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LOCAL TEENS WILL compete for the title of Mr. Christmas Tree in a fun contest at the Mt. Abe Auditorium in Bristol on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Come participate in the fun and frolic.

THE SANTA LUCIA Festival returns to Middlebury on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m., at St. Stephen’s Church, on the green. Come experience the Swedish festival of light with songs and Swedish treats. Independent file photo/John S. McCright

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.

Addison String Quartet in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 12, 12:15-1 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main St. A concert hosted by St. Stephen’s as part of its Thursday Noon Advent Concert series. Free.

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.

Midd Night Stroll in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 12, 5-8 p.m. A chance to get holiday shopping done and support local businesses. Hot Cocoa Hut 5-8 p.m., stores open, various promotions/pop-ups/tastings, artisan market at Bundle. Neighbors Together giveaway. Choose a chip from a grab bag and receive a discount ranging from 5 to 30 percent off for that evening’s purchase.

Magic on Main in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 12, 5-8 p.m., Downtown. Save the date, call your friends and join in the fun. Lots of specials, surprises and a magical opportunity to win a the grand prize.

Holiday dessert social in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m. VFW, 530 Exchange St. All are welcome to attend and bring non-perishable items for the HOPE food shelf. Holiday Music, cake, yuletide treats, and prize-winning punch and other beverages. Hosted by Addison County Republicans.

Author Emily Arnason Casey in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 12, 6-7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Casey will discuses her writing and the Essay Exhibition, which features new work from eight artists that interprets sections of her essay “Beneath A Sky of Gunmetal Gray” from her book “Made Holy: Essays.”

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.

Ashley Wolff in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Join acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Ashley Wolff, as she speaks about her life as an artist and her many sources of inspiration. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220, or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

Rick Ceballos in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 13, 3:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Come enjoy Rick’s songs and tunes, his banjo, bones, button box, harmonica, and overall fun presence. Chris Prickitt joins on guitar and banjo. Free and open to the public (limited seating).

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” on stage in Salisbury. Friday, Dec. 13, 5:30 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 free for two with adult ticket, available through the Barn Opera website at barnopera.com or at 802-247-4295. $30 at the door, cash or check only, if available.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 13, 5:30-9:30 p.m., downtown. “Eat, Drink and Be Merry,” and visit unique locations on Main Street for a terrific selection of local, well-known musical acts, with accompanying food and drink.

 

Saturday, Dec. 14

Monthly wildlife walk in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m., Meet at Otter View Park, corner of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Rd. Otter Creek Audubon and the Middlebury Area Land Trust invite community members to help survey birds and other wildlife at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland. Birders of all ages and abilities welcome. More info at 802-388-6019 or 802-388-1007.

Fill the Horse Trailer with Food in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Hannaford Supermarket parking lot, 260 Court St. The Eddy Farm will park one its horse trailers at Hannaford to collect non-perishable food items. Help fill the trailer with food for the Middlebury food shelf.

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 14, Watershed Center, Plank Rd. Moderately steep 4-mile hike or snowshoe on the Ridge Trail in the Middle Forest to a western overlook. Meet at Watershed’s parking area. Wear appropriate clothing; bring water, food and hiking poles if desired. More info contact Ruth Penfield at ruthpenfield@gmail.com or 802.388.5407. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Character breakfast in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 14, seatings at 8:30 and 10 a.m., Middlebury Inn, Court Sq. A festive pancake breakfast, complete with a cast of holiday characters, balloons, photo props and a placemat to color featuring Very Merry Middlebury’s own Santa Claus. Menu includes, pancakes (with special toppings), breakfast meats, fruit salad, coffee, tea and juice. Tickets — children $8/adults $12 — can be purchased at experiencemiddlebury.com.

Breakfast with Santa in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 14, seatings at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. Santa Claus is coming to town. Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and his elves for a morning of holiday cheer including carriage rides, arts and crafts, live music and of course, breakfast. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, coffee and tea. Tickets $10/children under 2 free. More info bristolvtrec.com. Space is limited so buy tickets early.

Holiday bazaar and bake sale in Granville. Friday, Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Moss Glen Grange, 82 Post Office Hill Rd. Vendor tables will be available. Late lunch refreshments will be available also. For more information call 802-767-4600.

Visit with Santa in his workshop in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, Maple Landmark, 1297 Exchange St. Come grab a cookie, say hi to Santa, and tell him what you want for Christmas. No ticket required, just show up and check in at the showroom counter.

25th annual Christmas cookie sale in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Champlain Valley Christian Reformed Church, Church St. Fancy cookies, candies, Dutch goodies, and other treats will be sold by the pound. Choose and package your favorites. Enjoy hot cider and festive music while you shop. More info: call Martha at 802-349-0229.

Holiday Storytime in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m., lobby, Bristol Suites. Megan Harris will read stories for kids ages 1 to 6. Enter through Vermont Marketplace, 19 Main St. Kids will enjoy old favorites and new stories about this wonderful time of the year.

Santa in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Danforth Pewter Workshop. 52 Seymour St. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while you visit and read a story with Santa.

Santa Storytime with Paul Laud and Janie the Bernese Mountain Dog in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m., Bundle, 51 Main St. *NOTE LOCATION CHANGE* A special afternoon children’s storytime with Paul Laud and Janie the Bernese Mountain Dog. Laud is the Shelburne author and illustrator of a new rhyming children’s picture book, “The House that Santa (Almost) Missed,” and Janie is one of the stars.

Bruce and Hobbes in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 14, 1-3 p.m., Vermont Marketplace, 19 Main St. Bruce Zeman will be on hand to read from his children's book titled “A Home for Hobbes,” which tells the story of finding a new home from the viewpoint of a rescue dog. Copies of the book will be available to buy. A percentage of book sales goes to animal rescue organizations.

The Chancel Choir of the Congregational Church of Middlebury in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Jessica Allen conducts the choir in festive Advent and Christmas carols in EastView’s Community Room. The program will also include some solo selections and sing-along carols. Free and open to the public.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” on stage in Salisbury. Saturday, Dec. 14, 5:30 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 free for two with adult ticket, available through the Barn Opera website at barnopera.com or at 802-247-4295. $30 at the door, cash or check only, if available.

Chicken and biscuit supper in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 14, 5-6:30 p.m., Vergennes United Methodist Church, Main St., across from the Opera House. Menu includes chicken and biscuits, stuffing, vegetable, roll and dessert. Adults $9/children $5. Served buffet style. Takeout available. More info at 802-877-3150.

Remembering victims of gun violence in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 14, 5 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. Part of memorials held across the country this month on the 6th anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Light candles for them and others, and say the names of those killed in recent shootings.

Snowflakes and Autumn Leaves, Spotlight Vergennes’ winter concert in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Celebrate the arrival of winter with dance, and music, as performed by the students of Spotlight Vermont in Vergennes. A portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit the opera house. Tickets $5.

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. Help celebrate the release of Red Dog Riley’s new CD. $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.

Addison County Gospel Choir in Shoreham. Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Shoreham Congregational Church, 28 School Rd. An a cappella holiday concert. Members of churches throughout Addison Country comprise this gospel choir, which spreads joy throughout the holiday season. Come enjoy the beautiful medley of voices. A free will offering will be taken to be shared between the church and the choir.

Mr. Christmas Tree Pageant in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Auditorium, Mount Abraham Union High School, Airport Rd. Local teenagers, as different types of pine trees, compete for the title in a fun contest.

Alex Smith in Lincoln. Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., Burnham Hall, 52 River Rd. Smith will be performing “mountain folk” music for the Burnham Music Series. Tickets $10 for adults. Teens and kids are free. Refreshments during intermission.

 

Sunday, Dec. 15

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section: Young Adventurers hike in Brandon. Sunday, Dec. 15, Long Trail, Brandon Gap. Starting from the Long Trail trailhead at Brandon Gap, we’ll hike one mile south to the Sunrise Shelter where we’ll stop and have a snack and maybe even start a nice fire and talk about backcountry fire safety, depending on the weather. 2 miles RT; easy to moderate. More info contact Lauren Bierman at 802-349-7498 or laurenbierman1218@gmail.com. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Champlain Valley Fiddlers in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Jam at 11 a.m.-noon, music and dancing to follow. No refreshments this time. $3 donation. All fiddlers welcome.

Free Holiday Meal in Bristol. Sunday, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m., Mary’s at Baldwin Creek, 1868 North Route 116. Mary’s at Baldwin Creek provides the bountiful meal and coordinates the event, from entertainment to home-deliveries and transportation. Dozens of local volunteers help at the event. Free transportation is available to those needing a ride to and from Mary’s via special ACTR bus route to the luncheon. Contact ACTR directly for times. Home delivered meals for shut-ins are also delivered. Make a delivery request by Friday, Dec. 13. More info call 802-453-2432.

La Rebelion del Tango in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. This Vermont-based tango quintet performs the music of Astor Piazzolla and a selection of traditional Argentine tangos. Free, open to the public and handicap accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

Gingerbread Day in Bristol. Sunday, Dec. 15, 1-3 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. Join the fun building a gingerbread house. Houses are $25 each, two or more houses are $20 each. Fully constructed gingerbread cottage with cardboards base, an array of decorating candy and frostings provided, along with music, hot chocolate, and snacks while you decorate. Reserve a house by Dec. 10. More info contact ksiringo@gmail.com.

Santa Lucia Festival in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., St Stephen’s Church, on the green. Come experience the Swedish festival of light with songs and Swedish treats.

 

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.

Bixby Bridge Club in Vergennes. Monday, Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m., Bixby Library, Otter Creek Room, 258 Main St. You need some basic experience in bridge, but we will coach anyone who wants to get back into the game. You don’t need to sign up with a partner. More info contact Irma Heeter at 802-877-3377 or contact Mattie Willworth at the Bixby at 802-877-2211.

Teen Advisory Council in Shoreham. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Platt Memorial Library, 279 Main St. Calling all teens ages 12-18. (Yes, 6th graders are welcome.) Come to the library for snacks, advanced reader copies of new book titles, and a chance to plan our teen events for 2020.

 

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.

Benefit concert and carol sing in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Middlebury United Methodist Church, N. Pleasant St. Participants from many local churches share in a musical presentation for the benefit of Charter House. Kevin Parizo provides the organ accompaniment for the carol singing. For all ages. Refreshments served after the concert. An offering will be taken for the Charter House. More info contact Tom Colley at 802-388-9405.

 

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.

Succession planning for your woodland in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 18, two sessions 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m., Community Room, Ilsley Public Library. Vermont Coverts hosts this pop-up for landowners on how to plan for your property’s future. Space is limited. Register by calling Lisa Sausville at 802-877-2777 or e-mail lisa@vtcoverts.org.

 

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.

Jack DesBois in concert in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 19, 12:15-1 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main St. DesBois is an actor, singer and storyteller based in Middlebury. A native of the North Shore of Massachusetts, Jack studied music at Middlebury College then remained in Vermont to continue developing his life’s work of sharing joy through live performance. Part of St. Stephen’s Thursday Noon Advent Concert series.

Last chance holiday market in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 19, 5-8 p.m., Bundle, 51 Main St. One more opportunity to support local makers at this holiday market.

LEGO Night in Shoreham. Thursday, Dec. 19, 5-7 p.m., Platt Memorial Library, 279 Main St. Come build something great with our giant collection of donated LEGOs. Ages 5-ish and up.

Lights of Love tree lighting and open house in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m., Homeward Bound, 236 Boardman St. Share your holiday cheer with shelter animals, enjoy seasonal delights, view the names on the big screen, and participate in a tree lighting ceremony that honors pets, past and present. More info at homewardboundanimals.org/product/lights-of-love/.

 

Friday, Dec. 20

Make festive snacks in a jar in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 20, 3:30-4:15 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Decorate and fill mason jars with cereal for a fun, easy snack. A free family event.

“The Santaland Diaries” in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. For mature elves only … Strapped for cash, a struggling actor takes a job as “Crumpet the Elf” at Macy’s Santaland — and his hilarious observations are more naughty than nice. Brimming with David Sedaris’ wicked humor and observations, this snarky holiday tale is perfect for those who prefer their eggnog spiked. Adapted by Joe Mantello. Tickets $20 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 org warrenmiller.com.

 

Saturday, Dec. 21

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section walk in Shelburne. Saturday, Dec. 21, Shelburne Bay Town Park. An easy 2.5-mile walk out and back along the east side of Shelburne Point, with optional lunch stop for pizza and beer at Folinos afterwards. More info contact leader Ken Corey at 860-921-7765 or kac4964@gmail.com. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

Santa visit in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 21, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Middlebury Farmers’ Market, 530 Exchange St.

Holiday Storytime in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m., lobby, Bristol Suites. Stories for kids age 1 to 6. Enter through Vermont Marketplace, 19 Main St. Kids will enjoy old favorites and new stories about this wonderful time of the year.

Lantern making in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Join in and decorate a simple battery-powered solstice lantern. A free family event.

Shortest Day celebration in Shoreham. Saturday, Dec. 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Platt Memorial Library, 279 Main St. Come celebrate the shortest day of the year at the Platt Library. We’ll light a candle in darkness, read some stories, and (weather permitting) do some snow-themed crafts outside. Fun for families and kids of all ages.

“The Western Star,” an epic poem, with songs celebrating the season of light in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 21, 4-5:15 p.m., Bundle, 51 Main St. The Western Star evokes a meditative, liminal atmosphere through the rhythms of language and flickering candlelight. The poem is a celebration of light in darkness, the turning of the seasons, and the ever-renewing hope of Christmas. Come join Middlebury audiences in making the journey of the Three Kings an unforgettably moving community tradition. Free.

Lumen lantern-making workshop in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. Create your own holiday lanterns in this free workshop led by Art on Main, then use them at the Lumen Celebration of Fire & Light event at 5 p.m. on the town green. All ages welcome. All supplies provided. Free. More info at 802-760-6076.

Winter Solstice celebration in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Watershed Center, Plank Rd. Bring food and drink and dress warmly. Children definitely welcome, but dogs are not.

Memory Tree lighting in Leicester. Saturday, Dec. 21, 5 p.m., Leicester Four Corners. Sponsored by the Leicester Historical Society. The cost is $1 per name or six names for $5. Names, clearly written, can be sent to Diane Benware at 1594 Old Jerusalem Road, Salisbury, VT 05769.

Lumen Celebration of Fire and Light in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 21, 5:30-9:30 p.m., downtown. Fire performers Cirque de Fuego will start things off on the town green, then a lighted walk down Bristol’s Main Street to the fire pits at Tandem and Vermont Tree Goods for hot drinks, tasty eats.

“King Pede” card party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Dec. 21, 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.

“Christmas is Here — A Christmas concert” in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. The Brandon Area Toy Project presents this is a family friendly evening culminating in an arrival by Santa Claus. No admission charge but donations are appreciated. Concessions for sale. More info contact Colleen at cwright@townofbrandon.com.

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.

 

Sunday, Dec. 22

Christmas Party in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 22. 2-4 p.m., Brandon American Legion, Route 7 South. Crafts, Santa, music and fun.

Red Clover Jazz in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. The band performs a wide variety of jazz styles including traditional New Orleans (Dixieland), swing, fusion, and contemporary. Performances are tailored to the interests of the audience present. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

Annual “Messiah Sing” in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m., Congregational Church of Middlebury, 2 Main St. Singers and players gather for a reading and rendering of selections from Handel’s Messiah. Join this year to sing favorite choruses, or play in the orchestra. Open to all; donations welcome at the door. Come enjoy this Middlebury holiday tradition. More info at 802-989-7355.

 

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.

American Red Cross blood donation in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 26, noon-5 p.m., Middlebury Rec Center, 154 Creek Rd.

 

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

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike in Addison. Saturday, Dec. 28, Snake Mountain. A loop hike that branches off to the left after the first half mile where it moves up the west side and past a small pond near the summit. 1,000-foot elevation on a 4-mile route. Moderate difficulty. Great views of the Adirondacks. Watch conditions of snow and ice, and plan accordingly with micro-spikes, boots, and perhaps snowshoes. More info contact leader Ken Corey at 860-921-7765 or kac4964@gmail.com. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

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.​

 

Sunday, Dec. 29

BlueBrass! in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Margie Bekoff and Jim Morse have been demonstrating the seemingly unlikely pairing of harp and horn for the past few years. They play a variety of genres of music including Jazz, Blues, Pop and Celtic tunes, creating their own arrangements to complement their instruments. Free, open to the public and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

 

Monday, Dec. 30

American Red Cross blood donation in Vergennes. Monday, Dec. 30, noon-5 p.m., Saint Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 South Maple St.

Veterans luncheon in Middlebury. Monday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Calling all Veterans to join this monthly complimentary luncheon, as we serve those who have served and share our thanks. Come meet other Veterans and friends and enjoy a delicious meal. Free, open to all Veterans and fully accessible. RSVP to Pat Ryan at 802-388-1220 or pryan@residenceottercreek.com.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 31

American Red Cross blood donation in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Middlebury EMS Building, 55 Collins Dr.

New Year’s Eve Party with The Grift in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 31, Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The Grift is returns to THT for another happening New Year’s Eve. Tickets $15 available at available at 802-388-9222, tickets@townhalltheater.org or at the box office Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. More info at townhalltheater.org.

Best Night in Bristol. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m. ‘til midnight, downtown. A family-friendly, community based evening of local entertainment, great food, and general merriment in downtown Bristol. Performers include Magicians Without Borders, a “Music Man” revue, and Annie and the Individuals. Children’s activities, food, and general revelry. Buttons $10 in advance or $15 at the door. More info at bestnight.org. 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 1

First day bird hike in Ferrisburgh. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 9 a.m., Button Bay State Park, 5 Button Bay Dr. New Year’s Day birding trips are a tradition held by many birdwatchers as they begin to fill their annual bird lists. Otter Creek Audubon invites you to join us as we combine that tradition with the fairly new tradition of First Day Hikes held at state parks across the country.

 

Thursday, Jan. 2

Middlebury Actors Workshop auditions in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 2. 6-8:30 p.m., Byers Studio, Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Come audition for MAW’s two 2020 productions, “Outside Mullingar” by John Patrick Shanley and Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Auditioners should come prepared to read from sides, and they’d like to see a monologue, if you have one. Audition slots can be had by emailing Melissa@middleburyactors.org.

 

Friday, Jan. 3

Ted Wesley in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Wesley returns with his guitar, harmonicas and voice. His skills and repertoire of songs are extraordinary, unique, and hugely entertaining. Free and open to the public.

Middlebury Actors Workshop auditions in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 3. 6-8:30 p.m., Byers Studio, Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Come audition for MAW’s two 2020 productions, “Outside Mullingar” by John Patrick Shanley and Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Auditioners should come prepared to read from sides, and theytd like to see a monologue, if you have one. Audition slots can be had by emailing Melissa@middleburyactors.org.

“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

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike in Ripton. Saturday, Jan. 4, Spirit In Nature. An easy 1.5-mile hike on the Spirit in Nature Trails in Ripton. Bring snowshoes. No snow, or hasn’t snowed in a while? Bring microspikes or heavy-duty Yak Traks. Contact leader Liana Merrill at merrill.liana@gmail.com. for meeting place, start time and more info. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

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.

Open mic storytelling in Shoreham. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 7-9 p.m., Platt Memorial Library, 279 Main St. Come to our ‘Story Cafe’ and share your original story on the topic of “Stories to Warm You in the Cold.” The atmosphere is fun and supportive. If you’d like help crafting your story, please reach out to Abby at the Platt (platt@shoreham.net) or Kate at Orwell (orwellfreelibrary@gmail.com) for guidance. Each participant will be allotted 5 minutes to speak. Light refreshments served.

 

Friday, Jan. 10

BlueBrass in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Enjoy this unique sound as they play Pop, Jazz, Blues, Celtic, and the Great American Songbook. Listeners are routinely surprised and delighted by how wonderful harp and flugelhorn sound together. Free and open to the public.

“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

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike in Elizabethtown, N.Y. Saturday, Jan. 11, Owl Head Lookout. Great views of the Giant Mt Wilderness after an ascent that is steep only for the last few yards. Snowshoes will suffice on the generally well-packed trail. 5.2 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 1,257 feet to the lookout at 2,530 feet. 9 a.m. car pool from the VT side of the Champlain Bridge. More info contact Barry Francis at barryfrancis@gmavt.net. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

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.

 

Sunday, Jan. 12

Marsh, meadow and grassland wildlife walks in Middlebury/Weybridge. Saturday, Jan. 12, 8-10 a.m. Meet at Otter View Park parking area, Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Rd. Join Otter Creek Audubon Society and MALT and help survey birds and other wildlife at Otter View Park and Hurd Grassland. Shorter and longer routes possible. Beginning birders are welcome. Come for all or part of the walk. More info at 802-388-1007 or 802-388-6019.

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike in Ripton. Sunday, Jan. 12, Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, Route 125. A Young Adventurers hike on this National Recreation Trail that commemorates Robert Frost’s poetry. 1.2 mile loop trail; easy. Call or email YAC Leader Lauren Bierman for more info at 802-349-7498 or laurenbierman1218@gmail.com. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 15

Soup supper in New Haven. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 6 p.m., New Haven Congregational Church, Town Hill Rd. Variety of soups, bread, crackers, beverage and dessert. Tickets $8 adults. Snow date Jan. 22. More info call Carol at 802-453-5059.

Festival on-the-Green annual meeting in Middlebury. Wednesday, Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m., Vermont Community Foundation, 3 Court St. Wanted: Enthusiastic volunteers to help plan the 42nd Annual Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green. Attend the annual meeting to learn how you can be involved in various aspects of preparing for and hosting one of the premier summer arts events in Addison County. This year’s Festival dates are July 12 through 18.  More info at 802-462-3555.

 

Thursday, Jan. 16

Mid-Winter Hot Stove Baseball Potpourri: Family Matters” in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 16, 3-4 p.m., Community Room, EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Doctor Baseball (Karl Lindholm) will discourse on the “family of baseball,” black and white, while also inviting baseball commentary and observations, then and now. Free and open to the public. (Rescheduled to this date from Nov. 7, 2019).

 

Friday, Jan. 17

Beth Duquette and Richard Ruane in Middlebury. Friday, Jan. 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m., EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Duquette and Ruane perform an engaging repertoire of original songs and covers with polished musicianship and harmonies. Free and open to the public.

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf Section hike in Ripton. Saturday, Jan. 18, Water Tower and Catamount Trails. A more difficult, 3- or 4-mile trek with 350 elevation change. Park at Robert Frost Interpretive Trails on Rte. 125. Hike will include Water Tower trails and the Catamount Trail. Requires car spot. 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 Contact leader Ruth Penfield at ruthpenfield@gmail.com or 802-388-5407. More activities at gmcbreadloaf.org.

 

Friday, Jan. 24

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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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