Town offices closed on New Year's Day

The Bennington town offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year's holiday. The offices will reopen on Jan. 2 at 8 a.m.

Taconic Music concert at Vermont Veterans' Home

Staying true to its mission of making music accessible for people of all ages and walks of life, Taconic Music will celebrate the New Year with a special performance at the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington on Jan. 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. The concert is generously sponsored by Garry DuFour of Dorset, a Vietnam veteran and maker of documentary films about atomic veterans. Violnists Joana Genova and Heather Braun-Bakken, violist Ariel Rudiakov and cellist Elisa Kolanski will perform festive selections from Mozart to jazz, tango, and rock arrangements. The concert is free and open to the public.

Expanded hours for dollhouse museum

The Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont will have expended hours during the holidays, open every day between Christmas and New Year's Day from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 212 Union Street. Come see the Festival of Tiny Trees.

Rev up your slow-cooker: It's mac and cheese time

It's time to dust off the cheese graters and casserole dishes for the Bennington Farmers Market's Second Annual Macaroni and Cheese competition to benefit the Bennington County Meals on Wheels program Saturday, January 20.

Last year's event was a big success with more than a dozen delicious dishes delighting the palates of attendees. More than $400 was raised for Meals on Wheels, the figure to beat this year.

Over $100 in prizes have been provided by the King Arthur Flour company, including a $50 gift certificate for the chef who creates the winning mac and cheese. Entrants pay a $5 entry fee and bring a large slow-cooker full of their best mac and cheese. Patrons purchase tickets for samples and votes. Everyone leaves with full stomachs and the satisfaction of participating in a good cause.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to join the fun as chefs or samplers. Interested cooks may sign up at the Bennington Farmers' Market manager's table Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by contacting Audrey Pietrucha at


Korean War Veterans to meet Jan. 16

A January brunch for Chapter 60 of the Korean War Veterans Association will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Ambrosia Diner in Queensbury, N.Y. The diner is located just off Exit 19N of the Northway. Participants will be ordering off the menu. The hosts are Patti and Gene Slavin. Veterans who served anywhere during the Korean War, in Korea at any time, spouses, widows and friends are all invited to attend. Please phone your reservations in to the Slavins at 518-793-2358 by Sunday, Jan. 14. For an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037. Annual dues are $10 for veterans and $5 for all others. New members are always welcome.


Taconic Music offers free family concert

Ring in the new year at an interactive family concert with teachers and students from Taconic Music's "Strings for Kids" program. This Super Saturday "Music From the Shelves" family event will take place at the Manchester Community Library on Jan. 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. Generously sponsored by The Bank of Bennington, this concert is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center.


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