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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:,

PUTNEY Crankie Festival at Sandglass Theater: Mystique and low-tech charm of pairing song and story with rolling pictures. The roster of artists at this year's annual Crankie Weekend includes both old and new friends: Eric Bass, Ines Zeller Bass, Anna Patton, Julie Vallimont, Meredith Holch, Brendan Taaffe, Donald Saaf, Matt Sharff. This dynamic collection of artists share their work, poetry, song, and magical cranking devices in the celebration of the storytelling medium, which has recently become so popular across New England. With the serenade of ballads, stories, comic songs and originally composed music, the artists will present an assortment of beautifully handcrafted crankies for your delight and entertainment. Crankies are scrolling illustrations, wound inside a wooden box and then hand-cranked so that the images move across a viewing screen. Once called "moving panoramas," crankies were as close as it got to films in the early 19th century. Crankies are now in circuses, music events, and puppet theaters. 12/15: 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., 12/16: 3 p.m. Through Sunday, December 16. $18, $16 students/seniors, $25 special supporters. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-4051; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO The Met - Live in HD: "La Traviatra": Giuseppe Verdi's tragedy stars Diana Damreau as Violetta and Juan Diego Florez is Alfredo in this bold new production directed by Michael Mayer and conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, who begins his tenure as the Metropolitan Opera music director. 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. $22, $20 for MET Club Forever members, $10 students. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109 x 3,


KEENE The Cheshiremen Chorus Christmas Concert: A Capella men's arrangements of familiar and unfamiliar Christmas songs. 3 p.m. $8 in advance, $5 students, free under age 12 ($10 at door). United Church of Christ in Keene, 23 Central Sq. Information: 877-312-7467,

BELLOWS FALLS "A Perfect Solstice": Eugene Friesen, cello; Joel A. Martin, piano; Peter Eldridge, voice; Elizabeth Rogers, voice, in a program of jazz and world-inflected seasonal music celebrating "the longest night," the winter solstice. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $35. Stone Church Center, 12 Church St. Information: 802-463-3100; 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:

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Delicious lunch menu and live music with Ben Carr. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Through Saturday, March 30. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,

Kids and families

GUILFORD Open Gym: For children under age 5. There will be tons of fun toys to play with as well as a baby friendly space for the littlest ones. Children must be accompanied by parents and bring indoor shoes. Offered by the Community Collaborative for Guilford and the Guilford Recreation Committee. 12/15, 12/22: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Free. Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd.

BRATTLEBORO Author Visit with Suzanne Bloom: An author and illustrator, Susan will give a demo and Q&A. Presented by the Green Street School and Green Street Promise Community. 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Room. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Yoga Locally: Vigorous Vinyasa taught by Laura Tabachnick. 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Tuesdays), 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (Saturdays). Donations benefit Brattleboro nonprofits. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BELLOWS FALLS Conversation w/ Legislators Becca Balint, Jeanette White, Matthew Trieber, Carolyn Partridge, Mike Mrowicki, Nader Hashim: Balint has identified several concerns for the next session: "With a woman's right to choose under attack federally, the state legislature will push to pass legislation that will guarantee that right in statute. The federal government should not control women's bodies. Also, the legislature passed Family Medical Leave Insurance and minimum wage increase last session. Both were vetoed by Governor Scott. We are determined to again pass legislation to make Vermont more affordable. Thirdly, Vermonters are rightly demanding a more robust conversation about our renewable energy goals in a fossil fuel-free future. We're looking forward to getting the Joint Fiscal Report in January on carbon pricing, and we hope it will be a road map forward to help us meet our goals." What are your concerns? Sponsored by The Rockingham Democratic Committee and the Westminster Democratic Committee. 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.

Arts and crafts

READSBORO Annual Holiday Open Studio Sale: Vermont glass artists Mary Angus and K. William LeQuier invite you to view hand-blown glass (including perfume bottles and ring holders, bud vases in translucent jewel tones, colorful handmade glass candy cane and icicle ornaments, and glass snowflakes intricately sandblast-carved in clear glass). Enjoy a cup of hot mulled cider and join the artists in celebrating the holiday season and their 35th year of creating glass art in their studio. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Through Sunday, December 16. Readsboro Glassworks, 6954 Main St., Rte. 100 (lower level). Information: 802-423-7706; Click for more info on Web in new window.


WILMINGTON Community Contra Dance: This dance is a celebration of the work of the Wings Foundation that brings creative community theater, and more, to people of all ages in the Deerfield Valley. Andy Davis, caller and accordion; Laurie Indenbaum, fiddler; Jim Fownes, piano. Refreshments. 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. By donation. Memorial Hall, 14 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-8591.



December 2018