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Dec. 18 to 24 Calendar of holiday and art events in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont

Holiday Albany Berkshire Ballet: "Nutcracker" 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Paramount Theater – 30 Center St. Full Story
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(Photos by Jenn Smith — The Berkshire Eagle)
Berkshires After Dark: The Roasted Garlic offers warm, inviting atmosphere

Good food at The Roasted Garlic on West Housatonic Street
PITTSFIELD >> 'Tis the season for gatherings with family and friends, to celebrate making it through another year, and to raise glasses for the happy advent of a new one. Full Story
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    Hikes welcome the solstice in the winter woods

    From valley to ridge, outdoor explorers can enjoy winter
    12/17/2014 06:13 PM EST
    Each year, the winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year and the gradual conversion to longer days and shorter nights. 
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    Hanukkah gatherings light the dark across the Berkshires and Southern Vermont
    12/17/2014 06:12 PM EST - Happy Hanukkah! Accross the Berkshires and Bennington County, candles are burning tonight, and families will celebrate the festival of lights. Full Story

    Vermont community greets Hanukkah
    12/17/2014 06:11 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> Known as the Feast of Lights for honoring the re-opening of the Temple of Jerusalem in the Second Century BCE, Hanukkah as a modern holiday has become a point of gathering and community celebration. Full Story

    (Berkshire Eagle File)
    Take Me Outside: How to choose a Christmas Tree

    Character of pine, fir, spruce, hemlock
    12/17/2014 06:13 PM EST
    In this season, many people spend time examining evergreen trees as they search for the perfect Christmas tree. 
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    Last-minute gifts: Time, company, flavor and music don't need wrapping
    12/17/2014 06:14 PM EST - The presents that people remember most vividly may not come in wrapping paper. Full Story

    Still looking? Ways to find last-minute gifts near home
    12/17/2014 06:15 PM EST - When you're running out of time to wait for the mail, when you want to make a few quiet stops, miss the traffic and watch the snow fall, or when you want to find a gift that could only come from here, the variety within a few miles of your door may surprise you. Full Story

    Kate Abbott: The appeal of giving expeditions
    12/17/2014 06:14 PM EST - I gave my brother a day. We were home on a holiday, and we had vacation time together. Full Story

    Bennington bakers bust out before the holidays
    12/17/2014 06:19 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> Bakkerij Krijnen specializes in authentic Dutch baked goods and pulls from the traditions of the Netherlands to create Christmas treats each year, calling on baker Hans Krijnen's Dutch childhood and ancestry. Full Story

    Letters and calls come from North Pole
    12/17/2014 06:18 PM EST - When the holiday season begins, many children sit down and compose letters to Santa, advising him of the toys they would like to find under the tree on Christmas morning. Full Story

    Readsboro couple make candy canes from glass
    12/17/2014 06:18 PM EST - Thirty-one years ago, when friends told glass artists Bill LeQuier and Mary Angus about a bankruptcy auction at the former Readsboro Chair Company, little did the couple realize they would end up owning the place. Full Story

    Manchester's annual Elf Express brings live music, Santa
    12/18/2014 06:21 AM EST - MANCHESTER >> It will be "all aboard" the weekend of Dec. 20-21, when the Elf Express shuttles back and forth between Arlington and Manchester, with Christopher Pop-In-Kins lurking about somewhere on the train. Full Story

    Art and craft classes and artisan festivals highlight handmade gifts
    12/03/2014 06:49 PM EST - As the holiday season takes shape, friends and family looking for innovative, creative and economical approaches to gift-giving this year can find their share of workshops and inspiration across the Berkshires from artists and teaches who "upcycle" everyday household items into repurposed, hand-crafted surprises. Full Story

    Ingenuity gives depth to locally made holiday gifts
    12/03/2014 06:46 PM EST - WILLIAMSTOWN >> It's winter in the Berkshires, and snow is in the air — but no one needs to venture too far into the cold to find holiday gifts. Full Story

    Kate Abbott: Savoring holiday flavors
    12/10/2014 04:48 PM EST - The apple sauce has a sweet tang. We made it in the fall from Macouns and Cortlands and Jonagolds from Lakeview Orchards in Cheshire. Full Story

    Fort Worth firefighters use oxygen to save cat

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own. Full Story
    (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)
    Happy day: Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

    LONDON (AP) — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. Full Story