Newfane Heritage Festival

  • 47th Annual Newfane Heritage Festival

NEWFANE HERITAGE FESTIVAL CONTINUES ITS TRADITION NEWFANE VT– The tradition continues into its 47th year. Once again this Columbus Day Weekend, historic Newfane Village will host the Heritage Festival. People will celebrate community, crafts, food and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8th, rain or shine. Visitors return year after year for this signature event in southeastern Vermont. People from all over New England and beyond gather on the Newfane Common for a quintessential Vermont experience during the beautiful fall foliage season. According to co-chair Ted Colligan, “This is a true community event where proceeds benefit the wider missions of the Newfane Congregational Church.” Janice Guminak, who organizes the baking of over 200 apple pies, agrees. “I think the missions that we support and the volunteerism are the most important things.” Hundreds of people volunteer for the event. Over 90 juried craftspeople will display their work in the tents set up in front of the Windham County Courthouse in the center of Newfane Village, a Registered National Historic Landmark. Amidst the autumn leaves, people will display and sell quilts, ironwork, pottery, furniture, photographs, jewelry, clothing and specialty foods. “We serve autumn inspired flavors of comfort foods, as we continue to focus on using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible in the preparation,” says Sandy Hamm, who is responsible for the church deli. The popular “flea tent” will feature attic treasures, toys, collectibles and used books. The “super raffle” will offer many chances to win quilts, books and crafts for the price of a $5.00 ticket. Entertainers will play music, sing and tell stories. Along the side of Union Hall, non-profit organizations will sponsor activities for children, such as bean bag tosses and face painting. The Museum of the Windham County Historical Society in the center of the Village will open during the Festival for people to visit. Proceeds from the Festival go to the Newfane Congregational Church, the Festival sponsor and an integral part of the Newfane community. The Church also involves itself with the NewBrook School. It hosts senior lunches every month. And the Church collects food for the Townshend Food Shelf on an on-going basis. For more information visit our website at www.newfaneheritagefestival.org or call the church at 802-365-4079.