Festivals in 2019

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Joe Norris
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Festivals in 2019

Post: # 21551Post Joe Norris
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:35 am

Can any of you fine Vermonters help out a couple of Kansans?

My wife & I are planning a 50-day road trip for our 50th anniversary next year. We’re hoping to spend at least two weeks in Vermont - late September & early October of 2019.

We attended the Peru Fair & the Stowe Oktoberfest two years ago, and loved them both. Next year, we’d like to catch some additional festivals - including the Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival. So we’re looking for answers to a few questions:

1) Have dates for the 2019 NEK Fall Foliage Fest been set already? If not, is it always held the first week in October?

2) Will the same seven villages be part of the 2019 festival, or does that change from year to year?

3) If you we going to recommend just one Vermont fall festival to visitors from Kansas, which one would you pick?

Thanks in advance for your help!

Joe & Marilynn Norris

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Re: Festivals in 2019

Post: # 21553Post ctyanky
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:22 am

Hi Joe and Marilyn: Welcome to the SOV foliage forum! I'm usually in charge alongside Tim our board owner to propagate the "activity center" for all the festivals but time slipped by and I did not have time to update the 2017 festival list which is a sticky at the top of the forum. So here is the NEK Fall Dates for 2018 and they are almost similar to 2019. They don't normally post the 2019 dates until early to mid summer of that year.

Also, Happy Anniversary to you both! What a time you are in for! As far as picking one outstanding festival for you Kansas folks, you already went to the Peru Fair which is at the top of my list! Amazing! I was just in Peru Sunday and they are getting ready! The other one which I dearly love is the Danville Autumn on the Green! Absolutely fantastic! Here is the website! I go to so many festivals that when I have time, I'll think of more this evening. The Stowe and Manchester fall festivals are excellent but you've been to one already and they are the same theme/vendors. Let me know how else I can help you!!!! Welcome and ask away!!!!! CT


The Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival Dates Are In!!!


Seven festivals in seven days, each in a different town. Each has something unique to offer, including music, crafts, farmers' markets, parades, tours, history and great food! Specialty church suppers each night. It is totally amazing that the seven towns in the NEK put on such a grand succession of festivals! If you are up in Vermont for these days, please be sure to check them out. You will be so glad you did! If you choose Groton and want to do the chicken pie supper you have to have reservations and they sell out in no time. We had such a great time at the dinner seated at these long tables and enjoyed all the locals who were seated with us. Barnet is awesome, so many local crafts and Peacham is peachy sweet!

Location: Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, Groton & Marshfield, Vermont
Contact: Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce: Website: nekchamber.com
Phone: 802-748-3678: Email: nekinfo@nekchamber.com

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival - Walden
Date: Monday, October 1, 2018
Time: 9:00 am
The first of seven unique festivals being held over seven consecutive days starts off in Walden.

Begin your week at Walden Church in Noyesville Village (signs - just off Route 15) with registration, coffee & donuts at 9:00 am. Visit with Walden crafters and take driving tours to meet artisans at their small home businesses. A homemade soup and sandwich lunch will sustain you as you enjoy afternoon tours through the hills and along roadways not usually seen on travels from here to there. Enjoy musical entertainment as the prelude to the Barbecued Beef Supper, served family style, with mashed potatoes, veggies, rolls and home-baked pies, beginning at 5:30 pm. For supper reservations and information, call Judy Clifford evenings at 802-563-2777 or daily at 802-793-5011, PO Box 54, West Danville, VT 05873. Day of the event, call 802-563-2265. Please stop by; we’re excited to meet you! Lifelong friends are made here! (Events and info subject to change.)
Location: Walden, VT
Contact: Judy Clifford
Phone: 802-563-2777 (evenings) or daily @ 802-793-5011

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival - Cabot
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 9:00 am
The second of the seven unique festivals being held over seven consecutive days is in Cabot today!

Visit Cabot for great food, crafts and entertainment at the Willey Memorial Building from 9 am until 3 pm, where you can also sign up for tours and make lunch and supper reservations. Start your day with coffee and donuts and then tour local points of interest including, the Cabot Creamery, Cabot Historical Society and scenic views of some of the best views in Vermont. Corn chowder and chili lunch at the Cabot Church at 11:30 am, 12:30 and 1:15 pm. ($6 adults, $2.50 children) Turkey supper at the Cabot Church seatings at 5 pm and 6:15 pm. ($15 adults, $5 children) For meal reservations call Rose Bothfeld, 802-563-2715. For more information, call the Cabot Community Association at 802-563-3338. (Events and info subject to change.)
Location: Cabot, VT
Contact: Cabot Community Association
Phone: 802-563-3338

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival - Plainfield
Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Time: 9:00 am
The third of the seven unique festivals being held over seven consecutive days is in Plainfield today!

A full day of activities begins with Coffee Hour at 9:00 am and registration at Grace United Methodist Church. Foliage tours available at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Tours telling the history of Barre granite at the Barre Granite Museum, Building of Winterwood Timber Frames, Marshfield School of Weaving (Old-time weaving), Blackthorne Forge, a Blacksmith, Hope Cemetery and Bragg's Sugar House (Tour of syrup Production Process and Gifts). In addition, the Quarries, Owl's Head and Plainfield Village tours will be available on a self-guided basis. Cafeteria-style luncheon from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm for $5. Barbecued Chicken, Mostaccioli and Baked Bean Supper at 5:00 and 6:00 pm for $12. For reservations, contact Joanne Martin, 802-454-7301 or Joyce Fowler, 802-454-8306. (Events and info subject change.)
Location: Plainfield, VT
Contact: Joanne Martin or Joyce Fowler
Phone: 802-454-7301 or 802-454-8306

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival - Peacham
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 9:00 am
The fourth of the seven unique festivals being held over seven consecutive days is in Peacham today!

Welcome to Peacham! Arts and crafts sale, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Town Hall. Tickets for bus ride, lunch, ghost walk and dinner available there. Exhibits at the Blacksmith Shop, the Roller Barn and the Historical House (homemade treats served). Library book sale from 9:00 until 4:00. Scenic bus tour at 10:15 $5. Lunch at the Elementary School from 11:00 until 1:30 $7. Northern Skies Observatory (near the school) open from 11:00 until 2:00. Ghost walk at the church 2:00 pm. Harp music concert (by donation) at the church from 4:00 until 6:00. Spaghetti Supper in the church social hall with seatings at 5:00 and 6:30. Meat or vegetarian sauce, salad, garlic bread, homemade apple crisp with ice cream. Adults $10, children $5, under 6 free. Tickets available at the door. Coordinators are Marilyn Magnus 802-592-3320, Sally Goss 802-563-3113, Sharon Fuehrer 802-592-3326. (Events and info subject to change.)
Location: Peacham, VT
Contact: Marilyn Magnus or Sally Goss or Sharon Fuehrer
Phone: 802-592-3320 or 802-563-3113 or 802-592-3326

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival - Barnet
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 8:00 am
The fifth of the seven unique festivals being held over seven consecutive days is in Barnet today!

Come to the Barnet Center Church vestry for a Pancake Breakfast, including Vermont maple syrup and sausage 8:00-11:00 am. All day there will be Arts and Crafts in the vestry area and at various spots around the town. Relax on the free Bus Tour that leaves from the vestry at 10:00 am, or travel the town on your own, to see local churches, the Goodwillie House, Ben Thresher's Mill, the Walter Harvey Meeting House, Dunc's Mill Distillery, local Sugar House, and scenic Barnet foliage. A soup and sandwich lunch is served starting at 11:30 at the Barnet Village Church. A European Coffee Hour will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 at the West Barnet Church. Enjoy a Ham Dinner (take-out available) at the Barnet Center vestry starting at 4:00 pm and continuing until all are served. For reservations/info contact Bob at 802-633-2242. On the day of the event, call 802-633-4397. (Events and info subject to change.)
Location: Barnet, VT
Contact: Bob
Phone: 802-633-2242 or 802-633-4397

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival - Groton
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 7:30 am
The sixth of the seven unique festivals being held over seven consecutive days is in Groton today!

Join us in Groton for our Festival Day. Start with a Lumberjack Breakfast in the Methodist Church from 7:30-10:30 am. Visit our Libray where there will be a book sale from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and browse in the Peter Paul Historical House anytime during the day. Participate in the Great Pumpkin weigh in from 10:30 to 12:30 at the Upper Valley Grill. Our annual parade starts at 1:30 pm led by the Blue Mountain School Band. Participate in the Old Fashioned Hymn sing at the Baptist Church at 8:00 pm to close the day. This will be our 63rd year of serving our World Famous Chicken Pie Supper!!! Serving times are 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30. Tickets are available at $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. You must make reservations. Take out dinners also are available by reservation. Contact Peter Lyon, 848 West Shore Drive, Groton, VT 05046. 802-584-3020 for tickets to both the Chicken Pie Supper and the Lumberjack Breakfast. (Events and info subject to change.)
Location: Groton, VT
Contact: Peter Lyon
Phone: 802-584-3020

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival - Marshfield
Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The final of the seven unique festivals being held over seven consecutive days is in Marshfield today!

Marshfield Harvest Festival from 11 am to 3 pm. Free Family Friendly Activities: face painting, cider pressing, pop-corn popping, arts and crafts, field games, music from local bands, and more! Book sale, bake sale, horse and wagon rides, yard sale, craft sale and 50/50 raffle. "Chili-Cook-off": 11 am to 2 pm in our "Chili tent" and then vote for your best tasting chili and the cook will win a prize! Salads and corn bread will complement the chili. $8 adults and $4 children. Food vendor if you don't like chili. Marshfield Historical Society slide show: "Industrial Histrory of Marshfield" An illustrated talk about the places where things were made or processed in Marshfield during the self-sufficient 1800s (from bricks, to logs, cheese, starch, shoes, butterboxes, liniments, and worm elixir). Old Schoolhouse Common, 122 School St. Marshfield. Info: jaquithpucliclibrary@gmail.com or 802-426-3581 or website: http://www.jaquithpubliclibrary.org. (Events and info subject to change.)
Location: Marshfield, VT
Phone: 802-426-3581
Email: jaquithpubliclibrary@gamil.com
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Re: Festivals in 2019

Post: # 21554Post Joe Norris
Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:44 pm

Thanks, CT!

Your recommendations jogged my memory. We also attended Autumn on the Green in Danville. Loved that one, too. In fact, I still have enough Barr Hill gin left to make myself a martini tonight.

Two questions about the Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival are still rattling around in my skull, though. Is it always the same seven villages? And is it always the first week of October?

We're excited for the next 12 months to pass so we can get back up there and soak up some more of that delicious autumn in Vermont!


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Re: Festivals in 2019

Post: # 21557Post ctyanky
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:46 pm

Hi Joe! I apologize for not answering your questions in your first post! Yes, it is the same 7 towns (they added one 2 years ago) and the days are the same; perhaps a jog left or right by one day if I'm not mistaken.

Well, now that you have been to Autumn on the Green, the next three are the rest in "my" top five! Enjoy! I'm over the top activity oriented and love festivals, farmers markets, hikes, all kinds of excursions and anything to do with outdoor activity! I hope to have one free day in VT to try out kayaking! Checked out zip lining last Sunday and that is on the list! Ask away! :D

Burke Fall Festival

Bristol Harvest Festival ( I went for the first time two years ago, loved it! It's this weekend too!)

Newfane Heritage Festival (I'm going Columbus Day Weekend on my way back home to CT and am very excited!)

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Re: Festivals in 2019

Post: # 21564Post Joe Norris
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:41 pm

Thanks! The Newfane festival was already on our radar, but I’ll definitely check out the other two you recommend.

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Re: Festivals in 2019

Post: # 21568Post ctyanky
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:46 pm

haha you are one step ahead of me then! I've always wanted to go to the Newfane Heritage Festival but I was always gone by Columbus Day Weekend because then I start my Connecticut and Berkshire tours and maybe back to VT one day on a weekend later in October. This year I am staying in VT two weeks! I'm not working anymore so I have more time to travel! :D Enjoy your trip planning!

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