Northshire Notes


Northshire Notes are community news briefs about nonprofit events and announcements in our readership area. To submit for publication, send a news release with the day, date, time and location to We look forward to hearing from you!Library hosts shop and sipMANCHESTER — Grab some friends and join us at the Library for festive libations, holiday cheer and the chance to preview the high-end assortment of wares from top-notch vendors at our second annual Holiday Shopping Marketplace. The Marketplace is a fundraiser for the library to benefit early literacy efforts for our youngest patrons. This is a pop-up, one-stop opportunity to take care of your holiday shopping needs featuring gifts galore including jewelry; stylish clothing and accessories; cozy sleepwear, shapewear, robes, and luxurious loungewear; decor for the home and the holidays and more. You'll receive 15 percent off any gift shopping that evening. Tickets to the Shop & Sip Preview are $25; with your ticket you'll enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne, as well as sweet and savory bites. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. The Holiday Shopping Marketplace will continue the next day on Saturday, Dec. 8 when it's free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.BBA photography exhibitMANCHESTER — "Northshire and the Mountains - Our Home", Burr and Burton Academy's largest, all-inclusive photography show featuring work of more than 40 of Alex Vincent's photography students, will be exhibited at stART Space in Manchester. The show will run from Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 6-9 at the gallery, which is located at 263 Depot St. The stART Space gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 549-8186 or visit tree lighting setLONDONDERRY — The community tree lighting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 in The Mountain Marketplace. The event is sponsored by the Londonderry Rotary and Susie Wyman, there will be music by The Nordic Harmonii and an appearance by Santa! An open house will immediately follow at Neighborhood Connections. Bring the children for homemade cookies and hot chocolate.Tree lighting, Santa sighting in WinhallWINHALL — Join us at Winhall Memorial Library, 2 Lower Taylor Hill Rd., for caroling, cookies and cocoa 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!Holiday bazaar at Flood BrookLONDONDERRY — A holiday bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 in the Flood Brook Gymnasium. There will be arts and crafts, children's crafts, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, bake sale and refreshments. All proceeds will benefit the Flood Brook Student Activities Cooperative. For more information, email hborhek@brsu.orgGarden club hosts holiday bazaarARLINGTON — The Arlington Garden Club will host its annual holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Arlington Community House. There will be handcrafted holiday decorations for the table or shelf as well as interesting gift items for sale and baked goods. Santa will be across the street at Saint James Church across the street 3 p.m. and a tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. with caroling and hot chocolate. For more information, call 802-375-2344 or Chance holds open houseARLINGTON — The Second Chance Animal Center will hold its annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 8, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Second Chance facility, at 1779 Route 7A in Arlington. 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 decorations, a hot chocolate bar to warm the day, and even a chance to have your photograph taken with Santa"Paws" from 1 to 2 p.m.Arlington community celebration setARLINGTON — Community organizations in town are gearing up for a day of community holiday celebrations along Route 7A on Saturday, Dec. 8. There's a Polar Express event with cookie decorating from noon to 4 p.m. at the Community House, Santa and his elves arrive at 3 p.m. at St. James Church followed by tree and town lighting at 4:30 p.m. There will be holiday music and caroling on the community house lawn at 5 p.m. with hot chocolate and treats. Plus there will be trees and wreaths for sale and donations taken for the food shelf. All events are part of the Arlington Area Renewal Project, an all-volunteer group.Zion Church hosts brunch for BishopMANCHESTER — The Vestry of Zion Church will host a brunch in honor of The Right Rev. Thomas C. Ely on Sunday, Dec. 9, immediately following the 10 a.m. service. Come celebrate Bishop Ely's 17 years of service as the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont. Please RSVP to the church office at 802-362-1987 or Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main Street/Route 7A.Children's story time explores raceMANCHESTER — Kids' storytime at Northshire Bookstore will present Anastasia Higginbotham's "Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness." The event will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. The children's picture book tells the story of a white child who sees a TV news report of a white police officer fatally shooting a black man. An afternoon in the library's history stacks uncovers the truth of white supremacy in America. The book is the latest in Higginbotham's Ordinary Terrible Things series, which includes "Divorce is the Worst" and "Tell Me About Sex, Grandma." Winter poetry salon scheduledPAWLET — The Winter Solstice Poetry Salon will gather in The Pawlet Public Library's Reference Room on Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. There will be an hour to share and listen to the poetry, and an hour for the reception. Please bring one to three of your poems to share. Poets will have about 3 minutes to read. Hot cider will be provided. Please bring something to share, savory or sweet, seltzer, juice or eggnog. Please RSVP to For more information, email at or call 802-362-2346.Winhall Library hosts cookbook eventWINHALL — 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.BBA hosts Winter ShowcaseMANCHESTER — Burr and Burton Academy's Media and Performing Arts Department is proud to present its Winter Showcase, A Festival of Dance, Drama and Film, from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, at the school's Riley Center for the Arts. Experience the wide range of talent from more than 75 students who partake in BBA's acting, dance and film classes. There is something for everyone in this tightly packed evening of the performance. Acting scenes range from Shakespeare to A League of Their Own, the hilarious Noises Off and original works from Gianna Delossantos, Erin Norton and more. The Fall Short Film project will be presented along with the BBA Dance Company performing numbers, including Bob Fosse's "Hot Honey Rag," from the musical Chicago, a contemporary piece "River," choreographed by Grace MacFadyen, a lyrical piece "Upward Over The Mountain," choreographed by Rachel Hemmer, a ballet variation and Emily Owens' hip-hop number "Run The World, Grlz." Tickets are $3 for students and $6 for adults and can be purchased online at: winter blues with mindfulnessLONDONDERRY — The days are getting shorter and our calendars are down to the last pages. For many, these are especially hard days when our minds are burdened with negative thoughts and feelings. Mindful meditation can help relax our minds. Cheryl Wilfong will be at Neighborhood Connections to discuss mindfulness and lead short guided meditations designed to help combat the winter blues at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13. Space is limited, so call 802-824-4343 to attend. Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace, next to the post office.Nature writer adventures at NorthshireMANCHESTER — Leath Tonino, nature writer and traveler, comes to Northshire at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14 for a look at Vermont through geography, natural history, human experience, local tradition, season, and atypical outings to better understand the meaning of our place. Tonino grew up along the shores of Lake Champlain and his career as a nature and travel writer has taken him across the country. His essays, reported stories, and interviews appear in magazines such as Outside, Men's Journal, Orion, Tricycle, Utne Reader and The Sun. For more information, call 802-362-2200 or visit party plannedMANCHESTER — Join us for our annual Polar Express Pajama Party at 6 p.m. Dec. 18. The kids will love this holiday tradition with a reading of the classic book, hot cocoa and cookies, and an appearance from Santa himself. Come in your pajamas. For more information, call 802-362-2200 or visit



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