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Late Fall 2023 Activities In Vernon

Autumn on Bolton Road.

This events newsletter covers November and early December. After an Autumn of some weekend rain washouts and some glorious days we take our activities indoors. In November there are Holiday Craft Fairs at Arts Center East and the Vernon Historical Society. In December early holiday music includes the annual Vernon Chorale's winter concert and a concert at Arts Center East. In addition the New England Civil War Museum is offering two programs as is the Friends of Rockville Public Library.

This newsletter includes nine events and is our last for the year. The next newsletter will likely appear in late Winter, but you can stay up to date on our MeetUp Page.

Many of the organizations sponsoring events are members of the Vernon Volunteers' Collaborative. Learn more about VVC on their website. If you would like advanced notice by email of this type of event please join their MeetUp Group. You will also find upcoming events listed on the VVC website under the 'Events' tab. Some of the 'Learn more' links below take you to MeetUp pages.

You can also visit our Tankerhoosen website and 'Like' our Facebook page.

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Christmas With The Mark Twain Family

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 12 P.M.: Have you ever wondered what Christmas was like at the Twain House in Hartford?

Join the Friends of Rockville Public Library at their November meeting and learn about the Twain family from ERIN BARTRAM, School Programs Coordinator at the Mark Twain House.

An ongoing 'Catching Up With The Clemenses' series takes you inside the Twain home to describe what it was like to live and work in a Gilded Age home. The series is hosted on the museum's kid-safe education channel on YouTube.

Programs are held in the Community room of the library. Rockville Public Library is located at 52 Union Street in Rockville. Everyone is welcome.

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NECWM: The 1862 Siege of Yorktown, VA

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 7:30 P.M.: The New England Civil War Museum (NECWM) presents DREW GRUBER on the Siege of Yorktown. The Siege of Yorktown was fought from April 5 to May 4, 1862, as part of the Peninsula Campaign of the American Civil War. Marching from Fort Monroe, Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac encountered Maj. Gen. John B. Magruder's small Confederate force at Yorktown. McClellan suspended his march up the Peninsula toward Richmond and settled in for siege operations.

Drew joined Civil War Trails® as the Executive Director in August 2015. He was previously employed with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and was appointed by both Governor McDonnell and Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources. He lives in Williamsburg and holds his M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University, a B.A. from Mary Washington College and was the Lawrence T. Jones III Research Fellow in Texas Civil War History in 2013.

The program is free and will take place at NECWM, 14 Park Place in Rockville.

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ACE: Holiday Artisan Craft Fair

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9-19: Arts Center East's popular Annual Holiday Artisan Craft Fair returns to showcase local and regional artisans and celebrate the season.

Browse and shop for unique items from over 60 artisans. Merchandise includes soaps, lotions, candles, jewelry, stationary, ceramics, wood crafts, textiles, home décor, and unique gift items. Find the perfect gift for anyone on your list including yourself.

Check website for times. ACE is located at 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon.

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VGC: Create A Holiday Centerpiece

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 7-8:30 P.M.: The Vernon Garden Club invites you to Create a holiday centerpiece.

VGC members will lead a workshop on centerpiece design. Shape, color and texture will be emphasized. Participants will go home with a centerpiece worthy of a holiday table. It is suggested that members bring a hollowed out pumpkin or other low container to use for their centerpiece. Guests are always welcome at meetings.

There is a $10 fee for members and $15 for non-members.

The program will be held at the First Congregational Church of Vernon, 695 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon. For details call (860) 926-4332. Guests are always welcome.

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VHS: Holiday Craft Fair

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 & 26: The Vernon Historical Society's annual Holiday Craft Fair and Sale is set for Thanksgiving weekend.

In addition to the work of local crafters, the Craft Fair offers the popular 'Nearly New' tables covered with treasures and holiday items at reasonable prices. Any donations are appreciated and the proceeds from the sale go to support the work of the Society.

Our Holiday Craft Fair hours are Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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NECWM: The 5th & 20th CT At Gettysburg

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 7 P.M.: The New England Civil War Museum (NECWM) will bring CHRIS ARMY, Licensed Battlefield Guide of Gettysburg to the museum for a tour of the 5th and 20th CVI's engagements at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Army is the author of a Blue & Gray Magazine feature on the North Carolinian Brigade of Alfred M. Scales. He continually works on Gettysburg-related projects and programs focused on Leadership Development. He is a past president and board member of the Adams County Historical Society.

The program is free and will take place at NECWM, 14 Park Place in Rockville.

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The Vernon Chorale's "Love And Light" Concert

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 7:30 P.M.: The Vernon Chorale is thrilled to bring you songs of Peace, Hope, and Love.

Enjoy our winter performance intended to remind us of the many holiday messages that lift the human spirit and give hope in an uncertain world.

Included in the performance are enlightening works by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Susan LaBarr, and Connecticut's own Brian Jones.

This concert will be held at St. Bernard Church, 25 St. Bernard's Terrace, Rockville, CT. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.

Tickets can be purchased online, at Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT, or at the door.

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Cranialsacral Therapy

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 12 P.M.: Join the Friends of Rockville Public Library for an introduction to this light touch holistic therapy. The presenter is VERA KILLIAN of Pelletier & Killian Physical Therapy in Mansfield, CT.

Craniosacral therapy or cranial osteopathy is a form of holistic medicine that uses gentle touch to feel rhythmic movements of the skull's bones and adjust the joints of the skull to achieve a therapeutic result.

Programs are held in the Community room of the library. Rockville Public Library is located a 52 Union Street in Rockville. Everyone is welcome.

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ACE: Cultural Concert Series: Holiday Music For Guitar & Mandolin

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 3 P.M.: Arts Center East (ACE) presents Holiday Music for Guitar & Mandolin. Enchanting instrumental renditions of traditional and contemporary holiday music. A variety of lively tunes and lyrical melodies with an international flavor.

Vernon residents, JUDY & MARK play their own arrangements of beautiful, inspiring holiday music from many cultures. Audiences will have a chance to join in with some singalongs and rhythm instruments.

Judy & Mark offer a compelling exploration about the origins of holiday music from the U.S., England, Ireland, Wales, Austria, Spain, Ukraine and songs of Hanukkah.

Cost: $15/$10 for ACE Members/FREE for children under 18. ACE is located at 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon.

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