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The written word

Youth Essay Contest (Senator Bernie Sanders 11th annual State of the Union essay contest): Each January, the U.S. President delivers the "State of the Union" address to a joint session of Congress, which outlines priorities for the coming year. Because Sanders knows that great ideas can come from everyone - not just those in power - and wants to encourage young people to become engaged in the political process, he created this contest, giving an opportunity for VT high school students to describe a major issue facing our country and propose what they would do to solve it. The 250-500 word essays can be on any issue of national importance. Senator Sanders will enter the essays of the ten finalists into the Congressional Record – the official archive of the U.S. Congress. (See 12/24/20 for more information). Through Tuesday, January 12. State of the Union Essay Contest. Information: or call 800-339-9834.

Celebrations and festivals

PUTNEY Virtual New Year's Eve Dinner (Takeout) & A Show (Virtual) : Featuring performances from a variety of local musicians, puppeteers, poets, storytellers, business owners, and visual artists. Local performers include The Stockwell Brothers, Sunny Lowdown, Bad Galaxy, Tim Merton, Jennifer Morsches, Peter "Fish" Case, Chard DuNiord, Eric Bass, Margaret Shipman, and other guest entertainers are being added daily. Dinner will also be available for takeout, cooked in the Next Stage kitchen by community members, with proceeds being donated to The Putney Foodshelf. 6 - 9 p.m. Also consider the opportunity to "Nourish Your Neighbor" as a donation option to the Putney Foodshelf. Free (without dinner). Dinner: $30 whole meal, $20 for soup, salad, and dessert. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: Register: or


Northern Harmony - Village Harmony (Online): Northern Harmony is the highest level performing group under Village Harmony, which sponsors singing camps and workshops in New England and many parts of the world. The concert program presents a selection of Christmas and seasonal music from many countries and vocal styles including: 15th and 16th century Spanish renaissance work; traditional songs from Bulgaria, Georgia, Corsica; English ballad carols; American Appalachian, shape-note songs. Georgia's ancient 3-part harmony tradition features dark, sonorous vocals and startling harmonies. Traditional Corsican singing, passed down through oral tradition, features two ornamented upper voices over harmonic bass. The Bulgarian songs feature characteristic bright, "hard-voiced" Balkan vocal timbre, dissonant harmonies based on drones, and compound 7/8 dance meter. Spanish pieces include motets by Francesco Guerrero and villancicos from the mid-16th century songbook Cancionero di Uppsala. Finally, the group presents early American and contemporary compositions in shape-note style. Voices will often be accompanied by a band of fiddles, accordion, drum. Anytime between 12/31 to 1/3/21: 12 noon. Questions:,, 802-426-3210. Through Sunday, January 3. Pay what you can. Online. Registration required:

Kids and families

Annual Brattleboro Music School Community Open House (Virtual): Edible and audible sweets and savories - explore our Open House "room" to find musical offerings, stories, poems, and recipes shared by our faculty, staff, and students (past, present and future). Family friendly. (See 12/24). Through Wednesday, January 6. Online. Information:



December 2020