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Events for December 2017
1 Surviving the Future Symposium
Time: 7:00
Price: Free
Location: Sterlong College - Craftsbury Common Vermont
Description: David Fleming’s entertaining vision of a post-growth economy built on the play, humor, rootedness and reciprocal obligations of a rich culture has long inspired optimism and action. Fleming’s work takes us back to bedrock, highlighting that “most of human history was bred, fed and watered by another sort of economy. But the market has replaced, as far as possible, the social capital of reciprocal obligation, loyalties, culture and traditions with exchange, price and the impersonal principles of economics.” As the market economy continues to crumble under the weight of its own impossible need for perpetual growth, we should admit that for all its destructiveness, we will miss its essential simplicity, the comforts it delivers to many and the freedoms it underwrites. And as capitalism’s former largesse continues to shrink away, that future is becoming daily reality for ever more of us. Now is the time to repair and restore the atrophied social and ecological structures on which most human cultures were built. Not only because we miss them dearly but also as an absolute practical priority, for they are the only basis for a nourishing, cohesive society that might survive the turbulent times to come. This work must become the story of our times, and living it imbues our days with joy and meaning. This event is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP at
1 logo Puerto Rico Benefit Concert
Time: 7:30 PM
Price: Donate as much as you can to Puerto Rico!
Location: The Music Box, 147 Creek Rd, Craftsbury, VT
Description: The Music Box is hosting a fund raiser for Puerto Rico on Friday, Dec 1st at 7:30 PM. Lisa Sammet who runs the concert series is working with Howie Cantor who frequently travels to Puerto Rico. People are asked to give whatever they can at the door. All the proceeds will go to the Resiliency Fund of Puerto Rico and the theater group: Agua, Sol, y Sereno: A great line-up of performers will be playing. Howie Cantor will perform his own lyrical, mercurial and satirical songs and then bring on the jazz band he plays with: Can Am Jazz - a trio with members from Newport, Glover & Stanley Lake, Quebec, playing jazz, Dixieland, & original compositions, with singing and instrumentals, with trumpet, guitar, and bass to sum them up! Next up will be a trio of performers who often perform together: Randy Bulpin (guitar, slide and dobro) and Leslie Campos (fiddle) of the duo Laslo Cameo ( with multi-instrumentalist Rik Barron ( who is originally from New Foundland. Followed by Christine Malcolm and members of her band ( Malcolm’s music is a blend of modern folk, country, rock and blues. Howie will be returning from Puerto Rico just before the concert and will be able to give personal updates about the situation on the island.
Extra Info: For more information call 586-7533 or
2 Walden Annual Craft Fair
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Walden School
Description: Shop the Walden Annual Craft Fair, taking place at Walden School on Saturday, December 2nd, from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. Find beautiful handmade items, from knitted hats to framed art prints to homemade salsa and much more! In addition to products made by local artists and handcrafters, shoppers can check out the Scholastic book fair, a silent auction, and the Walden 8th grade bake sale. Buy lunch from the PTA - homemade soup, chili, bread, sweets, and coffee!
Extra Info: 135 Cahoon Farm Road, Walden
Proceeds from the craft fair, silent auction, and PTA food sales will benefit Sandy Rivers and her family during Sandy's treatment for breast cancer.

2 Holiday Making Party!
Time: 1 - 3 pm
Price: By Donation
Location: Highland Center for the Arts, Hardwick Cafe
Description: WonderArts is thrilled to be hosting a Holiday Making party in partnership with the Highland Center for the Arts! This event is open to all and will be a great way to make some handmade goodies for loved ones. Crafts will include ornament making, gift wrap stamping, block printing, cookie decorating, figurine building, swag making (balsam & cedar door decorations), and card decorating. In an effort to be earth friendly we will be using as many recycled materials as possible! The event will be from 1 - 3 pm. Donations are gratefully accepted We will have light refreshments and families are welcome to grab a delicious lunch at the Hardwick Street Cafe!
Extra Info: Questions? Email or call 802-533-9370
2 Ladies' Christmas Luncheon
Location: Fellowship Hall, Greensboro United Church of Christ, Greensboro, VT, 165 Wilson Street
Description: The holidays are a time for cherished traditions and festive occasions, one of which is the annual Ladies’ Christmas Luncheon which will take place Saturday, December 2, 12 noon at the Greensboro CC. This event, hosted by the ladies of the church is an opportunity for women from the entire area (Greensboro, Greensboro Bend, Hardwick, East Hardwick, Craftsbury, etc.) to join together in fellowship and good cheer. Enjoy a delicious lunch, some holiday entertainment and a selection of Christmas Carols. Bring a friend, or invite a newcomer to come with you! Get yourself in a holiday state of mind, and help us celebrate the season!
Extra Info: Contact the church office at 533-2223 for information or . or 533-9894
2 Dance "Adams Band" OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Time: 8:00pm - Midnight
Price: $7.00 per person at the door
Location: Hardwick American Legion Post #7 North Main St. Hardwick
Description: The Hardwick American Legion invites you to attend the final performance at Hardwick Post #7 for the Adams Band featuring Steven Michael Bevins who is retiring after the 1st of the year. Come on out and celebrate his retirement with one final dance this Saturday December 2nd from 8:00pm – Midnight! This event will be OPEN to the PUBLIC with a $7.00 door charge. Those 21 and older can purchase alcoholic beverages from our cash bar and a 50/50 raffle will be held. Plus bring your appetite as the kitchen will be open serving from the grill and fryer. So, bring your friends, family and neighbors & get ready to dance the night away to the classic rock and country tunes of the 50’s, 60s, 70s 80’s & beyond. Let’s show this talented group of musicians our appreciation and wish them all well in their new musical pursuits.
Extra Info: For more information call 802-472-6143
5 Naturalist, Author, Artist & Photographer Susan Sawyer Presents & Signs Books
Time: 6:30pm
Price: Free.
Location: Woodbury Community Library
Description: Tuesday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m., Woodbury’s very own resident naturalist and Four Winds Coordinator Susan Sawyer celebrates the completion of her book “A Guide to the Natural History of the Northern Rivers Land Trust Area” at the Woodbury Community Library. An accomplished writer, artist, and photographer, Susan’s book is a terrific layperson’s guide to our area’s geology, topography, rivers, lakes, forest, and plant and animals inhabitants. The Northern Rivers Land Trust centers around Hardwick, and includes Woodbury, Greensboro, Craftsbury, Walden, Wolcott, and Albany. This guide is quite suitable for family use. Susan will give a presentation, answer questions, and sign books. Homemade refreshments served. Info? or 472-5710. Woodbury Community Library hours are Monday & Wednesday, 1-5 pm, and Saturday, 10am-noon. The library is located just off Route 14 in Woodbury Village, behind the Elementary School.
5 Let's Talk Film: I am Not Your Negro
Time: 6:30 pm
Price: Free
Location: Sterling College
Description: Join WonderArts for the screening of I am Not Your Negro, in partnership with Vermont PBS. About the film: In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, to be called Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends — Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. But at the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words, spoken by Samuel L. Jackson, and a flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. Running time - 93 minutes. The Let’s Talk Film Series is a monthly documentary series focusing on socially relevant themes ranging from food systems and mental health to domestic violence and drone warfare. Local experts and community leaders facilitate post-film community conversations that provide the tools and understanding for how to create positive change in our community through education, outreach, and action. Films are shown in partnership with Vermont PBS at a variety of venues throughout the Northeast Kingdom. This series is supported in part by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.
Extra Info: For more information about WonderArts programs and events visit or call 802-533-9370.
8 logo Polar Express Story Time
Time: 5 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: The Galaxy Bookshop
Description: Join us at The Galaxy Bookshop for our annual Polar Express Story Time! We’ll read Chris Van Allsburg’s classic holiday picture book along with some other fun holiday stories, share activities and treats. All ages are welcome!
Extra Info: Call 472-5533
8 Karaoke Party - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Time: 7:00 - 10:00pm
Price: $5.00 per person
Location: Hardwick American Legion Post #7 North Main St. Hardwick
Description: Come on out and bring your singing voice and dancing shoes to the Hardwick American Legion Friday December 8th from 7:00 - 10:00pm for Karaoke with Mike & Diane Cloutier. Admission is $5.00 at the door and alcoholic beverages will be served at our cash bar for those 21 and over with a valid photo ID. Bring your Karaoke singing friends & family and you appetite as the kitchen will be open serving burgers, hotdogs, fries, onion rings, chicken fingers and more. Plus try your luck at our 50/50 raffle! This is our second karaoke party and is sure to be as fun as the last. Come enjoy a great time of singing and dancing from our amateur performers & grab a chance at the spotlight on stage yourself for one of your favorite songs from the playlist.
Extra Info: For more information call the American Legion at 802-472-6143
9 GRACE Annual Holiday Open House
Time: 11:00 - 4:00
Price: free Open to All
Location: The Old Firehouse - 59 Mill Street, across the street from the Hardwick Post Office
Description: Annual GRACE Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 9th, from 11:00 to 4:00. GRACE artwork available for sale - a 20% discount on all consigned art. Also available will be several boxes of "cheap art" great for holiday gifts. The following invited artisans will be selling their work - Marie LaPre Grabon, Marcie Vallette, Judy Dales, BJ Gray, and MORE!!! Refreshments will be available. All are welcome. Please plan on attending and supporting the Arts and GRACE.
Extra Info: for additional information contact GRACE at or phone 802-472-6857
9 logo Lewis Franco, The Missing Cats and the Brown-Eyed Girls
Time: 7 PM
Price: $10 general, kids under 16 free!
Location: The Music Box, 147 Creek Rd, Craftsbury, VT
Description: Lewis Franco and The Missing Cats, the group that Robert Resnik of Vermont Public Radio calls the “swinging band that plays dynamic music that’s always fun to listen to,” will grace the stage at the Music Box on Saturday, December 9th at 7:00 PM. Lewis Franco has been a fixture on the Vermont acoustic music scene for many years, entertaining audiences of all ages with clever and occasionally profound lyrics, delightfully tuneful melodies, and a fun-loving presence. Vermont Public Radio’s Robert Resnik calls Franco, “a brilliant songwriter – one of our very finest.” His music receives airplay on several radio stations including Vermont Public Radio, WNCS, WGDR, and WDEV (where his song “You Wouldn’t Have A Cowboy Without A Cow” became the theme song of Farmer Dave’s gubernatorial campaign). Franco’s national recognition is of a different sort. A long-time resident of Maple Corner, in Calais, Vermont, he appears with only his guitar as “Mr. January” in the famous Men of Maple Corner Calendar. He wrote the theme song for the calendar and performed it on NBC’s Today Show. Also, National Public Radio interviewed Franco for its weekend sports show, “Only a Game.” A 9-time Wifflefest Champion, his combination of Wiffle-Ball and musical talents are virtually unsurpassed. He currently performs as a vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist with The Missing Cats – an acoustic jazz combo, with Will Patton (mandolin), Dono Schabner (guitar), and Clyde Stats (upright bass). They do originals as well as gypsy swing and jive swing tunes from the 1930's and 40's, featuring close 3-part vocal rhythm harmonies and thrilling improvisation. Working her way into the family business recently has been Franco's teenage daughter Louisa Franco, who, along with her friend Halle Toulis, form The Brown Eyed Girls. They sing with Lewis, and occasionally with The Missing Cats. They also play some fabulous 4-handed piano.
Extra Info: You can BYOB. More info? Call 586-7533 or
15 logo Vermont Wild Book Signing with John Kapusta
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: The Galaxy Bookshop
Description: Stop by to talk with retired game warden John Kapusta who has shared stories from his career to be included in all FIVE volumes of Vermont Wild (yes, there’s a brand new volume out, just in time for Christmas!)
John will be happy to chat about his experiences and will also sign books. The Vermont Wild series is written by Megan Price, who has interviewed dozens of active and retired game wardens around the state and collected their stories in her five books. These books are great for readers of all ages!

Extra Info: Call 472-5533 or email
15 Santa Claus Comes to the Hardwick American Legion
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Price: By Donation
Location: Hardwick American Legion Post #7 North Main St. Hardwick
Description: Santa Claus is coming to Hardwick American Legion Post #7 on Friday December 15th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Please help Santa make the holidays magical for area Veterans and the residence of nearby Greensboro Nursing Home. Bring the kids to have their picture taken with Santa & his jolly elves & make a monetary donation to the Greensboro Nursing Home Residence & Area Veterans Holiday Fund. Proceeds will be used to purchase gifts for GNH resident & local Veteran shopping. Children can enjoy making holiday cards for loved ones as they wait to tell Santa their holiday wish lists.
Extra Info: Call the American Legion at 802-472-6143 for more information or Corrinna at 802-274-8333.
16 6th Annual Craftsbury Holiday Market
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Price: Free
Location: Craftsbury Academy, Craftsbury Common
Description: The Holiday Market offers local art and products from over 35 vendors, handmade crafts, lunch options, live music, a localvore lottery and a children’s table to entertain kids while parents browse the shops. WonderArts is proud to present the Holiday Market as a celebration of this community’s local artisans, as we continue our work to cultivate the creativity of youth and adults through the arts while supporting the local creative economy. Find out more at VENDOR REGISTRATION IS FULL! This event is held in the Craftsbury Academy Gym from 10 am to 4 pm. Sponsored by N443 - Saint Jean-Hardwick, VT; Catholic Financial Life will match a portion of the net proceeds to benefit WonderArts Vermont.
Extra Info: Questions? email or call 802.533.9370
16 logo Book Signing with Richard Brown
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: The Galaxy Bookshop
Description: Photographer Richard Brown will be at The Galaxy Bookshop to sign copies of his highly anticipated new book, The Last of the Hill Farms, a book of black and white photography documenting the vanishing culture of Vermont’s hill farms.
Extra Info: Call 472-5533 or email
21 Home for Christmas, with Elisabeth Von Trapp and cellist Erich Kory, accompanied by the Hazen Union High School Chorus
Time: 7:00 pm
Price: $8-$10
Description: In a holiday presentation full of enchantment, Elisabeth Von Trapp continues an annual tradition that was established by the Trapp Family Singers. With a voice that critics have called “hauntingly clear,” “joyfully expressive,” and “simply beautiful,” Elisabeth accompanies herself on guitar and piano, and is joined by the world-class cellist Erich Kory and the High School chorus from Hazen Union School.
23 Live Nativity hosted by the Wolcott Church of the Nazarene
Time: 5:30-8:30
Price: Free
Location: Wolcott Church of the Nazarene
Description: If a kid friendly petting zoo, a gourmet hot chocolate bar, ornament crafts for kids, and all of your favorite Christmas music is your idea of a great family night out, then you won’t want to miss the Live Nativity hosted by the Wolcott Church of the Nazarene. The Saturday before Christmas, (December 23rd) 5:30-8:30, come and find yourself standing in the middle of the Christmas story. Sit by the manger with Mary and Joseph, watch the wise men walk in from the east, hear the sheep, feel the straw in the stable, and imagine what it was like two thousand years ago when Jesus was born. For more information go to, check us out on facebook, or call 802-888-2728. Whether your come to grab a hot chocolate to go, or spend an hour with the animals, this event is for you!
27 3rd Annual Holiday Concert ft. Porter Brook Trio
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Price: Suggested donation $10-20
Location: East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church
Description: WonderArts is pleased to be hosting our 3rd Holiday Concert at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church! The Porter Brook Trio brings together Holiday classics, original compositions, and community for a truly inspiring and rich musical evening. The Porter Brook Trio was started by Roy McNeil, Mavis McNeil, and Annie Rowell. Each musician brings unique musical talent to the stage. From flute, guitar, piano, stand-up bass, cello, and more. This concert is dedicated to writer and beloved community member Neil Ulman. Suggested Donation: $10 to 20 There will be refreshments and all are welcome!
Extra Info: Questions? email or call 802.533.9370