Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of December 12

Our regular recap of goings on at the College and a look ahead to events on the horizon.  As always, we hope to call your attention to items that captured ours and alert you to events that you won’t want to miss. If you have a news item that you think we’d be interested in, drop us a line at

  • Middlebury presented the 40th anniversary service of Lessons and Carols for Advent and Christmas on December 11 in Mead Memorial Chapel. The annual program included Bible readings of Advent and Christmas and carols for choir, organ, and congregation, and was enjoyed by people from all over the county. The service is based on the Advent Service of Nine Lessons and Carols that has been celebrated every year at King’s College, Cambridge, England, since 1918.

  • Abigail Borah ’13 tried to tell truth to power at the U.N. climate talks in Durban, South Africa, this week, which she was attending as a delegate of SustainUS. Her pleas for faster action resulted in being removed from the proceedings.

  • Since Jim Douglas ’72 stepped down as Vermont governor, it has just been a matter of time before another Middlebury alum would pursue the gubernatorial track. Republican state senator Randy Brock ’65 announced his plans to run for governor this week.

  • Telling Point, a Cleveland-based duo performing at 51 Main on December 16 at 10 p.m. describes their music as “Tribal Rock.” Nuff said. Drop by for a rousing experience.

  • For skiiers: The Snow Bowl will open for the ’11-’12 season on Friday, December 16, at 9:00 a.m. The Sheehan Chair will operate on just the Lang trail, and the snack bar will serve a limited menu of breakfast and lunch staples to begin the season. On Saturday, December 17, the Carroll and Jane Rikert Nordic Center will open. While the trails are not yet open due to low snow conditions, the shop will provide a full range of services, including season pass sales, ski tuning and preparation, and gift certificates for the holidays and beyond.

  • Have this season’s darkening days got you down? Theatre Group Ltd.’s festive and free-flowing winter solstice celebration, Night Fires, will lift your spirits. This year’s musical performance is inspired by an old tale from subarctic lands: The White Bear King Valemon. Shows will be at the Middlebury Town Hall Theater on December 15-17.

  • Anyone yearning to break loose and sing, sing, sing can do so at the annual Messiah Community Sing at the Middlebury Congregational Church at 2:00 p.m. on December 18. The event is sponsored by the College Community Chorus and led by its conductor, Jeff Rehbach. Music scores for singers (and orchestra parts) will be provided.

  • Another installment of Professor Pundits has launched, wherein Middlebury political scientists Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson discuss the political events that many political junkies are wondering about. The question they debate this time is whether momentum actually makes a difference in the Republican primary process.

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