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MMF alumnus Heather Braun returns as concertmaster The Manchester Music Festival’s New Year’s Eve Concerts will be a homecoming of sorts, as well as a “promotion” for Concertmaster Heather Braun. The concerts, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., take place on Saturday, Dec. 31 at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village. See Pg. 3 for details.

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Manchester Chamber donates $3,500 to regional food cupboards The second annual “Manchester Merriment” celebrations were a huge success this year, enabling the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce to disburse $3,500 to regional food cupboards this week. Receiving donations were the Arlington Food Shelf, Danby Food Cupboard, Jamaica/Wardsboro Community Food Pantry, Londonderry Food Pantry, Manchester Food Cupboard, Pawlet Community Food Pantry and the Rupert Food Pantry. “Manchester Merriment” and presenting sponsors Berkshire Bank, Cape Air and Orvis, and supporting sponsors The Spiral Press Café, The Perfect Wife, Vermont Renewable Fuels and Efficiency Vermont hosted tree lightings, a tractor parade, wine tastings and a children’s concert over the past six weeks to provide holiday activities for the region, and to give back to the community. An additional 35 regional companies also supported Manchester Merriment as elves. “The Chambers is thrilled to help make a difference for our communities and their residents, particularly at this time of year,” said Berta Maginniss, executive director of the Manchester and the Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce.

MMF to present New Year’s Eve concerts The soaring strains of Tchaikovsky and Grieg along with heart-throbbing Broadway tunes, tangos and waltzes will fill Manchester Village on December 31 when the Manchester Music Festival presents two New Year’s Eve Concerts at 4 and 6 p.m. Each concert is programmed to delight a wide variety of ages and classical music tastes. “No one’s New Year’s Eve celebration will be complete without attending these lively, festive concerts,” said Ari Rudiakov, artistic director of the Manchester Music Festival. “Nine of the best string players on the East Coast will deliver the first fond memories for you to carry into 2012.” The concerts will take place at First Congregational Church on 7A in Manchester Village, across from the Equinox Hotel. The first performance, designed for families with children, will be at 4 p.m. Spicing up the holiday program at the family concert will be a special appearance by the Waltz King himself, Johann Strauss II, played by local thespian Peter Langstaff. “He will be encouraging dancing in the aisles and hand-clapping, especially during the Radetzky March,” Rudiakov said. “The 4 p.m. Family Concert will also be an opportunity to hear our young musicians, the Manchester Youth

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Maple Street School holds Winter Concert The Maple Street School rang out with the sound of music on Dec. 15, when students presented a concert featuring songs of the America spirit. Choral director Erin Gill Reilly said she was thrilled that the songs inspired by hope and joy included two original songs, “We the People,” written by local songwriter Sandy Wilbur, and “Holiday Car,” written by Gill Reilly. Instrumental director Erin Villamizar, along with Gill Reilly, led the students. The school reported that the concert was special this year because it had many ethnic influences. In

addition to the choral songs, the students played recorders, handbells, Brazilian drums and concert band instruments. Guest artist Gary Meitrott led 30 students on samba percussion. There was a variety of holiday music, with many genres represented. Maple Street School is an independent day school serving children in grades Kindergarten through eight. More information is available by calling (802) 362-7137 or visiting www.

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Manchester Country Club board member Bill Stracher presents a donation for local families to Nancy Bemis of the United Counseling Service. For the second year, the Manchester Country Club hosted a Holiday Party which provided a donation to the United Counseling Service to help support families in need during the holiday season. This year, more than 100 members gathered on Dec. 16 to celebrate the holidays and raised $878 for three local families. “We hope to continue this tradition each year going forward,” said Manchester Country Club General Manager Robert Stearns.

St. James Church to host Messiah Sing-Along Dec. 31 St. James Episcopal Church in Arlington welcomes the entire community to its eighth annual “Messiah Sing-Along” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. Singers of all levels and abilities are invited to participate in the informal sing-along, which will be under the direction of Scott Smedinghoff. The event will include the Advent and Christmas section of Handel’s choral masterpiece, as well as The Hallelujah Chorus. Several soloists, including Fr. Scott Neal as tenor and Mark Madison as bass will take part. The chorus will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra comprised of talented local musicians. In addition, choruses from around the region are expected to participate. Bring your voice, enthusiasm and holiday spirit to help usher in the New Year with this

popular event. Even if you don’t know the whole piece but want to sing or hum your favorite part, you are most welcome. Just bring your voice, enthusiasm and holiday spirit. A limited number of copies of the score will be available to singers. Those who have their own copy are encouraged to bring it. This year’s sing-along is in memory of Dr. Oakley Frost, a great supporter of the event who shared his musical talents as part of the Messiah orchestra each year from the beginning. Oakley passed away earlier this year and will be missed. Admission is free to the sing-along. St. James Episcopal Church is located on Historic Route 7A in the center of Arlington, Vermont. For more information, go to www. or call 442-4414.

MMF to offer string instrument lessons The Manchester Music Festival announces registration for the winter semester of the Michael Rudiakov Music Academy (MRMA). Private lessons will be offered in violin, viola and cello beginning on Jan. 9, 2012. Tuition is $420 and covers 12 45-minute lessons for ages six to 18. Financial aid is available. Lessons are taught by professional, classicallytrained instrumentalists, each with many years of orchestral, small ensemble and teaching experience. This year’s faculty includes Joana Genova and Vesela French, violin; Ariel Rudiakov, viola; and Jared Shapiro, cello. In addition to lessons, MRMA students conclude their semester with a student recital. They also receive free family admission to most of the

Manchester Music Festival concerts throughout the year. MRMA students from the current semester will perform as “The Manchester Youth Orchestra” at the upcoming New Year’s Even Family Concert by the Manchester Festival Strings at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. For more information on MRMA, concerts, or the Manchester Music Festival, go to or call (802) 362-1956. The Manchester Music Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to classical music performance and education.

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Members of the Manchester Knights of Columbus delivered 30 Christmas dinners complete with large turkeys and desserts to Nancy Bemis of United Counseling Service on Monday, Dec. 19 Thanks to the Knights efforts, several of the area’s most vulnerable people and families received Christmas baskets filled with a holiday meal. Pictured left to right are Knights Ed Sossi, Hugh Galvin, Tracey Belden, Frank Sutton, Leo Diliello, Charlie Pufahl, and Nancy Bemis of United Counseling Service.

SVC receives substantial endowment gift The Board of Trustees at Southern Vermont College has announced that the College has received a substantial endowment gift from the late Helen Dixon Kunzelmann of Old Bennington. Mrs. Kunzelmann, who was well known for her many contributions to and affection for the Bennington community, died June 15, 2011, at the age of 93. Mrs. Kunzelmann was a graduate of the Dana Hall School and Vassar College and is survived by her two grandchildren, Christopher Ely Kunzelmann and Laura Kunzelmann Hastings, and five great-granddaughters. This endowment gift will be distributed to the College over a period of several years, commencing in December 2011. The income from The Helen Dixon Kunzelmann Endowment is designed to enable the College to pursue its educational goals and will provide support for ini-

tiatives at SVC that will further its capacity to serve its students and facilitate their success in higher education, including through student scholarships. “We are deeply honored by this remarkable and generous gift from Mrs. Kunzelmann. It is reflective of her belief in Southern Vermont College’s bright future and the role of the College within the Bennington community she so loved,” SVC President Karen Gross said. “Endowment gifts like this are institutionally transformative and provide both short- and long-term benefits to the College. I look forward to sharing the College’s ongoing plans for this gift with Mrs. Kunzelmann’s grandchildren as, together, we honor their grandmother’s legacy.” For more information about Southern Vermont College, please visit the Web site, www.

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Concerts Continued from front page Ensemble, performing along with the professionals,” Rudiakov said. The second concert will start at 6 p.m. and will feature an expanded 80-minute program of works to appeal to core and casual classics fans alike. Selections by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, and Leroy Anderson will be included in the mix of baroque pieces, Argentine tangos, Strauss waltzes, and Broadway tunes. A triumphant version of Auld Lang Syne is planned to conclude the concert, after which attendees are invited to join the musicians for free “bubbly” and chocolates. Both concerts feature the Manchester Festival Strings, a nine-member ensemble led by concertmaster Heather Braun, a violinist and former Manchester Music Festival Young Artist, who now plays with the acclaimed Bostonbased Arneis Quartet. Tickets for the 4 p.m. concerts are $10 for adults, with children under 18 free. Admission for the 6 p.m. concert is $27 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets will be available at the door and are available in advance at www.mmfvt. org and at Northshire Bookstore. “The music will delight, tug at the heart-strings, and leave you feeling a glowing holiday spirit,” Rudiakov said. “Join us!”

“The Courage to Remember,” opening and First Wednesdays lecture

Rabbi David Novak The New Year is a time of resolutions, of contemplation and reflection. In this context, the Mark Skinner Library in

Manchester will present the internationally acclaimed exhibit of Holocaust education, “The Courage to Remember,” which opens with a special reception at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the library. “The Courage to Remember” is a testament to the persecution and extermination of European Jews by Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. It is a creation of the Museum of Tolerance, which is a division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, established in 1977 as an international Jewish human rights organization. While the entire collection is comprised of 40 posters, due to space limitations, the MSL exhibit will feature 26 panels. Speaking at the opening reception will be Professor Paul Vincent, Chair of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Department at Keene State College, and

Rabbi David Novak of the Israel Congregation of Manchester. To attend the reception, please RSVP to (802) 362-2607 or email The exhibit has traveled throughout North America and in over 15 countries on six continents, including Australia, South Africa, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Spain, France and South Korea. It is the first exhibit on the Holocaust produced by a Jewish institution to be officially shown in the Soviet Union and in China. In Japan alone, more than two million people viewed the exhibit. The exhibit is free to the public, and will remain on display until Jan. 20. It is sponsored by the Mark Skinner Library and the Israel Congregation of Manchester, and is on loan from Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro. Following the opening at MSL, Dr. Vincent will present his talk “Life in Prewar Nazi Germany” at 7 p.m. in the First Congregational Church, as part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series. Focusing on the pre-war experience of non-Jewish citizens, Dr. Vincent will examine how ideology and terror undermined human dignity, numbed self-awareness, and atomized German society. Dr. Vincent is also the author of “The Politics of Hunger: The Blockade of German, 1915-1919,” and “A Historical Dictionary of Germany’s Weimar Republic, 1918-1933.” The lecture is free and open to the public. The First Congregational Church is handicapped accessible. For more information about First Wednesdays, visit

MMF alumnus Heather Braun returns as concertmaster The Manchester Music Festival’s New Year’s Eve Concerts will be a homecoming of sorts, as well as a “promotion” for Concertmaster Heather Braun. In 2003 and 2004, Braun was one of a small number of chamber musicians chosen to participate in MMF’s Young Artist Program, which is offered each summer. The program, a sixweek intensive hcamber music study session for students in their twenties, is part of MMF’s commitment to classical music education. Now, with several years of performing as a professional musician under her belt, including performing as second violin for previous MMF concerts, she

returns to Manchester in the first violin chair and as Concertmaster with the Manchester Festival Strings. As Concertmaster for the nine-piece ensemble, Braun will be in charge of rehearsals and the flow of the two scheduled performances. “I’ve grown up as a person and as a violinist with Manchester Music Festival,” said Braun. “I’m thrilled to come back and perform on New Year’s Eve.” The concerts, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., take place on Saturday, Dec. 31 at the First Congregational Church in Manchester Village. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.

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SAT 12/31 POULTNEY A free Holiday Community Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Episcopal Ministry Center, 84 Church Street in Poultney. Everyone will be welcome. POULTNEY A free preview class, “Kindermusik with Heidi Brown,” will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Poultney Rescue Squad Building, 409 Route 30. For newborn children through age 2, this class will feature songs, dances, bounces and chants about our feathered friends, from bluebirds to wrens. Information/registration: Heidi at 802-884-8040, email, or visit ARLINGTON The Eighth Annual Community-Wide Messiah SingAlong will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at St. James Episcopal Church on Route 7A in Arlington. Singers of all levels and abilities are encouraged to participate. A limited number of copies of the score will be available; bring your own if you have one. This event will be in memory of Dr. Oakley Frost who passed away this year. Information: 802-442-4414, or MANCHESTER The Manchester Music Festival Strings will present two concerts on Saturday, Dec. 31, at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. A family concert will begin at 4 p.m., with tickets at $10 for adults, free for age 18 and younger. The full program concert will be at 6 p.m., followed by chocolates and bubbly. Cost: $27 adults; $10 students with ID. Tickets are available at, the Northshire Bookstore, and will be sold at the door.

ARLINGTON Red Mountain Chapter 41, Order of the Eastern Star, invites everyone to its annual New Year’s Day Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Jan. 1, at the Masonic Lodge on E. Arlington Road in Arlington. Cost: $6.50 at the door. Information: Kathy Cotrofeld at 375-6782.

TUE 1/3 POULTNEY American Legion Post 39 at 689 Granville Street in Poultney will hold meetings as follows: Ladies Auxiliary 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3; Sons of the America Legion 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5; and regular Legion meeting 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Information: 802-287-5229.

WED 1/4 CASTLETON The Castleton Republican party will hold a quarterly breakfast meeting at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the Trak Inn Restaurant in Bomoseen. Peg Bauman will serve as the guest speaker. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP by Wed. Jan. 4, at or call Gary Turgeon at 265-2237. MANCHESTER The Equinox Curling Club will hold a three-hour Learn to Curl clinic from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Riley Rink. Ages 15 and up are welcome. Cost is $35; pre-registration is required. Forms are available at www.equinoxcurlingclub. org or at Riley Rink. Clinic participants are welcome to become members of the ECC at a $15 discount and curl weekly during the winter. Information: or 802-645-0222. RUTLAND The Vermont Humanities Council will present film expert Rick Winston with a talk titled, “What Makes a Classic Film?” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Rutland Free Library, 10 Court Street. Free and open to all. Information: Library at 802773-1860, or Humanities Council at 802-262-2626.

MANCHESTER The Equinox Curling Club is hosting its first annual Curling and Champagne Event from 5:15 o 9:15 p.m. at Riley Rink. No previous curling experience required; for ages 13 and up. Pre-register by Dec. 29 by emailing Cost of $55 includes equipment, instruction, ice fees and refreshments. Information: 802-325-2116.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Arts will host the 14th Annual First Night Saratoga 5K Run at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. This run will be on a USA Track and Fieldcertified course, starting and finishing at Skidmore College. Advance registration fee: $30 (no race day registration). Registration: w w w. s a ra t o g a - a r t s. o r g . Information: 584-4132, Ext. 207.

WELLS The Wells Village Library on the green will offer a Little Listeners Story Time for children ages 3 to 5 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 5, 12 and 19, and Feb. 2, 9 and 16. Stories, rhythms, songs and craft activities will be featured. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Information/registration: 802645-0611.

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PAWLET The Pawlet Volunteer Fire Dept. invites everyone to its annual New Year’s Day Brunch from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. l, at the Pawlet Firehouse on Route 133, just north of Route 30. Cost: $8 adults; $4 age 11 and younger. Information: 802-325-3222, or email

SALEM Registrations are being accepted for a “Basic Computer Skills for the Computer-Intimidated” class with instructor Terri Kelley that will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays from Jan. 18 through Feb. 22 at the Historic Salem Courthouse. Topics will include the Internet, social networking, email, photo sharing, and more. Participants need to bring a laptop computer. Cost: $75; $65 members. Information/registration: 518-854-7053, or email HSCPA@

CAMBRIDGE An all-you-can-eat Breakfast Buffet will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, at American Legion Post 634, 210 Route 22 in Cambridge. This breakfast is served on the first Sunday each month, with few exceptions, and everyone will be welcome.

LAKE GEORGE A free Bridal Weekend will be held Friday through Sunday, Jan. 6 to 8, at the

Dunham’s Bay Resort in Lake George. Plan your day with the area’s leading professionals. Information/times: 518-792-6092, or RUTLAND AREA The Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice will offer Blood Pressure and Foot Care Clinics at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 6, at the Young-at-Heart Senior Center in Poultney, and 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Forestdale Senior Center in Brandon. Cost: $2 blood pressure; $5 foot care. Information: 802-775-0568. GREENWICH The Greenwich Elks Club on Route 40 South will offer Henderson’s Pizza every Friday night. In addition to pizza, the menu will include weekly specials such as mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, French fries, and more. Information/to order: 6922061. Friday Bingo WHITEHALL Elks Lodge 1491 at 5 Elks Way in Whitehall will host Friday Night Bingo at 7 p.m. on Jan. 6. Featured will be a $500 jackpot special. This bingo is held each Friday, with few exceptions. Information: 518-499-1491.

SAT 1/7 CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Connects invites the community to its second annual Winter Outdoor party and Christmas Tree Bonfire from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Robert Durrin Memorial Park, Ave. B in the Village of Cambridge. Village residents can leave their tree at the curb for pickup, and those outside the village can bring their tree to the site. Refreshments will be available. Information: 518222-3171 or email

MON 1/9 ARLINGTON The Battenkill Valley Runners’ annual race directors meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at the Arlington Community House on Route 7A. A representative from your race must be present, no exceptions. Discussed will be sponsors, publicity, outreach to runners, and more. Nonprofit organizations interested in learning about fundraising through foot races should call Jack Quinn at 802-375-9655, email

SAT 1/14 CAMBRIDGE Everyone is invited to an opening reception from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, for a juried exhibition titled, “Reflection,” at the Valley Artisans Market’s Small Gallery, 25 E. Main Street, Route 372, in Cambridge. This exhibition will run through February. Information: 518-6772765.

MON 1/16 HEBRON Everyone is invited to a Potluck Supper at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at the East Hebron United Presbyterian Church on Route 22 in Hebron. Bring a dish to share to this event that will be held on the third Monday each month. Information: 518-854-7017, or 854-7716.


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