The 2018 Chester Fall Craft Festival is here

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The 44th annual Chester Fall Craft Festival. Photo by Amanda Wedegis.

 

CHESTER, Vt. – During the weekend of Sept. 15 and 16, crowds converge on the Green in Chester, one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in New England” to explore the unique handmade crafts offered by over 70 vendors lining the green, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Handmade crafts include wood products, glass, jewelry, photography, watercolors, fiber arts, pottery, quilts, soaps, and more! A Children’s Tent will keep little ones entertained. Discover the Beer Garden behind the Fullerton Inn on Saturday, stroll through the quaint stone village, listen to music, explore local shops and galleries, and sample a wide variety of interesting food.

Musical entertainment Saturday:

  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Owen Neid
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Will Danforth “good-time American roots music”
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Matt Meserve

Musical entertainment Sunday:

  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Root 7
  • 2 – 3 p.m. Chris Kleeman

Parking:

Follow signs in town to Newsbank parking lot off Cobleigh Street. The Current will provide a free shuttle from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. It will loop around Newsbank to the Chester Green and down to the old Jiffy Mart location, the intersection of S. Main and Depot streets.

The Current will pick up visitors at the Depot at 1 p.m. when the Foliage Train returns from its 10 a.m. run to Okemo. It will return visitors to the Depot at 3:30 p.m.

The festival is held rain or shine, and there is something for everyone. Free admission. Sponsored by the Chester Rotary Club, the festival is a hallmark of the beginning of fall in this quintessential New England village. For more information, go to www.chesterfallfestival.org.

St. Luke’s Church pancake breakfast

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Kick off the Chester Fall Festival with a pancake breakfast. Stock photo.

St. Luke’s Church, located at 313 Main Street and adjacent to all the activities on the Village Green, has a fast, easy, and delicious way to get an early start on the first festival day, Saturday, Sept. 15, with a homemade breakfast and table seating both on the lawn and indoors in Martin Hall. To speed things up for those eager to sell or buy, the breakfast will be limited to homemade pancakes, bacon, blueberries, real maple syrup, and beverages. Breakfast will be served 8 to 11 a.m. There is a fee per plate.

This fall breakfast offers something a bit healthier and different from traditional fair food. Also, because this idea is new this year, the lines for food may be shorter!

For more information, call 802-875-6000.

Fall Festival vendors

Fiber:

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Aprons and other cloth crafts. Photo by Shawntae Stillwell.
  • Ann K. Herrick – aprons, dog scarves, dishtowels
  • Ann Katz – hand knit shawls, hats, accessories
  • Barbara Southwood – quilts, pillows bibs for children
  • Beadz, Bagz, & Baublez – bags, totes, accessories
  • Bonnie’s Bundles – collectible dolls
  • Dan & Lynn Brooks
  • Elaine Snow – gift bags, children’s jean aprons
  • Ellen Howard Handmade
  • Gary Chase – fabric purses
  • Knit Wit Betty – knitted items
  • Lisa Madison – fleece
  • Mimi’s Mittens – fleece lined mittens
  • Mountain Hen
  • Sew Happy Quilting – potholders and runners
  • Sew Many Stitches
  • Sew Whimsy – bags, quilts, table runners
  • Shauna’s Bags & More – aprons, bags, finger puppets
  • The Quilted Jardin – fabric pictures and quilts
  • The VT Mad Hatter – custom fleece lined wool hats
  • Victoria’s Artisan Gifts – fabric chalkboards and barrettes

Food:

  • Chester Fire Dept. – barbecue
  • Community Cares – pies
  • Grandpa Jim’s – hot sauce, salsa, BBQ sauce
  • Hawks Meadow Farm/Winter View Farm – jams, pickles, maple syrup, dried herbs
  • Mo’s Fudge Factor
  • Ascutney View Farm
  • Mullberry Tree – dried herb dips
  • Papa John’s Sugar Shack – maple products, cotton candy
  • Renewed Life in Jesus – baked goods
  • Squeels on Wheels – BBQ
  • That’s Different Chocolates
  • The Best Lemonade
  • The Lazy Cow- ice cream
  • Thompson Goat Farm – canned goods
  • Two Wooden Spoons – granola
  • Vermont Sundae Sauce Co. – dessert sauces
  • VT Gourmet Candy Dish

Glass:

  • Dellamano Glassware – hand-painted glassware
  • Gaffron-Hargrove Art – reverse painting on glass
  • My Stained Glass Store
  • Route 4 Glassblowing Studio – hand-blown glass
  • Some Flowers – vintage glass garden art

Jewelry:

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Handmade jewelry. Photo by Shawntae Stillwell.
  • Bracken Glen Cottage
  • CAKE Jewelry – hand-forged Argentium sterling
  • Coyote Moon – silver jewelry
  • Dan & Lynn Brooks
  • Earth Creations
  • How Charming – handmade jewelry and charms
  • Maple Leaf Designs
  • Parker Posie Jewelry Designs – silver and 14K gold with natural gemstones
  • Shannon’s Beaded Jewelry & Gemstone Creations

Other:

  • Chester-Andover Family Center
  • Chester Conservation – educational activities
  • Chester Historical Society – antiques
  • Cute Critters – handmade dog accessories
  • Green Mountain Union High School
  • Icy Palmer Candle Co. – soy candles
  • Park Slope Homeless Women’s Shelter
  • Whiting Library – giant book sale

Photography/Paintings:

  • Bruce Denis Photography
  • Edward Thomas
  • Joanna Alix Watercolors
  • Wander on Words – Cards, prints, apparel, hand lettered art

Pottery:

  • A Greater Grater
  • Mason House Pottery – functional stoneware pottery
  • Mullberry Tree
  • Stone Creek Workshops

Soaps:

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Wooden bowls and frames. Photo by Shawntae Stillwell.
  • Grace & Miss Mouse Soaps
  • Mill Brook Naturals – personal care
  • Thompson Goat Farm – Soaps
  • Vermont Simple Beauty – handmade natural spa products

Wood:

  • Beartown Woodworks – cutting boards, birdhouses
  • Gary Chase – unique cutting boards
  • Jo Ann Clifford – reimagined birdhouses
  • M&M Carriage House – fine art, handcrafted pet supplies
  • Pumpkin Hill Farm Woodworks & Antiques – primitive woodcrafts
  • Unique Turning – turned bowls, birdhouses
  • VT Paddles Co. – paddles

Chester Townscape spring bulb sale

 

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Chester Townscape will sell bulbs. Stock photo.

Chester Townscape volunteers will again be selling spring-flowering bulbs at the Chester’s Fall Festival. All bulbs are top quality, hardy, easy care, deer resistant, and expected to return year after year when grown in full or part sun and in well-drained locations. The different varieties offered this year include early, mid, and later bloomers with a variety of colors and heights, from taller alliums to short ground covers.

Bulbs will be sold in front of the Fullerton Inn and near the Hearse House on Chester’s Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16. Townscape’s popular, handmade walking sticks will also be available. All sales help support Chester Townscape’s seasonal floral displays, which will soon be changed at public locations around town to display fall pumpkins, mums, and corn stalks. All these natural decorations beautify Chester and make it a lovely place to live and visit.

Chester Townscape is a committee of Chester Community Alliance, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For further information about Chester Townscape and its town projects, please visit www.chestervt.gov/chester-townscape.

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