Calendar


THE MASONS’ LODGE in Bristol will host a Cribbage Night on Monday, Jan. 27. All skill levels are welcome. Teach your kids the game.

TAKE A SNOWSHOE hike in the Lemon Fair Sculpture Park off Route 74 at the Cornwall/Shoreham line with the Green Mountain Club on Saturday, Jan. 25. See listing for details. Independent file photo/John S. McCright

Tuesday, Jan. 21

Age Well community luncheon in Vergennes. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Lane. Doors open at 10 a.m. for bingo and coffee hour. SASH Wellness Event — Tile Painting with Inez. FREE all supplies provided. Meal served at noon of chopped beef steak with brown gravy, mashed potatoes, diced carrots, wheat roll and fresh melon. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 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.

Loosely Bound Book Group in Middlebury. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m., Mezzanine, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Jeremy Holt will lead a discussion of his graphic novels, “After Houdini” and “Before Houdini.” Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

“The Pussygrabber Plays” in Middlebury. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Seven Trump accusers take the stage, creating exquisite, unexpected windows into the lives of women who were previously reduced to a single trauma. Donations welcome to benefit WomenSafe. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 22

MVP Medicare sign up in Middlebury. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Tom Branch will be at the Ilsley here to help those needing it navigate the process of signing up for Medicare. Free and open to the public.

Age Well community luncheon in Shoreham. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 11 a.m., Halfway House, Route 22A. Doors open and meal served at 11 a.m. until all are served. Meal will be corn chowder, chef’s choice sandwich, coleslaw and dessert. 72 hours advanced notice required, call Michelle to reserve 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.

“Designing for Real: Community-based Experiential Learning Through a Collaboration of Architectural Studies and Habitat for Humanity” in Middlebury. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 4:30 p.m., The Orchard (Room 103), Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Hillcrest Rd. John McLeod of the Department of History of Art and Architecture delivers a public talk as part of the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture. Free. More info at middlebury.edu/arts or 802-443-3168.

“Vermont: 1800 and Froze to Death, The Cold Year of 1816,” in New Haven. Jan. 22, 7 p.m., New Haven Town Offices, 78 North St. Howard Coffin, a 7th-generation Vermonter and author of several books about the Civil War, will discuss 1816, a year of dark skies and 12 months with frost. Felt worldwide, the dark and cold hit Vermont harder than any other state. Free and open to all.

The TrentTown Rocks benefit concert in Middlebury. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7-10 p.m., Marquis Theater, 65 Main St. The Grift and opening act The Silverbacks take the stage to raise funds for Addison Independent photographer Trent Campbell and his wife Nikki Juvan for Trent’s continuing medical care. Raffle for ski passes, gift certificates and other items. Some of Trent’s photos will also be for sale.

 

Thursday, Jan. 23

Age Well community luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, Jan. 23, 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 meatloaf, mashed red potatoes with cheddar cheese, gravy, winter mixed vegetables, wheat bread and date and raisin bar. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 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.

Sewing Machine Basics night in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 23, 5-9 p.m., The Makery, Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Come learn (or relearn) the basics of your machine and get inspired to work on more projects in 2020. Faith and Wendy will be leading an evening of sewing machine basics in The Makery’s Sewing Lab. Interested members are welcome anytime from 5-9 p.m., instruction will be ongoing. Not a member yet? $7.50 Drop-In fee gets you in for the basics or you may borrow The Makery pass from Ilsley Library for free. Participants are welcome to use one of The Makery’s machines or bring their own. More info contact Susan at coordinator@makeryatpahcc.org.

Adults Read YA book group in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan 23, 6 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. A discussion of  Akwaeke Emezi’s “Pet.” Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

“Climate Action and Social Democracy: Lessons Learned from the Nordic Countries” in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 23, 7-8:30 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. How are Scandinavia and Iceland confronting the challenges of climate change? Is there something about the culture or political structure that has put them at the forefront of efforts to reduce human impact on the climate? Local climate activists Fran and Spence Putnam will talk about their five-week, self-designed study tour of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland for a first-hand look at their climate policies.

 

Friday, Jan. 24

Age Well community luncheon in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m., Rosie’s, Route 7 South. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., meal served at noon of chicken and biscuit with vegetables, peas, coleslaw and tapioca pudding. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve 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.

Herbalist Emily French of Sweetgrass Herbals in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 24, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. A lecture by Emily French, a clinical and traditional herbalist working with a wide range of clients and plants. Her work revolves around her love for reconnecting people with the sophisticated art and science of plant-based healing that we’ve all known, somewhere in our bones, for thousands of years. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

Preschoolers learn to write in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 24, 3:30-4:15 p.m., Ilsley Public Library. Preschool students and up are invited to attend this one-day writing workshop. Attendees will be paired up with older students to develop and write their own stories. No registration necessary.

The Choosy Mamas in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Andrea Murray, guitar and banjo, Monica Przyperhart, guitar, and Katy Abbott, mandolin, will also sing. They will get support from guest musicians Connie Leach on bass, and Chris Prickitt on banjo. Free and open to the public.

Recycle City: Build a Space Station in Vergennes. Friday, Jan. 24, 5-7:30 p.m., Bixby Library on Main Street. Calling all creative astronauts, ages 5-10: Come build a space station out of recycled materials. Ages 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult. Supplies to bring: tape, duct tape, cardboard boxes, cardboard tubes, yogurt cups, plastic bottles, all sorts of cartons, caps, bubble wrap, string, yarn. Please do not bring anything made of glass or metal, or items with sharp edges. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Sign up at the Bixby Library, call 802-877-2211 or email Rachel Plant at rachel.plant@bixbylibrary.org.

 “Love, Really.” “Love, Really!” “Love, Really?” Love, Really…” live, Moth-style storytelling in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 24, 5:30-7 p.m., Bundle, 51 Main St. Tell your unique story. The type of love — and how you choose to punctuate your story — is entirely up to you. Dig deep into your sense memories and tell your best 5-minute tale. Free, but donations will be accepted for WomenSafe.

“The Light in the Piazza” on stage in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Director Douglas Anderson and music director Carol Christensen present the annual winter term musical, a collaboration of the Department of Music and Town Hall Theater. Tickets $20/ Midd ID holders $15/ Midd students $6 plus fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Dance performance at Middlebury College. Friday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theater. Butoh artist Meshi Chavez believes that radical engagement requires radical attentiveness, which informs the Dance Company of Middlebury’s “Presence as Performance.” Directed by Scholar in Residence Karima Borni in collaboration with Chavez. Performance repeats Jan. 25. Tickets: $15 public/$12 Midd ID card holders/$8 youth/$6 Midd students. More information: middlebury.edu or 802-443-3168

 

Saturday, Jan. 25

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section in Cornwall. Saturday, Jan. 25, Lemon Fair Sculpture Park, Route 74. Snowshoe hike in the Lemon Fair Sculpture Park. A gentle 2 mile loop on rolling terrain, passing among amazing modern sculptures. Leaders David Andrews and Ken Corey. More info contact David Andrews at vtrevda@yahoo.com or 802-388-4894. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Hurd Grassland ribbon-cutting ceremony in Weybridge. Saturday, Jan. 25, 10-11:30 a.m., Hurd Grassland, off Meadow Ln. Celebrate the latest addition to Middlebury Area Land Trust and Otter Creek Audubon Society conservation land with hot cider and guided snowshoe tours.

Chinese New Year in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 25, 10:30-11:45 a.m., Ilsley Public Library. Read books and stories about China and Lunar New Year, make lucky crafts for the year of the rat, and taste some special treats. All ages welcome.

Fun in the snow for young teens and tweens at Middlebury College. Saturday, Jan. 25, 1-3 p.m., Chellis House, 56 Hillcrest Rd. The college’s Sister-to-Sister and Brother-to-Brother teams invite all sixth-graders and middle schoolers for fun activities in the snow. If you have not yet signed up, email Karin Hanta (khanta@middlebury.edu) to obtain the registration forms.

“Varda by Agnés” on screen in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 25, 3 and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium, 356 College St. The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career. This wonderfully idiosyncratic work of imaginative autobiography is a warmly human, touchingly bittersweet parting gift from one of cinema’s most luminous talents. Free.

Rusty DeWees in Vergennes. Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Comedian, musician, actor, storyteller and all-around great entertainer Rusty DeWees returns to the Vergennes Opera House for a night of humor, storytelling and great music. This is his first return as a performer in over 20 years. Tickets $20 adults before Dec. 31/$22 after/$25 at the door if available. Students/children $15 in advance or at the door.

Dance performance at Middlebury College. Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center, Dance Theater. Butoh artist Meshi Chavez believes that radical engagement requires radical attentiveness, which informs the Dance Company of Middlebury’s “Presence as Performance.” Directed by Scholar in Residence Karima Borni in collaboration with Chavez. Tickets: $15 public/$12 Midd ID card holders/$8 youth/$6 Midd students. More information: middlebury.edu or 802-443-3168

 “The Light in the Piazza” on stage in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Director Douglas Anderson and music director Carol Christensen present the annual winter term musical, a collaboration of the Department of Music and Town Hall Theater. Tickets $20/ Midd ID holders $15/ Midd students $6 plus fees, available at 802) 382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Bloodroot Gap in Brandon. Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Featuring Jim and Rob McCuen from Swing Noire to play in their words, "locally sourced, free range bluegrass.” Tickets $20 with 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@brandonmusic.net.

 

Sunday, Jan. 26

Cannabis in Vermont panel in Bristol. Sunday, Jan. 26, 1:30-3 p.m., Mary’s at Baldwin Creek, Route 116 N. Vermont Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, and a panel of industry experts will discuss the current status of cannabis tax and regulation legislation in Montpelier. Tickets $10. Register at newyearscannanetworkingevent.eventbrite.com.

Jazzou Jones in Middlebury. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Welcome to Jazzou Land! Since 1978, Jazzou Jones has thrilled many a river traveler performing his one-man piano show “Riverboat Ragtime” on steamboats and showboats along America’s inland waterways. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

“The Light in the Piazza” on stage in Middlebury. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Director Douglas Anderson and music director Carol Christensen present the annual winter term musical, a collaboration of the Department of Music and Town Hall Theater. Tickets $20/ Midd ID holders $15/ Midd students $6 plus fees, available at 802) 382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Honey in the Hive fundraising concert in Cornwall. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2-3:30 p.m., Cornwall Town Hall, Route 30. A concert of traditional music and step-dancing featuring the Bolton/Munkres family band. They will perform music from a wide variety of musical traditions. Admission is by freewill donation. A fundraiser for Ben and Romy Munkres’ musical tour with Young Tradition Vermont to Vermont's Sister State: Tottori, Japan. A variety of fundraising items for sale including CDs, honey products, and raffle tickets for a V. Richelieu handcrafted violin valued at $5,500.

 

Monday, Jan. 27

Veterans’ Luncheon in Middlebury. Monday, Jan. 27, 1 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Calling all Veterans to join us for a monthly complimentary luncheon, as we serve those who have served as a way of sharing our thanks. Come meet other Veterans and friends and enjoy a delicious meal. Free, open to all Veterans and fully accessible.

Cribbage Night in Bristol. Monday, Jan. 27, 6-7:30 p.m., Masons’ Lodge on the corner of Elm & North Streets. All skill levels are invited to participate at the monthly Cribbage Night. There is an even mix of men and women, and it’s a great family activity. Teach your kids the game. Free.

Addison County Right to Life in Bristol. Monday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Bristol behind the Bristol Park. All members are encouraged to come and visitors welcome. More information: 453-6302.

“The Light in the Piazza” on stage in Middlebury. Monday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Director Douglas Anderson and music director Carol Christensen present the annual winter term musical, a collaboration of the Department of Music and Town Hall Theater. Tickets $20/ Midd ID holders $15/ Midd students $6 plus fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 28

Age Well community luncheon in Vergennes. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 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 chicken cordon bleu with white sauce, mashed yams, green beans, wheat roll and an apple. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 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.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 29

“Batman: Hush” film screening in Middlebury. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 6-7:30 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. An animated adaptation of the “Batman: Hush” graphic novel story line by Jeph Leob and Jim Lee. A mysterious villain puppeteering Gotham’s most dangerous forces leads the Dark Knight into uncharted waters. PG-13. Free and open to the public. Free popcorn and soft drinks.

 

Thursday, Jan. 30

Age Well community luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, Jan. 30, 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 Italian chicken fingers with BBQ sauce, rice with peas, pearl onions, and carrots, broccoli florets, wheat roll and mandarin oranges with cream. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 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.

Basic bike maintenance workshop in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 30. 6 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Carl from Frog Hollow Bikes will take you through the basics of bike maintenance and repair to get you ready for spring. Pre-registration required: online at ilsleypubliclibrary.org or by phone at 802-388-4095.

Roomful of Teeth and the Dublin Guitar Quartet in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. The Grammy-winning vocal project Roomful of Teeth will join the acclaimed Dublin Guitar Quartet for a collaborative concert, featuring Vermont-born composer Nico Mulhy’s “How Little You Are.” Performance presented with sign language interpretation. Tickets $30 general public/$25 Midd faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti/$10 youth/$6 Midd students, available at  802-443-MIDD (6433) or middlebury.edu/arts.

 

Friday, Jan. 31

Dinner and cards in Lincoln. Friday, Jan. 31, 5 p.m. Hill Country Holiday weekend begins with a taco dinner brought to you by the Lincoln Little League until 7 p.m. downstairs in Burnham Hall. Upstairs beginning at 6:45 p.m. everyone is invited to play Military Whist. The cost is $1 to play.

 

Saturday, Feb. 1

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike in Charlotte. Saturday, Feb. 1, Mt. Philo. A moderate hike to the summit round trip, 2.0 miles, 636 foot elevation gain. Poles and micro spikes recommended. Contact leader Ralph Burt reburt@gmavt.net or 802-355-4415 or meeting time at the base. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Hill Country Holiday parade in Lincoln. Saturday, Feb. 1, 11:30 a.m., downtown. This year’s theme is “Love Your Library” in honor of the Lincoln Library celebrating 20 years in its current location. New route: vehicles assemble at the pallet mill at 11:15 a.m. and walkers will lineup at Burnham Hall. The vehicles will start the parade and walkers will join in as the vehicles pass by and continue along River Road to the library. Be on the lookout for the famous preschool parade song and skit at the library. After the parade, lunch and various activities will be offered at the library.

Porgy and Bess Live in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 1, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. One of America’s favorite operas takes the big screen on Feb. 1. James Robinson’s stylish Met production transports audiences to Catfish Row on the Charleston waterfront, vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants. Tickets adults $24/ Student $10 plus fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org, or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Spaghetti dinner in Lincoln. Saturday, Feb. 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Burnham Hall. Lincoln Cooperative Preschool will host its annual spaghetti dinner as part of the Hill Country Holiday festivities. Enjoy spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and drinks. Tickets at the door: Adults (ages 12+) $8, seniors $5, kids ages 6-11 $4, children 5 and under are free. LCP parents are selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds benefit Lincoln Cooperative Preschool.

Hill Country Holiday variety show in Lincoln. Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., upstairs at Burnham Hall. You don’t want to miss this always-fun and funny event.

Jamie Masefield and Tom Cleary in Brandon. Saturday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. An evening of diverse music mixing classical composers Samuel Barber and Bela Bartok, with jazz heroes like Horace Silver and Ralph Towner and soft rock's pastoral landscapes like Neil Young. Pianist Cleary teaches in the UVM and FlynnArts jazz programs and Mandolinist Masefield is known for his groundbreaking group The Jazz Mandolin Project. 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@brandonmusic.net.

 

Sunday, Feb. 2

Pancake breakfast in Lincoln. Sunday, Feb. 2, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Burnham Hall. Lincoln Sports will serve up pancakes downstairs at Burnham Hall. Single meal is $4, double stack is $6 and the all-you-can-eat breakfast is $8.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 4

Community Chorus at Middlebury College. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 7-8:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center, Room 221.  Come join the chorus at a special rehearsal location as they prepare for the spring concert season. This spring they will sing a magnificent array of favorite songs from past seasons to celebrate Jeff Rehbach’s 20 years as Middlebury College Community Chorus conductor. Open to all, high schoolers and adults, who love to sing. Info: rehbach@middlebury.edu or 989-7355, or go.middlebury.edu/communitychorus.

 

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.

 

Thursday, Feb. 6

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section annual meeting in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. The Section celebrates another year of maintaining the Long Trail and leading outdoor activities. A presentation by Bill McKibben, “The Climate Fight, A Report from the Front,” will following the business meeting. Free and open to the public. Voluntary donations benefit Green Mountain Club. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

“The Ladies of the Camellias” in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. A farce based on the imagined meeting of the world’s two greatest actresses — Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse — in 1897 Paris at Bernhardt’s theater. The clash between these two powerful divas is complicated when a Russian anarchist arrives to hold the two theater companies hostage. Tickets $12, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 7

“The Ladies of the Camellias” in Middlebury. Friday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. A farce based on the imagined meeting of the world’s two greatest actresses — Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse — in 1897 Paris at Bernhardt’s theater. The clash between these two powerful divas is complicated when a Russian anarchist arrives to hold the two theater companies hostage. Tickets $17, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Saturday, Feb. 8

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section in Shelburne. Saturday, Feb. 8, Shelburne Farms. Walk or snowshoe the Farm Trail from the Welcome Center. Moderately difficult; 5 miles. Bring a snack or lunch, water, and dress to the weather in thermal layers (avoid cotton). Ankle gaiters and hiking poles are recommended. Be prepared for ice and snow. More info, including meeting time and possible carpooling from Middlebury area, contact leader Ruth Penfield at 802-388-5407 or ruthpenfield@gmail.com. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

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.

American Legion Auxiliary St. Valentine’s Day dance in Brandon. Saturday, Feb. 8, TBD, Brandon American Legion, Route 7 South. Meal and dance $20. Dance only $10. More info at 802-247-5709 or Post55VT@gmail.com.

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.

Melissa D and Friends in Brandon. Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Although classically trained, Melissa quickly fell in love with rock and roll and folk music and from time to time dips her toes into Country. She sings with a distinctive smoky voice in the style of Karen Carpenter with whisperings of Melissa Etheridge. 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@brandonmusic.net.

“The Ladies of the Camellias” in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. A farce based on the imagined meeting of the world’s two greatest actresses — Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse — in 1897 Paris at Bernhardt’s theater. The clash between these two powerful divas is complicated when a Russian anarchist arrives to hold the two theater companies hostage. Tickets $17, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Sunday, Feb. 9

The MNFF Vermont Tour in Vergennes. Sunday, Feb. 9, noon-6 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) presents two of their top films from the 5th Annual Festival. “Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops” will screen at 1 p.m. and “The Dog Doc” will follow at 3:30 p.m. Jenifer McShane, director of “Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops,” will be at a reception at noon and give an extended introduction of her film prior to the screening. “The Dog Doc” screening will be followed by an audience discussion. Tickets $12 for each film or $20 for both, available in advance online at VergennesOperaHouse.org or at the door day of show.

“The Ladies of the Camellias” in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. A farce based on the imagined meeting of the world’s two greatest actresses — Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse — in 1897 Paris at Bernhardt’s theater. The clash between these two powerful divas is complicated when a Russian anarchist arrives to hold the two theater companies hostage. Tickets $17, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 12

“Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Take a cinematic journey inside the life and imagination of an icon of modern art. As a screen presence, Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw. There is no separation between her life as an artist and the memories and emotions that affect her every day. Tickets adults $13/students $8 plus fees available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Thursday, Feb. 13

Tool training night in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 13, 5-9 p.m., The Makery, Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Len Schmidt leads a focused tool training in The Makery’s Woodworking Lab. Interested members welcome. Not a member yet? $7.50 drop-in fee gets you in for the training or you may borrow The Makery pass from Ilsley Library for free. Participants should wear short sleeves, long pants, closed toe shoes and have any long hair tied back for safety. More info contact Susan at coordinator@makeryatpahcc.org.

 

Friday, Feb. 14,

The Sweet Remains in Middlebury. Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The Sweet Remains is the unusual band on today’s music scene to be headed by three gifted singer-songwriters, each of whom contribute to the writing and three-part harmonies that define the band’s sound. Tickets $27, $35, $40, fees included, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org, or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Saturday, Feb. 15

The Northern Third Piano Quartet in Brandon. Saturday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. For all classical music lovers. The Northern Third Piano Quartet perform their program “Beautiful Wanderings” featuring the world premiere of Don Jamison's “Walking Meditation” and music of Beethoven, Debussy, Dvorak and Suk. 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@brandonmusic.net.

 

Sunday, Feb. 16

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike and sledding in Charlotte. Sunday, Feb. 16, Mt. Philo. A Young Adventurers outing. Join us for some sledding at the Mt. Philo State Park. The access road provides a great sledding adventure for families. Bring your sleds, a thermos of hot cocoa, and all the adrenaline you can muster up. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

“Stories from the Hearth” in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 16, 4-6:30 p.m., American Flatbread-Middlebury Hearth, Marble Works. Live storytelling on the theme “Within Grief’s Darkness Dwells Love’s Light.”

 

Thursday, Feb. 20

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section Taylor Outdoor Adventure Series talk in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. Mary Lou Recor will recount her trail-breaking, route-losing adventures over fourteen years of winter day hikes in “Searching for White Blazes: Hiking the Long Trail in Winter.” All are welcome. Refreshments served. Free, but voluntary donations will be accepted. All donations support the GMC Education Program. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Sewing Machine Basics night in Middlebury. Thursday, Feb. 20, 5-9 p.m., The Makery, Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave. Come learn (or relearn) the basics of your machine and get inspired to work on more projects in 2020. Faith and Wendy will be leading an evening of sewing machine basics in The Makery’s Sewing Lab. Interested members are welcome anytime from 5-9 p.m., instruction will be ongoing. Not a member yet? $7.50 Drop-In fee gets you in for the basics or you may borrow The Makery pass from Ilsley Library for free. Participants are welcome to use one of The Makery’s machines or bring their own. More info contact Susan at coordinator@makeryatpahcc.org.

 

Saturday, Feb. 22

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike in Weybridge. Saturday, Feb. 22, Bittersweet Falls. Walk or snowshoe the TAM Blue Trail to Bittersweet Falls from the parking lot on Hamilton Road in Weybridge. 5.2 miles out and back, about 3 hours. Mostly gentle slopes, good views of Snake Mountain and the countryside. Bring poles and micro-spikes or snowshoes, plus a snack. More info contact David Andrews at vtrevda@yahoo.com or 802-388-4894. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Ladies Union rummage sale in New Haven. Saturday, Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., New Haven Congregational Church, Town Hill Rd. Clothing and books only.

Chelsea Berry in Brandon. Saturday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. A firm favorite with Brandon Music audiences, Chelsea continues to wow us all with her powerful and beautiful vocals, commanding stage presence and warm personality. 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@brandonmusic.net.

 

Sunday, Feb. 23

“Harriet” on screen in Middlebury. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. This compelling drama beautifully renders the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity and tenacity freed dozens of slaves through the Underground Railroad in the face of growing pre-Civil War adversity. Presented by MNFF Selects. Tickets $15, including fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org, or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Friday, Feb. 28

“They Say A Lady Was the Cause of It” in Middlebury. Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. An evening-length contemporary dance work exploring gender, agency & identity w/ live music and vocals. The eleven dancers performing in this work will be accompanied by live, original music, composed and performed by Matt LaRocca. Tickets $25 adults/$15 students, plus fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

 

Saturday, Feb. 29

The Met’s “Agrippina” Live in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 29, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. Jim Pugh will give a pre-show talk in the Byers Studio downstairs at 12:15 with refreshments sponsored by the Opera Company of Middlebury. Tickets Adults $24/Students $10 plus fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org, or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Carnevale in Vergennes. Saturday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Carnevale returns for another night of outrageous, creative, beautiful and clever costumes, games of skill, chance and trickery, raffles and prizes, world-class entertainment and dancing. Cash bar. Tickets $35, available online or at the door. All proceeds benefit Vergennes Opera House, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes and the Vergennes Partnership.

“They Say A Lady Was the Cause of It” in Middlebury. Saturday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. An evening-length contemporary dance work exploring gender, agency & identity w/ live music and vocals. The eleven dancers performing in this work will be accompanied by live, original music, composed and performed by Matt LaRocca. Tickets $25 adults/$15 students, plus fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Michelle Fay Band in Brandon. Saturday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Lovers of authentic folk and Americana music welcome opportunities to hear the Michele Fay Band perform original, well crafted songs and Americana music. 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@brandonmusic.net.

 

Wednesday, March 4

“The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, March 4, 11 a.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The first cinematic journey through the rooms, stories and emotions of one of the most visited museums in the world, the Prado’s 8000 art treasures tell the story of Spain and of an entire continent. Tickets $13 adults/$8 students available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

“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

“Der Fliegende Holländer” in Middlebury. Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. This Met: Live in HD opera features the great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel as the doomed title sea captain. François Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting. Tickets $24 adults/$10 students, plus fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

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.

 

Sunday, March 22

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” on screen in Middlebury. Sunday, March 22, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. MNNF Selects presents this film based on the 38-year friendship of the late, great author Toni Morrison and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. A remarkable and moving documentary that deftly explores and celebrates the much-loved and decorated literary icon. Tickets $15, including fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

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.

 

Thursday, April 2

“Outside Mullingar” in Middlebury. Thursday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that, due to his painful shyness, suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. Their journey is funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. Tickets $25 adults/$12 students, plus fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Friday, April 3

“Outside Mullingar” in Middlebury. Friday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that, due to his painful shyness, suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. Their journey is funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. Tickets $25 adults/$12 students, plus fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Saturday, April 4

Outside Mullingar” in Middlebury. Saturday, April 4, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that, due to his painful shyness, suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. Their journey is funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. Tickets $25 adults/$12 students, plus fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Sunday, April 5

“Outside Mullingar” in Middlebury. Sunday, April 5, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that, due to his painful shyness, suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. Their journey is funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving. Tickets $25 adults/$12 students, plus fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

Wednesday, April 8

“Easter In Art” on screen in Middlebury. Wednesday, April 8, 11 a.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Shot on location in Jerusalem, the United States and throughout Europe, this film explores the different ways artists have depicted the Easter story through the ages and thus depicts the history of us all. Tickets $13 adults/$8 students, including fees, available at 802-382-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office, Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

 

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.

 

Sunday, April 19

Ladies Night Out chorus in Middlebury. Sunday, April 19, 2:30 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. The program, “Earth As Our Home” is an Earth Day centered program full of music to celebrate this planet upon which we all live. Free will offering is requested. Fully accessible.

 

Sunday, May 3

Maple Run in Middlebury. Sunday, May 3, TBD, Middlebury Regional EMS, 55 Collins Dr. USATF-certified half-marathon and two-person relay, and a three-mile fun run. Beautiful, scenic routes with views of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. A mix of trail, paved and dirt roads for the half marathon, all paved for 3-mile fun run. Great t-shirts, live music on course, post-race pancake breakfast with Vermont maple syrup, maple syrup nips for all finishers.

 

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.

 

 

Login for Subscriber Access

Addison County Independent

58 Maple Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802.388.4944
Fax: 802.388.3100