Fall happenings around the region

Medieval Faire in Putney postponed to Oct. 28

PUTNEY - Due to rainy weather forecast for this weekend, The Grammar School has postponed its annual Medieval Faire to Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The campus at 159 Grammar School Lane will be transformed into a medieval village once again as the school plans to host this family favorite for 35 years later this month.

Children can ride the flying dragon and Sir Lancelot's flying horse, take part in pillow jousting and foam-arrow archery, ride the swan swing, ascend the climbing wall, battle a knight, scramble for treats at the candy catapult, make their own crowns and wands, visit the fortune teller, get their faces painted, and take part in a dragon treasure hunt.

Young attendees can also complete a quest and be knighted by the King and Queen, who preside over the fair on their royal thrones. Assorted games for the youngest children are offered at Merlin's Midway.

Vermont Armored Combat will put on a live performance at 2 p.m., featuring knights in full armor battling in the ring. Pony rides will be offered from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Fairgoers of all ages can shop for treats and medieval-themed crafts in the Medieval Marketplace and enjoy a range of live music. Two food trucks will be on site: Crossroads, offering authentic Hispanic and American street food, and The HAngry Traveler, providing smoked meats, sandwiches, and more.

Admission is free. Unlimited all-day ride passes are $25, and individual ride tickets are also available.

Net proceeds go toward the school's financial aid fund, which serves to make The Grammar School affordable for as many families as possible.

For more information, visit thegrammarschool.org/medieval or call 802-387-5364.

Grafton firefighters host their fall tag sale

GRAFTON - The Grafton Firefighters' Tag Sale, now in its 42nd year of benefiting the local volunteer fire department, has become well-known in southern Vermont for its variety, its quality, and its value.

This year's sale takes place on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., under the tents near the firehouse at 711 Route 121, just east of Grafton Village.

Locals and visitors alike line up early waiting for the fire engine air horn to signal the opening of the sale and their chance to search through well-organized displays of furniture, housewares, tools, toys, linens, small appliances, books, recordings, and much more. The next day, most everything will be half price.

The first day of the sale will also feature a food booth by the Grafton Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization serving hot coffee, baked goods, burgers, and more. Fire engines will be on display, and volunteer firefighters will be on hand to answer questions.

The sale will go on rain or shine.

Donations of goods for the sale can be brought to the Firehouse through Thursday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, or to volunteer, call Auxiliary President Amber Stevens at [email protected], or call 802-376-5646.

Christmas Under the Tent sale at Chester-Andover Family Center

CHESTER - On Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Chester-Andover Family Center (CAFC), will hold the eighth annual Christmas Under the Tent sale.

Holiday items for decorating, entertaining, and gift giving will be available, including toys, gifts, artificial trees, and Christmas cards. Prices start at 25 cents.

Free hot dogs will be available.

As always, the Thrift Shop will also be open and will offer new displays, including fall and winter clothing.

The Family Center is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization. Proceeds from the thrift shop and the Christmas sale support the organization's food shelf and financial assistance programs for Chester and Andover residents struggling to make ends meet.

For more information, visit chester-andoverfamilycenter.org or follow the organization on Facebook.

Scott Farm hosts annual Heirloom Apple Day

DUMMERSTON - On Sunday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Scott Farm Orchard, 707 Kipling Rd., hosts its 20th Heirloom Apple Day, a celebration of apples of all shapes, colors, and tastes, as well as their histories.

Admission and activities are free. Visitors are asked to keep their dogs at home.

The day will feature apple and cider tastings, presentations, apple picking, kids' activities and games, and food trucks and other vendors.

Elizabeth Garofalo of the University of Massachusetts Extension Fruit Program will give a talk at 1 p.m.: "Impacts of Climate Change in New England Orchards," a timely topic after Scott Farm lost more than 90% of this year's apple crop due to a mid-May freeze.

Tastings and talks are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., led by Laura Sieger of Maine Heritage Orchard and apple sleuth Sean Turley. Guests will learn about the history of Scott Farm and some of its 130 varieties of ecologically grown fruits.

Also featured this year is a guided tour of the farm's Stone Park at noon and 4 p.m., a puppet show by Sandglass Theater in Putney, and music by Aura Shards and Scandi.

For more information, visit scottfarmvermont.com/heirloomappleday.

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