Newfane Heritage Festival returns with full slate of activities

NEWFANE — Since 1970, volunteers have made the Newfane Heritage Festival a seasonal destination in the heart of the historic village. Once again, people will celebrate community, crafts, and entertainment. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, rain or shine.

Volunteers will sell refreshments under a tent on the triangle in front of the church, including apple pies, apple crisp with ice cream, hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, chili, doughnuts, clam and corn chowder, gluten-free soup, and potatoes with bacon, sour cream, butter, cheese and chives.

The Super Raffle will return this year, featuring donated items from vendors; gift certificates; merchandise from local inns, retailers, ski resorts and service providers; items handcrafted by the local community; and books written and signed by local authors. Cheryl Liston, along with Ken and Diane Bower, will lead a host of volunteers to bring back what they describe as this much-loved part of the Heritage Festival.

Juried artists and craftspeople will display and sell their work in tents in front of the Windham County Courthouse and the Union Hall. This year, vendors will be feature products and handcrafts, including original prints and paintings, stained glass, blown glass, specialty foods, pottery, jewelry, woodenware, toys, metalwork, knitwear, ceramics, soaps, and handbags.

Newfane Heritage Festival memorabilia will be for sale, including a commemorative 50th Anniversary Cookbook. The booth will also offer Festival hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and aprons.

As in past years, a variety of entertainers will provide music and fun for festival-goers of all ages.

Proceeds of the event go to benefit the wider missions of the First Congregational Church of Newfane, including community support. 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 newfaneheritagefestival.org or phone the Newfane Church at 802-365-4079.

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