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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO NEYT Production of "Rags" plus Your Family Immigration Stories: "Rags" tells the story of Jewish immigrants during the height of the great wave of immigration flooding into America from Eastern Europe in 1910. As they struggle to make a new life on Manhattan's Lower East Side, they are faced with inequality, intolerance, corruption. And while the city streets may not be paved with gold, they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism, hope in this inspirational saga of awakenings and disappointments, greed and power, strength and love. It examines the issues of prejudice, violence, hate that immigrants experienced upon arriving in this country and that still have relevance today. Whether your family has been here for generations, or arrived a few years ago; whether traveled many miles to set down roots or came from just over the border, NEYT wants to hear your story. If you have a picture or a short description of your family's immigration story, they can be emailed to, bring them to the theater weekday afternoons, or to a performance. Stories and photos will be posted on the "What's Your Story" Immigration Wall in the lobby for audience members to enjoy as a part of the theater experience. 12/13-12/14: 7 p.m., 12/15: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 12/16: 2 p.m. Through Sunday, December 16. $15, $13 seniors/students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:,

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Music School Open House: Join faculty, staff, trustees, students, and members of the BMC Music School community in a celebration of the season. All ages are welcome to participate in tree and cookie decorating activities. A variety of finger foods (sweets and savories) will be accompanied by mulled cider, winter punch, and musical and story-telling interludes. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Information: 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.


SAXTONS RIVER Holiday Sing-Along: All voices are welcome to join in the singing in an informal gathering around the piano, with Maryann McArdle at the keyboard. Refreshments and good fun. 7 p.m. Free (donations appreciated). Main Street Arts, 37 Main St. Information: 802-869-2960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO "A Christmas Carol": Based on the magic of Charles Dickens' famous novella is a grand mixture of the familiar and the surprising. Directed by James Gelter. Presented by Vermont Theatre Company. 12/13 - 12/14: 7 p.m., 12/15 - 12/16: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Through Sunday, December 16. $15 ($13 seniors/students). Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information:

Ceremonies and memoriams

PUTNEY GunSense Vermont Vigil: This candlelight vigil is one of many nationwide vigils to #EndGunViolence and mark the 6th year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy as well as the 600,000 American victims and survivors of gun violence since December 2012. 5:30 p.m. Putney Tavern Lawn, Downtown Putney on the lawn. Elissa Pine:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO KidsPlayce Healthy Snack and Story Time: We'll read a story and kids will have a healthy snack from the Brattleboro Food Co-op. 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. Free (KidsPLAYce fees apply if you want to stay and play). KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St. Information: 802-254-5212; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Free Sampling - The Great Roast Beef Tasting: Come taste a seriously delicious roast beef for the holidays. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Baby Playgroup and Story Time: Emily Zervas reads simple stories and leads songs to delight and stimulate your baby's senses. Stay afterwards to play with other babies (birth to 2). 11 a.m. every Friday. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.


PUTNEY The Community of Vermont Elders - Senior Medicare Patrol : Presentation about Medicare fraud, error, abuse and waste, as well as general consumer fraud and financial exploitation. Learn how to protect yourself and family members safe from scams and the importance of reporting if you or someone you know has fallen victim to a scam. 1 p.m. Free. Laura Heller Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Kelly McElheny: 802-440-1528,

BRATTLEBORO Chronic Pain and Recovery Group: Recovery-support group for people in recovery who also deal with chronic pain. Chronic pain can be a difficulty for many people in recovery. The severity and frequency of chronic pain can often lead to opioid dependence because of the medications prescribed. Finding ways to manage pain that don't interfere with the recovery process can be a challenge, but group members can share the approaches that have worked for them. Facilitator is Cecil McLaury, who has been in recovery for 33 years and has been in daily chronic pain since 2003. 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. every Friday. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600,

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Ladies Night at Village Square Booksellers: A portion of proceeds from sales will be donated to Dance Away Cancer/Relay for Life Team Super Hero. It's always a fun night for girlfriends, sisters, sisters in law, moms and daughters, co-workers, etc. to shop. 10% off Christmas cards & books, pj's, t-shirts, socks, mittens, hats, mugs, plates, utensils. Refreshments will be served and holiday music will be playing for this festive occasion. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square. Information: 802-463-9404; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Stories of Quilts with Mary Ennis: Ennis will answer questions about quilting and tell background stories of how a quilt was inspired. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. River Garden - Brown Bag Series, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Strike for Climate in Brattleboro: Solidarity in response to 15-year-old Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunber's, call for a an international Strike for Climate, bring signs that call for awareness and action on climate change, or just bring yourself. Greta stood alone outside the Swedish Parliament, starting this August, every day for three weeks leading up to the the Swedish elections. After the elections, she's continued striking from school once a week on Fridays. She says "What is the point of an education if the adults won't listen to the educated?" Greta's actions have motivated over 15,000 Australian schoolchildren, some as young as 6, to strike from school and protest their Government's support of the Adani coal mine. They had a strike from school, sat in the offices of the Australian Parliament, held marches across the country. One girl has inspired thousands of children to find their voices and to avoid despair by taking action. This action is part of other acts, like the Extinction Rebellion in Great Britain that a couple of weeks ago shut down all the bridges in London. After starting in the UK just months ago with a mere 10 members dedicated to pressuring their elected officials to urgently confront the climate crisis, the Extinction Rebellion has ballooned into a global movement spanning an estimated 35 countries. It's also in solidarity with the lawsuit that 21 young people have brought against our government to take decisive action against human-caused climate change, insisting that the failure of government leaders to combat climate change violates their constitutional right to a clean environment. Join us as if your life is on the line (because, of course, it is!). 10 a.m. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St.



December 2018