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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. $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.

Ideas and education

BELLOWS FALLS Using DNA Testing in Genealogy: Wayne Blanchard presentation: Millions of people have now taken home DNA tests. This means there are many more chances of finding genetic cousins. For those who are researching their family history, this means that there are more ways to expand the family tree. DNA testing doesn't replace traditional genealogy, but it is another tool to be used along with other sources. We'll discuss available tests and how the results can be used in genealogy. For those thinking about taking a DNA test, we can discuss the benefits and drawbacks. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Those who have already taken a test can bring their results and we'll explore ways to use them. If you have a laptop/tablet, bring it. Library's wi-fi can be accessed for further research. Free. Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St. Registration with contact info recommended: 802-463-4270, email

Celebrations and festivals

HINSDALE Hinsdale Historical Society Open House: House tours and holiday decorations. The town band will be playing Christmas music in the Anna Marsh Music Room. The Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale Garrison re-enactment group will do hearth cooking and demonstrate how life was lived in the 1700s. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (12/15: Snow date). No admission charge (donations gratefully accepted). Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale House, 609 Brattleboro Rd.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "Elf" (PG): Reminding us that the "the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear," the film stars Will Ferrell as a man-sized elf who is forced to leave the North Pole after inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community because of ungainly size. He journeys to the U.S. in search of his true identity and manages to teach us all a thing or two about Christmas spirit. Also starring Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart, and Mary Steenburgen. 12/14: 4:30 p.m., 12:15: 11:30 a.m. All who attend can enter the "Elf" raffle and take an "Elfie" with a life-sized Elf cutout. Through Sunday, December 15. By donation. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; 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. Donations at the door. Christ Church, Melendy Road and US Rte. 5. Information:

PUTNEY River Singers Holiday Concerts - Benefit for Community Seekers Asylum Project: Led by Mary Cay Brass, this is a multi-generational choir known for its eclectic mix of music from diverse cultural musical heritages. Presenting a cornucopia of soulful songs of joy, love and peace, beginning with a Croatian New Year’s Carol, "Dobar Vecer" and dance song,"Moja Diri Dika" accompanied by their village band with director Brass on accordion, Mary Lea on fiddle, Matt Sharff on bass. Moving on to the British Isles and the West Gallery village hymn tradition: "Arise and Hail the Joyful Day" and "Derwent Wassail." Then the Hebrew song "Al Hanissim." The River Singers has a deep commitment to presenting, in song, visions of social justice and will sing songs about this from South Africa. Every River Singers concert is a benefit for a local or global peace initiative. This year's concert is for CASP - Community Asylum Seekers Project ( 12/14: 7:30 p.m.; 12/15: 4 p.m. Through Sunday, December 15. $15, free for children under 12 (all tickets at door only, cash or check). Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information:,

Fundraising and awareness events

BRATTLEBORO Ladies of the Rainbow - Benefit Drag Show: Featuring adult entertainment (songs and stand-up comedy) as well as a 50/50 raffle and cash bar to raise funds for the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont - supporting local people living with HIV/AIDS, and working to reduce the risk of transmission to others in Windham, Bennington, and southern Windsor counties. Event sponsors include Brown Computer Solutions, Caracul Consulting, Joe Heslin Strategies, Frog Meadow, and Re-Pete Property Maintenance Service. 8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.) Not suitable for children. $20 ($150 for table of 8). Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 Black Mountain Rd. Information: Tickets: 802-254-4444,

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market: Weekly diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps, and more. Lunch menu and live music. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Bring shopping bags or buy ours. Through Saturday, March 28. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-869-2141,,

Kids and families

NEWFANE Meet Santa Claus: Kids of all ages are welcome. Children who have been good will receive a special gift from Santa. 10:30 a.m. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

VERNON Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. By donation. Vernon Fire Department, 2842 Fort Bridgman Rd.

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.

Community building

MARLBORO Marlboro College - "Vigil for the Silenced": Members of the College community will gather during the College's board of trustees meeting. Amy Domrad Tudor, vigil organizer, said: "A possible outcome is the signing of 'more legally binding documents' regarding a proposed merger with Emerson College." The proposal has been criticized in the Marlboro community as a deal resulting in closure of the college/transfer of its estimated $40 million in assets to Emerson/sale of the Potash Hill campus. According to Tudor, the vigil is designed to recognize the many voices of stakeholders in the life, history, and present of Marlboro College "who were not consulted/considered by the Board of Trustees as they weighed the decision to close the school. Ironic, given that Marlboro College has been renowned for its self-governing nature. As a college known for immersive education and democracy, it could have repositioned itself as a leader. But it's not too late. Making space for every voice leads to innovations previously unimaginable." Alumni, faculty, townspeople have come together in recent weeks to brainstorm/develop plans which would allow the college to stay open past the projected 6/30/2020 closure date. 9:30 a.m. The meeting is not on the College calendar. We're relying on communication directly from the administration. Their plans may change at any time - we'll update pre-registered attendees by email. Some Marlboro town residents have offered overnight accommodations to those from afar. Planning to attend/inquire about accommodations: notify Tudor at Free. Marlboro College/Ragle Hall in Serkin Center, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-251-7644; 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). The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO Stone Church 3rd Winter Craft Market: Enjoy mingling with fellow community members and buying presents for your loved ones. Craft Market is a family- friendly event that offers you the opportunity to purchase great gifts from local crafters: pottery, jewelry, cosmetics, and much more. Plus great music, tasty beers, holiday cocktails, and food. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Stone Church in Brattleboro, 210 Main St. Information: 802-579-9960; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Make-Your-Own - Carve A Clay Tile or Create a Glass Ornament: Spend an hour in the clay or glass studio working with the highest quality materials to create a work of art to give or keep. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Repeats 12/14). Glass: $45 per ornament. Clay: $35 per tile or $120 for set of four. Fulcrum Arts Center, Rte. 30, 485 West River Rd. Pre-registration recommended (walk-ins welcome) 802-257-2787; Click for more info on Web in new window.



December 2019