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The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, December 1 to 7

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Published November 29, 2021 at 5:56 p.m.


River of Light - COURTESY OF GORDON MILLER
  • Courtesy Of Gordon Miller
  • River of Light

See the Light

Saturday 4

Schoolchildren across Waterbury may already be working on their lanterns for A River of Light, but it isn't too late for everyone else to get in on the action. The annual tradition provides ample opportunity for participation, from the lit-up parade that kicks off from the State Office Complex to the afterparty in Dac Rowe Athletic Field, where neighbors gather around bonfires to enjoy live music and hot chocolate.

Cloud Nine

Saturday 4
Cloudbelly - COURTESY OF GEORGIA TEENSMA
  • Courtesy Of Georgia Teensma
  • Cloudbelly

Anyone at this Ripton Community Coffee House show at Lincoln's Burnham Hall is making an investment in their future. They'll be able to say they saw Cloudbelly before the duo was cool. Though longtime folk scene mainstays Corey Laitman and Anand Nayak have released only two singles, they've already established a captivating, unabashedly emotional sound.

Green Mountain Gags

Wednesday 1 & Wednesday 8
Don Hooper & Bill Mares - COURTESY OF JAKE BROWN FOR THE VERMONT NATURAL RESOURCES COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
  • Courtesy Of Jake Brown For The Vermont Natural Resources Council Board Of Directors
  • Don Hooper & Bill Mares

Author Bill Mares and cartoonist Don Hooper share wisecracks and insights from I Could Hardly Keep From Laughing: An Illustrated Collection of Vermont Humor. Featuring laugh-out-loud drawings by Hooper and a foreword by Jeff Danziger, the book is an enthusiastic, affectionate romp through 150 years of jokes and japes. Vermont Humanities, Norwich Public Library and the Norwich Historical Society virtually host the authors on December 1, and Phoenix Books virtually hosts them on December 8.

Dance to the Music

Thursday 2
Klezmer - COURTESY OF AMY DARLEY
  • Courtesy Of Amy Darley
  • Klezmer

Vermont's finest (and only) klezmer band, Nisht Geferlach — whose name in Yiddish translates roughly to "Relax, it won't kill you" — plays "Klezmer!," a rollicking, foot-stomping show at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier. Dancing is encouraged. Admission is free for all, but donations benefit the Central Vermont Refugee Action Network.

Drama Teens

Friday 3 & Tuesday 7-Sunday 12
Listen Up - FILE STEVE LEGGE
  • File Steve Legge
  • Listen Up

If you missed Listen Up! during its live, statewide tour over the summer, fear not. A filmed recording of the original musical, inspired by the true stories of and performed by Vermont teens, premieres this Friday at the Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington. It also screens December 7 through 12, and livestreamed Q&As with the cast air on December 11 and 12.

Carol of the Pipes

Sunday 5
William Tortolano - COURTESY OF JERRY SWOPE
  • Courtesy Of Jerry Swope
  • William Tortolano

Saint Michael's College professor emeritus and 92-year-old organist William Tortolano plays a captivating Christmas concert at St. Mary's Church in St. Albans. Joined by vocalists Jake Barickman and John Schreindorfer, the keyboard sage plays carols from around the world and organ solos by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Pachelbel, Johannes Brahms and more.

Christmas Caboose

Ongoing
Holiday Train Exhibit - COURTESY OF HENRY SHELDON MUSEUM
  • Courtesy Of Henry Sheldon Museum
  • Holiday Train Exhibit

The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury unveils its annual Holiday Train Exhibit, featuring three levels of tracks, countless Lionel model trains, a realistic Green Mountains backdrop and some teeny-tiny snowboarders on a working ski lift. Locomotive lovers of all ages get to see a train's-eye view as a camera on the caboose livestreams its journey through the wee winter wonderland.