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IN THIS ISSUE: New Goddard President Addresses Challenges

Pg. 9 School Budget
By Cat Cutillo
Season Opens

n November 1, 2018, Dr. Bernard Bull unpacked his bags As charted by the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment
and rolled up his sleeves as the new president of Goddard at Goddard in recent years has dwindled from 802 students in the
Pg. 11 Local Clergy Share College. His life had been temporarily paired down to fall of 2010 to 409 students enrolled this fall, according to Goddard
Seasonal Messages exactly two pieces of checked luggage, a backpack, and a carry-on College officials
bag. He was a thousand miles away from his wife and two children, “I’m less than a month in and part of my job is to dig in and figure
ages 11 and 14, who are finishing the school year in Wisconsin. But out what changed,” says Bull. “If you look at the concerns from the
Pg. 17 Local Holiday for Bull, who has lived his entire adult life in the Midwest, there was accreditor in the reports, there’s nothing about academics there. In
Events an immediate sense of belonging to the quiet Plainfield campus, fact, Goddard continues to be a model in many ways.”
which was between residencies. It was a calm before the storm that
was on its way in. Winter was arriving early this year. Bull speculates that the growth of online institutions over the past
decade, which spend millions on marketing campaigns to recruit
In mid-October, word broke publicly that Goddard had been placed
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has the fact that Goddard doesn’t have a strong endowment and is
(NECHE) and given up to two years to stabilize its financial resources, tuition-dependent.
leadership, and governance or it would lose its accreditation. If a
college loses accreditation, it is no longer eligible for federal funding, “If that tuition fluctuates 10 or 20 percent, that’s a massive problem
including student financial aid. for the organization,” says Bull. “We’re not like some of the elite
colleges on the East Coast or other parts of the world where they have
“I knew the challenges of Goddard before I accepted the role,” says these massive endowments that fund their annual operating budget.”
Bull. “What I knew was that Goddard has a truly unique offering to
the world, and it’s one that’s incredibly timely. It was literally launched His immediate course of action is to partner and network with
in response to the growth of fascism in the West and the belief that affinity groups and strategically launch more digital marketing. “I
the best way to fight fascism was to equip people who think for believe strongly, deeply that what we have to offer is of incredible
themselves and have a deep sense of ownership and agency.” value,” he enthuses, “and there are many people who just don’t know
we exist or that we’re an option.”
Known for its low-residency model, Goddard offers bachelor of arts
(BA), bachelor of fine arts (BFA), master of arts (MA), and master of He says he will even reconsider the current format.
fine arts (MFA) degrees on its Plainfield campus and has instructional “Right now, we focus very much on our low-residency program,
locations in Port Townsend and Seattle in Washington. Bull says the which really meets a niche, and we’ve chosen not to focus upon the
college is also unique in that it gives narrative feedback instead of residential population. But that’s another thing. We can look at the
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operating on a grade system and invites students to be co-creators in appropriate mix,” says Bull.
what they learn by having a voice in shaping their own curriculum.
Bull has been a scholar and student of alternative and innovative
“A narrative feedback system is much more authentic and tied to
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experimental models in education for almost two decades. He spent

a culture of learning because it fits with how we learn. It’s like I’m a dozen years at Concordia University in Wisconsin, most recently
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he year of the turkeys! Our small f lock of wintering tree sparrows
has left, as the turkeys quickly dispach seed left in a sheltered spot
each morning. This is new for us, as is the vast low pressure which
brought snows, fogs, early skiing, and, for me, the earliest date at which,
in all the gloom, I sudenly saw its beauty! And today, a sublime opening
of blue sky and burst of sun as the weeks of grim weather give way!
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Ceres Rises Photos by Lené Gary

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Weatherization • Remodeling
Kitchens • Bathrooms • Flooring
Tiling • Cabinetry • Fine Woodwork
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State and Federal Tax Changes Include Exemption for Social

Security and Credit for Charitable Giving By Phil Dodd

his is the second article in a two-part residents filing jointly if their federal adjusted from the federal system. Rather than simply federal standard deduction of $24,000. The
series on recent revisions to the state and gross income is $60,000 or less, with a phased- collecting an extra $30 million as a result of total of state exemptions and the standard
federal tax systems. out exemption for those with incomes between the federal changes, state officials “decided deduction will be greater than that for
Vermonters will see quite a few changes $60,000 and $70,000. we should be transparent and rewrite the state married couples with two or more children.
when they file their 2018 federal and state Vermonters who file as either single, married income tax code” in a way that was revenue- On the federal side, families will also
income tax forms next year, thanks to major filing separately, head of household, or neutral, she said. The recent changes make the benefit from an expanded child tax credit.
legislation passed by both the U.S. Congress qualifying widow or widower will have Social system “more progressive” and benefit middle- Federal lawmakers doubled the tax credit for
and the Vermont Legislature. Security benefits exempted if their federal income families with children, she added. children under 17 from $1,000 to $2,000 per
At the federal level, about 65 percent of adjusted gross income is $45,000 or less, with One change Vermont was reacting to was child (credits are a dollar-for-dollar offset of
taxpayers will see an income tax cut in their the exemption phasing out between $45,000 a federal decision to drop the personal taxes due). Congress also raised the income
2018 returns, according to the Tax Policy and $55,000. exemption of about $4,000 for each family limit for the full credit to $400,000 from
Center, a research group run by a former Before Act 11, Vermont had been one of only member, which also reduced Vermonters’ $110,000 for most married couples, and to
Obama administration official. About 6 a handful of states that fully taxed Social taxable income. Rather than letting that $200,000 for single filers.
percent of taxpayers will see an increase. Security payments. Thirty-eight states do exemption change flow through to Vermont Both the federal government and Vermont
not tax Social Security at all, and most of taxpayers, the state enacted its own personal reduced their tax rates. The old federal rates
Critics of the Republican-led federal tax exemption of $4,150 per family member.
overhaul passed in December 2017 point out the others have some kind of income-based ranged from 10 percent to 39.6 percent
that most of the tax savings go to the wealthy, exemption similar to what Vermont has put in Even as it dropped the personal exemption, depending on income level, and now range
and that the cuts deepen the $21.8 trillion place. The state will collect about $5 million Congress nearly doubled the standard from 10 percent to 37 percent. Vermont’s
national debt. Supporters of the Tax Cuts and or $6 million less in income taxes due to the deduction to $12,000 for single filers, and old rates ranged from 3.55 percent to 8.95
Jobs Act of 2017 argue the changes will boost change, Farnham said. $24,000 for married couples filing jointly. percent; the new rates range from 3.35
the economy and bolster federal tax revenues. Another major change at the state level is The change means many fewer people will percent to 8.75 percent.
the creation of a new charitable contribution itemize their deductions (such as state taxes, Corporate income tax rates were also reduced
Vermont did not stand idly by after Congress mortgage interest, and charitable deductions)
enacted the massive federal tax reform tax credit. Vermonters can receive a credit at the federal level, from 35 percent to 21
against any income tax owed amounting to 5 when filing federal taxes. Farnham said that percent, although because of loopholes
package. Because of the links between the under the previous federal system about 30
federal and state systems, Vermont could have percent of their charitable contributions, up to most corporations have paid and will pay
a limit of $20,000 in contributions. In other percent of taxpayers itemized. With the higher less than those rates. Congress also passed
taken in an extra $30 million in tax revenues standard deduction, that number is expected
this year, most of it coming from people with words, tax bills will be reduced $5 for every a new provision providing a tax break for
$100 given to a charity in 2018. The credit is to drop to 9 percent, he said. “pass-through” businesses: sole proprietors,
dependents, according to Doug Farnham, a
policy director and senior research economist available whether or not a Vermont taxpayer In its own overhaul, Vermont did away with partnerships, and S-corporations.
with the Vermont Department of Taxes. itemizes at the federal level. itemized deductions entirely for state purposes. Owners of such businesses now will get a
Act 11 continues a trend whereby Vermont is It also replaced the federal standard deduction deduction of 20 percent of the business’s
Instead, Gov. Phil Scott and the legislature with its own. The state deductions are
decided to revise the state’s income tax system slowly decoupling its income tax system from income if the owner’s taxable income
the federal structure. At one point, Vermont somewhat lower than the federal deductions: is $315,000 or less for married couples or
to keep revenues neutral and to avoid boosting
taxes on Vermonters with dependents, had a “piggy-back” system in which taxpayers • $6,000 for taxpayers who are unmarried or $157,500 or less for singles. Farnham said
Farnham said. At the end of last session, simply sent the state a specified percentage— married filing separate returns; Vermont did not change its own corporate tax
the legislature passed Act 11, which included at one time it was 24 percent—of what they • $9,000 for taxpayers who are the head of a rates, and he noted the 20-percent business
major changes to the state’s tax system. owed in federal income taxes. In the past household; deduction does not flow through to Vermont
couple of decades, Vermont has gradually • $12,000 for taxpayers whose status is taxes.
As a result of the changes, a fair percentage created a more independent state income tax married filing jointly or surviving spouse.
of retired and disabled Vermonters will no While these federal and state tax changes are
system. For a married couple with one child in significant, don’t get too used to them. The
longer pay state income tax on their Social
Security benefits, or will have a lower tax on Sen. Ann Cummings (D-Washington), chair Vermont, the combination of personal federal tax changes expire after 2025, so things
those benefits. Social Security benefits will of the Senate Finance Committee, said Act 11 exemptions and standard deductions in the could shift once again at the federal and state
be exempt from state taxation for married represents an additional and large step away state system will roughly equal the new levels in just a few short years.

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A Message From City Hall

This page was paid for by the City of Montpelier.

Reflections and Looking Forward

by Anne Watson, Mayor

want to express my gratitude to everyone who came out to vote in On the east side of the
the recent election. It is exciting to have so much participation in North Branch, the city
government. That’s how democracy is supposed to work. I hope owns the land where
next time the turn-out is even higher! the Montpelier beverage
I’m very grateful that all the articles passed, and it seemed like three building used to be, as well
out of the four were relatively non-controversial. The fourth (or rather as some of the land behind
Article 1, about the parking garage) was quite controversial, and the Drawing Board. The
although it passed, I want to acknowledge that there were a lot of plan for construction on
people who voted against it. I appreciate that so many people called that site had included a
or emailed either me, Bill Fraser, or one of their city councilors to new building next to the
discuss the details. People were clearly very thoughtful about their Drawing Board and more
votes, whatever they decided. parking between that
building and the river.
One note about the dialogue. I know we’ve each had our own
experiences with the conversations that occurred around this topic. At last week’s city council meeting, the council voted to ask the city
Regardless of how you voted on the parking garage, you’re still my manager to convene a group of stakeholders to create a public process
neighbor. Even though we may have disagreed, we are all a part of the and a timeline for reconsidering what to do with that space. We don’t
same community, and we care about the welfare of Montpelier. need to build a building there. It could be green space. It could be
parking. It could be housing. It could also be a combination of things.
I’m very thankful for our Design Review Committee, whose job it The council expressed interest in foregoing a new building on that site
is to evaluate the design of any changes to the downtown, and for in favor of more green space, but we’d like to hear from the public
our Development Review Board, who check designs to make sure and from a variety of groups that have an interest in that site. These
that they align with our zoning. At the time I’m writing this, we’re groups include city committees, the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition,
awaiting the DRB decision on permits. If anyone still has concerns the Vermont River Conservancy, the Montpelier Development
about the parking garage, I’d encourage you to get in touch with me Corporation, Montpelier Alive, and interested Montpelier residents.
or the rest of the council.
I think this is an incredibly exciting possibility, which was made
In the meanwhile, I’m very excited for the work that’s currently possible, at least in part, because there will be a parking garage
happening to design Confluence Park (at the confluence of the North reasonably close by. Parking pressure for that area will be at least
Branch and Winooski rivers), both on the west and potentially on somewhat alleviated.
the east side of the North Branch. On the west side of the North
Branch, the council has already dedicated some land to be a park. On a different topic, I’m looking forward to seeing the report from
This space was planned to be a part of the transit center lot at 1 Taylor DuBois and King about how to connect the bike path from the Rec
Street, but the city is going through a public process to consider the Building to Main Street and how to address traffic issues at Barre and
specifics of how that park space could look. This process involves our Main streets.
Conservation Commission, the Parks Commission, and the Vermont A lot is happening in Montpelier right now. It’s an exciting time, and
River Conservancy. Please reach out to them if you have ideas or I’m grateful to have so many neighbors who care deeply about the
comments on that space. future of our city.
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Hunger Mountain Co-op Launches “Feed A Family:

Food & Fund Drive”

n Vermont, one in four residents struggle with
hunger. This holiday season, join Hunger Mountain
Co-op, Union Mutual, Local 22 (ABC) & Local
44 (Fox) TV, and WDEV radio in helping to provide
healthy meals for our neighbors in need, through Hunger
Mountain Co-op’s second annual “Feed A Family: Food
& Fund Drive.”
Starting Wednesday, Dec. 5, you can stock up your pantry
at the co-op and help fight hunger in the the community
with special “buy one, give one” deals on healthy staples,
including organic peanut butter, applesauce, and soups.
”Feed A Family” food donations can be dropped off in
the co-op’s exit way through Thursday, Dec. 13.
On the final day of the drive, Thursday, Dec. 13, Union
Mutual, Local 22 & Local 44, and WDEV will be onsite
at the co-op working together to collect food and funds
to benefit the Vermont Foodbank and central Vermont
food shelves. Throughout the day, co-op customers will financial donations made that day.
be able to donate funds in a variety of ways, including rounding up their purchase
to the next dollar when they check out, making a donation at the register or a cash Last year, the co-op, its partners, members, and customers raised $5,160 and 870
donation at the exit way. Hunger Mountain Co-op will match the first $1,000 in pounds of food for our neighbors in need. Join this important effort again this year.

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New School Superintendent, Board Member Andrew Stein

Enter First Budget Season By Tom Brown

s administrators and board served on the city’s energy advisory enough kids to field a team or to offer certain
members prepare to tackle the committee. “It is extremely time-intensive, courses, such as foreign language, computer
second Montpelier-Roxbury School and it’s putting my technical skills to good science, or additional history classes. I don’t
District budget, it will be the first for a new use for our community.” think that we move our education system
superintendent and a new board member. One item that could show up in the budget forward by nickel-and-diming teachers. I
New Superintendent Libby Bonesteel and proposal is a remedy for parents seeking think that we achieve greater value by, in
newly appointed board member Andrew transportation for students who attend Main some cases, achieving greater economies of
Stein enter the budget season this week with Street Middle School. scale.”
enthusiasm and optimism as details of the “Including transportation in the budget How to pay for schools will once again
merged relationship between the capital city could be a net gain for Montpelier families dominate debate in the Vermont Legislature
and tiny Roxbury continue to be forged. at large,” he said. “If you have dozens of next year, with many renewing the effort to
Stein, a research economist with the state families that are driving their kids to school, move from a system based on property values
tax department, brings to the board a deep there is an economic cost in terms of lost to one that is geared toward income. As a a teacher of Mandarin Chinese at Stowe
understanding of the mechanism used to work and an effect on career paths.” He tax economist, Stein said the devil is in the High School, said Montpelier is fortunate to
pay for schools. Stein is about to switch jobs said he would have to see the details before details but believes maintaining the state’s have great outcomes among its high school
soon, however, to become deputy auditor endorsing any specific solution. progressive income tax structure is vital. graduates and to have a community that
of accounts under Doug Hoffer. Stein was Montpelier is somewhat unique in bucking Bonesteel said voters should not expect a supports quality public education.
appointed to the school board to replace the statewide trend toward declining large increase over the current $23.4 million “When I approach a decision on the board, I
Peter Sterling, who resigned in August. Stein enrollment. Projections show Montpelier’s budget and credits district business manager am consistently thinking how we can provide
said he will seek election to the post in K–12 student enrollment increasing by Grant Geisler with providing continuity in high-quality education for all of our students
March. about 100 students by the 2022–23 school the budgeting process while she gains a at the highest value and how we insure
The board has a full slate of responsibilities year, from 350 next year to 444 in ’22–’23 foothold in her new job and praised the that we are investing across socioeconomic
this year as, in addition to the annual budget (both figures include Roxbury students, board for its efforts. statuses; how we are investing this money
process, it faces teacher contract negotiations which number about 40 this year in grades “We have a very dedicated group of people to support students who have special needs
and works to unify school policies in the wake 5–12). Higher enrollment helps the district who put the needs of all our kids first,” as well as accelerated learners; how we help
of the Act 46 merger between Montpelier by raising student-staff ratios, increasing said Bonesteel, who was hired in June to them achieve their goals and pursue their
and Roxbury. As a member of the board’s state funding, and possibly enabling more replace former superintendent, Brian Ricca. interests,” he said. “Because, at the end of the
finance and negotiations committee, Stein opportunities for students. She came to the Montpelier-Roxbury district day, as a public education system that’s what
will be quickly thrust into the heart of these “Many of the issues that I’ve been hearing from the Franklin Northwest Supervisory we should be doing. It’s not that it wouldn’t
often thorny debates. about in terms of educational or athletic Union (Swanton-Highgate), where she was be great to make things more affordable, the
“I’m happy to do this work for our or extracurricular opportunities really come director of curriculum and instruction. question is how can we do it and maintain
community,” said Stein, who previously down to scale,” Stein said, “not having Stein, who is married to Mairead Harris, our quality.”
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New Goddard President Tackles

Challenges Continued from Page 1
serving as chief innovation officer and vice
provost for curriculum and academic innovation.
There, he focused on serving post-traditional
learners through off-campus locations and
online and low-residency programs.
He has written several books, including
Missional Moonshots: Insight and Inspiration in
Educational Innovation, What Really Matters?:
Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education
and Adventures in Self-Directed Learning. He
holds a doctorate of education in instructional
technology from Northern Illinois University
and two master’s degrees.
He wasn’t actively looking to leave Concordia,
which is his alma mater, but he couldn’t deny his
immediate intrigue when he caught word that
Goddard was looking for a president.
“This is a college that I know well. And any
of us who study experimental and alternative
models of education, we know Goddard really
well because Goddard was the place where many
of the innovations that have been embraced by
colleges around the country were started,” says Goddard President Bernard Bull
Bull. Courtesy of Goddard College
In fact, he says he carries the first book written
about Goddard’s formation and its first president, Tim Pitkin, To Know For Real, around
in his backpack, and that he’s read it a half-dozen times. For a man who admittedly clocks
a hundred books per year on his reading list, that’s a highly scrutinized short-list to be on.
“I’m drawn to models that celebrate the unique gifts, abilities, and passions of each
individual and that seek ways to nurture that as opposed to the mass-production model
of education where we’re going to get as many people with as many degrees as possible—a
broad, lifeless matrix that some people seem to get focused on, or standardized tests that
become the tail of the wag that educates the dog,” says Bull.
Giving back to education is something that resonates with him personally. When he was
12 years old, his father died of a massive heart attack, and he says it was the people in the
schools that were there for him.
“Contributing to the growth of an education system that’s deeply humane and that is there
for people in critical times of their lives and that helps them to discover their strengths and
their passions that they can use for their own well-being and to benefit others in the world,
that’s really meaningful work and it was deeply personal,” says Bull.
The lesson came full circle 14 years ago with the birth of his daughter, when Bull began
studying innovative schools and visited his first project-based, alternative high school.
Something took hold, and Bull felt compelled to become a champion for alternative and
experimental education.
“Because of the fact that I was a parent at that time, too,” says Bull, “I just remember
looking at it through those eyes and thinking this is the kind of education that I would love
for my children.”
He says at the core of every alternative and experimental education institution is a deep
sense of learner agency. He defines this as a type of education that centers on learners
realizing their voice matters and that they have the capacity to set their own goals. He says
the real challenge any learning organization faces is to make sure its community is a culture
of learning and not a culture of earning.
“One thing that happens in traditional education is that learners go through a process
of learning how to play the game of school,” says Bull. “Oftentimes what’s most
rewarded is how well I comply or I conform to the rules of the game.”
“A culture of earning is one in which people are driven or compelled to earn the grade,
achieve the point, and that’s why I use that word ‘game’ intentionally,” says Bull. “I’ve
visited hundreds of communities and done thousands of interviews with people who
lead these culture-of-learning type of communities and when you visit them you can
literally feel it. It’s such a tangible difference.”
Bull says Goddard is one of only a dozen colleges in the country that embraces this
learning-versus-earning culture. Still, it is not the only college in Vermont trying to
weather a storm right now. The College of St. Joseph in Rutland was also placed on
probation earlier this summer.
So how does a small college survive in Vermont these days? “The first thing I believe
a college has to do whenever it finds itself in this new landscape is to really pause and
ask the questions: Is what we’re offering still needed and of value in the world? And are
there people in the world who want what we have to offer?” says Bull.
“It’s not only my belief that Goddard can survive and thrive well into the future, but
my conviction that it should and needs to.”
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Local Clergy Share Seasonal Messages for Troubled Times

Compiled by Tom Brown
The Bridge invited local clergy to share their seasonal messages. Here are the responses we received:

Goodness and Light Practice Love

At this time of year, when the days get shorter and the nights are cold and long, perhaps the Chanukah commemorates the Maccabean struggle against oppression and is a celebration of
way in which we can bring light, life, and warmth into the world is through engaging in liberation. At Chanukah, as we remember that struggle, we light candles for eight nights to
simple acts of kindness; Perhaps through the gift of an afternoon visit with one’s neighbor? bring light into the darkness: The light of hope, the light of wisdom, the light of God. Some
Or through an act of service by shopping or shoveling snow for an elderly friend? Or perhaps years we feel the need for light more than others.
even by anonymously buying a cup of coffee for the person in line right behind you. These The concept of Tikkun Olam is central to Judaism: acts of kindness to repair the world.
are all simple ways of bringing joy, light, and hope into another person’s life by giving the gift It is our continuing duty to practice love and acceptance as alternatives to discord and
of yourself. discrimination. We are proud to be part of the Montpelier faith community that continues
During this present time, when there is so much darkness and despair on the news, in our to do this essential work, and we are thankful for our 100-year history in Central Vermont,
country, and around the world, why not make the world a little brighter place right here at where tolerance and acceptance are commonly held values.
home by being the kind of neighbor you’d like others to be to you? Beth Jacob Synagogue wishes you light throughout the coming year.
Be kind. Be thankful. Be generous. Be hospitable. Be loving. Be the light that scatters the Andy Robinson and Charon Goldwyn, for Beth Jacob Synagogue
darkness, both during this Christmas season and into the new year ahead. Doing good feels
good—and it’s catchy! Lift, Build, and Support
Paul Habersang, Priest-in-Partnership at Christ Episcopal Church As we take time to reflect this holiday season, we express our gratitude for the gifts we have
received of our Heavenly Father, especially for the comfort we find in the promise of Christ:
May Hope Prevail “in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I
“The hopes and fears of all the years are met in you tonight,” sings the carol, “O Little Town have overcome the world.”
of Bethlehem.” These words continue to ring true. We are bombarded by the fears—climate As we set goals for 2019, let us be mindful of our ability to help bring peace to those around
change, economic inequity, rising intolerance, mass shootings, political gridlock, and war. It us. There are hearts to cheer, souls to warm, and mouths to feed. Our prayer for 2019 is that
is easy to get caught up in fear. we might join in our communities in unity to lift, build, and support our neighbors, and
Yet, in this season, hope also rises in our hearts, no matter our faith—hope that lights a candle strengthen the rising generation to take their place as leaders in these beloved “green hills and
in the darkness and looks for the good, and hope that expresses itself in generosity, love for silver waters” of Vermont.
one’s neighbor, and a willingness to risk sharing. When we shift our attention from fear to Erik Worthington, Barclay Tucker, and Gabe Lajeunesse, Montpelier Vermont Stake Presidency
hope, we become better people and the world a better place. As the hopes and fears meet in of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
your life, may hope prevail, that together we may work for a world in which all God’s beloved
children (that’s everyone!) are blessed with love and peace, including you. The Beauty of Ordinary Life
Rev. Amy Pitton, Bethany United Church of Christ The truth is, shiny ornaments and long shopping lists help us to escape from the less-pretty
side of reality—at least temporarily. Perhaps it is necessary to have that seasonal break to
Awake to Truth start fresh in the new year. As I reflect on 2018, there were many times I had to make myself
As the short days and long nights usher in the winter season and a new year, we search for the sit in silence, so that I am not unconsciously identified by those immediate anxieties and
luminous in the darkness. We stay present to lights that shine despite all the odds. We find a frustrations of mine as I process the brokenness of our world today. During those times of
spark of hope, of love made flesh, of seed buried deep beneath the cold earth waiting its time solitude, one of the things that I was thankful for was the gift of breath: the valuable gift of
to awaken into life once again. We grab the hands of those near to us for comfort. We reach ordinary life.
out our helping hands with gestures of kindness and generosity. We rest in the mystery and As Trinity United Methodist Church will be celebrating our 145th anniversary in 2019, we
wonder of the season. May the new year usher in solace where there is grief, peace where there hope to remember where we began, to appreciate who we are now, and remind others how
is unrest, goodwill where this is discord, and love where there is fear. May we continue to be awesome they are.
awake to truth and willing to act for justice as travelers on this turning Earth.
May hope, love, joy, and peace be filled in you and your families!
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval, Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Pastor Yunki Kim, Trinity United Methodist Church
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Unique Downtown Gifts You Won’t Find on Amazon

Compiled by Mike Dunphy and Dot Helling

Photo by Meet Max Flannel Bandana—Roam
ommunity lies at the heart of what makes Montpelier such a special place to live. Max Jennings
And it’s a hard truth that to create the kind of community we want to live in, Meet Max products could hardly be more
we must invest in it, particularly during this holiday season—it is the season on local—hand-sewn by Max Jennings and his
which so many downtown business depend. That means both resisting the temptation wife Denise just a couple of blocks from the
to shop on Amazon and recognizing that each dollar you spend downtown goes much shop and delivered to Roam on foot by Max
further than just covering the cost of the item itself and the shop’s overhead—it grows himself. The reversible flannel bandana comes
the community. with a convenient Velcro closure, ideal to keep
That’s not the only benefit. Shopping locally means getting personal attention and face and neck covered and cozy in everyday
immediate gratification, too. According to Yvonne Baab, owner of Global Gifts, the adventures outside.
uniqueness of the product and the ability to “feel and touch the item to know exactly $24
what you’re getting” is lost when you buy online. “Reading reviews on the internet is
Be Well Bath Salts—Hunger Mountain
not like a conversation and dialogue about the product and what fits you,” says Corrie
Wilcox of Roam.
Be Well Bath Salts by Love & Tea Company
With that in mind, The Bridge has created this shopping guide of 12 great local gift
are made in Montpelier, where they are
ideas that cannot be found on Amazon. That makes them all the more special for the
handcrafted in small batches. Made with
recipients of your gift.
organic essential oils and a variety of salts,
this healing and comforting bath salt blend
is in the Wellness Department at the Co-op.
$9.49 Photo by Robert Barossi

Scout Wrap—Bailey Road

This one-size-fits-all accoutrement of semi-precious
gemstones can be both a bracelet and a necklace.
Personalize it further by color, style, or stone, with
12 options available, from rose quartz (stone of the
heart), lava stone (stone of strength), hematite (stone
of balance), and Dalmatian jasper (stone of joy).
Scout is also a women-founded and -led company
that donates 10 percent of net profits to organizations
that help support and promote women.
Photo by Sarah DeFelice

Custom Made Sprinkle Blends—Birchgrove

What better way to tune up any sweet than a
splash of sprinkles on top? Birchgrove blends
their own sprinkles to create fun new mixes
not available anywhere else, including for
the holidays, birthdays, parties, and other
$3 for a 2-oz bag
Photo courtesy of
Birchgrove Baking
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Photo by Claire Benedict offer the full range of the spectrum, is as pure as it comes—100 percent organic
from the fruity Australian Hojiblanca and no herbicides, pesticides, or chemical
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unforgettable salad dressing or marinade— half-ounce bottle, perfect to infuse your
gift pack. cup of coffee, tea, or just about anything

Bear Pond Beans—Bear Pond Books Photo courtesy of Onion River Outdoors
Bear Pond Books has teamed up with 802 Big Gear Coffee—Onion River Outdoors
Coffee and Capitol Stationers to create Big Gear Coffee is roasted in Montpelier,
Bear Pond Beans for the holidays. The gift Vermont and perfect for the bike obsessed
combines a 12-oz bag of medium roast coffee lover on your list. Blends include:
coffee with a “Go Away. I’m Reading” or Photo by Maggie Neale “Single Track,” “Uphill Grind,” “Group
“Booked for the Weekend” Bear Pond logo Ride,” and “Downhill Flow.” These locally
Leslie Koehler Platter—Artisans Hand
coffee mug. This gift package is available roasted beans will please the pallet of any
for the holiday season only and supplies Leslie Koehler, a potter from Marshfield, coffee lover.
are limited. creates functional terra cotta bowls and Photo by Iris Gage
plates in the Majolica style, with vibrant $12.99 /12-oz bag
and elegant designs of Turkish tulips, Rose Cacao Body Butter­­—Grian Herbs
sunflowers, and even dragonflies. Each Locally handcrafted by clinical herbalist
piece is unique, hand-thrown, hand- Iris Gage, this organic body butter with rose
painted, setting nearly every meal inside a petals infused in shea and cocoa butter will
lush garden. help nourish dry skin, minimize wrinkles,
$85 and reduce redness. It’s a great stocking-
Full Spectrum Super Critical CBD C02 stuffer but only available for a limited time.
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know as CBD, has
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Photo by Buffy Boyce

SimplyBVermont Dog Coats—Quirky

These dog coats will keep your favorite
canine toasty warm through the winter.
That’s because they are made with two
layers of no-pill fleece and hand-sewn by
Buffy Boyce. The coats are also reversible,
with classic buffalo plaid on one side and
hunter orange on the other.
From $30

Photo courtesy of Alla Vita

Oil and Vinegar Gift Pack—Alla Vita

The best olive oils and vinegars in Central
Vermont drip from the taps in Alla Vita.
Sourced from around the globe, the oils
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Nature Conservancy Receives $255,000 to Improve Wildlife

Migration, Habitat in Wolcott By Gail Callahan

he Nature Conservancy recently received more than a quarter-million dollars “This specific area is a pinch-point for wide-ranging terrestrial wild animals that are
for a multiyear project to improve habitat and facilitate wildlife movement in looking to expand their range to mate, raise young, forage or hunt, and to find cover,”
the Wolcott area. The main portion, $225,000, came from the Canaday Family Brady noted. “There are large habitat blocks north and south of this area, and the
Charitable Trust, with another $30,000 coming from a partnership with the Vermont project site will be a major corridor between these blocks. In its current condition, this
Fish and Wildlife Department. site does not effectively allow for all species to feel comfortable moving from one habitat
“This is a multipronged project,” said Eve Frankel, director of communications for the block to another.”
Montpelier-based Nature Conservancy. “This award is a recognition for the science Brady noted that the area is critical for north-south wildlife movement and is adjacent
we’ve been doing.” to Vermont 15, property that is already owned by the state’s Agency of Natural
The Nature Conservancy, the Fish and Wildlife Department, the Town of Wolcott, and Resources, thereby avoiding the issue of land acquisition. “This land is also well-suited
the Vermont Agency of Transportation will work together to modify an existing Route for improvement in forest cover through strategic tree planting,” he added.
15 bridge to enable wildlife to travel safely between forested areas, remove an outdated Furthermore, the site also includes an existing bridge large enough to allow for wildlife
bridge, restore a wetland, and plant trees in the West Branch floodplain. The goal is to cross under Vermont 15. The cost to install a new structure for wildlife movement is
to restore an important link between significant forest blocks while improving water prohibitively expensive, but the existing bridge only needs slight improvement to make
quality, flood retention, and road safety. it more effective at allowing wildlife to move beneath it.
“This is the first project of its kind in the eastern United States to link together habitat As for the benefit to humans, Brady quickly pointed out that the project is primarily
restoration with improvements and modifications to traffic infrastructure for wildlife designed for terrestrial wildlife, and once completed, decreases the chance of humans
movement,” said Paul Marangelo, senior conservation ecologist with the Nature hitting wildlife with a vehicle.
Conservancy. All of the money is to be used for the plan, he said. Marangelo said “The less animals need to navigate land managed for human use, the safer it is for
Wolcott was chosen for the work because it was the best location along the corridor people and wildlife,” he said. “Wildlife can move freely and increase genetic exchange,
between West Danville and Cambridge. which improves the health and survival of their species.”
Vermont Agency of Transportation biologist James Brady believes the available funds Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter emphasizes that the project also matters
will be enough to complete the ambitious workload. “Costs from similar projects were to people because Vermonters are known for their zealous concern and support for land
used to come up with a safe estimate for the project as a whole,” he explained. “This, and wildlife habitat.
along with the expertise of the partners involved, gives the team confidence that this
project will have plenty of funding for completion.” “Most Vermonters, whether they are hunters or bird watchers or whether they just care
about their landscape, are passionately invested in keeping wildlife and their habitats
healthy, and improving the land,” Porter said. “It also matters economically. Natural
resources, from wildlife to timber production, are an important part of our economy.
We need to keep those resources vibrant and sustainable in order to keep that economy
Porter also points out that wildlife and wild places are important for Vermonters’
physical and mental health, from the healthy wild food they get by hunting and fishing
(and foraging) to the mental health benefit from spending time in the woods and on
the water, “whether that is with a gun or a pair of binoculars.”
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Take on the Holidays with These Yoga Moves By Samantha Solum

long with the extremes of pleasure, to your lower back. Take five deep breaths to come out, bend your knees a bit more Photo by Sarah Delia
the holiday season can bring plenty and return your hands to your lower back. and release your hands to the floor. Slowly
of pain, be it the long hours on the Use an inhale to roll back up with the head roll up.
road, the stress of finding just the right gift, coming up last. Digest the Fruitcake and Roast Beast
the pressure on purse strings, or the bloating Recover from Holiday Shopping
of the belly. And then there’s your crazy Food is a huge part of how we celebrate
uncle with strong political convictions and Maybe someone seemed to have mistaken your and insulate ourselves through the chilly
few inhibitions. While one remedy to it all shopping cart for a bumper car, or mistook months. The holidays only come once a
may be turning up your eggnog intake, a the clearance rack for the Ultimate Fighting year, so we make sure to try everything, and
more satisfying—and healthy—remedy can Championship octagon. Maybe you’ve been then we get a tummy ache. Physically, twists
be found in the breath and movement of bombarded by people who look more like help with digestion because they place gentle
yoga. For every problem, there’s an asana, they are running away from danger than pressure on intestinal flow to maximize toxin
starting with these poses to ensure more joy toward cheap retail goods. Holiday shopping elimination. Mentally they allow us to wring
this holiday season. can be stressful and overstimulating. Give out anything we don’t need in our hearts
child’s pose (balasana) a try when you need and minds. So whether you need a detox
Awaken your Holiday Spirit a reset after spending time in crowded malls. from all the holiday meals or all the holiday
Are you utterly disgusted the moment they Child’s pose might be the most restorative feels, practicing a reclined twist (supta
hang the wreaths downtown? Do you find pose there is. It stretches the entire backside matsyendrasana) can offer much relief.
yourself muttering “Bah! Humbug!” when of the body, soothes the nervous system, aids Lie on your back and bring your knees in
you hear holiday tunes played in your favorite the lymphatic system, and tempers the mind. toward your chest. Spread your arms out to the calf or inner thigh. Try to avoid placing
stores? Consider practicing backbends and Begin by sitting on your heels and then the sides, and use your exhale to drop your any pressure on your knee. Hands can reach
then maybe in Whoville they’ll say that your slowly fold forward, bringing your chest to knees to one side. Stay as long as you like up in the air, stay down by the sides, or bring
heart grew three sizes that day. Backbends your thighs and your forehead to the earth. before switching sides and staying an equal the palms together and rest the thumbs
such as camel pose (ustrasana) physically Your arms can stretch forward or hold onto amount of time. in the center of your chest. Find a focus
open your chest and emotionally open your your feet. Stay here for at least five breaths, point or “drishti” and keep your attention
heart, so you can give and receive more love. Resist Politics
but five minutes if you can. there. Breathe for five to 10 breaths before
Isn’t that what the holidays are all about? When sitting down once a year for a holiday switching sides.
Soothe Car Cramps and Plane Pains meal with our racist uncle or homophobic
Come to a high kneeling position with the Finding Peace When Inlaws are Fighting
tops of your feet on the floor and your toes Traveling to see your family for the holidays aunt outside of mandatory family gatherings,
pointing back. Place your hands on your might be beneficial for your mind and spirit, it might not just be the potatoes that are If the snide remarks about your cooking,
lower back, take a deep breath in, roll your but it can take a toll on your body. Doing a boiling. Sometimes it’s easy to be cowed parenting, and decorating won’t stop, and
shoulders back, and lift your heart. As you forward fold (uttanasana) is a way to relieve when talking with the people closest to you. you’re feeling a little tense, you might
exhale, try leaning back and grabbing onto pent-up tension in your neck, spine, and Practicing fish pose (matsyasana) opens need to practice pigeon pose (eka pada
your heels with the fingers pointing down. lower back that you might have from sitting our throat chakra, which helps to release rajakapotasana). We carry the most stress in
Press against your feet to create more lift in for an extended period of time. blockages around not speaking our truth. our hips, so open them up to release bottled
your chest, keep your legs engaged and try Stand up, with the feet hip-width apart. Lie down on your back and place your hands up feelings and get them flowing in a healthy
to avoid hinging in your lower back. If it’s Bend your knees and fold forward. Clasp the palms-down under your hips. Lift your heart way.
too intense to reach your heels, try tucking elbows with opposite hands. Stay here for up by rising up on the elbows and drawing From hands and knees, slide your right knee
your toes to elevate them or keep your hands five to 10 deep breaths. When you’re ready the shoulders back. Carefully let your head between your hands. If your knee feels fine,
fall back and maybe let the top of the head flex the right foot and move it forward. If
rest gently on the floor. the knee feels stressed, bring the foot closer
Rediscover Gratitude in toward the right hip. Center yourself so
your weight is even. Fold forward if it feels
Your mother-in-law opens your gift and nice. Stay here five to 10 breaths and then
doesn’t make eye contact as she says, “Oh, press the floor away from you, coming back
bless your heart” and you know she really to hands and knees before switching sides.
means next year save your money and buy
Gift Giving for Idiots. Practicing balancing Sleep Through the Excitement
postures such as tree pose (vrikshasana) Whether you’re waiting up for Santa, giddy
might help. It might knock us down a about your gifts, or looking forward to all
few times but the chaos of the holidays the festivities, it can be hard to get good sleep
probably will too. When we fall we have during the holidays. Putting your legs up
the opportunity to learn how to recalibrate, the wall (viparita karani) helps to lower your
realign, and find strength to get up and try heart rate and relax, as well as facilitating
again. venous drainage and increasing circulation.
Starting with your feet together, let all your Sit close to a wall and place a folded blanket
weight come into your left foot and come behind you. Lie back onto the blanket, then
to your right tiptoes. Let the right heel rest scoot your hips as close to the wall as possible
along the left ankle with the toes on the and send your legs straight up. Rest with
ground as a kickstand or bring the foot to your arms by your sides as long as you like.
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Six Local Holiday Events to Make Your Spirits Bright By Sarah Davin

he holiday season arrives with the smells of pine and on the wish list that can be found on the CVHS website at
nutmeg and an outpouring of festive jingles over the centralvermonthumane.org. Central Vermont Humane Society,
radio. The best part about December is that despite the 1589 Route 14 South, East Montpelier.
chilly weather, there are a plethora of ways to celebrate with Home for the Holidays Sponsored by Montpelier Alive
the friends and family in your life. Whether you like dashing
through the snow in a sleigh or walking in a winter wonderland, Experience the fun of a horse-drawn wagon ride in downtown
below are six holiday events to help you banish your inner Montpelier offered by the Montpelier Parks Department. Take
Scrooge and embrace Yuletide ’tude. a break from the cold by heading to City Center for cookie
decorating with New England Culinary Institute chefs and say
December Art Walk Sponsored by Montpelier Alive hello to Santa Claus. The wagon rides leave outside City Center
Spend the evening of Friday, December 7, traversing Montpelier on Main Street from noon to 4 pm. Cookie decorating will run
and enjoying the work of Vermont’s talented artists and makers. from 3 pm to 5 pm. The event is sponsored by SunCommon.
This edition of the Art Walk boasts a record number of City Center, 89 Main St, Montpelier.
participating locations, with 32 venues taking part. Highlights Share the Light Hanukkah Party at the Zen Barn
include a temporary revitalization of the abandoned gas station
on State Street, as the soon-to-be torn-down building will host Last year’s sold-out event, Share the Light Hanukkah Party,
as a light art installation. As part of the Art Walk, Artisans returns. Organized by Vermont’s Jewish communities, the
Hand will display handmade ornaments of various mediums, Hanukkah Party will include a holiday buffet with gourmet
including porcelain, glass, and wood. For a full guidebook of the latkes and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Dance to the music of
December Art Walk, go to montpelieralive.org. Boston-based Klezmer band, Klezwoods, which will perform a
mix of classic Balkan music, modern tunes, and improvisation.
Green Mountain Nutcracker at the Barre Opera House Part of the proceeds will go to support the emergency fuel
It’s not Christmas without hearing the delicate chimes of assistance program at Capstone Community Action. The party
Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” With a cast of more than 60 professional will begin at 5 pm and the buffet from 6 pm to 8 pm. This event is for individuals 21 and
dancers and students, Moving Light Dance Company performs the classic ballet with a little over. Tickets cost $45 each and can be purchased at sevendaystickets.com. Zen Barn, 179
Vermont twist, setting the story in 1970s Vermont. In addition to the familiar score, the Guptil Rd, Waterbury Center.
ballet will also highlight original music from Vermont musician Colin McCaffrey. To see Touch of Vermont Gift Market at the City Hall
the 12th Annual Performance at the Barre Opera House at 7 pm Saturday, December 22,
and 2 pm Sunday, December 23, call (802) 476-8188 or go to barreoperahouse.org. The The 13th annual Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market is a great place to find a well-
advance price of the tickets for adults is $25 and $20 for students. Barre Opera House, City crafted gift made by local Vermont artists. The annual market features returning artisans
Hall, 6 North Main Street, Barre. such as Alice’s Looking Glass Jewelry, Artesano Mead, and Butterfly Bakery of Vermont,
as well as some newcomers such as Hawthorn Meadow Farmstead, Allison Korn Designs,
Holiday with the Animals at the Central Vermont Humane Society and Vermont Spirits Distilling Company. This year’s raffle will benefit Good Beginnings
Join the Central Vermont Humane Society for a celebration with local fur babies and some of Central Vermont, which supports babies and new parents. Raffle prizes include a family
holiday flair. There will be animal-themed crafts and plenty of chances to spend time with outing to the Pump House Waterpark at Jay Peak, and a round of golf for four at Northfield
animals at the shelter. Enjoy treats and meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus. If you are looking for a Country Club. The Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market runs from 9 am to 4 pm on
future, floppy-eared friend, this could be a nice opportunity to meet one. You can make December 15. Montpelier City Hall, 39 Main St., Montpelier.
the holidays for these critters in need a little bit cheerier by bringing a donation or an item
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Calendar of Events
Community Events Performing Arts
for homeostatic balance, calms the spirit, and
helps reduce the symptoms of PTSD. 6:30 pm. THEATER, DANCE,
Marshfield Library, School St., Marshfield. STORYTELLING, COMEDY
Events happening FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 Dec. 6–8: MHS Masque's performance of Once On This Island. This show is about love and
persistence, as well as class divisions. Dec. 6–8 at 7 pm, Dec. 8 at 2 pm. Montpelier High School, 5
9th Annual Winter Sale at Trinity
December 6–22 Community Thrift Store. See listing under
High School Dr., Montpelier. $14; seniors over 65 and students $10.
Dec. 6. Dec. 6: Extempo. Locals tell short-format, first-person, true stories—without any notes or
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 reading—before a live audience. 8–10 pm. Mingle Nightclub, 214 N Main St., Barre. $5. 249-4551.
Open Ears at Bagitos. Join Montpelier city Country Christmas—20th Anniversary Mad storytelling@extempovt.com. extempovt.com
councilor Glen Coburn Hutcheson to talk River Valley Holiday Celebration. Dec. 7–8.
Dec. 7–8: Ballet Wolcott's The Nutcracker. Directed by Artistic Director Brandy Ofciarcik Perez,
about the city or anything else. 8:30–9:30 am. Valley Wide Holiday with a wide variety of Ballet Wolcott’s Youth Company and students are joined by community members to dance among
Bagitos, 28 Main St., Montpelier. ghutcheson@ events. valleyartsvt.com. imaginative sets and wear stunning costumes created by local designers. Dec. 7 at 7 pm; Dec. 8 at 2
montpelier-vt.org, 839-5349. 35th Annual International Boutique. See pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. Advance tickets: $20; students
35th Annual International Boutique. description under Dec, 6. $15; seniors 20% off. At door: $30; students $20. highlandartsvt.org
Through Dec. 8. The Boutique is a benefit for Friday Night Film Screening of Dear Jesse Through Dec. 16: The Arsonists at the Valley Players Theater. Fridays–Sundays. Max Frisch’s play
Amurtel; all profits will go to support projects with Tim Kirkman. Inspired by the first-person written in 1958 and adapted by Alistair Beaton in 2007. Dark humor, witty dialogue, and poignant
for women and children here in Vermont and documentaries of Ross McElwee, “Dear Jesse”
societal commentary, Fri. and Sat. at 7:30; Sun. at 3 pm. the Valley Players Theater, 4254 Main St.,
around the world. 10–6 pm. Masonic Lodge, Waitsfield. valleyplayers.com. 583-1674
is gay filmmaker Tim Kirkman’s filmed “letter”
Rt. 100, Waitsfield Village to the notoriously anti-gay Senator Jesse Helms. Dec. 7–8: Danceland Show. A production of Johnson’s dance club at the end of each semester, The
9th Annual Winter Sale at Trinity 5:30 pm. Café Anna at VCFA, 36 College St., dancers will perform to a variety of music and in styles ranging from modern and hip-hop to ballet
and flamenco. 7 pm. Northern Vermont University-Johnson, Dibden Center for the Arts. Free;
Community Thrift Store. Dec. 6–8. Montpelier. donations accepted. jscboxoffice@jsc.edu. 635-1476
10 am–4 pm. 137 Main St., Montpelier. 229- Talent Show Fundraiser. Presented by the
9155. store-director@outlook.com Dec. 8: Gala Works In Progress Showcase #2. This is the second and final works in progress
American Meteorological Society (AMS) club. showing, set to assist choreographers along the path of creating a new work towards the Winter Dance
Trinity United Methodist Church Community Featuring a variety of student performers. Gala in February. 5 pm. River Arts, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. $15–40.
Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St., Proceeds will benefit victims of Hurricane
Dec. 14: Laugh Local VT Open Mic Comedy Night. See aspiring local comics or try it out yourself.
Montpelier. Michael. 7 pm. NVU-Lyndon, Twilight Support local comedy by performing or watching those that do. Adult-themed material. Sign-ups 7
“Last Men in Aleppo.” CCV-Montpelier invites Theatre. $5. pm; show starts 7:30 pm. Dog River Brewery, 1400 Rt. 302, Suite 4, Berlin. Free; donations welcome.
the public to a screening of this film. 6–8 pm. Mad River Valley Backcountry Coalition’s 793-3884
660 Elm St., Montpelier. Free. 828-0126 Launch Party. Slideshow featuring local BC Dec. 15: The Ultimate Christmas Show. Presented by the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine skiing and riding, raffle, local beverages, and Recommended for audiences 13 and up due to raunchy humor. 7 pm. Spruce Peak Performing Arts
Talk Series with Christina Ducharme. the Mad Mountain Scramblers. 7–10 pm. Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. SprucePeakArts.org. 760-4634
Explore how the body responds to stress, and Mad River Glen Ski Area, 57 Schuss Pass Rd., Dec. 15–16: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Adapted from the best-selling children’s book, this
how acupuncture resets the nervous system Waitsfield. Free. .mrvbc.org production will feature the talents of local performers. Sat., 7 pm; Sun., 2 pm. Highland Center for the
Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $10; students/ seniors $8. highlandartsvt.org
Dec. 19: Stories of the Season. Join favorite Lost Nation Theater artists and fans for cozy dramatic
readings of stories from around the world that celebrate the return of the light from a host of
traditions. The stories will include less-known Dickens Christmas stories, O’Henry’s “Gift of the
Magi,” Native American stories, and more. Stories suitable for all ages. 7 pm. Montpelier City Hall
Arts Center, Main St., Montpelier. 6:30 pm. Free; donations welcome. lostnationtheater.org
Dec. 22: Stories for a Winter’s Eve. Featuring original short stories by Vermont authors Kathryn
Blume and Mark Nash and songs by Vermont musicians Pete Sutherland and Patti Casey. 3 pm and
7 pm. Old Meeting House, East Montpelier. $15 advance; $18 at door; 4-pack $50; children 12 and
under $10. oldmeetinghouse.org
Dec. 22–23: Green Mountain Nutcracker. Presented by Moving Light Dance Company. A classic
story with an enchanting local twist. Dec. 22 at 7 pm; Dec. 23 at 2 pm. Barre Opera House, 6 N.
Main St., Barre. $15–25. barreoperahouse.org

Planting Hopes's 25th Solidarity Craft

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 Fair. 40 vendors at two venues. 9 am–4 pm.
Home for the Holidays. Christmas cookies Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier/
decorating, wagon rides through town, holiday Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier.
music, and a visit from Santa. montpelieralive.org Benefits Planting Hope's projects in Nicaragua
Barre Merry Holiday Events. See ad on page and Vermont. plantinghope.org
15 for full schedule. Capital City Indoor Farmers Market.
Barre Congregational Church Community 10 am–2 pm. City Center, 89 Main St.,
Meal. 7:30 am–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. Montpelier.
9th Annual Winter Sale at Trinity EarthWalk Holiday Craft Party and Live
Community Thrift Store. See listing under Music. Make your own natural crafts including
Dec. 6. cards, decorations, wreaths, and more. Live folk
35th Annual International Boutique. See music, bake sale. 1–4 pm. Christ Church, 64
description under Dec, 6. State St., Montpelier. Suggested donation for
making crafts $10; $25 per family.
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Visual Arts
treasures; (2) Support local artists and crafts Photography Students. Jaquith Library, Through March 2: Scrap Yard: Drawings by
people and fortify our local economy; & (3) Marshfield. 426-3581 Mark Heitzman. An exhibit of 10 large-scale
Boost the programs for all ages and abilities at Through Jan.4: Current Paintings by Mary graphite or charcoal drawings of tools and other
SPA, your nonprofit art center. Expanded hours McKay Lower and Elizabeth Nelson. Nelson objects. On display at The Morse Block Deli,
EXHIBITS in Dec. Studio Place Arts, 201 N. Main St., will feature works from her travels to Iceland. located 260 N. Main Street, Barre. For info:
Through Dec. 14 : Northern Vermont Barre. studioplacearts.com Lower will exhibit landscapes and still life studioplacearts.com
University-Johnson Student Exhibit. Work Through Dec. 29: Members’ Art Show & Sale paintings. T.W. Wood Gallery, Barre St., Through June 1: Thomas Waterman Wood:
by students in the studio arts Bachelor of Fine and Festival of Trees & Light. To see artwork Montpelier. The Master Copies. A selection of Wood’s
Arts program. Reception: Dec. 5, 3–5 pm. available for sale, please visit helenday.com. master copies from the T.W. Wood Art Gallery
NVU-Johnson, Julian Scott Gallery. Through Jan. 7: Altered Spaces Group
programs@helenday.com. 253-8358 Exhibition. The exhibition opens with collection. While Wood was in Europe he fell
Through Dec. 16: Gerald Auten: Graphite Through Dec. 31: Celebrating Women a dynamic collection of work—collage, in love with the paintings of the European
Insomnia. Auten uses powdered graphite or Through the Arts. Art Resource Association photography, painting, and multimedia Masters, including Rembrandt and Turner.
graphite pencils on dense, smooth, hot-pressed Group Show. Montpelier City Center installation in September that will build Following current fashion, Wood copied
paper or onto the back of old museum posters and La Brioche, 89 Main St., Montpelier. in layers throughout the fall—inviting the paintings to learn techniques from the masters.
and postcards. White River Gallery, 35 South artresourceassocation.com public to revisit and interact as the exhibition T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier. 262-6035.
Windsor St., South Royalton. 498-8438 continues. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, twwoodgallery.org
Through Dec. 31: Dee Christie & Robin
Through Dec. 28: Seven Women, Seven 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. sprucepeakarts.org
Walls. Featuring rotating exhibits by Vermont
Leone. Dee Christie repurposes old books
into visual works of art—painting, collaging, Through Jan. 18: Northern Vermont
artists Mary Admasian, Alisa Dworsky, Karen Dec. 7: Montpelier ArtWalk. Showcases works
and drawing within the pages to create art University-Lyndon Faculty Art Exhibit.
Henderson, Evie Lovett, Hannah Morris, Janet of Central Vermont artists at multiple locations
infused with positivity and whimsy. Robin NVU-Lyndon, Quimby Barclay.Tucker@
Van Fleet, and Kristen M. Watson. Vermont throughout Downtown Montpelier. 4–8 pm.
Leone of Robin’s Hoods handcrafts felted wool NorthernVermont.edu.
Arts Council, 136 State St., Monpelier. montpelieralive.org
hats that are one of a kind works of art and Dec. 7–Jan. 20: Show 29. The Front celebrates
Through Dec. 27: CELEBRATE 3X. Enjoy this unique to their wearer. Reception: Dec. 7, 4–8 Dec. 8: Family Day at Helen Day Art Center.
the opening of Show 29, featuring recent works
3-floor fine art and craft extravaganza with pm. Cheshire Cat, 28 Elm St., Montpelier. An afternoon full of sweet treats and seasonal
by the gallery’s members. Reception: Dec. 7,
work created by more than 80 Studio Place cheshirecatclothing.com art activities. We’ll create holiday decorations,
4-8 pm. 6 Barre Street, Montpelier thefrontvt.
Arts (SPA) member artists, and CELEBRATE play dreidel games and decorate gingerbread
Through Jan. 2: Digital Photography com , (802) 552-0877, info@thefrontvt.com
3X: (1) Find one-of-a-kind handmade gifts & houses with NECI students. 1–4 pm. Helen
Exhibition. Work By Twinfield Digital
Day Art Center, 90 Pond Rd., Stowe. Free.

Chapters in History Two: As the U.S. Emerges. Mediation for the Holiday Season. All Salvation Army Community Lunch.
The Bully Pulpit; Teddy Roosevelt and William
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10 mediators welcome to join a five-week session Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.
Howard Taft and the golden age of journalism Dance Studio Open House. The studio of lightly guided meditations on themes of
Doris Kearns Goodwin. 2 pm. Marshfield welcomes friends, family, and prospective gratitude, peace love, joy, solstice/light, and THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
Library, School St., Marshfield. students to observe classes and learn more about mindfulness. 6–7 pm. Twin Valley Senior Open Ears at Bagitos. See listing under Dec. 6
us. 3:30–8:30 pm. Contemporary Dance and Center, Rt. 2, East Montpelier. Register: Trinity United Methodist Church Community
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 Fitness Studio 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. csherburn@myfairpoint.net Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St.,
Beth Jacob Synagogue's Chanukah Party. cdandfs.com
MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Virtual Info Montpelier.
Games, crafts, and latkes and music provided Community Lunch at Unitarian Church
by Klezmer band, Nisht Geferlach. Session. Online Information Session to learn Goddard Graduate Institute Virtual Info
Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St., more about Goddard College’s low-residency
Noon–2 pm. Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Montpelier. Session. Learn about Goddard graduate
Harrison Ave., Montpelier. Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary programs. Hosted on Zoom, a web conferencing
Salvation Army Community Lunch. Arts. Hosted on Zoom, a web conferencing platform. 6 pm. RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/
Dance at Plainfield Town Hall Opera House. Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. platform. 6 pm. RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/ sr1TGWh0aA5lc0sp1. 322-1646
A family dance for all ages. Circle and line qEY5nhRAn19RmpTO2. 322-1646
dances and singing games, all taught and called. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Talk
Live traditional music. 3–4:30 pm. Plainfield Barre Congregational Church Community WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 Series with Christina Ducharme. Moxibustion
Town Hall Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. $5 Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. The Christ Church Community Lunch. for Health at Home. 6:30 pm. Marshfield
suggested donation for adults. Free for children. 11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier. Library, School St., Marshfield.
Ladies’ Night at Nelsons ACE Hardware. Part
dancesingandjumparound.weebly.com of Barre Merry Holiday Events. 5–8 pm. 188 N.
Main St., Barre
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Dec. 21: Elizabeth Renaud, 5 pm; Heartless, Dec. 8: Mad River Chorale Holiday Concert. Dec. 14: The Northern Vermont University-

Live Music
9 pm, $10 “Wintertide Carols.” 7:30 pm. Waitsfield Johnson Concert Band. 7 pm. NVU-
Dec. 22: DJ LaFountaine, 9:30 pm United Church/Village Meeting House, Rt. Johnson, Dibden Center for the Arts. $5.
Whammy Bar. 31 W. County Rd., Calais. 100, Waitsfield. madriverchorale.net 635-1476.
VENUES whammybar1.com Dec. 9: Green Mountain Youth Symphony Dec. 14: Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9212. Every Thurs.: Open Mic, 7 pm Fall Concert. The Repertory, Concert, and Holiday Pops. José Daniel Flores-Caraballo
Bagitos.com Dec. 7: Grace and Andy Suits, 7:30 pm Senior Orchestras will each perform their leads the orchestra and chorus in a festive
Dec. 6: Colin McCaffrey and friends, 6 pm Dec. 8: Bob Hannan and Friends, 7:30 pm own musical offerings. 2 pm. Barre Opera program that ranges from an a cappella version
Dec. 8: Irish Session, 2 pm; Val Davis, 6 pm Dec. 14: Marc Delgado, 7:30 pm House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. Adults $15; of “Jingle Bells” to the blockbuster “Many
Dec. 9: Southern Old Time Music Jam, 10 am Dec. 15: Anachronist (Electric Alt-Rock), seniors $12; students $5; children under 5 free. Moods of Christmas.” 7:30 pm. Barre Opera
Dec. 13: Old Time Music Session, 6 pm. 7:30 pm barreoperahouse.org House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. vso.org
Dec. 14: Tribute to Joni Mitchell, 6 pm. Dec. 21: Papa’s Porch (bluegrass), 7:30 pm Dec. 9: NEK Community Orchestra. Dec. 15: Michael T. Jermyn’s Aristocratic
Dec. 15: Irish Session, 2 pm; The Burds Dec. 22: Liz Beatty and the Alternates Features works by Mozart, Stravinsky, and Peasants at T.W. Wood Gallery. Enjoy quirky
Brothers, 6 pm (electric blues/soul), 7:30 pm other composers. 3 pm. Northern Vermont clever lyrics and melodic storytelling set to
Dec. 16: Eric Friedman Folk Ballads, 11 am University-Lyndon’s Alexander Twilight Jermyn’s soulfully haunting voice. 1–3 pm.
Dec. 20: Italian Session, 6 pm SPECIAL EVENTS Theatre. By donation. NorthernVermont.edu/ T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier.
Dec. 21: Dave Loughran, 6 pm Dec. 6: Thursday Concerts at Noon in Events Free.
Dec. 22: Irish Session, 2 pm; Michael Montpelier. Anima, women’s vocal ensemble
directed by Elizabeth Thompson. Bring a bag Dec. 9: Mad River Chorale Holiday Concert. Dec. 15: Paul Asbell CD Release Show. Asbell
Stridsberg, 6 pm
lunch; coffee, tea, and cookies are provided. “Wintertide Carols.” 3 pm. Waterbury will be performing with his jazz quartet to
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. Congregational Church/White Meeting celebrate the release of the CD “Burmese
A donation is solicited for the new stained-
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. House, Rt. 100. madriverchorale.net Panther.” 7:30 pm. Unitarian Church, 130
glass window designed by local artists.
Every Tues.: Karaoke, 7:30 pm Main St., Montpelier. $15.
Christ Church, 64 State St., Montpelier. Dec. 9: One Step: Montpelier Community
Dec. 5: Blues Jam hosted by John Lackard,
christchurchvt.org Gospel Choir, with special guest artist Dec. 18: Kind Bud. 4–7 pm. Topnotch, 4000
6 pm
Dec. 8: Men & Women’s a cappella Holiday Lloyd Dugger. Performing gospel music Mountain Rd., Stowe. Free.
Dec. 7: John Smyth (acoustic), 6 pm; Starline
Concert. With Central Vermont’s women’s from and inspired by the African-American Dec. 19: Winter Solstice Sacred Sing. Join in
Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 9 pm
a cappella barbershop chorus, Barre-Tones tradition. 4 pm. Bethany Church, 115 Main an evening of collective singing as an offering
Dec. 8: Lake Superior/Tin Talisman (rock),
and the men’s a cappella barbershop chorus, St., Montpelier. Suggested donation: $10-25. to the whole and the holy; a guided musical
9 pm
the Green Mountain Chorus. With guests vtgospel.com experience into the heart of the season. All
Dec. 10: Sex Trivia (pub quiz), 7:30 pm
Dec. 14: Valentino (old-time), 6pm; Wild Northern Bronze Bell Ringers Ensemble. Dec. 9: Vermont Fiddle Orchestra Benefit welcome. 6:30–7:30 pm. Unitarian Church,
Leek River (outlaw country)/Rust Bucket 2 pm. Hunger Mountain Christian Concert. Benefit for the Randolph Senior 130 Main St., Montpelier.
(ragtime), 9 pm Assembly, 4940 Waterbury Stowe Rd., Center. 4 pm. Green Mountain Gospel Dec. 19: Vermont Symphony Orchestra
Dec. 15: The Felloship (classic rock), 9 pm Waterbury Center. $15. BarretonesVT.com. Chapel. Brass Quintet/Counterpoint. The ensemble
Dec. 17: Music Trivia (pub quiz), 7:30 pm GreenMountainChorus.com Dec. 9: 48th Annual Community Christmas is pleased to present the Vermont premiere of
Dec. 19: Zack Dupont & Matt Deluca (indie Dec. 8: Kind Bud. Performs the music of Carol Sing. Featuring area choirs and a stunning new setting of Nancy Tillman’s
folk), 8 pm Jerry Garcia, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Martin community musicians. 6:30 pm. Christ beloved children’s book, “On the Night You
Dec. 21: Z-Jaz (jazz), 6 pm; Lightcrusher/ Sexton, and more. 2–6 pm. Stowe Mountain Church, 64 State St., Montpelier. Free. Were Born,” by Vermont composer Travis
Concillium/ Hell Priest/Sachem (metal), 9 pm Resort. Free. 223-3631 Ramsey. 7:30 pm. Warren United Church,
Dec. 22: Mad Mt. Scramblers (bluegrass), 9 pm 339 Main St., Warren. vso.org
Dec. 8: Vermont Fiddle Orchestra's Winter Dec. 12: Holiday Sing-a-long. Erica Mitchell
Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. Concert and 15th Year Anniversary will accompany singers on her guitar. 6:45 pm. Dec. 20: Thursday Concerts at Noon in
479-0896. espressobueno.com. Celebration. Music of Wales, original tunes, Marshfield Library, School St., Marshfield. Montpelier Judi Byron, harp. Bring a bag
Dec. 15: Jazzyaoke (live jazz karaoke), and other traditional music. 7 pm. Unitarian lunch; coffee, tea, and cookies are provided.
7:30 pm, $5 Dec. 12: Jazz, Funk Concert. The Northern
Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. By Vermont University-Johnson jazz and funk/ A donation is solicited for the new stained-
Dec. 28: Loughran & Ladd (classic rock), donation. vermontfiddleorchestra.org glass window designed by local artists.
7:30 pm fusion ensembles perform. NVU-Johnson,
Dec. 8: Gibson Brothers: A North Country Dibden Center, Johnson. 7 pm. $5. 635-1476. Christ Church, 64 State St., Montpelier.
Gusto’s. 28 Prospect St., Barre. 476-7919. Christmas. The two-time International christchurchvt.org
Ages 21+. No cover unless indicated. Dec. 13: Thursday Concerts at Noon in
Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of Montpelier Wilhelm and Friends: Music Dec. 22–23: Onion River Chorus Concert.
Dec. 6: Jas & Scott Duo, 5 pm; Open Mic, the Year are joined by family and friends. 7 Dec. 22, 7:30 pm; Dec. 23, 4 pm. Unitarian
8 pm for organ, viola, English horn, and voice.
pm. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. Bring a bag lunch; coffee, tea, and cookies are Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier.
Dec. 7: Tim Brick, 5 pm; High Def, 9 pm, barreoperahouse.org $20; students/seniors/low-income $17.
$5 provided. A donation is solicited for the new
Dec. 8: One Step: Montpelier Community stained-glass window designed by local artists. onionriverchorus.org
Dec. 8: DJ Lafountaine, 9:30 pm
Dec. 13: Chris Powers, 5 pm; DJ Rome 802, Gospel Choir, with special guest artist Lloyd Christ Church, 64 State St., Montpelier. Dec. 22: The Peter Mayhew Band. 8:30–
8 pm Dugger. Performing gospel music from and christchurchvt.org 10:30 pm. Positive Pie, 69 Main St., Plainfield.
Dec. 14: Joe Sabourin, 5 pm; Supernatural, inspired by the African-American tradition. petermayhewband.com
9 pm, $5 7 pm. First Presbyterian Church, 19 South
Dec. 15: DJ KAOS, 9:30 pm Seminary St., Barre. Suggested donation:
Dec. 20: Jason Baker, 5 pm; DJ Rome 802, $10–25. vtgospel.com
8 pm
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Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Holiday with the Animals. Festive treats, Salvation Army Community Lunch. Central Vermont Climate Action - Monthly
Carols. Featuring the Christ Church choir and fun animal-related crafts, and plenty of shelter Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. meeting. Take action for climate justice locally.
community readers. 7 pm. Christ Church, 64 animals to greet. Please spread holiday cheer by Node group of 350Vermont meets every third
State St., Montpelier. Christchurchvt.org. bringing gifts for the homeless animals. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 Sunday. 7–8:30 pm. Unitarian Church, 130
223-3631 10 am–2 pm. Central Vermont Humane Barre Congregational Church Community Main St., Montpelier.
Society, 1589 Rt. 14S, East Montpelier. Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 centralvermonthumane.org Mediation for the Holiday Season. See listing FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21
Annual Holiday Party at Fresh Tracks Farm. under Dec. 11 Cycles of Life. We invite you to join with us
A festive evening of music, food, local wine Rise Up Bakery Grand Opening. Ribbon in this place of comfort where we can all come
cutting, slide show, tours, finger foods, live music
and holiday cheer. 6–9 pm. Fresh Tracks Farm
and dancing. 4 pm. Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 together to listen, talk and share about the things
Vineyard & Winery, 4373 Rt. 12, Berlin. The Christ Church Community Lunch. in life’s cycle we are all experiencing in our own
freshtracksfarm.com St., Barre. way now for ourselves and the earth we live on.
11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier.
Kids’ Night Out at Northern Vermont SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 11:45 am–1 pm. Twin Valley Senior Center,
Salvation Army Community Lunch. Rt. 2, East Montpelier. 223-3322
University-Johnson. Activities may include an First Presbyterian Church Community Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.
obstacle course, soccer, swimming, climbing a Breakfast. 7:30–9 am. 78 Summer St., Barre. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22
rock wall, basketball, kickball, arts and crafts, OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) film
Barre Merry Holiday Events. See ad on page 15 presentation: “L’Enfant.” Rick Winston will lead Barre Congregational Church Community
and a movie. Kids should bring a swimsuit and for full schedule. Meal. 7:30 am–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.
gym clothes. For children ages 5–13. 6–9 pm. a discussion at the end of the film. 12:30 pm.
NVU-Johnson, SHAPE facility. $10. 635-1498. “RBG.” The Jewish Community of Greater Savoy Theater, 26 Main St., Montpelier. $5 Story Time at Next Chapter Bookstore. With
Stowe (JCOGS) will present the 2018 suggested donation; free for OLLI members. Grannie Snow. Part of Barre Merry Holiday
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15 documentary “RBG” about U.S. Supreme Court Sounds Good: Music-Themed Movies. 7 pm. Events. 10:30 am. 162 N. Main St., Barre.
Barre Merry Holiday Events. See ad on page 15 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 2 pm. 1189 Cape Marshfield Library, School St., Marshfield. Medicine Buddha Sadhana. Medicine Buddha
for full schedule. Cod Rd., Stowe. 253-1800. JCOGS.org practice is particularly helpful for those who
Barre Congregational Church Community Holiday Cookie Exchange & Seasonal Craft THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 may be sick, injured, or are suffering in any way,
Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. Making. Bring your family and favorite holiday Open Ears at Bagitos. See listing under Dec. 6 including beings in the animal realm. Join the
Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market. Crafts cookies with recipes to swap and share. Make Trinity United Methodist Church Community center as they offer this practice and dedicate it
from over 45 Vermont artisans to complete your a few holiday crafts to take home. 2–4 pm. Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St., to both the temporal and ultimate happiness of
gift list. 9 am–4 pm. Montpelier City Hall, Main Marshfield Library, School St., Marshfield. Montpelier. all sentient beings everywhere. 6 pm. Milarepa
St., Montpelier. touchofvt.org Center, 1344 Rt. 5S, Barnet.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Talk
Capital City Indoor Farmers Market. Community Lunch at Unitarian Church Series with Christina Ducharme. Acupuncture
10 am–2 pm. City Center, 89 Main St., Montpelier. Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St., and Chinese Medicine for Immune Support.
Montpelier. 6:30 pm. Marshfield Library, School St.,

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