Arts & Leisure

CAROL HARDEN (LEFT), Joy Pile, Thomas Dunne and Emily Sunderman are celebrating 15 years together as the Addison String Quartet. On Dec. 12 the quartet will debut a new work by local composter Jorge Martin as part of the Thursday Noon Advent Concert Series at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury. Photo courtesy of the Addison String Quartet
MIDDLEBURY — Advent is observed by Christian churches as a season of waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Churches often hold special musical events during the season that stretches across the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. In Middlebury this season, there will be a number of musical events that seek to capture the whole range of feelings and emotions of the holidays, with musical styles stretching across centuries and cultures. A centerpiece of the local holiday music scene is St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Thursday Noon Advent Concert Series, which will take...

ELISSA VAN DUYNE, left, Richard Koons and Amanda Ryan Paige will delight audiences when they joins the Broadway Direct cast at Vergennes Opera House on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
For the 14th year, Bill Carmichael, (known to us as Bill Walsh) is pulling together the annual Broadway Direct show at the Vergennes Opera House. The production will take place on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m., with the doors, and the cash bar, opening at 6:45 p.m. for general seating. This year, Carmichael, a Broadway professional actor who has called Vergennes home for more than 15 years, has called on the talents of Elisa Van Duyne, Richard Koons, and returning favorite Amanda Ryan Paige to join him on stage. The entire company will once again be supported by the expert skills of pianist...

TOM HANKS STARS as Mr. Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” (2019).
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood — Running Time: 1:48 — Rating: PG If you are one of millions who plan to see “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” you may be in for a surprise. Isn’t this the story of Fred Rogers’ TV relationship with the children who idolized him when they were small? Not quite. Parents of that time were grateful for the certainty that their smallest children were in a positive, secure space when they tuned into the program. Mr. Rogers was soft and wise in his performances. He listened. Tom Hanks paints a portrait of Fred Rogers’ quiet way of reaching his very young...
(Houghton Mifflin) Maurice Isserman is a virtual encyclopedia of skiing and mountaineering lore and history, and to the reader’s benefit, it is on full display in this fascinating look at the 10th Mountain Division, or as Isserman describes them, “America’s Elite Alpine Warriors.” These troops played an integral part in a pivotal moment in World War II and remarkably, before 1943, America didn’t even have mountain troops. The idea was born in Manchester, Vt., when four skiers, elites in the American skiing community, after a full day at nearby Bromley Mountain, sat down together inside the...
BRANDON — The Brandon Town Players will present a Holiday Cabaret evening with readings of four holiday programs from the 1940s on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Brandon Town Hall. Holiday programs for the cabaret include: Mysterious Traveler, Fibber McGee & Molly, Father Knows Best and My Friend Irma. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Moonlight Madness begins in Brandon on Dec. 4, then the cabaret will keep the holiday spirit going on Dec. 6 and 7, and the famous Festival Singers will perform on Dec. 8 at the Congregational Church. All tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door.  Small...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Classic Film Club will screen it’s final film, “Roman Holiday,” in the fall season’s screenings on Dec. 5, from 6-8:30 p.m., at the Ilsley Library’s Community Meeting Room. “Roman Holiday” (1953), is the story of a princess who escapes her royal bubble to find freedom and romance in Rome. Audrey Hepburn won the Academy Award for Best Actress in her starring role. Gregory Peck costarred as an enterprising reporter. Roman Holiday also won Oscars for best costume design and best story. This concludes the club’s fall theme of “The Pursuit of Happiness.”...

SAS CAREY WILL present a pre-screening of “Transition,” her fourth documentary about the nomadic cultures of northern Mongolia, at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. A reception will be held at the theater an hour before the film starts. Photo courtesy of Sas Carey
MIDDLEBURY — Nineteen trips, three documentary films, and a book later, Sas Carey decided to do things a little differently for her fourth film about the nomadic reindeer herders of northern Mongolia who she’s been following since 1994. “I’m doing everything weird,” she said at her Middlebury home during an interview last week. “I’m doing everything my own way.” Doing things her own way is nothing new for Carey. And we’ll get to see just what she’s taking about during a pre-screening of her latest film, “Transition,” at the Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Dec. 7,  at 8 p.m. A reception will be...

CHILDREN ENJOY THE train exhibit at Sheldon. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — The Sheldon Museum is bursting with creativity and excitement this holiday season. Don’t miss the amazing operating train layout, Miniature Christmas Tree Raffle, and two exhibits featuring animals.  In what has become an annual holiday tradition in Middlebury, the elaborate Lionel train layout is sure to delight all ages again this year. The assemblage stands three levels high, with tracks running Lionel O gauge trains, Lionel 027 gauge trains, and an upper track running HO trains. The Sheldon’s engineers have been busy behind the scenes making changes to the layout. New this...

BRANDON — Julian Loida will perform an evening of percussion at Brandon Music on Saturday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., at Brandon Music. The Boston-based composer, producer and percussionist will take the Brandon stage for the first time as a soloist on Saturday offering the audience a unique sound experience, comprising all original music on vibraphone written and performed by Loida himself.  Loida first revealed his high skill level as a percussionist when performing at Brandon Music as drummer with the Burlington based band Ameranouche. Loida’s says his music gives voice to all “wallflowers” — the...
MIDDLEBURY —The Vermont Book Shop will celebrate 70 years in business this Dec. 17. To commemorate the occasion, Middlebury’s downtown bookstore will collaborate with John Vincent of A Revolutionary Press to create a broadside of a Robert Frost poem, “A Time to Talk.” This poem speaks to the mission of The Vermont Book Shop as a place for the community to gather and interact with their friends and neighbors. The bookstore will also partner with Sunrise Orchards of Cornwall, to offer free cider on Monday, Dec. 2, a day becoming known as “Cider Monday” — a shop local initiative created by the...


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