Morning Briefing


Saturday, Dec. 7

Holiday Food and Craft Fair

ARLINGTON -- Burdett Commons of Arlington will host its annual Holiday Food and Craft Fair at Fisher Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is the fifth annual fair and the third hosted at Fisher Elementary School. For more information, contact or call 375-6515.

Pownal Valley Fair Annual Bazaar

POWNAL -- The Pownal Valley Fair will hold its annual Christmas bazaar at the American Legion Hall on Route 7.

There will be crafters, a tag sale, Chinese auction, bake sale, raffles, and a $100 money tree.

Santa will be there from noon until 2 p.m. with grab bag gifts for all kids. There will be a coloring contest and activities for children. Lunch will be available from the American Legion Auxiliary from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a soup and sandwich menu with beverages included. Hot dogs will also be available.

Annual Snowball Bazaar

BENNINGTON -- The 65th annual Snowball Bazaar will be in full swing from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Delight in Christmas wreaths and centerpieces, a four-room tag sale, handmade crafts, a sewing room, baked goods, a silent auction and luncheon and snacks until 2:30 p.m. Try your luck at winning an invitation for dinner for two at a local restaurant. A limited number of tickets are sold, so your chance of winning is greater.

Free ham dinner

POWNAL- The North Pownal Congregational Church is holding a free ham dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. at North Pownal Congregational Church Route 346, North Pownal.

Big Bingo

ARLINGTON -- Arlington American Legion Post 69 is holding a Big Bingo. Doors open at 3:00. All refreshments are included. There will be some special games as well with some special prizes.

Spring Street Holiday Walk

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Spring Street hosts its annual holiday walk today beginning at 3 p.m. with the Reindog Parade. There will be a holiday bake-off in The Log; holiday antics hosted by the Mount Greylock Performing Arts in front of Where'd You Get That?; horse drawn wagon rides; Minerva Arts performances and karaoke next to Pappa Charlie's; a penny social in Lasell Gym; reindeer games and a fire next to the Harrison Gallery.

Santa Claus will be at The Log from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. followed by a performance of A Christmas Carol. At 5:45 p.m. at the Wilmott Lot Santa will announce the bake-off winners, sing carols and light the tree. Musical performances all afternoon.

Also, head out early and spend the morning at Water Street Books for storytime at 10 a.m., decorate gingerbread men at the Williamstown Community Preschool, visit the Habitat for Humanity treesShowcase and the Alternative Gift Fair at the First from 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8

Legion bingo

BENNINGTON -- Bingo at American Legion Post 13 is held every Sunday. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 3 p.m. No one under 14 admitted.

Manchester Parks and Recreation Dollar Skate

MANCHESTER -- MPR's Dollar Skate Day will be held at Riley Rink between 1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Discounted prices are $1 for students and children and $3 for adults. The Riley Rink Dollar Skate event is sponsored by The Perfect Wife, Bill Drunsic, and The Spiral Press Cafe. All proceeds go to benefit the Manchester Parks and Recreation Program Fund, so we can provide fun, quality programming for the community. For more info contact the Rec office at 802-362-1439.

Christmas Carol Sing

BENNINGTON -- The White Chapel Society will hold its annual Christmas Carol Sing at 5 p.m. at White Chapel Church, Chapel Road. There will be refreshments.

Senior Breakfast

BENNINGTON -- VFW Post 1332 at 137 North St. hosts a senior breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing "until gone." The donation is $3. Call 802-442-9857 with questions.

Free movie showing

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Join Images Cinema for a free viewing of "The Nightmare Before Christmas" at 1 p.m.

Free children's cooking class

BENNINGTON -- Joel Lentzner and Fiddlehead at Four Corners will host a free cooking class for 6- to 12-year-olds and their parents.

Join us at Fiddlehead for a fun, food-filled afternoon from 2 to 3:30. We will prepare a winter soup with local vegetables, and each child will take home a goodie bag with the soup ingredients, and a handmade recipe card and map of local farms.


The Elf Express returns

MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Lions Club announces the return of the "Elf Express" featuring Christopher Pop-In-Kins. This holiday train ride was such a success last year, the Lions decided to make it a yearly event. The 2nd Annual Elf Express will depart r.k. Miles Depot Station in Manchester Center on Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, and take its riders on a one-hour enchanting journey through the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont.

During the ride, passengers will be entertained with song and dance routines by the elves of the Theater and Dance program of Burr and Burton Academy under the direction of Broadway and Hollywood song and dance man, Jim Raposa. Tickets must be bought in advance and passengers are encouraged to purchase them early as seating is limited. Last year was a sellout. Tickets can be purchased online at and in person at the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce, 39 Bonnet St.

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