Weekly Calendar of Events

02/16/17

Community Events

Sat., Feb. 18, 7 pm – Torchlight parade, fireworks, Lincoln Peak, Sugarbush, free.

Sat., Feb. 18, 5-7:30 pm – Spaghetti and homemade meatballs, raffle drawing for $15,000, St Leo’s Hall (behind St. Andrew Church), Waterbury. Adults, $9; ages 5-12, $6; under 5, free.

Sat., Feb. 18, 6 pm – Raptor Encounter presentation by VT Institute of Natural Science at The Bridges Resort upstairs fitness room. Members and in-house guests, free; health club members, $15 per family; outside visitors, $30 per family. Reserve: 583-2922.

Sat. & Sun., Feb. 18 & 19, noon-6 pm – Local Artisan Market, Timbers, Sugarbush.

Sundays, 11 am-3 pm – Waitsfield Winter Farmers’ Market, Masonic Lodge (across from Joslin Library).

Mon. & Tues., Feb. 20 & 21, 10 am-2 pm – L.L. Bean Bootmobile Tour, games, prizes, giveaways, Mt. Ellen Base Lodge, Sugarbush.

Wed., Feb. 22, 6:30-7:30 pm – Auditions for Cabin Fever Follies, community variety show, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, www.valleyplayers.com. Call Doug, 496-6651; Sharon, 793-8362. Shows are March 31-April 2. Tickets on sale Feb. 23.

Thurs., Feb. 23, 4-6 pm – Birds of Prey performance by VT Institute of Natural Science, live falcons, hawks, owls, The Schoolhouse, Sugarbush, adults, $15; ages 12 and under, $10.

Thurs., Feb. 23, 6-9 pm – Adventure fishing film, Providence, first trip back to Providence Atoll since the waters were closed to fishermen due to Somalian pirate activities. Hosted by MadDog Trout Unlimited at Gate House Lodge, Sugarbush. Fishing gear raffle; fly-tying demonstrations. www.maddogtu.org. $5.

Thurs., Feb. 23, 6 pm – Lawson’s Beer Dinner, Allyn’s Lodge, Sugarbush, Cabin Cat ride or skin/snowshoe up (4:45 pm) and ski down. $150. Reserve: www.sugarbush.com/events-calendar.

Fri., Feb. 24, 7 pm – Film Screening and Social with John Egan, Gate House Mountain View Room, Sugarbush, free.

Fri., Feb. 24, 5:30 pm – Free Community Supper, all welcome, at Waitsfield Elementary School (due to renovation of church), hosted by Waitsfield United Church of Christ. Info: 496-3065.

Fun & Games

Mondays, 12:30 pm – Duplicate Bridge, Waitsfield Inn. Info: Alice, 496-7154.

Mondays, 5-7 pm – Pickleball, paddles available, open to all, $6.50, Sugarbush Health and Rec Center, 583-6700.

Mondays, 8 pm – Adult hockey, co-ed pickup fun hockey, Skatium, Waitsfield, $5. Heated changing rooms. Weather permitting. Spectators welcome, watch from heated lounge.

Sun., Feb. 19, noon – Cartoon Club with cartoonist Kurt Shaffert, Warren United Church. No drawing skills necessary, all ages, free. Info: Chrissy Rivers, 496-2713.

Sat., Feb. 25, 3-6 pm – Cowbell Champagne Party, shake the bottle and aim the cork at the cowbell, prizes. Green Mt. Lounge, Mt. Ellen.

Kids

Fridays, 10-11:30 am – Warren Playgroup, open swim at The Bridges, bring towels, sign in at front desk, children must be supervised by parent/caregiver. Free, open to all. Runs through Feb. 17.

Sat., Feb. 18, 4:30-6 pm – Gathering of the Groms, ages 13 and under, intro to freestyle skiing and riding in the terrain park, free. Also on March 4. Mt. Ellen. Sugarbush.

Feb. 18 & 20, 5:30-7:30 pm – Kids’ Cooking Class, ages 6-12, includes appetizer, dinner, recipe card, apron, The Schoolhouse, Sugarbush. Also, March 2 & 11. Register: www.sugarbush.com/events-calendar. $45.

Sun., Feb. 19, 2-3:30 pm – Blizzard Boogie, live DJ, s’mores, hot cocoa, free. Gate House Courtyard, Sugarbush.

Sun., Feb. 19, 4:30 pm – Kids’ Torchlight Parade with Murphy Moose, Welcome Mat kid zone, Sugarbush.

Sun., Feb. 19; Sat., Feb 25, 5-8 pm – Kids Pizza & Movie Night, drop off the kids, ages 4-12, The Schoolhouse, Sugarbush. $34. Reserve: www.sugarbush.com/events-calendar, 888-651-4827.

Feb. 20-26 – S’mores Cookout: Lincoln Peak Courtyard, Mon.-Fri., 4 pm; Mt. Ellen Base Area, Sun., Tues., Thurs. Sat., 2:30 pm. Sugarbush. Free.

Scouting: Cub Scouts, grades 1-5; Boy Scouts, grades 6-12. http://cubpack798.org. Contact AnnMarie Harmon, 496-5562; Rick Rayfield, 496-2022.

Weekdays, 8 am-4 pm – The Children’s Room, free drop-in play space, up to age 6 from any town, resource center for parents. Open when school is in session. www.childrensroomonline.org/calendar.html. Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury. 244-5605.

Outdoors

Horse-drawn sleigh rides, Neill Farm, Waitsfield. Groups up to 10: $50 per outing and $10 per passenger; under age 3, free. Reserve: Kaleigh Hamel, 802-279-7121.

Thursdays, 11 am – Sugarbush Racing Club, fun races on Racer’s Edge every Thursday, apres party; new members welcome, sugarbushracingclub.com.

Thursday evenings – Guided Snowshoe Headlamp Dinner Tours at American Flatbread. Reserve: Clearwater Sports, 496-2708.

Naturalist Snowshoe Treks, easy to moderate, all ages, Mad River Glen. Every Sat. and Sun., 10:30 am; also weekdays, Feb. 20-24, 10:30 am, with 24-hour advance reservation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-496-3551, ext. 110.

Sat., Feb. 18, 10 am-noon – Ice Carving Display, Lincoln Peak, Sugarbush.

Saturdays, 6-9 pm – Mt. Ellen Base Camp, bonfire, pizza, warm drinks, cornhole. Unguided skinning/snowshoeing on designated trails, uphill pass required, free, 5-10 pm. Sugarbush.

Sat., Feb. 18 – Triple Crown Competition Series: Unconventional Terrain Competition, Sat., Feb. 18, 11 am; Vertical Challenge, Fri., March 3, 9 am; Mogul Challenge, Sat., March 11, 11 am. Mad River Glen. Register: www.madriverglen.com.

Sat., Feb. 18, 5-8 pm – Green Mountain SkiMo Citizen Race, casual uphill competition followed by bonfire, raffle, awards, pizza, bevs, at Sugarbush’s Mt. Ellen. Catamount Trail Association series, CTA members, $10; nonmembers, $15. Info: www.catamounttrail.org/events/citizenskimo.

Mon., Feb. 20, 10 am – Mad River Glen Family Tournament, Practice Slope, father/son, mother/daughter, brother/sister, etc. Register: 8:30-10 am or www.madriverglen.com/visit/events.

Wed., Feb. 22, 10 am-1 pm – Photography Outback Tour, guided snowshoe trek and photo workshop, Slide Brook Basin, ages 18+, entry level, meet at Sugarbush Ski & Ride School. $68 (+ $10 for rentals). Reserve: 888-651-4827.

Sun., Feb. 25, 1-2 pm – Duxbury Land Trust winter nature walk, River Road, with naturalist Rachel Sargent, observe bud adaptations, winter animal activity. Meet at Crossett Brook Middle School, 12:45 pm, carpool to site, wear boots, snowshoes optional. Free. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sat., March 4 – High Fives Fat Ski-A-Thon, ski/ride as many runs as possible on Valley House Lift (Lincoln Peak), fundraiser for High Fives Foundation. Register: 7-9 am, Valley House Lodge. Lunch provided. www.sugarbush.com/events-calendar.

Sat., March 4 – World Telemark Day at Mad River Glen, $99 tele clinic-lift ticket package, Lawson’s Tele beer, Mad Mountain Scramblers bluegrass band.

Tuesdays, 5-7 pm – Skatium Potluck Picnic, dinner and ice skating at Skatium, Waitsfield. Heated viewing lounge. Listen to hours, ice status: 496-8845.

Fundraisers

Chicken Barbecue, Sat., Feb. 18, 6-7:30 pm, Waitsfield-Fayston Fire Department. Kids can look at trucks; equipment demonstrations. Adults, $12; under age 10, $7.

Returnable bottles and cans may be donated to Waitsfield United Church, leave in shed behind church.

Library

Thurs., Feb. 16, 6:30 pm – Community Drum Circles led by Montpelier-based musician and music educator Amy Panetta, all ages and levels welcome, some drums available or bring one. Free. Also March 16 and April 20. Joslin Library, joslinmemoriallibrary.com, 496-4205.

Fri., Feb. 17, 6:30 pm – “20th Century U.S. Conflicts: The Rise of a Superpower” book discussion series starts Feb. 17, Warren Library, The Spanish War: An American Epic 1898 by G.J.A. O’Toole. March 3, Warren Library, America’s Great War: World War I and the American Experience by Robert Zieger. March 31, Joslin Library, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan. Info: Ivan Tabanin, 496-3913.

Sun., Feb. 19, 4 pm – Kombucha and Kefir: Making Fermented Beverages, workshop hosted by Moretown Library at Moretown Elementary School, free. Registration required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 496-9728.

Wed., Feb. 22, 6:30-7:30 pm – Intro to Microsoft Excel, free workshop, Waterbury Library. Register: 244-7036.

Mon., Feb. 27, 3:30-5 pm – Board Games, ages 8 and under welcome with caregiver. Warren Library, free. Info: Marie Schmukal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 496-3913.

Tues., Feb. 28, 3:30-5 pm – Movie, ages 8 and under welcome with caregiver. Warren Library, free. Info: Marie Schmukal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 496-3913.

Wed., March 1, 3:30-5 pm – Legos, ages 8 and under welcome with caregiver. Warren Library, free. Info: Marie Schmukal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 496-3913.

Thurs., March 2, 3:30-5 pm – Tech Thursday: virtual reality tour using Google cardboard, play with Makey Makey. Ages 9+, adults welcome. Warren Library, free. Info: Marie Schmukal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 496-3913.

Mondays, 10 am – Joslin Memorial Library Story Hour, preschoolers. www.joslinmemoriallibrary.com, 496-4205. Free.

Mondays, 10 am – Waterbury Public Library Baby/Toddler Story Time, up to age 3, stories, songs, playtime. www.waterburypubliclibrary.com, 244-7036. Free.

Tuesdays, 10:30 am – Moretown Memorial Library Story Hour story, crafts, outdoor exploration. www.moretownvt.org/moretown-library, 496-9728. Free.

Wednesdays, 10 am – Warren Library Story Time, up to age 6. Marie Schmukal, 496-3913, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.warrenlibrary.com. Free.

Thursdays, 10 am – Waterbury Public Library Preschool Story Time, ages 3-6, stories, songs, crafts. www.waterburypubliclibrary.com, 244-7036. Free.

Meetings

Cancer support group meets fourth Wed. every month, 6 pm, at MRV Chamber of Commerce, 4061 Main St., Waitsfield.

Community Vitality Project meetings, every other Wed, Waitsfield town office, open to the public. www.mrvcvp.org.

Gun Owners of VT Washington County meets second Friday of each month, 6 pm, Warren Village fire station. Info: Bill, 496-7627.

Hannah's House Grief Support Group, third Wed. of each month, 6 pm, Mad River Health Center, Community Resource Room, second floor. Info/ RSVP: 496-9715, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Drop-ins welcome.

Harwood Booster Club meetings, second Mon. of each month, 6:30 pm, Harwood Cafe, new members welcome.

Mad River Cancer Support, one-on-one support for those touched by cancer (patient, caregiver, family, friend). Contact VT Cancer Survivor Network: 1-800-652-5064, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mad River Valley Rec District meets the third Tues. of each month, 6 pm, Gen. Wait House. Open to all.

Mad River Valley Rotary Club meetings: first Wed. each month, 5:15-6:30 pm, Round Barn, Waitsfield; all other Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30 am, Sugarbush Inn, Warren. All welcome. Info: www.mrvrotary.org.

MRV Republicans meets fourth Wed. of each month, 6 pm, Bongiorno’s Restaurant.

Valley Democrats meets second and fourth Mon. of each month, 5:15 pm, Eastern Systems, Waitsfield. All welcome.

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Sun., 7 pm; Tues., 7 pm, at Parish House, Our Lady of the Snows Church/St. Dunstan’s, Waitsfield. Fri., 7 pm, Warren Church. Confirm times: 229-5100. www.aavt.org.

Music

Thursdays, 7 pm – Jazz Residency with Bruce Sklar and Jeremy Hill, Big Picture lounge, www.bigpicturetheater.info, 496-8994.

Thurs., Feb. 16, 2:30-5:30 pm – The Fender Benders, Green Mt. Lounge, Mt. Ellen, free.

Thurs., Feb. 16, 4 pm – Kelly Ravin, Gen. Stark’s Pub, Mad River Glen, free.

Fri., Feb. 17, 5 pm – Dojo, ’80s bluegrass, Gen. Stark’s Pub, Mad River Glen, free.

Fri., Feb. 17, 9 pm – Ragged Company (Chuck, Chicky, Brendan, Jack), Hostel Tevere, Warren.

Sat., Feb. 18, 9 pm – Woodshed Rats, VT-based rock/Americana, Hostel Tevere, Warren.

Sat., Feb. 18, 9 pm – Mad Mountain Scramblers, bluegrass, Localfolk Smokehouse, Waitsfield.

Sat., Feb. 18, 9 pm – Blues for Breakfast, Castlerock Pub, Sugarbush, free.

Wed., Feb. 22, 7 pm – The Kind Buds, Big Picture Theater & Cafe, www.bigpicturetheater.info, 496-8994.

Sat., Feb. 25, 3-6 pm – Apres-ski music, Sugarbush, free: Brett Hughes and the Lowell Thompson Band, Castlerock Pub; House Rockers, Wunderbar; Fender Benders, Green Mt. Lounge.

Sat., Feb. 25, 9 pm – DJ Barton from NYC, Hostel Tevere, Warren.

Free rides, Saturday nights, 6 pm-2 am, Mad Bus. Schedule/routes: http://rideGMT.com. Request pickup: (802) 496-7433. Also Sunday night, Feb. 19, and daily service.

Seniors

Mondays and Thursdays, 2 pm – Bone Builders exercise class, osteoporosis prevention, all ages welcome, free, Mad River Valley Senior Center, Waitsfield. Info: Robert Pierce, (802) 241-4840, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mondays, 8-10 am – Diner Breakfasts at Evergreen Place, open to all, donations support Meals On Wheels.

Tues. & Thurs., 10:30-11:30 am – Bingo, Evergreen Place Senior Center.

Tues. & Thurs., noon – Family-Style Lunch, open to all, discount for age 60-plus. Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield. Music by Joan Foster or Roger Hussey. After-lunch activities: Feb. 16, Indoor bulb planting. Feb. 21, February birthdays celebration. Feb. 23, Armchair Travelogue (speaker TBA). Feb. 28, Rolling photo slideshow of senior happenings. Reserve: Walt, 496-2543.

Tuesdays, 1 pm – Move! Fun, varied group exercise with SASH coordinator Kenneth Russell, Evergreen Place.

Fridays, 10:30 am – Knitting Circle, Shades of Winter yarn shop, Waitsfield.

Meals On Wheels, home-delivered meals, call 496-2543.

The Arts

Thurs., Feb. 23, 6-8 pm – Paint & Sip, $60 includes oil on canvas materials, instruction, one beer/wine (cash bar and food available). Gate House Sleeper Room, Sugarbush. Reserve: www.sugarbush.com/events-calendar.

Sun., March 12, 6-9 pm – Auditions for Rock of Ages, an ’80s hair band rock show, Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield. Info: www.valleyplayers.com; Shannon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-318-0504.

Mad Quilters, all abilities welcome, meets second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm, Harwood Union High School. 496-2035.

Tuesdays, 7-9 pm – Drop-in Open Studio Figure Drawing/Painting with Billy Brauer and friends, adults only, some proficiency required. Info: Dotty Kyle, 496-4789, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. $15, Valley Arts members; $18, nonmembers.

Fri., March 10, 6:30-8:30 pm – Sip ’n’ Paint led by Helen Isaackedes, Valley Arts members, $30; nonmembers, $40. BYO sip. Festival Gallery, Waitsfield. Register: valleyartsvt.com/events. 496-6682. Offered on the second Friday of each month.

Workshops

Now through April 12 – Free tax preparation assistance, Evergreen Place, Waitsfield. Tuesdays, walk-ins welcome, 1-4:30 pm; Wednesdays by appointment, 5-8 pm. Appointment/info: Sarah, 496-9600.

Wednesdays, March 15-April 12, 6-8 pm – Guiding Good Choices, free workshop for parents/caregivers of kids ages 10-14, Waitsfield Elementary School. Child care provided. Preregister: Ann Gilbert, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 802-223-4949.

Cooking classes, The Store, Waitsfield, $60 each: Cooking with Spirits, Feb. 16, 6-8 pm. Seafood, Feb. 17, 6-8 pm. Italian, Feb. 18, 6-8 pm. Gnocchi, Feb. 22, noon-3 pm. Sauces, Feb. 23, 6-8 pm. Mardi Gras Feast, Feb. 25, 6-8 pm. www.kitchenatthestore.com, 496-4465.