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THE BLUE SKY BOYS
The Sky Blue Boys, a duo comprised of Willy and Dan Lindner, will perform at Wallingford Town Hall on Wednesday, January 9 at 7 p.m. The duo has built up a large repertoire of wonderful old ballads, parlor songs, heart songs, and sacred numbers. Heeding their own musical instincts, The Sky Blue Boys have expanded the accompaniment to include a variety of acoustic instruments and added many newer songs, including several of their own compositions. Willy and Dan have played together for decades. They formed the celebrated Vermont bluegrass band Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys in 1972, and have toured and recorded extensively in that context, as well as sitting in on shows and recording sessions for many of the region’s top acoustic musicians. But never far from their hearts were the sounds they learned to love long ago — the simple moving sounds of the early “brothers duets.” Suggested donations of $10 to $15 per person at the door.
For more information, call the Town Administrator at 802-446-2872.
CCV JOB HUNT HELPERS OFFERS CAREER SERVICES AT RUTLAND FREE LIBRARY
Community College of Vermont (CCV) Job Hunt Helper Mariah Vilbrin is now available at the Rutland Free Library for six hours a week to offer career services to library patrons and job seekers. Job Hunt Helpers can help you find employment opportunities in your area, write a résumé and cover letter, apply for jobs online, assess your skills and interests, use the internet to explore career options, and learn about education and training programs.
The Rutland Free Library is located at 10 Court St. in Rutland. Mariah is available from 3 — 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, 2:30 — 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and 12 — 3 p.m. on Saturdays. She will be unavailable December 25, 27, 29, and January 1. For more information, please contact the library at 802-773-1860.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2018
Rutland County Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count and potluck will take place this year on December 29. Birds spotted within a 15-mile radius of Meads Falls in Center Rutland will be counted by teams of birders and feeder-watchers in this count circle. Counters may participate from dawn to dusk, or for as little as an hour or two.
Data collected will be used to study bird populations around the world. This count is the longest-running citizen science program world-wide and is sponsored by Audubon. It has occurred yearly for 119 years and was begun to counter the unethical holiday bird hunts of the 19th century.
Interested persons can contact 287-9338 for more information or to sign up.
CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM
Discover the traditions of a late-19th-century Vermont Christmas with a visit to the Billings Farm & Museum this holiday season. Christmas at the Billings Farm will be featured on weekends in December and December 22 – January 1, 2019, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (excluding Christmas Day). Tour the authentically decorated farmhouse, visit the dairy farm for interactive programs, including An Introduction to Milking and Milking the Herd at 3:15 p.m. each day. Holiday programs, making historic Christmas ornaments and candle dipping, plus the Academy Award-nominee film, “A Place in the Land” will be offered.
Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides, if conditions permit: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a charitable nonprofit institution. Please call 802-457-2355 for activities and programs and a list of seasonal events or visit the museum’s website: billingsfarm.org.