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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.

Manage the winter blues

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

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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.

Library hosts 'Becoming Vermont' talk

The Manchester Community Library will host Vermonter and amateur historian David Quesnel on 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, as he presents part one of the series "Becoming Vermont." Quesnel presents "Carving Out Vermont," an informative talk on the earliest days of Vermont and its journey to statehood. Quesnel is the author of the book series Grandpaw's Memoirs, a constant traveler of the state of Vermont and a skilled storyteller. The program is free and all are welcome. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue. Information: 802-362-2607 or visit

Equinox Village presents painting exhibit

The Gallery at Equinox Village will present an exhibit of paintings by Matthew P. Chinian Jan. 17 through Feb. 18 with an opening reception set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. The opening is free and light refreshments will be served. Chinian is a painter who now lives in Cambridge, N.Y. He earned a bachelor's of art from Bennington College, majoring in painting and sculpture, followed by an MFA. from SUNY Albany in 1988. After graduate school he continued to make and exhibit sculpture working freelance in public sculpture fabrication, sign making and architectural model making and other sculptural applications. By 1990 Matt specialized in traditional window restoration. Around 2012 he returned to painting


Library hosts 18+ movie night

Manchester Community Library will screen another in its "So Bad They're Good" Film Series, for those 18 years of age and over, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Enjoy a 1955 sci-fi "B" movie that features a giant, radioactive octopus that terrorizes the West Coast, as well as kitschy themed snacks and nonalcoholic drinks. Free and open to age 18+. The film is not rated. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. For the exact title of the film and other info, please call the Library at 802-362-2607.

Beginner snowshoeing in Lower Little

Michigan Loop

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

Snowshoe Styles Peak with the Green Mountain Club

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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