North East Kingdom Fall Festivals
The North East Kingdom of Vermont is a geographical area from roughly St Johnsbury in the south, North to the Canadian Border and from the New Hampshire border west to as far as Eden or maybe even Stowe. But as there are few maps of the NEK or just “The Kingdom” as locals will refer to it. If you are more familiar with this and want to give me your view point on where you think the boundaries lie then leave a comment. I’m good with saying Route 100 is the western boundary. Thoughts?
I’m listing here some of what I think is the best “Kingdom” fall activities.
If you have one for submission, send me a link to the web page or email me with the write-up and one or two pictures for me to pick from to use.
The 28th Annual Burke Fall Foliage Festival!
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017 Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Our biggest festival of the year is our annual Fall Foliage Festival located in East Burke Village on the green at the Burke Mountain Clubhouse/East Burke Library. The days’ events include:
- Parade starts at 10:00
- BBQ with burgers, hot dogs, sausages and more!
- Rubber Duck Race
- Kids Area with a Jump House, face painting and more
- Arts & Crafts with NEKCA!
- Kids Bike Safety Booth hosted by North Country Hospital!
- Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
- Pony Rides
- Farm Animal Petting Zoo
- Cow Flop Bingo
- Craft Show opens at 9 am – 3 pm – featuring 75 vendors!
- Silent Auction inside the library featuring work from local artists & crafters, unique historical items, and antiques
- Interactive Wildlife show from Wildlife Encounters of NH!
- Chickweed performs from 12:30 – 2 pm at the Gazebo
- Mike’s Tiki Bar Open from 11 am – 6 pm
- Live Music from Tritium Well! 2:30 – 5:30 pm at Mike’s Tiki Bar.
The East Burke Congregational Church will have a luncheon of soup and sandwiches in the fellowship hall, a craft table, shoe box auction of local donations from businesses and individuals, tag sale, cookie walk (a favorite), and a jelly cabinet full of jams and jellies.
If you are an artist or craftsperson and would like to be considered for a vendor spot in the craft fair, please email our Vendor Coordinator, Christine Emmons at firstname.lastname@example.org
You must include ALL of the following information in your email:
- Business Name and Contact info
- Your business website
- Description of your craft
- 3 photos of your work
If would like to be in the parade, contact Diane French at 802-626-3548 or email@example.com
For sponsorship information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Annual Fall Foliage Festival
Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival
Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet, Groton & Marshfield, Vermont
Seven unique festivals are held over seven consecutive days, now over 50 years running. The communities of Walden, Cabot, Plainfield, Peacham, Barnet Groton and Marshfield invite you to come celebrate rural Vermont in all of its splendor
October 2 WALDEN – The day begins with registration at 9 a.m. with coffee & donuts at the Walden Methodist Church. Enjoy the sights and sounds of country life at a display of traditional action exhibits: quilt tying, spinning & knitting, wood crafts, working oxen & draft horse, milling lumber, interacting with a myriad of farm animals, large & small.
The folks of Walden will share their arts & crafts, country music, and small home businesses. A homemade soup & sandwich lunch will sustain you for an afternoon of tours to a dairy farm, a Morgan Horse farm, and our rural school, with a little dancing and a snack thrown in.
- 5:30 Family-style Barbecued Beef Supper: mashed potatoes, veggies, and home-baked pies Supper reservations: (802)533-7122
October 3 CABOT – Coffee Hour begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Cabot School Gym. Make a day touring old school houses, craft shops, the Public Library and Cabot Creamery. Crafts available in the gym from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
In the afternoon, enjoy a hayride to a sugarhouse, afternoon musical and play performances, and hike to Nicols Ledge.
- 11:30 am, 12:30 and 1:15 pm. Corn chowder and chili luncheon at Cabot Church
- 5:00 and 6:15 pm Turkey dinner at the Cabot School. Ticket reservations for luncheon and dinner can be made at the same time by calling Rose Bothfield at (802) 563-2715. Details :(802) 563-2457
October 4 PLAINFIELD – Coffee Hour at 9 a.m. and registration at Grace United Methodist Church. Foliage tours available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tours telling the history of the Barre granite quarries, see glass blowers at work, taste wine at Grandview Winery, scenic spots and a hike to Owls Head with a bag lunch.
Other points of interest will be offered throughout the day. Crafts, baked goods and jewelry will be for sale, along with other items of interest for everyone.
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cafeteria-style luncheon. Entertainment in the afternoon.
- 5 and 6 p.m. Barbecued Chicken, Mostaccioli and Baked Bean Supper. Reservations:802-454-7301
October 5 PEACHAM – Registration and arts and crafts sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Peacham Town Hall. Exhibits at the Blacksmith Shop and Historical House. (Homemade treats served).
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Peacham Library book sale from
- 10:15 a.m. Scenic bus tour
- 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m Lunch at Peacham Elementary School
- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northern Skies Observatory open
- 2 p.m. Ghost walk
- 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Harp music in Church Sanctuary
- 5 and 6:30 p.m. Dinner at church, seatings at (Spaghetti supper…vegetarian and meat sauces, salad, garlic bread, homemade apple crisp with ice cream)Tickets available at door.
- Information: 802-592-3320
October 6 BARNET – Come to the Barnet Center vestry at 8 a.m. – 11:00am for pancake breakfast including Vermont maple syrup and sausage. Arts & crafts will be in the vestry and surrounding grounds all day. Wagon rides, starting at the vestry will be given weather permitting.
10:00 am A bus tour between Ben Thresher’s Mill, the Sunset Alpaca Farm, the Walter Harvey Meeting House and traveling scenic back roads. Arts & crafts are also at the McIndoes Church.
- 11:30 a.m. A soup and sandwich lunch served
- 1 to 4 p.m. A European Coffee Hour will be from at the West Barnet Church.
- 4 p.m. Ham Dinner at the Barnet Center vestry, starting at and continuing until all are served Information 802-633-4397.
October 7 GROTON – Join them in Groton for Festival Day.
- 8 to 10 a.m Lumberjack Breakfast at the Methodist Church from. Visit our Library, where there will be a book sale throughout the day.
- 11 a.m. McLure’s Band will perform at the bandstand at Boy Scout Troop #702 will serve a light lunch at the Food Court.
- 1:30 p.m. Annual Parade starts at Browse in the Peter Paul Historical House anytime during the day.
- Participate in the Old Fashioned Hymn Sing at the Methodist Church at 8 p.m. to close the day.
- 4:30, 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.World Famous Chicken Pie Supper. You must make reservations. 802-584-3020.
- Marshfield Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free Family Friendly Activities: Face painting, cider pressing, pop-corn popping, crafts, art nature activities, field games, and music from local bands and more! Book sale and bake sale.
- “Chili-Cook-off”, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. 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 for adults and $4 for children.
- Barbeque 11 – 3: hamburgers from a local farm, hot dogs, and veggie burgers will also be for sale at the Old Schoolhouse Common, 122 School St., Marshfield. For information, call 802-426-3581. Sponsored by the Marshfield Historical Society.
PEACHAM FALL FOLIAGE DAY
(part of the Annual Fall Foliage Festival)
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Spend a day in our historic village settled in 1776
Pick up program 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. at Town Hall
Local Vermont Arts & Crafts
Town Hall (9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. )
Blacksmith Shop Demonstrations
Ashbel Goodenough Shop (9:00 A.M -3:00 P.M.}
Library Book Sale
Peacham Library (9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.)
Peacham Cafe ( 9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.)
Peacham Corner Guild (10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.)
Scenic Bus Tour
Tickets at the Town Hall (10:15 A.M. )$3.00 (Subject to cancellation)
Roller Barn Museum
At the top of Church Street Behind the War Monument (11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.)
Northern Skies Observatory
Near the Elementary School (11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.)
Lunch — quiche, soup, salad and desserts
Tickets at Town Hall or Peacham Elementary School
Elementary School (11:00 A.M – 1:30 P.M.) $7.00
Artifacts, Historical Displays: “Spirited Peachma, Whiskey, Temperance, Bootlegging”
Coffee and treats
Historical House (12:00 – 4:00 P.M.)
Peacham Cemetery (If Inclement Weather, in the Congregational Church) (2:00 P.M.) $4.00
Concert/Relaxing Music before supper (Bill Tobin, Harpist)
Congregational Church Sanctuary (4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.) (by Donation)
Peacham Congregational Church (5:00 P.M. & 6:30 P.M.)
$10.00 Adults, $5.00 Children 6-12, Children under 6 free
Tickets at the Town Hall (9:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.) after that at the Congregational Church
6:30 P:M. Movie filmed in Peacham: Spitfire Grill, Peacham Library
For more information, call Sharon Fuehrer, (802-592-3326), Sally Goss (802-563-3113), or Marilyn Magnus, (802-592-3320)
COLORS OF THE KINGDOM AUTUMN FESTIVAL
BEING HELD SEPT. 16 IN DOWNTOWN ST. JOHNSBURY Vermont
ST. JOHNSBURY – Visitors and residents are invited to downtown St. Johnsbury on Saturday, Sept. 16,
for the community’s “Colors of the Kingdom” Autumn Festival. The fall event, attracting thousands each
year, combines train rides, farmers’ market, parade, arts & crafts fair, craft demonstrations and a
multitude of events on Railroad Street, Eastern Avenue and Main and Summer streets in St. Johnsbury.
The Northeast Kingdom Chamber has joined forces with Catamount Film & Arts, Maple Grove Farms of
Vermont, Caledonia County Farmers’ Market, the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, the St. Johnsbury
Athenaeum & Art Gallery, the St. Johnsbury Chamber, St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center and the
St. Johnsbury Nutritional Center to put on this annual festival. The Colors of the Kingdom Festival is
being held at locations all around St. Johnsbury’s historic downtown. In all, there are 27 organizations
that are participating and supporting the festival.
ST. JOHNSBURY HOUSE
The day starts early on Saturday with a pancake breakfast being held, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the St.
Johnsbury House, located on Main Street, benefitting Meals on Wheels.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the region’s popular Caledonia County Farmers Market will be held at its usual
Pearl Street location and will feature treasures from the garden, baked items, and handmade goods as
well as musical performances.
TRAIN RIDES/ST. JOHNSBURY WELCOME CENTER
At the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, a number of fun activities will be running throughout the day,
with four 11/2-hour scenic train rides offered at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The train
travels to Ryegate, where the train is reversed for the trip back to St. Johnsbury. The fare for adults is $13,
$7 for children 12 and under, with “lap kids” free. The cost of the train rides has remained the same for
the past three years in an attempt to make the excursions more affordable for families, noted Chamber
Executive Director Darcie McCarm.
One of the festival’s most popular events is the community parade, which starts at 10 a.m. on Winter
Street heads onto Main Street, wends its way down Eastern Avenue, turns on Railroad Street, ending
near Maple Street. Businesses, community, school, and sports groups are encouraged to participate in the
parade and may ca11802-748-3678 for more registration information. School bands are especially
encouraged to participate. The theme of the parade is “What Makes the Northeast Kingdom Special,” an
idea suggested by Barbara Schoolcraft, from the Passumpsic Savings Bank.
A complete list of the day’s activities can be found at www.nekchamber.com. by dropping by the
Northeast Kingdom Chamber office at the Green Mountain Mall, the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center and
at all of the venues on the day before and on the day of the event.
Train reservations may be made by calling the Northeast Kingdom Chamber at 802-748-3678 or
email@example.com. Train tickets are currently available online by going to
www.catamountarts.org, can be purchased at the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center and the NEK Chamber
after Sept. 1st or can be purchased the day of tIle event at the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center.
Autumn on The Green
Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Autumn on the Green is an award-winning showcase for artisans, crafters, cottage industries, and businesses amidst the spectacular views and color of autumn in Danville, Vermont. Festivities are free, accessible and begin at 10 am., Sunday, October 1, 2017.
Artists display a plethora of wares and skills; musicians play; the Danville headquartered American Society of Dowsers provide free demonstrations and offer guests a chance to wield a rod to try their hand at the ancient art of finding underground water veins.
Make your plans now to join us! Located on the picturesque Route 2 corridor, seven miles west of St. Johnsbury in Caledonia County, Danville Vermont offers beautiful, scenic views, fine dining and quaint, country living.
This Northeast Kingdom village, with a population of just over 2000, offers historic sites, inns, bed and breakfasts, camping, The Great Vermont Corn Maze and much, much more.
In 2017, DEAD NORTH occurs the nights of:
October 6, October 7, October 13 and October 14
2017 DEAD NORTH tickets On Sale NOW $25 per ticket
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any ticket questions.
This years haunt will include a short ride, a mile walk of terror through a haunted cornfield and buildings including animatronics, the mostly live residents of DEAD NORTH and special effects.
Not recommended for young children or persons with health concerns. We have had 8-year-olds who loved DEAD NORTH and 25-year-olds who were too scared to ever go through again.Everyone is different, you know your personal best. Your screams only encourage us. Tickets are $25 per person