VSO returning to its roots in Woodstock for holiday concert

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will bring the holidays and the spirit of Vermont to its birthplace with a performance at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre on Dec. 14. VSO will be performing a holiday-themed Brass Quintet and Counterpoint, conducted by Nathaniel G. Lew. The annual concert will feature five brass instrumentalists and a 12-person chorus performing English folk and traditional …

Killington World Cup foundation raises $650K

Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America and part of POWDR — an adventure lifestyle company — hosted the women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup for the sixth time over Thanksgiving Weekend. Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami won the giant slalom under sunny skies on Saturday and in a shocking finale Sunday, Anna Swenn-Larsson (SWE) and …

New podcast puts student literacy at the forefront

Windsor Central Supervisory Union’s (WCSU) new Library Media Specialist, Joyce Yoo Babbitt, is elevating the voices of Woodstock’s youngest readers in her local literacy podcast, “1-2-3 Ready! Read! Review!” With eleven episodes to date, the podcast highlights commentary from more than thirty students on close to as many books. The interviews range from the adorable musings of Pre-K students like …

Trees and Seeds accepting volunteers for service trip to Malawi

The Woodstock-based non-profit Trees and Seeds is inviting volunteers of all ages to become a part of the fight against food insecurity with its trip to Malawi in July 2023. For 18 days, volunteers will work with local villages in the Southeast African nation on various joint efforts in agricultural, botanical, education, and health projects, adhering to the group’s mission …

Holiday Happenings coming up in Brownsville

Bronwsville’s Holiday Happenings will take place this Saturday and Sunday, as well as on Christmas Eve. Hosted by the Brownville Community Church and the community, festivities will include the Christmas Bazaar with luncheon and music, the annual tree lighting, a Christmas concert and carols, a live nativity Christmas pageant and a candlelight Christmas Eve service. Various committees of the Brownsville …

Former stars, friends reconnect at alumni hockey games

Last Friday, while still stuffed from Thanksgiving, Woodstock Union High School alumni gathered at Union Arena for the 19th Annual Ian Holt Memorial Games. The event gave friends and former players the chance to feel like kids again. For sisters Samantha and Sophia Yates, the ladies game was a continuation of a lengthy history as teammates. They played together for …

At 88, Norm Frates Sr. has been a fixture serving the community for over five decades

You’d never imagine it, given his boundless energy, engaging personality, and steady presence amidst the environs of his beloved Woodstock, but esteemed educator, respected Rotarian, resourceful handyman, master woodworker, accomplished accordionist, and consummate community servant Norm Frates Sr. turns 88 this coming Monday, Dec. 5. And next weekend, there Norm the elder will be, working the bellows and tickling the …

Amelia Peters — South Pomfret’s own wild horse whisperer

  When young Amelia Peters adopted the first of the five wild mustangs now under her loving care and watchful eye, it offered what could prove to be the learning experience of a lifetime. Together with her older sister, Endine, Amelia – then just 12 – was being homeschooled in the fall of 2020 by her mother, Cathy Peters, and …

Area’s first cannabis store, Sunday Drive, up and running

By Tom Ayres, Senior Staff Writer Enthusiasts from throughout the region have given a heady welcome to Sunday Drive, the Upper Valley’s first cannabis retail outlet, which opened its doors to aficionados of smokable buds and edibles on Thursday, Nov. 17. Business was brisk on opening day, when twenty cannabis connoisseurs visited the nascent retail outlet in its first hour …