Thursday January 3, 2013

Jan. 4

Wines of the World Dinner Event

KILLINGTON -- On the first Friday of every month, the Red Clover Inn & Restaurant chef creates a unique menu based on the flavors of a selected region and the freshest local Vermont ingredients, designed to perfectly complement the featured wines. www.redcloverinn.com Jan. 5

VPT's Experience inspired by Downton Abbey

ESSEX -- Jan. 5 -- 6 An advance public screening of Downton Abbey's Season 3 premiere and a Downton-themed cultural immersion: Cuisine and cocktails, green-screen photography, museum-like historical installation features Downton-era culture, improvisational, cabaret and music, plus a silent auction, all to benefit Vermont Public Television. www.facebook.com/daexp

Jan . 6

Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood) by Benjamin Britten

RUTLAND -- This one-act opera is a unique take on the well-known biblical tale of Noah and his Ark. The majority of the cast will consist of local youth. www.operatheatreofweston.com

Jan. 7

Vermont photographers share cycling adventure photos

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Presented by Moretown-based photographers and storytellers Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson (Ember Photography), the slideshow features their recent bicycle-powered skiing exploration of Norway's Arctic Alps - an adventure on which the couple skied from summit to sea, pedaled through blizzard conditions, enjoyed waffle breakfasts with locals and basked in the springtime sunshine.


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During the presentation, Mohr and Johnson weave still photos, video footage and music with their own off-the-cuff narration.

The show, which begins at 8 p.m., is part of the duo's ongoing Wild People, Wild Place Slideshow Series, which features ten shows throughout the winter season. A big raffle of sponsor-donated prizes will follow the show. Proceeds support the photographers' ongoing work with several non-profit conservation organizations in Vermont and beyond.The show will run approximately 90 minutes.

The Wild People, Wild Places project is an ongoing series of exhibits and slideshows designed to inspire the public to enjoy and protect the very places featured. Through their shows, Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson share stories and images from their backcountry skiing, paddling, backpacking and cycling adventures throughout the Northeast, the Arctic, the southern Andes, Europe and North America. Mohr and Johnson photograph for a wide variety of editorial, fine art, wedding and commercial clients. Their work is widely published. For more information, please contact the photographers by phone or email, or visit their websites: www.emberphoto.com and www.adventureskier.com

Jan. 9

Sustainable workshop

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Wednesday, Jan. 9, the Williams College Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program will present a workshop by Max Godfrey and Friends for an evening of worksongs, food, and laughter. The 7 p.m. workshop will be held in Goodrich Hall and is free and open to the public.

Godfrey will teach many songs traditionally sung by prisoners and field workers that have been rediscovered by farmers as tools for making their work more enjoyable. With simple, call-and-response structures, these songs can be learned quickly and require no vocal "skill" whatsoever. Godfrey will share many songs from around the world that American farmers have adapted for use in the fields. This sing-along will include a meal prepared by Godfrey and Friends, and singing will continue throughout the evening.

Over the past two years, Godfrey has been steadily digging through old field recordings of southern worksongs and teaching them to people in fields and kitchens, on front porches and street corners across the Northeast and in his home state of Georgia. He draws upon the songs that African-Americans sang for decades on chain gangs and in farm fields throughout the 20th century South. As an apprentice on small farms, he has been exploring the ways in which traditional songs can be used as tools for strengthening the fabric of local communities.

This event is sponsored by the Williams College Sustainable Food & Agriculture Program.

Jan. 11

Claudia Schmidt in Concert

BENNINGTON -- For almost four decades Claudia Schmidt has been exploring the nuances of acoustic music with her voice, 12 string guitar and mountain dulcimer. From intimate theatres to large venues, her craft is at its height. www.uubennington.org

Cyrus Chestnut Trio

MIDDLEBURY -- Virtuosic and playful, jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut's hard-swinging, soulful music blends contemporary jazz, traditional jazz, and gospel, with a taste of Latin and samba. "His brand of crisp articulation and blues inflected harmony evokes another era. . . . multi-faceted and dynamic" said the New York Times.

www.middlebury.edu/arts/news/2012-2013/jan2013

Jane Austen Weekend: Emma

Jan. 11 - 13

HYDE PARK -- A leisurely literary-inspired weekend includes dinner and a discussion of Emma. Enjoy afternoon tea in a The Governor's House, a beautiful old mansion, a talk on Regency fashion, brunch and the Jane Austen quiz.

Optional sleigh ride. www.OneHundredMain.com/jane_austen.html

Jan. 12

Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood) by Benjamin Britten

RUTLAND -- This one-act opera is a unique take on the well-known biblical tale of Noah and his Ark. The majority of the cast will consist of local youth. www.operatheatreofweston.com

Burlington Chamber Orchestra Concert

COLCHESTER -- Experience live classical music with a program of works by Mozart, Berwald, and Gounod. The wind section takes center stage with a "7-8-9" program featuring Berwald's Grand Septet, an arrangement of Mozart's Magic Flute for octet, and Gounod's Petite Symphonie for nine winds. www.bcovt.org

Brattleboro Concert Choir: Towards the Light

BRATTLEBORO -- Jan. 12-13 Under the direction of Susan Dedell, the Concert Choir presents Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and Bob Chilcott's Requiem. www.bmcvt.org

TD Bank Eastern Cup Nordic Race

CHITTENDEN -- Jan. 12 - 13 One great feature of the Eastern Cup is that although it attracts some of the nation's top skiers, it's not just for the very fastest cross-country ski racers. Athletes of all speeds get to compete side-by-side. At The Mountain Top Inn, this race is open to the public and quite a sight to see. www.nensa.net

Jan. 18

John McEuen with Alpin Hon

WOODSTOCK -- Featuring Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist John McEuen, teaming up with Julliard-trained and award winning pianist Alpin Hong. This is a classic show of violin versus fiddle, bluegrass with Beethoven, and two generations apart coming together. www.pentanglearts.org

The Method Gun: The Rude Mechanicals

MIDDLEBURY -- Jan. 18 - 19 The New York Times dubbed the Rude Mechanicals as one of three ensemble-theatre companies in the country "making theatre that matters." Their daring play The Method Gun explores the life of Stella Burden, actor and training guru of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

www.middlebury.edu/arts/news/2012-2013/jan2013

Jan. 19

All Shook Up Comedy Night

BURLINGTON -- Laughter that makes a difference! Comediennes Josie Leavitt, Tracie Spencer, Autumn Spencer an Sue Schmidt perform in the FlynnSpace for a laugh-fest to benefit the Joe Shook Scholarship Fund, to send kids with disabilities to Partners In Adventure summer camps. www.flynntix.org

Bow Thayer Album-Release Celebration

RANDOLF -- Central Vermont's favorite rocker and his band Perfect Trainwreck debut music from their much-anticipated album. www.chandler-arts.org

VINS - Winter Wildlife Celebration

QUECHEE -- Explore local winter wildlife with knowledgeable educators and relax by the campfire with refreshments. www.vinsweb.org

Sleigh Ride Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum

WOODSTOCK -- Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride and go sledding atop a jack jumper sled.

Watch "A Time for Justice," a 38-minute documentary, that will be shown several times in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

www.billingsfarm.org

Stone Wall Building Workshops Jan. 19 -- Mar. 23

HINESBURG -- Learn techniques to personalize your outdoor spaces with a one-day stone wall building workshop on Jan. 19, Feb. 9, March 9 or 23. The workshops are held in warm greenhouses and are led by Vermont stonemasons trained through Britain's Dry Stone Walling Association and featured in Vermont Life Magazine. www.queencitysoilandstone.com

Jan. 25

Ski Vermont Specialty Food Days Statewide

Jan. 25-26, & 29 Enjoy free samples from several Vermont food companies slope-side at Jay Peak's Farmer Appreciation Day(Jan. 25), Burke Mountain Passholder Appreciation Day(Jan. 26) and Mad River Glen's Roll Back the Clock Day, (Jan. 29). For the full roster of specialty food days at resorts all season long, visit www.skivermont.com

Jan. 26

Monster Energy's K-Town Showdown Rail Jam Jan. 26

KILLINGTON -- This year's Monster Energy K-Town Showdown has three events: two rail jams and a slopestyle. Open to both skiers and riders of all ages. With six divisions, there's several prizes are up for grabs.

Burns Supper

WARREN -- The West Hill House B&B hosts an evening of dinner, dancing, bagpipes and a wee dram of single malt recognizing the 254th birthday of the Scottish bard, Robert Burns. www.westhillbb.com/specials-and-packages/offers/holiday-feasts

Heritage WinterFest

Jan. 26 - 27 Smugglers' Notch Resort Celebrate Winter with a guided snowshoeing nature walk at Smugglers' Nordic Center, and sleigh rides, children's story hour, a lasagna dinner, family contra dance, bonfire and fireworks. The Primitive Biathlon is on Saturday and Sunday at the Sterling Ridge Inn near Smuggs and spectators are welcome.

www.smuggs.com

Annual Paintball Biathlon

CHITTENDEN -- Jan. 26 -- 27 Mountain Top Resort hosts the annual Paintball Biathlon, combining cross-country skiing and shooting at targets: adult, youth and high school races. www.mountaintopinn.com/calendar_of_events.php

Jan. 27

Get Out and Backcountry Ski Festival

Bolton Valley Resort Learn the basics of backcountry skiing or ow to improve your telemark technique on some of Vermont's best terrain. A limited supply of backcountry and telemark equipment will be on hand to demo.

www.catamounttrail.org/news/5th-annual-get-out-and-backcountry-ski-fest/

Jan. 30

Time Stands Still

BURLINGTON -- Jan. 30 - Feb. 17 From Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, a witty drama that discusses the sacrifices people are willing to make for their passions, their country, and their own well-being. A photojournalist who captures images of the Iraqi war, returns home injured. She and her reporter partner try to put their lives back together. www.flynntix.org

More events across Vermont are listed in the Travel Planner of www.VermontVacation.com

Through Jan. 31, 2013

Library hosts opening of ‘Landschap' exhibit

Bennington 802-442-9051

The Bennington Free Library continues its installation of Wall Works, "Landschap," which features recent works by Aimee LaPorte, through Jan. 31, 2013.

LaPorte's exhibition features paintings of area landscapes, the inspiration for this show's title, selections from a colonial inspired portrait series of beloved family pets and an ongoing series on bridges which incorporates mixed media elements.

LaPorte grew up and attended schools locally. She received her BA from Alfred University's School of Art and Design and MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, affiliated with Tufts University.

The Bennington Free Library is located at 101 Silver St. For information call 802-442-9051.

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