Dec. 19

Mt. Anthony Union High School Bands announce Winter Concert

The MAUHS Bands directed by Marjorie Rooen, will present a winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the MAU Auditorium.

The Concert will feature the MAU Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band. Admission is Free. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected at the door to help support our local food shelves. Dec. 20

Video installation opening at Bartleby’s Books

WILMINGTON -- On the evenings of 20 & 21 December 2013 -- from sunset to sunrise over the winter solstice -- poet Verandah Porche and designer

Mark O’Maley will transform the exterior of Bartleby’s Books in Wilmington, Vermont with a video installation projected on the exterior of the Deerfield Valley’s bookstore in a playful take on "Architecture Parlante." Architecture parlante ("speaking architecture") is architecture that explains its own function or identity. The phrase was originally associated with Claude Nicolas Ledoux, and was extended to other Paris-trained architects of the Revolutionary period. Emil Kaufmann traced its first use to an anonymous critical essay with Ledoux’s work as the subject, written for Magasin Pittoresque in 1852, and entitled "Etudes d’architecture en France." The most famous examples of architecture parlante include Henri Labrouste’s Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris and the Boston Public Library by McKim, Meade, & White, who also designed Wilmington’s Memorial Hall. (William Meade was a Brattleboro native.)

With "NIGHT FITS DOWN A TIGHT LID" O’Maley projects Porche’s poems from her latest book, "Sudden Eden" onto the exterior of Bartleby’s Books as a winter meditation on life in the Deerfield Valley and his adoptive hometown of Wilmington. (O’Maley moved to Wilmington in May of 2011.) Originally intended for the exterior of Castleston State College’s Old Chapel during the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts in summer of 2013 (but unrealized due to endless thunderstorms) as a thank you/love letter to Porche for her years of dedication upon her retirement this past summer from the institute -- the work surfaces in Wilmington at Bartleby’s Books where the staff refers to Porche as the poet laureate of the bookstore.

Playing with Porche’s love of anagrams, her poems will silently glide across Bartleby’s Books exterior throughout the night.

Dec. 29

Annual Community-wide Messiah Sing-along

ARLINGTON -- The community is invited to join in the 10th annual community wide "Messiah Sing-Along" on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Arlington. This year’s event is once again under the direction of Scott Smedinghoff.

Singers of all levels and abilities are invited to participate in the informal sing-along which will include the Advent and Christmas section of Handel’s choral masterpiece, as well as the Hallelujah Chorus. There will be several soloists including Robyn Madison, soprano; Katie Beck as alto, Fr. Scott Neal as tenor and Mark Madison as bass. The chorus/audience will be accompanied by Charles Olegar on the organ, and a chamber orchestra comprised of talented local musicians. Bring your voice, enthusiasm and holiday spirit as we usher in the New Year with this popular event. A limited number of copies of the score will be available to singers, and those who have their own copy are encouraged to bring it.

St. James Episcopal Church is located Historic Route 7A in the center of Arlington, Vt. For directions or additional information, go to www.stjamesarlingtonvt.org or call 375-9952

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