RUTLAND-Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, the region will
be hosting Christmas celebrations of every variety for the next
month. This weekend, Rutland will be the place to be for the start
of holiday festivities.
On Friday, The New York Theatre Ballet will present the classic
The Nutcracker at the Paramount Theater. The production company is
the most seen chamber ballet group in America and they have been
touring for 34 years. Their mission is to provide a variety of
shows for adults and children all at affordable prices. The have
had enormous success, selling out venues in New York and New Jersey
Vermont is fortunate to have such an acclaimed and professional
group perform in Rutland. The Nutcracker, of course, is an annual
favorite during the holidays. With the famous score by Tchaikovsky
and the whimsical story of Clara and her adventures with the mouse
king, it is no wonder the ballet has been performed since 1892.
On Saturday, the Paramount Theater will host its most important
fundraiser of the season: The Festival of Trees. At this annual
tradition guests are invited to bid on donated items. The theater
has considerable operating costs that cannot be covered by ticket
sales alone and it relies on community support like this to
survive. Starting at 6 p.m., there will be food catered by a local
restaurant and a cash bar. Then, attendees are invited into the
theatre to take part in the live auction. Everything from sports
memorabilia to exotic vacations have been auctioned. Some items go
for less than $50 while others will go for several thousand
dollars. There are more than 100 items to bid on this year.
The Festival of Trees auction has earned the Paramount Theater over
$50,000 in previous years.
Also on Saturday, the Chaffee Art Center invites you to their
Winter All Member Show. The show is on display Nov. 16 to Jan. 31,
but this Saturday there is a special reception from 5-7 p.m.
In a town with a rich railroad history like Rutland, a Christmas
themed train ride seems apropos. The Santa Train and it will be
departing the Amtrak station in downtown Rutland at five different
times on Saturday. Climb aboard at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m.,
3:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. The 45 minute journey takes passengers through
a Christmas themed landscape and to Santa's workshop and an
opportunity to drop a letter off at the North Pole. Entertainment
and refreshments will be on board as well. This unique adventure
promises to delight anyone with the holiday spirit.
This time of year, Rutland provides a spirited mix of shopping,
entertainment and dining. The large Christmas tree at Depot Park is
lit and decorations are abundant everywhere you look. Celebrations
begin in earnest this weekend.