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DOWNTOWN RUTLAND HOLIDAY STROLL & TREE LIGHTING

Downtown Rutland Holiday Stroll, Nov. 30, is a day of sales, treats, and activities leading up to the annual Tree Lighting in Depot Park. Catch a free movie at the Paramount Theatre at 10 a.m. and meet Santa with the kids at 2:30 p.m. in the Fox Room at Rutland Free Library. Then, kick off the holidays by shopping local on Small Business Saturday, or drop in after the 2019 Audi FIS Ski World Cup for some family-friendly fun. Warm-up with hot cocoa in Depot Park as Santa arrives by fire truck to light the tree with help from the mayor at 5:30 p.m.

TREE OF REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) will host its 31st Annual Tree of Remembrance ceremony at the Franklin Conference Center, Howe Square in Rutland on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. For inclement weather a snow date of Wednesday, Dec. 11 has been set. The event is free and open to the public.

The Tree of Remembrance ceremony is a way for community members to reflect, honor and celebrate loved ones and friends who have passed away. The ceremony will feature music by the Hospice Trillium choir, remarks by Hospice medical director Dr. Allan Eisemann, recitation of loved ones’ names, the lighting of the tree, refreshments, and fellowship.

“This ceremony is about families who have lost a loved one and their legacy,” says Nicole Moran, director of the Hospice program. “Our caregivers, volunteers, and staff care deeply for the families of our patients and offer a variety of services to them to help deal with grief and loss. This ceremony is a beloved annual event and is just one of the many ways we want to honor and remember their loved ones for years to come.”

To add a loved one’s name to the wall of remembrance, to RSVP, or for event questions, call 775-0568.

ART TO PRESENT “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST”

“The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde is considered one of the most renowned plays from the comedies by the well-known playwright. Its characters, situations and highly comical observation of upper English society have entertained audiences for generations. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre will present this classic theater piece as part of its 15th season Dec. 6-8 and 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 117 West Street in Rutland.

It is the story of two bachelors, John “Jack” Worthing and Algernon “Algy” Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women, who conveniently, claim to love only men called Ernest. The elaborate plot includes Victorian sensibilities with some of the best-loved and bizarre characters to be found on the modern stage.

Tickets are $20 per person plus a $2 processing fee. Tickets may be purchased at 802Tix.com or in person at “The Rutland Herald, 77 Grove St., Suite 102, and at the door.

RUTLAND COUNTY FARMERS MARKET CHRISTMAS FAIR

Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. at College of St. Joseph, Rutland. Lots of holiday gifts will be available. Over 40 crafters will be attending with sewn, floral, jams & jellies crocheted & knitted items, and much, much more. Lunch is available. For more information call Robert Murphy, craft fair coordinator, 772-7242.

CCV-RUTLAND TO HOST CAFE CCV ART SHOW

The public is invited to Café CCV-Rutland, 60 West St., Rutland, a showing of student artwork, on Dec. 6 from 5 – 7 p.m. View student work from stained glass, drawing, digital photography, digital animation, and more. Light refreshments served. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 786-6996.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH AT GRACE CHURCH

The Rutland Area Chorus, orchestra, and soloists will perform Handel’s Messiah on Dec. 8 at 3:30 and 7 p.m. at Grace Church, 8 Court St., Rutland. All are invited. The concert will feature O Sing Unto the Lord by Renaissance composer, Henry Purcell, and the winning work of the Grace Church Composition Competition, O Emmanuel by Michael Sitton.

For more information, please call the church office at 775-4301.

BELLS OF JOY HOLIDAY CONCERT

On Dec. 18, at Wallingford Town Hall at 7 p.m., Bells of Joy, directed by Karen James, will present a wonderful holiday concert that is sure to lift your heart and spirit. The concert will feature traditional Christmas music, as well as selections inspired by the Lessons and Carols Service from Kings College, Cambridge, in England, arranged specially for this unique instrument comprised of five octaves of bronze handbells and five octaves of lovely handchimes. Suggested donations of $10 to $15 per person at the door with all proceeds going as a fundraiser to Bells of Joy, less 10% to the town of Wallingford. The elevator entrance is on the east side of the building off Taft Terrace. For more information, call the town administrator at 802-446-2872. This concert is being presented as part of the Wallingford Town Hall Concert Series.

VERMONT WRITERS’ PRIZE

Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine have set a new deadline to enter to win one of the state’s great literary honors: The Vermont Writers’ Prize. Writers now have until Jan. 1, 2020, to perfect their entries, and this year, for the first time, there are two prizes — one for prose, and one for poetry. The winners’ work will be published in Vermont Magazine’s early summer 2020 issue, and the winning prose author and poetry author will each win $1,250.

The award is a collaboration between GMP and Vermont Magazine, and was created as a way to honor Ralph Nading Hill Jr., who was a Vermont historian, author and long-time GMP board member. The contest is open to all Vermont residents, including seasonal residents and students enrolled in Vermont colleges. You can be a professional or an amateur writer. S.J. Cahill of East Burke won the 2019 Vermont Writers’ Prize with his story, “Family Ground.”

Entries can be submitted here: https://vermontwritersprize.submittable.com/submit/86155/vermont-writers-prize.

More on the 2019 winner and finalists: https://greenmountainpower.com/2019/03/06/2019-vermont-writers-prize-winner-announced/.

Submissions need to be essays, short stories or poems on the themes of “Vermont — Its People, Its Places, Its History or Its Values.” Entries must be unpublished and less than 1,500 words long. The winning entry will be selected by an independent panel of judges. Employees and subcontractors of Vermont Magazine or Green Mountain Power and previous winners are ineligible.

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