Northshire Notes


Dorset Library features January artist of the month

DORSET — The Dorset Public Library is shining the spotlight on Donna Wynbrandt as its featured artist for January. About a dozen whimsical, graphic artworks reveal Wynbrandt's movement into a new career phase. At least seven pieces will highlight her watercolor delights. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Refreshments will be served. All exhibited works are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to the library. Wynbrandt, from Cambridge, N.Y., is a self-taught artist who showed at the Puck Building in Manhattan in 1992. Since then, dozens of local venues in Washington County, New York, have showcased her art. Her works are also sold in the Bennington Museum gift shop, and she will participate in its upcoming fundraiser. The Dorset library is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Call 802-867-5774 for more information.

Welcome 2019 with the classics

WESTON — Weston Playhouse Theatre and Kinhaven Music School, two of southern Vermont's premier cultural institutions, will come together for "A Classical Kick Off to 2019" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 5. Join faculty artists from Kinhaven Music School at Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm for an evening of chamber music. Musicians Ari Isaacman-Beck, Nicholas DiEugenio, Adam Grabois, Aundrey Mitchell, Peter Schultz, Mimi Solomon and Mary Watt will treat audience members to pieces by Brahms, Mozart, Telemann and other classical musicians. Tickets, which are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, can be purchased at

Free skate night for students

MANCHESTER — The Collaborative is hosting a free skate night for students grades 6 to 12 on Saturday, Jan. 5, at Riley Rink. There will also be a movie showing. The night of fun will run from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is sponsored by Union Underground and Charlie's Coffee House. For questions, call Emily at The Collaborative at 802-824-4200.

Girl Scouts free information sessions scheduled Jan. 7

Two free information sessions to discover what makes Girl Scouts the leading expert on girls will be held in Manchester and Dorset on Monday, Jan. 7. The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains will hold one session in Manchester from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Manchester Town Hall, 40 Jeff Williams Way. The Dorset session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at Dorset School, 130 School Drive. Girls and their families can meet local Girl Scouts and volunteers; learn about expanded STEM and outdoor programs; enjoy fun, girl-led activities; explore programs; learn about volunteer opportunities; and register to become a Girl Scout. Plus, girls will receive a free Discover Girl Scouts embroidered patch.

Manchester library screens romantic comedy

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Community Library will screen a popular romantic comedy at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8, as part of a Contemporary Film series. The movie follows Rachel Chu to Singapore, where she meets her boyfriend's very wealthy family. The 2018 romantic comedy, set in the extravagant, glitzy and catty world of the Singapore elite, stars Constance Wu, Awkwafina and Henry Golding. The screening is free and open to the public at the library located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For more information, call 802-362-2607 or visit

Oldcastle offers course in family drama

BENNINGTON — Sally Sugarman, a longtime professor at Bennington College, is joining with the Oldcastle Theatre Company to present a class titled "The American Family Drama." It will run for eight weekly sessions from Jan. 8 through Feb. 26, 7 to 9 p.m. at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St. The course will examine the following plays: "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 sessions will include film treatments of the plays. The class costs $140. 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

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. — 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 creations 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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LONDONDERRY — Do you experience fatigue, decreased energy, appetite changes, trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating and an increased desire to be alone? You may have what is commonly called the "winter blues." Join Cindy Gogan as she discusses various coping skills to alleviate the symptoms often associated with the darker months of the year. She will be at Neighborhood Connections at 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11. A nonprofit social services agency serving nine area mountain towns in south-central Vermont, Neighborhood Connections is located in Londonderry's Mountain Marketplace. Gogan, a licensed mental health professional with a practice in Londonderry's Mountain Community Yoga, will also discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder, a more severe form of the winter blues. This lecture is offered at no charge, but please register to attend by calling 802-824-4343.

Art institute offers free drawing classes

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. — The Clark Art Institute invites artists of all skill levels to participate in a series of three free drawing classes to be held at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, Jan. 11, Feb. 8 and March 8. The hour-long classes will be held at the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper. Classes are based on drawings from the Clark's permanent collection. Each month explores a different theme: still life (January), portraiture (February) and landscape (March). Participants may engage in the artistic tradition of copying original drawings or they can practice fundamentals, sketch from life and explore new ideas. Basic materials are provided. Artists bringing their own supplies should note that only graphite pencils are allowed in the Study Center and museum galleries. Space is limited to 12 participants, so reservations are required. To reserve, visit or call 413-458-0524.

Show to benefit wounded warriors

MANCHESTER — The Manchester VFW presents The Julie Shae live band on Saturday, Jan. 12. The event benefits the Wounded Military Heroes, a group of wounded veterans who come up for the weekend to ski at Bromley and stay with volunteer families in the community. The show, from 7 to 10 p.m., is open to everyone. Tickets at the door are $10, and there will be a cash bar.

Concert to raise money for heating assistance

MANCHESTER — Ski for Heat, the local nonprofit that raises funds for heating assistance, is thrilled that "Downtown" Bob Stannard & Those Dangerous Bluesmen will again be providing a great evening of entertainment to raise money for community members struggling to stay warm this winter. The Hot Blues for Cold Nights concert starts 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Eagles Club on Routes 11/30. Organizers suggest a $20 donation for the event, but any amount will be welcome. "If you just paid your bills and have no extra money to spend, please still join us," Ski for Heat event founder Martha Robertson said Tickets are available at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center or at the door. Tyler Electric & Security in Dorset is the presenting sponsor for the concert, and Clark's Quality Foods in Londonderry is the title sponsor for Ski for Heat.

Firemen raising funds with pancakes

WEST PAWLET — The West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department is holding a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 13, to raise money for its equipment and training needs. Breakfast will be served 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the West Pawlet firehouse, 2806 Vermont Route 153, which a handicap-accessible site. The breakfast menu includes regular, chocolate chip, blueberry and cranberry pancakes, as well as waffles served with local maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and West Pawlet's world-famous home fries. Beverages include coffee, tea, milk and orange juice. The meal costs $10 for those 12 to 64 years old, $8 for seniors 65 years and older, $5 for children ages 5 to 11; children 4 and younger eat free. All profits from the breakfast will go to the fire department, a nonprofit organization. New members are welcome, and donations are appreciated. The department members wish to extend a sincere thank you to the many patrons of their pancake breakfast, which is held monthly September through April.

Beginner snowshoeing with GMC

MANCHESTER — Join the Manchester Section of the Green Mountain Club for a beginners' snowshoeing trek on Saturday, Jan. 19. Snowshoe the Lower Little Michigan loop, a 2-mile route with an elevation change of less than 100 feet. Participants are meeting at the Landgrove Inn at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead, where parking is limited. Bring extra layer of clothes, snacks and fluids. RSVP required: Marge Fish at 802-384-3654 or

Moderatnowshoe with the GMC

PERU — The Green Mountain Club is inviting outdoor enthusiasts to snowshoe Styles Peak on Saturday, Jan. 26. The moderate hike, 5.2 miles long, will gain an elevation of 1,200 feet. Participants are meeting at the Peru Town Office at 9 a.m. and carpooling to the parking area 1 mile below Mad Tom Notch. The plan is to snowshoe up the snowmobile trail to the LT, go north 1.6 miles to the summit, then take the same way down. Bring spare clothes, snacks, lunch and fluids. RSVP required: Andrew Harper at 802-430-3859 or


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