Fall foliage calendar

St. Mike's 'Terrific Tag Sale' relocates to Dummerston

DUMMERSTON - One of the most anticipated Fall events in Brattleboro is the “Terrific Tag Sale” hosted annually by St. Michael's Episcopal Church. People line up for hours to be the first to shop for bargains in quality winter clothing, books, furniture, antiques and sports equipment. Over the years, St. Michael's has donated thousands of dollars in proceeds from this sale to local charities.

This year, however, St. Michael's is in the process of a total renovation of its building and the tag sale space will not be completed in time for the Columbus holiday weekend.

Not wanting to disappoint the throngs who count on the sale for winter clothing, Christmas shopping and just plain fun, the sale has been moved to the Dummerston Community Center on West Street, off Route 30, and will take place Friday, October 5, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m.-noon.

The Community Center and its bathrooms are accessible by wheelchairs and there is plenty of parking.

To get to the center, follow Route 30 for six miles north from the Brattleboro Common. Just after the green iron bridge, turn left on West Street and follow the “Terriffic Tag Sale“ signs. Call the St. Michael's Episcopal Church office at 802-254-6048 with any questions.

Guilford Community Church hosts homemade pie sale on Oct. 6

GUILFORD - A fall tradition, the Columbus Day Weekend Pie Sale of the Guilford Community Church will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the corner of Route 5 and Guilford Center Road.

In addition to homemade apple, pecan, pumpkin and specialty pies, the church's famous baked beans will be sold, a great addition to any holiday barbeque or picnic. All proceeds benefit the church, which actively supports more than 15 local programs.

Grafton firefighters host annual tag sale

GRAFTON - Among the special events that people look forward to during Columbus Weekend is the Grafton Firefighters Fall Foliage Festival, which features a huge tag sale.

Over the years, this sale has been widely anticipated each year due to the variety and quality of the items available. Included will be furniture, toys, linens, books, recordings, jewelry, housewares, small appliances, and many other items as well.

Benefiting the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department, this sale is a major fundraiser which traditionally draws a lot of community support. Joining with the firefighters will be the Grafton Elementary School Parent Teachers Group who will offer a range of hot coffee and pastries, grilled hamburger and hot dogs, and other food specialties.

The Grafton Firefighters Festival will take place at the Firehouse on Route 121, just east of Grafton Village, and will be on Oct. 6 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shoppers often return for the second day, when most everything is sold for half price.

Putney School hosts 77th annual Harvest Festival on Oct. 7

PUTNEY - The 77th annual Putney School Harvest Festival is on Sunday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day kicks off with a 5K “Red Leaf Ramble” running race (registration at 8:30 in the Field House), followed by a mountain bike polo game at 9:45 on the soccer field. A silent auction featuring many Windham County goods and services will run from 10:00 to 3:30. The International Cafe, with foods cooked by students from around the world, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Games and races on the East Lawn (behind the Currier Center) commence at noon.

At 12:45 p.m., there's a parade, followed by contra dancing on the East Lawn. Join them for an all-school sing, featuring the Putney Community Orchestra, in Calder Hall at 2 p.m. And all day long, there are crafts booths, fresh produce, and community groups serving tasty grilled food and baked goods, plus enough freshly pressed apple cider to wash it all down.

There is no charge for parking, admission, or, if you're a kid, all the bouncy house, bouncy slide, and bouncy obstacle course fun you can handle.

The Putney School is located on 418 Houghton Brook Rd. For more information, contact Alison Frye at 802-387-6273 or visit www.putneyschool.org.

Broad Brook Grange presents Apple Brunch

GUILFORD - Broad Brook Grange will present its 16th annual Columbus Day Weekend Apple Brunch on Sunday, October 7, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Grange hall in Guilford Center. The proceeds from the event will allow for continued renovations of the historic building and support of its community programs.

The all-you-can-eat brunch features eggs and omelets, any style, made to order. Also on the menu are apple and regular pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon and home fries, with Guilford maple syrup. Other treats include home-baked apple muffins, coffee cakes, pies, fresh apple/fruit salad, and bread for toasting. A selection of juices -- including cider -- will be available, along with coffee, teas and milk.

No reservations are necessary for the meal, which is priced at $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, and $5 for ages 2-12. Kids under two are free.

This event is the last brunch of 2012. Broad Brook Grange is at 3940 Guilford Center Road, 4 miles west of the Guilford Country Store. For more information, call 802-257-1961.

Mount Snow presents Oktoberfest, Harvest Art & Craft Festival

WEST DOVER - Mount Snow's 15th annual Oktoberfest celebration and 39th annual Harvest Art & Craft Festival on Oct. 6 and 7 offer a day packed with children's activities, adult games, arts and crafts, plus food and beer. This outdoor event also provides scenic tours of the mountainside and views of the fall foliage.

Oktoberfest boasts an array of German activities throughout the weekend, while at the base of the mountainside in the Main Lodge, one will find more than 40 artisans and craftsmen from across New England.

Hours for the Oktoberfest are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday, with live music from the Oberlaendler Hofbrau Band all weekend long.

Admission to the Mount Snow Oktoberfest for the 21-plus crowd is $20 for one day or $30 for two days, which includes a commemorative stein and a beer token for each day of admission. For the under-21 crowd and designated drivers, admission is $12 for one day and $20 for two days, which includes a coupon for a complimentary soft drink each day. No dogs or coolers are allowed.

The Craft Festival runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free. Scenic chairlift rides on the Bluebird Express to the summit of Mount Snow are available for $10 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.mountsnow.com.

Harvestfest, Brewfest, Chili Cook-Off presented at Stratton

STRATTON - On Saturday, Oct. 6, Stratton Mountain Resort presents its annual Harvestfest, Brewfest, and Chili Cook-Off, with music, fun, and games for everyone.

Harvestfest is free to wander and enjoy. Highlights include a free live show by Twiddle, guided hikes, a wildlife exhibit, pumpkin painting, a caricaturist, and an art class at the summit.

Tickets will be used for Brewfest, at the BBQ and food stands, and for activities including the hay rides and pumpkin painting. Pre-purchase your tickets online and save, or get them at the ticket window at Harvestfest. Tickets are sold in groups of 10 for $12.50, 50 for $60, or as part of a special package that includes custom pint glasses and is only available online.

More information and a complete schedule of activities is available at www.stratton.com.

29th Annual Weston Craft Show opens Oct. 12

WESTON - The historic Weston Playhouse will again be the setting for the 29th annual Weston Craft Show. Forty-five juried artisans from the length and breadth of the state will exhibit their crafts from Oct. 12-14. Hours for the show are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The exceptional work of these wonderfully talented artisans includes ceramics, fiber arts, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art and wood. The show provides a great experience for the craft connoisseur, as well as the person gift shopping for the upcoming holidays.

The show is totally a volunteer effort, with more than one hundred local citizens lending their time and talent to ensure a great experience for both the artisans and show attendees. Admission to the show is $8 and parking is free. Luncheon, catered by the Inn at Weston, is available to show attendees in the Café at the Falls overlooking the West River.

Antiques appraisal day presented in Acworth

ACWORTH, N.H. - The Acworth Community Charitable Trust announces an antiques appraisal and sale fundraising event on Saturday Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Acworth Town Hall.

Professional appraisers from Knotty Pine Auction Gallery in Swanzey, N.H. will be on hand to appraise your antiques and collectibles. The event will include a sale of items from local attics and area vendors. Contact Stella (603-835-2925, [email protected]) or Kristian (603-835-6439, [email protected]) for more information.

The event will raise funds to support the Trust's generous local grant program, which has distributed more than $25,000 to worthy local efforts over the past four years.

Hinsdale Lions serve breakfast

HINSDALE, N.H. - The Hinsdale Lions will be holding a Harvest Breakfast on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Millstream Community Center, 19 Main St., from 7-11 a.m.

The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, coffee, tea, and juice. Price is $6 for advance tickets, $7 at the door, children under 10 eat for free. Proceeds go to Hinsdale Lions charities.

River Valley Artisans host studio tour

WESTMORELAND, N.H. - The River Valley Artisans Tour is a cooperative event scheduled for Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Travel the scenic back roads of the Connecticut River Valley while enjoying the work of local artists and artisans in their studios. This self-guided tour encompasses the towns of Bellows Falls in Vermont and the New Hampshire towns of Chesterfield, Spofford, Walpole, and Westmoreland. There will be studios exhibiting hand-made baskets, paintings, glass blowing, wood turning, and jewelry, and all will have many items for sale.

For more information, see www.rivervalleyartisans.com, or visit them on Facebook at bit.ly/river_valley_artisans.

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