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The Commons
The Arts

BMC Holiday Celebration is Dec. 9 at River Garden

Originally published in The Commons issue #180 (Wednesday, November 28, 2012).

BRATTLEBORO—On Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m., the Brattleboro Music Center invites everyone to come and enjoy the evening at a special holiday celebration.

Festivities include live and silent auctions for your holiday gift giving, serious hors d’oeuvres for the gourmand, and seasonal libations for general refreshment. Proceeds benefit student financial aid and other BMC outreach and education programs.

Hillside Organic Catering is providing a selection of delicious hors d’oeuvres and grilled items made with local organic ingredients. You’ll find beer, wine, egg nog and mulled cider at the cash bar.

For those looking to start the evening off on just the right note, join the BMC at 3 p.m. for a special chamber series performance by renowned musicians Jamie Laredo, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Sharon Robinson, cello; and Benjamin Hochman, piano.

Leading the silent auction this year is professional auctioneer Joyce St. Jean. Up for grabs: beautiful hand-crafted holiday centerpieces and other decorative items by BMC trustee and nurse practitioner Agnes Mikijaniec, her mother Heidrun Mayer, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital co-workers Gloria Solar and Maureen Mansfield, and Julie Plummer and Mary Rosen.

Generously donated fine art items up for auction include a watercolor by Key West artist and part-time Vermont resident Neila Dunay Fisher; a fine handcrafted desk clock by Wilmington wood sculptor Eric Sprenger; a painting by Wilmington painter Jim McGrath; and a piece by Simon Pearce Glass.

Also available: gift certificates for yoga, Pilates, or core strengthening classes; a massage; a facial; jewelry and other gifts. Or enjoy a special night out with dinner certificates, theater and concert tickets, and overnight stays at Grafton Inn and Latchis Hotel.

Drawn to gadgets? Bid on a Kindle or iPod, and gift certificates to BRW/RadioShack and Verizon Wireless Zone.

Indulge in winter recreation with visits to Okemo and Mount Snow Resorts and look forward to spring outings at Brattleboro or Hermitage Golf Clubs (previously Haystack).

What’s not to bid on? It’s all for a good cause.

Reservations are $25 per person. Call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523. As a treat, the first 100 guests to reserve tickets will receive a $25 Verizon in-store merchandise gift card.

Concert tickets, $30, $20 and $10, can be purchased with event reservations by calling 802-257-4523, or visiting

For more information on the Brattleboro Music Center, please visit

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