Fall Foliage Festival

58th ANNUAL CALAIS FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL

October 5, 6, & 7th, 2018

 Flier can be picked up at any Calais Store, the Town Office, the Kent & the MCCC.
Click here for easy to print PDF of flier.

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ALL WEEKEND LONG

The historic Old West Church,built in 1823, is open to the public.  Stop by to see the newly repaired steeple, returned to its original bellcast roof.  Work will continue this spring with exterior painting and much more. This National Historical Landmark is preserved and maintained by the donations of visitors, friends, and neighbors and managed by The Old West Church Association, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Robinson Sawmill:Visit the historic Robinson Sawmill on Robinson Cemetery Road in Kents Corner. Information and/or members of the Sawmill Association will be available at the site.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

Art at the Kent:  10:00AM – 5:00PM– 2018 special exhibition, Backstory, featuring the diverse works of 16 Vermont visual artists.  Admission by donation.
Artful Eating Cafe, 10:30 – 12:30PM Sweet and savory baked goods and delicious organic teas.

Variety Show: 7:30 PM  at the Maple Corner Community Center.  Local talent promises an evening to be remembered. Back by popular demand, we’re looking to put the Variety back in the Variety Show, so skits, bits, schticks, and family/kid acts are especially encouraged.  Songs are still great, but just one song per grown-up act please; 5-minute limit per act. Sign up at the door – all performers welcome.  Emceed once again by the fabulous David Schutz!
Seating is limited, please arrive early.  $4 adults, $2 under 12 or over 60, $10 family.  Cider & cookies, 50 cents each.

Open Pottery Studio: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PMStop in to Stilbroke Farm’s Family Market for live demos of my clay work. My shelves are full of colorful, functional pottery. Place orders for upcoming holidays and special occasion gifts. Open 9-5 daily. 456-8802 if directions or questions arise.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

 

Calais Conservation Commission Nature Walk on Robinson Hill: 9:00AM – 11:00AM

Join us for an exploration of some of Calais’ beautiful wild lands on the west side of town. The walk includes several stretches of official Calais trails, plus unofficial mountain bike/hiking trails that climb almost to the summit of Robinson Hill, one of the highest places in the town. There are ancient maples and hemlock groves, beaver ponds and (if there are enough leaves down by then) views of the Worcester Range. Forester, town tree warden and conservation commission member Neal Maker will discuss the area’s geology, ecology, land use-history and current management. The walk should take around an hour and 45 minutes. It is approximately three miles and includes climbs and descents.
Directions:The meeting place is on Robinson Hill Road, just over a half mile off of the Worcester Road. From Maple Corner, go west on Worcester Road a little over a half a mile, turn left on Robinson Hill Road and follow it up the hill, past the Ward’s home (with some of the best views in Calais), then downhill and back up to where the parking area is located. We are grateful to the landowners who graciously allow hikers and bikers to use their land: Peter Livaditis and Valerie Colis; Nick and Leslie Ward; and, Reed Cherington.

Beggar’s Brunch:   10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Maple Corner Community Center. Featuring Corn Chowder & Quiche, as well as a variety of delicious breads, sweet breads, coffee cake, fruit, coffee, teas, hot cider & more.  Chowder & Quiche $2, all other items $1 each.

Kids’ Activities: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at the MCCC. Crafts and games just for kids – all ages welcome! Apple bobbing, doughnut chomp, Crazy creature making, photo booth, and more.   Culminates with a Creature Contest at 1pm.  Make one there or bring one from home.

Art at the Kent:  10:00AM – 5:00PM– 2018 special exhibition, Backstory, featuring the diverse works of 16 Vermont visual artists.  Admission by donation.

Open Pottery Studio: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Stilbroke Farm Family Market on Luce Road. Stop in for live demos of my clay work. My shelves are full of colorful, functional pottery. Place orders for upcoming holidays and special occasion gifts. Contact Brenda George, 456-8802.

Mini-Moth Story Telling Night: 7:30 PM at the MCCC. Come tell a story 3-5 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, probably slurping the free ice cream that will be available for all!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

Minute FUN Race: 9:00 AM Start.  A 2.7 mile race for walkers, joggers, and runners – where even the last person to cross the finish line can take 1st place. Meet at the Maple Corner Community Center to sign up at 8:45 and enter your best guess for how long it will take you to complete the 2.7 mile Robinson Cemetery Loop…with a small challenge in the middle. Those with a finish time closest to their guess win. Prizes (1 per family) for top 3 men, women, and kids 12 and under. Contact Barb or Bob Patterson with questions at bbrtpatterson@gmail.com.

Art at the Kent:  10:00AM – 5:30PM– 2018 special exhibition, Backstory, featuring the diverse works of 16 Vermont visual artists.  Admission by donation.
BackstoryClosing Celebration3:00 – 5:30 with music and refreshments.  Dinners available from Woodbelly Pizza.

Community Concert: 2:00 – 3:00 PM at the Old West Church.  This free community concert features lots of local talent under the direction of Nick Emlen and June Morse.  In addition, the Old West Church Cemetery is open to the public for genealogy mavens and students of local history.

Calais History12:00pm to 4:00pm– Members of the Calais Historical Society will be greeting visitors at the Old West Church. Ted Wheelock, descendant of the first settler, Abijah Wheelock, will be present to share information about the Wheelock family.

History and Tea – 2pm — The Adamant Co-op invites everyone to the dedication of the Clarence Fitch Historical Sign at the corner of Quarry and Adamant roads. Clarence was a major force in the creation of the Adamant Coop. He also furthered the broader cooperative movement in Vermont. The dedication will at 2 pm on Sunday with a few words by Laura Trieschmann, State Historic Preservation Officer after which we invite you to a buffet tea (scones, sandwiches and of course, tea) where you can share memories of that rich time in our history or learn from those who remember.
Contact info: janetmac@ezcloud.com    223-2296

Open Pottery Studio:  9:00 AM – 5:00 PMat Stilbroke Farm Family Market on Luce Road.  The studio is open and showing off all the fun you can experience getting your hands dirty!  Information: Brenda George, 456-8802.

 

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