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Nature writer adventures at Northshire

MANCHESTER — Leath Tonino, nature writer and traveler, comes to Northshire at 6 p.m. Friday for a look at Vermont through geography, natural history, human experience, local tradition, season and atypical outings. 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, stories and interviews have appeared in magazines such as Outside, Men's Journal, Orion, Tricycle, and The Sun. For more information, call 802-362-2200 or visit

Holiday Cabaret is back

WESTON — Join Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm for an evening filled with songs of the season. Former Young Company members Hannah Flam, Devin Johnson, Mackenzie Jones, Bella Muller, Mickey Ryan and Michael Seltzer return for the Company's annual Holiday Cabaret show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets, $30 in advance and $35 at the door, are available at Proceeds from the event benefit the Weston Playhouse Young Company Program.

VSO vocal quartet

to visit area schools

MANCHESTER — The Vermont Symphony Orchestra's "Ah! Cappella" Vocal Quartet will hold three performances at area schools on Friday. The group will perform at Manchester Elementary/Middle School at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., then Maple Street School at 12:15 p.m. The quartet performs a wide selection of music, including madrigals, African-American spirituals and sing-and-clap-along songs.

Ah! Capella performs for students

MANCHESTER — Ah! Capella members are: soprano Claire Hungerford, of St. Albans; alto Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, of Middletown Springs; tenor Cameron Steinmetz, of Montpelier; and baritone Kevin Quigley, of Hartforld. A question-and-answer period allows students to learn about the quartet's multicultural musical choices and the lives of professional Vermont musicians. These events are part of the VSO's SymphonyKids education program, which last year reached over 20,000 schoolchildren statewide.

Antony & Cleopatra film at BBA

MANCHESTER — National Theatre Live, the best of British theater broadcast to cinemas around the world, comes to Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning will sponsor the screening of "Antony and Cleopatra," in which Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare's famous fated couple in this tragedy of politics, passion and power. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students at

Eggnog Open

House planned

MANCHESTER — In celebration of its 47th year, Tilting at Windmills Gallery is holding an Eggnog Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The gallery started as a poster shop in the center of town. Within a few years, the original owner, Sean Hunt, purchased the building that now houses the gallery. He designed the interior and was recognized with an award from Decor magazine. Some of the gallery's artists, such as Gunter Korus, Hale Johnson and Gerald Lubeck, have been represented in the gallery for over 45 years. Current owner Terry Lindsey has also added a variety of new artists over the years.

Christmas concert

at Christ Our Savior

MANCHESTER — The choir of Christ Our Savior Parish, formerly St. Paul's Catholic Church, will hold its annual Christmas concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The group, on its 15th year under the direction of Michael Gallagher, will present a mix of both familiar and unfamiliar Christmas music. The choir will be accompanied by a small orchestra and joined by several members of the community. The concert, which is open to the public, will also feature carols from the church youth.

Holiday sing-along and cookie exchange

WALLINGFORD — The Sparkle Barn is hosting a holiday sing-along and cookie exchange from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Folks who would like to participate in the cookie exchange should bring 30 homemade holiday cookies: six will be shared with other participants, and the rest will be part of the exchange. Everyone gets to bring home 24 assorted holiday cookies. To sign up, visit Seated is limited.

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Holiday tea at

the library

PAWLET —The Pawlet Public Library has decked the halls for a free Holiday Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The library board and staff will spread their best tablecloths and teapots for this time of gratitude and cheer. Everyone is invited to take a break from the season's frenzied activities and enjoy afternoon tea along with a large selection of holiday books. Tea will also be served in the children's room. Attendees are welcome to add their favorite cookies, scones or tea sandwiches to those offered by the library. For more information, call 802-325-3123.

Polar Express

pajama party

MANCHESTER — Join Northshire Bookstore for its annual Polar Express Pajama Party at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Children will love this holiday tradition, which involves a reading of the classic book, hot cocoa, cookies and an appearance from Santa. Participants should come in their pajamas. For more information, call 802-362-2200 or visit

Holiday music with Taconic Chamber Players

MANCHESTER — Manchester Community Library and Taconic Music present "An Evening of Holiday Music" at the library on Wednesday. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception offering mulled cider, mulled wine, as well as sweet and savory hors d'oeuvres donated by fine restaurants in the area. 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. The event, co-sponsored by Christmas Days and The Roberta and Russell Housman Charitable Foundation, is open to the public. For more information, call the Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607.

Winter solstice party

MANCHESTER — Mark winter solstice with a holiday party at the Wilburton Inn from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 20. The event is a potluck with singing and a cash bar. The gathering is co-hosted by Manchester Riverwalk Association, TransitionTown Manchester, MoveOn Manchester and Earth Matters. For more information, contact Theo Talcott at 802-362-7039.

Second Act benefits local causes

MANCHESTER — On Dec. 21, the opening night of the film "Second Act," its writer/producer and one of its stars will present a special reception and screening to benefit local nonprofits. When a big box store employee (Jennifer Lopez) reinvents her life and her lifestyle, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree, and that it's never too late for a "Second Act." Two locals involved in the film, its writer and producer, Justin Zackham ("The Bucket List," "The Big Wedding"), and one of its stars, Treat Williams ("Once Upon A Time in America," "Hair," "Prince of the City"), will host a special evening premiere. A 5:30 p.m. reception at the stART Space gallery at 263 Depot St. will feature a meet and greet with the two alongside plenty of food and drink as well as raffle items, including some autographed items from both Lopez and Williams. The party then moves to Village Picture Shows for a 7 p.m. screening of "Second Act" followed by a Q&A with Zackham and Williams. Tickets to the event include the meet and greet reception, film screening, and Q&A session. Cost is $50 per person with proceeds from the event benefiting Grateful Hearts and the Burr and Burton Academy Success Program. More information and tickets available online at Email for details.

Tinmouth contra dance planned

TINMOUTH — Dance to Don Stratton calling to the tunes of the Lone Prairie String Band at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at the Tinmouth Community Center, 573 Route 140. Our annual Snowflake Contra on the Solstice this year. All dances are taught, and you do not need a partner. If you are a beginner, come right at 8 p.m. for a beginner's lesson to learn the moves. There will be live music, enthusiastic swinging and dancing, refreshments and a fun night for all. Bring your friends and family. Admission is $10-$12, $8 for teens and free for children 12 and under. More info at or 802-881-6775.

Ski or snowshoe

to Bromley summit

BROMLEY — Join a moonlight snowshoe or ski to the summit of Bromley with the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section. The outing will be Saturday, Dec. 22. Meet at 5:30 at the Bromley Base Lodge. Carpool to the Route 11/30 Long Trail parking lot. Snowshoe or skin up the Long Trail to the


We'll share food at the ski patrol hut, then snowshoe or ski down the ski trail back to the base lodge. Bring a headlamp, extra layers, two pairs of gloves, food and water. RSVP to Katie Brooks at 516-978-4016 or

VSO brass quintet plays Manchester

MANCHESTER — The Vermont Symphony Orchestra brass quintet joins forces with Counterpoint at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23 at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. The concert is under the direction of Nathaniel G. Lew and will ring in the holidays in style. The ensemble will present the Vermont premiere of a stunning new setting of Nancy Tillman's beloved children's book, "On the Night You Were Born," by Vermont composer Travis Ramsey. The program also includes a carol singalong, a brand-new student composition, and traditional favorites arranged by Robert De Cormier. Visit for more information.


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