary breakfast. The topic will be overcoming child abandonment or rejection and the hurts and disappointments of life as one grows up. For details, call 518-854-7608.
ARGYLE An open house for horse lovers will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Double L Stable on 9 Tilford Road in Argyle. As well as finding a gift, visitors will meet sanctuary and adoptable horses. Supporters can also send $1 bill enclosed in a holiday card to rescue horses, as part of the fundraiser, “Holiday Cards for Rescue 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.
RUPERT Crafters and vendors alike will present unique items for sale at the Mount Anthony Grange Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Rupert Firehouse. Lunch, which will benefit the Kids Summer Lunch Program, will be available in the kitchen. For details, call Ellie at 802-287-1639. To inquire about or reserve a table space, contact Rose at 802-394-7801.
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.
CAMBRIDGE Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for visits with children from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Noble Ace Hardware in Cambridge. Get your picture taken with Santa, give him your list, and enjoy some cookies and hot cocoa.
Santa at 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.
VFW Kids’ Party
MANCHESTER The Veterans of Foreign Wars in Manchester Center will hold a Children’s Christmas Party for all children ages 10 and under from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at its headquarters at 280 Depot Street across from Price Chopper. Cheryl the Clown will play games with the children and Santa will arrive at 1 p.m. with presents. For details, call Mary at 802-362-5222.
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.
MANCHESTER Zion Women will hold a “Silver Tea and Display of Nativity Creches” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Manchester Center’s Zion Episcopal Church. A sale of home-baked goods for the holidays will also be held. The “Silver Tea” collects silver coins to support the Altar Guild. A porcelain nativity set and Goebel’s Angel will also be raffled off. Admission is $5. Zion Episcopal is located at 5167 Main Street. For details, call 802-362-1987.
GREENWICH Naturally grown vegetables, eggs, pastured pork and beef, prepared foods, baked goods and other goods will be sold at the Greenwich Farmers’ Market from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the market at 70 Main Street.
For details, call 518-944-7149.
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 Fest
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.
FAIR HAVEN Fair Haven United Methodist Church invites the public to join church members at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 for a “walking nativity.” Please dress warmly for this event that also involves Santa, caroling, cocoa and cookies. For details, call 802-265-4460.
PROCTOR Union Church of Proctor will present a “live manger scene” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 on the church lawn at 5 Church Street. Hymns will underscore the scene and hot chocolate will keep off the cold. For details, call 802-459-3624 or email Audrey Tilden at email@example.com.
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.
SCHUYLERVILLE Quaker Springs United Methodist Church will serve an unusual pot luck supper at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the church on Route 32, south of Schuylerville.
The dinner will be part of a play called “In Bethlehem Inn,” which will be presented by the Quaker Springs Choir, which will also sing carols. Bring your favorite entrée to share. Following the play and carols, dessert will be served. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUDSON FALLS The Hudson River Shakespeare Company presents “Our Christmas Show” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the First Presbyterian Church in Hudson Falls.
Enjoy an evening of Christmas song, poems and skits performed by members of the company. Admission is $5; doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.hudsonrivershakespeare.org.
Two Comic Gems
HOOSICK FALLS The Hoosick Falls Central School Drama Club will take on a comedic challenge, when it presents the well-known comedies, “Noises Off” and “Action News,” on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. “Action News,” a one-actor, parodies standard news programs, while “Noises Off,” which starred Carol Burnett in the movie, satirically mauls the theatrical profession. A Thursday, Dec. 12 performance may be announced. For exact details, call the school’s drama club at 518-686-7321.
Sunday, Dec. 15
BENSON The Benson Memory Tree will be lit at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 in front of The United Church of Benson at 2793 Stage Road, off Route 22A. The church is sponsoring the lighting and then donating proceeds to Benson’s “Scholarship Fund.” Forms and boxes are available at G&L, Benson Village Store and the Wheel Inn. For details, call Jan Ladd at 802-537-3434.
SCHAGHTICOKE Victor Masonic Lodge of Schaghticoke will serve a Christmas pancake breakfast with Santa Claus from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Route 67 Lodge. The buffet serving will offer pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, Knickerbocker soufflé, and potatoes with and without onions, juice and coffee.
“All You Can Eat”
GANSEVOORT Gansevoort Volunteer Fire Department will hold its monthly “All You Can Eat” country breakfast at the firehouse from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. The menu includes eggs cooked to order; pancakes, French toast, home fries, biscuits with sausage gravy, orange juice, milk and coffee. Breakfast donation is adults, $8; children 5 to 12 and seniors 55 and older, $6; and children under 5, free. For details, call 518-792-4396.
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.
Santa & Elves Dine
GRANVILLE Santa and his Elves invite the community to dine with them at the Middle Granville Fire House from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, when $6 will buy a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. Several toys will also be raffled off under Santa’s personal supervision. For details, email email@example.com. The event raises funds for Josh Shaw and Natalie Haines and their trip for American Music Abroad.
50 Sing Song
DORSET The Maple Street School choristers and the adult Dorset Church Choir, a combined choir of fifty conducted by Jane Wood, will sing what Wood calls a “beautiful and powerful song written by Kurt Bestor” at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Dorset Church on 143 Church Street, off Route 30. The song is entitled “Prayer of the Children,” and will be sung at the start of regular service. At 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, the song again will be sung Maple Street School. For details, call 802-867-2260.
SALEM Salem’s Holy Cross Catholic Church announces the following activities amongst its devotional services for December: The Christmas Cookie Sale by The Altar Rosary Society will be held after the Sunday, Dec. 15 mass. And at the Wednesday Dec. 18 meeting of The Catholic Daughters at 6:30 p.m., baby clothes will be collected for dispersal to young mothers and cookie platters prepared for shut-ins. For details, call 518-854-3692.
Horse Basket Raffle
CASTLETON Bomoseen Grange in Castleton will hold a basket raffle on Sunday, Dec. 15 to benefit the Pond Hill Interscholastic Equestrian team, a group of middle and high school students that compete in western riding against other New England high school and middle school teams. The doors for the raffle open at 11 a.m. and the drawing is at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 and $2 for additional tickets. Proceeds offset the cost of the National Finals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. For details, call 802-468-5381.
ARGYLE The Argyle United Methodist Church will hold a “Blue Christmas Service” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 as a point of remembrance and support for those who have lost a loved one. All community members are welcome. For details, call Paula at 518-638-8391.
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
BENNINGTON Bill Budde, curator of the Dr. George Russell Vermontiana Collection, used extensively for local historical research and Vermont genealogical searches, will talk about Dr. Russell and his collection at a 2 p.m. presentation on Sunday, Dec. 15 in the Ada Paresky Education Center on the second floor of the Bennington Museum. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the Bennington Historical Society. For details, call 802-447-1571.
POULTNEY No, they’re not movies with a mystery, they are three unidentified films Poultney Public Library has joined together for a “Scrooge-a-thon” film festival on Sunday, Dec. 15. A recent Christmas re-make will be shown at 2 p.m., an animated holiday classic at 4 p.m., and a black and white classic at 5 p.m. The Scrooge-a-thon includes free popcorn, baked goods and soup. (Yes, soup.) Oh, and the names of the three films. To get titles earlier, call 802-287-5556.
MANCHESTER The choir of Christ Our Savior Parish will perform its annual Christmas Concert (for the tenth year under Michael Gallagher’s direction) at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 in St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church on Route 30, (Bonnet St.), just north of Manchester. Community members and a small orchestra will augment the choir. For general information, call 802-362-1380.
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.
Monday, Dec. 16
POULTNEY The Poultney Snowmobile Club announced that Vermont snowmobile trails would be open by Monday, Dec.16. when trails will be checked. For information on the trails check, call Ernie DeMatties at 802-287-9755. In other news, the potluck supper meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at York Coach Works and the 41st annual pancake breakfast at Poultney Elementary School will be from 7 a.m. to noon on
POULTNEY Poultney Public Library announces that it is a “World Book Night 2014 Book Distributor.” The deadline for becoming a WBN book giver is Jan. 5, 2014. On April 23 of next year, (Shakespeare’s birthday), 25,000 volunteers will give away a half-million especially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across the U.S. Visit www.us.worldbooknight.org to apply. For further details, call the library at 802-287-5556.
MANCHESTER Manchester Historical Society announces that the “Tall Spire Ringers” will present a free holiday concert at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Manchester on Monday, Dec. 16. Following the program, which is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. For details, visit www.manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org.
Tuesday, Dec. 17
SALEM Washington County Women-Infants-Children or WIC Program announced that Salem WIC clinics would be held on Tuesdays. The next WIC clinic in Salem will be Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. If unable to attend a clinic, call 518-746-2460 for a more convenient time and location.
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.
RUTLAND The Rutland Economic Development Corporation will conduct a four-hour workshop on how to start one’s own business from noon to 4 p.m. at REDC headquarters at 112 Quality Lane. A $99 registration fee includes a business planning workbook and access to five online workshops teaching how to start a business. Register at www.vtsbdc.org. For general information, call 802-773-9147.
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
Stories and Crafts
GRANVILLE Pember Library in Granville will hold a story-time and crafts program for children from pre-school to age 8 at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the library. For details, call Ardyce Bresett at 518-642-2525.
SALEM The December bag sale of the Salem Shoppe Off Broadway, a donation-supported thrift store, will be from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 19 to Dec. 21. A shopper may purchase a bag of clothing for his family for $1. Thanks to welcome donations, the Shoppe has been able this year to channel $20,000 to area youth programs and to Salem teachers, either through donations or grants. For details about this community-service “Shoppe,” call 518-854-9090.
GRANVILLE The Granville Junior Senior High School Music Department will present its three main bands –– Senior Band, Junior Band and Jazz Ensemble –– at its annual Winter Concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Featured selections include the following: “Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy,” played by the Jazz Ensemble; “African Bell Carol,” Junior Band; and themes from “The Nutcracker,” Senior Band. A reception follows the concert, which is free. For details, call Granville High School at 518-642-1057.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
POULTNEY Poultney Public Library will show a family Christmas movie at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. Due to licensing restrictions, the library cannot advertise film titles outside of the library. The movie night includes free popcorn and baked goods. For details, call 802-287-5556.
Saturday, Dec. 21
WHITEHALL The Border Riders of Granville and the Whitehall RailRiders snowmobile clubs will hold a Snowmobile Safety course from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 in Whitehall. You must be 10 years of age or older to attend. Register and get location information by calling Dan Daigle at 518-260-8704.
Sunday, Dec. 22
SCHAGHTICOKE Northern Rensselaer County Knights of Columbus will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast, featuring pancakes and eggs served any style, from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12, and free for children under 5. Proceeds will go to Girl Scout Cadets Troop 1891. For general information, call the Hoosick Valley Rescue Squad, where the breakfast will be served, at 518-753-6634.
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@example.com or call Melissa Smith at 802-375-6409, ext. 217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRANVILLE “Bethlehem’s Child,” a new cantata, will be premiered in the Granville-area by the Granville Area Chorus at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22. Selections from a more traditional work, Handel’s “Messiah,” will also be performed at the concert in the South Granville Congregational Church. For details, call 518-642-1274.
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 St. 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.
Monday, 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.
Saturday, Jan. 4
HOOSICK FALLS The Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor a Defensive Driving Course at the Hoosick Falls Health Center on Danforth Street, starting promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. Successful completion permits a 10 percent reduction on collision and liability for 3 years and a 4-point reduction on license points for infractions from the previous 18 months. Register early by calling 518-686-4854.
Long Trail Hike
KILLINGTON Killington Section of the Green Mountain Club announces a hike on Long Trail to the Churchill Scott shelter, plus another optional mile to Mendon Lookout, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. For details on the 4 to 6-mile trek, call Vivian Beebe and Larry Walter at 802-775-3855.
Monday, Jan. 6
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 Effect
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.
Saturday, Jan. 18
Emerald Lake Hike
DORSET Killington Section of the Green Mountain Club announces a hike, or, if snow permits, a snowshoe or cross-country ski trek on Meadow Trail, Lower Trail and Nature Trail in Emerald Lake State Park in North Dorset, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. For details on the two-mile hike, call Herb Ogden at 802-293-2510.
Saturday, 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 Saturday, 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.
Otter Creek Hike
PITTSFORD Killington Section of the Green Mountain Club announces a hike starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 on the Phillips and Cadwell Trails, from a covered bridge along Otter Creek through farm fields. For details on this moderate hike call Sue Thomas at 802-773-2185.
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.
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
POULTNEY Diane Bargiel of the Killington Section of the Green Mountain Club announces a moderate 2 to 4 mile snowshoe trek through woods and meadows in the East Poultney and Lake St. Catherine area will start at 10:30 a.m. at East Poultney Green. For more details, call Bargiel at 413-6871109.
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.