Holiday Traditions, Cakes and Bernie at Northshire Bookstore
Kids and families are invited to take a stroll down memory lane to the holiday traditions of our ancestors as Kim Spensley, author, and Northshire Bookstore’s very own Heather Bellanca, illustrator, present their beautiful children’s book, ‘A Hounds Holiday.’ Pull up a bean bag chair, enjoy free hot cocoa, holiday cookies and sing along with fiddler Steve Spensley at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 12. A slideshow of Bellanca’s illustrations will accompany Spensley’s reading of ‘A Hounds Holiday.’ Spensley and Bellanca share a lifelong friendship and a love of Vermont’s countryside, its bright winter days and welcoming traditions. They share visions of great-great-grandparents traveling snow-covered roads for cherished family gatherings as the family in their story sets out to do.
Later that day, Northshire Bookstore is hosting its fourth annual cake auction to benefit the Book Angel Program in the Spiral Press Cafe. The public is invited to a wine and cheese reception at 7 p.m., to bid on donated, book-themed cakes. Proceeds will be used to purchase books for children who benefit from the Bookstore’s Book Angel Program, celebrating its 23rd year this December. Each year, names of children who may not otherwise have access to books are collected from local schools; new books are selected by booksellers and customers to be given as gifts to each child just in time for the holidays. This year, there will also be live music and extra treats. For more information, email Aubrey Restifo at
Bernie Sanders to appear at Burr and Burton Academy on Tuesday, November 22, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now at northshire.com. Sanders will be presenting his new book, ‘Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In.’ When Sanders began his race for the presidency, it was considered by the political establishment and the media to be a fringe campaign, something not to be taken seriously. After all, he was just an independent senator from a small state with little name recognition. His campaign had no money, no political organization, and it was taking on the entire Democratic Party establishment. By the time Sanders’ campaign came to a close, however, it was clear that the pundits had gotten it wrong. Bernie had run one of the most consequential campaigns in the modern history of the country. He had received more than 13 million votes in primaries and caucuses throughout the country, won 22 states, and more than 1.4 million people had attended his public meetings. Most important, he showed that the American people were prepared to take on the greed and irresponsibility of corporate America and the one percent. In ’Our Revolution,’ Sanders shares his personal experiences from the campaign trail, recounting the details of his historic primary fight and the people who made it possible. And for the millions looking to continue the political revolution, he outlines a progressive economic, environmental, racial and social justice agenda that will create jobs, raise wages, protect the environment and provide health care for all to ultimately transform our country and our world for the better. For Sanders, the political revolution has just started. The campaign may be over, but the struggle goes on.
Sanders ran as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States in 2015 and 2016. He served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, for eight years before defeating an incumbent Republican to be the sole congressperson for the state in the US House of Representatives in 1991. He was elected to the Senate in 2007 and is now in his second term, making him the longest-serving independent in the history of the Congress.
He lives in Burlington with his wife, Jane, and has four children and seven grandchildren.