READER BULLETINS: November 30 – December 6, 2017

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Discover the traditions of a late 19th-century Vermont Christmas with a visit to the Billings Farm & Museum this holiday season. Christmas at the Billings Farm will be featured on weekends in December and December 23 – January 1, 2018, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (excluding Christmas Day). Tour the authentically decorated farmhouse, visit the dairy farm for interactive programs including An Introduction to Milking and Milking the Herd at 3:15 p.m. each day. Holiday programs, making historic Christmas ornaments and candle dipping, plus the Academy Award® nominee film, “A Place in the Land” will be offered.
Woodstock’s Wassail Celebration: December 8, 9, & 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Making historic Christmas ornaments; candle dipping. Sunday, Dec. 10: Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Christmas Week: Closed Christmas Day. December 26 – January 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Making historic Christmas ornaments; candle dipping. Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides, if conditions permit: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a charitable nonprofit institution. Please call 802-457-2355 for activities and programs and a list of seasonal events or visit the museum’s website:

Santa is coming to the Pittsford Fire Station Sunday, December 3, 1 – 3 p.m. Free admission. Free prize drawings. Free cookies and milk. Take your picture with Santa. Cash raffle to benefit the Pittsford Christmas for Kids Fund.

Join the Vermont Woodlands Association on two Winter Tree Identification Walks this December. The first Tree ID Walk will be hosted at Merck Forest and Farmland on Saturday, December 9, 1 – 3 p.m. The second Winter Tree Identification Walk will be hosted at the One World Conservation Center on Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn how to identify trees and shrubs in our winter landscape through these hands-on workshops. Bennington County Forester, Kyle Mason, will teach participants key tips that any budding naturalist should know. The Winter Tree ID Walks are free, open to the public, and are family friendly. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather. The walks will only be cancelled in the case of unfavorable weather. For more information or to register you may also call 802-747-7900, or email
Registration is highly recommended, but not required for the Merck Forest and Farmland walk. Merck Forest is located at 3270 Route 315 in Rupert, Vermont. Registration is required for the One World Conservation Center walk. You may register online at The One World Conservation Center is located at 413 US Route 7 South, Bennington, Vermont.
These workshops are sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association, Merck Forest and Farmland, and the One World Conservation Center.

The Haynes House of Hope in Granville, N.Y. invites the community to a festive Holiday Open House to honor its volunteers on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. The house will be decorated for the Christmas season and refreshments will be served.
This is a great opportunity to tour the house and see new and planned improvements. Guests can visit with Haynes House volunteers and learn why they find working with our residents so rewarding. Those who wish to get first-hand information about being a volunteer at Haynes House are encouraged to attend.
In addition to delicious refreshments, guests will also enjoy musical entertainment. The event is free and open to the public.
Since opening its doors in 2010, Haynes House has served more than 60 terminally ill residents and their families. Residents’ stay and care are provided free of charge. Since Haynes House receives no funding from insurance or government agencies, it is totally dependent on fundraising events, donations, grants, and the generosity of the community to fulfill its mission.
The Haynes House of Hope is located at 7187 State Route 149 in Granville. More information is available at or by calling 518-642-8155.

December 9 the Poultney Woman’s club will hold their annual Breakfast with Santa. The cost is $1.25 which includes scrambled eggs, sausage, muffins and assorted beverages. Serving will be from 8-11 a.m. Pictures with Santa are $1.50. Names can be selected to purchase gifts for area children from the Community Christmas Tree of giving, across the street from the church at the Northland Real Estate office.

Holidays in Clay Ornament Making
Handmade, one-of-a-kind ornaments make great gifts! The first Saturday we will be making four ornaments out of clay and cookie cutters, and the second Saturday we will be glazing (painting) them. Completed ornaments will be available for pick up December 15. Plan on attending both workshops. All ages welcome. Saturday 12/2 and Saturday 12/9 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. $15. Call Rutland Recreation at 772-1822 to register.
Co-Ed Drop-In Basketball
Co-Ed Drop-In returns to the Rutland Intermediate School gym this winter. Men or Women, high school graduates and older are welcome to attend. There is a $5 drop-in fee. We will supply basketballs, pinnies and an on-site supervisor. Mondays November 20 – February 19, 7:45 – 9:15 p.m. Questions? Call 773-1822

Equinox Village is teaming up with the Manchester Garden Club to host Wreaths for a Cause, a holiday wreath-making workshop and champagne brunch to benefit the Manchester Community Food Cupboard. This special holiday event is set for Saturday, December 9 at 10 a.m. at Equinox Village.
Jane Childs and members of the Manchester Garden Club will provide instruction on how to make your own holiday evergreen wreath, while the executive chef of Equinox Village will supply a delectable holiday brunch, complete with champagne. The festive morning will bring friends and neighbors together to raise funds to support the important work of the Manchester Food Cupboard.
The cost to attend is $50 per person and includes all food, beverages and wreath-making materials. Tables of four are also available at a cost of $180. The event is open to the community. Wreaths will also be available for purchase that day.
Space is limited, and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call Heather Aldrich at 802-362-4061 or email

Join Bennington County Forester, Kyle Mason, as we learn about how to look at forests through the eyes of a forester. We will look at considerations such as wildlife habitat, timber potential, and human-based aesthetics on different forest types and management approaches. The event will be on Sunday, December 3 from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library, located at 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester Center, VT.
This program is free and open to the public. This workshop is sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association and the Manchester Community Library.
Contact: Silvia Cassano, Vermont Woodlands Association 802-747-7900

FREE workshop on Wednesday, December 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. It will be held at BROC Community Action, 45 Union Street in Rutland. To register, please contact Donalee Kirk at 802-665-1725 or

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) will host its 29th Annual Tree of Remembrance ceremony at the Franklin Conference Center, Howe Square in Rutland on Tuesday, December 5 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, a snow date of Wednesday, December 6 has been set.
The Tree of Remembrance ceremony is a way for community members to reflect, honor and celebrate loved ones and friends who have passed away. The ceremony will feature music by the Hospice Trillium choir, remarks by Hospice medical director Dr. Allan Eisemann, recitation of loved ones’ names, the lighting of the tree, refreshments and fellowship.
“This ceremony is about families who have lost a loved one and their legacy,” says Nicole Moran, director of the Hospice program. “Our caregivers, volunteers and staff care deeply for the families of our patients and offer a variety of services to them to help deal with grief and loss. This ceremony is a beloved annual event and is just one of the many ways we want to honor and remember their loved ones for years to come.”
To add a loved one’s name to the wall of remembrance, to RSVP, or for event questions, please call 802-775-0568.

Sunday, December 3, Grace Congregational Church will present the annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah.” The Rutland Area Chorus, soloists and orchestra will perform the concerts at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., under the direction of Alastair Stout, minister of music at Grace Church. The “Messiah” soloists are Allison Devery of Montpelier, soprano; Amy Frostman of South Burlington, alto; Cameron Steinmetz of Montpelier, tenor; and Zebulun McLellan of Tinmouth, bass.
A free-will offering will be received and a reception will follow the 7 p.m. performance. For more information, please call the church office at 775-4301.

Spartan Arena is sponsoring a series of co-ed Learn to Play instructional hockey sessions, led by members of the Rutland Cutting Edge women’s ice hockey team. Instruction will be geared to players of varying ability, even if you have never skated before. No experience is necessary.
The following equipment is required:
Helmet with face shield
Hockey gloves
Hockey skates (rentals are available at the rink)
Hockey stick
It is also highly recommended that you wear elbow and shin pads. The Cutting Edge has some equipment to loan to get you started.
Sessions run from 6 – 7 p.m. on Sundays Dec. 10 and 17. A second round will begin in January. Cost is $10 per session payable to Spartan Arena. No preregistration is necessary. We recommend you arrive 20 to 30 minutes ahead of time to suit up.
Questions? Email Spartan Arena or rutlandcuttingedges

A free, peer-run workshop is held at Vermont Psychiatric Survivors, 128 Merchants Row Ste. 606, in downtown Rutland, Tuesdays from 1 – 2:30 p.m. to make fun, easy, useful crafts with an instructor. The entire workshop is free to the public. Supplies are provided. RSVP suggested by calling 802-775-6834.

“Men’s Health Update”
Join Dr. Ernest Bove, board-certified urologist, of Marble Valley Urology, on Thursday, December 7, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen Street, Rutland for a discussion on male urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction.
Dr. Bove will explain the concerns individuals have regarding these important health issues, as well as current treatments for managing them. A question-and-answer period will immediately follow the presentation. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. To register, please visit or call 802-772-2400.