Country Christmas, Valley businesses stay open later, sales, activities, Fri. and Sat., Dec. 8 and 9. Bridge Street Marketplace: Oxen cart rides (Sat., 10-2), design a wreath with Gary at the Chamber visitors center (Sat., 11 am-2 pm), Merry Market at Waitsfield United Church, International Boutique (see Fundraisers). Vee’s Flowers open house, refreshments (Fri. till 9 pm). Mad River Green Shops: Potluck, caroling, Sip ’n’ Paint at Three Mountain Cafe (Fri., 5 pm). Breakfast with Frosty the Snowman, Three Mountain Cafe (Sat., 8-10 am). Reindeer games and letters to Santa, The Collection (Sat., 10-noon). Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive by firetruck (Sat., 10 am-noon, Mad River Green; afternoon at Bridge St.). For the Love of Dogs, Mad River Green Shops (Sat., 1-3 pm). Meet Rosie, the Christmas calf. Fire pit, Mad River Green (Sat., 5-6:30 pm). Mad River Path party at Mad River Taste Place (Sat., 5-6:30). Drop off kids at Waitsfield Elementary while shopping, by donation to HU basketball (Sat., 4-9 pm). See more individual event details on these pages.
Holiday dessert sampling, letters to Santa, Fri., Dec. 8, 11 am-4 pm, Mix Cupcakerie, Village Square Shopping Center.
Merry Market, arts and crafts vendors, bake sale, lunch, Sat. Dec. 9, 9 am-3 pm, Waitsfield United Church.
Gift Wrapping for Giving, hosted by MRV Chamber, get gifts wrapped for $1-3 donation to food shelf, bring a toy for one free wrapping, Sat., Dec. 9, 1-5 pm, Mad River Valley Visitor Center, Bridge St., Waitsfield.
Moretown Artisans’ Sale, Dec. 9 and 10: Sat., 10 am-4 pm; Sun., 11 am-4 pm, at Moretown Elementary School. Local artists and food vendors, live music (Sat., 11 am-3 pm), silent auction, raffle to benefit Hannah’s House, free photo booth (Sun., 11 am-2 pm, with Santa noon-1 pm). www.moretownartisan.com.
Party with a Purpose, Mad River Path Association will present plan for a path in the Irasville business district, Sat., Dec. 9, 5-6:30 pm, Mad River Taste Place. Attendees get free raffle ticket for basket of VT products. Free.
Waitsfield Winter Market, Sundays, 11 am-3 pm, Mad River Taste Place, Mad River Green Shops, Waitsfield. Info: Mary Tuthill, 496-3165.
Holiday Hemp Market, regional hemp and CBD brands, product demonstrations, live music, cash bar featuring hemp beer and CBD cocktails, CBD massage/meditation workshops, free admission, Sun., Dec. 10, 4-9 pm, Zenbarn, Waterbury Center.
Blessing of the Skis and other snow sports gear, dress for the slopes, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church service, Sun., Dec. 10, 9:30 am, at Festival Gallery, Village Square Shopping Center, Waitsfield.
Free bus rides start this weekend: Dec. 9 and 10, 16 and 17, and Dec. 23 to April 1. Saturday night service starts Dec. 30. Routes and schedules: http://RideGMT.com/gmt-schedules/. Request a pickup: 802-496-7433.
Christmas Caroling with Carey Bennett on piano, Wed., Dec. 13, 6 pm, Big Picture Theater and Cafe, all ages, cookies and hot cider, 496-8994, www.bigpicturetheater.info.
Nerd-Choir Christmas Variety Show, holiday singalong, Christmas shenanigans, followed by potluck party, family-friendly, Thurs., Dec. 14, 7:30 pm, Middlesex United Methodist Church, 10 Church St.
SugarBash, celebrate Sugarbush’s birthday, drinks, food, dancing to The Grift, Sat., Dec. 16, 8-11 pm, Gate House Lodge, free admission.
Christmas Trees and Wreaths Sale, Harwood sophomore class fundraiser, Lareau Farm, American Flatbread. Dec. 1-10: Fridays, 4-7:30 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am-6:30 pm.
International Boutique, items from around the world, Dec. 2-9, Masonic Lodge, Waitsfield. All proceeds support projects for women and children in Vermont and around the world.
Red Cross blood drive, Fri., Dec. 8, 10 am-3 pm, American Legion, Stowe St., Waterbury. Info: www.redcrossblood.org; Gene Sweetser, 802-879-4838.
Preserve Our Paradise fundraising campaign kickoff party, free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, music by Red Hot Juba, fireworks, free admission, Sat., Dec. 9, 6 pm, Mad River Glen Basebox. www.preservemadriver.com.
VT Cancer Survivor Network benefit dinner, a portion of all dinners sold will be donated, Thurs., Dec. 21, 5-9 pm, Shepherd’s Pub, Waitsfield.
Returnable bottles and cans may be donated to Waitsfield United Church (next to Joslin Library); leave in marked shed behind church.
Fun & Games
Sugarbush Racing Club kickoff party and membership registration, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, Sun., Dec. 10, 4:30-6 pm, Castlerock Pub. The club hosts a fun, friendly race series on Sugarbush’s NASTAR course, Thursdays, 11 am-1 pm, postrace parties. All ages and abilities welcome.
"Mad Funny," stand-up comedy, Thurs., Dec. 21, 8 pm, Valley Players Theater. Tickets at door or www.eventbrite.com. $10.
Mad River Valley Youth Lacrosse registration open for spring season, U11, U13, U15 and U9 age levels. www.madriverlax.com.
Duplicate Bridge, Mondays, 12:30 pm, Waitsfield Inn. Info: Alice, 496-7154.
Kids Chocolate-Dipping with Quayl Rewinksi of Quayl's Chocolates, hands-on, all ages (young children must be supervised by adult), Fri., Dec. 8, 4-6 pm, Mad River Taste Place, Waitsfield. $3 suggested donation for Meals On Wheels.
The Children’s Room, weekdays when school is in session, 8 am-4 pm, free drop-in play space, up to age 6 from any town, resource center for parents. Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury. www.childrensroomonline.org/calendar.html. 244-5605.
Joslin Memorial Library Capital Campaign Committee meeting, Thurs., Dec. 14, 8:30 am, first floor of the Joslin Library.
Book Sale, “like new” books, $1 each, profits benefit Friends of the Warren Library, Sat., Dec. 9, 10 am-2 pm, Warren Library. Refreshments.
Author Kathleen Hubbard-Ismail will discuss her book “You Can Too: Eradicating Poverty Through the Power of Education,” Mon., Dec. 11, 6:30 pm, Joslin Library. Hubbard-Ismail has helped hundreds of students in Ghana gain access to education.
Story time with Mrs. Claus, Thurs., Dec. 14, 6 pm, Moretown Library. Wear PJs, bring letters to Santa, Christmas stories, songs and snacks. Free.
Free Adult Education: basic reading, writing, math, computer skills; high school diploma/GED programs; career/college readiness; English language learning and U.S. citizenship. Tuesdays, 1-3 pm, Joslin Library. Info: David Busker, 244-8765; no reservations necessary.
Joslin Memorial Library Story Hour, Mondays, 10 am, preschoolers. www.joslinmemoriallibrary.com, 496-4205. Free.
Moretown Memorial Library Story Hour, Tuesdays, 10:30 am, story, crafts, outdoor exploration. https://moretownlibrary.com, 496-9728. Free.
Waterbury Public Library Story Times: Baby/toddler, up to age 3, stories, songs, playtime, Mondays, 10 am. Preschoolers, ages 3-6, stories, songs, crafts, Thursdays, 10 am. www.waterburypubliclibrary.com, 244-7036. Free.
Cancer support group meets fourth Wed. every month, 6 pm, at MRV Chamber of Commerce.
Mad River Valley Rec District meets third Tues. of each month, 6 pm, Gen. Wait House. Open to all.
Mad River Valley Rotary Club meets 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 Mon. of each month, 5:15 pm, Eastern Sales, Waitsfield. All welcome.
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Sun., 7 pm, and 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.
Seth Yacavone, blues, rock, funk, Thurs., Dec. 7 and 14, 7-10 pm, free, Zenbarn, Waterbury Center.
Moretown Open Mic, Fri., Dec. 8, 7-10 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). All ages. BYOB. Moretown Town Hall.
Annie in the Water and guests, hip-hop dance party, $5, Fri., Dec. 8, 9 pm, Zenbarn, Waterbury Center.
Mad River Chorale holiday concert, “The Splendor of Christmas,” Sat., Dec. 9, 7:30-9 pm, at Waitsfield United Church, and Sun., Dec. 10, 3 pm, at Waterbury Congregational Church. Tickets, $15, adults; ages 12-21 and 65+, $12; discount for members: madriverchorale.net.
Barbershop holiday concert, Vermont choruses including the Barre-Tones, Sat., Dec. 9, 2 pm, Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly, Waterbury Center. Tickets at the door or at www.GreenMountainChorus.com: $12; kids under 8, free.
Thea Wren, “New Orleans groove with a little Latin,” Sat., Dec. 9, 9-11 pm, Zenbarn, Waterbury Center.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet/Counterpoint holiday concert, Wed., Dec. 13, 7:30 pm, Warren United Church. Free, but must reserve: V. Roth, 496-3865.
Zach Nugent, former guitarist in Jerry Garcia Band, Wednesdays in December and January, 8 pm. Zenbarn, Waterbury Center.
The Stash Band, bluegrass, punk, heavy metal, Thurs.., Dec. 14, 9-11 pm, Zenbarn, Waterbury Center. $12 advance, $15 at door.
Live music at Sugarbush, Sat., Dec. 16, 3-6 pm: Mano Malo, Castlerock Pub; Abby Jenne, Wunderbar; The Detonators, Rumble’s Kitchen. Free.
The Grift, Sat., Dec. 16, 8-11 pm, at SugarBash (Sugarbush birthday celebration), Castlerock Pub, free admission.
Dave Keller Band, Wed., Dec. 20, 3-6 pm, Green Mountain Lounge, Mt. Ellen, Sugarbush, free.
Elisabeth von Trapp concert, “Home for Christmas,” Fri., Dec. 22, 7:30 pm, Warren United Church, suggested donation, $10. Info: 802-371-8744.
Family-Style Lunch, Tues. & Thurs., noon, open to all, discount for age 60-plus. Piano music by Joan Foster or Roger Hussey. Evergreen Place Senior Center, Waitsfield. After lunch activities: Dec. 7, To Tell the Truth; Dec. 12, Raffle Day and storytelling about Hanukkah/play Dreidel; Dec. 14, singalong; Dec. 19, celebrate birthdays, discuss holiday traditions, Christmas auction; Dec. 21, holiday feast and tell about your favorite Christmas or Hanukkah present ever; Dec. 26, Closed for Christmas holiday; Dec. 28, Travelogue: Swiss Alps with Karen Winchell. Reserve lunch: Walt, 496-2543.
Diner Breakfasts, Mondays, 8-10 am, Evergreen Place, open to all, suggested donation, $8, supports Meals On Wheels.
Foot Care Clinic with CVHHH at Evergreen Place, Thurs., Dec. 21, 8:30 am-noon. Reserve: 223-1878. Bring basin, towel, foot soak powder, clippers. $15.
Bingo, Tues. & Thurs., 10:30-11:30 am, Evergreen Place Senior Center.
Move! Tuesdays, 2 pm. Fun, varied group exercise with SASH coordinator Kenneth Russell, Evergreen Place.
Knitting Circle, Fridays, 10:30 am, Shades of Winter yarn shop, Waitsfield.
Meals On Wheels, home-delivered meals for seniors, call 496-2543.
Sip ’n’ Paint: paint two wine glasses, materials and instruction included, led by Mary Hill, $20. Potluck and carols with Carey Bennett starts at 5 pm. Painting starts at 6:30 pm. Fri., Dec. 8, Three Mountain Cafe.
Author-photographer Peter Miller will sign copies of his new book, “Vanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture,” Fri., Dec. 8, 2-5 pm, Artisans' Gallery, Bridge St., Waitsfield. Refreshments.
Art exhibit: Paintings by Kathleen Kolb, “Into the Woods,” Festival Gallery, Village Square, Waitsfield. Wed.-Sat., noon-5 pm, through Dec. 23. www.valleyartsvt.com/latest-news/.
Mad Quilters, all abilities welcome, meets second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm, Harwood Union High School. 496-2035.