Fall Foliage Festival

60th ANNUAL CALAIS FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL

October 2, 3, & 4th, 2020
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There are many changes this year due to Covid-19, but we still have a wonderful slate of events planned.  Please practice mask wearing and safe social distancing at all public events.  Check back here throughout the weekend for event changes or cancelations.

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Calais fall Foliage 2020 Calendar

Flyers will be available by this weekend at all Maple Corner Community Store & Adamant Coop.
Or Download & Print a copy from home!

All Weekend
(Fri., Sat., & Sun.)

Consider getting a picnic lunch at the Maple Corner Community Store – Deli is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sandwiches, specials, drinks, snacks and more. Pizzas are available from 5-7pm every day except Sunday.  Shop local! 

Hasso Ewing’s Sculpture Trail: open all weekend for kids and adults alike! Walk this short woodland path, home to over 40 ceramic figures living in the woods of Robinson Hill. The walk is short, but the looking may be long! Get the key to help you see, at the trailhead.
Directions (from Hasso): Come to 1553 Robinson Hill Road via Worcester Road or Long Meadow Hill Road. We are the house (half yellow and half dark green) at the south end of Robinson Hill Road. Behind the house is a mown parking area and the beginning of the trail.

Kents’ Corner – 20/20 Hindsight – Outdoor sculpture show on the grounds of the Kents’ Corner State Historic Site featuring work by a group of contemporary Vermont artists.
Daylight hours.  Free.
Visit kentscorner.org for more information.
Masks and social distancing please!

Calais Town Hall – Don’t forget to stop at the newly renovated Town Hall and see it in its majestic beauty!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3rd

Traditional music from the British Isles and New England – on the porch of the Adamant Community Club at 1:00 p.m.: with Tom MacKenzie on banjo and hammered dulcimer and Rick Winston on accordion. Chairs will be spaced out on the Club lawn. If there is cold or rain, we may be performing remotely, check Friday’s Front Porch Forum

Foliage Porch Sale at the Adamant Coop:  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – miscellaneous artwork, dishes, clearance items and other surprises.  By donation.

Weddings at Maple Corner, Open House:
12-4 p.m.
 1640 West County Road.  Whether you are imagining a one-of-a kind outdoor wedding or you are curious about our new venue, we are thrilled to share this spectacular wedding space with you.  Walk the labyrinth & follow the paths surrounded by fall colors that wrap around the 32-acre field. See you then!

Calais Cemetery Commission Fall Foliage Cemetery Tours:  Did know you that the Town of Calais recently created two new burial sites? If you would like to learn more about the available burial options in the beautiful  cemeteries of Calais, please join us two informal tours/info sessions:  At 1 p.m. in the Green Burial Section of Robinson Cemetery on Robinson Cemetery Road and at 2 p.m. at the Hudson Cemetery on George Road (next to parking lot for Chickering Bog)  Questions?  Jennifer 793.6917

FREE Open-Air Concert: Come Enjoy the debut of Inflatable Alien with Seamus Hannan, John Ryan, Bob Hannan: 3:00 PM at 1553 Robinson Hill Road, Calais.  Serving warm mulled Cold Hollow Cider and Donuts, BYOeverything else. Here’s your chance to meet, in person, KEVIN the Inflatable Alien – star of the new On-Line video hit sensation THE VISIT.

Mini-Moth Story Telling Night: 7:00 p.m. on ZOOM. Tell a story 3 to 5 minutes in length without using notes.  It should be true and about yourself. Everyone welcome, no need to sign up in advance! Geof Hewitt will moderate the event, and anyone on the zoom event can tell a story, though it’s fine to just listen as well.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3270020546.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4th

Come take a walk around the perimeter path of Perennial Field Project Cohousing: meet on Dragonfly Lane at 10 a.m.  The folks on Dragonfly Lane would like to introduce their new little neighborhood to the larger Maple Corner community.  Please be aware that we may have cows in the field, which means the electric fence would be on and unfortunately, we cannot invite dogs to the event.  Also, the path is somewhat narrow, so single file would be needed to maintain a safe space between strollers.  We look forward to sharing it with you!

Pop-up Variety Show 4-6 p.m. at the Blue Barn gazebo BYO picnic/chairs/blanket and be ready to perform or just watch the talent in our community as they sing, dance, play an instrument, read poetry or prose. Anything goes, that can happen under gazebo! Sign up when reserving or sign up when you arrive. Reservation required, max. 30 people with masks when mingling!

Email maplecornercc@gmail.com to make your reservation.

Weddings at Maple Corner, Open House:
12-4 p.m.-
1640 West County Road.  Whether you are imagining a one-of-a kind outdoor wedding or you are curious about our new venue, we are thrilled to share this spectacular wedding space with you.  Walk the labyrinth & follow the paths surrounded by fall colors that wrap around the 32-acre field. See you then!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10th

Discover the Chapin Town Forest with the Calais Conservation Commission: 9:30 a.m. For its annual Fall Foliage event, this year the Calais Conservation Commission is hosting a discovery walk in the Chapin Town Forest. It will be led by Conservation Commission members and Calais resident and the State of Vermont’s Natural Community Ecologist Eric Sorenson, an authority on the ecology of Vermont forests. We invite Calais residents and the general public to join Eric and members of the Conservation Commission in exploring the beauty and variety of this undiscovered town forest and in beginning a town-wide public discussion about what its future should be.

At this point the Chapin Town Forest has no established trails. Participants should be prepared for some uneven terrain and sections of brush. This walk is being held the weekend after the rest of Calais’s Fall Foliage Festival due to Conservation Commission members’ unavailability on the October 3 weekend. But this means there will be plenty of time for a leisurely walk on October 10 with no conflicts with other events. We have one favor to ask of you. If you bring your dog, please keep it on a leash.

(The access parking location has not yet been determined – watch for updates on Front Porch Forum or check the online version of the flier at www.maplecornercc.org/fff).

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13th

Maple Corner Community Center Annual Meeting: 7 p.m.  Join the MCCC Board of Directors on Zoom for their Annual Meeting.  We’ll approve this year’s budget, give an update on what we’ve been up to, and discuss how the MCCC is adapting to Covid-19. All are welcome.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3270020546

 

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