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Northshire Bookstore’s Book Angel Program begins The 19th annual Book Angel Program has begun. The program endeavors to put books into the hands of children who otherwise might not own.. See Pg. 2 for details.

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Peter Yarrow & Paul Stookey coming to Manchester

Legendary musicians Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary will celebrate the holiday season with two appearances in Manchester on Saturday, Dec. 3. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, Peter and Paul will appear in a free holiday event open to everyone at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. The duo will present America’s most beloved holiday poem “The Night Before Christmas,” stunningly set to music. Peter and Paul will also be signing copies of their new book entitled “The Night Before Christmas.” Later on Saturday at 8 p.m., the

Northshire Bookstore and the Equinox Resort will present Peter and Paul in an evening concert to benefit Music2Life, which harnesses the power of music for change through technology, documentaries and community action; and the Northshire’s Book Angels Program, which gives the gift of reading to area children. Tickets for the evening performance at the Equinox are $45 and include a copy of “The Night Before Christmas.” In addition to the general admission ticket, there are also VIP tickets available for $65 each, which include a 6:30 p.m. pre-concert

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SVAC Pop-Up gallery opens The Southern Vermont Arts Center has announced the Grand Opening of “Off the Hill,” a temporary pop-up gallery featuring art for sale, prints, merchandise and information about the organization, on Friday, Nov. 25. The gallery is located at the junction of Routes 7A & 30 in Manchester Center, in the Kimball property formerly occupied by the Sunglass Hut. Grand Opening hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 25 and 26, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 27. In conjunction with the Grand Opening, the SVAC’s Yester ouse Gallery will host a Holiday Open House, with complimentary refreshments and 10 percent off all art sales on Friday and Saturday. SVAC is located off West Rd. at 930 SVA Drive. Pop-up galleries, long popular in London, create partnerships between organizations, communities and property owners to transform empty storefronts into movable gallery installations. “We envision Off the Hill as a vibrant space to welcome guests, both local and out of town, share our story, and create opportunities to view, purchase and talk about art,” said SVAC Executive Director Joseph Madeira. For more information, visit or call (802) 362-1405.

Bennington Museum to host Festival of Trees Holiday spirit will be in abundance at the Bennington Museum this weekend, as the 15th annual Festival of Trees opens on Nov. 26. This year’s festival is themed “A New England Holiday” and runs Thursday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 31. The museum will be adorned with more than 25 trees creatively decorated by local businesses, non-profit and service organizations. Each tree is set in its own beautiful vignette

highlighting a different theme, ranging from “Wish Upon a Star” to “Quilter’s Holiday” to “Let it Snow.” Guests can vote on their own favorite setting and tree, and then wait and see if it is awarded “Best of the Fest” at the Club Muse Holiday Dance Party on Dec. 16. Saturday Nov. 26 is “Family Day” and “Children’s Christmas Shopping Day” at the museum, with admission just $1 per adult and $1 per

See TREES, pg. 2

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Long Trail School to present “A Christmas Carol” Get in the holiday spirit with students from the Long Trail School’s Arts Department, as they perform an adaptation of the Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4 in the school’s theater. Featured performers include Noah Lowenthal, Hunter Hupp and Sophie Spiro. Prior to the Saturday performance from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., there will be a dinner to raise funds for a spring trip to France and Spain. The students will serve a delectable array of gourmet European hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are $10, and include dinner and dessert. The dinner will also include a silent auction. Come for a delicious dinner and wonderful entertainment for a good cause! Before Sunday’s matinee, there will be a children’s cookie decorating party at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for “A Christmas Carol” are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and can be purchase through Brown Paper Tickets at Widely recognized for its dramatic excellence, Long Trail School has participated in the Vermont Drama Council Regional One-Act Festival since 1990 and has qualified for the State Festival five times. Long Trail was also one of 50 American high schools selected to participate in the Summer 2005 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, the largest performing arts festival in the world. Long Trail School is located at 1045 Kirby Hollow Rd. in Dorset. For more information about LTS, visit or call (802) 867-5717, ext. 190.

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$1,000 scholarship offered to seniors The Garden Club of Manchester is offering scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to two graduating high school seniors who will be continuing their education in fields related to horticulture, landscape design, environmental studies and other similar studies. The application for this scholarship is in the guidance office of Burr and Burton Academy and Long Trail School. Applications must be received by April 1, 2012.

Northshire Bookstore’s Book Bennington Center for the Arts exhibits Angel Program begins The Northshire Bookstore announces that its 19th annual Book Angel Program has begun for the holiday season. The program endeavors to put books into the hands of children who otherwise might not own or have access to them. Customers can become involved by visiting the Christmas tree in the store’s Children’s Department that is decorated with hundreds of paper angels, each containing the first name of a child. To participate, choose an angel (which will have information about the child’s age and their reading interest), then shop and purchase a book for that child. Customers can also make a monetary donation at the registers, or donate book club dollars or


gift cards. For more information, call the store at (802) 362-2200.

The Bennington Center for the Arts announces the following exhibits now in its galleries: “Small Works,” representational works by artists from around the country; “Impressions of New

Trees Continued from front page child. Children who bring a non-perishable food item for the Thanksgiving Tree will be admitted at no charge. Enjoy family fun including craft activities, snacks, story time and more – including visits with Santa from noon to 3 p.m. The Children’s Shopping Boutique will be open, and children ages four to 12 will have Shopper Helpers on hand to assist them with the gift buying. Gifts range in price from $1


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England”’ and the Laumeister Fine Art Competition will be on exhibit through Dec. 18. All work is for sale. Also on view is a portion of the per manent collection, “The People of Turtle Island,” which includes

to $7, and wrapping is included. After shopping, don’t miss the Children’s Forest of miniature trees in the Grandma Moses schoolhouse, created by students from 30 classrooms in Bennington, Shaftsbury, Woodford, North Bennington and Pownal. From noon to 3 p.m., renowned artist Will Moses will be on hand in the museum Gift Shop for a signing of his new book, “Mary and Her Little Lamb.” Born and raised in Eagle Bridge, New York, Will Moses’ paintings reflect the quiet beauty of this community nestled close to the Vermont border. His paintings can be found in the collections of the White House, the Smithsonian, the New York State Museum, and the Bob Hope Collection, among many others. While at the museum, purchase a chance to win “Stalking Mushrooms,” an original Will Moses painting valued at more than $7,000. Raffle tickets are just $5 each, and are available at the museum. The drawing will be held at the Festival of Trees gala on Dec. 3. The Festival of Trees Gala takes place at the museum from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Holiday music will be provided by The Dorset Trio. Enjoy food

paintings, bronzes, kachinas, pots and Navajo rugs by Native Americans. The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at Rt. 9 West at Gypsy Lane in Bennington. For more information, visit

stations featuring New England holiday dishes prepared by some of the area’s best chefs, signature drinks, and decadent desserts. The evening also includes a live auction with fabulous “one of a kind experience” prizes. Tickets for the Gala are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling (802) 447-1571. Take a break from the hectic pace of the holidays at the Club Muse Holiday Dance Party at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. The “Best of the Fest” awards will be announced at this event, which also features a silent auction. Cover charge is $5 at the door. Throughout the Festival of Trees during December, the museum’s Gift Shop will be open, featuring wonderful items by local craft artists and Vermont products. Browse wood pieces by Bob Gasparetti, beautiful glass jewelry by Lucy Bergamini, ceramic mugs and vases by Jessica Phillips, and handblown glass bowls and paperweights by Vermont artist Michael Egan. For more information about the Bennington Museum’s Festival of Trees, call (802) 4471751 or visit

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Bennington Museum presents awards

SVAC to host Winter Ball The Southern Vermont Arts Center announces that its biannual Winter Ball, now called “Arts for All,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 in the newly renovated Colonnade Ballroom at the Equinox Resort & Spa. The ball is a black tie event. Formerly named the Scottish Winter Ball, Arts for All is the major fundraiser for SVAC. The elegant evening includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner with wine, a live and silent auction, and dancing with the Central Park Orchestra from New York City. This year’s auctions feature some fabulous items, including a destination package to a luxurious hillside villa in St. Lucia and a week’s stay at a private home in Vero Beach, FL. Works of art by Luigi Lucioni, Jane Armstrong and Sabra Field will also be open to bid, among many other items. The Equinox is offering a discounted rate for attendees who wish to stay the night; please mention Arts for All when booking a room. All proceeds from the event benefit children and adult programming at SVAC. To register for the event, visit or call Jackie Bell-Sargood at (802) 362-1405 ext. 22.

At its annual Members’ Meeting and Dinner recently, the Bennington Museum awarded the 2011 Walloomsac Society and General Start Society Awards. This year’s recipients of the Walloomsac Society Award were Stella Elhrich and Fred Brownstein, whose artistic talents have been shared with many in the community. Both Ehrich and Brownstein have donated their work, volunteered their time, and overseen exhibitions including their work in North Bennington’s Art Park. The Walloomsac Society

Award was created in 1991, to honor those who have made significant contributions to the community in the fields of art, history or education. Since 1982, the General Stark Society Award has been presented to an individual or organization in recognition of outstanding service to the Bennington Museum. This year’s award was presented to Sheela Harden, president and CEO of Bennington Potters. The museum noted that Harden quietly supports many of the area’s non-profit and community orga-

Experience Christmas at Hildene Experience how the Lincoln family celebrated Christmas at Hildene, which will be decorated this year as though it were Christmas Eve 1912, one of the years that Robert, Mary and family spent the holidays at their Vermont retreat. From the candlelit windows, winterberries and greenery that greet guests at the port cochere to the Christmas tree replete with Victorian ornaments, Hildene portends of wonderful things to come on Christmas Day. During regular hours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., interpreters and staff will be on hand to answer questions about Hildene’s history and its famous residents. On weekends in December, the sounds of the season will resonate from the pipe organ and Steinway piano, courtesy of musicians Dr. Joseph Eppink, Joanne Beck, Michael Gallagher, Stephen Morse, Annette Cohen, Stan Hynds, Gary Schmidt, Alan Dann and Deirdre Donaldson. Hildene will hold its annual “Our House for the Holidays” open house in the museum store on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, with the 100 year old carriage barn dressed in all its holiday finery. Visitors will find distinctive items for gift-giving

from Victorian era ornaments and holiday cards to choices for children. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be live period music featuring George Haggerty on dulcimer from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, and the Emerald Valley Recorder Ensemble from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, members of Burr and Burton Academy’s Advanced Vocal Ensemble will sing carols in the Welcome Center. Sunday, Dec. 4 will be the last day for estimating the number of Lincoln pennies in the big jar. Winners in two categories,

youth 5-15 and adults 16 and older will be drawn on Monday, Dec. 5. Admission to the house and grounds, including Hildene Farm and Pullman car Sunbeam, is $16 for adults and $5 for youth six to 14 years old. Members, volunteers and youth under six are free. Admission charges are not required for visitors to the Welcome Center and the Museum Store. For more information about “Our House for the Holidays,” call Carol at (802) 367-7968 or email Hildene will be closed on Thanksgiving and Dec. 24 and 25.

nizations, and is an ardent supporter of the arts. In 2009, she provided historic materials and collections for an exhibit about her late husband David Gil (founder of Bennington Potters)


and the company. Harden continues to be a strong supporter of the museum.


We have a truckload from Pennsylvania of new tack, toys, horse related items, gifts and much more just in time for the holidays! We will also be offering a catered meal and several drawings with proceeds to benefit Mark Reardon, a longtime friend of Chipman Stables and huge supporter of our 4H club, Blazing Saddles. Mark is battling very serious health issues. For more information please call 802-293-5242 *ALSO ACCEPTING CONSIGNMENTS*

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FRI 11/25 MANCHESTER The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester is starting its annual Book Angel Program to put books into the hands of children that otherwise don’t own or have access to them. You can help by choosing an angel off a tree at the store to make a book match, by making a monetary donation at the store registers, and book club dollars and gift cards also may be donated. Information: 802-3622200, or MANCHESTER Registrations are being accepted for The Posh Pups Parade that will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Crystal Palace street level entrance, 72 Depot Street, Route 11/30, in Manchester. Pups and their owners will walk a parade route to help raise funds for the nonprofit Meals on Wheels of Bennington County. Registration fee: $10 per pet. Registration: BENNINGTON The Bennington Center for the Arts, Route 9 West at Gypsy Lane, has three exhibitions running through Friday, Dec. 18: Small Works, Impressions of New England, and The Laumeister Fine Art Competition. All of the works are for sale. Also on view is a portion of the permanent collection, “The People of Turtle Island,” including paintings, bronzes, kachinas, pots, and Navajo rugs of and by Native Americans. Information: 802-442-7158, or MANCHESTER The Southern Vermont Arts Center off West Road in Manchester will hold a grand opening for its “Off the Hill” temporary pop-up gallery from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday the 27th. Art, prints and other quality merchandise will be for sale. Information: 802-362-1405, or MANCHESTER The Southern Vermont Arts Center off West Road in Manchester invites everyone to its First Annual Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26. Featured will be complimentary refreshments and 10 percent off the price of all artwork. Information: 802-362-1405, or

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free admission on Nov. 26 and have an opportunity to visit the Children’s Shopping Boutique, the Holiday Boutique, and the Museum Gift Shop. Games, crafts and snacks, too. Information: 802-4471571, or BENNINGTON Will Moses will sign copies of his newest book, “Mary and Her Little Lamb,” from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Bennington Museum, 75 Main Street, Route 9. While there, purchase a chance to win “Stalking Mushrooms,” an original painting by Will valued at more than $7,000. The museum shop also offers oldfashioned children’s toys and games, stained glass, and more. Information: 802-447-1571, or BENNINGTON The Amazing Kreskin will visit the Bennington Center for the Arts, Route 9 West at Gypsy Lane in Bennington, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Kreskin is famous for his predictions and ability to read the minds of his audience. Cost: $30 in advance at 802-442-7158, or $35 at the door. SALEM Author Kimerer LeMothe and her musician husband, Geoffrey Gee, will present an afternoon of readings, a signing of the book “Family Planting,” and music from a new CD, “I’ll Be There with You,” beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. You’ll find this activity at Gardenworks on Route 30, W. Broadway, in Salem. Information: 518-854-3250, or MANCHESTER The Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant on West Road in Manchester will kick off the “Manchester Merriment” season of wine tastings from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Cost: $10, with proceeds benefiting all area food cupboards. Information/ tickets: Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce at 5046 Main Street in Manchester Center, or call 802362-6313. Additional tastings will be held at Gringo Jack’s on Saturday, Dec. 3, Comollo Antiques and Fine Wines on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Honora (next to the Equinox Resort) on Saturday, Dec. 17. MANCHESTER The Town of Manchester will hold its annual Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive on a red fire truck and a hot beverage will be served. SALEM Jerry Gretzinger, Jessica Layton and Benita Zahn will present “The Singing Anchors Go Holiday!” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, at The Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater, 11 E. Broadway in Salem. Featured will be seasonal songs and stories by the area’s highly regarded news anchors. Cost: $20, including $5 for coffee and dessert. Information/tickets: 518-854-9200, or

DORSET The United Church of Dorset and East Rupert on Church Street in Dorset will hold its annual Alternative Gift Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday the 27th. Offered will be baskets, jewelry, items for home use and décor, nativity scenes, ornaments, and crafts from throughout the world. Proceeds will benefit families in need in 35 countries. If you cannot make the fair, call Derry Dickinson at 867-5976 for an alternate time.

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BENNINGTON The Bennington Museum at 75 Main Street, Route 9, will host its 15th Annual Festival of Trees from Saturday, Nov. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 31. More than 20 uniquely decorated trees will be exhibited, along with traditionally decorated trees throughout the museum. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday. Also, families will enjoy

BENNINGTON In honor of all veterans, the AARP Driver Safety Program will offer the program for free to all veterans and their spouses at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Dorset Congregational Church (bring a sandwich for a lunch break). Register with Frank at 802-2874308. Arrive early to fill out some paperwork and bring proof of your

being a veteran or veteran’s spouse. BENNINGTON The Families Together group for those caring for a loved one will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Bennington Project Independence Adult Day Service in the Dr. Richard A. Sleeman Building, 614 Harwood Hill in Bennington. Information: 802-442-8136, email info@bpiads. org, or DORSET Noted child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Roberta Bennett will speak on “The Teenage Brain” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the Long Trail School off Route 30 at 1045 Kirby Hollow Road in Dorset. Free and open to parents, educators of teenagers, and young adults. Information:

WED 11/30 NORTH BENNINGTON The Vermont Arts Exchange will host an opening reception for an exhibition by seven advanced printmaking students from Bennington College titled, “I will Try to Put Down on Paper,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30. This event, at VAE’s Sage Street Mill in North Bennington, opens the Sixth Annual Bennington College Printmakers’ Show. Information: 802-442-5549, or

FRI 12/2 MANCHESTER The Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce will present Gwendolyn Hallsmith, founder and director of Global Community Initiatives and author of “The Key to Sustainable Cities,” at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester. Information/reservations: 802-3626313. MANCHESTER The Southern Vermont Arts Center invites everyone to its biannual, black-tie Winter Ball, “Arts for All,” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in the newly renovated Colonnade Ballroom at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester. Bid on a luxurious, five-bedroom hillside villa in St. Lucia, a weeklong stay at a private home with a pool in Vero Beach, and much more. There’ll be a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing. Information/reservations: Jackie Bell-Sargood at 802-3621405, Ext. 22, or RUPERT The Rupert Kittay Public Library will host the No Strings Marionette Company with a presentation of the fairytale classic, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Rupert Firehouse on Route 153. Fifteen large-scale marionettes will be featured, and children and their parents will have an opportunity to inspect them and various tools used in staging this show. Free and open to all. Information: Email, or www. DORSET The Dorset Players will stage “Winnie the Pooh” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and 9, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11, at the Dorset Playhouse. Cost: $12 adults; $10 members; $8 students; free age 5 and younger accompanied by an adult.


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