In Bellows Falls...
FARMERS’ MARKET: On Friday, Dec. 21, the Bellows Falls Farmers Market is pleased to celebrate our holiday market on the winter solstice. The market will be held at the train stations from 4 to 7 p.m.
The holiday market is an opportunity for the people of Bellows Falls and surrounding areas to continue their support of local farmers, artisans and bakers through the winter. The market will include a diversity of vendors and products, many of whom are regulars at the Bellows Fall Farmers Market. We also have many new crafters lined up for this market, so come with your shopping list. Grace and Miss Mouse Soaps offers a large variety of hand crafted soaps, Earth Creations by Tristan offers beautifully made wire wrapped jewelry, Wicks and Stones with soy candles and massage oils, Susan Metsack crafts knitted and felted hats, Bonnie Anderson will have a collection of her prints as well as mosaic mirrors, and Maya Zelkin will be bringing a variety of handmade pottery. There will also be a selection of canned goodies, fresh breads, meats, greenhouse greens, pies, and more.
Local farmers certainly benefit from the added income that comes from holiday and winter markets. Increasingly, people are looking for the option to eat locally all year-round. So join us for the market and set your holiday table with food from our local family farms. Caroling will be provided by the Bellows Falls Middle School Chorus.
Be sure to mark your calendars now for the rest of the season. The markets are Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 15 and March 15.
The farmer’s market accepts both EBT/debit. We are pleased to announce that Harvest Health coupons are back for the winter! This is a great way to double your EBT purchases. For additional information about the Bellows Falls Farmer’s Market, contact market manager Rachel Ware at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-463-2018.
I-91 BRIDGE UPDATE: Crews from Beck & Bellucci, Inc, of Franklin, N.H., are finishing work on the Interstate 91 southbound bridge over Williams Street and the Whetstone Brook. The following schedule will depend on weather. Occasional daily lane closures may also be needed, weather permitting.
I-91 southbound will have one lane of traffic on it starting around the first of January. Two southbound lanes will be restored one to two days afterwards.
The northbound direction of travel will stay as one lane until mid-January, when both lanes will be re-established.
Work on Williams Street will be ongoing through the winter. It should be re-opened in the spring.
VACATION EVENTS: The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department will sponsor several special events during the Christmas vacation listed below.
Winter Mini Camp - Dec. 26 to 28, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Gibson Aiken Center for children 5 to 11. A snack will be provided. Join the Rec & Parks Staff for a fun-filled morning packed with games, sports, activities, arts and crafts, skating and more!
Bowling Day - Friday, Dec. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road. This day is for children and adults of all ages. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult. The cost of the program is $7. (The price includes 2 games, shoes, a hot dog and a drink). For more information please call the Rec & Parks Dept at 802-254-5808.
Hockey Clinic - Dec. 26 to 28 at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility. Registration can be found at The Gibson-Aiken Ctr. 207 Main St. Children can participate in one day or all three. For more info please visit www.pridehockey.com or call 802-254-5808.
Basketball Clinic - by Paul Freed and the BUHS girls varsity team on Thursday, Dec. 27 at the Gibson-Aiken Ctr. Grades K-2nd Coed 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., and Grades 3-6 Coed noon to 1:30 p.m. The fees are $5 for Bratt. Rec. & Parks players and $10 for all other players. Please call 802-254-5808 to register for more information.
Movie Matinee - On Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 2 p.m.come join the Rec & Parks Staff for a special free viewing of "Madagascar 3" at the Gibson-Aiken Ctr. Conf. Room. Juice & Popcorn will be provided. Please call 802-254-5808 for more information.
Additional public skating hours at the rink - The Skating Rink will be open for Pubic Skating from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the following days: Dec. 26 to 28 , 31 and Jan. 1.
The rink will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Additional stick time hours at the rink - Thursday, Dec. 27, 11 a.m. to noon.
Holiday schedule for open gym and game room - The open gym and game room will be operating the following days and times: Dec. 26 to 28, and 31 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. for all ages. There will be no open gym and game room Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day.
WINTER CIRCUS CAMP: From Dec. 26 until 29 The New England Center for Cirucs Arts will present winter camp!
Circus is an exciting activity that fits children of all abilities and ages. Kids get to enjoy acrobatics, trapeze, clowning, juggling, aerials, tight wire and more in a safe and supportive atmosphere that stresses fitness, creativity and fun.
The New England Center for Circus Arts is a world renowned school that offers professional level training as well as classes for recreational students of all ages. The staff are experienced instructors and the kids will have loads of fun while challenging their physical limits and making friends.
Sign up for one day or multiple days. The camp is for ages 5 - 15-years-old from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily. The fee is $60/day and there is a 10 percent discount for multiple days . To register visit www.necenterforcircusarts.org or call 802-254-9780.
All winter camp activities are at the Cotton Mill location in Brattleboro.
CALENDARS AND T-SHIRTS: The 2013 Scenes of Dummerston Calendar featuring color photographs by 11 talented photographers is now available. The calendar contains scenes from East Dummerston to the West River.
Also available is the new black, short-sleeved Dummerston T-shirts with a graphic of the West Dummerston Covered Bridge. The writing on the shirt says "Dummerston ... the longest one in Vermont."
Calendars are $10 and T-shirts are $18 for M-XL and $20 for XXL. Both will make great gifts for family and friends, near and far, and are available at the Dummerston Town Office or by calling Muriel at 802-257-9358 or Gail at 802-254-9311.
SOLSTICE CELEBRATION: Into the Silence: A Service of Contemplative Music for Christmas and the Solstice on Friday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Road, Dummerston Center.
On the longest night of the year, Dummerston Congregational Church invites you to this annual service of music and contemplative silence featuring medieval, Celtic and original music by Coracle (Cynthia Hughes, Celtic harp; John Crockett, cello and Celtic whistles). Coracle’s music is inspired by the sea and the land, by the cycle of the seasons and by the deep stillness of contemplation. For more information, call 802-257-0544, or e-mail email@example.com
In Guilford ...
WISH I’D KNOWN: A panel discussion -- "What I Wish I Had Known in High School!" -- among high school graduates will share insights into college, work and life in a free presentation on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Guilford Community Church.
Alumni from area public and private schools have been recruited to serve as panelists to share some of their missteps, discoveries, lessons learning and observations on many topics of import to high school students making critical decisions about their future such as continued education, gap year, which college, employment, finances, relationships, location, housing, etc.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Nanci Leitch at 802-258-8348 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: 1-91 to Vermont Exit 1 (Brattleboro), south on Route 5 to just past the Guilford Country Store, left on Bee Barn Road, left again on Church Drive.
In Manchester Center ...
WONDERFUL LIFE: Everyone is invited to come to Equinox Terrace Assisted Living to get into the spirit of the season with Pontine Theatre’s rendition of "It’s A Wonderful Life." The assisted living community is hosting the evening full of colorful puppets and masks worn by Pontine Theatre’s Artistic Directors Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers as they tell this classic Christmas tale. The event is free and open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m.
The Pontine Theatre’s version of "It’s A Wonderful Life" is a 40-minute, condensed version of the screenplay exhibiting a combination of shadow puppets, bunraku-style puppets, commedia dell’arte-style masks, and live action. After the performance, members of the audience are invited on stage to meet the performers and get a closer look at the props.
In West Chesterfield, N.H. Š
LUMINARIA DISPLAY: The First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield will host its fifth-annual outdoor Holiday Luminaria display to take place during the church’s Holiday Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. Community members are invited to donate luminarias in memory, honor or appreciation of a loved one. The names of all those who are being honored will appear in the service program.
A luminaria, or farolito, is a light or little lantern, usually a candle inside a paper lampshade, which is significant in Mexican culture at Christmastime. In New Mexico and west Texas, luminaries are made from brown paper bags weighted down with sand and illuminated from within by a lit candle and traditionally displayed on Christmas Eve. These are typically arranged in rows to create large and elaborate displays. The hope among Christian believers is that the lights will guide the spirit of the Christ child to one’s home. In recent times they are seen more as a secular decoration, akin to holiday lights, and have gained popularity in other parts of the country. Last year, approximately 175 luminarias were on display at the West Chesterfield church, located at 10 Main Street.
The display will serve as a year-end fundraiser for the church. For more information, call Nancy Brooks at 603-256-6346.