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It’s hard to think of much the pandemic hasn’t adversely affected and for obvious reasons, we can’t come together this year to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

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Catamount Arts and Northern Vermont University are partnering to offer drive-in entertainment this summer. With COVID-19 safety concerns still looming large, artists and arts organizations must develop responsible programming strategies that reduce risks to live audiences. Catamount Arts plans to host drive-in movies and concerts this summer at both NVU campuses, an innovation they hope will keep patrons safe while offering opportunities to get out and enjoy both live and large-screen entertainment.

ST. JOHNSBURY — First Night North organizer Jay Sprout reminisces every year about St. Johnsbury’s inaugural First Night event more than a quarter-century ago. “Thirty degrees above zero with the lightest of fluffy snowflakes falling gently all evening,” says Sprout. “It was like a Hollywood set for a sentimental holiday movie. We’ve never seen weather quite like it since.”

New Year’s Eve probably isn’t most people’s idea of a kid-friendly holiday, but thanks to First Night North, communities in the NEK know otherwise. For 27 years now, First Night North has been providing substance-free, family-friendly entertainment for Northeast Kingdom residents and visitors of all ages. Year after year, St. Johnsbury’s New Year’s Eve performing arts festival presents dozens of diverse performances, many scheduled early enough to still get the littlest revelers to bed on time.

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Editor’s Note: The following is a schedule of area craft fairs and bazaars to help people seeking unique Christmas gifts crafted by talented people in our region:

Last Saturday night I watched two documentaries that reminded me of the virtues of diversion. Humans tell ourselves stories, and even though documentaries are meant to tell true ones, the filmmakers’ agendas inevitably shape the tale. These two documentaries got me thinking about another story, so deeply rooted in our culture that we may not even notice it, and that is that only some of our activities are productive while others we view as indulgences, distractions, or wastes of time.

The Lunenburg Historical Society invites area vendors to participate in Lunenburg’s Old Home Day celebration on Saturday, Aug. 3. Artisans and demonstrators are also welcome along with anyone who knows how to do/make something and can show others how it’s done in an outdoor setting. This annual town event will host vendors on the Lunenburg Common from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.