See what folks have been up to in & around Vershire this holiday season...
The month of December started with the Vershire Historical Society's beautiful annual celebration of community and remembrance. This year the sing-along was elevated significantly with the accompaniment and performance by Serenata, a trio of women from West Fairlee and Wilder. Their beautiful arrangements for harp, keyboard and recorders blended wonderfully with the harmony of their voices, and quite a few of ours as well. The Lighting of the Memory Tree followed Gary Goodrich, VHS President, reading of names of those who have passed and were honored by donations from friends and loved ones. An a capella Silent Night heralded the illumination of the tree in front of the Town Center, which was followed by fellowship and refreshments indoors.
David Hooke is a member of the Thetford Chamber Singers, "a community chorus committed to the musical, cultural, and spiritual enrichment of our singers and audiences through the performance of a wide variety of sacred and secular music," according to their website, which also tells us that they are celebrating their 40th year! Their holiday programs this year included performances from November 29 to December 3 in Strafford, Woodstock and Thetford Hill.
Joan Waltermire has an art exhibit showing at the Chelsea Public Library through the end of the month so be sure to stop down there and take a look at her incredibly passionate and lifelike drawings of nature and wildlife. "The Chelsea Library has an active exhibition program... I was asked if I had any work I could show. So I dug deep into the past and assembled some book illustrations I did in the last century," Joan explains.
From Backtracking, The Way of a Naturalist, by Ted Levin
Thanks to Marissa Mazzucco and Deb Churchill, the Made In Vershire Shop has been open for extended hours to accommodate holiday shopping, including an evening with the Vershire Women's Wellness Circle for a Cookie Swap, where several of us took a moment to catch up with each other, which hasn't happened very often in this busy season, but is always well worth the time.
The Spiral of Lights is a family tradition that has been added to Vershire's December calendar, following the monthly community potluck for a few years now, giving people of all traditions an opportunity to celebrate both the deepening darkness and the renewing light that this time of year brings to mind. For a Waldorf perspective on this tradition visit https://www.clws.org/events/winter-spiral-and-the-meaning-of-advent/.
Laura Craft is Volunteer Coordinator for Revels North's Christmas Revels again this year. Her daughter, Alice and husband, Gene also perform onstage with the troupe each year. This year's performances at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth were held December 14-17. Besides the winter festivities, the Crafts also participate in Summer Revels and other activities with the group throughout the year.
Happy holidays to you, and may the celebration continue on into the new year!
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