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Performing arts

DUMMERSTON Vermont Theatre Company - Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps": Inspired by the iconic film and the classic spy novel, this Broadway hit plunges you into the world of an ordinary man forced to go on the run after aiding a mysterious woman. This spy-caper spoof utilizes just four actors who transform using costumes, accents, and physicality into over 30 distinct characters. At first glance, the hero doesn't seem heroic at all. It's August 1935, and Richard Hannay is alone and adrift in London, bored with his ordinary life. But during a night out at the theatre, he stumbles onto an outlandish plot to steal government secrets. To thwart the conspiracy, he embarks on a madcap journey across the country. Hannay's quest is a dangerous one, and the odds are stacked against him. Starring Samuel Murphy, Clare Margand, Shannon Ward, and Jonathan Kinnersley, with musical accompaniment by Rich Smith. Directed by Justin Fetterman, managed by Katy Peterson, with support by Krista Coughlin-Galbraith and Alex Luckham. Produced by Brenda Seitz and Nichole Bliznak. 12/13-15 and 12/20-22: 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. performances. VTC will accept donations of non-perishable food items for Groundworks food bank, and your donation is good for a $1 discount on your ticket. Through Sunday, December 15. $15, $13 students/seniors. Dummerston Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information:

The written word

BRATTLEBORO 14th Annual Friends Holiday Book Sale & Basket Raffle: Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Chances are you'll find it in this wonderful selection of "like new" books, CDs, and DVDs for sale. All proceeds go toward supporting library services and high-quality programming. 12/12 and 12/13: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 12/14: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.


GUILFORD "An Olde New England Christmas" - Friends of Music at Guildford: 12/13: 7:30 p.m., 12/14: 4 p.m. Through Saturday, December 14. Donations at the door. Christ Church, Melendy Road and US Rte. 5. Information:


PUTNEY Crankie-Building Workshop - Telling Tales with Crankies: Participants build their own crankie, including the scrolling mechanism, and create and illustrate their own story. Make someone a crankie for the holidays or give the gift of a workshop. For all levels of experience, ages 18 and up. 12/13: 6-9 p.m., 12/14: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 12/15: 9 a.m.-12 noon. Through Sunday, December 15. $250 plus $25 for materials. Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-4051,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO "Matilda: The Musical": With a cast of 39 revolting children (ages 6-18), "Matilda" follows the story of an unlikely heroine who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Directed by NEYT Exec. Dir. Hallie Flower, this Tony Award-winning musical revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. This show was made possible through support from The Winston Prouty Center for Child & Family Development, Europa IT, Brattleboro Savings & Loan Association. 12/12-12/14, 12/19-21: 7 p.m., 12/14-15, 12/21-22, 2 p.m. Handicap accessible. $15, $13 seniors, $11 children. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Information: 802-246-6398; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Food Co-op Producer of the Month - Hidden Bean Bakeshop: Meet Kelsey from Hidden Bean Bakeshop. Taste her incredible Gluten Free Baked Goods and learn about her business, located in Brattleboro. 4 - 7 p.m. (returning 12/20 as well). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO How to Find a Therapist who is a Good Match: Jennifir Bailes Hart, a licensed Clinical Mental Health counselor, will discuss how to find a therapist who is a good match, what therapy can look like, and the many styles of therapy. Bailes Hart graduated from Antioch University New England in 1999 with a degree in dance/movement therapy and counseling psychology. She has been in practice for more than 20 years, has been in Brattleboro since 2000, and started her independent practice in 2008. She has worked with children and families through the Infant Child Guidance Program at Early Education Services and now focuses on working with adults. 10:15 - 11:15 p.m. Free. Inclusion Center, St. Michaels Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., lower level. Information: 802-387-5285; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

WEST TOWNSHEND Pizza and Music with Ray Mason: Build your own pizza on the outdoor oven from a number of toppings. More refreshments in the cafe. Ray, "a one man and his Silvertone," plays and sings original songs in the old-time rock and roll style. 5 p.m. pizza, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. music. $12 suggested donation for pizza pie. Donations also appreciated by the musicians. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.

BELLOWS FALLS Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance's Ladies Night: Shopping, Dining, Music, and Tastings. 4 - 9 p.m. Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance. Information:

WESTMINSTER WEST Vermont House Climate Caucus - Reps. Mike Mrowicki and Carolyn Partridge: Partridge (chair of the House Ag Committee) and Mrowicki have been invited by the Living Earth Action Group to speak and listen to your questions and concerns. Bring snacks to share. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Free. Congregational Church of Westminster West, 44 Church St. Information: 802-387-2334; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Free Holiday Wine* and Cheese Tasting and Local Gift Event: Featuring free samples of one of our holiday wines* paired with a delicious VT-made cheese, charcuterie (cured meats), and crackers. We invited local producers across the Co-op to share their products and stories through samples and offerings - Tavernier Chocolates, Hidden Bean GF Baked Goods, Wild Blossoms Candles, Rosie's Wonders Holiday & Greeting Cards, Vermont Gelato, and local bath, body, and beauty products. 4-7 p.m. (Wine tasting 5-7 p.m. *Must be 21+ to sample alcohol in VT.). Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Strolling of the Heifers presents Pop-Up Holiday Gift Shop: Start your holiday shopping and support local artists and artisans. Specialty foods, pottery, jewelry, woven/knit wear. Vendors: Barndoor Wreaths, Beautiful Things, Beeze Tees Screen Printing, Beverly Mittelstadt Dream Vacations, Brag Bags, Brothers Leather Co., Buddy's A Pet's Store, By The Dozen, Cabinfish Fiber and Art, Caitlin Burch Glassworks, Celeste Longacre (author), Cloverworks Farm, Designs By Diana, Earthen Herbal, Eclecticasia Creation, Extreme Concessions, Fashiopurse, FlatwareCreations, Gray Raven Farm, Harvest Mushrooms, Hooded Stranger by Shapeshifters, JM Fine Art Photography, Jabs Jazzy Nails VIP Color Street, Jaimie Scanlon/Ellen Tumavicus, Joy Farm Totes by Tracee, Knit Finery by Midge and Linda, Landmark College LEAP, Loved Ones (Names on Art Prints), Lukes Bee's Honey, Luminary Designs, Marisa Imon, Nova Luxe Studios, Owl Creek Farm VT, Parish Hill Creamery, Peaceful Snowfield Alpacas, Powderknits, Red Moon Artisans, Rolling Rock Salt, Saltbox Seasonings, Solus Studio, Steel Waters Healing, Stone Circle VT, Stowe Fabric & Yarn, SweetGrass, Sylvia Ryder, Taylored Design, Teresa Koziol T.O.P., Thicket, Touchstone Crystal by Linda Papineau, Vera Flora Farm, VT Country Candles, VT Mosaics, VT Weaving School, Who Framed Bob, Wild Hart Distillery, WildWood Acres Alpacas. 12/13: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., 12/14: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Repeats 12/20, 12/21). Through Saturday, December 14. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.



December 2019