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Friday, Nov. 26

Holiday craft fair in Bridport. Friday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Masonic Hall, Middle Rd. More than 50 crafters with handcrafted, quality merchandise at country prices.

Virtual Gingerbread House competition and exhibit in Middlebury. Thursday, Nov. 25-Sunday, Dec. 12. Vermont Folklife Center’s Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit goes virtual again. This year’s theme is “Favorite Children’s Books.” Open to anyone living in Vermont, bake and build an edible creation at home and submit photos online to participate in the contest. More info at vermontfolklifecenter.org/fieldnotes/virtual-gingerbread-2021

Saturday, Nov. 27

Holiday craft fair in Bridport. Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Masonic Hall, Middle Rd. See Nov. 26 entry.

Small Business Saturday in Brandon, Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes. Saturday, Nov. 27, downtown. Shop local, win prizes and enjoy the beginning of the Holiday season.

Sunday, Nov. 28

Memory Tree lighting in Brandon. Sunday, Nov. 28,4 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, Conant Sq.

Monday, Nov. 29

Book group discussion in Lincoln. Monday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., Lincoln Library, River Rd. This month’s library book group will be reading “We Love You, Charlie Freeman” by Kaitlyn Greenidge. Contact the library at lincolnlibraryvt@gmail.com if you would like to participate.

Tuesday, Nov. 30

Board Game Fun in Vergennes. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library, 258 Main St. Drop in to Bixby’s Community Room to join in for some board game fun. Choose from Yahtzee, Bananagrams, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, UNO, Battleship, Sorry!, Serpentiles, Dominoes, card games and more. Free.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

Age Well grab-and-go meal in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Drive up, check-in, and stay in your car for contact-free pick up. Menu includes chopped beefsteak with gravy, baked beans, Italian vegetables, dinner roll, oatmeal raisin cookie, and milk. Call Michelle to reserve by Sunday, Nov. 28, 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 a 48 hour notice.

Early Moonlight Madness in Brandon. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 4-8 p.m. Brandon Town Hall, Conant Sq. Nineteen vendors upstairs and down. A large variety of gifts available for sale including honey products, lots of great homemade food, gourmet sweets and desserts, stained glass, goat cheese products, Christmas décor, a large variety of handmade jewelry and gifts. Christmas Wreaths and Sprays sold outside the hall and a 1965 Vintage Shasta Camper will be decked out in Holiday style with lots of vintage items from the 1950’s & 60’s for sale.

From “Little Jerusalem” to the “Lost Mural”: Preserving Jewish & Immigrant Heritage in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., Isley Public Library, 75 Main St. In 1885, a group of Lithuanian immigrants settled in Burlington’s Old North End, where they transplanted their religious traditions and culture. Archivists Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash describe the “Lost Mural,” a rare survivor of the lost genre of European painted synagogues and tell the story of conserving the mural in Burlington. Attend this talk in the Jessica Swift Community meeting room. Masks are required regardless of your vaccination status.

Thursday, Dec. 2

Virtual 2021 Legislative Briefing with the Addison County and Vermont Chambers. Thursday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-noon, Zoom. Join us for an informative discussion about the issues faced by Vermont businesses in the year to come. Free for members, $15 for non-members. More info email Amy at events@addisoncounty.com. Register at tinyurl.com/Chamber-legislative-discussion.

3D Wood-Carved Maps: Connecting to Place in a New Way” virtual talk. Thursday, Dec. 2, noon, Zoom. Jacob Freedman of Treeline Terrains will discuss the group’s business designing custom 3D landscapes combining the trio’s unique craftsmanship backgrounds. All recent Middlebury College graduates, the group will discuss their entrepreneurship journey, their collaborations with Vermont organizations and nonprofits, and delve into their process to create “topography you can touch.” Offered in conjunction with the Sheldon’s current exhibit “Sightlines—Picturing the Battell Wilderness: Paintings by Jill Madden and Photographs by Caleb Kenna.” Free, register at henrysheldonmuseum.com/events. More info at henrysheldonmuseum.org or 802-388-2117.

Midd Night Stroll in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 2, downtown. Middlebury businesses will be open late, so stroll around town and get some of your shopping done. Take a break on the new plaza around the fountain for free popcorn and relax around the fire table. Stop by the Sheldon Museum on Park Street and enjoy listening to Ronnie Romano playing holiday music on the Sheldon’s antique Chickering piano, then stroll across the footbridge to view the falls, which will be lit up again this year.

Warren Miller’s “Winter Starts Now” on screen in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 2, 6 and 9 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. The 72nd annual ski and snowboard film from Warren Miller Entertainment will chase winter from coast to coast with friends old and new in the places that keep our spirits high no matter what life throws at us. COVID vaccinations and masks required. Tickets $21, available at townhalltheater.org, $22 day of show.

She Kills Monsters” on stage in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Wright Memorial Theatre, Chateau Rd. Agnes Evans is an average young woman who wished her life in Athens, Ohio, was less boring. Then, the sudden death of her sister opened the door to a world of adventure. Turns out that her teenage sister Tilly, fascinated with the dark arts – magic, dragons, and silly costumes. Open to audiences from both on- and off-campus; vaccinations (or valid medical or religious exemptions) and masks required. Tickets $15 public/$10 Middlebury faculty/staff, alumni, and emeriti/$8 youth/$5 Middlebury College students, available at middlebury.universitytickets.com. Additional health and safety information at middlebury.edu/college/arts/about/health-and-safety.

Friday, Dec. 3

Chocolate Walk in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 3, 2-8 p.m., Bristol downtown. Spend the afternoon and evening browsing stores, nibbling a delicious chocolate treat (or two or three!), and getting your holiday shopping on. Businesses will be offering their treats “to go” so you can enjoy all the chocolatey goodness out on the sidewalk, or bring it home. COVID policies vary by store. Keep a mask handy in your pocket, as needed.

Age Well grab-and-go meal in Starksboro. Friday, Dec. 3, 3:30 p.m., Starksboro Baptist Church, Route 116. Drive up, check-in, and stay in your car for contact-free pick up. Menu includes chopped beefsteak with gravy, baked beans, Italian vegetables, dinner roll, oatmeal raisin cookie, and milk. Call Michelle to reserve by Sunday, Nov. 28, 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.

Craft and Vendor Fair in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Eastern Star , 2 Elm St. A varied offering of baked goods, hand crafted items, skincare, essential oils plus more. All proceeds go to fund Eastern Star charitable works.

A Christmas Carol” on stage in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Join in a new holiday tradition as the Middlebury Acting Company presents Charles Dickens’s classic in an original adaptation, true to the novella, which deftly integrates Dickens’s witty, pointed, and socially conscious narrative with the heartwarming and familiar journey Ebenezer Scrooge makes from profiteer to philanthropist. Tickets pay-as-you-can, general admission, can be purchased in advance on a pay-as-you-can basis at different price levels (make your price choices when ordering). Available at townhalltheater.org, 802-382-9222, or the THT Box Office Mon-Fri, 12-5 p.m. Masks and COVID vaccinations required. Unvaccinated youth under age 12 may attend wearing masks.

Broadway Direct in Vergennes. Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Vergennes Opera House, 120 Main St. Broadway Direct returns to the live stage. Bill Carmichael, (known to us as Bill Walsh) is pulling together the annual show, which is expected to sell out yet again. Doors and cash bar hosted by Bar Antidote/Hired Hand opening at 6:30 for general seating. Tickets $10. More info at vegennesoperahouse.org.

She Kills Monsters” on stage in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Wright Memorial Theatre, Chateau Rd. See Dec. 2 entry.

Krampusnacht — Stories of Light and Dark for the Winter Solstice in Rochester. Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., 185 Brandon Mountain Rd. Bald Mountain Theater’s annul event will be held in a natural amphitheater and is an eclectic mix of original material and seasonal traditions from around the world. The show doesn’t gloss over the dual nature of the season: it represents both the long, dark night, full of tension and fear, as well as the glimmering hope of a new day. Tickets $15, available at baldmountaintickets.ludus.com/index.php. Rain or Sshine. More info at baldmountaintheater.org.

Saturday, Dec. 4

Henry Knox’s cannons reenactment in Ticonderoga, N.Y. — Saturday, Dec. 4, Fort Ticonderoga. A one-day living history event to highlight Henry Knox’s epic feat as he prepared to move massive cannon from Ticonderoga to Boston to force the British evacuation of 1776. Highlighted programming throughout the day will immerse visitors in the daily life of December 1775 at Ticonderoga. Watch as soldiers work as carpenters to build new bunks. See horsepower, ox-power, and manpower in action to move, test, and load cannon and learn how this process was vital for weapons destined for the siege of Boston.

Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Bazaar in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Bristol First Baptist Church,  10 Park St. Bake sale, lunch “To Go”, RADA knives, Tupperware rep, handmade chocolates, wooden toys, crafts, outdoor lighted stars, “attic treasures” and more. Kindly wear a mask please.

Holiday bazaar in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Brandon Senior Center. 1592 Forest Dale Rd. Homemade soups, assorted muffins and breads, fudge, donuts, crafts, stained glass ornaments, handmade quilts, Christmas decorations and much more. Call 802-247-3121 for more information.

Magic on Main in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 4, downtown. Bixby Memorial Free Library Book Sale, Letters to Santa mailbox outside Malabar, Pictures in the Park with Santa from 1-3 p.m., Marshmallow Melts and fire pits on the City Green from 4-6 p.m. Caroling at 4:30 p.m. on the city green. S.D. Ireland lighted truck at 5 p.m., and Honkin’ Holiday Santa Sleigh Ride through the Little City at 5:15 p.m.

Very Merry Middlebury kick-off in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 4, downtown. Take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus out on the new plaza in between 9 and 11 a.m. Children can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and drop off their wish lists in the special mail box. Take a free horse and wagon rides around town, grab a “take and make” wreath kit from the Ilsley Library Children’s Room. Listen to caroling at the Middlebury Congregational Church and join in if you like between 10 and 10:45 a.m, free refreshments will be provided.

Holiday shoppe and craft fair in Monkton. Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monkton Fire Dept., 3747 States Prison Hollow Rd. A pop-up holiday shop and craft fair. Shop locally from your friends and neighbors. A large selection of Christmas village pieces, Dept. 56, Currier & Ives, along with all the accessories; holiday greenery baskets, home decor, holiday houseplants, quilting, homemade socks, hats, crocheted & knitted wear, baby items, jewelry, notecards, maple products, baked goods, along with many other hand-crafted items. More info contact: cmcousino@ gmavt.net or 802-233-8334.

Christmas Pet Stocking and Bake sale in Orwell. Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-noon, Buxton’s Store, Main St. or until sold out. The GFWC Orwell Fortnightly Club is will be at Buxton’s Store, rain or shine until noon or until they are sold out.

Craft and Vendor Fair in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 4, 9:30-3 p.m., Eastern Star , 2 Elm St. A varied offering of baked goods, hand crafted items, skincare, essential oils plus more. Breakfast will be served 9:30 – 11:30. Lunch will be served from 12 – 3. Featuring Jim Burt’s pulled pork. Come join us for a holiday experience. All proceeds go to fund Eastern Star charitable works.

Holiday Art Market in Orwell. Saturday, Dec. 4, 10-5 p.m., Stratford House Pottery, 294 Route 22A. Shop fine art and fine craft of 14 local Vermont artists. Organizers attempting to provide the largest selection of art for your holiday gift giving. Come meet the artists and see everything from jewelry to glass, pottery to painting, fiber for knitting and much more.

Used book sale in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St.

Santa Claus visit drive through in Shoreham. Saturday, Dec. 4, 2:30-4 p.m., Shoreham gazebo, School Rd. Bring your letter to Santa and drop it off in our special mailbox; free book for kids from babies to teenagers and a treat bag (Lots to give away until they run out). Open to all. Enter off Main St. and drive down School Rd. to see Mr. Claus.

A Christmas Carol” on stage in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See Dec. 3 entry.

She Kills Monsters” on stage in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Wright Memorial Theatre, Chateau Rd. See Dec. 2 entry.

Cloudbelly in Lincoln. Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Burnahm Hall, 52 E. River Rd. The Ripton Community Coffee House presents Signature Sounds recording artists Cloudbelly, a collaboration of Anand Nayak and Corey Laitman. Admission at the door $10-$20. Details at www.rcch.org. The concert will also be livestreamed.

The Michele Fay Band in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. **CANCELED** Original and Americana music that brings forth a comfortable groove of folk, swing, and bluegrass-influenced songs that are woven seamlessly together. Tickets $25. Pre- concert dinner available for $35. Reservations are required for dinners and recommended for the show and can be made on-line at brandon-music.net. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247 4295 or e-mail info@brandonmusic.net for reservations or for more info.

Krampusnacht — Stories of Light and Dark for the Winter Solstice in Rochester. Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., 185 Brandon Mountain Rd. See Dec. 3 entry.

Sunday, Dec. 5

Holiday Art Market in Orwell. Sunday, Dec. 5, 10-5 p.m., Stratford House Pottery, 294 VT Route 22A. See Dec. 4 entry.

A Christmas Carol” on stage in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 5, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See Dec. 3 entry.

Christmas drive-up Bazaar in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Bristol Federated Church, Church St. Drive up along the side of the church and friendly elves will take and deliver your order to your car. Featuring the following homemade items: Soup with rolls, assorted Christmas cookies, carrot cake, Christmas pickles, pies, and fudge. All at reasonable prices. Also available are Janet’s famous scrubbies (great for many cleaning tasks). An online auction will be running from Dec. 4 to Dec. 11. Visit bristolfederated.com for a link to the many wonderful items and baskets.

Monday, Dec. 6

Age Well sit down in-person Senior Luncheon in Middlebury. Monday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m., Middlebury Inn, Court Sq. Doors open at 11 a.m., meal served at noon of tomato bisque, mixed green salad, lemon pepper chicken with rice, vegetable, roll and apple crisp. Advanced tickets only. Reserve before Monday, Nov. 29. Call Michelle ASAP as seats are limited 802-377-1419. $5 suggested donation does not include gratuity. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call TVT at 802-388-2287 to inquire. Please stay home if you don’t feel well or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Masks are encouraged unless seated and eating.

Moonlight Madness in Brandon. Monday, Dec 6-Friday Dec. 10, downtown. With COVID concerns still around, Moonlight Madness will be 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 throughout town. A chance to win $100 in Brandon Bucks while you shop local! More details at info@brandon.org or 802-247-6401.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

Friends of Brandon Library silent holiday auction in Brandon. Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1-7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, One Conant Sq. A wide selection of gifts by local artisans and our supporters. Many items will offer a buy-it-now option. Holiday books, CDs, cards also available from our book sale. $ 1 donation accepted at the door, for a bidding number. Bidding will close at 4 p.m. Friday the 10th. Winners will be contacted to pick-up all items by 7 p.m. Friday night. Payment by cash or check is requested.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

Friends of Brandon Library silent holiday auction in Brandon. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, One Conant Sq. See Dec. 7 entry.

Annual Boxwood virtual fundraising event. Wednesday, Dec. 8, Zoom. Hollyhocks Flowers and Gifts hosts this event to raise funds for Vergennes Food Shelf.

Age Well grab and go meal in Shoreham. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-noon, Halfway House, Route 22A. Honk once at back door, meals will be brought out. Spaghetti and meatballs with vegetable, bread and dessert. 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 388-2287 to inquire. TVT requires a 48-hour notice. Call the restaurant to reserve at least 24-hours in advance at 802-897-5160.

Making History with Mrs. M.—–’s Cabinet: Imagining a Feminist Period Room virtual lecture. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Zoom. As part of the Sheldon Museum’s “The Elephant in the Room” virtual lecture series, Professor Sarah Carter explores the creation and use of the “Mrs. M.—–’s Cabinet” period room project at the Milwaukee Art Museum. This experimental exhibition hacks into the idea of the museum period room to ask, what does a museum do and who is it for, through the collection and space of an imagined nineteenth-century collector.

Eurydice” live in HD in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m., town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Come see the Met’s production of “Eurydice, the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld. This version is told from Eurydice’s point of view. COVID vaccinations and masks required. Tickets $24 adults/ $10 students, plus applicable fees, available at townhalltheater.org.

Thursday, Dec. 9

Friends of Brandon Library silent holiday auction in Brandon. Thursday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, One Conant Sq. See Dec. 7 entry.

Counseling Service of Addison County virtual Annual Meeting with performances by Sweet Transition and Lida Winfield. Thursday, Dec. 9, 4:30-6 pm, Zoom. CSAC board of directors, agency leadership and staff, consumers, community partners and friends will come together for dynamic performances, heartfelt tributes and unity. Register at tinyurl.com/CSAC-annual-mtg21.

Midd Night Stroll in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 9, downtown. Middlebury businesses will be open late, so stroll around town and get some of your shopping done. Take a break on the new plaza around the fountain for free popcorn and relax around the fire table. Cross the footbridge to view the falls, which will be lit up again this year.

Magic on Main in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 9, downtown. Shops open into the evening. Specials, surprises and more.

Ronnie Romano in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 9, until 8 p.m., The Henry Sheldon Museum, 1 Park St. As part of Middlebury’s Holiday stroll, Romano will be playing holiday music on the Sheldon’s antique Chickering piano and the Museum Store will be open until 8 p.m.

The Hundred Foot Journey” film discussion in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m., Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St. When two rich culinary cultures meet face-to-face what will happen? Watch the film at your convenience on Kanopy (using your IPL membership) or borrow the DVD. Then join Steve Gross either virtually over Zoom or in person in the Library Lobby. Masks required for in-person attendees. We kindly ask patrons that are unvaccinated or not comfortable wearing a mask to participate via Zoom. Contact Chris Kirby for more info.

Friday, Dec. 10

Winter Wonderland Weekend in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 10, downtown. Shop downtown Bristol and enjoy wintery delights, including a scavenger hunt with great prizes.

Friends of Brandon Library silent holiday auction in Brandon. Friday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Brandon Town Hall, One Conant Sq. See Dec. 7 entry.

Age Well grab and go meal in Starksboro. Friday, Dec. 10, 3:30 p.m., Starksboro Baptist Church, Route 116. Please stay in your car. Drive up, check-in, contact free pick up. Roast pork with gravy, cheesy scalloped potatoes, green beans, roll, chocolate chip cookie and milk. Call Michelle to reserve by Nov. 28. 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.

Memory Tree lighting in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m., town green. Names of all honorees will be displayed next to the Memory Tree. Registration for the Memory Tree can also be done at the Recreation Office or down in the Town Office. Please make checks for $5 out to Bristol Recreation Department and list your honoree on the memo portion.

A Christmas Carol” on stage in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. Join in a new holiday tradition as the Middlebury Acting Company presents Charles Dickens’s classic in an original adaptation, true to the novella, which deftly integrates Dickens’s witty, pointed, and socially conscious narrative with the heartwarming and familiar journey Ebenezer Scrooge makes from profiteer to philanthropist. Tickets pay-as-you-can, general admission, can be purchased in advance on a pay-as-you-can basis at different price levels (make your price choices when ordering) or at the door. Available at townhalltheater.org, 802-382-9222, or the THT Box Office Mon-Fri, 12-5 p.m. Masks and COVID vaccinations required. Unvaccinated youth under age 12 may attend wearing masks.

Saturday, Dec. 11

Winter Wonderland Weekend in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 11, downtown. See Dec. 10 entry.

Santa at Maple Landmark Woodcraft in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 11, 9:30a.m.-noon, 1297 Exchange St. Santa will be greeting children and will accept their Christmas wishlists in this drive-thru event. Sign-up for a time slot on Maple Landmark’s Eventbrite page which can be found linked at www.maplelandmark.com/santa.

Christmas Cookie sale in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-noon, Champlain Valley Christian Reformed Church, Church St. Choose from a large selection of Dutch specialties, fancy homemade cookies, and treats for sale by the half-dozen. All baked goods will be wrapped and priced in half-dozen increments. Specialty items will also be individually wrapped and priced. Masks will be required, and gloves and boxes will be provided. Enjoy festive music while you shop. We do the baking for you so you won’t have to. More info contact Martha at 802-349-0229.

Marshmallow Melts and Fire pits Too! in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 11,– 4-6 p.m., City green.

A Christmas Carol” on stage in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See Dec. 10 entry.

Vocal concert in Middlebury. Saturday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd. Students of Carol Christensen and Susanne Peck share the culmination of their studies in a lively evening of songs and arias. Free. Open to audiences from both on- and off-campus; vaccinations (or valid medical or religious exemptions) and masks required. Additional health and safety information at middlebury.edu/college/arts/about/health-and-safety.

Bloodroot Gap in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Rd. Formed after a serendipitous jam session at a Vermont bluegrass festival, Bloodroot Gap is a musical collaboration between brothers Rob and Jim McCuen of Swing Noire and Freeman Corey of Catamount Crossing to provide a special evening of Vermont based bluegrass and traditional string music. Tickets $25. Pre- concert dinner available for $35. Reservations are required for dinners and recommended for the show and can be made on-line at brandon-music.net. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247 4295 or e-mail info@brandonmusic.net for reservations or for more info.

Sunday, Dec. 12

Winter Wonderland Weekend in Bristol. Sunday, Dec. 12., downtown. See Dec. 10 entry.

A Christmas Carol” on stage in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 12, 2 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. See Dec. 12 entry.

Outdoor live Nativity in Bristol. Sunday, Dec. 12, 3-4 p.m., begins at Veterans’ Memorial, Bristol town green. Churches in the Bristol invite the community to experience taking a “Journey to Bethlehem” at the Bristol Park. The Nativity will include live animals along the way, a bake shop, a carpenter shop and more in the town of Bethlehem. Donations of food for the Have a Heart food shelf appreciated, Weather permitting. Call 802-453-6302 for more info.

Service of Lessons and Carols in Middlebury. Sunday, Dec. 12, 4 and 7 p.m., Middlebury College Chapel, Old Chapel Rd. This annual traditional program combines choral music and the Biblical texts of the season. The celebratory community service features the Middlebury College Choir, performing under the direction of Jeffrey Buettner, and readings by students, faculty, and staff. George Matthew Jr. and his students ring in the service with selections on the chapel carillon. Free; donations accepted for local charities. The 4 p.m. service will have ASL interpretation. Open to audiences from both on- and off-campus; vaccinations (or valid medical or religious exemptions) and masks required. Additional health and safety information at middlebury.edu/college/arts/about/health-and-safety.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

Age Well holiday grab and go meal in Bridport. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 11:15 a.m., Bridport Congregational Church, Middle Rd. Chicken breast stuffed with apple cranberry stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, cranberry sauce, roll, pumpkin cake and milk. Call Michelle to reserve by Thursday, Dec. 9, 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 a 48-hour notice.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

Age Well holiday grab and go meal in Middlebury. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m., VFW, 530 Exchange St. Please stay in your car. Drive up, check-in, contact free pick up. Chicken breast stuffed with apple cranberry stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, cranberry sauce, roll, pumpkin cake and milk. Call Michelle to reserve by Thursday, Dec. 9. 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 a 48-hour notice.

Thursday, Dec. 16

Age Well holiday grab and go meal in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 16, 10:45 a.m., St Peter’s Parish, 85 S. Maple St. Please stay in your car. Drive up, check-in, contact free pick up. Chicken breast stuffed with apple cranberry stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, cranberry sauce, roll, pumpkin cake and milk. Call Michelle to reserve by Thursday, Dec. 9. 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 a 48-hour notice.

Midd Night Stroll in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 16, downtown. Middlebury businesses will be open late, so stroll around town and get some of your shopping done. Take a break on the new plaza around the fountain for free popcorn and relax around the fire table. Cross the footbridge to view the falls, which will be lit up again this year.

Friday, Dec. 17

Age Well holiday grab and go meal in Starksboro. Friday, Dec 17, 3:30 p.m., Starksboro Baptist Church, Route 116. Chicken breast stuffed with apple cranberry stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, cranberry sauce, roll, pumpkin cake and milk. Call Michelle to reserve by Thursday, Dec 9. 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 388-2287 to inquire. TVT requires 48-hour notice.

Food distribution in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 17, 5-6 p.m., St. Ambrose Church, 11 School St. Have A Heart food shelf will distribute food to those in need. Curb-side pick-up only. Unvaccinated people need to mask. Newcomers always welcome. No sign up — just show up. See you there.

Candy Cane Hunt in Bristol. Friday, Dec. 17, Bristol town green. Bundle up to help Santa find his lost candy canes. Santa will be arriving at the Town Green with his friends from S.D Ireland at 6 p.m. Prizes will be 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

Saturday, Dec. 18

American Red Cross Blood Drive in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 18, 10:30a.m.-2:30 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. Schedule an appointment through Red Cross.

Marshmallow Melts and Fire pits Too! in Vergennes. Saturday, Dec. 18, 4-6 p.m., City green.

Lumen Celebration of Fire & Light in Bristol. Saturday, Dec. 18, downtown. Experience fire performers, a lighted walk down Main Street, and cozy fires.

Sunday, Dec. 19

Holiday Decorating Contest judging in Brandon. Sunday, Dec 19, 4 p.m., downtown. Show off your decorating talents and compete in six different categories: Residential – Currier and Ives Division; Residential – Clark W. Griswold Division; Downtown Commercial; Out of Downtown Commercial; Civic Buildings/Organizations; and Most Decorated Street. More details at info@brandon.org call Colleen at 802-247-3635 X211.

Trolley Rides in Bristol. Sunday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Holley Hall, 1 South St. Join the Bristol Recreation Department and Pat Palmer for a free winter trolley ride around town on. Rides start and end at the Holley Hall, donations accepted upon arrival. Reservations required beginning Monday Dec. 11, 9 a.m., at 802-453-5885. Maximum of 12 per trolley ride, masks required. Maintain physical distance while waiting and to stay home if they feel sick.

Celebration of Christmas in Monkton. Sunday, Dec. 19, 2 p.m., East Monkton Church, 405 Church Rd. The East Monkton Church Association is sponsoring this annual event on the lawn of the East Monkton Church. Join us for community Christmas caroling and refreshments.

Holiday Decorating Contest in Brandon. Sunday, Dec 19, 4 p.m., downtown. Light up the outside of your homes, show off your decorating talents and compete in six different categories: Residential – Currier and Ives Division; Residential – Clark W. Griswold Division; Downtown Commercial; Out of Downtown Commercial; Civic Buildings/Organizations; and Most Decorated Street. More details at info@brandon.org call Colleen at 802-247-3635 X211.

Reverse Holiday Parade in Brandon. Sunday Dec 19, 5-6 p.m., around town. A parade where the floats (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. A fun, family-friendly event. More info contact Colleen Wright at cwright@townofbrandon.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

Age Well grab and go meal in Shoreham. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-noon, Halfway House, Route 22A. Honk once at back door, meals will be brought out. Chicken and biscuit, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetable and dessert. 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 a 48-hour notice. Call the restaurant to reserve at least 24-hours in advance. 802-897-5160.

Thursday, Dec. 23

Age Well grab and go meal in Starksboro. Thursday, Dec. 23, 3:30 p.m., Starksboro Baptist Church, Route 116. Please stay in your car. Drive up, check-in, contact free pick up. Pot roast with mashed potatoes, carrots, and gravy, dinner roll, chocolate raspberry cake and milk. Call Michelle to reserve by Sunday, Dec. 19. 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.

Friday, Dec. 24

Little City Light Tour in Vergennes. Friday, Dec. 24-Saturday, Jan. 1 Self-guided. Map will be online at VergennesDowntown.org. Through Jan. 1.

Tuesday, Dec. 28

Age Well grab and go meal in Bridport. Tuesday, Dec. 28, 11:15 a.m., Bridport Congregational Church Hall, Middle Rd. Chicken breast stuffed with apple cranberry stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, cranberry sauce, roll, pumpkin cake and milk. Call Michelle to reserve by Thursday, Dec. 22. 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 a 48-hour notice.

Thursday, Dec. 30

Age Well grab and go meal in Starksboro. Thursday, Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m., Starksboro Baptist Church, Route 116. Please stay in your car. Drive up, check-in, contact free pick up. Pot roast, with mashed potatoes, carrots, and gravy, dinner roll, chocolate raspberry cake and milk. Call Michelle to reserve by Sunday, Dec. 26. 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.

Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog” on screen in Middlebury. Thursday, Dec. 30, 7 p.m., Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant St. From award winning director Lynn Roth, this film sensitively portrays the timeless and unbreakable bond between a boy and his faithful dog as it is put to the ultimate test in 1930’s Germany. When the Nuremberg Laws are passed forbidding Jews to own pets, Kaleb, a German Shepherd, is separated from his Jewish family and his beloved 10 year old master, Joshua. What follows is a story of love and courage during an unforgettable time in history seen through the eyes and perspective of a dog. More info at mnff.org or townhalltheater.org.

Friday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve fireworks and ice skating in Middlebury. Friday, Dec. 31, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Middlebury Rec Field, Mary Hogan Dr. American Legion Post 27,is sponsoring this year’s New Year’s Eve fireworks and ice skating .Fireworks will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. When they’re done head over to the Memorial Sports Center and enjoy free ice skating from 7-8:30 p.m.

LIVE MUSIC

Cloudbelly in Lincoln. Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Burnham Hall.

The Michele Fay Band in Brandon. **CANCELED** Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music.

Bloodroot Gap in Brandon. Saturday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Brandon Music.