Bennington Tree Lighting & More
Bennington Tree Lighting Celebration & Open House
The Vermont Veterans’ Home and the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce invite locals and visitors to participate in their annual collaboration, Bennington’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ Celebration, which includes the annual lighting of the community tree at the Vermont Veterans’ Home on Wednesday, December 6. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the public is invited onto the Veterans’ Home front yard to enjoy the lighting of the community tree. Featured at the ceremony will be the Mount Anthony Union High School choir, keynote dignitaries and a special visit from Santa Claus. Afterwards, walk along the path in the Deer Park for a possible visit from St. Nick’s special friends, the reindeer. The lit path will guide the public to an open house at the Area Chamber of Commerce at 100 Memorial Veterans’ Drive starting at 6:30, offering warm appetizers, holiday drinks and the opportunity for the community to give to the Spirit of Sharing initiative. It’s sure to get everyone in the mood for the season!
For more information, call the Bennington Area Chamber at 802-447-3311.
Dorset Tree Lighting & Potluck
On Wednesday, December 6, at 5 p.m., the Dorset Church will again this year be joined by the faculty, students and families of Long Trail School for the lighting of the Christmas tree on the Dorset Green and a Christmas carol sing-a-long. Printed carol books will be available; bring a flashlight so you can read them! Afterwards, the crowd will head over to the Dorset Church for a chili and soup potluck dinner. Please bring a pot of your favorite chili or soup; the Church will provide the bread and drinks, and Long Trail School will provide a salad.
Dorset Historical Society to Host Open House
The Dorset Historical Society (DHS) will host its Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come see the current exhibits on Dorset agriculture in the 1800s and paintings by Bea Jackson and her husband David Humphreys. Other exhibits include Hunt Gilbert photographs, photos and details of the first of Dorset’s historic districts and of course, DHS’s prize-winning Marble Room, devoted to the town’s most famous industry. A special feature of the Open House will be raffle drawings at 1 p.m. for 15 decorated tabletop Christmas trees created by local businesses and individuals, each with its own theme, to support the ongoing digitization of DHS’s large collection of negatives by photographer Hunt Gilbert documenting Dorset history. Raffle tickets are available at DHS and at some businesses around town. The Dorset Historical Society’s Bley House Museum is on Route 30 at Kent Hill Road, and is open Wedneday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 to 12 noon. For more information, visit dorsetvthistory.org or call 802-867-0331.
New Farmers’ Market in Weston
On Friday, December 1, come shop for holiday and home at the new winter farmers market at the Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, located at 105 Main Street in Weston. The hours are 3 to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy prepared foods, live music and an opening day raffle for a market gift basket. The parking is easy, too. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are now being sold for the Rupert Kittay Library’s annual raffle. The drawing is Friday, December 1, at the No Strings Marionette production of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ at the Rupert Firehouse on Route 153. The winner takes all! Prizes include winner’s choice of a handmade quilt, a Keurig coffee maker, a gallon of maple syrup from Mountain Valley Maple Farm, Lake Champlain Chocolates, a cheese board gift package from JK Adams and a Cabot cheese basket. Also included are gift certificates from Rupert Rising Bread, Flour Girl Bake Shop, Sherman’s Store, Northshire Bookstore, Dorset Union Store and HN Williams. Tickets are $1 each, eight for $5 or 20 for $10. They can be purchased at the Library on Tuesday, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday 5 to 7 p.m. and at the production on December 1. For details, call 802-394-2444.