Calendar


MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STUDENTS Will Koch and Katie Marshall rehearse a scene from the college’s Department of Theatre and Dance production of “One Flea Spare.” The play, which explores the boundaries of class and bodies during the 1665 London bubonic plague, will run at Wright Theater, 96 Chateau Rd, on the Middlebury College Campus at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, through Saturday, Nov. 23.

SIDNEY POITIER AND RUBY Dee star in the groundbreaking 1961 film “A Raisin in the Sun,” the Middlebury Classic Film Club’s latest offering. The film will screen at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, in the community Room at Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main Street, in Middlebury.

Monday, Nov. 11

“The Wizard of Oz” discussion in Middlebury. Monday, Nov. 11, 10-11 a.m., Eastview at Middlebury, 100 Eastview Ter. Join historian Jeff Johnson for a multi-media talk on this all-time favorite movie. Discuss the many allegorical ties to the Gilded Age, the populist movement in American history, and to the present. Free and open to the public.

Bixby Book Club in Vergennes. Monday, Nov. 11, 7-8 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library. 258 Main St. Wax nostalgic and remember the kindness when the book club discusses “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rodgers” by Maxwell King.

“Human Nature” screens in Middlebury. Monday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m., Dana Auditorium. Middlebury College will host a special screening of a documentary about gene editing and CRISPR that was produced by Middlebury alumn Sarah Goodwin and her company iBiology. She will be available after the film for a Q&A. “Human Nature” dives into the discovery of CRISPR, interviewing many of the scientists involved in realizing CRISPR was a bacterial immune system and how it turned into a gene editing technology. The film is scheduled to release in theaters in early 2020.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Sheldon Museum annual dinner and meeting with Bill Schubart in Middlebury. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m., Kirk Alumni Center, Middlebury College, 217 Golf Course Rd. Schubart will provide remarks during the dinner. Cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m., salad and annual meeting at 6 p.m. Dinner follows the meeting. Tickets $50 per person. RSVP required by Nov. 7. More info at henrysheldonmuseum.org.

Percussion concert in Middlebury. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall. Trailblazing drummer Tatsuya Nakatani comes to Middlebury for a concert that will change percussion perceptions. He and Assistant Professor of Music Matthew Evan Taylor, saxophone and flute, join forces to bring an evening of improvised music to the Robison Hall stage. Free. For more info visit middlebury.edu/arts or cal802

 

Wednesday, Nov. 13

“The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Follow the life and career of accomplished caricaturist and artist Al Hirschfeld, who rose to prominence drawing caricatures of Broadway actors and other celebrities for the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Times in the 1920s. A Great Art Wednesday event. Tickets $13 adults/$8 students, available at 802-388-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. More info at townhalltheater.org.

Constituent check-in with State Representatives Amy Sheldon And Robin Scheu in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Scheu and Sheldon will provide update on bills that have been passed and those which will be taken up in January. They would also like to hear interests and concerns. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

“Tintoretto at 500: Celebrating a Venetian Renaissance Master” in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m., Room 125, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Middlebury Alum Robert Echols, curator of landmark retrospective shows in Venice and Washington, honors the 500th anniversary of the birth of Jacopo Tintoretto with a new assessment of the painter and his contribution, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the organization of a major international art exhibition. Free.

Food and Lit book discussion in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Kiss the Cook, 16 Merchants Row. Discuss “Heartburn” by Nora Ephron and make dishes inspired by the book. RSVP at the Vermont Book Shop by calling 802-388-2061. Tickets $5. Limited to 10.

ACORN annual meeting in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m., American Flatbread Middlebury, Marble Works. Meet Nancy and John Hayden, farmers and authors of “Farming on the Wild Side: The Evolution of a Regenerative Organic Farm and Nursery.” Flatbread will be provided. Cash bar. This is also a fundraiser for the Farmers Market Education program. Registration is required. $10/person. More info at info@acornvt.org.

 

Thursday, Nov. 14

Lucretius and the concept of the universe talk in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 14, 3-4 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Middlebury Philosophy Professor emeritus Victor Nuovo speaks to the question: How did our modern understanding of matter and the universe get started? Nuovo will discuss Lucretius’ role in developing modern physics and astronomy. Free and open to the public.

Repair fair in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 14, 4-8 p.m., Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Bring broken things to this free event where skilled community members volunteer to help fix participants’ broken or damaged items. Fixers will do their best to perform repairs on the spot or point attendees in the right direction if their items can’t be readily fixed at the event.

Megan Mayhew Bergman and Spring Ulmer read in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 14, 4:30 p.m., Abernethy Room, Axinn Center, Old Chapel Rd. New England Review and the Middlebury College Program in Creative Writing Program present new writing faculty Mayhew Bergman and Ulmer, who will read from their fiction and essays.

Otter Creek Audubon Society annual dinner and meeting in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 14, 5:30-8:45 p.m. American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd. The featured speaker will be Bridget Butler, biologist and Vermont’s own “bird diva,” who will speak about the fall bird migration. Reservations are needed for 6 p.m. dinner. Call Sue Rasmussen at 802-897-5411 for reservations. OCAS members will receive a separate invitation by mail. No fee for talk at 7:45 p.m.

“A Raisin in the Sun” on screen in Middlebury. Thursday Nov. 14, 6-8:30 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Middlebury Classic Film Club presents this groundbreaking 1961 film starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. An insurance payment to a disadvantaged African American family presents an opportunity and a challenge when diverging pathways to happiness clash. This groundbreaking film was adapted from Lorraine Hansberry’s inspired play. Free.

Energy Cost Savings in Brief in Bristol. Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. Button Up Vermont’s Matt Sharpe will give a 20 minute, non-technical presentation on the current steps and incentives for increasing comfort and air quality in your home, using less energy and saving money. Residents can also sign up to have Efficiency Vermont staff visit their homes to make recommendations. Refreshments provided. More info contact Sally Burrell at sallybinvt@gmail.com or 802-453-7397.

“By Seen and Unseen Hands: Spirit Artists and their Art in the 21st Century” in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St. Associate Professor Stephen Wehmeyer, Champlain College, presents this talk in conjunction with the museum’s fall exhibit, “Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform.” Free with Museum admission. Space is limited, advance reservations are recommended by calling 802-388-2117.

Va et Vient in Bristol. Thursday, Nov. 14, 7-8 p.m., Vermont Tree Goods, 27 Main St. The third of three pop-up concerts presented by 5-Town Friends of the Arts. Come on out and enjoy some terrific local music. Admission by free will donation.

“The Addams Family” in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Middlebury Union High School, 73 Charles Ave. Wednesday, Gomez, Mortitia and company take the stage in MUHS’s fall musical. A two-hour show with intermission. Tickets $10 adults/$8 seniors, available Nov. 4. More info at 802-382-1192.

“Elf, the musical” on stage in Vergennes. Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. The hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Tickets $12 adults/$10 students and senior citizens.

Emerald Ash Borer lecture in Ripton. Thursday, Nov.14, 7 p.m., Ripton Community House, 1305 Rte. 125. An informational session about the emerald ash borer (EAB) with Ginger Nickerson, Forest Pest Coordinator with UVM Extension, and Chris Olson, Addison County Forester. Learn about EAB's history, the threat it poses to ash trees, and management options for towns and landowners moving forward.

Legislative process talk in Salisbury. Thursday, Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m., Salisbury Public Library, 918 Maple St. Residents of the Addison-2 Legislative District (Cornwall, Goshen, Hancock, Leicester, Ripton, Salisbury) are invited to join Rep. Peter Conlon for a look at how the Legislative process works in Vermont, from idea, to bill, to law, and how citizens can be involved. A short presentation will be followed by time for questions and answers.

Tom Rush with Matt Nakoa in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He has been thrilling audiences here and abroad with hits like “No Regrets,” “Circle Game,” “Remember Song,” “Urge for Going” and “Merrimack County.” Tickets $49 plus fees, available at 802-388-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. More info at townhalltheater.org.

“Airswimming” at Middlebury College. Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Hepburn Zoo, 121 Hepburn Rd. A dark comedy by Charlotte Jones based on the true story of two women (Miss Kitson and Miss Baker), who have been incarcerated in a hospital for the “criminally insane” for having borne illegitimate children. For mature audiences. Tickets $6. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

 

Friday, Nov. 15

“Down to Earth: Nourishing Change in the Champlain Valley” in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, Old Chapel Rd. Join this conference on ag and culture in conversation with experts on the “Ecosphere” to spiritual leaders. Spend time talking and sharing with others in the break-out sessions.

“The Problem of Orphan Antiquities” in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 15, 12:15 p.m., Dance Theatre and Lower Lobby, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Not wanting to encourage looting or risk repatriation claims, museums hesitate to acquire unprovenanced antiquities. But what happens to such objects currently in private hands? Elizabeth Marlowe, Professor of Ancient and Medieval Art and Director of the Museum Studies Minor at Colgate University, argues that academic museums are well positioned to address this conundrum. Lunch provided. Free. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

Matthew Dickerson in concert in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 15, 3:30-4:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Dickerson will share some songs from the Roots Americana tradition: lyric-oriented and narrative songs on acoustic guitar and harmonica with a mix of some originals as well as covers by artists including Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, and Buddy and Julie Miller. Free and open to the public.

Annual holiday art show opening reception in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 15, 5-7 p.m., Jackson Galley, Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The Jackson Gallery will be filled with original, handmade and hand printed art and fine crafts featuring 25 regional artists whose work represents a wide variety of media and styles. All have been recognized for their individual approaches to design and image. More info at 802-382-9222 or townhalltheater.org.

“David Crosby: Remember My Name” on screen in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. MNFF Selects presents A.J. Eaton’s documentary — an unforgettable and intimate story of a man whose brutally honest self-reflection illuminates a life that continues to be controversial and creative in equal measure. Experience David Crosby, human being, survivor, living his own truth, out loud. Individual ticket $15/series pass $105, available at 802-388-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. More info at townhalltheater.org.

“The Addams Family” in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Middlebury Union High School, 73 Charles Ave. Wednesday, Gomez, Mortitia and company take the stage in MUHS’s fall musical. A two-hour show with intermission. Tickets $10 adults/$8 seniors, available Nov. 4. More info at 802-382-1192.

“Elf, the musical” on stage in Vergennes. Friday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. The hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Tickets $12 adults/$10 students and senior citizens.

“Airswimming” at Middlebury College. Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30  and 10 p.m., Hepburn Zoo, 121 Hepburn Rd. A dark comedy by Charlotte Jones based on the true story of two women (Miss Kitson and Miss Baker), who have been incarcerated in a hospital for the “criminally insane” for having borne illegitimate children. For mature audiences. Tickets $6. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

Middlebury College Orchestra fall concert in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Join the college orchestra to explore major works from the classical to the contemporary with conductor Evan Bennett. Free. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

“Knock Down the House” on screen in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Axinn 232, Old Chapel Rd., Middlebury College. Four exceptional women mount grassroots campaigns against powerful incumbents in this inspiring documentary that takes a look at the 2018 midterm elections that tipped the balance of power. Free.

“Into The Mystic: Van Morrison Experience” in Vergennes. Friday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Vergennes Opera House. Justin Panigutti will bring his seven-piece band to the opera house for an intimate evening of Van Morrison’s greatest hits and deepest cuts.

 

Saturday, Nov. 16

Hunter’s breakfast, lunch and dinner in Granville. Saturday, Nov. 16, 6 a.m., Moss Glen Grange, 82 Post Office Hill Rd. Breakfast starts at 6 a.m. with eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, sausage gravy and biscuits, French toast and more, for $5-$8. Lunch offered at noon of old-fashioned venison stew plus rolls or maybe a bowl of chicken veggie soup and hotdogs for $4-$5. Dinner of venison along with baked beans, lasagna, honey chicken wings, barbecue chicken legs or maple baked ham with all the fixings, apple pie and beverages, at 5 p.m. for $10. More info call 802-767-4600.

Holiday Bazaar in East Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sarah Partridge Community House Library, 431 E Main St. Free refreshments. Cookie decorating for kids. Crafts and local products from local vendors. Plant and holiday book tables to raise funds for library programs. To rent a table call Mona at 802-388-7588.

Soup and bake sale and bazaar in East Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., East Middlebury United Methodist Church, Jct. Routes 125 and 116. Breads, doughnuts, cookies, baked beans, soups and chowders, chili, gifts, Rada cutlery and much more.

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section walk in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 16, Means Woods, Seminary St. Extension. A moderate hike through Means Woods and up and around Chipman Hill. 3.5 miles RT, 400-foot elevation gain. Bring snack and water and poles if desired. More info contact David Andrews at vtrevda@yahoo.com or 802-388-4894. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Fundraising craft fair in Brandon. Saturday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Otter Valley Union High School, Route 7 South. Craft fair with full concession stand serving breakfast munchies and lunch. Help raise funds for the Otter Valley Softball Team to go to Florida for some spring training this year.

Community clothing swap in Addison. Saturday. Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-noon, Addison Central School, 121 Route 17. Clothing for the whole family. Free entry, no swap required. Drop-offs accepted at Addison Central School Nov. 4-14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. More info call 802-759 2131.

“Madama Butterfly” live in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Soprano Hui He takes on the title role of the doomed geisha, with tenor Andrea Carè as the American naval officer who abandons her. A re-broadcast of the Nov. 9 production. Part of the Met’s award-winning Live in HD series. Scott Morrison will give a pre-show talk in the Byers Studio downstairs at 12:15 p.m. Tickets $24 adult/$10 student, available at 802-388-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. More info at townhalltheater.org.

“The Addams Family” in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m., Auditorium, Middlebury Union High School, 73 Charles Ave. Wednesday, Gomez, Mortitia and company take the stage in MUHS’s fall musical. A two-hour show with intermission. Tickets $10 adults/$8 seniors, available Nov. 4. More info at 802-382-1192.

“Elf, the musical” on stage in Vergennes. Saturday, Nov. 16, 3 p.m., Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. The hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Tickets $12 adults/$10 students and senior citizens.

“Waves” on screen in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 16, 3 and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium, 356 College St. Set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida, “Waves” traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family — led by a well-intentioned but domineering father — as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. A heartrending story about the universal capacity for compassion and growth even in the darkest of times. Free.

Community dinner in Brandon. Saturday, Nov. 16, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church, Route 7. Menu includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes, squash, vegetables, cranberry sauce and rolls. Dessert of pies and cheesecake. Beverages include cider, coffee and tea.

Melissa D & Friends in Brandon. Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. Sit back, relax and experience the coffeehouse vibe with the warm music of Americana folk/rock artist Melissa D. A native of Rutland, she is a classically trained vocalist with a distinct voice that immediately sets her apart from the pack. Tickets $8 adults/seniors and students $6.

The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. The SIJE celebrates the wisdom that “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing” with a program of contemporary jazz compositions and favorites from the classic big band repertoire. Dick Forman, director. Free.

Moose Crossing in Brandon. Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. This Brandon-based trio brings its high energy jazz to the stage, an eclectic group of talented musicians from across the region. Tickets $20. Pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. More info at 802-247-4295 or info@brandon-music.net.

Ladies’ Night Out women’s chorus in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. Come hear this contemplative and meditative autumn season mix of music titled, “Autumn Vespers: Winter Solstice with Heidi Soons, Harp.” Free will offering, suggested $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth. Fully accessible.

“Airswimming” at Middlebury College. Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Hepburn Zoo, 121 Hepburn Rd. A dark comedy by Charlotte Jones based on the true story of two women (Miss Kitson and Miss Baker), who have been incarcerated in a hospital for the “criminally insane” for having borne illegitimate children. For mature audiences. Tickets $6. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

 

Sunday, Nov. 17

All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in Addison. Sunday, Nov. 17, 7-11 a.m., Addison Fire Station, Jct. Routes 17 and 22A. Menu includes plain and blueberry pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries, coffee, hot chocolate and orange juice. Proceeds benefit the Addison Fire Department and go toward purchasing equipment. Adults $7/kids under 12 $5.  More info at 802-759-2237.

Champlain Valley Fiddlers in Middlebury. Sunday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Jam session at 11 a.m., music and dancing noon-4:30 p.m. Refreshments available. $3 donation. All fiddlers welcome.

Warm clothing collection in East Middlebury. Sunday, Nov. 17, 1- 3 p.m., East Middlebury United Methodist Church, Jct. Routes 125 and 116. Hats, mittens, scarves, coats and jackets in good condition are needed.

Cooie DeFrancesco in Middlebury. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Cooie’s clear and vibrant vocal stylings bring lyrics to life, whether she’s singing traditional tunes, popular songs, or originals. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

“Vermont Wild” author Megan Price in Ferrisburgh. Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Ferrisburgh Community Center/Town Hall, Route 7. All are invited to a presentation by the author of "Vermont Wild, Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens.” A former award-winning journalist and state legislator, Megan knows a good story when she hears one. Most recently, she has begun to tell her own outrageously funny adventures at venues around the state. Free.

Music of the Movement in Middlebury. Sunday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Join François Clemmons when he shares the history of Freedom Songs, from spirituals to slavery to civil rights anthems. Clemmons will give a short performance and lead a sing-a-long. Snacks and soft drinks provided.

“The Cake” staged reading in Middlebury. Sunday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m., Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse, 1197 Exchange St. In the final staged reading in the Middlebury Actors Workshop’s 2019 season, a cake maker is forced to re-examine her deeply held beliefs, as questions of morals, judgment and family swirl around her. A talkback with the cast and refreshments to follow. $10 recommended donation.

Frost Mountain Nordic winter kickoff in Middlebury. Sunday, Nov. 17, 4-7 p.m., Bundle, 51 Main St. Open to anyone interested in participating in this season’s Nordic programs for kids to adults. Special Q & A with U.S. Biathlon Team member and Middlebury College student Chloe Levins, potluck dinner, registration for 2019-2020 programs, information about local ski lease options and a gear swap/sale. More info at  info@frostmountainnordic.org.

 

Monday, Nov. 18

“Moving toward Zero Trash” community forum in Bristol. Monday, Nov. 18, 7-8:30 p.m., Fire Station, West St. Sen. Chris Bray will discuss Vermont goals to reduce waste, a proposal to expand the bottle bill and other possible ways to reduce single-use products. Jessie-Ruth Corkins from Addison County Solid Waste Management District will discuss disposing food scraps to comply with new July 2020 ban and provide an update on what can be put in blue bins for recycling.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Make your own paper flower bouquet in Vergennes. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-noon, Otter Creek Room, Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Want to learn how to make paper flowers? This workshop will provide pre-cut paper, hot glue, and wire stems. Register to attend and come with creative hands. Space is limited. Register at the Bixby Circulation desk or call 802-877-2211.

Foot care clinic in Brandon. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m., Conant Square. Cost: $10. No appointment necessary. Contact 802-775-0568 for more info.

Professor Shalom Goldman in Middlebury. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4-5 p.m., Unity Hall, Congregational Church of Middlebury,  30 N. Pleasant Street. The Opera Company of Middlebury hosts this conversation with Goldman, who co-authored the libretto and wrote the vocal texts for the opera “Akhnaten,” which will be broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday, Nov. 23. (See listing below).

Early brain development talk in Middlebury. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Ilsley Library, Jessica Swift Community Meeting Room. Local pediatrician Dr. Jody Brakeley, MD will speak on “The Brain-Body-Behavior Connection: The Foundations of Health.” Dr. Brakeley will address the science on early brain development and various types of stress, exploring the effect that life experiences have on the physical, mental, social, emotional and behavioral health of children and long into adulthood. Bring questions. Free and open to the public.

Middlebury African Music and Dance Ensemble and Afropop Band in Middlebury. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, Old Chapel Rd. The African Music and Dance Ensemble performs a repertoire that showcases the stylistic diversity and instrumental richness of traditional East African musical cultures. The second half of the concert features the Afropop Band performing in musical styles from East, West, North, South, and Central Africa.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 20

St. Bernadette’s 70th Annual Turkey Bingo in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:15 p.m., American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd. Quickies at 6:15 p.m., 25 regular play for turkeys and cash prizes begins at 7 p.m. Refreshments available.

“Button Up Vermont” workshop in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., Unity Hall, Congregational Church of Middlebury, N. Pleasant St. Middlebury Energy Committee and the Congregational Church of Middlebury’s Green Team host this Efficiency Vermont workshop. Learn how to prepare homes for the coming cold weather.

Sydney Lea in Middlebury. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m., Vermont Book Shop, 38 Main St. Poet, writer, former Vermont Poet Laureate and Pulitzer finalist Sydney Lea will read from and discuss his new collection of poetry. He will be joined by fellow poet and Middlebury College educator Karin Gottshall. Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow.

Fall high school music concert in Vergennes. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. Come hear the VUHS musicians in their annual fall concert.

 

Thursday, Nov. 21

Homeward Bound talk in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 21, 3-4 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Join staff from Homeward Bound — Addison County’s Humane Society to hear shelter highlights from 2019 and the many things they are doing to strengthen the human-animal bond through compassionate care, adoption, education, and advocacy. Free and open to the public.

“The Music Man” in Bristol. Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Mount Abraham Union High School, Airport Dr. There’s trouble in River City. Come see Mt. Abe’s take on this musical classic.

Fall middle school music Concert in Vergennes. Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Vergennes Union High School, Monkton Rd. Come hear the VUHS Middle school musicians in their annual fall concert.

“One Flea Spare” in Middlebury. Thursday. Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., 96 Wright Theater, Chateau Rd., Middlebury College. The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present this play set in London during the bubonic plague of 1665. The play explores the conflict of class and bodies. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. More info at 802-443- 6433 or go.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Friday, Nov. 22

Musical Lecture: Robert Wyatt on Andrew Lloyd Webber in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 22, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Wyatt discusses the work and achievement of Lloyd Webber, one the most prolific and lauded musical composers of our era. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

“Midnight Traveler” on screen in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 23, 3 and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium, 356 College St. When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing the family’s uncertain journey firsthand, Fazili documents their harrowing trek across numerous borders revealing the danger and uncertainty facing refugees seeking asylum juxtaposed with the unbreakable love shared amongst the family on the run. Free.

“The Music Man” in Bristol. Friday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Mount Abraham Union High School, Airport Dr. There’s trouble in River City. Come see Mt. Abe’s take on this musical classic.

“Showing Up” first look in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. A truly local production created by Middlebury natives Miranda Ferriss Jones and Vanessa Dunleavy, with musical direction by MUHS graduate Simon Brouke. Doug Anderson will direct the show about small town dreams of making it on Broadway and the reality of what happens when it becomes a reality of sorts. Local audiences are invited to this first draft of the show. Tickets $14, available at 802-388-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. More info at townhalltheater.org.

Turtle Island Quartet and Cyrus Chestnut, Piano, in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet makes its Middlebury debut in a collaborative concert with the series’ most frequent jazz artist, acclaimed pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The partnership is infused with the global reach of gospel and sacred music. Toast the artists at a free post-concert reception. Tickets: $30 public/$25 Midd ID card holders/$10 youth/$6 Midd students.

Fall Dance Concert in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., Dance Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. A dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging Middlebury College student dance artists and the annual Newcomers’ Piece. Tickets $15 public/$12 Midd ID card holders/$8 youth/$6 Midd students.

“One Flea Spare” in Middlebury. Friday. Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., 96 Wright Theater, Chateau Rd., Middlebury College. The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present this play set in London during the bubonic plague of 1665. The play explores the conflict of class and bodies. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. More info at 802-443- 6433 or go.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Saturday, Nov. 23

Big Change Roundup fall craft fair in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd. More than 30 crafters and vendors, bake sale and lunch options, big raffle (do not need to be present to win). Proceeds benefit UVM Children’s Hospital.

Artist’s open studio in North Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2257 Fuller Mountain Rd. Glass artist Maxine Davis opens her studio to the public.

“Akhnaten” live in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines American composer Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation, with Karen Kamensek conducting. Phelim McDermott’s stunning production employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt. Jim Pugh will give a pre-show talk in the Byers Studio downstairs at 12:15 p.m. Tickets $24/$10 students plus fees, Tickets $24/$10 students plus fees, available at THT Box Office at 802-382-9222, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m., or online at townhalltheater.org.

“Midnight Traveler” on screen in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 23, 3 and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium, 356 College St. When the Taliban puts a bounty on Afghan director Hassan Fazili’s head, he is forced to flee the country with his wife and two young daughters. Capturing the family’s uncertain journey firsthand, Fazili documents their harrowing trek across numerous borders revealing the danger and uncertainty facing refugees seeking asylum juxtaposed with the unbreakable love shared amongst the family on the run. Free.

King Pede card party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Community Center, Route 7. The evening begins with a sandwich supper and then on to the games. King Pede is a unique game that involves “trick-taking” techniques such as in Hearts and Spades or Pitch. A game of fun and skill. Come prepared to use your strategic thinking.

Middlebury College Community Chorus in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. The chorus presents its annual concert in celebration of the season of Thanksgiving, performed by Middlebury College students, staff, faculty, and singers from towns throughout the area. Jeff Rehbach, conductor; Tim Guiles, accompanist. Free.

“The Music Man” in Bristol. Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Mount Abraham Union High School, Airport Dr. There’s trouble in River City. Come see Mt. Abe’s take on this musical classic.

“Songs of Rejoicing and Remembrance” in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Come hear the Middlebury College Community Chorus in a program that features Johannes Brahms’s lyrical elegy “Nänie;” dynamic gospel and African-influenced songs; and a mix of celebratory and reflective works by contemporary composers, including Middlebury’s Sam Guarnaccia and Peter Hamlin. Free.

Fall Dance Concert in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m., Dance Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. A dynamic evening of ideas in motion showcases choreography by emerging Middlebury College student dance artists and the annual Newcomers’ Piece. Tickets $15 public/$12 Midd ID card holders/$8 youth/$6 Midd students.

2nd Annual Vermont Vocal Competition in Brandon. Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. Barn Opera brings back the talented emerging operatic artists to the Brandon Town Hall to compete for monetary prizes and performance opportunities with Barn Opera and other regional organizations. Tickets $20 adults/students 17 and under $10.

“One Flea Spare” in Middlebury. Saturday. Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m., 96 Wright Theater, Chateau Rd., Middlebury College. The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance will present this play set in London during the bubonic plague of 1665. The play explores the conflict of class and bodies. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $12 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, emeriti, and other ID card holders; and $6 for Middlebury College students. More info at 802-443- 6433 or go.middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Sunday, Nov. 24

Artist’s open studio in North Ferrisburgh. Sunday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2257 Fuller Mountain Rd. Glass artist Maxine Davis opens her studio to the public.

Annual holiday auction in Brandon. Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:30 p.m., Brandon Public Library, 4 Franklin St. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for preview. Live auction begins at 2 p.m. Refreshments served.

Woodchuck’s Revenge in Middlebury. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Woodchuck’s Revenge offer their audiences an eclectic and refreshing mix of traditional and contemporary folksongs played with spirit and an old time country sensibility. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

“Songs of Rejoicing and Remembrance” in Middlebury. Sunday, Nov. 24, 3 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center,72 Porter Field Rd. Come hear the Middlebury College Community Chorus in a program that features Johannes Brahms’s lyrical elegy “Nänie;” dynamic gospel and African-influenced songs; and a mix of celebratory and reflective works by contemporary composers, including Middlebury’s Sam Guarnaccia and Peter Hamlin. Free.

“Showing Up” first look in Middlebury. Sunday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. A truly local production created by Middlebury natives Miranda Ferriss Jones and Vanessa Dunleavy, with musical direction by MUHS graduate Simon Brouke. Doug Anderson will direct the show about small town dreams of making it on Broadway and the reality of what happens when it becomes a reality. Local audiences are invited to this first draft of the show. Tickets $14, available at 802-388-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. More info at townhalltheater.org.

 

Monday, Nov. 25

Veterans Luncheon in Middlebury. Monday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. A luncheon to honor those who have served. Come meet other Veterans and friends and enjoy a delicious meal. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Poet Pam MacPherson in Middlebury. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Eastview at Middlebury, 100 Eastview Ter. Holding space and being present are the threads that run through MacPherson’s poetry. She will read poems and share the stories around them, those of sitting vigil with the dying. Copies of Pam’s book, “Vigil: The Poetry of Presence,” will be available. Free and open to the public.

Family board game and banquet night in Vergennes. Tuesday, Nov. 26, 6-9 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Create a dish to share 6-8 portions and bring it along with its name and list of ingredients. Meet in the lobby for a shared meal, then adjourn to several rooms with various board games to set up and play. Pre-registration required. Call 802-877-2211 or email rachel.plant@bixbylibrary.org.

 

Friday, Nov. 29

Winter coat give-away in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 29, Middlebury United Methodist Church, N. Pleasant St. Don’t be cold this winter. The church will be accepting donations of coats for their annual give-away on Monday, Nov. 4.

The Threatles in Middlebury. Friday, Nov. 29, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Eastview at Middlebury, 100 Eastview Ter. Relive a Beatles concert … and more. This young family trio entertains with energy, performing a wide variety of the Beatles repertoire, and other favorites of theirs (and ours). Free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, Nov. 30

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike. Saturday, Nov. 30, time and location TBD. A “leader’s choice” hike of 6-10 miles on the Long Trail. Moderate to difficult, conditions will determine route and mileage. Contact Ellen Cronan at ecronana@yahoo.com or 908-595-2926 for details. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Winter coat give-away in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 30, Middlebury United Methodist Church, N. Pleasant St. Don’t be cold this winter. The church will be accepting donations of coats for their annual give-away on Monday, Nov. 4.

Alpaca farm open house in Brandon. Saturday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Maple View Farm Alpacas, 185 Adams Rd. Learn about these gentle, intelligent fiber animals. The fiber mill and studio located on the farm will be open so visitors can to learn how alpaca fleece is used. Free.

Mario the Maker Magician in Middlebury. Saturday, Nov. 30, 1 and 4 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. More than just a performer, New York-based Mario Marchese is also an inventor who creates his own props. He is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and STEAM initiatives and his integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance. An upbeat, hilarious, and very interactive experience. Tickets adult $22/under 18 $11/10 percent discount for groups of more than 4, available at 802-388-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. More info at townhalltheater.org.

Julian Loida, percussionist, in Brandon. Saturday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Loida is a Boston-based percussionist, composer, and producer. Loida’s musical curiosity and open-mindedness has propelled him towards a wide-range of sounds, genres, and artistic endeavors. Tickets $20. Pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. More info at 802-247-4295 or info@brandon-music.net.

 

Sunday, Dec. 1

Alpaca farm open house in Brandon. Sunday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Maple View Farm Alpacas, 185 Adams Rd. Learn about these gentle, intelligent fiber animals. The fiber mill and studio located on the farm will be open so visitors can to learn how alpaca fleece is used. Free.

 

Monday, Dec. 2

Age Well community luncheon in Middlebury. Monday, Dec. 2. 11 a.m., Middlebury Inn, Court Sq. Doors open at 11 a.m., meal served at noon of whole grain roll with butter, tomato bisque, mixed greens with choice of maple vinaigrette or herbed buttermilk ranch, lemon pepper chicken, wild rice, Chef’s choice of vegetable, and apple crisp. Advanced tickets only. $5 suggested donation does not include gratuity. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire. A special collection for Meals on Wheels will be taken up at this meal.

Annual Memory Tree lighting in Middlebury. Monday, Dec. 2,  5:30 p.m., Court Square green. Presented by the Middlebury Lions Club.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Age Well community luncheon in Vergennes. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for coffee hour and bingo. Meal served at noon of three Italian mini loaves, red sauce, parmesan cheese, seasoned cavatappi pasta, Italian vegetables, wheat bread and mandarin oranges with cream. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire

Piano recital in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Community Room, East View at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. The younger students of Diana Fanning return to entertain with piano pieces they have been studying. Free and open to the public.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Age Well community luncheon in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11:15 a.m., Middlebury Rec Center, 154 Creek Rd. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Meal served at noon of chicken fingers with duck sauce, home fries, green beans, wheat dinner roll and peaches. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve t 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

Moonlight Madness in Brandon. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4-8 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. Start the Holiday season off with 23 vendors upstairs and downstairs in the Brandon Town Hall. The Friends of Brandon Town Hall will be selling soups, chili, coffee, tea, etc. in the upstairs concession area.

Middlebury Community Music Center Salon in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m., Unity Hall, Congregational Church of Middlebury, N. Pleasant St. entrance. MCMC students of all levels and skill levels from a variety of studios gather to perform pieces they have been working on in their lessons. Reception with light refreshments following the salon. Free and open to the public.

“Graphic Novels to Watch Out For” in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., McCullough Student Center, Old Chapel Rd. Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” and the graphic memoir “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy,” discusses what makes comics such a powerful medium for addressing and upending oppression.

 

Thursday, Dec. 5

Age Well Community luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing,  50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for coffee hour and bingo. Meal served at noon of cheese ravioli with meat sauce, parmesan cheese, winter mixed vegetables, biscuit, and fruit and yogurt parfait. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

“Fly fishing in the rivers of Katmai National Park and the Bristol Bay headwaters” in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 5, 3-4:15 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Matt Dickerson will share stories and photos from five years of visits to the rivers of the Bristol Bay area of Alaska and especially Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks and Preserves. Free. Open to the public.

“Roman Holiday” on screen in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 5, 6-8:30 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Middlebury Classic Film Club’s fall series concludes with this Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck story of a princess who escapes her royal bubble to find freedom and romance in Rome. Hepburn won the Academy Award for Best Actress for the role. Discussion will follow.

Sight and Sound II screening in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Dana Auditorium, 356 College St. Come see the annual fall showcase of student work produced in the class “Sight and Sound II” Free. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

 

Friday, Dec. 6

Age Well special holiday community luncheon in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Doors open at 11 a.m. Meal served at noon of apple cranberry stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, dinner roll and pumpkin cake. Advanced reservations only – deadline is Monday, Dec. 2. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

Gingerbread house competition opening reception in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 6, 4-6 p.m., Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St. Come see the “Christmas at Hogwarts Castle” gingerbread creations along with other non-themed entries. Visitors to the exhibit are invited to vote for their favorite entry to receive the “People’s Choice” award.

Holiday Cabaret in Brandon. Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square. The Brandon Town Players present a evening with readings of four holiday radio programs from the 1930s. Small snacks will be provided at each table, along with a cash bar and concessions sold by the Friends of Town Hall. Tickets $6, available at the door. Contact Dennis Marden at denniswmarden@gmail.com or Debbie at debrajennings@aol.com to reserve a table of 4 or more.

Broadway Direct in Vergennes. Friday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. For the 14th year, Bill Carmichael brings together some of his professional acting/singing/dancing friends from New York and Boston to present an evening of familiar, funny, moving and exceptional music. Several local area high school students will also participate. Tickets $15 in advance/$18 at the door/$5 for students 18 and younger.

 

Saturday, Dec. 7

Pottery sale in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Middlebury Studio School, 2377 Rte. 7. Pottery by Kathy Clarke, Ken Martin, instructors, local potters, studio assistants and students. Find wonderful handmade gifts for the holidays at affordable prices, also handmade books, cards, jewelry, paintings and some surprises. Everything is made locally. This supports local artists and is a fundraiser to benefit the school.

 “King Pede” card party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Town Hall and Community Center, Route 7. A sandwich supper and then on to an evening of fun and card games. King Pede is an unusual game that involves “trick-taking” techniques such as in Hearts and Spades or Pitch. This is a game of fun and skill so come prepared to use your strategic thinking.

Holiday Cabaret in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square. The Brandon Town Players present a evening with readings of four holiday radio programs from the 1930s. Small snacks will be provided at each table, along with a cash bar and concessions sold by the Friends of Town Hall. Tickets $6, available at the door. Contact Dennis Marden at denniswmarden@gmail.com or Debbie at debrajennings@aol.com to reserve a table of 4 or more.

Vocal recital in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Students of affiliate artists Carol Christensen and Susanne Peck cap off a semester of vocal study with an evening of songs and arias. Accompanied by affiliate artist Cynthia Huard and Annemieke McLane, piano. Free. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

Gypsy Reel in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Come hear Gypsy Reel in this Celtic-style holiday concert. Tickets $20. Pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. More info at 802-247-4295 or info@brandon-music.net.

 

Sunday, Dec. 8

 “Amazing Grace” on screen in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. MNFF Selects continues its Biography series with this documentary featuring Aretha Franklin. Witness the power and glory of Franklin’s stunning voice and delivery in what is considered one of the greatest gospel music performances of all time. Individual ticket $15/series pass $105. More info at townhalltheater.org.

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 8, 4 and 7 p.m., Mead Memorial Chapel, Hepburn Rd., Middlebury College. The festive program features choral music, congregational singing, and biblical texts of the season. Led by Dean of Spiritual and Religious Life Mark R. Orten and Director of Choral Activities Jeffrey Buettner, with music by the Middlebury College Choir; readings by students, faculty, and staff and a carillon prelude by George Matthew Jr. Voluntary offering collected for local charities. Free. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

 

Monday, Dec. 9

Age Well community luncheon in New Haven. Monday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m., Porky’s, Route 7. Doors open at 11 a.m., meal served at noon of roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, coleslaw, cranberry sauce and cheesecake. $5 suggested donation does not include gratuity. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Age Well community luncheon in Vergennes. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for coffee hour and bingo. Meal served at noon of sweet and sour pork with vegetables over rice pilaf, spinach, wheat bread and pineapple tidbits. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

“Tintoretto: A Rebel in Venice” on screen in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Cinema audiences visit places that evoke and preserve the memory of the painter, including the State Archives, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, the Church of San Rocco, and more, all in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth. Tickets adult $13/$8 students, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org, or at the THT Box Office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 11

Age Well community luncheon in Shoreham. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m., Halfway House, Route 22A. Doors open and meal served at 11 a.m. until all are served. Meal will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables and dessert. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve at 802- 377-1419. $5 suggested donation does not include gratuity. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

Warren Miller's “Timeless” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Come kick off winter with Warren Miller’s 70th film, “Timeless,” and adventure from the slopes of the Rockies to the rooftops of the Alps alongside top athletes, including Vermont native Jim Ryan. All moviegoers will receive discounts on lift tickets, gear, swag, and more. Tickets $21, available at 802-388-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. More info at townhalltheater.org org warrenmiller.com.​

 

Thursday, Dec. 12

Age Well community luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Lane. Doors open at 10 a.m. for coffee hour and bingo. Meal served at noon of roast pork with warm applesauce, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, wheat roll and chocolate pudding. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

Lake Champlain maritime history talk in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 12, 3-4 p.m., Community Room, EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Susan Evans McClure, executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, will deliver a talk and answer questions on the Revolutionary War Lake Champlain Battle of Valcour, and the  USS Spitfire — an American gundalow that operated as a gunboat in 1776 on Lake Champlain. The boat was part of Benedict Arnold’s small, hastily built fleet of ships. Free and open to the public.

Warren Miller's “Timeless” on screen in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Come kick off winter with Warren Miller’s 70th film, “Timeless,” and adventure from the slopes of the Rockies to the rooftops of the Alps alongside top athletes, including Vermont native Jim Ryan. All moviegoers will receive discounts on lift tickets, gear, swag, and more. Tickets $21, available at 802-388-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. More info at townhalltheater.org org warrenmiller.com.​

 

Friday, Dec.13

Age Well community luncheon in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 13, 11:15 a.m., The Glass Onion, Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Doors open at 11:15 a.m., seating and meal service begins at 11:30 a.m. A three-course meal of Chef Woody’s choice prepared and served by the students in the culinary program. Seven days advanced notice required. Seats are limited. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. $5 suggested donation does not include gratuity. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” on stage in Salisbury. Friday, Dec. 13, 5 and 7:30 p.m., Salisbury Congregational Church, 853 Maple St. Barn Opera of Brandon and the Salisbury Church are collaborating to present this Menotti opera. Tickets adults $30/17 and under $10) available through the Barn Opera website at barnopera.com. No ticket sales at the door.  More info call 802-352-6671.

 

Saturday, Dec. 14

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” on stage in Salisbury. Saturday, Dec. 14, 5 and 7:30 p.m., Salisbury Congregational Church, 853 Maple St. Barn Opera of Brandon and the Salisbury Church are collaborating to present this Menotti opera. Tickets adults $30/17 and under $10) available through the Barn Opera website at barnopera.com. No ticket sales at the door.  More info call 802-352-6671.

Contradance in Cornwall. Saturday, Dec. 14, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. Featuring Maggie McRae calling to live banjo and fiddle music by Red Dog Riley. $5-10/person (sliding scale). All are welcome. No experience or partner necessary. Questions? 802-462-3722.

Livingston Taylor in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant Street. Musician, consummate performer and professor takes the stage with a varied repertoire developed over his 50-year career. Tickets $44, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org, or at the box office, Monday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Sunday, Dec. 15

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section: Young Adventurer’s hike in Lincoln. Sunday, Dec. 15, Sunset Ledge. Estimated 1.5 hours round trip; 2 miles. Starting in Lincoln Gap, trek the Long Trail to open ledges with beautiful views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. More info contact YAC Leader Lauren Bierman at 802-349-7498 or laurenbierman1218@gmail.com. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

 

Monday, Dec. 16

Age Well community luncheon in Bristol. Monday, Dec. 16, 10:45 a.m., Cubbers, 8 Main St. Doors open at 10:45 a.m. Meal served at 11 a.m. Chef’s Choice — always delicious. $5 suggested donation does not include gratuity. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 17

Age Well community luncheon in Vergennes. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing,  50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo and coffee hour. Meal served at noon of beef stew, biscuit, winter mixed vegetables and tapioca pudding with peaches and cream. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 18

Age Well special holiday community luncheon in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 11:15 a.m., Middlebury Rec Center, 154 Creek Rd. Doors open at 11:15 am. Meal served at noon of apple cranberry stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, cranberry sauce and pumpkin cake. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

 

Thursday, Dec. 19

Age Well special holiday community luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo and coffee hour. Meal served at noon of  apple cranberry stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, cranberry sauce and pumpkin cake. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

 

Saturday, Dec. 21

“King Pede” card party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Dec. 21, Ferrisburgh Town Hall and Community Center, Route 7. A sandwich supper and then on to an evening of fun and card games. King Pede is an unusual game that involves “trick-taking” techniques such as in Hearts and Spades or Pitch. This is a game of fun and skill so come prepared to use your strategic thinking.

Swing Noir in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Swing Noir will perform a gypsy jazz holiday concert. Ticket blurb here. Tickets $20. Pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. More info at 802-247-4295 or info@brandon-music.net.

 

Thursday, Dec. 26

Age Well community luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 26, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing,  50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo and coffee hour. Meal served at noon of sweet and sour beefsteak, rice pilaf, garden vegetables, wheat bread and mandarin oranges with cream. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire.

 

Friday, Dec. 27

Rick Hawley in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 27,  3:30-4:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Pianist Rick Hawley returns to play favorites, with just the right amount of introductory anecdote and historical background for his musical selections. Free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, Dec. 28

Mairi and Nathan Harris Grewar, piano four hands in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 28, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Drawing on their experience at opera companies across Europe, London-based pianists Mairi and Nathan Harris Grewar present piano duet arrangements of some of their favorite music from the world of ballet and opera. The concert will be followed by a champagne and dessert reception at Edgewater Gallery on the Green. Tickets adult $25/under 18 $15, available at 802-388-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. More info at townhalltheater.org org warrenmiller.com.​

 

Friday, Jan. 3

“Mornings At Seven” in Brandon. Friday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. The Brandon Town Players present this three-act comedy set in two backyards in an American Town. Four families anxiously await the arrival of Homer Bolton and his fiancée, Myrtle Brown. Homer has been engaged to Myrtle for seven years and dated her for five years before that and, oddly enough, this will be the first time anyone in his family will have met her. Tickets $10 adults/seniors and students $8.

 

Saturday, Jan. 4

King Pede card party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Town Hall and Community Center, Route 7. Come for a sandwich supper and then on to an evening of fun and card games. King Pede involves “trick-taking” techniques such as in Hearts and Spades or Pitch. A game of fun and skill. Come prepared to use your strategic thinking.

“Mornings At Seven” in Brandon. Saturday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. The Brandon Town Players present this three-act comedy set in two backyards in an American Town. Four families anxiously await the arrival of Homer Bolton and his fiancée, Myrtle Brown. Homer has been engaged to Myrtle for seven years and dated her for five years before that and, oddly enough, this will be the first time anyone in his family will have met her. Tickets $10 adults/seniors and students $8.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 8

“The Sound of Music” Diamond Jubilee in Middlebury. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. In 1959, Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre premiered a musical on an unlikely topic: an Austrian family who had become famous for escaping Nazi Germany. “The Sound of Music” went on to win five Tony Awards, along with five Academy Awards in its film adaptation. Pianist and scholar Robert Wyatt discusses the history of the musical as well as the audience’s reaction, then and now.

 

Friday, Jan. 10

“Mornings At Seven” in Brandon. Friday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. The Brandon Town Players present this three-act comedy set in two backyards in an American Town. Four families anxiously await the arrival of Homer Bolton and his fiancée, Myrtle Brown. Homer has been engaged to Myrtle for seven years and dated her for five years before that and, oddly enough, this will be the first time anyone in his family will have met her. Tickets $10 adults/seniors and students $8.

 

Saturday, Jan. 11

Contradance in Cornwall. Saturday, Jan. 11, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. Featuring Mary Wesley calling to live banjo and fiddle music by Red Dog Riley. $5-$10/person (sliding scale). All are welcome. No experience or partner necessary. Questions? 802-462-3722.

“Mornings At Seven” in Brandon. Saturday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. The Brandon Town Players present this three-act comedy set in two backyards in an American Town. Four families anxiously await the arrival of Homer Bolton and his fiancée, Myrtle Brown. Homer has been engaged to Myrtle for seven years and dated her for five years before that and, oddly enough, this will be the first time anyone in his family will have met her. Tickets $10 adults/seniors and students $8.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 5

“When the Bicycle Came to Vermont” in Middlebury. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the early history of the bicycle in Vermont, an invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived in the 1880s — helping spark important changes in industrial production, consumerism, road policies, gender relations, and cultural ideas.

 

Saturday, Feb. 8

Contradance in Cornwall. Saturday, Feb. 8, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. Featuring Adina Gordon calling to live banjo and fiddle music by Red Dog Riley. $5-10/person (sliding scale). All are welcome. No experience or partner necessary. Questions? 802-462-3722.

 

Sunday, Feb. 9

LC Jazz Winter Thaw Concert in Vergennes. Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. For more than 25 years, LC Jazz has raised and donated thousands of dollars to area students in pursuit of their musical education. Suggested donation at the door of any amount. 100 percent of the proceeds go to the LC Jazz Scholarship.

 

Saturday, Feb. 8

Carnevale in Vergennes. Saturday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. This annual fundraiser supports three area non-profits, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, Vergennes Partnership and the Vergennes Opera House, with incredible, outrageous and unforgettable fun. The evening features costumed guests (based on a theme), games of chance and skill, lite bites, and dancing, dancing, dancing.

 

Wednesday, March 4

“Rural America is a Big Deal” in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Whitney Kimball Coe, coordinator of the National Rural Assembly, shows that although rural communities are hurting, they also hold a wealth of solutions for a nation struggling to fuel its economy, feed a hungry planet, and take on global issues like climate change.

 

Saturday, March 14

Contradance in Cornwall. Saturday, March 14, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. Featuring Fern Bradley calling to live banjo and fiddle music by Red Dog Riley. $5-10/person (sliding scale). All are welcome. No experience or partner necessary. Questions? 802-462-3722.

 

Wednesday, April 1

“Visualizing Votes for Women” in Middlebury. Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. In celebration of the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, UVM professor Melanie Gustafson highlights women’s suffrage activists and their movement to win the vote.

 

Saturday, April 11

Contradance in Cornwall. Saturday, April 11, 7-9:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. Featuring Luke Donforth calling to live banjo and fiddle music by Red Dog Riley. $5-10/person (sliding scale). All are welcome. No experience or partner necessary. Questions? 802-462-3722.

 

Wednesday, May 6

“Life in the Studio” in Middlebury. Wednesday, May 6, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of “Castle,” “Cathedral” and “The Way We Work,” traces the development of his books and discusses current projects and the challenges in his work.

 

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