November 28th, 2016
VERGENNES — Citizens and visitors to Vergennes can eat breakfast with Santa Claus, take part in the Bixby Library silent auction, shop at city merchants and at an annual holiday craft fair and generally get in the holiday spirit this coming Saturday, Dec. 3, when the Little City hosts its annual Holiday Stroll.
The full day of activities will kick off when Santa pops up at the Vergennes Union High School cafeteria at a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. in an event sponsored by VUHS students and Friends of Music.
MIDDLEBURY — On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., the Henry Sheldon Museum and its alliance partner Historic New England present “The Spirit of Christmas Past: Four Centuries of Christmas in New England.”
Kenneth Turino, manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions at Historic New England, offers a well-illustrated lecture tracing the development of Christmas celebrations from 17th century New England through today. Many of the customs we assume are rooted in the past are actually a product of more recent history.
ADDISON COUNTY — United Way of Addison County has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. UWAC will be asking for support of the Vermont 2-1-1 program, which provides access to vital resources in times of personal crisis to all Vermont residents.
NEW HAVEN — This past Wednesday, Nov. 23, local businesses joined law enforcement officers and officials from the Governor’s Highway Safety Council, AAA of New England and the Vermont Truck and Bus Association to promote the importance of seat belt use in a press conference in New Haven.
You don’t have to ski, or even like winter sports (though it helps), to appreciate the world-class event Killington Resort pulled off this past weekend when it hosted the first World Cup racing event in Vermont in 38 years.
VERGENNES — The tenth annual silent auction of gift baskets is being offered by the Friends of the Bixby Library. On display now until the auction closes Saturday, Dec. 3, the Friends have assembled baskets that include toys, cookbooks, pet items and many local handmade crafts.
FERRISBURGH — If the dream of one Ferrisburgh resident comes true, the town’s office building and community center will by next summer start hosting a series of monthly performances — and before then host two family-friendly artisans’ markets that will help fund that series.
Resident Kate Yarbrough has already met with the Ferrisburgh selectboard about getting its permission to establish the Grange Series and Grange Markets in the town’s Route 7 landmark, and board members gave her an essentially friendly reception on Nov. 15.
MONTPELIER — The U.S. government recently expanded its Historically Underutilized Business Zones program in Vermont. As a result, Addison County has been designated as a HUBZone due to the 2011 closures of Courcelle Brothers U.S. Army Reserve Command in Rutland and Chester, Vt. Bennington, Orange, Rutland, Windham and Windsor counties have also been designated as HUBZone due to the closures.