Fall foliage in the North east kingdom (NEK)Last week and this weekend, Lisa and I spent time in the NEK exploring. Overall most of the color was between 10 to 70% depending on elevation and where you are driving. Don’t begin to panic because the 50 to 70% numbers comes from swamp Maples that when you find them will take your breath away. But most of the Hills are still at 10 to 40% of turning towards peak.
We drove up route 91 and got off at East Burke driving around for a while and not seeing any great examples of color then we got back on route 91 and get off at Glover Vermont (where we found the puppet Museum, see below).Then as it was getting late we headed west over route 58 and Hazen’s notch. On Saturday it was rather overcast but you could see the Hills were dotted with color as seen in the first image. On the way back from St. Albans and a family visit, we once again went over hastens notch and with the sun out illuminating the mountain in the distance I was forced to get out of the car a few times to snap pictures.
Be very careful if you are on the lower side of a hill because the locals use this dirt road to get from Montgomery to Lowell. So make sure you you’re far enough along the road that when somebody comes over the hill fast they don’t run into your rear end Parked on the side of the road.
Bread and puppet MuseumThis was something new for me. Lisa knew about the puppeteers but neither of us knew what to expect upon our arrival at the old barn that house the puppet Museum. Back in 1963 Peter Schumann founded a hand puppet show for children it soon became a way for the activists to bring the problems of the neighborhood to light. From there it grew into a commentary on the issues of the day such as the Vietnam War. This place would definitely not be for everyone as the first thing that comes to mind is political activism and the political machine that runs the country.
To me the artwork that they create here is just incredible and the two story Museum houses the incredibly large puppets that they’ve used for the last 40 years. If nothing else, stopping in and viewing all these puppets throughout the 140-year-old hay barn on is worth the trip in itself.
You can find the puppet Museum in Glover Vermont at 753 Heights Rd. in glover Vermont.
Foliage Outlook for September the coming weekend
End of September arrivalsI won’t say the foliage is perfect this year but it is looking very good (especially compared to last year) I think the Northeast kingdom and northern New Hampshire will be at peak this coming weekend but as always there is going to be areas that aren’t quite there yet. So you’ll be continually driving in and out of great color so don’t get discouraged. Just drive down the road a bit further and you’re bound to find more good color. Don’t forget that on 1 October the Northeast kingdom starts its fall festivals. Each day the fall Festival will happen in a different town and you can check my fall Festival webpage to get the dates and locations.
Right now, I feel that this coming weekend the color will extend southward to Stowe Vermont and probably to the northern feet of the White Mountains. I would think that the area around Rangeley Lake in Maine will be very colorful but I don’t think it’ll be at peak until the following weekend. But if you drove over route 2 two Route 17 and up to the lake I think you have a very enjoyable ride.
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.