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Celebrations and festivals

GRAFTON Christmas in Grafton Festival: From horse-drawn hayrides through the village to cookie decorating and Christmas tree lighting, the festival is full of free events, concerts and caroling, food and fun, holiday shopping. Festivities include the annual Christmas Bazaar at Grafton Chapel with food available and more vendors at Grafton Elementary. Grafton Fire and Rescue will sell Christmas Trees at Phelps Barn and Grafton Historical Society will sell wreaths and more. The Nature Museum offers arts and crafts projects for the entire family. Saturday: Children will enjoy cookie decorating at MKT (Grafton's central store), meeting Santa, and Christmas stories with Bill Toomey (both at the Library). Stay around for the angelic voices of Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire. Sunday: Hayrides depart every 30 minutes from Grafton Inn. The Bellows Falls High School Wind Ensemble performs. Holiday weekend will be topped off with a tree lighting ceremony at the Grafton Public Library with Santa on hand, followed by refreshments at Grafton Inn. 12/1: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Bazaar at Grafton Chapel, 11:15 p.m. Santa and 2 p.m. Christmas stories (both at Grafton Library). 7 p.m. Seraphic Fire. 12/2: 4:30 p.m. BF High School Wind Ensemble at the White Church), 5:30 p.m. Tree lighting at Grafton Library, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Refreshments at Grafton Inn. $15 for Seraphic Fire (must be purchased in advance at Grafton Inn, 92 Main St. Information:,


DUMMERSTON Balkan Cafe - Music and Dancing: International music, traditional dance, and food. Come to join in the dancing, listen to the music, or just hang out and have a good time. Easy, beginner-friendly dances will be scattered throughout the afternoon. Panharmonium hails from Western MA and boasts seven members playing traditional music of the Balkans, eastern Europe, and Israel. Their music ranges from the lively and uplifting to the rapturously melodic. 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. (3 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. beginner dance workshop). Monthly. $12 suggested donation. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information: 802-257-9513,

KEENE TubaChristmas: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Keene State College, Mabel Brown Rm., 83 Blake St.

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:


BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Health Center Open House: Meet trusted practitioners who offer massage therapy, clinical hypnosis, acupuncture, Reiki, and more. 12 noon - 3 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Health Center, 441 West River Rd., #1 South. Information: 802-251-0888; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Indigo Radio - Ongoing Educational Programming: Deepen understanding and make connections with a group of area educators seeking to learn through engaging with others in our community and throughout the world. Talk about educational and social issues both globally and locally and connect them to our lives and Brattleboro community. Archive recordings of past shows: 12 noon (every Sunday). Brattleboro Community Radio. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro-West Arts Fifth Annual Fine Art and Craft Sale: Original works: Paintings, pastels, photography, botanical etchings, pottery, textiles, woodworking, jewelry, glass. Among exhibitors offering fine art and craft for holiday purchase are those whose works have been on exhibit at Harvard University, Reynolds Fine Art Gallery in CT, the National Aviary's Wings & Wildlife Show in PA, and at the League of NH Craftsmen's annual nine-day fair. 12/2: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information:


BRATTLEBORO Community Circle Dance: All dances taught. No partner needed. Led by Kaeza Fearn. 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. River Valley Aikido Center, 11 Cottage St. Parker Huber: 802-257-9108,

Community meals

TOWNSHEND Free Sunday Brunch: Offered by Community Hope and Action, brunch will be held after the horse parade. Feel welcome to bring your favorite side, meal, dessert, and holiday cheer to share with everyone. 1:30 p.m. Brunch. Townshend Church, 46 Common Rd. Information: 802-365-4700,



December 2018