Community briefs


Story Lab to offer storytelling workshop

The Vermont Story Lab, in partnership with the Threshold Collaborative, will host a day-long workshop, "Storytelling & Story Skills for Nonprofits," from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13, at The Left Bank, 5 Bank St.

The workshop, hosted by Meg Campbell of the Preservation Trust of Vermont, will focus on how effective storytelling can strengthen a nonprofit organization's communication, outreach and fundraising efforts.

Nonprofit professionals from all fields are invited to attend. The cost is $35, and attendees are asked to register in advance:

More information about the Lab and its upcoming events can be found at

Funding for the Vermont Story Lab and this workshop are generously provided by the Vermont Community Foundation.


Penny Gill to speak at Northshire

Penny Gill, the author of "What in the World is Going on?" will appear at Northshire Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13.

"What in the World Is Going On?" reframes world crises as invitations to open our minds and hearts to a new awareness of our fundamental interdependence with all beings. With breathtaking optimism, it offers courage and hope to all who hold the world in their hearts and grieve.

Gill is the Mary Lyon Professor of Humanities at Mount Holyoke College, where she has taught political science for 40 years and also served as dean. Long interested in comparative spiritualities, she has recently received teachings from Manjushri, a Tibetan master.


VP Biden's speech writer to speak at SMS

Jeff Nussbaum, a speechwriter for Vice President Joe Biden, Vice President Al Gore, and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, will kick off the second season of Stratton Mountain School's Summit Lecture Series at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14.

In "Tales from the Trail or How to Write a Speech in 30 Minutes," Jeff will present a bipartisan look at life on the campaign trail with a focus on how speechwriters develop their craft.

Nussbaum is a partner in the speechwriting and strategy firm West Wing Writers. Most recently Nussbaum oversaw all speechwriting operations for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the fifth convention in which he's been involved. As a co-founder of The Humor Cabinet, Nussbaum has also worked on humor speeches for dozens of elected officials and corporate executives and has served as a creative consultant for the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Tickets can be purchased online at You can also email Katy McNabb at with questions. All events take place in the Patti Kaltsas Center on the SMS campus.


Children's author, illustrator at Northshire

Children's author Julia Alvarez (writer) and Sabra Field (illustrator) will appear to discuss their book "Where Do They Go?" at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Northshire Bookstore.

Alvarez's new picture book is a beautifully crafted poem for children that gently addresses the emotional side of death. Illustrated by Field, a famed Vermont woodcut artist, "Where Do They Go?" is a beautiful and comforting meditation on death, asking questions young readers might have about what happens to those they love after they die.

Alvarez is the author of numerous books for adults including "In the Time of the Butterflies," and "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents," which was picked by New York librarians as one of 21 classics for the 21st century. She is also an accomplished writer of children's and young adult books including "The Tia Lola Stories," "Return to Sender," and "Before We Were Free," which was an ALA Best Book of 2002 and winner of ALA's Pura Belpre Award. She is writer in residence at Middlebury College.

Field is considered one of Vermont's most famous artists and one of America's most accomplished printmakers. She now prints using digital inkjet technology, typically called a giclee (g-clay). Giclees are printed digitally from her original woodblock images. She has been awarded Middlebury College's alumni achievement award and an honorary doctorate. Sabra has also been named an extraordinary Vermonter, received the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Award for the Arts.


Dorset Farmers' Market Pig Roast

Come one, come all! Following the tremendous success of our pig roast at the summer market, we've decided to throw another one! From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan, 15 at our winter home of J.K. Adams. Tom Hubbard of Mountain View Bison will be the Master of the Pig Roast, and we will have accompaniments prepared with market produce and other market ingredients. There will be a small suggested donation. Please join us for a delicious meal and a festive atmosphere! For more information visit our Facebook page and website 802-353-9656/


Dollar skate at Riley Rink

Riley Rink at Hunter Park would like to invite the community to "Kids Dollar Skate" to benefit Triton Swim Team from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. Admission will be $1.00 for children 13 and under and $3.00 for 14 and up. Skate rentals not included. Come and enjoy an afternoon skating and a bake sale while supporting The Triton Swim Team.This event is generously donated by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Spiral Press Caf .


Pancake breakfast set for Grange

Battenkill Grange No. 487 will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15 at Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Rd in East Arlington.

The menu will include pancakes and real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy and biscuits, coffee, juice and milk.

Tickets are $7 for adult and $4 for children under 12. For more information call Lillian Wood at 802-375-2518.


GNAT Offers Cabin Fever Camps for Kids

Greater Northshire Access Television, the region's community media and training center is offering four Video Camps to take place January - April 2017.

Animation Camp is offered on Saturday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, March 18. Campers will spend the day at GNAT studio learning iPad Stop Motion Animation.They will learn how to create and write a story, build a set, craft characters, film the action, and create voiceovers.

Cooking Show Camp is offered on Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Wednesday, April 19. Campers will spend the day learning how to design sets, compose shot lists, operate studio cameras and direct from the control room.

Both include an action packed day for kids. Camps are open to all ages, take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.and cost $50. For more information and to register visit, or call Ann at 802-362-7070.


Tai Chi classes offered

Tai Chi for Health will be offered from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, 108 School Street. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese movement form. It uses sequences of flowing motions to build internal strength. Today, most people practice Tai Chi to relax and improve their health. Tai Chi for health uses simple, gentle movements that are easy to learn and suitable for people of all movement abilities. Movements can be learned and practiced sitting or standing. Students are encouraged to keep movements within their comfort zone. With regular practice, students may find improvements in strength, balance and stress management. The class will begin with a short introduction followed by a warm up, learning some basic Tai Chi movements, practicing a sequence and end with a cool down followed by tea and time for questions and reflection. Kathleen McBrien has been certified by the Tai Chi for Health Institute to teach both the Tai Chi for Diabetes and Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention program. This is a chemical- and scent-free event sponsored by VT Center for Independent Living. To register, for more information, to request accommodations or an ASL interpreter, contact Lynn Mazza 802-442-1876 or


Free financial capabilities workshop

BROC-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont is presenting a free financial capabilities workshop from 10 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Bennington Free Library. Come learn about time management, developing a spending plan for 2017, paying down debt, how to save for your financial goals and how to communicate with creditors. To register contact Shelley Faris at 802-665-17221; 1-800-717-2762 or


SVHC offering Qi Gong class

Southwestern Vermont Health Care will offer a 12-week Qi Gong class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams. The classes are scheduled 6:30 - 8 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 18 and will take place in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. There is no charge to participate in the class.

Participants will learn basic balancing postures, the traditional Chinese medicine approach to practicing Qi Gong, and creative visualization techniques. The class is presented by Nate Sumner of Villari's Martial Arts Center and the Cancer Center Community Crusaders.

For more information and to attend, contact Rebecca Hewson-Stellar, RN, patient navigator, at 802-440-4244.


Textile conservator speaking at historical society

The latest featured speaker in the Dorset Historical Society's series of monthly Third Thursday Luncheon-Lectures will be Michele Pagan from 12-1:30 p.m. on Jan. 19.

A textile conservator in private practice in East Dorset, and a native Vermonter, Ms. Pagan has worked for numerous museums, including the Smithsonian Institution and Colonial Williamsburg, since 1984. Over the past ten years, she has restored Vermont's collection of Civil War flags and contributed to the conservation of the Vermont Painted Theater Curtains, stage decor used throughout the state in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her talk, complete with on-screen photography, will illustrate those projects. She will also discuss with attendees what they can do to care for their own collections, whether textiles or other items.

DHS's Third Thursday Luncheon-Lectures are free. The location is the society's Bley House Museum on Route 30 at Kent Hill Rd. Attendees are invited to bring a sandwich; liquids and desserts are provided. For further information, email or call (802) 867-0331.


Contra dance scheduled

Dance to the splendid tunes of Cedar Stanistreet and Marko Packard at the Tinmouth contra dance with Adina Gordon calling from 8-11 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Tinmouth Community Center. All dances are taught, and you do not need a partner. If you are a beginner, come right at 8 p.m. for a beginner's lesson to learn the moves. There will be live music, enthusiastic swinging and dancing and a fun night for all.

The Community Center is on Route 140 in the center of Tinmouth. Please bring clean, non-marring shoes. Admission is $10-$12, $8 for teens and free for children 12 and under. Refreshments will be available to benefit the dance fund. More info at, 802-881-6775 or


How will climate change affect Vermont?

A presentation by Dr. Alan Betts- Atmospheric Researcher will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Wallingford Auditorium (above the Town Hall).

This talk will explain how global climate change is affecting Vermont, and review the transformation of society already underway. How can we develop a systems approach to land conservation and utilization as climate changes? Come join the discussion -- refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Tinmouth and Wallingford Conservation Commissions.

For more information, contact Doug Fontein at or 446-2928.


'Alice in Wonderland' on stage

Audiences of all ages will get a fresh look at an old favorite when the Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) and more than 65 local students present an original adaptation of "Alice In Wonderland" based on Lewis Carroll's classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at The Dorset Playhouse.

Local children and students have been rehearsing with MCT tour directors to bring this play to life. The Missoula Children's Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana. The residency in Dorset is made possible by the Dorset Players with help from a grant from Stewarts Holiday Match as well as other community businesses and members.

If you have any questions, you may contact Kathy Stephens at the Dorset Players' office between 10 a.m.- 2 p.m Monday through Friday at 802-867-5570 or e-mail


Author Katie McKenna to present new book

Join us at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 at the Northshire Bookstore for a presentation by Katie McKenna for her new book "How to Get Run Over by a Truck."

People often say, "I feel like I've been run over by a truck". Katie actually was. On a sunny morning bike ride in Brooklyn, McKenna was forever changed when she was run over by an 18-wheeler. Being crushed under a massive semi wasn't something Katie should have survived. After ten hours of emergency surgery, she woke to find herself in a body and a life that would never be the same. In this brutally honest and surprisingly funny memoir, Katie recalls the pivotal event and the long, confusing road to recovery that followed. Between the unprepared post-surgery nudity in front of her parents, hospital happy hours, and the persistent fear that she would never walk again, Katie details the struggles she's faced navigating her new reality. This inspiring memoir follows Katie's remarkable journey to let go of her old life and fall in love with her new one.


Author Robert Hauptman to speak at Northshire

Join us at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Northshire Bookstore for an author talk and slideshow presentation by local author Robert Hauptman for his new book "Deadly Peaks: Mountaineering's Greatest Triumphs and Tragedies." This book is a collection of the most notable mountaineering disasters and near-disasters in history. Exhaustively researched by two of the most respected authorities on mountaineering history, the book offers an intimate glimpse into the worst case-scenarios high altitude adventure can offer.

Hauptman holds a doctorate in comparative literature, is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in library science, and is an emeritus full professor at St. Cloud State University. His 700 scholarly and popular publications (including 14 books) in four disciplines deal with a host of topics. He is diversely knowledgeable in the humanities including ten languages, art history, philosophy, and musicology but also the social and hard sciences, and has traveled widely and frequently in all 50 states and 40 countries. Hauptman climbs mountains frequently and has stood on the highpoints in 45 states.


Four-Week Introduction to Zentangle

Green Mountain Academy presents a four-week introductory course on Zentangle. The first class will take place from 1 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Equinox Village. Come and experience art as relaxation, art as meditation with Zentangle taught by certified Zentangle teacher Jane MacKugler. Zentangle is an abstract yet intentional process where anyone can create beautiful images from structured patterns. It can be used as a mindfulness tool to help reduce stress and anxiety, can be helpful in overcoming insomnia, increasing attention and span of focus, and improving self-esteem and exercising the brain. Supplies to get you started will be included in the class and you'll be able to take your supplies home with you, along with your finished piece of art. Registration is $50 for the four-session course, which will meet Saturdays Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at


National Theatre Live: No Man's Land

National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world, comes to Burr and Burton Academy's Riley Center for the Arts at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is excited to offer the screening of "No Man's Land" starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in this glorious revival of Harold Pinter's comic classic. One summer's evening, two aging writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair becomes increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $9 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at

National Theatre Live is sponsored by Aviva and distributed internationally (ex-UK) by New York-based BYExperience.


Screening of 'Ushpizin' at ICM

Please join ICM and Keruv for Jewish Movie Night at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at Israel Congregation of Manchester, 6025 Main Street. The evening begins at 5:45 pm with Havdalah, followed by wine, cheese and snacks. The cost will be $5 per person ($1 of which will be shared with the Community Food Cupboard.) The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m., with a discussion to follow. Childcare will be provided during the movie.

Ushpizin is a heart-warming, light-hearted glimpse into the daily lives of ultra-Orthodox Jews learning, living and loving in modern-day Israel. It tells the story of a family facing hardships as they try to rely on their faith for miracles to happen during the holiday season. Funny and uplifting and with amusing and unexpected plot twists, Ushpizin is a critically acclaimed film that regardless of faith or religion, everybody can enjoy. In Hebrew (and some Yiddish), with subtitles.


Overcome your fears

Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on overcoming fear with Melanie Curtis, a Life Coach and Professional Skydiver. The talk will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 in the Hunter Seminar room at Burr and Burton Academy. Spend an evening talking strategy and steps to identify and overcome fear. This workshop will give you a step-by-step approach for the next time fear, big or small, tries to take the figurative wheel inside you in any situation. There is zero requirement to actively participate but the opportunity is open to those who would like to share and coach real-time for the benefit of themselves and the group. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at


Sleigh rides benefit Long Trail athletics

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, you are encouraged to enjoy a picturesque sleigh ride at North Meadow Farm on North Road in Manchester. Up to 10 people at a time will sit in a beautiful horse-drawn wooden sleigh as you ride across snow-covered fields to a roaring bonfire where hot chocolate and cookies await your arrival. Rides are one hour round trip and cost $20 per person all inclusive. Gather your friends for this old fashioned winter treat!

For more information and to book your ride, visit or contact Chelley at (802) 867-5717 x190 or LTS alum David Johnson of North Meadow Farm is generously donating all proceeds to Long Trail School's Friends of Athletics fund.


Hildene president to speak on Lincoln and slavery

At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22 in the Beckwith Room, Hildene presents "The Evolution of Lincoln's Engagement with the Issue of Slavery." In the wake of the national celebration of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr.'s January 16th birthday, Hildene President, Seth Bongartz, will shed some light on the complex thinking of one of the nation's earliest civil rights activists, President Abraham Lincoln.

When Reverend King delivered his famous "I have a Dream Speech" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, he said, "Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow I stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation a great beacon of light and hope to millions of Negro slaves, who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice." It then was, and now is, widely known that Lincoln hated slavery from the time he began to form his own thoughts as a young man and it was Lincoln who brought about the end of slavery. Yet he also long thought blacks to be inherently inferior to whites. Bongartz will explore that incongruity and focus on how Lincoln's thinking about both slavery and the place of blacks in American society changed over the course of his lifetime, with important events such as the repeal of the Missouri Compromise, getting to know and respect Frederick Douglas and the valor of black troops in the Civil War, serving as catalysts. Bongartz will suggest a progression through which Lincoln eventually began to line up his disdain for slavery with the reality of blacks being fully entitled to the same rights and privileges afforded whites. There will also be time for questions and discussion.

This Hildene program is free to Hildene members and $5 for non-members. Check in is at the Welcome Center. General Admission is not required for attendance at this presentation. For more information visit, call 802.362.1788 or email


Celebrate Chinese New Year at Long Trail

The Long Trail Parent Association invites everyone to their Java House on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Long Trail's Whalen Common Room. Celebrating the Chinese New Year, the evening is a fun gathering with exceptional entertainment and tasty treats! The event will take place in a room transformed by upholstered furniture in a cozy showcase where the audience can enjoy a hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa, some dessert, and friends. LTS students, faculty and community members will serenade and entertain as they share their talents with the crowd!

Doors open at 6:30 pm in order to allow folks to choose their seating before the 7:00 pm start. Come out to Long Trail School and enjoy our coffee house as we celebrate The Year of the Rooster! Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. Contact Chelley Tifft at or 802-867-5717 x190 for more information.


VFW Post 6471 Wounded Heroes Weekend Dinne

VFW Post 6471, located on Depot St. in Manchester, is partnering with the Bart Adaptive Sports Center to host the Wounded Heroes Dinner. Veterans arrival at 4:30 p.m. followed by dinner being served at 6 p.m on Friday, Jan. 29. All donations are appreciated and go to help pay for the dinner. A donation check may also be sent to Wounded Heroes Dinner, PO Box 181, Manchester Center, VT 05255. Call VFW Post 6471 at (802) 362-9840 after 3 p.m. for more information.


Maple sugaring: The old and the new

The Rupert Kittay Library is pleased to welcome Axel Blomberg and Fred Truehart at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29 for a talk on the history of maple sugaring in rural Vermont. Starting with a short film, the presentation will be a comparison of past and present methods used to produce maple syrup. Axel will review how he got started as a child in the 40's tapping trees. Using photos and his great humor, he will share methods used and people he worked with at that time.

He will also bring and display equipment, tools and catalogs of the equipment. Fred will describe making syrup in the present using the reverse osmosis method.

After the talk there will be tasting samples of different grades of maple syrup as well as maple creme and maple sugar candy.

The Rupert Kittay Library is located at 2827 Route 153. For more information visit the Library website at, e-mail or call the library at 802-394-2444


15th Annual 'Mom's Day Off' fundraiser

On Friday, Feb. 3, Bromley Mountain ski resort will hold its 15th Annual "Mom's Day Off" fundraiser. Moms ski or ride for just $20, which represents more than $50 in savings, when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their kid or kids. Once again, this year's event will benefit the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). The Cancer Center will receive the entire $20 lift ticket cost as a donation.

"For 15 years, we've been raising money and awareness for women's health in southern Vermont through our Mom's Day Off event," says Michael van Eyck, Bromley Mountain's assistant general manager. "Working with the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center team has given us the local support we need to host this great event and to continue our financial contribution to the Cancer Center."

Dr. Matthew Vernon, radiation oncologist and medical director of the Cancer Center at SVMC shared, "Receiving donations like this one from Bromley supports our work to provide exceptional care and comfort to our patients. It is inspiring to see this grassroots support from the communities we serve."

During the day, participants will be able to meet some of the physicians and staff of the Cancer Center, whether on the slopes or in the lodge.

Bromley Mountain is located at 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru, six miles east of Manchester. For more information visit


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