Entertainment calendar for Jan. 24-30
Robert Burns night: 6 p.m. A five-course Scottish themed dinner, including the requisite haggis, paired with Scotches. Cost is $75 per person. An all-inclusive package that includes lodging in a standard room, the chef's dinner for two, breakfast, all taxes and gratuities is $315 per couple. The Dorset Inn, 8 Church St., Dorset.
Author event: 6 p.m. Thomas Christopher Greene will discuss his new novel, "The Perfect Liar," about a seemingly-perfect marriage threatened by the secrets the husband and wife keep from each other and the sinister, anonymous notes which begin to regularly appear and point to a mysterious past. Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester Center.
Author event: 6 p.m. Tori Telfer will read from and discuss "Lady Killers," her thrilling and entertaining compendium that investigates female serial killers and their crimes through the ages. Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester Center.
Walker Farm Music Series: 7 p.m. The Mallett Brothers Band has style that ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock. With guitarist Huck Notari. Tickets $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children 12 and under are free (promo code "Under12" to reserve children's tickets online). More information at https://www.westonplayhouse.org/. Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm, 705 Main St, Weston.
The British Invasion: 7 p.m. Mount Anthony students staff, alumni and friends perform songs by artists like The Beatles, The Animals, Led Zeppelin, The Zombies, Herman's Hermits, The Who and more. Proceeds to benefit a group of music students who will be traveling to Europe in April. Tickets are $10.00 and are on sale at MAU's new online box office, www.mauhsvt.booktix.com
Author event: 6 p.m. Stephanie Land, the author of "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive," in conversation with Jennifer Oldham, the executive director of VT Works for Women. Free and open to the public. Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester Center.
Artist reception: 3-5 p.m. Wet Felting Work by Joy Muller-McCoola and Robin Blakney Calson. On view through Feb. 17. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 518-677-2765. The Small Gallery, Valley Artisans Market, 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.
North Bennington Winterfest: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. A day of family-friendly winter-themed activities, highlighted by the Lake Paran Plunge at 11 a.m. Various locations in North Bennington. Full schedule at www.bennington.com/winterfest
Winter Book Sale: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friends of the McCullough Library. Hundreds of affordable used books, DVDs, audiobooks and much more, as well as rare and antiquarian books. All proceeds fund library materials and free community events. In conjunction with Winterfest. McCullough Free Library, 2 Main St., North Bennington.
Used Books and White Elephant Sale: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. In conjunction with Winterfest. Village School of North Bennington, 9 School Street, North Bennington.
11th Annual Chili Fest: 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Offered by the NorShaft Lions in conjunction with Winterfest. For a $6 donation you can sample five different chilies, with proceeds going to scholarships to graduating seniors, support to families coping with pediatric cancer, among the numerous other service projects sponsored by the Lions. St. John the Baptist Church, 3-5 Houghton St., North Bennington.
Winter Carnival for Kids: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Games of chance and skill, bounce house, face painting, carnival food and much more. In conjunction with Winterfest. Village School of North Bennington, 9 School Street, North Bennington.
Arlington Winter Carnival: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. This family-friendly event will include ice-skating, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing. Residents are encouraged to bring their Christmas trees to feed the bonfire. The Masons will provide free hot dogs and hot chocolate while they last. The Arlington Rec Center, Route 7A. For more information, contact Randy Novotny at email@example.com or 802-375-6432.
Animal tracking hike: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Join the staff on a hike across Merck Forest's snowfields and woods in search of ... whatever has come before! This hike will be of moderate difficulty and will be held weather-permitting; participants must have appropriate footgear, headlamps, water and snacks. Reservations are requested. Call 802-394-7836 to hold your spot. Fee: $5 per person. Merck Forest and Farmland Center, 3270 VT Route 315, Rupert.
Family Affair: 7:30 p.m. Cabaret served up family-style, presented by Jennifer Jasper, Kate Whitehall and the Better Bennington Corporation with co-sponsor Oldcastle Theatre. Tickets are $10 cash at the door. Adults age 16 and up. Not suitable for children. Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington. More information at https://www.facebook.com/FamilyAffairCabaret or jenniferjasper.com
The Snow Queen: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Presented by Missoula Children's Theatre, this classic tale will warm your heart in its illustrative retelling by a group of fun-loving, imaginative hobgoblins. Tickets $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-18; children 5 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at DorsetPlayers.Org and at the box office. Dorset Theatre Festival, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset.
Director's meeting: 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in directing a one-act play during the 16th Annual One Act Festival is welcome. If you have a play you are interested in directing, please contact Producer Lynne Worth at 802-375-5717 so she can review your selection. Auditions for these plays will be in February. Production dates are Friday, March 29 and April 5, Saturday, March 30 and April 6 and Sunday, March 31 and April 7. Dorset Theater Festival, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset.
History of jazz piano: 5:30 p.m. Eugene Uman, the director of the Vermont Jazz Center, will talk about the history of jazz piano, from ragtime and blues to the pioneers of modern jazz piano. Presented by the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.
Director's meeting: 6:30 p.m. Please see Monday listing.
Blogging 101: 6:30 p.m. Aysegul Sanford, content creator and food and lifestyle photographer, shares her knowledge of starting, maintaining, and making an income from a blog. Rescheduled from Jan. 9. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester.
Beekeeping: Bennington County Beekeepers Club offers a free beginners beekeeping course. Donations accepted. First meeting tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Vermont Veterans's Home Crispe Room, 325 North St., Bennington. Sign up: 802-823-7955. The course runs through Feb. 28.
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