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Performing arts

DUMMERSTON The Vermont Theatre Company presents "It Runs in the Family": Set in a hospital four days before Christmas, this play contains the usual assortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for someone else as Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex wife, a punkish son and various other lunatics so that he may, at last, deliver the Ponsonby Lecture in an international conference. Play is written by Ray Cooney and directed by Charlene Kennedy. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Through Sunday, December 11. $15, $13 students/seniors. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information:

PUTNEY Gordon Clark and his Vermont Comedy All Stars: Stand-up Comedy Holiday Spectacular!: Leah Bonnema's broadcast credits include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Chris Gethard Presents, Oculus & AXS TV's Gotham Comedy Live, IFC's Comedy Crib, TruTV's Comedy Knockout and Vh1's 100 Greatest series. Corey Steven Flynn appeared at The VT Comedy Club, Hempfest in NH, and New York Comedy Night in Paris, France. Tina Friml won the 2018 Vermont's Funniest Comedian Contest followed by the 2019 Seven Daysie award for Best Standup Comic in VT. Mark Saltveit has performed from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland to the disco lounge of a Chinese restaurant in a small Oregon logging town. 7:30 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Baker Street Readers present "A Christmas Carol": While most everyone is familiar with "A Christmas Carol" due to its many popular film, TV, and stage adaptations, the Readers will present an abridgment of Dickens' original novella, which contains many moments and commentaries often lost in translation to other mediums. Dickens himself performed public readings of his beloved story over a 120 times, including at his last public appearance before his death. Though co-founders of Baker Street Readers, James Gelter and Tony Grobe, usually perform Sherlock Holmes stories, both have performed in and/or directed various stage productions of "A Christmas Carol" and are now joined by actors Bruce Holloway and Shannon Ward as they present this beloved story once more. Grobe will narrate, Holloway will perform Ebenezer Scrooge, and Gelter will perform the four ghosts with Ward reading various characters. 7 p.m. Through Saturday, December 10. $10 ($2 discount given to anyone who donates a non-perishable food item for the Foodworks pantry). Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: Seats are limited - reservations highly recommended: email


BRATTLEBORO Jazz Piano Concert with Dan DeWalt: DeWalt performs original compositions along with beloved jazz standards. He's played extensively throughout the East Coast, working with a different bands and playing multiple styles of music. He currently works most often as part of Trio Mambo. 7 p.m. Free will donations accepted. The Beloved Community, 18 Town Crier Dr. Information: 802-254-1234; Click for more info on Web in new window.

WALPOLE Ashuelot Concerts - Piano Favorites: British concert pianist Nicholas Burns performs solo piano favorites: Mendelssohn 1 Prelude & Fugue in E minor, Op.35 No.1; Schubert - Sonata in A minor, D.784; Beethoven - Sonata in F minor, Op.57, "Appassionata"; Chopin - Ballade No.1 in G minor, Op.23; Nicholas Burns - Piano. Burns has recorded four critically acclaimed albums for Nimbus and Lyrita and performed throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, China. A concert Steinway will be shipped in for this occasion. 7:30 p.m. Ashuelot Concerts is a young nonprofit seeking to grow the audience for classical music in our area through its international concert series, school performances, occasional lectures. $30 in advance, $10 for ages 18-30, free for children. Alysons Orchard, 57 Alysons Ln. Information: Tickets:

WEST TOWNSHEND Bard Owl -- Breeze Verdant and Annie Landenberger during Pizza Night: Verdant on guitar, vocals, stomp box and Landneberger on percussion and vocals offer sweet harmonies, driving rhythms, old tunes and new. 5 - 7 p.m. Website for these musicians: (Also see 12/10). Performance is free of charge. West Townshend Country Store and Cafe, Rte. 30. Information: 802-874-4800; Click to e-mail for more information.


BRATTLEBORO Make your Own Lip Balm and Salve: Make your own lip balm and salve from high-quality ingredients available at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. Herbalist Susan Stanton of the Wellness Department and Rambunctious Botanicals will guide up to ten students in making comfrey and calendula-infused lip balm and salve. These fuss-free recipes make great gift ideas. 3 - 4 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: Register by 12/8:

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO New England Center for Circus Arts: Flying Trapeze Recital Returns to Brattleboro: Trapezists fly through the air with the greatest of ease during their student recital and staff demonstration. Afterwards, try the flying trapeze yourself. 5:30- 6:30 p.m: Watch the trapeze artists. 6:30-7:30 p.m: Try flying trapeze (students ages 7 and up can climb the ladder, take off from the platform, hang upside down by their knees, do a backflip into the net. No experience needed, just a dream of flying and curiosity for adventure. Flying trapeze recital by donation. Students: $10 for one swing or $20 for three swings. New England Center for Circus Arts, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, #30. No reservations required.


GREENFIELD Friday R&R - Roll & Relax with Proven Self Massage Techniques to Unlock Your Fascia: Learn how to use self-massage therapy balls to relieve tension, increase mobility, enhance breathing, improve posture, and induce deep relaxation. 5-6:30 p.m. Must be vaccinated. Masks optional. Monthly classes. $20 per class (therapy balls provided and available for purchase). Community Yoga and Wellness Center, 6 Federal St., 2nd fl. Led by Louise LeGouis, 413-522 1038, Pre-register:

Community building

MARLBORO Full Moon Hike: Join Southern Vermont Natural History Museum staff on a leisurely walk under the light of the full moon. "In addition to exploring the winter night, we'll be sharing information about the Museum's new Book Club!". 6 p.m. Meet at Hogback Mountain Conservation Area lot adjacent to Vermont Distillers on Route 9. Be sure to dress for the weather and keep up to date on trail conditions!. No charge but donations toward the Museum's education programs are always appreciated. Hogback Mountain Conservation Area, Rte. 9. Information:,

Community meals

BRATTLEBORO Vermont Food Bank: Veggie Van Go: Free produce and local food for people to take home. 10-11 a.m. in parking lot across main entrance to school (do not arrive before 9:45 a.m.) Stay in your vehicle. If you are walking to get here, see a VT Foodbank associate but make sure to stay 6 ft. back. No income requirements, registration or paperwork. You do not need to be present - ask someone to pick up on your family's behalf. Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd. Information: 800-585-2265,



December 2022