Fall Foliage Festival

59th ANNUAL CALAIS FALL FOLIAGE FESTIVAL

October 4, 5, & 6th, 2019
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Flyers available at all Calais Stores, Kent Museum & Calais Town Office.
Or Download & Print a copy from home!

To signup to help at events click here.
To sign up to bring food for Beggars Brunch click here.

ALL WEEKEND

 

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, as well as the just-completed paint job. There is much more preservation work to come to keep this community treasure open for generations to come. This meeting house is on the National Historic Register and 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. Please visit our new website at www.oldwestchurchvt.org for more  information.

The Old West Church Cemetery is open to the public for genealogy mavens and students of local history.

Maple Corner Community Center Exhibit: Photos, flyers and stories of the history and activities of this venerable organization and building. Come take a tour through the ages! Open upstairs any time the MCCC is open for other events.

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

Whammy Barge Pontoon Boat will be touring Curtis Pond. Weather permitting and with RESERVATIONS.  We will be doing a 30 to 45 minute tour of mile long Curtis Pond to view the wildlife and chat about how the pond has played a role in our community. Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. Limited to 4 adults and 2 kids per trip we hope to see the loons, perhaps a beaver and some migrating ducks. The barge will be leaving from the Curtis Pond waterfall ON THE HOUR for this FREE event. Any donations will go happily toward the efforts to purchase the Maple Corner Store. Please contact donheise@comcast.net to set up a time.

Open Studio duringAdamant Co-op hours: Scenes from 2019 and 2020 calendars available for viewing at Janet MacLeod’s studio above the Coop.
Any questions call: 223-5760.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

 

Art at the Kent:  10:00AM – 5:00PM– 2019 special exhibition, reVision, featuring the diverse works of 17 Vermont visual artists.  Admission by donation.

Mini-Moth Story Telling Night: 7:00 PM at the MCCC. Come tell a story 3-5 minutes in length without using notes. Theme of the weekend is Maple Corner, and we’d love M.C. stories, though stories not directly related to M.C. are fine too.  It should be true and about yourself. Everyone welcome, no need to sign up in advance! Geof Hewitt will moderate the event!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

 

Clothing Swap 9 am – 3pm at the Worcester Town Hall. We will be collecting your donation on the 3rd and 4th from 12-5 at the Worcester town Hall. A clothing swap consists of clearing out your old clothes and picking out some “new-to-you” clothes. A win, win situation! Join us in recycling and reusing your gently worn clothing and accessories. Please drop off “washed’ clothing, free from stains and tears. Remember, treasures not trash! Suggested donation is $1.00 a bag (BYOB), which will benefit the Worcester Food Shelf/ Community Kitchen.  If you have any questions, please call Karen @ 4985879.

 Discover the Bliss Pond Town Forest and Share in Planning Its Future!9:30 a.m.  Park and meet at the Old West Church, 758 Old W. Church Road, Calais. For its annual Fall Foliage event, this year the Calais Conservation Commission is hosting a discovery walk in the Bliss Pond Town Forest.  It will be led by Calais resident and the State of Vermont’s Natural Community Ecologist Eric Sorensen, a renowned 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 the town forest and in beginning a town-wide public discussion about what its future should be.  We especially encourage folks to come who have never visited the forest before. We have one favor to ask of you.  Although many of us love to share the trails in the town forest with our dogs, for this event only we will leave our pups at home and we would ask that you do so as well.  Thanks!

Art at the Kent:  10:00AM – 5:00PM– 2019 special exhibition, reVision, featuring the diverse works of 17 Vermont visual artists.  Admission by donation.

 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! Come make a fairy or gnome wand/staff, fun flags, Essential Oil Bracelets, and silly or scary creatures out of vegetables.

 Weddings at Maple Corner,Open House:
12-4 PM-
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!

 Memorial Hall Open House: 1-4 PM.The Calais Historical Society join members of the North Calais Memorial Hall Association in celebrating the beauty, history, and community significance of Memorial Hall, sharing plans for its restoration, and hearing your memories! Please stop by. G.A.R. Road/Mirror Lake/#10 Pond. memorialhallcalais@gmail.com

Finding Forest Figures: 2-3 PM Kids, come to Hasso’s Sculpture Path to see if you can find the 40+ homemade ceramic figures living in our woodland on Robinson Hill. The walk is short but the looking may be long! Come to the house to get the key to help you see. Adults also welcome!  Directions: Come to 1553 Robinson Hill Road via Worcester Road or Long Meadow Hill Road. We are the first house (half yellow and half dark green) at the south end of Robinson Hill Road.

Variety Show: 7:00 PM at MCCC.  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 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!
$4 adults, $2 under 12 or over 60, $10 family.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

 

Minute FUN Race: 9:00 AM at MCCC.  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.

Kundalini Yoga 10:00AM – 12:00PM.Come explore the ancient science of living a long vibrant life in this anti-aging sequence of movement, breath and meditation. Especially designed for seasoned practitioners and those brand new. Recharging, renewing, relaxing and pure fun!$25 pre-registration required susanwahlrab@comcast.net  or 802.272.9477

Art at the Kent:  10:00AM – 5:00PM– 2019 special exhibition, reVision, featuring the diverse works of 17 Vermont visual artists.  Admission by donation.
reVision Closing Celebration 3:00 – 5:30 with music by neo-traditional folk group, Pete’s Pose.  Refreshments served.  BBQ dinners available from Jimmy Kennedy of River Run fame and craft cider tasting with Eden Specialty Ciders.

Weddings at Maple Corner,Open House:
12-4 PM-
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!

Community Concert: 2:00 – 3:00 PM at the Old West Church.  This free community concert brings together local performers of instrumental and vocal music under the direction of June Morse and Nick Emlen. Pete Sutherland and his Trad-Roots Power Trio will join the fray.

Maple Corner Community Store Information Session: 5:30 – 7:00 PM at MCCC.  Please join us for a community meeting to learn about the plan to preserve the Maple Corner Store as a community owned business for generations to come.  Whether you’ve already pledged, or are new to the plan, please come and learn where our fundraising stands and how you can be involved in this truly historic effort.
More information visit http://www.maplecorner.com or
email maplecornercommunitystore@gmail.com

Adamant Community Club: 7:00PM Swedish traditional music with accordionist Sunniva Brynnel and bouzouki player Yaniv Yacoby. Admission $15, free for 12 and under.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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