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UPDATED: 01/29/15

- Community Events - - Fun & GamesFundraisers - - Library - - Meetings - - Music - - Seniors - - The Arts - - Workshops - - Places of Worship -


Community Events


Waterbury Winterfest, Jan. 30 to Feb. 8. Outdoor and indoor events and activities, see details at Opening ceremony, Fri., Jan. 30, 5 pm, Stowe St.


Free Community Dinner, all welcome, Friday, Jan. 30, 5:30 pm, Waitsfield United Church. Transportation available, call 496-3065.


Winter Farmers’ Market, every Sunday, 11 am-3 pm, Masonic Lodge, Waitsfield (at Route 100 and Bridge St.).


10th Mountain Division Easter Winter Gathering informational meeting, learn about them and what they did to shape the ski industry, Mon., Feb. 2, 5:30 pm, Gate House Lodge, Sugarbush. 10th Mt. Division veterans, soldiers, descendants will meet, reconnect, share stories, Feb. 7 and 8, Sugarbush Resort.


Auditions for Cabin Fever Follies, get your act ready for this annual community variety show, all ages, Wed., Feb. 18, 6:30-7:30 pm, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. Call Doug, 496-6651, or Sharon, 793-8362.


Brides of the Century, exhibit of original 1845-1945 bridal gowns runs through May 31, 2015, Gen. Wait House. Free. Info: Judy Dodds, 496-2027.




Fun & Games


Mad River Glen Naturalist Series: The Wild Side of Stark Mountain, seek out signs of forest animals, Sat., Jan. 31, 10:30 am. All About Bears snowshoe hike, Sun., Feb. 1, 10:30 am.


Lawson’s Finest Beer Lovers Dinner, full moon snowshoe, Sat., Jan. 31, 7 pm, Mad River Glen. Reserve:


MRV Mountaineering Race, Sun., Feb. 1, 10 am. Backcountry skiers and split boarders skin up Mad River Glen, traverse Long Trail to Mt. Ellen, down into Slide Brook, up to Lincoln Peak base area Valley House.,


Full Moon Dinner Snowshoe Tour, Sun., Feb. 1.Register: Clearwater Sports, 496-2708.


Guided Headlamp Snowshoe Tours followed by farm-to-table dinner at American Flatbread, Thursdays, 5-9:30 pm. Register: Clearwater Sports, 496-2708.


Warren Playgroup, swimming at The Bridges Resort, Warren. Fridays through Feb. 20, 10-11:15 am. Free, open to all. Sign in at desk. Children must be supervised by parent/caregiver. Bring towels.


Big Toy Night, children to age 6 ride trikes, bikes, scooters (with helmets) on indoor track, pizza, potluck desserts, Sat., Feb. 7, 4-6 pm, The Children’s Room, Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury. Free.


Little Otters Nature Playgroup, Fridays starting Feb. 13, 9:30-11 am, Knoll Farm, Fayston. Wear warm layers, bring snacks. Info: Free, donations welcome.


Ox-drawn sleigh rides, Neill Farm, Waitsfield, Saturdays, 10 am, noon, and 2 pm. Reserve: Kaleigh, (802) 279-7121.


Walking group, all welcome, Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm, Old County Rd., Waitsfield. Meet at Health Center parking lot. Info: Kate, Mad River Family Practice, 496-3838.


Duplicate Bridge, Mon., 12:30 pm, Waitsfield Inn. Info: Alice, 496-7154.







Fundraiser to help Harwood musician Benjamin Burr go to Carnegie Hall, food, entertainment, Fri., Jan. 30, 6-10 pm, The Woods Lodge, Northfield. Tickets/menu:, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 802-778-0205.


Team Chamberlain fundraiser to help Kira and Adam Chamberlain run Boston Marathon wearing charity bids for the hospital where there their father, Scott, is getting cancer treatment, Sat., Feb. 7, 6-8 pm, SHaRC adventure zone, music by Adam’s band.


Bottle Drive, fundraiser for Rochester School Class of 2021, Sat., Feb. 7, 8:15 am-noon, at Rochester Recycling, Rochester Town Office.


International dinner, buffet of international food, dance and music performances, silent auction, fundraiser for school trip to Greece and Italy, Thurs., Feb. 12, 7 pm, Harwood Union High School. Tickets at the door. Info: Kathy Cadwell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





VT Humanities Council book discussion series, “Orchestrated Stories,” fictional interpretations of four composers: Clara: A Novel by Janice Galloway, Feb. 12, 9 am, Joslin Library; Joplin’s Ghost by Tananarive Due, March 19, 9 am, Warren Library; Vivaldi’s Virgins by Barbara Quick, April 9, 9 am, Joslin Library. Free.


Soap-making workshop, Sat., Feb. 14, 10 am, Warren Library. Materials fee. Register: 496-3913.


READ, DCF discussion group, grades 3-6, Thursdays, 3-4:30 pm: Feb. 19, Frogged; March 12, Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace; April 16, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Joslin Memorial Library, 496-4205.


After-school Games and Legos, Mondays, 3-4:15 pm, Warren Public Library.


Noontime Knitters, knit, crochet or tat, Tuesdays, noon-1 pm, Waterbury Library, 244-7036.


Tech Thursdays, sign up for help with email and internet, 6-7 pm, Moretown Library: 496-9728, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Computer tutoring, Mondays and Wednesdays, bring laptop or use the library’s, Warren Library, call for appointment, 496-3913.


Warren Library Story Time: For parents, babies, toddlers, Wed., 10 am. Info: Marie Schmukal, 496-3913, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Joslin Library Preschool Story Hour: Mon., 10 am. 496-4205, Themes: Feb. 2, Groundhog Day; Feb. 9, Valentine’s Day; Feb. 16, closed for Presidents Day; Feb. 23, Color Theme: Red.


Moretown Library Story Time, Fridays, 11:15 am-noon.


Waterbury Library Story Times: Baby/toddler, Mon., 10 am. Preschool Story Time,Fri., 10 am. Free. Waterbury Library. 244-7036,






Waitsfield Historical Society Board members meeting, Thurs., Feb. 5, 4 pm, Gen. Wait House. Open to the public.


Mountain Gardeners meeting, Tues., Feb. 10, 1 pm, Big Picture Theater. “Attracting Pollinators to your Garden with Mason Bees,” 1:20 pm. Everyone is welcome. Info: Fran Plewak, 583-1744.


Moretown Republican Committee canceled Feb. 12 meeting (regular meetings take place on the second Thurs. of each month, 6 pm, Moretown Elem. School). 496-3296.


MRV Republicans meets fourth Wed. of each month, 6pm, Bongiorno’s Restaurant. Info: Carol Miner, 583-5816.


Valley Democrats meets second Mon. of each month, 5:15 pm, at Eastern Systems. Info: Jim Leyton, 496-1000.


Mad River Caregivers Support Group, first and third Tues. of each month, 2-3 pm, Mad River Family Practice. RSVP: Kate, 496-3838.


Mad River Cancer Support, one-on-one support for those touched by cancer (patient, caregiver, family, friend). Contact VT Cancer Survivor Network: 1-800-652-5064, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Sun., 7 pm; Tues., 7 pm, at Parish House, Our Lady of the Snows Church/St. Dunstan’s, Waitsfield. Fri., 7 pm, Warren Church. Confirm times: 229-5100.






Band Anna, free après-ski music, Thurs. afternoon, Jan. 29, Green Mt. Lounge, Mt. Ellen, Sugarbush.


The Grift's Clint Bierman and friends, followed by an open jam, every Thurs., Localfolk Smokehouse, Waitsfield.


Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats, Sat., Jan. 31, 4 pm, Gen. Stark’s Pub, Mad River Glen.


Soule Monde (Ray & Russ), Castlerock Pub; Big Basin Band, Wunderbar; Holly and Evan, blues, Green Mt. Lounge. Sat., Jan. 31, 3-6 pm, Sugarbush, free.


Crazyhearse, four-piece alt/rock band, Sat., Jan. 31, 9 pm-midnight, Castlerock Pub, free.


Anthony Santor Jazz Brunch, Sun., Feb. 1, 10 am-2 pm, Big Picture Theater & Cafe, 496-8994.


Pappy Biondo and Danny Coane, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bluegrass, folk, country, on Valley Night, Wed., Feb. 4, 8 pm, Big Picture Theater & Cafe,, 496-8994.


The Malicious Brothers, free après-ski music, Thurs., Feb. 5, Green Mt. Lounge, Mt. Ellen, Sugarbush.


Mad River Chorale rehearsals, Mondays (except school holidays), 7-9 pm, Harwood chorus room. Singers welcome., 496-2048.


VT composers Eve Beglarian and Matt Lacrocca presented by TURNmusic, Sat., Feb. 21, 7:30 pm, Green Mountain Club, Route 100, Waterbury Center. Info:, 802-578-5028.


Moretown Community Chorus, all ages and abilities, meets Thursdays, 7 pm, Moretown Methodist Church. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 793-9581.







Knitting and craft circle, Fridays, 10:30 am, Shades of Winter yarn shop, Village Sq., Waitsfield.


Foot Care Clinic with CVHHH at Evergreen Place, Thursdays, Feb. 5 and 26, 8:30 am-noon. Reserve: 223-1878. Bring basin, towel, foot soak powder, clippers. There is a fee.


Tai Chi with Kenneth, Tuesdays, 1 pm, Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield.


Bingo, every Tues. & Thurs., 10:30 am, Evergreen Place Senior Center.


Diner Breakfasts cooked by Walter Brinkat Evergreen Place, open to all, Mondays, 8-10 am, donations support Meals On Wheels.


Family-Style Lunch, open to all, discount for age 60-plus, Tues. & Thurs., noon. Reserve: Austin, 496-2543. Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield.


Meals On Wheels, home-delivered meals, call Austin, 496-2543.




The Arts


Almost, Maine, a play at Valley Players Theater, Feb. 5-8, 12-14, 7:30 pm; Feb. 15, 2 pm. Tickets:, 583-1674.


HOOKED in The Valley, Mad River Rug Hookers exhibit runs through March 28, Festival Gallery, Village Square, Waitsfield, 496-6682.


Amanda Amend, watercolor exhibit runs through Jan. 31, Three Mountain Cafe, Waitsfield.


Blanc et Noir: New Photography by Bonnie Barnes, rural places, remote places, big skies, black-and-white photo exhibit runs till Feb. 28. Axel’s Gallery, Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7801,


Start with Art, group meets to share/learn artistic skills, Thursdays, 2 pm, at SHaRC, free, 583-6700.


Knit a Bit, knitting and coffee, free, Wednesdays, 3 pm, at SHaRC, 583-6700.






CPR Classes: American Heart Association Friends and Family CPR class, Wed., Feb. 4, 7-8:30 pm. AHA Heartsaver course (two-year certification), Sat., Feb. 21, 9 am. Mad River Valley Ambulance building, Route 100, Waitsfield. Register: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 496-8888.


CPR training, Sun., Feb. 22, noon-1:30 pm, following church service, Warren United Church. Register: Doug Stoehr, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 496-3249. Child care provided.


Community Yoga Class, free, hatha yoga, all levels, Sundays, 10-11:15 am, at Rootswork, second floor East Warren Schoolhouse.




Places of Worship


Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave, Montpelier, 229-9429.

Church of the Crucified One, Route 100, Moretown.Mass, Sunday, 10 am.Franciscan Christmas Office, Dec 23, 6 pm; Family Christmas Eve service, Dec. 24, 5 pm; Midnight Mass, Dec. 24, 11 pm; Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 11 am; New Year’s Eve Vigil, Dec. 31, 8 p.m. 496-4516.

First Church of Christ, Scientist, 145 State St., Montpelier. All welcome.

Green Mountain Community Alliance, Route 100, Duxbury. Sunday, 9:30 am, Worship Service.

Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly, Route 100N, Waterbury Ctr. Sunday, 10 am, Worship Service.

Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 802-253-1800, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Moretown United Methodist Church, Route 100B, Moretown. Sunday, 10:30 am, Worship Service.

Our Lady of the Snows (Catholic), Route 100, Waitsfield. Mass: Saturday, 6 pm.

St. Andrew (Catholic), Main St., Waterbury. Mass: Sat, 4 pm, and Sunday, 9 am.

St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, Founders’ Hall, 6307 Main St. (Route 100), Waitsfield. Sunday Service, 9:30 am, Holy Eucharist. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 4 pm. Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 9:30 am. 479-7920.

St. Jacob of Alaska Orthodox Church, Route 12, Northfield Falls, 485-9121. Services: Divine Liturgy, Sunday, 9:30 am; Great Vespers, Saturday, 5 pm; Vespers, Tuesday, 6 pm.

St. Patrick (Catholic), Route 100B, Moretown.Sunday, 11 am, Mass.

Sugarbush Christmas Eve Service led by Norwich Univ. chaplain Bill Wick, nondenominational, Dec. 24, 5-6 pm, Gate House Lodge.

Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Sunday, 10 am, Worship and Church School, 130 Main St., Montpelier.

Waitsfield United Church of Christ WorshipService, Sunday, 10 am. Route 100, Waitsfield., 496-3065.

Warren United Church of Christ, Worship Service, Sunday, 10 am. Main St. Warren Village. 496-2713.

Waterbury Congregational Church, Sunday Service, 10 am. 8 North Main St., Waterbury. 244-6606.

Yearning for Learning Center for Jewish Studies, Montpelier, 223-0583