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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "The Flying Nut, 'Tis the Season" - New England Center for Circus Arts: Join the Stahlbaum family as their children receive a gift that starts them on a journey to strange and fascinating lands, where crabs do trapeze and flamingos dance on an oceanscape far from their wintry holiday home. NECCA's annual holiday production showcases more than 65 performers and brings together NECCA's skilled youth performers, adults from the upper-level recreational programs, and international students from the school's professional training program. The mission of the Flying Nut is to support students through the educational process of putting a show together while strengthening the community of the school by combining the diverse cultures and perspectives that the students represent. Alongside flying trapeze, juggling, contortion, aerial silks, and more circus arts disciplines, a teeterboard act has been added this year (launching acrobats into the air). The result is a stunning acrobatic extravaganza featuring the future stars of circus. 12/20: 7:30 p.m., 12/21: 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 12/22: 1 p.m. Through Sunday, December 22. $10 to $25. New England Center for Circus Arts (Trapezium), 10 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-9780,

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. 7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. VTC accepts 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 22. $15, $13 students/seniors. Dummerston Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information:

The written word

BRATTLEBORO Celebrate the Solstice with Poetry: Bask in the warmth of words on the longest night of the year. Chard deNiord will host. He will be joined by local poets Tim Mayo, GennaRose Nethercott, and Veranda Porche, Come for camaraderie, comfort, and cider. 7 p.m. Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Festival of Lights - St. Michael's Church: Join students from all three levels of St. Michael's Choir School for singing, reading and candle lighting. 12/21: 4 - 4:45 p.m. (Also see 12/22, 12/24, 12/25). Free. St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Putney Rd. and Bradley Ave. Information: 802-254-6048.

GREENFIELD Solstice Storytelling Celebration - Storytellers, Singers, Musicians, Jester & Juggling: Please bring canned goods for the Franklin Area Survival Center. Cider and sweets will be provided - other beverages for sale. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union of Western MA for their activities in support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers and to The Food Bank of W. MA. 7:30 p.m. show in the Ballroom (6:30 p.m. doors open). Suggested donation: $12 to $20, $5 to $10 children. No one turned away for inability to pay. Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WILLIAMSVILLE Christmas Caroling and Pot Luck: Share the spirit of Christmas in the village of Williamsville. All singers are welcome (even shower singers). Pot luck follows the caroling. 5:30 p.m: Carolers start, 7:30 p.m. approx: Pot Luck. Donations to support Williamsville Hall are welcome. Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information:


PUTNEY Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem: Roots, rhythm, and harmony quartet Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem perform their "Wintersong" - a celebratory, poetic, reflective collection of seasonal songs; an ode to light and dark at the turning of the year. Featuring 4-part vocal harmonies, fiddle, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and a homemade percussion kit of cardboard boxes, tin cans, caulk tubes, packing-tape tambourines, bottle-cap rattles, Mongolian jaw harps, and a vinyl suitcase. 7:30 p.m. $22. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

DUMMERSTON "Into the Silence - Music and Silence for the Winter Solstice": On the longest night of the year, Coracle (Cynthia Hughes, Celtic Harp and John Crockett, cello, Irish whistles and soundscape recordings) invite you to this annual program of contemplative music and silence featuring Celtic and original music. Coracle's music is inspired by the sea and the land, the many voices of Earth, the cycle of the seasons, and the stillness of contemplation. Reconnect with the spirit of this magical time of the year, the time of deepest darkness and the returning of the light. All are welcome. 7 p.m. Free. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Rd. Information:

HADLEY Greenfield Harmony Holiday Concert to Benefit Community Asylum Seekers Project: This multi-generational choir is known for its eclectic mix of music from diverse cultural musical heritages. They'll present soulful and thrilling songs of joy, love and peace, as well as songs for social justice, from the Balkans, Israel, the British Isles, South Africa, Sweden, and the Republic of Georgia. Every Greenfield Harmony concert is a benefit for a local or global peace initiative. This year's concert will assist the Community Asylum Seekers Project. Based in Southern Vermont, CASP’s mission is to provide basic needs and a supportive community for those in the process of seeking asylum in the U.S. 4 p.m. $15, free for children under 12. Wesley Methodist Church, 98 N. Maple St. Information:,

Ceremonies and memoriams

KEENE AND GLOBALLY Global Silent Minute: People are called upon to gather in groups to participate in the Global Silent Minute. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama has given his full support to the effort, in recognition that we are inter-connected throughout the world as one people. The purpose of the Global Silent Minute is to unite the world in thought, prayer, and meditation. The minute begins with the ringing of bells everywhere as together we enter into one silent minute, calling on humanity to fulfill its highest potential and greatest destiny: Peace on Earth. As church bells ring out in Keene, join with others around the globe on Winter Solstice to hold a minute of silence, calling for global cooperation, peace and freedom. Keene Mayor Kendall Lane will read a Proclamation into the permanent record at the Keene City Council Meeting to state that, "It is the desire of everyone to achieve lasting world peace and we have to show our individual commitment to doing that.". 4 p.m. (EST). Global Silent Minute. Information:,

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 with Lucy Congleton. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (music: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the lunch cafe) 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

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 Assn. 12/19-21: 7 p.m., 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 The Bread Shed: Sample Spiced Molasses Cookies, Cranberry Pecan Dinner Rolls, and Soft Dinner Rolls from this local bakery . 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Demo Counter. Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St. Information: 802-257-0236; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

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. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

BRATTLEBORO 9th Annual Solstice and Seconds Sale at Orchard Street Pottery: Walter Slowinski has been making wood-fired salt-glazed teapots, pitchers, mugs, bowls, and other tableware for 20 years. A new selection of his unique branch handled teapots and covered jars will be available. All items are discounted 20% today only. A fixture in our local arts community, Slowinski serves as coordinator for Brattleboro-West-Arts. 12 noon - 5 p.m. Orchard Street Pottery, 658 Orchard St. Information: 802-257-1030; Click for more info on Web in new window.



December 2019