Calendar


VIRTUAL MENTORING. Middlebury College's Sister-To-Sister program goes virtual this year with its first event of ice-breakers and mini-games on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 2-3 p.m. See listing for link. Photo courtesy of Karin Hanta

WAY AHEAD OF THE CURVE. Activist Victoria Woodhull ran for president of the United States in the 19th century with Frederick Douglass as her running mate, as did Belva Lockwood. Learn more about their stories in a virtual lecture by historian Sally Roesch Wagner on Friday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. See listing for link.

Thursday, Oct. 22

“Soups, Pies and More” take-out sale in Middlebury. Continuing from Oct. 22 until Nov. 1. Orders for delicious homemade pies, soups and other foods may be placed online from The Congregational Church of Middlebury website at midducc.org through Sunday, Nov. 1. Pick up orders on Saturday Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2 Main St. Use online order form on midducc.org and be ready with payment. Preorders close after Nov. 1. All verified pre-orders will be safely delivered from the church’s Seymour Street porch entrance to the parking lot for masked curbside pick-up. Info at midducc.org. Questions: Call Pat at 802-382-9325.

Sewing Lab in Middlebury. Thursday, Oct. 22, 5-9 p.m., Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Use The Makery’s sewing machines, tools and tables for your projects. Get your questions answered and learn new skills from our kind and talented mentors Faith and Wendy. All levels are welcome from never used a sewing machine to advanced pattern making. Pre-registration is required. Instructions for arriving and working safely included in confirmation email. Limit of 4. Choose Free, $5 Drop-In Fee or Membership Card. Register at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3976613.

Woodworking lab in Middlebury. Thursday, Oct. 22, 5:30-9 p.m., The Makery at Hannaford career Center, 56 Charles Ave. Use our tools and equipment to work on projects. Get your questions answered or learn new skills from our kind and talented Mentors. All levels are welcome, but you will need to take our Tool Training Class before using the Lab regardless of your skill level (check the calendar for the next Tool Training if you haven’t taken it yet). Registration required at makeryatpahcc.org/event-3996283. Limit 5. Choose free, $5 drop-in fee or membership cards.

“The Beams Are Creaking” virtual performance. Thursday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Zoom. Town Hall Theater presents a free readers’ theater with an all-star cast that will stream live. The play is written and directed by Doug Anderson. More details will be posted at townhalltheater.org.

 

Friday, Oct. 23

Two 19th-century female presidential candidates virtual lecture. Friday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., Zoom. Historian Sally Roesch Wagner will talk about two 19th century activists who ran for president even though women had not achieved the right to vote: Victoria Woodhull, and Belva Lockwood. Find link at middlebury.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvfu2srT4pHNPrBui672nHLutLWRWVQxeO

“Terror on the TAM” in Middlebury. Friday, Oct. 23 Park at Middlebury Rec Center, 154 Creek Rd. Addison Central Teens are hosting a haunted trail. Session 1 7-8:15 p.m., session 2 8:45-10 p.m., last run 9:55 p.m. Suggested $5 donation. Not recommended for kids under 12. Also runs on Saturday, Oct. 24,

Arnaud Sussmann, violin, virtual performance. Friday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship. Sussmann will perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Chausson’s Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet. Free.

New Haven town-wide Halloween festivities. Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, around town. Halloween is not cancelled. Decorate your front yard, driveway, porch, or business along for the community to enjoy a drive-by Halloween experience. For those without outdoor space, but who want to participate, space will be available. The maps of places in town that are decorated for drive-by viewing will be available starting on Oct. 23 at Village Green Market, Vermont Food Collaborative or on-line. More info contact the New Haven Events Committee at newhavenvtevents@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, Oct. 24

5-Town food drive in northeast Addison County. Saturday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-noon at the fire stations in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro, Bring non-perishable foods, and other needed items to help stock the Have a heart food shelf.

Bixby Online Adult Book Club. Saturday, Oct. 24, 10-11 a.m., Zoom. Grab a cup of coffee and join an online discussion of “The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love” by Kristin Kimball. All participants will be entered to win a copy of Kimball’s newest book, “Good Husbandry.” Register at bit.ly/36fuyHU. Email ashley.bolger@bixbylibrary.org to reserve a physical copy of the book.

Virtual Ice Breakers and Mini-Games for Middle School girls. Saturday, October 24, 2-3 p.m., Zoom. Middlebury College’s Sister-to-Sister organization invites all female-identifying and gender-non-conforming middle schoolers to an hour of fun activities in anticipation of our November summit. Sign up at go.middlebury.edu/signupsts to receive the zoom link.

“Terror on the TAM” in Middlebury. Saturday, Oct. 24. See Oct. 23 listing

“State vs Natasha Banina” virtual screening. Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., (link here). A girl tells the story of her life in a small-town orphanage, and her desire to be free; break out of her world. From the inside of a “ZOOM” courtroom, she will make twists and turns through her unique appeal to audiences as the jurors, letting them into her world where she dreams about love, family, acceptance, adjusting and her future. Ultimately the two worlds collide and the audience gets to decide her fate. Free. Register at middlebury.edu/college/arts/events.

 

Sunday, Oct. 25

Rokeby closing reception in North Ferrisburgh. Sunday, Oct. 25, 2-4 p.m., Rokeby Museum Education Center, 4334 Route 7. Celebrate Carol MacDonald’s exhibit “Mending Fences: New Works by Carol MacDonald.” To maintain social distancing pre-registration is required and the event will be limited in the number of people who can attend. Call 802-877-3406 or email admin@rokeby.org to RSVP. The reception is free for Museum Members and with paid admission or $5 for non-members attending the program only.

 

Monday, Oct. 26

“The Application (and Mis-application) of Science, Epidemiologic Data, Public Health Practices, and Health Policy during the COVID-19 Pandemic” webinar. Monday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m., Zoom. Hear Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health, Dr. Mark Levine, give his keynote address on the current health crisis. This lecture is open to the public, and advance registration is required via go.middlebury.edu/vasetalk.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Vermont Career Connect virtual session. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-noon. Vermont Career Connect is a new virtual career exploration program hosted by Vermont Student Assistance Corp for students wondering about a job or career and what it would be like to do that work. Find more information and register at surveymonkey.com/r/BYDKGRF.

Teen/Tween Graphic Novel virtual Book Club. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2-3 p.m., Zoom. Join Bixby Library’s graphic novel discussion of “Sheets,” written and  illustrated by Brenna Thummler. Come with ideas on other activities, from writing story lines to drawing comics. Graphic novels will be available to Bixby Library card holders as an ebook on hoopla. Register at bit.ly/3mYG8No. Questions? Email laura.fetterolf@bixbylibrary.org.

“Getting it Right: Research and Diligence in Reporting” online. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Vermont Humanities Digital Channels. Author and longtime Vermont journalist Yvonne Daley interviews David Moats, her former colleague from the Rutland Herald, about Moats’ series of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorials on the divisive issues arising from civil unions for same-sex couples, and about the importance of research and depth in journalism. Found on Vermont Humanities Council Digital Programs portion of its website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

“Self-organization: The Key to a Sustainable Economy” virtual talk. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Zoom. Tom Wessels, a terrestrial ecologist and Professor Emeritus at Antioch University, joins the Salisbury Conservation Commission for this presentation. Wessels has conducted programs and workshops on ecology and sustainability throughout the United States for over three decades. Pre-register at forms.gle/btM9dNDhmDU7NkXD7.

 

Thursday, Oct. 29

“Soups, Pies and More” take-out sale in Middlebury. Continuing from Oct. 29 until Nov. 1. Orders for delicious homemade pies, soups and other foods may be placed online from The Congregational Church of Middlebury website at midducc.org through Sunday, Nov. 1. Pick up orders on Saturday Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2 Main St. Use online order form on midducc.org and be ready with payment. Preorders close after Nov. 1. All verified pre-orders will be safely delivered from the church’s Seymour Street porch entrance to the parking lot for masked

CARES Act and Legislative Involvement virtual presentation. Thursday, Oct. 29, 1-2 p.m. Join Ruby Baker and Marichel Vaught from the Community of Vermont Elders (COVE) to learn about the issues and bills being discussed at the State House affecting older Vermonters such as the state’s allocation of funds from the CARES Act and the Older Vermonters Act, which was passed by the House and is headed to the Senate floor. Also learn about how you can engage in the legislative process and be an active voice to your lawmakers. RSVP to register and receive a zoom link to Suzanne Bennett, sbennett@lcbseniorliving.com, 802-377-3393.

Pumpkin-Carving contest in Ferrisburgh. Thursday, Oct. 29, 3-7 p.m., Union Meeting Hall. Get creative with your carving skills and create a beautiful spectacle of jack-o’-lanterns for all to see. Pumpkins will be on display under the maple trees of the Union Meeting Hall. We ask that general Covid-19 precautions will be abided by at drop off: mask wearing, and staying home if experiencing a fever or cold symptoms. Participants will be entered into categories based on age. Free and open to the public. Continues Friday, Oct. 30, 3-4:40 p.m. with judging at 5 p.m.

 

Friday, Oct. 30

Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung, pianos, virtual performance. Friday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. The real-life marriage of concert pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung — with their abundant artistic chemistry, passion, and stunning virtuosity — has led to one of the most appealing and impressive piano duos of our time. Bax and Chung will perform Mozart’s K. 449 and the Middlebury premiere of Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with a supremely talented group of collaborative musicians. Free.

 

Sunday, Nov. 1

Disc Golf clinic in Vergennes. Sunday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-noon, Veteran’s Park, East St. Vergennes Parks and Recreation will be partnering with Disc Golf Vermont to bring a disc golf clinic to Vergennes. Instruction will take place from 11-11:30 a.m., followed by a round on the VUHS course. Open to all ages. Limited to 25 participants. Everyone will receive a free disk to take home. Masks must be worn at all times. Residents $5/non-residents $10. Reigister by Oct. 30 at bit.ly/DiscGolfRegistration

 

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Online writing class. Four sessions beginning Nov. 3. Ilsley public library offers this free course taught by David Weinstock. The course will consist of four 90-minute online group sessions plus an individual half-hour tutorial for each student. Free. Register at renee.ursitti@ilsleypubliclibrary.org. Space is limited to 15 participants. Repeats Nov. 10, 17 and 24.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 4

“Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism” online. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., Vermont Humanities Digital Channels. In May 2020, Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor began a composition in response to the escalating uprising in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. Including selections from his recorded work, Dr. Taylor will discuss his journey towards using music as an avenue for advocacy and activism. Found on Vermont Humanities Council Digital Programs portion of its website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

Sister-to-Sister virtual Workout Wednesdays. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7-8 p.m. Middlebury College’s Sister-to-Sister welcomes certified coach Sal Nakhlawi ’19 to guide participants through a work out to shake off the Covid blues. Nahklawi’s coaching program focuses on teaching girls, women, and folx of marginalized identities — communities traditionally left out from the gym — to empower themselves to be strong from the inside-out.  Program repeats Nov. 11 and Nov. 18. More info contact Karin Hanta at khanta@middlebury.edu.

 

Thursday, Nov. 5

La Strada virtual screening and discussion. Thursday, Nov. 5, Zoom discussion 7:30 p.m. The Middlebury Classic Film Club virtual series for fall 2020 continues with the story of Gelsomina, a young woman who is sold by her mother to Zampanò, a man who makes his living by showing off his brutish strength to small crowds in post war Italy. Available on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. More info at  info@ilsleypubliclibrary.org. To register for Zoom discussion call (802) 388-4095 and leave a message.

 

Friday, Nov. 6

Gilbert Kalish, Piano, virtual performance. Friday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. The profound influence of pianist Gilbert Kalish as an educator and pianist has established him as a major figure in American music-making, receiving the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for his significant and lasting contribution to the chamber music field. Kalish will be performing works by Crumb, Schubert, and Brahms. Free.

 

Saturday, Nov. 7

“Soups, Pies and More” pick-up in Middlebury. Saturday Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Congregational Church of Middlebury, 2 Main St. All verified preorders will be safely delivered from the church’s Seymour Street porch entrance to the parking lot for masked curbside pick-up. Info at midducc.org. Questions: Call Pat at 802-382-9325.

Take-out Harvest Supper in Bristol. Saturday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m. First Baptist Church of Bristol, Park St. Menu includes baked ham with gravy, mashed potatoes, winter squash, homemade rolls and apple crisp for $12. Order ahead requested. Call Janet at 377-1668 to reserve a meal or for more info. Pick up at the side door of the church.

 

Friday, Nov. 13

“The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media” online. Friday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Vermont Humanities Digital Channels. How did we go from journalism as a trusted form of information to an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”? Presidential historian Harold Holzer examines the tension between chief executives and their chief critics, from George Washington to the present. Found on Vermont Humanities Council Digital Programs portion of its website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

Jupiter Quartet virtual performance. Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., go.middlebury.edu/digitalstages. The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, Liz’s brother-in-law). Now enjoying their 17th year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. Free.

 

Sunday, Nov. 15

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” online play reading. Sunday, Nov. 15, 4 p.m., Zoom. The first in Middlebury Acting Company’s (MACo) monthly online play reading series through the American Dream Project. Inspired by the real-life Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, this play by August Wilson begins as a routine recording session and becomes more strained as tensions rise between the members of a blues band and the owners of the recording studio. François Clemmons will moderate. Series subscription $20. Play bundles available at Vermont Book Shop at a 15 percent discounted rate using coupon code THTAD. Visit townhalltheater.org for details and to register.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 18

“Is our Current Economic System the Solution or the Threat to a Healthy Planet?” virtual presentation. Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Zoom. Gus Speth joins the Salisbury Conservation Commission for this presentation. He is the author, co-author or editor of eleven books including the American Crisis series published by Yale University Press. Gus says, “Our current economic system is founded on individualism, anthropocentrism, and materialism. Can a system that prizes growth, profit, private enterprise, economic freedom, and commercialization be expected to adequately respond to climate challenges and other environmental issues?” Pre-register at forms.gle/aeL9bLVw3HJAUZTk6.

 

Thursday, Dec. 3

“Albert Nobbs” virtual screening and discussion. Thursday, Dec. 3., Zoom discussion 7:30 p.m. The Middlebury Classic Film Club virtual series for fall 2020 continues with the story of Albert Nobbs, a woman in 19th-century Ireland who dresses as a man in order to escape the oppression women of that era faced. Available on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. More info at info@ilsleypubliclibrary.org. To register for Zoom discussion call (802) 388-4095 and leave a message.

 

Sunday, Dec. 13

“Spinning Into Butter” online play reading. Sunday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m., Zoom. In this play by Rebecca Gilman, a crisis erupts at a small Vermont college when racist notes are posted on the dorm room door of one of the school’s few African-American students. Sarah Daniels, the newly-hired dean of students, races to defuse the whirlwind of emotions spun up by students and faculty, but before the play reaches its surprise ending, she and the other whites on campus must first confront their own conflicted feelings about race. Rebecca Strum moderates. Part of the Middlebury Acting Company’s American Dream Project. Series subscription $20. Play bundles available at Vermont Book Shop at a 15% discounted rate using coupon code THTAD. Visit townhalltheater.org for details and to register.

 

Thursday, Dec. 17

Moonlight” virtual screening and discussion. Thursday, Dec. 17, Zoom discussion 7:30 p.m. The Middlebury Classic Film Club virtual series for fall 2020 wraps up with the story of Chiron as he moves through childhood, teenage years and young adulthood. At each stage Chiron is challenged by hardship and yet supported by key people in his life. Available on Kanopy through Ilsley Public Library. More info at  info@ilsleypubliclibrary.org. To register for Zoom discussion call (802) 388-4095 and leave a message.

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