T hursday, 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.
Mill River Band
MILL RIVER A holiday concert will be presented in the Mill River Union High School Auditorium on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. by the Mill River Community Band, conducted by Bear Irwin. Admission is free. For details, call 802-775-1925.
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
FAIR HAVEN St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of North Main and Allen Streets in Fair Haven, will hold a community breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Handicapped-accessible dining will be available on the main floor. For menu details, call 802-265-4010.
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.
Vermont Farm Mart
RUTLAND Diane McCoy, of the Vermont Farmers Market, announces that the market will be open each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its marketplace at 251 West Street in Rutland. For details, call 802-753-7269.
GRANVILLE The Pember Library Back Room Book Sale continues each Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Pember Library, 33 West Main Street in Granville. For 25 cents, one can purchase gently read paperbacks, while best-selling hard-covers are $1 each. Childrens’ books are 10 cents each, as well as puzzles and games. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of Pember Library. For details, call 518-642-2525.
GRANVILLE South Granville Congregational Church will host a “sing-through” of selections from George Frederic Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 in the church. Please bring a copy of “Messiah” with you for the “sing-through.” For details, call 518-642-9510.
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.
CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Valley Farmers’ market will feature music by Alan and Bonnie Epstein for 2013’s last market on Sunday, Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Come in from the Cold” titles the Epstein’s holiday album. The market, offering meat, eggs and vegetables, hot food, beverages and stocking stuffers, is located in and around the Lovejoy Building behind Hubbard Hall. For details, email email@example.com.
GLENS FALLS The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls offers area parents a “holiday respite” from shopping on Sunday, Dec. 22 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., when parents can drop off their children, ages 6 to 12, at the museum to make art in a studio, guided by a museum educator. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Cost is $5 per hour per child. For details, call 518-792-1761, ext. 327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
HUDSON FALLS A CD release party-concert, with the Bluebellies, which will benefit wounded and/or homeless veterans, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at B&B on the Green, at 89 County Route 41 in Hudson Falls on Sunday, Dec. 22. At noon, food and beverages from Rainers’ Gourmet will be available. Two CD’s will be celebrated, “Train to Paradise,” a gospel collection, and “Gal from Ioway,” a collection of Adirondack Songs. For more details, call 518-747-3421.
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.
PERU Peru Church in Vermont will present a children’s pageant, “Christmas Letters,” at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22. During the service to follow, the community choir will perform under direction of Dr. Roger Fox, accompanied by musicians Judy Cyr, Daniel Timmermans, Malcom Hamblett, Garry Sharon and Roger Fox. For more details, call 802-379-1438.
VALLEY FALLS The choir of the Valley Falls United Methodist Church will perform the Christmas cantata “Once Upon a Night” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22. The church is located at 16 State St. in Valley Falls. For more information, call 753-4848.
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.
Monday, Dec. 23
WILTON Breakers Club, a school break program for children grades kindergarten through fifth, will run from Monday, Dec. 23 through Friday, Jan. 3, with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Program hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. A minimum five-day commitment is required. The fee is $35 per day for Wilton residents and $45 per day for non-residents. For details, call 518-584-9455, ext. 301.
HOOSICK FALLS Northeast New York Safety and Health Council will sponsor a Defensive Driving Course at Hoosick Falls Health Center on Danforth Street as follows: promptly at 8:30 a.m. on Mondays, Dec. 23 and 30. Completion of the course gives one 10 percent insurance reduction on collision and liability for three years and reduces 4 points from license points acquired in the prior 18 months. For details, call 518-686-4854.
Tuesday, Dec. 24
WEST PAWLET Refreshments will follow the 3:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at St. Francis Cabrini Parish in West Pawlet, with Christmas carol requests being sung before, at 3 p.m. For details, call 802-265-3135.
Christmas Eve celebration
EASTON The Easton Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), will hold their annual celebration of Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24 with traditional carols and readings of the Christmas story. The service will be followed by a potluck supper; those attending should bring a dish to share along with tableware. The meeting house is located at 1778 State Route 40 in Easton. Information: 518-677-8934.
MANCHESTER Zion Episcopal Church and St. John’s Chapel in Manchester will offer a “Christmas Pageant” at a family service at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 24 in the church, followed by a 7 p.m. service at St. John’s Chapel, and concluding with a candlelit choir service at 9 p.m. back in Zion Church. For details about Christmas day masses, call 802-362-1987.
WEST HOOSICK The West Hoosick Baptist Christmas Eve Pageant and Candlelight Service will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. The family service will feature Christmas Carols and a special presentation “Emmanuel: God with Us,” and will end with a Candlelight service.
Christmas Eve service
HOOSICK FALLS The First Baptist Church, 80 Main St., Hoosick Falls, will conduct a traditional Christmas Eve service featuring carols and special music at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Nursery care will be available.
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.
Youth Program Open
SCHUYLERVILLE The Greater Schuylerville Youth Program at the Youth Center in Fort Hardy Park is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Making of holiday gifts are current activities, but future social, recreational and educational activities are planned year-round. For details, visit www.facebook.com/greaterschuylervilleyouthprogram or contact Kate Leone at email@example.com.
Saturday, Dec. 28
POULTNEY The Slate Valley Community monthly breakfast will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Poultney United Methodist Church on Main Street. Cost for the sausage and egg breakfast is $1 for adults and children under 15, free. For details, call the church at 802-287-5710.
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.
SCHAGHTICOKE Victor Lodge of Schaghticoke will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29 at the lodge on Route 29. Breakfast will include pancakes, waffles, Knickerbocker soufflé, bacon, sausage, potatoes, scrambled eggs and more. All are invited.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
MANCHESTER Manchester Music Festival’s 4th annual New Year’s Eve Celebration Concerts will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at First Congregational Church in Manchester Village. A 4 p.m. family concert is free for children under 18; $13 for adults. A 6 p.m. evening concert is $30 for adults, and $13 for those 18 and under. Composers highlighted at the double concert event range from J.S. Bach to Cole Porter. For details, call 802-362-1956.
New Year’s Eve Fete
POULTNEY Poultney American Legion will hold a New Year’s Eve Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Music will be provided by DJ John Saltis of Penquin Enterprises. Snacks, a mini-buffet and noise makers will be provided. There is no charge for Post 39 members and a charge of $5 for sign-in members’ guests. For details, call 802-287-5229.
Women who Rocked
GLENS FALLS “Women Who Rocked the 60’s,” a good-natured satiric “take” on a Las Vegas revue, will be performed by Glens Falls area Entertainer Laura Roth on Tuesday, Dec. 31, with two shows: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Joining Roth will be Amelia Wargo and Megan Karcher. All three will salute Tina Turner; each will impersonate other sixties’ divas. Tickets cost $25. For details, call 518-874-0800.
Wednesday, Jan. 1
New Year’s Brunch
PAWLET The Pawlet Fire Department will hold its annual New Year’s Day brunch from 8 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the firehouse on Route 133 in Pawlet Village. The menu includes pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, home fried potatoes and toast. Cost is adults, $8; children under 12, $4. For details, call 802-325-3222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Sunday, Jan. 5
SCHUYLERVILLE The County Round and Square Association will host an old-style country dance at Clancy Street’s American Legion in Schuylerville from 12:30 to 5 p.m., with both a buffet and dancing. Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for children 6 to 17; and free for children under six. For details on this Sunday, Jan 5th event, call Linda at 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.
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.
Sunday, Jan. 19
SCHUYLERVILLE The County Round and Square Association will host an old-style country dance at Clancy Street’s American Legion in Schuylerville from 12:30 to 5 p.m., with both a buffet and dancing. Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for children 6 to 17; and free for children under six. For details on this Sunday, Jan. 19th event, call Linda at 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.
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-
Sunday, Jan. 26
SCHUYLERVILLE The County Round and Square Association will host an old-style country dance at Clancy Street’s American Legion in Schuylerville from 12:30 to 5 p.m., with both a buffet and dancing. Cost is $5 for adults; $2 for children 6 to 17; and free for children under six. For details on this Jan. 26th event, call Linda at 518-638-8905 or Sandy at 518-824-3719.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
RUTLAND Film Expert Rick Winston will show an acknowledged screen classic, 1940’s Casablanca, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Rutland Free Library. The event is 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 that 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 413-687-1109.
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.