Calendar of Events

Thursday, Dec. 1

Age Well grab and go meal in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 1, 10:45 a.m., St Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 S Maple St. Drive up, check-in, contact free pick up. Chopped beef with gravy, baked beans, Italian vegetables, wheat bread, oatmeal raison cookie and milk. Donations accepted. Advanced reservations only. Call Michelle to reserve by Sunday, Nov. 27, at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride or pick-up and delivery may be provided. Call TVT at 802-388-2287 to inquire. TVT requires 48-hour notice.

Lunch ‘N Learn in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 1, noon-1 p.m., Zoom. Attorney Amy Menard of Putnam & Menard, PLC, is joining Homeward Bound for its last Lunch ‘N Learn of 2022 via Zoom. She will talk about putting plans in place for your companion animals upon your passing and answer questions from the participants as time permits. Free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required by emailing Hannah at hmanley@homewardboundanimals.org.

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Vermont Folklife’s Annual Gingerbread House Competition exhibit opens Tuesday, Dec. 6. This is the first time the competition has been in person since 2020, so stop in and see what amazing Vermont Landmarks this year’s gingerbread builders have created. The Folklife Center is at 88 Main St. in Middlebury and is open from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
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Bixby book sale donation day in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 1, 3-6 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Donate your used books. Holiday books especially welcomed. Donations accepted in the back parking lot. Fiction should be published after 2010 or by a popular author, and non-fiction should be current and saleable.

“Half of a Yellow Sun” film discussion in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. or Zoom. Watch the movie on Kanopy then join the Middlebury Community Classic Film Club to discuss this story set in 1960’s Nigeria, where two sisters travel on different roads in their lives but end up working to help create a new republic in the midst of civil war. More info at www.ilsleypubliclibrary.org/middlebury-community-classic-films-club/.

“The Moors” on stage in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec.1, 7:30 p.m., Wright Theatre, Chateau Rd. Middlebury College Department of Theater presents this dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. Tickets $15/10/8/5, available at middlebury.edu/events/event/moors. Open to the Public.

Midd Night Stroll in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 1, until 8 p.m., downtown. Middlebury’s downtown stores will be open late with specials, pop-ups, tastings and more. The Cocoa Hut is back at Cannon Park, and be sure to check out the falls, which will be illuminated the entire month of December.

 

Friday, Dec. 2

Age Well grab and go meal in Starksboro. Friday, Dec. 2, 3:30 p.m., Starksboro Baptist Church, Route 116. Drive up, check-in, contact free pick up. Chopped beef with gravy, baked beans, Italian vegetables, wheat bread, oatmeal raison cookie and milk. Donations accepted. Advanced reservations only. Call Michelle to reserve by Sunday, Nov. 27, at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride or pick-up and delivery may be provided. Call TVT at 802-388-2287 to inquire. TVT requires 48-hour notice.

Art opening in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 2, 4-7 p.m., Photoplace, 3 Park St. Opening reception for “The Poetry of the Ordinary,” on display Nov. 30- Dec.22.

Chocolate Walk in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 2, stores open until 8 p.m., Downtown Bristol. Stroll around Bristol and get your chocolate fix while doing some holiday shopping.

Memory Tree lighting in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 2, 6 p.m., town green. Honor those who have passed on by having their name displayed next to the beautifully lit tree. Register a name for the Bristol Memory Tree at the Recreation Office or in the Town Office downstairs at Holley Hall by Nov. 28. $5 per name.

Family contra dance in Vergennes. Friday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Music by Atlantic Crossing, calling by Luke Donforth All dances will be taught. No experience necessary. Suggested donation of $10/person $20/family.

Christmas Music night in New Haven. Friday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m., New Haven United Reformed Church, Route 7, 4 miles north of Middlebury. Join us for a time of Christmas songs, readings, and refreshments as we prepare for the holiday season. All are welcome. More info contact Alisa at 802-458-7615.

Jupiter String Quartet and Jasper String Quartet in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. A collaborative concert by an exceptionally close group of musicians concludes MAC’s “year of the cello” celebration with performances of Schubert’s cello quintet, Reena Esmail’s Ragamala, and the beautiful Mendelssohn Octet. Bask in the full sound of a string octet in the impeccable acoustics of Robison Hall. Tickets $25/20/10/5; streaming tickets $15/5. More info at middlebury.edu/events/event/jupiter-quartet-and-jasper-quartet.

Warren Miller’s “Daymaker” in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Middlebury. Tap into your inner snow season stoke this month with “Daymaker.” Free your mind and leave it all behind as we rewrite the rules of adaptive backcountry riding, hit winter’s biggest party, and surprise a superfan. Featuring Karl Fostvedt, Michelle Parker, Katie Burrell, and more. Tickets $23/$25 day of show/$38 VIP available at townhalltheater.org.

“The Moors” on stage in Middlebury. Friday, Dec.2, 7:30 p.m., Wright Theatre, Chateau Rd. See Dec. 1 listing.

Middlebury College Fall Dance Show in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center Dance Theatre, 72 Porter Field Rd. Join emerging choreographers from Christal Brown’s 360 Intermediate Advanced Class and New Performers work by Meshi Chavez for an evening of investigation and embodiment. Tickets $15/10/8/5 or $7 streaming ticket available at middlebury.edu/events. Open to the public.

Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble concert in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Mount Abraham Union Middle and High School, 220 Airport Dr. Conductor Jerome Shedd will present works by American band composers John O’Reilly and Ed Huckeby, and the great band classic Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Soprano Gwendolyn Delgadillo will sing two early songs by Richard Strauss, and Christopher Foster will play the trumpet solo in a salute to Harry James. The program will conclude with the final two sections of “Pictures at an Exhibition,” including the “Great Gate at Kyiv,” in recognition of the suffering of the Ukrainian people. Free, no tickets required.

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

Christmas bazaar in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Bristol Federated Church, 37 North St. The Bristol Federated Church will be holding their first in-person bazaar since 2019. Attic Treasures, a silent Auction, craft tables, bake sale, and luncheon. More info at 802-453-2321.

Santa and Mrs. Claus in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 3, 9-11 a.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 Pleasant Street, Middlebury. The Santas are back and waiting as Middlebury kicks off its annual holiday celebration. A mini makers market for kids from 9-noon will also be there.

Ho, Ho, Ho Holiday Stroll in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Downtown. Stroll downtown Vergennes and get into the holiday spirit. Events include Storytime with Santa, performances by Jon Gailmor and Maiden Vermont (all at Bixby Library), visits with Santa, pictures, craft-making and more (at Vergennes Opera House), marshmallow melts and fire pit, Congregational Church holiday sing-along, lighting of the park, and the S.D. Ireland lighted holiday truck. For full schedule visit vergennesdowntown.org/holidaystroll.

Friends of the Bixby used book sale in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-noon, Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Focused on holiday books, the sale will have a large variety of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. Browse the orderly shelves or find a surprise in the recently acquired boxes. Enter from the back parking lot.

Christmas Bazaar in Orwell. Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Orwell Town Hall, Main St. Handmade gifts, crafts, decorations, ornaments, wreaths, raffle, basket raffle, flea market, bake sale, lunch and refreshments. First in-person bazaar since 2019. More info at 802-948-2049.

Rokeby Holiday Open House in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Rokeby Museum, 4334 Route 7. Visit Rokeby for its annual Holiday Open House. The museum’s shop will be open with special pricing for the holidays. Door swags, made from Rokeby grounds greenery will be on sale, and the museum’s exhibitions are open for you to view. Tick off a few holiday shopping items while supporting the museum.

Sheldon Museum annual holiday open house in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St. Trains, games, trees and wreaths. Come visit the Sheldon for their annual holiday celebration.

Used book sale in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ilsley public Library, 75 Main St. As our gift to you for your support all children’s books are free this month. Supported by Friends of Ilsley Public Library. All proceeds directly support programming at IPL.

Caroling in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 3, 10-10:45 a.m., front steps of The Congregational Church of Middlebury, 2 Main St. All are welcome to in for carol singing led by Jessica Allen. Refreshments will be provided. Free.

The Nutcracker screening in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 3, noon, Barn Opera, 1321 Pearl St. Come to this family-friendly screening of this holiday classic. Cocoa and cookies provided. $5 suggested donation at the door (only 100 spaces available) Doors open at 11 a.m. More info at www.barnopera.com.

“The Moors” on stage in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec .3, 7:30 p.m., Wright Theatre, Chateau Rd. See Oct. 1 listing.

Santa and a bonfire in Salisbury. Saturday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m., Veterans’ Memorial Park, across from Maple Meadow Farm, 518 Maple St. After a three-year hiatus, come and join us once again as we chat with friends (old and new) by the bonfire, welcome Santa as he arrives on a fire truck, drink hot cocoa, light the gigantic tree, and ride a hay wagon up to the library to enjoy stories read by our library director and Santa. There will also be soup and sweet treats.

Middlebury College Fall Dance Show in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center Dance Theatre, 72 Porter Field Rd. See Dec. 2 listing.

 

Sunday, Dec. 4

Middlebury College Community Chorus in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Vaccinations and boosters (or valid medical or religious exemptions) required. Masks optional (but welcome!) except under certain conditions. Free and open to the public.

Seamus Egan Project “A Celtic Christmas” in Brandon. Sunday, Dec. 4, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Barn Opera, 1321 Pearl St. Start your holiday season with influential and award-winning Irish musician Seamus Egan and special guest Moira Smiley. Limited seating. Tickets $40, available at www.barnopera.com/tickets.

Sibling-to-Sibling cookie decorating party in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., Center for Community Engagement, 26 Blinn Lane, Middlebury College. Sib-to-Sib is inviting all Addison County middle school students to join them for a fun holiday party. Register at go.middlebury.edu/sib2sib.

Brandon Library holiday auction in Brandon. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Brandon Free Public Library, 4 Franklin St. Come for an entertaining and philanthropic afternoon. Dozens of local patrons and artists donate holiday wreaths, decor, artwork, gift certificates, and treasures for the event. Wine, cheese, and door prizes. Preview at 1:30 p.m.

 

Monday, Dec. 5

Moonlight Madness in Brandon. Monday, Dec. 5- Friday, Dec. 9, Downtown. A week of savings and specials for shoppers looking for unique gifts, one-of-a-kind items, and exceptional customer service. Bargains, sales, specials and drawings, plus a chance to win $100 in Brandon Bucks. Go to Brandon.org to see offers and hours. Stores open till 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7. More info info@brandon.org or 802-247-6401.

“Humanities in the Heart of Community” virtual lecture in Middlebury. Monday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m., Zoom. The Henry Sheldon Museum invites the public and Sheldon Museum members to its virtual Annual Meeting featuring special guest speaker Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup, Vermont Humanities’ executive director. Free. The business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by Ilstrup’s talk. Register online at henrysheldonmuseum.org.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Vermont Folklife’s Annual Gingerbread House Competition in Middlebury. Exhibit opens Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Vermont Folklife, 88 Main St. This year’s theme is “Vermont Landmarks.” Online and gallery exhibits both open Dec. 6-9 and 13-16. Online voting for the People’s Choice award will be open. All prize winners will be announced on Dec. 20.

Moonlight Madness in Brandon. Tuesday, Dec. 6. See Dec. 5 listing.

Paint night: winter cardinal in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Join Renee as she guides you through step-by-step video instructions to create a masterpiece in minutes. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Younger? Bring your favorite grown up. Register at ilsleypublislibrary.org. Space is limited.

“The Ministry for the Future” book discussion in Middlebury. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Ct. Come discuss Kim Stanley Robinson’s acclaimed novel “The Ministry for the Future.” Facilitated by John Elder, emeritus professor of English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury. Register at tinyurl.com/CEAC-Ministry-of-future.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Friends of the Town Hall Moonlight Madness in Brandon. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2-9 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. As part of Brandon’s annual Moonlight Madness week, Brandon Town Hall will host more than 20 vendors upstairs and downstairs. Anyone interested in renting an 8 x 10 space for $25 should contact Dennis Marden at denniswmarden@gmail.com or leave a message at 802-247-5420.

Magic on Main shopping night in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 8. 5-8 p.m., Downtown. Stress of the holidays got you down? Come shop in the relaxed atmosphere of downtown Vergennes. Special surprises throughout the night — up, down and all around Main Street.

Moonlight Madness in Brandon. Wednesday, Dec. 7. Stores open until 8 p.m. See Dec. 5 listing.

“The New History of Watergate” in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Fifty years after five burglars were caught inside the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee, the scandal that brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency continues to reverberate in modern American politics. Journalist Garrett M. Graff, author of “Watergate: A New History,” discusses how Watergate shaped modern Washington, and how the events of 1971-1974 are stranger, wilder, and weirder than our popular memory.

Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble concert in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Conductor Jerome Shedd will present works by American band composers John O’Reilly and Ed Huckeby, and the great band classic Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Soprano Gwendolyn Delgadillo will sing two early songs by Richard Strauss, and Christopher Foster will play the trumpet solo in a salute to Harry James. The program will conclude with the final two sections of “Pictures at an Exhibition,” including the “Great Gate at Kyiv,” in recognition of the suffering of the Ukrainian people. Free, no tickets required.

The Dissipated Eight in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Middlebury College’s Oldest A Cappella Group Comes to THT. Originally a barbershop octet, the group evolved alongside modern a cappella by incorporating new musical styles. Tickets adult  $10/student $5, available at townhalltheater.org

 

Thursday, Dec. 8

Moonlight Madness in Brandon. Thursday, Dec. 8. See Dec. 5 listing.

Midd Night Stroll in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 8, until 8 p.m., downtown. Middlebury’s downtown stores will be open late with specials, pop-ups, tastings and more. The Cocoa Hut is back at Cannon Park, and be sure to check out the falls, which will be illuminated the entire month of December.

Little City Light Tour in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 8, 5-8 p.m., Downtown. Take a self-guided tour around town to see this community exhibit of lights.

Magic on Main in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 8, until 8 p.m., Main St. Feel the Magic on Main and keep it local this holiday season with unique gifts in a no-rush setting, up-down-and-around Main Street, More info at www.vergennesdowntown.org.

“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” on screen in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Part of the 2022-2023 MNFF Selects series, this film is a definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah,” weaving together the songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone. Tickets $14 in advance/ $16 walk-up/$90 for all seven films, available at townhalltheater.org.

 

Friday, Dec. 9

Moonlight Madness in Brandon. Friday, Dec. 9, See Dec. 5 listing.

Candy Cane Hunt and S.D Ireland holiday truck in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m., Downtown. The Candy Cane Hunt is back on the Green this year. Bundle up and help Santa find his lost Candy Canes. Santa will be arriving at the Town Green with his friends from SD Ireland at 6 p.m. Prizes awarded to kids who find 10 candy canes and a special prize will be awarded to the person who finds the golden candy cane. Free and open to the public.

Winter Solstice Mini-Fest with Low Lily and Matt Flinner in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Award-winning American roots band Low Lily teams up with Grammy nominated bluegrass mandolinist Matt Flinner, and with the addition of Steve Roy on the double bass. This collaboration celebrates the Winter Solstice with energetic instrumentals and songs for the season. Between them, the musicians play mandolins, guitars, fiddle, banjo, and double bass, and sing in three and four part vocal harmonies. Tickets $20, available at townhallthater.org.

Broadway Direct in Vergennes. Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Local resident Bill (Walsh) Carmichael has called on his Broadway professional friends to help produce this exceptional show. Tickets $20, general seating/$10 student, available at vergennesoperahouse.org. Doors and cash bar open at 6:30 p.m.

Manual Cinema: “A Christmas Carol” in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Middlebury. In this streaming-only performance, the interdisciplinary performance group Manual Cinema reinvents Charles Dickens’s holiday classic with a visually inventive adaptation made for the screen, drawing on hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures, silhouettes, and an original score. Free. Register at middlebury.universitytickets.com.

“Krampusnacht — Stories of Light and Dark for the Winter Solstice” in Rochester. Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., 185 Brandon Mountain Rd. An eclectic mix of original material and seasonal traditions from around the world, the show will be presided over by Krampus himself, the dark companion of St. Nicholas who punishes naughty children in European folklore. This show celebrates the dual nature of the season — reflecting on both the longest night of the year as well as the hope of brighter days to come. Suitable for any age with parental discretion, but contains scary and adult themes. Bonfires, fire spinners, and complimentary treats. Stay and enjoy the fire after the show. Bring chairs and dress in warm layers. Tickets $15, available at the door and baldmountaintickets.ludus.com/index.php. More info at baldmountaintheater.org.

 

Saturday, Dec. 10

Wildlife walk in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 10, 8-10 a.m., meet at Otter View Park, corner of Weybridge St. and Pulp Mill Bridge Rd. Help Otter Creek Audubon and the Middlebury Area Land Trust survey birds and other wildlife at Otter View Park and the Hurd Grassland. Birders of all ages and abilities welcome. For more information call 802-388-6019.

Mountain View 4-H craft sale in Bridport. Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Masonic Hall, Middle Rd. To help raise funds for their club, Mountain View 4-H is hosting this sale. Hot lunch selection, bake sale and many tables of crafters and vendors.

Christmas Cookie sale in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Champlain Valley Christian Reformed Church, Church St. We will have a large selection of Dutch specialties, fancy homemade cookies, and treats for sale. Choose and package your favorites. Enjoy hot cider and festive music while you shop. We do the baking so you won’t have to. More info call Alisa at 802-458-7615.

Family holiday gift card workshop in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Middlebury Studio School at the Marble Works, 63 Maple St., 8A. Drop in to the Marble Works studio to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and create and decorate your own gift cards and tags to share with friends and loved ones. Participate in themed painting tutorials and get creative with a festive array of art and crafting materials to make your own original gift tags and cards. Materials included. Free. Donations of $5-$10 welcomed to support MSS programs.

Santa in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-noon, Maple Landmark, 1297 Exchange St. Come on down to have a visit with Santa at Maple Landmark. After two years of drive-thru visiting, the event returns indoors. Free. Sign up for a time slot, prepare your lists, letters or gifts for Santa, and show up for your slot. Full info at Minibury.com.

“The Hours” live in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 10, 12:55 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The Metropolitan Opera’s world-premiere production of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts’s “The Hours,” adapted from Michael Cunningham’s acclaimed novel. Renée Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in this production, inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and made a household name by the Oscar-winning 2002 film version starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman.

Emily Sunderman in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Middlebury’s violinist and music teacher, Sunderman, will offer a live concert of meditative solo pieces by Bach and a few mellow holiday arrangements.

DIY Solstice lantern making workshop in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 10, 3-5 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. Claire Tebbs will help you bring some light into the short winter days and prep a simple lantern from everyday materials. This workshop will introduce you to several different types of DIY lanterns, simple to more complex in preparation for lantern parades, solstice celebrations, and any other luminary event. This is a multi-age program, children 8 and under please bring a grownup teammate. Drop-in program.

“12 Dogs of Christmas” on screen in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St.

Bingo in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 South Maple St. Doors open at 5 p.m., Bingo starts at 6 p.m. Family friendly. All cash prizes, 50/50 raffle. Refreshments sold. Sponsored by St. Peter’s Cemetery Committee to benefit the on-going efforts for cemetery improvements.

Takeout only chicken and biscuit supper in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 10, 5-6 p.m., Vergennes United Methodist Church, Main Street, (across from the Vergennes Opera House). Chicken and gravy, over biscuits, stuffing, vegetable, cranberry sauce and dessert. Adults $12. Take out preorder only. Must place order by 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8. To order call 802-877-3150.

“12 Dogs of Christmas” on screen in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 10, 5:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St.

“King Pede” card party in Ferrisburgh. Saturday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., Route 7. A sandwich supper and then on to an evening of fun and card games. King Pede is an unusual game that involves “trick-taking” techniques such as in Hearts and Spades or Pitch. This is a game of fun and skill so come prepared to use your strategic thinking!

Vocal Concert in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Voice students of Carol Christensen cap off a semester of study with a lively concert of songs and arias. Vaccinations and boosters (or valid medical or religious exemptions) required. Masks optional (but welcome) except under certain conditions. Free. Open to the Public.

“Krampusnacht” in Rochester. Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., outdoor location TBD. See Dec. 9 listing.

 

Sunday, Dec. 11

Breakfast buffet in Vergennes. Sunday, Dec. 11, 8-10 a.m., St. Peters Parish Hall, 58 S. Maple St. Omelets to order, scrambled eggs, French toast, bacon, sausage, fruit, plain and blueberry pancakes, maple syrup, sausage gravy on biscuits, cornbread, home fries, mini muffins, juice, milk and coffee. $10 adults/$6 children 8-12/$32 immediate family maximum.

Vermont Wine Festival in Bristol. Sunday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. An educational and fun event to celebrate and showcase Vermont and regional wine and cider growers and makers. The festival includes two panel discussions about intra-collaboration and climate change. Open to all. The event features low intervention growing and cellar work. Tickets $35 and include tastes of all wines and ciders. Available through schmetterlingwine.com.

Christmas Pageant in Brandon. Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. Yankee swap, raffles, and more. Benefit of Operation Christmas For Troops and Silver Bells — programs within

the Brandon Area Toy Project. Tickets $10. Open to all.

“The Polar Express” on screen in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Enjoy a matinee screening of the classic film about a boy and a train. Pajamas are encouraged, and there will be a build-your-own hot chocolate bar. There may even be an appearance by a very special guest. Tickets $10/adults; $5/children 12 and under, available at townhalltheater.org.

Brandon Festival Singers in Brandon. Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m., Brandon Congregational Church, 1 Carver St. This annual tradition features wonderful holiday music directed by Gene Childers and featuring pianist Jean Childers. Free will offering.

Live Nativity in Bristol. Sunday, Dec. 11, 3-4 p.m., Bristol Green. Guided walking tours through town of Bethlehem. Tours begin every 10 minutes. Refreshments and music concurrently at Bristol Baptist Church. Free. Food and monetary donations for the Have A Heart Food Shelf will be collected at event. More info contact Erin at ebent@gmavt.net.

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 11, 4 and 7 p.m., Middlebury Chapel, Old Chapel Rd. This annual traditional program combines choral music, congregational singing, and the Biblical texts of the season, featuring the Middlebury College Choir and readings by students, faculty, and staff. Large-print programs available. The 4 p.m. service will have ASL interpretation. George Matthew Jr. rings in the service with selections on the chapel carillon. Free and open to the public. Offerings accepted on behalf of local charities.

 

Thursday, Dec. 15

Midd Night Stroll in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 15, until 8 p.m., downtown. Middlebury’s downtown stores will be open late with specials, pop-ups, tastings and more. The Cocoa Hut is back at Cannon Park, and the falls will be illuminated the entire month of December.

“A Picture of You” film discussion in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. or Zoom. Watch the movie on Kanopy then join the Middlebury Community Classic Film Club to discuss this story of two siblings who travel to Pennsylvania to close up their mother’s house after her death. They make an important discovery and find out a lot about themselves and each other. More info at www.ilsleypubliclibrary.org/middlebury-community-classic-films-club/.

 

Friday, Dec. 16

Story Time With Santa in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. The jolly old elf will read Christmas stories to children young and old. Free.

“The Letters of Charlotte” on stage in Brandon. Friday, Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Barn Opera House, 1321 Pearl St. It’s Christmas time, and the aging Charlotte is reminiscing about her time with her first love, the poet Werther. Told through a series of letters and flashbacks, Goethe’s story is a tremendously tragic love story made even more powerful by the passionate music of Massenet Experience this adaptation of Massenet’s “Werther” in the intimate Barn Opera Hall. Tickets $55, available at barnopera.com/tickets.

 

Saturday, Dec. 17

“RIOT! Yankees vs Buckskins” living history event in Ticonderoga, N.Y. Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fort Ticonderoga. See how the cold and lonely existence on this forward post would lead soldiers to fighting, nearly erupting in riot at the end of 1776. Witness the fight between Pennsylvania and Massachusetts soldiers that erupted into gunfire and looting on Christmas Day.

Bingo in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 17, 5 p.m., St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 85 South Maple St. Doors open at 5 p.m., Bingo starts at 6 p.m. A family-friendly event. All cash prizes, 50/50 raffle. Refreshments sold. Sponsored by St. Ambrose and St. Peter’s Youth Ministry to raise funds for their 2023 trip to Rome and ongoing program projects.

Kat & Brett Holiday Show in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. A Honky Tonk Holiday Show with Kat Wright and Brett Hughes, joined by Tyler Bolles, with songs and storytelling for the holidays. Tickets $25 regular seating/$35 table seating (includes 1 free drink ticket), available at townhalltheater.org, tickets@townhalltheater.org, or 802-388-9222. There will be a cash bar and the option to purchase drinks throughout the show.

“The Letters of Charlotte” on stage in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Barn Opera House, 1321 Pearl St. See Dec. 16 listing.

 

Sunday, Dec. 18

Trolley Rides in Bristol. Sunday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. Take a horse-drawn trolley ride through downtown Bristol and enjoy the festivity of the season. Free, but reservations required. Make reservations by calling 802-453-5885, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., beginning Dec. 13

Messiah Sing in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m., Congregational Church of Middlebury, 2 Main St. Singers and players gather each December for a joyful sing-along of selections from Handel’s Messiah. Join us this year to sing favorite choruses, or play in the orchestra. Open to all, with donations gratefully accepted at the door; masks welcome. Come enjoy this Middlebury holiday tradition. More info contact Jeff at 802-989-7355

Reverse Holiday Parade in Brandon. Sunday, Dec. 18, 5-6 p.m., Park St., High St. and Center St. A parade where the floats (home and street displays) are stationary, and the people viewing the parade drive thru. Come and see multiple Santa’s, elves, beautiful queens, gorgeous lights — all sorts of fun things from the warmth of your car, and then continue on the route to check out some of the beautifully decorated houses in Brandon.!

Christmas decorating contest in Brandon. Sunday, Dec. 18, 5 p.m. Time to string up some lights and jump into the festivities. Judges will be on the streets at 5 p.m. Be sure to have your lights on. There will be 4 categories: Residential-Traditional, Residential-Whimsical (to include blow-ups), Civic, and Commercial. Call in your own place or someone else’s to be sure they see your display. Judges will be at liberty to nominate their favorite picks also. More info contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401 or by email at: info@brandon.org.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Winter Solstice Pageant in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Flowing from the Town Hall Theater grounds to the Middlebury Town Green, performers invite spectators to bring their own lanterns and noise makers to add to the light and merrymaking.

 

Thursday, Dec. 22

“Amahl and The Night Visitors” in Salisbury. Thursday, Dec. 22, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Salisbury Congregational Church. 853 Maple St. A young, handicapped boy and his mother live in a poor village on the route of the three kings as they travel to meet the Christ-child after his birth. The kings arrive, weary from their journey and they stop for the night, enjoying the hospitality of Amahl and his mother. Socio-economic conflict ensues, with a beautiful and altruistic resolution at the end. Tickets $25 adult/$10 child, available at barnopera.com/tickets.

 

Friday, Dec. 23

“Amahl and The Night Visitors” in Salisbury. Friday, Dec. 23, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Salisbury Congregational Church. 853 Maple St. See Dec. 22 listing.

 

Saturday, Dec. 31

Best Night in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 31, 3:30-11 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. Say farewell to 2022 in Bristol fashion with hats and crafts, Mt. Abe’s a capella group Sweet Transitions, Magicians without Borders, a Mt. Abe Musical review, a coffee house set with local talent, and headline performers Patrick Fitzsimmons and Scarlet Annie’s Jazz Quartet. More info at www.bristolbestnight.org.

New Year’s Eve fireworks and free skating in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 31, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Middlebury Rec Park, 277 Mary Hogan Dr. Join the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department as they send 2022 out with a bang. Fireworks presented by the American Legion Post 27 will begin at 6:30 p.m. with free skating at the Memorial Sports Center to directly follow from 7-8:30 p.m. Parking for the show will be at the Mary Hogan and Court House parking lots. Please note that the Memorial Sports Center lot will be closed during the show.

“The Pirates of Penzance” gala performance in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 31, 8 p.m., Barn Opera House, 1321 Pearl St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this New Year’s Eve celebration. BARN OPERA continues the New Year’s Eve tradition begun in 2021 with an operetta in a gala/semistaged version, of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” Tickets $93.51, include: show, champagne toast, catered hors d’oeuvres, and a lot of laughter. Available at barnopera.com/tickets.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 4

The Making of “No Other Lake” in Middlebury. (LIVE AND ZOOM?) Wednesday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. In 2021, UVM student Jordan Rowell kayaked the 120-mile length of Lake Champlain. Over a two-week journey, Rowell and local filmmaker Duane Peterson conducted interviews to better understand the challenges facing the lake and to explore our relationship with natural resources in the era of climate change. The pair shares excerpts from their short documentary film and discusses its creation in this Vermont Humanities presentation. us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C0FPqyoGTPyi08I940jYJw

 

Sunday, Jan. 8

“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” on screen in Middlebury. Sunday, Jan. 8, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. This MNFF Selects film examines Toni Morrison’s life. Audience discussion following the film will be led by Bill Hart, Professor Emeritus of History, Middlebury College. Tickets $14 advance/$16 walk-up/7-film series pass $90, available at townhalltheater.org or middfilmfest.org

 

Thursday, Jan. 12

Heart of Afghanistan in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Four brilliant Afghan musicians — famed singer/Afghan TV star Ahmad Fanoos on vocals and harmonium, his sons Elham on piano and Fanoos on violin, and Hamid Habibzada on table — carry the flame of Afghanistan’s rich and complex musical heritage from its pre-Islamic Buddhist period to the modern era. Tickets $25/20/10/5; streaming tickets $15/5, available at middlebury.universitytickets.com/.

 

Saturday, Jan. 14

“Fedora” live in HD in Middlebury. Saturday, Jan. 14, 1 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The METOpera HD Broadcast of Umberto Giordano’s exhilarating drama. Packed with memorable melodies, showstopping arias, and explosive confrontations, Fedora requires a cast of thrilling voices to take flight, and the Met’s new production promises to deliver. Tickets $24 adult/$10 student, available at townhalltheater.org.

 

 

 

 

LIVE MUSIC

 

Jupiter String Quartet and Jasper String Quartet in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center.

Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Mt. Abraham Union High School.

Bruce Molsky in Lincoln. Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Burnham Hall.

Middlebury College Community Chorus in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center.

Seamus Egan Project in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 4, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Barn Opera.

Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center.

The Dissipated Eight in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall Theater Low Lily and Matt Flinner in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater.

Broadway Direct in Vergennes. Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House.

Emily Sunderman in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Ilsley Public Library.

Students of Carol Christensen in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Mahaney Arts Center.

Brandon Festival Singers in Brandon. Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 p.m., Brandon Congregational Church.

Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 11, 4 and 7 p.m., Middlebury Chapel.

Kat & Brett Holiday Show in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater

Messiah Sing in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2 p.m., Congregational Church of Middlebury.