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“Holiday Presents.” Beginning Dec. 3, Essex Community Players presents “Holiday Presents.” This fun-filled family show celebrates the holiday season with comedy and music. The story follows along with members of the family, big and small, as they prepare for Christmas. The audience will also get to see the magical world of the presents as “they” wait excitedly for the most wonderful day of the year. This musical journey reminds all of the importance of family and friends during this festive season. Memorial Hall, Towers Road, Essex Center. 7:30 p.m. Additional Performances: Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $10. Information: www.essexplayers.com
MADE: Reception. On Dec. 5, the SEABA Center will host a reception for it’s latest exhibit, “MADE.” “Made” was conceived in response to planBTV South End, a yearlong, arts-focused community engagement process. The resulting plan is both a repository of citizen’s ideas, aspirations and concerns about the future of Burlington’s South End, as well as a roadmap of how we might get there. Featuring the work of 21 South End-based artists and businesses that highlight and help define what is created in the Enterprise Zone, “MADE” attempts to capture the variety and scope of talent that is ever-present yet sometimes hidden from view in this vibrant creative community. SEABA Center, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Information: http://www.burlingtoncityarts.org/Event/made-reception
Holiday Pops Concert. Everyone loves a holiday story! So on Dec. 12, get comfy as the VSO shares music from favorite Christmas movies, a masquerade ball, a fractured fairy tale, and of course the Nutcracker. Comedian and Moth StorySLAM host, Hillary Boone emcees a program that also features some of her own humorous family sketches, plus an amazing youth soloist, the VSO brass, and a carol sing-along. Flynn Center For The Performing Arts, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults $15-$52; Students $9. Information: http://www.vso.org.
Harald Aksdal: Art of Words. Art of Words is an exhibition of original watercolor and ink illustrations by illustrator, Harald Aksdal including the works he has done for three books as well as his newest landscapes and framed prints. Exhibit runs through Dec. 27. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Jericho Center. Gallery Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: 899-3211.
Column Inch Collection: Megan Winward. The Column Inch Collection gallery, located inside the offices of The Essex Reporter and Colchester Sun is excited to be exhibiting work from Essex artist, Megan Winward. Winward’s playful abstract works feature a bright color palette with pronounced brush strokes. The work also incorporates collage and texture through Winward’s use of dried acrylic paint scraps affixed to the canvas. Exhibit on display through Jan. 8. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: Essexreporter.com/CIC
Blue Ribbons and Burlesque: The Country-Fair Photography of Charles Fish. The black and white photographs of Charles Fish capture nature and nurture, theatrical illusion, the pursuit of excellence, and even the guilty pleasures of fair food. This remarkable exhibit will be included with the admission fee to the museum until July 2016. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: http://vermonthistory.org/visit/vermont-history-museum