NEWFANE, Vt.– For almost 50 years volunteers have organized the Newfane
Heritage Festival in the center of historic Newfane Village. Once again, this Columbus Day weekend, people will celebrate community, crafts, food and entertainment. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13, rain or shine.
Over ninety juried artists and craftspeople will display and sell their work in the tents set up in front of the Windham County Courthouse. This year vendors range from organic body products, glass, stone, metal work, paper arts, silver jewelry, fiber arts, and woodworking to local honey, CBD infused products, and handmade brooms. Vendor chair Samantha Harlow reports that some vendors have been coming for over 40 years, while about ten vendors will be new this year.
Food! It will be everywhere. The outdoor food booth will serve breakfast sandwiches hot off the grill to go with your morning coffee, not to mention the warm homemade doughnuts. Later in the day they will serve chili, chowder, burgers, dogs, cider and more. According to Maggie Bills, who heads up the outdoor booth, “all will be served up with a smile by the faithful volunteers, some of whom have been working in the tent for 15 years.”
The inside deli will dish up autumn inspired flavors and comfort foods made with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. The menu includes New England chowders and bisque, pulled pork and baked beans, baked potatoes, pumpkin cheesecake, flourless chocolate torte and – of course – the famous homemade apple pies and crisps, made with love by members of the Newfane Church. Said deli head Sandy Hamm, “We look forward to serving you.”
The Super Raffle in the Union Hall will be missing its long-time chair, Bea McFarland. Bea recently passed and left big shoes to fill. Doris Knechtel will be supported by Bea’s family who plans to return this year to honor her service to the Super Raffle. The Super Raffle features donated items, including gift certificates, quilts, lift tickets, a cord of wood, items from vendors, and a doll house.
The flea tent outside the Union Hall this year has new management with Apple Gifford and David Hull. “There are always great treasures to be found, “ sais overall event chair Linda Bastian. Please contact the church for donation drop off times. Bastian continues, “We are busy lining up entertainment for the afternoons.” Entertainers will play music, sing, and dance.
Proceeds of the event go to benefit the wider missions of the Newfane Church including community support. This summer Newfane Church hosted the Community Table. Its aim is to provide meals to support those who lost meals because school was not in session. The church’s mission is to make a difference in lives worldwide and in our community. For more information, go to the Newfane Heritage Festival page on Facebook or the website: newfaneheritagefestival.blogspot.com or telephone the Newfane Church at 802-365-4079.