Dear All,

I hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday Season, Winter Solstice and the beautiful Super Moon on New Year’s Day.  2018 is a great time to

start thinking about what you would like to do and accomplish in the New Year.  Set some goals and intentions and plant the seeds so that they can start to grow and germinate.  It all begins with a thought.

Joni Kennedy
Woodstock Union High School
Counseling Services
Student Records, Scholarships and Student Opportunities
802 457-1317 extension 1228
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Thought for the day: Find the JOY that lies within you and bring it forth in all you do!

Branch Out Teen Night  has been CANCELLED for tonight
Branch Out Teen Night has been CANCELLED for tonight due to the weatherand the cancellation of all after school activities today.
FREE BranchOut: Teen Night
January 5, 2018 - Cocoa and Canvases
FREE Teen Ice Skating Night with DJ
Come to the Union Arena for a FREE Teen Ice Skating Night
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 PM
Date:  January 19th, 2018.

You can skate and dance to the music by a local DJ.  Food will be available for purchase.

Dessert will be provided and we will be raffling off door prizes throughout the evening.

This event is sponsored by the the Spectrum and the Union Arena
YOH THEATER Upcoming Performances
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield
January 12, 13 (7pm), 14 (3pm)

Yoh Alumni Play: Fundraiser for Edinburgh Fringe Festival performance trip

All 37 plays in 97 minutes! Three madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

A Village Fable, by James Still, music by Michael Keck
January 26, 27 (7pm)
Grades 7, 8, 9

An incredible journey of humor, heart and heroes, A Village Fable is a musical fable about three souls who are shunned for being different: Chudu the Goat-Man, Armida the blacksmith's daughter, and Prince Christopher the violin-playing heir to the throne. Their paths not only intersect with each other and the dreaded Six-Fingered Man—they also come face-to-face with—themselves!
Part of Pentangle’s Free Documentary Film Series
Part of Pentangle’s Free Documentary Film Series - 8 Borders, 8 Days
Thursday, January 18th
7:30 pm
Free. Donations gratefully accepted.

**Discussion to follow screening with refugees and Woodstock Union High School Social Justice Initiative**

8 Borders, 8 Days puts a human face on the Syrian refugee crisis by chronicling a determined and fierce single mother of two, who after being denied resettlement in the U.S. decides risking their lives in a raft is safer than staying behind on land. This film is an immersive experience of their eight-day journey to safety.

Directed by Amanda Bailly

Run Time: 1 hr. 28 min.

For more information and to watch the trailer please go to
Pentangles THANK YOU THURSDAY Free Film Series
Winter means free movies on the biggest screen in the Upper Valley!

Pentangle Arts is excited to screen 11 free films this winter and spring at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre as a way of saying thank you to the community for supporting us. NEW In addition to our annual Thank You Thursday free film series, we are also screening a series of documentaries. Check out the list below and we hope to see you at the movies this winter and spring.

Raising Arizona (PG-13)
- Thursday, February 1st at 7:30 pm
Top Hat (PG) - Thursday, March 1st at 7:30 pm
Ocean’s 11 (PG-13) – (1960 version) - Thursday, April 5th at 7:30 pm
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG-13) - Thursday May 3rd at 7:30 pm
Being There (PG) - Thursday, June 7th at 7:30 pm

8 Borders, 8 Days - Thursday, January 18th at 7:30 pm
*Discussion to follow this screening with refugees and members of Woodstock Union High School Social Justice*

13th - Thursday, February 15th at 7:30 pm

It’s Criminal - Thursday, March 15th at 7:307:30 pm
*Discussion to follow this screening with director Signe Taylor*

Complicit -Thursday May 10th at 7:307:30 pm
*Discussion to follow this screening with director Heather White*

The Witness -Thursday, June 21st at 7:30 pm

All screenings are free and open to the public. Donations are always graciously accepted in support of our free movie series.

For more information and to learn more about each film please visit their website at

Change the World Kids Anti-Cabin Fever Dinner Season begins!
2018 Change the World Kids Anti-Cabin Fever Dinner Season begins!

During the cold, dark months, each Wednesday until the beginning of April, a local chef, many from the area's best restaurants, prepares a delicious meal. It is dining high for a low price, in the company of family and friends. These dinners are a great way to get out of the house, break up the week, and see friends on long cold winter nights! They are FUN, plus they subsidize costs for the Change the World Kids' annual work trip to re-forest Bosque para Siempre, the migratory rain forest habitat in Costa Rica that they are helping to conserve and reforest, and that supports our Vermont migratory songbirds, as well as native rain forest species. 

 Dinner is at 6:00 in the North Universalist Chapel dining hall in Woodstock, and costs $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children.  Seating is limited, and reservations are highly suggested.  If you need to cancel your reservation, please do it by noon on Wednesday. Your seats will be held until 6:00, when they may be released to walk-in diners.

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (457-2622) for reservations. Join us, and warm your body and spirit with great food and company. Come dine, laugh, and beat the winter blahs and blues!
Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest
Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest

Inspired by the Vermont Movie Project,
Freedom & Unity TV is a film competition that invites young Vermonters to create films exploring the life and culture of the Green Mountain State. Through film, young people explore the issues that they find meaningful, make connections between the past and the present, and share their personal stories. They build filmmaking and communication skills while learning more about themselves and the state they call home.

One remarkable result of this project is the weaving together of many perspectives and stories. At the screening and awards ceremony, filmmakers gather together to meet each other, and learn from one another. This year, our screening and awards ceremony will take place during the annual WRIF Film Festival June 1 – 3, 2018 in White River Junction, Vermont! More Information about the event and media workshops to come!

(please note there is new criteria for the 2018 contest)

The Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest is open to anyone aged 10 to 26 who is currently enrolled in a degree-granting educational program in Vermont. All others are encouraged to apply to the White River Indie Festival Regional Show Case (more information at

Films must be entered in one of three age groups:
Films must include a Vermont focus and address one of the three contest categories:
Arts & Culture
Personal Stories
Vermont History & Contemporary Issues

For more information please go to or
ArtisTree Happenings!
Sunday, January 14th
Second Sunday Concert Series: Althea Sully Cole, 4pm. An evening of new works composed by Althea Sully Cole on her Kora, a 21-stringed West African harp, and performed on the kora she constructed herself in Senegal.

Thursday, January 18th, February 1st, February 22nd  
Open Mic w/ Jim Yeager, 7pm. FREE. Join our relaxed, supportive and fun atmosphere and show off your musical stuff!  All levels and abilities are welcome to participate in the open mic experience.  Come alone or with a group!  Come to play or just to watch!

Friday, January 19th
Daily Artists 3rd Exhibit Opening Reception, 5:30-7:30pm. Exhibit runs January 19th-February 10th. A culminating exhibit of works by The ArtisTree Daily Artists, a group of local artists who have made a year-long commitment to making art each day for the entire year! The Daily Artists are a group of local visual artists working in a variety mediums including painting, drawing, fiber, ceramics, jewelry and photography. Come see the inspiration and growth over year-long journey of making art daily.

Friday, January 26th
Jeremiah McLane Trio. 7:30pm.  As individuals, Jeremiah McLane, Eric McDonald and Corey DiMario are three masters of their respective instruments, having logged decades of touring, recording and teaching throughout the US and Europe. Together for the first time at Artistree, they will present an evening of traditional tunes and songs from the British Isles, France and Quebec, along with original compositions of their own.

Friday, February 2nd
Branch Out Teen Night, 6-9:45pm. Lotions and Potions - make something for self care or a special gift for your valentine, card making.

Sunday, February 11th
Lyle Brewer, Guitarist, 4pm. Brewer has been a staple of the Boston music scene for the last ten years. Ask any musician who has worked with him and they will laud his mastery of almost any style of music, with a maturity that belies his age.

Thursday, February 15th

Interplay Jazz Jam. 7-10pm at ArtisTree.
Jazz lovers, join us for a musical treat! Interplay Jam Sessions are like an open rehearsal where anything can happen… but the music is guaranteed to be fabulous!  To learn more or to register visit Interplays Website

Friday-Sunday, February 16th-18th
The Flurry Snow Sculpture Competition.

Saturday, February 17th
FEARless presents LOVE. 7pm Show • 8:30 Dance Party.

Friday, February 23rd
Chloe Brisson Quartet, 7:30pm. Jazz vocalist Chloe Brisson and her quartet play original compositions and Jazz standards. As a young, passionate vocalist who is devoted to bot the tradition and the craft of jazz, Brisson aspires to be a positive and innovative addition to the jazz community in the years to come.
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