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Performing arts

PUTNEY Crankie Fundraising Celebration: A crankie is an old storytelling art form. A long illustrated scroll is wound around two spools and set into a box with a viewing window. The scroll is hand-cranked, the unfolding story narrated, sung, or just accompanied by music. Performances by Sandglass founders Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, Molly and Ellen Gawler of the Gawler Family Band, Brendan Taaffe, Kali Quinn, Donald Saaf, Trudi Cohen and John Bell. 12/2: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.; 12/3: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, December 3. $16, $13 students/seniors. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-4051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

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.

GRAFTON Meet the Author: "The Grafton Cavaliers": Thomas Fontaine discusses his new historical novel. A Civil War book, written for the sixth grade level reader, it was created to help bring children in contact with history in their local area. It is based on two real Grafton college students, Samuel Pettengill and Wilder Burnap, who took a leave of absence from their colleges to answer President Lincoln's call for men to join the Union Army and help protect Washington from the advancing Confederates. 2 p.m. Free. Grafton Public Library, 35 Grafton Cmn. Information: 802-843-2584,

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE "Missions of California: 1769 - 1840": Photographic Exhibit by William Dixon: 1 pm - 5 pm Tues., Wed., Fri.; 2 pm -7 pm Thur.; 10 am - 1 pm Sat. Through Saturday, December 30. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro West Arts--17 Artists--Art Show and Sale: (See 11/30). . One Eighteen Elliot. .

Celebrations and festivals

JAMAICA Holiday Fest and Wreath Workshop: The festival will include a myriad of activities and photo opportunities. Be crafty and create a holiday wreath at the workshop table or purchase a decorated locally-made artisan wreath. Sing carols and enjoy live music with the Merry Pranksters bluegrass band. The music heads outside across to the Town Green to light the Town Tree. Raffle prizes donated by local businesses include a big fresh cut tree, restaurant gift certificate, food and fun holiday items. Sign up at the D&K store for the cookie swap with talented local bakers. Enjoy homemade refreshments, make a fun project at the kids craft area, and more. Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate. Hosted by the Jamaica Community Arts Council. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. light the town tree). Event is free, $23 for wreaths. Jamaica Town Hall, 17 Pikes Falls Rd. Information: 802-874-4743; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Friends of the Rockingham Library Holiday Party and Raffle: Join the festivities and celebrate the Friends of the Library's donation of the Vilas Bridge painting by Jerry Pfhol. The Stringfield Springers of Saxtons River will perform live. Light refreshments will be served. Children of all ages and their families are invited to decorate a gingerbread person. Silent Auction items include baskets of children's books and instruments, Peruvian handcrafts, wood carvings from around the world, and sweet/savory snacks from Vermont Country Store. Raffle prizes include best-selling books, a Scandinavian hat/mitten set, an artist's coloring book, framed prints, and more. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Information: 802-463-4270; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO Exhibition Screen: "Canaletto & The Art of Venice": This is an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view painter. Proceeds benefit Latchis Arts. 4 p.m. Through Sunday, December 3. $12, $6 students. Latchis (Films), 50 Main St. Information: 802-246-1500; Click for more info on Web in new window.


SAXTONS RIVER "The Jazz of Two Guitars": Draa Hobbs and John Stowell: Hobbs and Stowell have been playing well-known standards, bossa novas and modern jazz compositions together for a decade. 7:30 p.m. $10 ($12 at door). Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Friends of Music at Guilford: 47th Community Messiah Sing: Kenneth Olsson conducts and William McKim is the organist for a 30th season. Soloists include soprano Junko Watanabe, alto Justina Golden, tenor James Anderson, and baritone Cailin Marcel Manson. Join a 250-voice chorus of tri-state residents or just come to listen. Bring a score or borrow/buy one at the door. Door donations are passed along to Groundworks Collaborative for shelter and food programs. Also collecting nonperishable food, winter outwear and blankets, and new unwrapped toys. 1 p.m. singing. Event ends at 2:45 p.m. By donation. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Joy Wallens-Penford: 802-257-2616.

KEENE Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs: "Lift Every Voice": The concerts features all five choral ensembles that comprise the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs (made up of children in grades 2-12, conducted by GMYC Artistic Dir. Esther Rhoades and founding director Maria Belva). Singers will perform songs that celebrate the love of singing. Lift Every Voice, also known as the African American National Anthem, will be sung as an audience sing-along. 3 p.m. $10, $5 youth. Keene State College, Redfern Arts Center, 90 Wyman Way. Information: 603-499-3505,

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO Paws for Prevention Holiday Fundraiser: This photo fundraiser benefits you, the Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition, and Brattleboro Union High School's Above the Influence Club. This Paws for Prevention event allows people with or without their pets to have their holiday photos taken (including Santa is optional), to look at the images, and to choose one to have printed as a 4x6 photograph. BAPC works to decrease the harmful effects of opioids, tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs in Windham County. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. $15 suggested donation. Achille Agway of Brattleboro, 1277 Putney Rd. Rolf Parker: 802-257-2175.

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 Saturday, March 24. River Garden, 157 Main St. Sherry Maher: 802-869-2141, farmersmarket@postoilsolutions.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Santa will be on a tractor provided by The Robb Family Farm and escorted by the Police and Fire Departments. Children can visit with Frosty, Santa and his Elves, and have their picture taken for a donation. "Santa’s Workshop" will be open to decorate Christmas cookies donated and made by "The Hideaway" at BUHS and the frosting was made by Vermont Country Deli. The BUHS Band will play Christmas tunes. 1 p.m. Free. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808.

BRATTLEBORO Holly Jolly Gingerbread Craft Time: Make edible houses and Christmas trees. Sponsored the by Friends of Brooks Library. 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in the Children's Rm. (2 sessions). Free. Donations of nonperishable food items for Project Feed the Thousands are appreciated. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Registration strongly recommended: 802-254-5290 x 110.


BRATTLEBORO B Hive Potluck: Coping with Winter Holidays: Share what is difficult and what is meaningful for us about the Holiday Season. There will be a large group discussion with option for smaller groups dealing with all the potentially problematic trimmings: families, food, finances, the weather, ghosts of past/present/future. Bring food to share if you can/want to; come anyway if you can't. Childcare will be provided. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information:

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Cotton Mill Open Studio & Holiday Sale: (See 12/1). 10 - 9 with caf from 10 - 6 and live music from 6-9. Cotton Mill Artisans Open Tour. Information: 802-257-7731; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Wreath-Making: Make a beautiful holiday wreath from natural materials. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. $25 ($15 BEEC members). Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center, 1221 Bonnyvale Rd. Pre-register: 802-257-5785; Click for more info on Web in new window.


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.

MARLBORO Dances in the Rough: (See 12/1). . Free. Marlboro College/Serkin Center Dance Studio. .

Tag sales, auctions, bazaars

W. BRATTLEBORO All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Holiday Bazaar: (See 12/1) . . All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. .

HINSDALE North Hinsdale Community Church Christmas Bazaar: Includes area crafters, a chinese auction, bake sale, and lunch items. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Millstream Community Center, 19 Main Street. Information: 802-579-5475.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Hospice Holiday Shopping Extravaganza: (See 12/1). . Brooks House. .


BRATTLEBORO ResisDANCE: Grab your dancing shoes and join 350VT for a night of resistance, music, and fun at resisDANCE. Listen to the musical stylings of Billy Wylder, The Gaslight Tinkers, and Fidel Moreno while supporting some of your favorite organizations and grassroots groups. Do your holiday shopping with a conscience and find the coolest resistance merchandise to share with family and friends. 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. $10 at door or in advance. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Tickets:



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