Category Archives: Fairs & Festivals

Community Day at Long Trail School is Sept. 29

DORSET — The Long Trail School is hosting a community day, which will include autumn events and soccer matches, at the school’s campus on Sept. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eight local middle schools will be playing in the Fall Classic Soccer Jamboree and the school campus will host a farmers market, artisan displays such as weavers and potters, food booths and plenty of kids activities.
The Long Trail Parents Association will provide food, including gourmet coffee and other beverages, breakfast treats, lunch offerings and sweet, homemade snacks.
School officials are hoping that local residents will come out whether they are soccer parents, area students, lovers of autumn foliage or just Northshire residents who want to visit the Long Trail School. For more information, contact Courtney Callo by email at [email protected] or by phone at 867-5717, ext. 141.

Brandon’s HarvestFest slated Sept. 29

BRANDON — The town is inviting the public to bring their imagination with them to this year’s HarvestFest.
The event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Central Park.
Visitors to the festival are encouraged to make “Harvest People,” also known as stick figures, scarecrows and leaf people.
“At HarvestFest, we supply all materials, accessories, and instruction on how to make your very own ‘Harvest Person,’” the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce said in announcing the event.
The first “Harvest Person” per family is free, with a $5 charge for each additional one.
HarvestFest also includes hayrides and food provided by the members of the local Lions Club, Brandon Rotary Club and St. Mary’s Church.
For more information call 247-6401 or visit

Foliage starting to turn

Hight hilltops are turning color as the foliage season is just starting to erupt.

According to the VT Department of Tourism: “Rutland County Forester Chris Stone notes Route 103 is revealing 5-20 percent early stages. Stone says trees are just starting to lose some green and hints of yellow and orange are starting to show at higher elevations. Some scattered individual red maples are turning at higher elevation wetlands. While the color has yet to really show, there is a hint of fall on the hillsides.

Your best bet to see foliage as it begins are in the higher elevation areas in the northernmost regions  that will offer the most panoramic views of emerging color across the valleys. Many low-lying marsh areas will offer some of the most vivid and varied early season change. Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch between Stowe and Cambridge is showing color, as are Routes 242 and 100 near Jay Peak; plus Routes 16 and 5A in the Lake Willoughby area. The Worcester Range and Mount Elmore along Route 12 north of Montpelier are tinged with early color, as are views from Route 14 in the Hardwick and Craftsbury region.

 Sam Schenski, the Windham and Windsor County Forester also suggests Rt. 106 through Perkinsville; Tyson Rd. from Reading to Plymouth and East Hill Rd. in Andover – all of which, he notes are in early stages of foliage.

Visit  to plan Vermont Fall Foliage travel.


Ethan Allen Homestead to hold heritage celebration

BURLINGTON — Colonial music and demonstrations of historic crafts will be part of the Ethan Allen Heritage Celebration this coming weekend in Burlington.
The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum in Burlington from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Two fife and drum corps, the 40th Army Band’s woodwind quintet and a choir will perform.
There will also be demonstrations in historical arts and crafts such as rope making and making fire from flint and steel.
The museum includes the historical home of Ethan Allen, the leader of the Green Mountain Boys, who made a name for himself by helping to take Fort Ticonderoga from the British in the early days of the Revolutionary War.
Admission to the Heritage Celebration is free.