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Sunday, December 9 News

Holiday events slated at Hodge library

The Roxbury Public Library will offer a pop-up pub at Dec. 7 and a reading of “The Shepherd” Dec. 9 at Hodge Memorial Library in town.

The pop-up pub for individuals age 21 and older will be held Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at the library and museum at 4 North St.

The event will feature beers donated by Black Hog Brewing in Oxford, refreshments and live music.

Proceeds from the sale of the beverages will support the Minor Memorial Library children’s programming and book purchases.

All Aboard Pizza in New Milford will deliver pizzas - with a minimum order of $35 - to patrons of the pub who call in their orders. Menus will be available at the pub.

Doug Schlicher of Woodbury will return Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. to read “The Shepherd” by Frederick Forsyth.

The novella, set in post-World War II England, is about a young RAF pilot who is guiding his Vampire jet fighter high over the North Sea on Christmas Eve, 1957.

Gradually realizing that his plane’s entire electrical system is malfunctioning, it seems certain that this is his last Christmas Eve.

Schlicher is known locally for his annual reading pf Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Hurd House in Woodbury, now in its 28th year.

Formerly a professional actor, Schlicher has performed onstage with the New York Shakespeare Festival, the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, and has performed at Lincoln Center, Off-Broadway, and at the Public Theater in New York as well as in Central Park.

In addition to his stage work, he has appeared in more than 400 television and radio commercials and voice-over narrations.

Locally, he has lent his talent to the Gunn Memorial Museum in Washington where he has narrated exhibit-related videos.

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