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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 been here for generations, or arrived a few years ago; whether they 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. 12/6-12/7: 7 p.m., 12/8: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., 12/9: 2 p.m. (Continues 12/13-12/16). Through Sunday, December 9. $15, $13 seniors/students. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information:,

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Donald Saaf - "Outside and Inside - Paintings, Illustrations, Sculptures": For over 20 years, Saaf has been exploring a place where fine art and folk art intersect. His subject matter draws from the local experience of community, family, immediate surroundings and from an interior dream place. Artist Talk: 12/8, 5 p.m. Through Sunday, January 6. Free. Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St. Information: 802-251-8290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

NEWFANE Holiday Cookie Sale: We’ve done your holiday baking for you. Come early to pick out your own assortment from many varieties of holiday cookies. Sold by the pound, placed in a box, and tied with a festive ribbon. 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Newfane Congregational Church, Newfane Commons. Information: 802-365-4079; Click to e-mail for more information.


PUTNEY The River Singers: Led by Mary Cay Brass, The River Singers sing songs of joy, love, hope, and peace from around the world. 12/8: 7:30 p.m., 12/9: 4 p.m. Through Sunday, December 9. $15 at door only (free for children under 11). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ceremonies and memoriams

BRATTLEBORO Living Nativity Reenactment: Join us for this event that will deepen your experience of Christmas this year. At the end, meet with the cast and animals and enjoy free hot refreshments. 5:30 p.m. First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, 880 Western Ave. Information: 802-254-6731.

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 performed by the Incurable Semantics. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays (11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. music). Through Saturday, March 30. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Holly Jolly Gingerbread Craft Time: Make edible houses out of graham crackers, icing, and candy. Younger kids can make edible Christmas trees from ice cream cones, frosting, and candy. Children under 10 must have a responsible person with them. Sponsored by the Friends of Brooks Library and the Children's Room. 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Children's Room (choose between 2 sessions). Free (Donations of nonperishable food items for Project Feed the Thousands appreciated.). Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Registration required: 254-5290 x 1210.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Food Co-op - Special Holiday Preview During Gallery Walk: Featuring a unique array of holiday gifts for everyone on your list, seasonal treats, and stocking stuffer ideas. Enjoy wine (21+ with ID) and sparkling cider tasting along with a warm cheese fondue. Demos, samples, and a free drawing. 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Family Pumpkin Pie Making Class: Join Lizi and Donna Lee of the BFC Marketing Team to make classic, easy to prepare pumpkin pies. Every family will bake a mini pie, sample the results, and take home a free can of organic pumpkin and enough pie crust dough to one for the coming holidays. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Free for everyone. Brattleboro Food Co-op Cooking Classroom, 7 Canal St. Registration required: 802-246-2821,

BRATTLEBORO 20th Anniversary Cotton Mill Open Studio & Holiday Sale: Cotton Mill artisans open their studios so the public can look behind the scenes of creative local businesses and meet the people behind them. Plus, seasoned and emerging artists from Windham County offer exquisite handmade products from jam, to fine arts, to functional crafts. Alongside holiday shopping, this event features live performances from the Vermont Jazz Center, circus arts from New England Center for Circus Arts, Sandglass Theater puppetry, local music, kids activities. Two cafe areas offer Titos Tacos and Vermont Crepes and Saxtons River Distillery alongside locally-produced artisan food items. This year, Cotton Mill Arts is partnering with Downtown Brattleboro Alliance to offer a free shuttle between the Cotton Mill, two downtown Brattleboro locations, and free parking at Brattleboro Union High School. Sponsored by Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, Downtown Brattleboro Alliance, Vermont Public Radio, New England Center for Circus Arts, Sandglass Theater, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, True North Granola, WR Metal Arts, Storymatic Studios. 12/7: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.; 12/8: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 12/9: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Through Sunday, December 9. Cotton Mill Artisans Open Tour, 74 Cotton Mill Hill #300. Information:

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. All children must be accompanied by parents and be sure to bring indoor shoes. Offered by the Community Collaborative for Guilford and the Guildford Recreation Committee. 12/8, 12/15, 12/22: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Free. Guilford Central School, 374 School Rd.


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.


WINCHESTER Monadnock Tri-State Dance Club - Christmas Party with Rachel & Western Partners: Refreshments served. 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. $10 ($8 members). Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: 603-357-0794, 802-722-9205.



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