It doesn't matter if it's a cold -18 degree day in the middle of winter or a steamy humid day in July...the Shires is always on the go. If you want to stay in the know - you have to be tracking with our "Community Calendar" . If you are member of the Chamber this is a free service to use. Get your company events out there! With thousands of people visiting the calendar a month it's a quick way to spread the love of what you are doing in your organization. Here is "what's happening" in the next week Nov. 8-15. Go and be a part of your community! 

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Nov. 30 |

The Publyk House Restaurant & Tavern, 782 Harwood Hill Rd, Bennington, VT

Happy Thursdays!!

Live music from 7-9pm in the Tavern.

Once a functioning barn, the Publyk House was moved in 1972 to it's current location on Harwood Hill in Bennington VT where it quickly became a favorite stop for locals and folks everywhere. Serving New England style comfort food and boasting fireside dining, a fresh and bountiful salad bar, a full bar, a tavern menu, and outstanding views of Historic Bennington VT, The Publyk House is a great destination for a date, friends, family, or parties and special events.

For more information see their website:

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Fri Dec 1st 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St, Bennington

A reception for the public and exhibiting artists-Friday, December 1st from 5:00 to 7:00PM. Event is Free. Bennington’s Oldcastle Theater is hosting a holiday show and sale of four regional artists in its
lobby-gallery proceeding the upcoming holidays. Four distinctly different visual artists are showing a range of works at special holiday prices through December 23 rd . The exhibit is open
from 10 AM until 6PM weekdays and for reduced hours on weekends. Sales commissions benefit the Oldcastle Theatre and its productions and programs.
Included in the exhibit-sale are works by artists Barbara Ackerman, Tony Conner, Jessica Putnam-Phillips and Greg Winterhalte

For more information:



Fri Dec 1st 5:30pm - 8:00pm & Sat Dec 2nd 9:30am - 3:00pm

Second Congregational Church, UCC, 115 Hillside St, Bennington

69th Annual Snowball Bazaar is famous in Bennington and for many, it marks the start of the holiday season. Beautiful, fragrant hand decorated wreaths and centerpieces, 'Serendipidy'-a huge tag sale in 6 large rooms chock full of clean, gently used items including clothes, books, furniture, movies, jewelry, tools, kids toys, kitchen supplies, Christmas decorations, and more, buy a chance for a dinner for two at a selection of local restaurants, handmade dog and cat toys and treats, bird seed wreaths, bake sale of homemade candies, cookies, breads, cakes, silent auction with goods and services from local businesses, and a delicious dessert menu!

All proceeds go to help the charitable work that Second Congregational Church, UCC does for the community.




Fri Dec 1st 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St, Bennington

We have had to postpone the movie Emerald City.

We are thrilled to present the movie Actor for Hire and short film My Marilyn.

Romantic Comedy "Actor For Hire" screening with short film "My Marilyn" about an aspiring actor.

"Actor For Hire"

Aspiring actor Jesse thinks he's not landing parts because he's bald. After several failed auditions he decides to cover his bald head with a cheap wig, head back out to the auditioning chopping block and give it a fresh new go. He immediately books a small role on TV pilot 'Between The Waves', giving full credit to his newly discovered persona. Between juggling his personal life, a cheating girlfriend and a missing roommate to keeping a grip on his career, Jesse accidentally befriends a heartbroken celebrity on the rise and realizes his true desire isn't to be an actor. It's to be a movie star. Actor For Hire is a disguise comedy about facades, persona and the friends along the way. 

"My Marilyn"

A cautionary tale of a young, Marilyn Monroe obsessed Actress struggling with delusions of grandeur, identity and her own naiveté in Hollywood. Premiered at the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Cash Bar and popcorn will be available.

All Seats $7

Photo Credit: Bennington Museum

Photo Credit: Bennington Museum

The Festival - Time for the Holidays GALA

Fri Dec 1st 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Bennington Museum, 75 Main St, Bennington

The Gala, Friday, December 1st, 7 pm to 10 pm

Bennington Museum hosts the premiere event of the season and the Museum’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Gala. Put on your most festive attire and join us to enjoy delectable “bites”, cash bar, easy listening jazz and seasonal favorites from Jay Sager, Matt Edwards, Mowgli Giannitti, and Krista Speroni, and spirited bidding on unique and diverse items in the silent auction, open for viewing and bidding November 24 through the Gala on December 1. Great holiday gifts are available for you to win. Also during the evening of December 1, enjoy the wonderful exhibition of original artwork by regional artists and place your best bid there as well. Tickets for the Gala are $85 per person for reservations paid for by November 17; $100 per person after November 17, and $200 per person for a Gala Benefactor. Or gather your friends and family and purchase the “Plus One Package.” Buy seven and get eight. Reservations may be made by calling the museum at 802-447-1571 ext. 204. Join in the fun while supporting the region’s foremost museum of art, history and innovations.

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Sat Dec 2nd 10:00am & 1:00 pm

Merck Forest & Farmland Center, 3270 VT-315, Dorset

Ring in the holidays with this popular family event. We furnish materials and the tools, you provide the merriment. $25 per wreath; pre-registration at 802-394-7836 is suggested.



Sat Dec 2nd 10:00am - 1:00pm

First Baptist Church Community Room, 601 Main St, Bennington

Fresh vegetables and storage crops from area farms, maple and honey products, handcrafts, baked goods and other artisanal fare. Fine Vermont handcrafts and sweet treats for Holiday giving. Live music. First and third Saturday each month November through April.




Sat Dec 2nd 10:00am - 1:00pm

One World Conservation Center, 413 US-7, Bennington

Holiday Wreath Making Workshops
Come to OWCC to create beautiful seasonal greenery. Using natural materials such as: vines, variety of greens, berries, pine cones and more. Create decorations for yourself or give as a gift.

Enjoy music, cocoa and cookies while you work. Pre-made arrangements for sale. For more information call 802-447-7419. 
All materials included. Bring clippers and any items from home you wish. Some work may include being outside, please dress for the weather. 
$15.00 Greenery Spray
$25.00- 16” Wreath
$25.00- 8’ Garland
$45.00- Sap Bucket Spray
$30.00- 12” Yule Log. 
Please Pre-Register by Thursday November 30th.

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Sat Dec 2nd 1:00pm - 3:00pm

American Legion Post 13, 225 Northside Dr, Bennington

Looking for a fun activity for holiday giving?

Join local artist Lindsey Woodie to create a gift for the cat lover in your life!

When: December 2, 2017 (1:00-3:00)

Where: American Legion Post 13

(225 Northside Drive, Bennington)

Cost: $20 per person (includes one glass and paint)

A portion of each registration benefits

Second Chance Animal Center.

Call for details: 802-375-2898

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Sat Dec 2nd 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St, Manchester Center

Northshire Bookstore is hosting our fifth annual cake auction to benefit the Book Angel Program.

Start the day at 4:00 with a baking book presentation with Martin Philips, head baker of King Arthur Flour. He will be presenting his new book Breaking Bread. 20% of each Breaking Bread book purchased will be donated to the Book Angel Program.

For more about the book presentation

Following the author talk at 5:00 pm the public is invited to a wine and cheese reception where there will be bidding for donated, book-themed cakes. All proceeds will be used to purchase books for children who benefit from the Book Angel Program.

An integral part of the Northshire Bookstore, the Book Angel Program celebrates its 24th year this December. Each year, names of children who may not otherwise have access to books are collected from local schools; during the holiday season, new books are selected by booksellers and customers to be given as gifts to each child. Books are then delivered to the recipients just in time for the holidays. This is a great opportunity for the local community to come together and celebrate the coming months of giving; schools, businesses, and families are encouraged to come and bid on a cake.

For more information or for questions contact Tracy Davies at

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Sat Dec 2nd 7:30pm - 8:30pm & Sun Dec 3rd 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Mount Anthony Union Middle School, 747 East Rd, Bennington

The Bennington County Choral Society is proud to present our Winter Concert, Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor, featuring soloist Kerry Ryer- Parke, Melanie De Jesus, James Anderson, and Scott Ballantine accompanied by a Chamber Orchestra.

There will be a pre-tak at 6:45 with our Director Cailin Marcel Manson.

Tickets are available ahead of time from our members for $15 or on our at the door for $20

For more information check out our new website:

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Sun Dec 3rd 11:00am - 2:00pm

Mount Anthony Country Club, 180 Country Club Dr, Bennington

Nothing like the thrill of a child seeing Santa come in the room and having your picture taken with him!

Join us for our special Brunch with Santa on Sunday, December 3. Bring your letters to Santa, your camera and your apetite!
Mr. and Mrs Claus will be available for pictures and will take your letters.
Advance reservations required. It fills out quickly

For more information: or call 802) 442-2617

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Diocesan Synod for the Catholics of Vermont (two dates)

Sun Dec 3rd 7:00pm - 8:30pm & Dec 5th 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Sacred Heart St. Francis Church, 238 Main St, Bennington

Diocesan Synod: Bishop Christopher J. Coyne is convening the synod to establish a pastoral plan for the immediate future of the Catholic Church in Vermont and to establish particular laws and policies to do so. This will be at least a yearlong project and is “a serious undertaking by the Church,” he said. “It is not a simple convening of meetings.” We are beginning with a parish listening Session to address three questions:

  1. As the Catholic Church in Vermont what are we doing well?
  2. What are we doing that we should be doing better?
  3. What are we not doing that we should be doing?

Both active members and those who not attend regularly are welcome to attend the session. The meeting is scheduled for 1 ½ hours.

You are invited to any one of the sessions

November 30 at 7:00 p.m. at St John the Baptist, North Bennington

December 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales, Bennington

December 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales, Bennington
Check out the parish website for more details of the Synod

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Wed Dec 6th 10:00am - 12:00pm

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, 100 Hospital Dr, Bennington

Look Good Feel Better(R) is a non-medical, brand-neutral public service program that teaches beauty techniques to women with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The program includes lessons on skin and nail care, cosmetics, wigs and turbans, accessories and styling, helping people with cancer to find some normalcy in a life that is by no means normal.

The program is open to all women with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, or other forms of treatment. Programs are step-by-step makeover learning sessions led by trained cosmetology professionals. Any questions you may have – such as how to fill in or draw in your eyebrows or how to camouflage particular types of pigmentation – will be answered firsthand. You’ll receive a free makeup kit with brand-name cosmetics to use during the session and to take home, helping minimize shopping time and expense. Perhaps most valuable of all, you will receive the support of other women coping with cancer treatment – those about to go through it, those experiencing it, and those who’ve been there.

To register for this class please call 1-800-227-2345. To learn more about the program please contact Katy at the American Cancer Society by calling 802-872-6307. We hope to see you there!

The Look Good Feel Better program is made possible through a collaboration of the Look Good Feel Better Foundation, the charitable arm of the trade group representing the cosmetics and beauty industry; the American Cancer Society, the nation’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to saving lives from cancer; and the Professional Beauty Association, the largest organization of salon professionals with members representing salons/spas, distributors, manufacturers and beauty professionals. Look Good Feel Better is a registered trademark of the Look Good Feel Better Foundation.

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Wed Dec 6th 2:30pm - 6:30pm

Masonic Temple, 504 Main St, Bennington

The holidays can be a difficult time for individuals who have experienced the loss of a family member or friend. The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) will host a free Coping with the Holidays Workshop, Wednesday, December 6 at 2:30pm and again at 5:30pm at the Masonic Temple, 504 Main Street, Bennington. This workshop is open to the public will offer information and suggestions for coping with loss during the holiday season. Rev. Lucy Ijams, Chaplain, and Mary Pleasant, Hospice and Bereavement Coordinator from VNAHSR will lead the workshop.

Participants will be provided with recourses and information to help them along the way. Free materials are available for those who are unable to attend the workshop.

For more information call 802.442.5502.



Wed Dec 6th 5:30pm - 7:00pm

The Vermont Veterans' Home/Bennington Area Chamber, 325 North St, Bennington

The Vermont Veterans’ Home and the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce invite locals and visitors to participate in their annual collaboration, “Bennington’s Home for the Holidays Celebration” which includes the annual lighting of the community tree at the Vermont Veteran’s Home on Wednesday December 6th.

Starting at 5:30pm, the public is invited onto the Veterans’ Home front yard to enjoy the lighting of the community tree. Featured at the community tree lighting ceremony will be the Mount Anthony Union High School choir, keynote dignitaries, and a special visit from Santa Claus himself!

After the lighting ceremony, the public is invited to walk along the lit path of the Deer Park with a possible visit from St. Nick’s special friends, the reindeer.  The lit path will guide the public to an open house at the Area Chamber of Commerce at 100 Memorial Veterans’ Drive.  Featured at the Chamber starting at 6:30pm will be a warm appetizers, warm holiday drinks, and the opportunity for the community to give to the Spirit of Sharing initiative.

Join us as we welcome all to experience a “home for the holidays” celebration that’s sure to get everyone in the mood for the season! For more information please call the Bennington Area Chamber at 802.447.3311.