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Event listings for Friday, December 14, 2012

Performing arts

GRAFTON Theatre/Cabaret: "Totally Scrooged!" with Pickles Reese: Comic actor Pickles Reese dishes up beloved characters from Victorian London in his solo benefit performance of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol.". 7:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Grafton Town Hall Auditorium, 117 Main Street. Information: 802-843-1162.


WEST DOVER Kevin Parry Guitar and Vocals: Kevin Parry takes requests. 7 p.m. - 10 pm. Free. West Dover Inn, Rte. 100. Information: 802-464-5207;

SAXTONS RIVER Electric Fence: Steve Carmichael, Howard Weiss-Tisman, Jonny Sheehan and Jeremy Holch play original music and cover tunes ranging from Louis Jordan to Patsy Cline to Talking Heads. 8 p.m. Free. Pleasant Valley Brewing, 16 Main St. Information: 802-869-4602.

BRATTLEBORO Folk Music: Lissa Schneckenburger and Long Time Courting: Twilight Music presents an evening of Irish, Scottish and American folk music by Boston-based traditional music quartet Long Time Courting and New England fiddler and folksinger Lissa Schneckenburger. Long Time Courting features the four-part vocals and high-energy dance tunes of Sarah Blair (fiddle/vocals), Liz Simmons (guitar/vocals), Shannon Heaton (flute/vocals) and Valerie Thompson (cello/vocals). Schneckenburger, a sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to traditional ballads with her fiddle, is accompanied by guitarist Bethany Waickman and accordion player Jeremiah McLane. 7:30 p.m. $16, $14 students/seniors. Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St. Information:, and; 802-254-9276.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Circus Nutcracker: This annual holiday show puts a circus spin on the classic Nutcracker tale. "The Flying Nut: A Dark & Stormy Night" is a quirky fantasy where a party leads to a magical gift, and the gift leads to a circus adventure in mysterious lands. High-flying trapeze, acrobatics, partner balancing, juggling, and trick roller-skating are brought to us courtesy of The Professional Adult Program collaboration with the Youth Performance troupe and guest artists. 7 p.m. Dec 14; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 15; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec 16. Through Sunday, December 16, 2012. $12 for adults; $9 (kids under 12), free for kids under 2. New England Center for Circus Arts, 74 Cotton Mill Hill #300. Information: 802-254-9780; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY Yoga, Acupuncture and Meditation: In this class, instructor Deirdre Kelley highlights the benefits of physical movement through yoga asana, a community-style acupuncture treatment, and the relaxation and integration of the mind and body through gentle meditation techniques. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $40. Medicine for the People, 25 Main St. Information: 802-387-3028; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

WEST TOWNSHEND Contra and Square Dance: Music and Calling provided by Sally Newton, Michael Donahue and Friends, in the newly renovated building featuring a new dance floor and new wood-fired oven. Bring a salad or dessert if you wish and come for dinner before the dance. This event supports the work of the West River Community Project. 7:30 p.m., 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. pizza for sale. Donation. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-7141.

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