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History of the New England Patriots

MANCHESTER — "The Pats: An Illustrated History of the New England Patriots" will be presented by co-author Glenn Stout on Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m., at the Northshire Bookstore.

This lavishly illustrated definitive narrative history of the New England Patriots which charts the rise of the franchise and its larger-than-life characters through research, archival photos, and essays from notable authors, journalists, and local celebrities.

Christmas bazaar at Congregational Church

SOUTH LONDONDERRY — A Christmas bazaar will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 2051 North Main St. Items for sale will include wreaths, hand-knitted items, Christmas decorations, White Reindeer items, gifts, baked goods, cookies, yarn, local cheeses and maple syrup. The lunch menu includes prize-winning chili, clam chowder. homemade baked beans, sandwiches and a dessert tray.

Christmas in Weston

WESTON — Now in its 34th year, "Christmas in Weston" is a day-long event celebrating the traditional holiday nostalgia. The event takes place on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors are treated to a host of free, fun events and activities for all ages at galleries, shops, museums and inns throughout the scenic village and enjoy delicious food at local restaurants. This magical holiday experience is featured current Nov/Dec 2018 edition of Yankee Magazine.

BBA presents screening

MANCHESTER — Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts will host a screening of The Madness of King George III, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The screening is by the National Theatre Live. It's 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behavior is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at

Wreaths for a cause

MANCHESTER — Equinox Village is again teaming up with the Manchester Garden Club to host Wreaths for a Cause, a holiday wreath-making workshop and champagne brunch to benefit the Manchester Community Food Cupboard. This special holiday event is set for Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Equinox Village. Jane Childs and members of the Manchester Garden Club will provide instruction on how to make your own holiday evergreen wreath, while the executive chef of Equinox Village will supply a holiday brunch, complete with champagne. The cost to attend is $50 per person and includes all food, beverages and wreath making materials. Tables of four are also available at a cost of $180. The event is open to the public. Space is limited, and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 802-362-4061 or email

Church Christmas bazaar planned

WEST PAWLET — St. Frances Cabrini Church on Route 153 in West Pawlet will be holding a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with fresh wreaths, beautiful handcrafted items, home-baked goods, silent auction items, a basket of cheer raffle and more. For details, call 802-394-2407.

Menorah lighting

MANCHESTER — Chabad-Lubavitch of Manchester invites all to the Public Menorah lighting in Adams Park on Friday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. Join as Rabbi Andrusier lights the first Chanukah candle of the grand nine-foot Menorah and enjoy glow sticks and necklaces, warm potato latkes, chocolate gelt and popcorn for all! For more info, or check out Chabad of Manchester, Vermont on Facebook! Chanukah begins the evening of December 2 and continues for eight days.

Santa is coming

The West Pawlet Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary will hold its annual holiday bazaar at the West Pawlet Fire House, 2806 Main Street from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. There will be coffee and donuts are available from 9 a.m. Lunch will be served from 10 a.m. until closing. Vendors will offer unique crafts, gifts and greens. Holiday raffles include $50/$50 drawing, complete ham dinner and a table filled with attractive gifts. Raffle drawings begin at 2:30 pm. Santa will arrive at 1:00 pm to delight children of all ages.

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Pianist performs Chopin

MANCHESTER — Pianist/composer Gary Schmidt will present "The Nocturnal Piano of Chopin" at 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. Schmidt will perform a selection of six Chopin Nocturnes, which will be accompanied with readings of poetry that reflect on the moods and mystery of Chopin's life and music. This program is free to the public. For more information call 802-325-2603.

Bennington GOP meets

ARLINGTON — The Bennington GOP will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Martha Canfield Library in Arlington, next to Fisher Elementary School. Please enter the building at the south entrance, to the right of the front steps, as we'll be meeting on the lower level.

Dorset tree

lighting slated

DORSET — The Dorset community tree lighting will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday followed by caroling and a pot-luck supper. Bring a flashlight. After, we'll head over to the Dorset Church for chili and soup. Please bring a pot of your favorite chili, soup or salad to share. We'll provide the bread & drinks. For more information, call 867-2260 or email

Cassatt String

Quarter to perform

BENNINGTON — The New York based, internationally esteemed Cassatt String Quartet will perform in concert at Bennington College, Deane Carriage Barn, at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The program includes Wolfgang Mozart's String Quartet, KV 575 in D major, Maurice Ravel's String Quartet, and Melinda Wagner's My Tioga. This concert is open to the public. For additional information, contact: or call 802-440-4510

Author talks about avoiding risk

LONDONDERRY — World-renowned substance abuse prevention and education consultant Michael Nerney and The Collaborative will present "Risky Business: Why Adolescents Love Risk-Taking, and How We Can Help Manage It" from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Flood Brook School in Londonderry. Nerney's presentation is geared to parents, educators and caring adults of fifth- to 10th-grade students to understand risky behavior, including marijuana, alcohol use and more. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 802-824-4200.

Tree lighting, Santa sighting in Winhall

WINHALL — Join us at Winhall Memorial Library, 2 Lower Taylor Hill Rd., for caroling, cookies, and cocoa on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Winhall Community Arts Center's Annual tree lighting and visit with Santa. Caroling begins at 6 p.m., with the tree lighting and visit with Santa to follow!

Manchester tractor parade Dec. 8

MANCHESTER — The The town of Manchester's annual Manchester Merriment celebration continues on Saturday, Dec. 8, with the Lighted Tractor Parade. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and all are invited to watch the tractors adorned in holiday lights from the sidewalk as they make their way through Manchester spreading holiday cheer. This year's route begins at Manchester Elementary Middle School and travels down School Street, Bonnet Street, around the 7A/30 roundabouts, and back along Main Street before turning on Memorial Avenue towards the school. A judging and viewing stand will be set up in front of Factory Point Place on Main Street. Cash prizes will be awarded courtesy of Dorr Oil & Propane to tractors with the Best Use of Lights, the Best Float, and the Best Nonprofit. Spectators are encouraged to show their own spirit by dressing in their brightest attire. Kids, look out for giveaways and a visit from Santa Claus on a special tractor.

Winhall Library hosts cookbook event

WINHALL — The Winhall Memorial Library's Cookbook Club will hold a cookie exchange at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. Bring two dozen cookies and the recipe to share. We will provide festive containers. The library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Road in Bondville.


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