Thursday November 29, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- On Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m., the Brattleboro Music Center invites everyone to come and enjoy the evening at a special holiday celebration. Festivities include live and silent auctions for holiday gift giving, hors d’oeuvres and seasonal libations. Proceeds will benefit student financial aid and other BMC outreach and education programs.

Hillside Organic Catering will serving a selection of hors d’oeuvres and grilled items, made with local organic ingredients. Beer, wine, eggnog and mulled cider will be available at the cash bar.

Bargains abound during the silent auction, and auctioneer Joyce St. Jean will entertain as she entices bids at the live auction.

Unique to the auction, BMC Trustee and nurse practitioner Agnes Mikijaniec, her mother Heidrun Mayer, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital co-workers Gloria Solar and Maureen Mansfield, and Julie Plummer and Mary Rosen have created beautiful hand-crafted holiday centerpieces and other decorative items.

Donated fine art items up for auction include a watercolor by Key West artist and part-time Vermont resident Neila Dunay Fisher; a handcrafted desk clock by Wilmington wood sculptor Eric Sprenger; a painting by Wilmington painter Jim McGrath; a piece by Simon Pearce Glass; and other works.

Start the New Year by pampering yourself or someone else with a gift certificate for yoga, Pilates or core strengthening classes, a massage, facial, jewelry or other gifts. Enjoy a decadent night out, with dinner certificates, theater and concert tickets and overnight stays at Grafton Inn and Latchis Hotel. For those intrigued by tech-wizardry, bid on a Kindle, iPod or gift certificates to BRW RadioShack and Verizon Wireless Zone. Indulge in winter recreation with visits to Okemo and Mt. Snow Resorts, or look forward to spring outings at Brattleboro or Hermitage Golf Clubs.

The Brattleboro Music Center’s Holiday Celebration will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, with support from Park Place Financial Advisors and the Windham Foundation.

For reservations, $25 per person, call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523. As a small thank-you for support, the first 100 guests to make reservations receive a $25 Verizon in-store merchandise gift card.

For those looking to start the evening off with music, join the BMC at 3 p.m., for a special chamber series performance by renowned musicians Jamie Laredo, violin, Steven Tenenbom, viola, Sharon Robinson, cello, and Benjamin Hochman, piano. Concert tickets, $30, $20 and $10, can be purchased at the same time as event reservations are made (802-257-4523) or at

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