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Winter solstice party

MANCHESTER — Mark winter solstice with a holiday party at the Wilburton Inn from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 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 — When the film "Second Act" opens Friday, Dec. 21, two people involved in its production will present a screening and special reception to benefit local nonprofits. The film is about a big-box store employee, played by Jennifer Lopez, who reinvents her life and 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 premiere in town. The evening starts with a 5:30 p.m. reception at the stART Space gallery at 263 Depot St., featuring a meet and greet with Zackham and Williams, alongside plenty of food and drink and raffle prizes, including 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 gathering costs $50 per person; proceeds will benefit Grateful Hearts and the Burr and Burton Academy Success Program. To purchase tickets and to find out more, visit Email for details.

Tinmouth contra dance planned

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

Ski or snowshoe to Bromley summit

BROMLEY — Join a moonlight snowshoe or ski trip to the summit of Bromley with the Green Mountain Club Manchester Section. The outing will be on Saturday, Dec. 22, and participants meet at the Bromley Base Lodge at 5:30 p.m. Carpool to the Route 11/30 Long Trail parking lot. Snowshoe or ski up the Long Trail to the summit. We'll share food at the ski patrol hut, then snowshoe or ski down the 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 at The White Church

GRAFTON — The Vermont Symphony Orchestra brass quintet joins forces with Counterpoint, under the direction of Nathaniel G. Lew, to ring in the holidays at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at The White Church. 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 sing-along, a brand-new student composition and traditional favorites arranged by Robert De Cormier. Visit for more information.

Yoga for those suffering loss

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Losing a loved one is a heartbreaking part of life. Loss and grief can be particularly isolating, stressful and painful during the holidays where the emphasis is on family gatherings and celebration.

In the spirit of support, healing and compassion, Heart of the Village Yoga is offering a free, gentle, healing and contemplative yoga class designed to calm the mind and heal and nourish the spirit.

Experienced yoga teachers, Alexandra Langstaff and Pat Meredith will be teaching the class.

The class will be held from 4-5p.m., Sunday, Dec. 23. This class is free, open to all levels and no experience is necessary.

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VSO brass quintet plays Manchester

MANCHESTER — The Vermont Symphony Orchestra brass quintet and Counterpoint are holding a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. The performance, under the direction of Nathaniel G. Lew, will feature 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 sing-along, a brand-new student composition and traditional favorites arranged by Robert De Cormier. Visit for more information.

Oldcastle offers course in family drama

Sally Sugarman, a longtime professor at Bennington College, is joining with the Oldcastle Theatre Company to present a class titled "The American Family Drama" for eight weekly sessions from Jan. 8 through Feb. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street in Bennington. The plays the course will examine are "Awake and Sing," "Long Day's Journey into Night," "The Glass Menagerie," "Death of a Salesman," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Buried Child," "August: Osage County" and "Hir." Some of the course sessions will include film treatments of plays in the series.

The cost of the class is $140.00 for the eight sessions. For further information or to sign up call Oldcastle Theatre Company at 802-447-0564 or visit

Williams College to hold festival of new music

The Williams College Department of Music presents I/O Fest '19, a four-day festival of new music next month. The festival runs from Thursday, Jan. 10, through Sunday, Jan. 13 at various venues in Williamstown, Mass. All events are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. Over the course of four days, I/O Fest '19 will offer an immersive tour through a world of new sounds and adventurous music. With a focus on cutting-edge compositions and unconventional modes of performance, listeners can experience music in new ways. With music by composer-in-residence Sato Matsui and guest artists Bearthoven, director Matthew Gold and student director Leonard Bopp will host performances by the I/O Ensemble, IOTA, the Axxea Quartet and an array of Williams faculty, students, alumni and guests.


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