Things That Happened, Things To Do: Week of December 10

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  • Sports Illustrated recently named Middlebury’s own Kelly Brush Davisson ’08 an “athlete who cares,” an honor the magazine extends to athletes who give their time and energy to make a positive difference in the world. Kelly is in good company: Pros such as Cleveland Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards and L.A. Clippers basketball player Grant Hill have been named. Kelly, a competitive skier, founded the Kelly Brush Foundation in 2006 to improve the quality of life of athletes dealing with spinal cord injuries and to improve ski-racing safety. Kelly was paralyzed after a ski-racing crash in 2006.

  • For those who long for a break from holiday madness (and for those who don’t), there’s a refreshing concert at the Mahaney Center of the Arts Wednesday night, December 12. The Middlebury Wind Ensemble, composed primarily of musicians from Addison County, will be performing a classical and concert band program. It’s free!

  • The weather has been mild enough lately that the monthly wildlife walk by the Middlebury Area Land Trust to survey birds and other wildlife may seem like, well, a walk in the park. Community members are invited to help. It begins at 8:00 in the morning on Thursday, December 13.

  • Musical attractions on tap at 51 Main this week include: David Bain on piano, December 12, singing from the American Roots Songbook. Friday, December 14, the band Barika delivers an entirely unusual repertoire that some call “deep groove.” And Saturday, December 15, songwriter Taylor Smith will be performing impassioned folk and blues tunes.

  • Town Hall Theater offers up a musical “extravaganza” called Eat Up, performed by the theater’s “young company,” ages 5–18, and a host of other performers well known to Middlebury audiences, December 14 and 15.

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