The following listings are for Christmas and are in addition to any regular weekend services:
Ascension Lutheran Church
Holy Communion and Christmas Pageant (Dec. 15), 10 a.m.
Christmas Eve Service, 6 and 9:30 p.m.
Christmas Day Service, 10 a.m.
Christ Memorial Church
Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m.
Community Alliance Church
Christmas Eve Service, 5 p.m.
Community Lutheran Church
Christmas Eve, 4 and 8 p.m.
Christmas Day Service, 11a.m.
First Baptist Church
Dec. 15, Christmas Caroling, 3 p.m.
Family Christmas Eve Service. 6 p.m.
Traditional Candlelight Service. 11 p.m.
Good Shepard Lutheran Church
Yuletide Carol Sing-a-long (Dec. 21), 7 p.m.
Family Christmas Eve Service, 4:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 9 p.m.
Holiday brunch after service (Dec. 29), 10:30 a.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Christmas Eve Mass, 6 p.m., midnight
Christmas Morning Mass, 10:30 a.m.
Jericho Congregational Church
Lessons and Carols (Dec. 22), 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Christmas Eve Pageant, 6 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 9 p.m.
Christmas Day service, 7 a.m., pajamas welcome.
Old Brick Church
Community Christmas Eve service, 11 p.m. Scripture readings and song with candle lighting for all. All are invited.
Living Hope Christian Church
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7 p.m.
Richmond Congregational Church
Christmas Eve Family Service, 5:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 8 p.m.
St. Jude and Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Christmas Eve, 4 p.m. at the Old Lantern in Charlotte, 7 p.m. at St. Jude, 10 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Christmas Morning Mass, 10 a.m. at St. Jude
New Year’s Eve, 4 p.m. at St. Jude
New Year’s Day, 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel
United Church of Hinesburg
Christmas Pageant and worship, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.
Candlelight Christmas Eve services, 6 p.m. (no choir) and 10 p.m.
Trinity Baptist Church
Annual Kids Christmas Program (Dec. 19), 7 p.m.
Christmas concert (Dec. 22), 6 p.m.
Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Service, 7 p.m.
Williston Federated Church
Worship Service and Christmas Pageant (Dec. 15), 9:30 a.m.
Christmas Eve Family Service, 5 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelit Service, 7:30 p.m.
by Kim Dannies
With guests coming and going, planning meals that feel special can be pretty challenging this time of year. To really score with your crowd, consider this menu of shrimp scampi, harvest salad and almond macaroons. Much of it can be prepped ahead, and it pulls together beautifully with bread and wine for a festive evening.
Do ahead: combine 1 cup of walnuts with 1 tablespoon maple syrup. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Cool. Shred 1 cup Cabot cheddar cheese. Dressing: combine 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup sherry vinegar, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, pinch of S&P. Shake until thickened.
Compose the salad: add 8 handfuls of fresh arugula to a salad bowl. Add some nuts, the cheese, and a diced apple. Toss to mix in dressing. Serves 6.
Ina Garten’s shrimp scampi
Make garlic butter one day ahead. In a small bowl, mash 12 tablespoons softened butter with 4 cloves minced garlic, 1/4 cup minced shallots, 3 tablespoons minced parsley; 1 teaspoon minced rosemary, 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 large egg yolk, 2/3 cup panko, a pinch of salt and pepper each.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Peel, devein and butterfly 2 pounds (12-15) shrimp in the shell, leaving the tails on. Place the shrimp in a bowl and toss gently with 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons white wine, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Starting from the outer edge of a 14-inch oval gratin dish, arrange the shrimp in a single layer cut side down with the tails curling up and towards the center of the dish. Top shrimp with garlic butter. Bake for 10-12 minutes until hot and bubbly.
Boom-Boom’s almond macaroons
These freeze beautifully. Mix together 14 ounces of sweetened coconut, 14 ounces of unsweetened coconut, 1 14-ounce can of non-fat condensed milk, 1/4 teaspoon of almond and vanilla extract, each and 1 cup toasted chopped almonds. Mix well and shape into 20 “Hershey kiss” shapes. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Microwave 2 cups of chocolate chips for 45 seconds, stir in 2 teaspoons of canola oil. On a fresh cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, drop a teaspoon of chocolate into a pool and set a macaroon on it. Drizzle a little chocolate over each top.
Kim Dannies is a graduate of La Varenne Cooking School in France. She lives in Williston with her husband, Jeff; they have three twenty-something daughters. Archived Everyday Gourmet columns are at kimdannies.com. Kim@kimdannies.com.
The Williston Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and program on Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. in the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.
The program will feature Adam Boyce as “The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer.” Taggart grew up in Topsham, going on to perform in various stage shows across the country for over 40 years, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer and ventriloquist, he made at least 40 recordings and appeared in a talking movie picture four years before Al Jolson starred in “The Jazz Singer.” Boyce portrays Taggart near the end of his career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches.
The business meeting will include an election of officers, a bylaw change proposal and more. The Vermont room will be open to view Williston historic artifacts such as the Munson Clock and music box. The meeting is open to the public. Join the society for dessert sampling after the presentation.
By Richard H. Allen
Special to the Observer
The 1913 community celebration of Williston’s 1763 charter included a “reunion of the alumni of J. S. Cilley’s school.” This was actually the Williston Academy, and Mr. Cilley had been a beloved principal there. Why would they hold such an event 45 years after he left town? What was it about Cilley that made people remember him so fondly?
The 1913 Williston school reunion started with literary exercises on the grounds of the Root homestead, probably a reference to the present 7979 Williston Road house (Slate Barn Antiques). The banquet, scheduled for 5 p.m., did not begin until 6 p.m., perhaps due to the logistics of getting the estimated 525 graduates and friends moved to the basement of the Federated Church for a seven-course dinner. The guest of honor was Mrs. Edmund Whitney (formerly Miss Seaton), one of Cilley’s assistants. She received a standing ovation.
Cilley was born in Hopkinton, N.H. in 1815. His family moved to Jericho, and he worked on the farm. He was self-educated, studying at night to tackle algebra, geometry, Latin and Greek. He taught in Ohio for a short time, then returned to Vermont.
His Vermont teaching career started in Underhill and in 1853 he moved to Underhill Center, where he was principal of the brand new Green Mountain Academy; the building still stands behind the St. Thomas Catholic Church.
Cilley’s years in Underhill were remembered in the Vermont Historical Gazetteer magazine. Cilley “…has done more for the educational interest of the town than any other man. Truly an earnest, devoted, successful teacher, and a noble man. In all the states from Maine to California, are his pupils to be found. Many thousands remember him with affectionate gratitude and esteem. [He] lately received an honorary degree of A. M. from UVM. With no aids save text books and his vigorous mind, he has excelled those with the greatest advantages.”
Cilley moved to Williston in 1858 to become principal of the Williston Academy that had just undergone repairs and refurbishment by townsfolk in an attempt to make it more attractive to students.
Had they also taken this on to draw in a rising educational star like Cilley? The Academy was located approximately where the armory stands today.
In November of 1858, a Burlington Free Press notice for the school set the tone for what Cilley expected from the students. “The conditions of membership in this School are correctness of deportment, diligence and thoroughness in study, and obedience to law,” it read.
In 1861, pupils could study common English, higher English, Latin, Greek and French. Music, with the use of a piano, was the most expensive course at $10 tuition per term. Board cost $1.50 a week. If fuel and washing were included the cost rose to $2.
Eventually, in 1862, Cilley purchased a house in Williston, now 8420 Williston Road, the present home of Ken and Ginger Morton. In February of 1869, after he had left Williston, Cilley was open to either renting or selling the house. He had some trouble moving the property, for later in 1870 it was still up for sale with this Burlington Free Press notice: “For Sale at a Bargain. One of the most desirable places in Williston Village, owned and formerly occupied by J. S. Cilley. Four acres of excellent land, good supply of shade and Fruit trees, good Barn, House pleasant and very convenient. Fences and Buildings all in good repair. Also a quantity of wood, four to five tons of hay, cutter, wagon, and a good covered carriage.” It was eventually sold in September of 1870.
After ten years of residing in Williston, Cilley once again moved on, this time to Brandon where the school there had been remodeled for $18,000 from three to two stories, resulting in rooms with high ceilings. Cilley was attracted by renovated facilities that proved a community’s commitment to education. He stayed there until 1880. A plaque placed in his honor in 1920 lauded his “profound scholarship, his high ideals, his unselfish service to the youth of Brandon.”
A Vermonter magazine article by E. S. Marsh depicted Cilley as a “strict disciplinarian, [who] insisted upon observance of the rules, and carried his oversight of his scholars beyond the school walls and the school hours. His interest in them never flagged, and his care for their mental and moral welfare was earnest and unceasing.”
Williston Academy, started in 1828 by Reverend Peter Chase, had pupils enrolled from other towns and neighboring states, as well as locals. The ten years under Cilley’s administration are often cited as the apex of its reputation. Besides the Academy, the village was advertised as a great place to live. An 1866 school catalog describes Williston as a “pleasant and quiet village…in regard to health, the place is very desirable…entirely free from haunts of idleness and dissipation, and the location is…favorable to good order, to mental improvement, and moral culture.”
Schools like the Williston Academy were not uncommon in Chittenden County in the 19th century. Underhill had two of them. There was also the Hinesburgh Academy, the Female Seminary in Charlotte and the Essex Classical Institute in Essex Center. The competition for students called for frequent advertising in the local newspapers, as well as laudatory articles. The standing of the school often hinged on the headmaster’s reputation as an inspiring educator. So it was a bold stroke for some of the citizens of Williston to improve the physical structure of the Academy and hire Cilley to oversee the transformation into a well-regarded institution.
Cilley established a solid reputation for Williston and the Academy as a place for a rigorous education under the guidance of an esteemed and admired educator. The Reverend A. D. Barber of Williston said of Cilley, upon his death in 1898, he “always used his teachership as a sacred trust, a high commission from Heaven.”
Richard Allen is a local historian and author. He has written a series of articles for Williston’s 250th anniversary. His research is supported by the Williston Historical Society.
The newly cooperative Champlain Valley Union-South Burlington High girls hockey team took a 1-1 mark into Wednesday’s home clash with Spaulding High at Cairns Arena.
The Reb-Hawks return to the ice Saturday with a trip to meet Harwood Union High at 6 p.m. at the Ice Center of Washington County.
On Monday, their initial road trip of the season to Manchester—postponed from last Saturday—resulted in a 3-1 stinger by Burr and Burton Academy.
Kyla Driver of the Reb-Hawks scored the first goal of the game but the CVU-SBHS combine was unable to score again and the Bulldogs were able to get three pucks past goalie Courtney Peyko who made 28 saves.
In their season opener a week ago Wednesday, the Reb-Hawks rapped Rice Memorial 7-3 at Cairns.
CVU veterans Molly Dunphy and Rachel Pitcher scored for the winners, Dunphy popping two goals.
Courtney Barrett and and Sarah Fisher each added two tallies and two assists for the winners.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent
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