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Event listings for Saturday, December 16

Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Tuck Everlasting": (See 12/14) . . New England Youth Theatre. .

BRATTLEBORO "A Christmas Carol": (See 12/14). . Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. .

BRATTLEBORO The Flying Nut Express: (See 12/15). . New England Center for Circus Arts. .

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Creative Writing Group: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, more. Bring original work to read and discuss. Newcomers welcome. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., top floor. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Thomas Fontaine, author of "The Messenger Boy of Grafton, Vermont" and "The Grafton Cavaliers": Fontaine's first book, "The Messenger Boy of Grafton, Vermont," was published last year by the Grafton Historical Society. It tells the story of 14-year-old Henry Spring who wants to help the Union by serving as a messenger boy in the army and is based on two real Grafton college students. "The Grafton Cavaliers," follows the adventures of two other young Grafton residents, Pettengill and Burnap, who joined the only cavalry unit in the Union Army composed of college students. Both books use factual, historical information and photos. 1 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Book/event reservations: 802-463-9404.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO "Festival of Lights": The St. Michael's Choir School (children ages 7-14) presents their version of Lessons & Carols. Sung and read by just the children, this service will make your heart ready for the holiday season. All are welcome. 4 p.m. Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: 802-254-6048.

Music

GUILFORD Friends of Music at Guilford's 45th Christmas: (See 12/15). . Christ Church.

NEWFANE "Christmas with all the Bells and Whistles": This is a joint program with Richard Bunbury, organist. For the first time, New England Ringers will be performing several pieces for handbells and organ--which is, after all, a big whistle. Hear the sounds of the season rung on handbells in combination with the rich organ tones. 3:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Newfane Congregational Church, Newfane Commons. Information: 802-365-4079, www.newenglandringers.org.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Winter Farmers' Market: Vegetables, fruits, meat from local farms, a variety of baked goods, locally and regionally-produced artisan crafts, and freshly prepared food. Local musicians perform, cafe seating, restrooms, no pets. EBT customers can turn $10 into $20 with CropCash. Sponsored by Post Oil Solutions. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Sunday, March 25, 2018. River Garden, 157 Main St. Sherry Maher: 802-869-2141, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.

Kids and families

S. LONDONDERRY Present-Making Workshop for Kids: Children of all ages are invited to make special handmade presents for the people they love. Art teacher Casey Junker Bailey will provide all the materials and instruction for making unique gifts. Santa will also be there to share books and visit with children. 10:30 a.m. Free. South Londonderry Free Library, 15 Old School St. Information: 802-824-3371; Click to e-mail for more information.

Arts and crafts

READSBORO Readsboro Glassworks Holiday Open Studio Sale: Glass artists Mary Angus and K. William LeQuier invite visitors to see their beautiful hand-blown glass including perfume bottles and ring holders, bud vases in translucent jewel tones, and colorful handmade glass candy cane and icicle ornaments. Enjoy a cup of hot mulled cider and join the artists in celebrating 34 years creating art glass in their studio. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (additional hours by appt.). Through Sunday, December 17. Readsboro Glassworks, 6954 Main St., Rte. 100 (lower level). Information: 802-423-7706; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Fire Arts Vermont--Make Your Own Heirloom: Work with our studio artists to create a beautiful gift or one of a kind family heirloom. Attendees will have the choice of creating a glass blown ornament, three ceramic carved ornaments, or a carved plate in sgraffito style. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $40 to $50; pre-registration strongly recommended. Fulcrum Arts Center, Rte. 30, 485 West River Rd. Information: 802-257-2787; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Stone Church Winter Craft Market: Dozens of local craftspeople offer jewelry, pottery, cosmetics, accessories, housewares, visual art, and face painting for kids. Come both days since the vendor roster will be different each day. Enjoy beverages and snacks from the bar including craft beer, holiday cocktails, coffee and tea, and Jubilee Farm maple popcorn. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, December 17. Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Vendor list: http://bit.ly/SCWCM2017.

BRATTLEBORO Orchard Street Pottery Solstice and Seconds Sale: In a historic barn, potter Walter Slowinski built his studio and showroom. He opens to the public three times a year, twice in collaboration with the Vermont Crafts Council Open Studio Tours, and for the annual Solstice and Seconds Sale. He fires his work in a wood-burning kiln. Melting of the ash deposited from the fire leads to rich organic harmonious surfaces on the ware. His elegant pitchers, bowls, signature branch-handle teapots and other tableware will be available, many pieces at reduced prices. noon - 5 p.m. Orchard Street Pottery, 658 Orchard St. Information: 802-257-1030; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Dance

PUTNEY Saturday Morning Zumba: Upbeat music and dance fitness with a Latin/world flavor. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. There are no mistakes in Zumba, it’s all about dancing, letting go, and having fun. Bring indoor dance shoes/low traction sneakers/shoes, a water bottle. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Through Saturday, December 30. $8. Putney Community Center, Christian Sq. Information: 802-869-3184.

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