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Eye on Montpelier – 12.4.14


by Ashley Witzenberger, executive director at Montpelier Alive

Celebrate the holidays with Montpelier Alive!

Saturday, Dec. 6: Santa Claus is coming to downtown! City Center, 89 Main St. Free.

Join the staff and students of New England Culinary Institute to decorate cookies to eat or leave out for Santa. Later in the afternoon, Santa comes to downtown; come meet him and tell him what you’re wishing for Christmas.

12:30-1:30 p.m.  Cookie decorating with NECI

2-2:30 p.m. Holiday program:

Caroling by the Monteverdi School, a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with Nat Frothingham, and Santa arrives

2:30–4 p.m. Visit with Santa

Montpelier Alive is excited to announce that we are bringing NEW YEARS EVE back to downtown!

Back by demand, downtown Montpelier will be rockin’ on December 31!

(Please note that this is not a First Night event)

Wednesday, Dec. 31

2 p.m. Central Vermont Runner’s Club’s Annual New Year’s Eve Road Race:

A 5-Kilometer road running race starting at the Pavilion State Office Building

To register or for more information visit: http://www.cvrunners.org/newyearseve/index.html

Enjoy Two Shows with the amazing Marko the Magician!

4:30 p.m. Marko’s 1st show (45 Minutes)

5:45-7 p.m. Marko’s 2nd show (1 1/4 hours)

Both shows will take place at Montpelier High School Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale at the door, $5/person per show and children 5 and under are FREE!

Tickets are available now on Eventbrite and the links are on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MontpelierAlive/events

7:30 p.m. Join us at the State House Lawn for a FIREWORKS SHOW!

Dave Keller’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Montpelier City Hall! Last year they rang in the New Year with over 500 friends! This year they are taking it to another level, with performances by not only the Dave Keller Band, but also the Starline Rhythm Boys.  A perfect fit for a perfect evening.  Here’s what else they have in store for you:

  • drinks by Three Penny Taproom
  • food by Mad Taco
  • photos by Jay Ericson of Middle Gray Group
  • surprise musical guests
  • classic soul and r+b spinning between sets
  • free champagne toast (over 21-years-old)
  • countdown and disco ball drop at midnight
  • dance contests
  • door prizes
  • charity wall of wishes
  • all ages invited

Tickets are only $10 in advance, available with cash at Capitol Stationers, or with credit card at www.lostnationtheater.org.  $15 at the door.  FREE for ages 17 and under.

7:30 p.m. Doors open

8-9:30 p.m. The Starline Rhythm Boys

10 p.m.-1 a.m. The Dave Keller Band

A community celebration sponsored by Dave Keller, Montpelier Alive, Three Penny Taproom, Mad Taco, Middle Gray Group, and Berlin Optical Expressions.

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Charlie O’s “Speak Easy” theme party, costumes encouraged. There will be a live jazz band! 

Thanks to the support of National Life Group, Heney Realtors and the city of Montpelier, we are bringing New Year’s Eve back to Montpelier!

Montpelier Alive is proud to announce that we are partnering with the Montpelier Food Pantry — Just Basics Inc. At all of our events we will have donation boxes for non-perishable food items. They always need items like peanut butter, canned fruit, tuna, pasta, tomato products, grains, soup or mac and cheese.  When we work together we make a greater impact.

Visit the Montpelier Alive Facebook page to stay up-to-date on all event details: www.facebook.com/MontpelierAlive

See you in Montpelier!