Community Breifs

Support Long Trail School with brews and bites

Enjoy the holiday season with festivities at Manchester's Boorn Brook Farm while supporting Academic Field Trips for grades 6-10 at Long Trail School. On Thurs., Dec. 14 starting at 6:30 pm, you will enjoy craft beer or wine, sausage and vegetarian appetizers and a basket bonanza, with more than 20 baskets of items valued at over $5,000 in merchandise and services. This adult-only event is open to the public; admission is $25 which includes four 4 oz. craft beers or two glasses of wine with appetizers. Attendees may purchase additional drinks and food if desired. Raffle tickets for the baskets are sold singly, or in packs of five or fifteen; they can be purchased at the event or at Long Trail School. The winning tickets will be pulled at 9 pm but winners do not need to be present. Long Trail offers educational travel for grades 6-10 which includes East Coast cities and international destinations. Boorn Brook Farm is located at 507 Benson Road in Manchester Center. For further information on this exciting evening, please contact Laura Callen, Director of Development and Philanthropy, at 802-867-5717 x161 or

New meeting location for Arlington church

The Arlington Community Church will be meeting at a new location, at the Chapel on the Green on West Arlington (62 Covered Bridged Road). Services begin at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.

From SVAC: Thank you for a fabulous concert

A huge" thank you" to Bill Muench, the bands Don't Leave, Bondville Boys, Mustache Cash Stash, and Colby 8 for their performances, effort and

talent. On Friday night, the Southern Vermont Arts Center came alive as these groups took the stage of the Arkell Pavilion. The event was organized by Bill Muench as a way of giving back to SVAC for all that it does for BBA and our community. The funds generated from ticket sales will be utilized to restore and repair the Arkell Pavilion.

To say the event was a success would be an understatement: the building rocked! The audience added to the excitement - dancing in the aisles, singing along, even hooting and hollering. It was a wonderful night that amounted to much more than a musical and fund-raising event, it was a celebration of our community by our community.

So, again, we at Southern Vermont Arts Center say thank you to all those who donated their time and talents to create this event. We are very grateful for the funds raised and for everyone who came out to support SVAC. It was an evening that reminded us of how very lucky we are to call this area home.

Evening of holiday music at MCL

Manchester Community Library and Taconic Music present "An Evening of Holiday Music" on Wednesday, December 20 at the Library. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception offering mulled cider, mulled wine, and sweet and savory hors d'oeuvres donated by area fine restaurants. Violinists Joana Genova and Deanna Baasch, violist Ariel Rudiakov and cellist Nathaniel Parke will play light classical, Broadway, and holiday tunes, starting at 6:30 p.m. Their performance will offer some pieces to warm your heart and bring a tear to your eye, others to make you snap your fingers and tap your feet. This lovely evening is a holiday gift to the community; the pre-program reception and musical performance are free and open to all. The event is co-sponsored by Christmas Days and The Roberta and Russell Housman Charitable Foundation. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, call the Library at 802-362-2607.

Polar Express comes to Northshire Bookstore

All aboard! The Northshire Bookstore will host its annual Polar Express party on Dec. 15, with a visit to Santa to boot.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Children's Department of the Bookstore invites all little ones to wear their jammies for a cozy evening with a reading of "The Polar Express." Hot cocoa and a treat will be provided to all Polar Express passengers.

Following a reading of The Polar Express, Santa Claus himself will be flying in for a visit. He will be here to chat with each and every child and for picture opportunities. Since Mrs. Claus is too busy with her baking to attend, children are encouraged to write her letters and bring them to Santa. He is happy to take them back to her at the North Pole. Some of them may even end up on the Bookstore's website.

Have breakfast with Santa in Pawlet

Santa Claus is coming to the West Pawlet Fire Department pancake breakfast between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10.

The breakfast will be held at the West Pawlet Fire Department located at 2806 Vermont Route 153. Breakfast is served between 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The West Pawlet firehouse is a handicap accessible site.

The breakfast menu includes pancakes of several varieties including regular, chocolate chip, blue berry, and the return of the cranberry pancake-Served with local maple syrup; as well as waffles, West Pawlet's World famous home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. Beverages include Coffee, Tea, Milk and Orange Juice.

Breakfast prices are $10.00 for 12 years and older, $8.00 for seniors 65 years and older, $5.00 for 5-12 years of age, and free under 5.

As one of many charity fund-raiser events, all profits from the breakfast are dedicated to the departments' equipment and training needs. The department is a nonprofit. Donations are appreciated and are gratefully received. New members welcome.

The department members all wish to extend a sincere thank you to the many patrons of our pancake breakfast events held monthly September through April.

For more information contact: Antonio Landon at (802)345-4312 or by email:

MSW announces exploratory classes

The Mountain School at Winhall, a town academy in Bondville with a rigorous forward-thinking curriculum and creative programs, has added Friday Exploratory Classes to its schedule. Exploratory Classes provide teachers and students with the opportunity delve into areas of common interest in three eight to ten week cycles in the fall, winter, and spring. This year, MSW has adopted as it yearlong all-school theme of study, Fields and Streams. Fields is in reference to increased field trips and outdoor education throughout the school year. Streams will focus these trips and outdoor education lessons on science, technology, reading, engineering, the arts, and math. Many Exploratory Classes are tailored to emphasize this theme. Exploratory Classes at MSW are unique from similar offerings in other schools in the fact that they group students together in grades one through grade eight. These groupings further foster the school's strong belief in community while providing older students with the opportunity to lead and mentor younger students. This fall's offerings include Escape the Classroom, STEAMbuilding, The Eye in the Sky, Building Your Home, Dance, and Reader's Theater.

Holiday extravaganza at MCL

Looking for a convenient one-stop shopping spot before the holiday crunch? Don't miss the high-end holiday marketplace with gifts galore for everyone on your shopping list, held at the Manchester Community Library on December 8 and 9.

Shoppers will find festive gifts and apparel for men, women, and kids plus jewelry; wraps, shawls, socks, and scarves; bags, boots, and small accessories, candles, items for the home; kitchenware; holiday d cor; and gourmet gift baskets.

The Holiday marketplace opens on Friday night, December 8, from 5-7 p.m. with a festive "Preview Night" shopping party with cocktails and sweet and savory bites. A $25 ticket includes a free drink ticket and 15% off purchases that evening. Grab your girlfriends, have some holiday cheer, and find the perfect gift for people on your list. On Saturday, December 9, the shopping continues and the marketplace is open to the public from 10am-2pm. Bring the family to the Library to see Santa and the Elf Express team at 10:30 a.m. and then stop by the marketplace to check out these top-notch vendors and their wonderful assortment of wares.

Open house at Second Chance

Second Chance Animal Center will host their annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"Second Chance Animal Center provides important community services throughout the year, and as the holidays approach we enjoy the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments with our supporters," said Cathi Comar, Executive Director. "We have several activities planned for the day, and we look forward to updating everyone on the progress of our new Arlington facility."

The Holiday Open House will be held at Second Chance's current facility, located at 6779 VT Route 7A in Shaftsbury, Vermont. There will be fun activities for everyone including a scavenger hunt and prizes for kids, sugar cookies to decorate and eat, workshops to create holiday cards, stations to make pet toys for your furry family members, a hot chocolate bar to warm the day, and even a chance to have your photograph taken with Santa "Paws" to print and frame.

If you are looking for a holiday gift for your pet, Second Chance has (new) animal beds, dog collars, and other items available for purchase.

Rogers to perform in Weston

On December 10, at 4:00 PM, celebrated contemporary folk singer Elizabeth Rogers will perform in concert at Weston's Old Parish Church. She will be accompanied by Grammy-winning cellist Eugene Friesen.

This concert is the latest presentation in the Hearts & Voices Performance Series, established in 2009 by Old Parish Church in memory of G. Frederick (Fritz) Zeller. Ms. Rogers' H&V appearance in 2015, also with Mr. Friesen, may well be the best received and best attended performance in the eight years that H&V has been in existence. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Elizabeth Rogers voice that has been compared to that of Joan Baez. Liz started out singing opera, later branching out into jazz, a cappella and folk music. After performing with various New England groups, she moved to Scotland where she lived in a spiritual community for a time. There she began composing and performing as a solo folk artist, and has since recorded two albums to critical acclaim: One Fine Day and Breathe and Begin. Her experiences in Scotland strongly influenced her writing, as her songs tend to contain themes of transformation and the search for home. After touring internationally and in the US for several years, Liz has moved to Vermont, and now lives in Bellows Falls. Samples of her music can be found on her website,

Revenues from the H&V performances are donated to benefit deserving area non-profit organizations. For this performance, patrons are asked to donate $10 each which will benefit three neighborhood food pantries that help combat food insecurity in Southern Vermont.

Basket raffle, visit from Santa at Martha Canfield Library

The Martha Canfield Library is currently raffling 29 baskets full of good things, including three baskets of gift certificates. The baskets are on display in the Library, at the Bank of Bennington and at the Berkshire Bank. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and are available at the Library or Bank of Bennington. Basket themes include: Tool Time, Spa, We Dig Gardening, Merry Little Christmas, Lego's, Bestsellers, Chocolate & Maple, and many more. The drawings will be held Thursday, December 14 at 7:30, after Santa's visit. Please call us at 802-375-6153 for more information, or visit our website,

Additionally, Santa will be visiting the Martha Canfield Library Thursday, December 14 at 6:30pm. All are welcome to listen to Santa read The Night Before Christmas and to bring their wish lists to share. Photos are welcome. Following Santa. Will be the drawings for our Holiday Basket Raffle. Stop in and see the holiday fun at the Library. Please call us at 802-375-6153 for more information or check out our website,

Bromley Mountain commended by Komen New England

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Komen New England, represented by Linda Maness, Development Coordinator Special Events in Vermont, presented Bill Cairns, President of Bromley Mountain, with a plaque of appreciation noting Bromley's sponsorship of the 2017 Komen New England Race for the Cure in Vermont on Nov. 20.

Bromley Mountain is a 23-year sponsor of the local 5K race, first supporting the Vermont affiliate beginning in 1994. In subsequent years, Bromley continued its support of the Vermont-New Hampshire affiliate, and now it supports the New England affiliate of Susan G. Komen serving Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Cairns said, "Bromley has a wonderfully long relationship with the Race for the Cure here in Vermont. And we are happy to be part of this annual event!"


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