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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. $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. $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.

The written word

JACKSONVILLE Reading: "A Christmas Memory" by Truman Capote: Followed by holiday refreshments. 3 p.m. Free. Whitingham Free Public Library, 2948 VT Rte. 100. Information: 802-368-7506.

Celebrations and festivals

PUTNEY Cookies and Cocoa with Santa: Cocoa and coffee, cookies, and time to visit with new and old friends, including Santa himself. The Putney Foodshelf and The Gleanery host this event. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Free (donations accepted). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; 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. $15 ($13 seniors/students). Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information:

GUILFORD Julian Gerstin Sextet: Anna Patton, clarinet; Don Anderson, trumpet; Eugene Uman, piano; Wes Brown, bass; Ben James, drum set; Julian Gerstin, percussion. Program includes several songs from their new CD, "The Old City." . 7 p.m. $15 to $20 at door. Wendys Soiree, 2596 Tater Ln. Information: 802-254-6189; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO TubaChristmas: Featuring players of the tuba, euphonium, and baritone horn. Presented by the not-for-profit Harvey Phillips Foundation, which gives special attention to musical instruments not ordinarily the object of other support. The first TubaChristmas was held at the Rockefeller Center ice rink in New York City in 1974, a location that has continued to host an event each year. Since then, cities and towns throughout the world have adopted a tradition of bringing together musicians to play beautiful arrangements of sacred and secular Christmas carols set for a four-part low-brass choir by Alec Wilder. In New England alone, 18 TubaChristmas events will take place this season. It was introduced to Brattleboro in 2008 by Steve Damon. Bruce Corwin, conductor emeritus of the Brattleboro American Legion Band, took the reigns four years later. Steve Rice, band director at Brattleboro Union High School, has been organizing and leading the Brattleboro TubaChristmas since 2017. 3 p.m. Good will offering for the Church. First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. Information: 802-254-6731.

Farmers' markets

PUTNEY Putney Farmers' Market - 9th Annual Artisanal Marketplace : Over 30 local vendors. Live music, delicious food, fresh-picked greens, root veggies, mushrooms, herbs, preserves, chicken & duck eggs, pastured meats, grass-fed dairy, herbal remedies & body care products, fine woolens, hand-carved wooden utensils, functional ceramics, unique artisan creations, and more. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Through Sunday, December 23. Green Mountain Orchards, 130 West Hill Rd. Information:


W. BRATTLEBORO The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro: Self-help organization for families who have had a child die. Provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. All immediate family members are welcome including adult siblings. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (3rd Sunday of every month). Free. West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. M. Beverly Miller: 802-490-2326.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Indigo Radio - 107.7 FM: Listen to a group of area educators seeking to learn through engaging with others in our community and throughout the world. They talk about educational and social issues both globally and locally and connecting them to our lives and Brattleboro community. 12 p.m. every Sunday. Brattleboro Community Radio. Information:

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. Readsboro Glassworks, 6954 Main St., Rte. 100 (lower level). Information: 802-423-7706; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community meals

PUTNEY Fair and Impartial Policing Discussion: The Putney Huddle is co-sponsoring this discussion on race relations and fair and impartial policing in Vermont with Rep. Mike Mrowicki and Rep.-elect Nader Hashim. Plus guest speakers, Steffen Gillom president of the Windham County NAACP and Lieutenant Scott, chair of the Fair & Impartial Policing committee. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

PUTNEY Cookie Swap with Recipes: A cookie swap is a way to reach out to our community and share our family traditions. Light nibbles available. Bake cookies from a recipe of your choice (minimum of 4 dozen cookies suggested), and share: depending on the number of people, each participant should be able to take home a collection of cookies. Bring your own containers. Don't forget to print out your cookie recipe to share. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Registration required: 802-387-0102,



December 2018