Southern Vermont bazaars, craft fairs and other holiday events
Brattleboro: The Women's Film Festival is offering a holiday special on film fest tickets. Film buffs, film fans, feminists, all genders welcome. The Women's Film Festival happens over the course of two weekends in March, and offers over two dozen movies. From now until the end of December, you can purchase a five-film pass for $30, a savings of $12.50; or you can give the ultimate gift of an unlimited pass for only $75, which allows access to all the films at the film festival and a ticket to our opening night film gala, a hefty savings of $140. For more information, call 802-257-7364 or visit womensfreedomcenter.net.
Putney: Putney School students will host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet Benefit on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. At this interactive event, the place where you sit, and the meal that you eat, are determined by the luck of the draw — just as in real life some of us are born into relative prosperity and others into poverty. The event will take place at the Putney Central School on Westminster West Road. The banquet is a fundraising event for Oxfam America and the Putney Foodshelf. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and/or food donations for the Putney Foodshelf. For a successful event, the hosts need to know how many will be attending, so please reserve your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bellows Falls: The Bellows Fall Downtown Development Alliance is hosting Ladies' Night on Dec. 11 from 4 to 8 p.m., when many of the retail businesses and restaurants will have specials and several will be making donations from their proceeds to Dance Away Cancer/Relay for Life. For more informtation, find BFFDA on Facebook.
Guilford: On Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 12 at 4 p.m., the Guilford Chamber Singers, under director Tom Baehr, will present a program of sacred and secular holiday songs, including a Bolivian carol and Baroque-era manuscripts recently rediscovered and published for modern-day performance. Guilford Chamber Players perform instrumental interludes of other Bolivian Christmas tunes in the collection. Don McLean reads "The Christmas Lie," set in Canada's Alberta wilderness by Dorothy Thomas.There will also be singing of a few traditional carols as part of the 43rd Christmas at Christ Church on Melendy Hill Road.
Dover: Holiday Craft Fair 2015 on Dec. 12 from 9 a.m to 3p.m. at the East Dover Town Hall. Local artists and crafters will be exhibiting crocheted and knitted items, hooked rugs, jewelry, leather works, ornaments, paintings, photography, pottery, quilts, wood crafts and more. A luncheon cafe will be available as well as home-baked goodies. Proceeds to benefit the Dover Cemetery Association and the 6th grade class
Wilmington: The Bright Lights Craft Fair at Memorial Hall is on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The craft fair will feature outstanding hand-crafted products made by area artists and crafters. Items include hand-blown glass ornaments, wreaths, jewelry, photography, hand-woven items, pottery, trivets, wine trays, hand-knitted scarves and mittens, collectible teddy bears, wrought iron items, soaps, woodwork, pressed flower art and much, more. After the craft fair, continue shopping throughout the day at participating downtown businesses to take advantage of specials offered to attendees of the craft fair. A list of participating businesses will be posted in Memorial Hall on the day of the craft fair. Proceeds from vendors' booth fees benefit Memorial Hall.
Newfane: Newfane Congregational Church on the common is hosting its annual cookie sale on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sold by the pound, placed in a box, and tied with festive ribbon.
Brattleboro: First Baptist Church at 190 Main St. is hosting a Holiday Bakery Sale, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.. Featured are homemade baked beans, pies, Christmas cookies, breads and candy. Also available will be mini gift tables, featuring affordable gently used or like new items suitable for Christmas gifts. There will be a children's cookie decorating table.
Brattleboro: A very special, family-friendly presentation of "The Magic Flute" returns to the Latchis Theatre Dec. 12, at 1 p.m., as the Met Live in HD series celebrates its 10th anniversary with this rebroadcast of its first-ever Live in HD offering. It will be shown in the Latchis Main Theatre. Contact Sharry Manning at 802-257-5717 or email@example.com for advance ticket purchase via credit card. Tickets will be available at the door with cash or check. Admission is $20 general, $10 for students. For more information, visit latchisarts.org or latchis.com.
Brattleboro: On Dec. 12, the Brooks Memorial Library is hosting its Holly Jolly Gingerbread Craft Time, during which participants can make edible houses out of graham crackers, icing and candy. Younger kids can make edible Christmas trees from ice cream cones, frosting and candy. There will be two sessions: from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Registration is strongly recommended; contact the Children's Room at 802-254-5290, ext. 110. This event is free and donations of nonperishable food items for Project Feed the Thousands are appreciated. Children under 7 must have a responsible person with them. Holly Jolly Gingerbread Craft Time is sponsored the by Friends of Brooks Library and the Children's Room
Brattleboro: There will be an estate sale to raise money for the Winter Overflow Shelter at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Brattleboro from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. Items include brand-new and slightly used gifts such as Waterford, Fenton, Staffordshire, Ironsstone, Austerling, goblets, vaseline glass, exquisite teapots, a Titanic collection, an autoharp, a Civil War flag, 12-place setting of Royal Doulton "Twilight Rose" with serving pieces. The First Baptist Church is located at 190 Main St.
Northfield, Mass.: It will be a "Special Day" for children Dec. 12 when the First Parish of Northfield offers a craft time, a musical play and lunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All activities are part of "A Special Day in Northfield" and will be in the church at Main Street and Parker Avenue. The play, "The Sweet Gift Trade," will be performed by the Cardboard Box Theater. A donation of $2 per person is being requested. For more information, call 413-498-5566.
Brattleboro: The fourth annual Tuba Christmas is scheduled for Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. All tuba players are encouraged to participate, arriving at 2 p.m. for a short practice. For more information, call 802-254-4157.
Brattleboro: The local Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting is scheduled in Brattleboro at Pliny Park on Dec. 13 from 7 to 8 p.m. The Compassionate Friends lights candles in the memory of deceased sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren. For more information, call 802-490-2326.
Vernon: On Dec. 13, from noon to 4 p.m., the Vernon Artisan Market will take place in five locations: the lobby of the Vernon Town Office Building at 56 Governor Hunt Road; Vermont Wood Studios at 538 Huckle Hill Road,; Nancy Renaud's Barn Door Wreaths shop at 3867 Ft. Bridgman Road; Donna Scully's painting studio and shop at 2887 Ft. Bridgman Road; and Bronna Zlochiver's Pacem Pottery studio at 69 Newton Hill Road.
Brattleboro: The First United Methodist Church will present reenactment of the Road to Bethlehem on Dec. 13 starting at 5 p.m. This drive-through nativity will feature hundreds of luminaries and people stationed along the way for guidance through the nativity. A spotlight at each scene enhances and luminates the reflection of the actors against the night sky. Donations for the Brattleboro Area Drop in Center will be accepted. All are welcome. The Church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road.
Vernon: The Second Annual Tree Lighting will happen on Dec. 13 at the Town Offices at 6 p.m.
Bellows Falls: The United Church of Bellows Falls, School Street, will host a Messiah Sing on Dec. 13, beginning at 3 p.m. Accompanist on the church organ will be Bill McKim. Director will be Candace Montesi. Four soloists will sing the arias. Come and participate in the chorus or come and listen to the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel's timeless masterpiece. Some scores will be available. A free will offering will be received and a time of fellowship and light refreshments will follow. The church is accessible to all.
Townshend: On Dec. 13, at 3 p.m., the Townshend Church will host the West River Valley Chorus Holiday Concert. All are welcome.
West Brattleboro: On Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., the West Brattleboro Association will host its annual Holiday Party at The New England House, 254 Marlboro Road. This is a time for people and businesses in West Brattleboro to get together socially and to celebrate the Association's numerous accomplishments in this past year. The evening will feature a cash bar with hors d'oeuvres prepared by the restaurant. The WBA suggests a voluntary donation of $5 toward the food, although no one will be turned away.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro American Legion Band will give a Holiday Concert on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion on Linden Street. Free and open to the public.
Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Senior Center is hosting its Annual Cookie Swap at the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main Street on Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. Bring a couple of dozen home-made cookies and take home a plate full of a variety of scrumptious home-made cookies. Each person participating will leave with the same number of cookies they came with! Call the Senior Center with questions 802-257-7570.
Bellows Falls: The Bellows Falls Union High School performing arts and family and consumer science department present an Enchanted Christmas for children and families on Dec. 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bellows Falls Union High School. There will be cookie and ornament decorating, games and refreshments, plus pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. At 2:45 p.m., they will present The Polar Express in the auditorium. Admission for this fundraising event is $5 per person with children under 1 years old free. This event will help fund the group's trip to New York City in the spring.
Brattleboro: Join us at the Winter Solstice Celebration with storytelling, juggling, music and singing, at 68 Van Nuys Rd., the Roundhouse in Colrain, Mass., at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 19. A fundraiser for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and Partners in Health, all donations received at the door go directly to them. We also invite people to bring nonperishable food that we'll take to the Franklin Area Survival Center and a goodie to put on the refreshment table to be shared during intermission. Pine Hill Orchards of Colrain is donating the cider. This festive and heartwarming evening — a tradition of over 30 years — will warm you over the long and cold winter nights and strengthen your community bonds. Performers include: Sonny Crawford, Michael Evans, Jay Goldspinner, Yos'l (Joe) Kurland, Rona Leventhal, Rob Peck, John Porcino, Bob Reiser, ReBekka Tippens, Tim Van Egmond, and Rochelle Wildfong joined this year by the guest artists: Beth Fairservis, puppeteer and her husband, Stephen Katz, performing together, Sarah Pirtle, songwriter and storyteller, the singing trio: Sucheki and the duet: Zach and Kayla. Suggested donation is $12 to $20 for adults and $5 to $10 for children. Reservations are highly recommended. Call 413-624-5140. See www.roundhouseculture.com for more information and directions.
Brattleboro: For seven years running, The Sweetback Sisters have been selling out theaters across the Northeast with their signature take on the holiday sing-along. Tickets are now on sale for the show in Brattleboro on Dec. 20 at the First Baptist Church. For more information or tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2466847.
Festival of lights
Jamaica: On Dec. 20, Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer hosts its 20th Ecumenical Festival of Lights on Fawn Ledge Lane in Jamaica, starting at 4:15 p.m. Children are invited to come dressed as shepherds or angels. There will be a bonfire, hot chocolate and doughnuts.
Putney: The third annual "Breakfast with Santa" will take place on Dec. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill. Menu includes pancakes (gluten-free also available), real Vermont maple syrup, sausage or bacon, orange juice, milk and coffee. By donation ($5 per person, no more than $20 per family). Door prizes. Sponsored by the Putney General Store and Pharmacy, and members of the Putney community. All proceeds go to support the Putney Foodshelf.
Dummerston: The annual Christmas Carol Program will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. at the West Dummerston Baptist Church. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. Call 802-258-9044 for more information.
Greenfield, Mass.: Second Congregational Church of Greenfield is hosting a community-wide Christmas service for people in grief and for all who find the holidays to be a difficult time. This special community worship service will be on Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. While this is a Christian worship service, it is open to anyone regardless of where they are on their journey of faith and in life.
Winchester, N.H.: Grace Christian Fellowship, 81 Ashuelot St., will be having its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. The sanctuary will be lit with white lights and candles, with contemporary worship music and some old fashioned Christmas hymns. For more information, call the church office at 603-239-7441 or Pastor Matthew Worrall at 603-355-7014.
Carols and candlelight
Alstead, N.H.: A Christmas Eve Service will be held at Third Congregational Church UCC, River Street, at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. All are welcome. There will be candle lighting and carols will be sung throughout the service. For more information please call Pastor Maureen Lasell at 603-835-6358 or find Third Congregational Church in Alstead on Facebook.
South Londonderry: First Baptist Church will be holding a Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. The church currently meets at the Londonderry Town Hall, which is located at 139 Middletown Road in South Londonderry. This family friendly service will include singing Christmas carols, reading about Jesus' birth, and listening to a meditation. At the end of the service, they have the tradition of sharing the light of Christ by giving candles out and sharing the flame with one another. All are welcome to join in on this most special service. Call 802-856-7266 for more information.
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