Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Story time recalls love of New England winters, with music

Courtesy Phoenix Books

Heather Ballanca, Kim Spensley and Steve Spensley will visit Phoenix Books Rutland for a story time complete with songs.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m.—RUTLAND— On Saturday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host a  story time with songs and party games from the Victorian period featuring Heather Ballanca and Kim Spensley – illustrator and author of “A Hound’s Holiday” – and musician Steve Spensley.

About the book: Do you hate to leave your dog at home when going off to do something fun? That’s how this Victorian-era family feels when they head out in the sleigh for a family gathering. Set in a snowy New England landscape, this picture book of woodcut-style illustrations will appeal to all with a nostalgia for bygone days or for whom it is an unknown world.

The illustrator, Heather Bellanca, and writer, Kim Spensley, grew up next door to each other in an idyllic little town in Vermont, home of their forebears.

As a result, they share a love of New England’s countryside, its bright winter days and its welcoming traditions.

They share visions of great-great-grandparents traveling snow-covered roads for joyous, often rare and therefore cherished family gatherings.

This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in Rutland. Copies of the featured title will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed.

For more information, call 802-855-8078 or visit

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