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What to Do: 10/12/13

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What to Do Saturday October 12, 2013:

Although the weather has turned a bit chilly over the past week, we still have plenty of ways for you to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage this Columbus Day weekend.

BILLINGS FARM HARVEST WEEKEND

The Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock hosts it's the 29th annual Harvest Weekend today and tomorrow, featuring the traditional husking bee at noon. Voted a top 10 event of the fall 2013 season by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, this event is a must for the whole family! Make ice cream and butter, enjoy apples on a string, play 19th century games, learn about harvesting and sip on hot-spiced cider while you enjoy homemade doughnuts. And be sure to bring your dancing partner for the Barn Dance at 1p.m.

Saturday and Sunday October 12 and 13, 10am - 5pm, Admission: adults: $12.00; 62 and over: $11.00; children 5-15: $6.00; 3-4: $3.00; under 3: free

STOWE ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL

The 26th annual Stowe Foliage Art and Craft Festival, Northern Vermont's largest Art & Craft Festival, returns this year bringing in over 150 artists show-casing pottery, jewelry and blown glass. Presented by Long Trail Brewing Co., the event is one for the whole family, complete with live music and local food.

Friday through Sunday October 11-13, 10am - 5pm, $10 for adults, free for kids

FALL FESTIVAL & CRAFTS

Join the Birds of Vermont Museum as they host a true celebration of fall, complete with apples and cider, at the Fall Festival & Arts & Crafts Open House in Huntington today. Green Mountain Woodcarvers will host their monthly Carve-In at today's event, which also includes soap carving, face painting, pumpkin decorating, an outdoor scavenger hunt, raffle and silent auction and even a lesson on bird watching.

Saturday October 12, 10am-4pm, $5 per person, free for members

ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW 

The Wooden Horse Arts Guild Village Arts & Crafts Show in North Troy this weekend features local area artists show-casing their hand crafted work. Fine art such as photography, oil paintings and collages as well as stained glass, hand crafted jewelry, carved antlers and leather goods will be on display. There are even handmade wooden toys and fleece outer garments for the kids!

Saturday and Sunday October 12 and 13, 10am-4pm

TRACTOR DAY

Bring the kids out to the Highgate Tractor Day at the town's Public Library this weekend. The day features themed stories, crafts and lots of big tractors.

Saturday October 12 at 10am, event is Free, pre-registration required

CHAINSAW CARVING

The annual Big Buzz Chainsaw Carving Festival in Chester will bring more than 20 artists who will be presenting carving demonstrations throughout the weekend. Stop by to check out their creations and event meet the artists themselves!

October 9-14, 10am - 6pm, $5

OKEMO'S ANNUAL PARROTHEAD PARTY
Okemo Mountain Resort - Adventure Zone, Ludlow
Location: Jackson Gore Inn, 111 Jackson Gore Road, Ludlow, Vermont

Enjoy Okemo Mountain Resort's Adventure Zone while Okemo presents a free concert featuring the sweet sounds of the islands as played by Jimmy Buffett tribute band the Cocabanana Band. The party, complete with food, drink and family fun, takes place, rain or shine, at Jackson Gore. 

Call (802) 228-1600 or visit okemo.com for information. - (802) 228-1600 - www.okemo.com

AMERICAN PRECISION MUSEUM - 14TH ANNUAL MODEL ENGINEERING SHOW
American Precision Museum , Windsor
Location: Windsor Recreation Center
29 Union Street
Windsor, VT  05089

The Model Engineering Show is an October tradition in the Upper Valley with the opportunity to see some of New England's best model engineers with their fine craftsmanship and engineering excellence. Perfection is the hallmark of the model engineering and miniature movement, and the engaging demonstrations throughout the day at the museum and Windsor Recreational Center highlight the most intricate of skills. 
Adult admission $10.00 Students $5.00 includes the model show and the museum.

SCAVENGER HUNT

October 12th 10a.m.- 4p.m.- The Ethan and Ira Challenge: a Historical Scavenger Hunt

Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, Burlington, VT 

Legend has it that Ethan Allen and his brother Ira argued over who was the better woodsman, they settled the matter by having a race from Bennington to Burlington. Ethan, being big and burly, barreled straight through all natural obstacles. Ira, using his woodsmen skills used a longer, but more developed route. Reportedly they both arrived at the same time and celebrated their tie together. Come to the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum on Saturday, October 12th from 10 a.m.- 4p.m. to learn some of the skills that Ethan and Ira would have needed. This event is much more than demonstrations, all participants will get an opportunity to actually perform various tasks like lighting a fire using flint and steel,  land navigation, military skills, finding resources on the land, and much more! In addition to a whole lot of educational fun, all participants will win a prize!
Admission $3-5

LGBTQ WEEKEND

Confidence and Compassion: An LGBTQ weekend  
Oct. 11 - 13, Barnet
Through meditation, tai chi and yoga, discussion and celebration, we will reveal and explore our basic qualities, connecting to naturally wakeful minds and hearts. This program, open to all, is an opportunity for the LGBTQ community to gather and practice the dharma in a safe, supported, and beautifully enriching environment.  www.karmecholing.org/program.php?id=4985

HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The 43rd Newfane Heritage Festival
 Oct. 12-13, Newfane
There will be 90 exhibitors offering unique handcrafted  articles, a super raffle, huge flea table, live entertainment, children's activities, and 2 large food booths offering everything from hamburgers to
homemade apple pie for all to enjoy. www.newfaneheritagefestival.org

FILM FESTIVAL

Vermont International Film Festival 2013
Oct. 11 - 20, Burlington
VTIFF, now in its 28th year, will be holding its annual film festival in Burlington, primarily at ECHO center and at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Additional venues are BCA and North End Studios. www.vtiff.org

BEADS CLEARANCE

Baked Beads 21st Annual Columbus Day Weekend Fashion Accessory Clearance
October 11-13, Waitsfield
75% off retail – Shop for $3-$5 jewelry, $5 pashminas, 3 scarves for $20, plus more fun & unique gift items than ever! Free Scarf with $50 Purchase! The 2013 recipient of the Baked Beads Local Charity Program is the Mad River Path Association. www.bakedbeads.com

BARN TOURS

Vermont Barn Tour
October 12, Addison County
Tour six premier 18th to late 20th century barns in northwestern Addison County. The tour will focus on the changing architecture and use of barns over two centuries. The Historic Barn Tour is sponsored by the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury and proceeds benefit the museum. www.henrysheldonmuseum.org

OKTOBERFEST

Oktoberfest
October 12, Bennington
Hosted by NorShaft Lions & Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce Beer, Food, Live Music! http://www.thisisvermont.com/TIV/

PIANO PERFORMANCE

Pianist Vassily Primakov
October 12, Randolph, VT
In recent years, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world-class importance. In his first performance in central Vermont, he will play an all-Chopin program featuring Ballades, Fantasies, Scherzos, Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Polonaises, Waltzes, and Sonatas. www.chandler-arts.org

ENGINEERING SHOW

14th Annual Model Engineering Show
Oct. 12, Windsor
Visit with New England's finest model engineers and experience informative workshops and challenging demonstrations throughout the day.  www.americanprecision.org

COLUMBUS DAY CELEBRATION

Columbus Day Celebration
Oct. 12 - 13, Stratton Mountain
Join us as we celebrate autumn and the changing season in the midst of stunning fall foliage over Columbus Day Weekend, October 12-13. Family fun, fall foliage and a run to the Summit are in store during our annual Chilifest Cookoff, North Face Race to the Summit and Harvestfest! www.stratton.com

FOLIAGE ART

52nd Annual Fall Foliage Art in the Park
Oct. 12 - 13, Rutland
The Chaffee Art Center invites you to their 52nd Annual Art in the Park Fine Art and Craft Festivals, featuring the superior work of over 60 fine artists and crafts people. Handcrafted woodenware, clothing, pottery, jewelry, glass and more! Enjoy food and music while you shop! www.chaffeeartcenter.org

QUILT SHOW

A Harvest of Quilts
Oct. 12 - 13, Morristown
The Guildmembers have been working for two years to put on their biennial show. 100 Quilts by the members will be on display, from bedquilts to table runners.  Vendors of quilt material and notions will be present. There will be a raffle for a quilt made by the Guild and other prizes, a Silent Auction of quilted items, and a Bazaar of handcrafted items by Guild members http://www.commonthreadsvt.org/

GRAPE STOMPING & HARVEST FESIVAL

Honora Winery's 5th Annual Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival
Oct. 12 - 13, West Halifax
We've expanded this event to 2 full days and have moved it to the Vineyard this year! There will be live music both days by Cracked Walnuts Banjo Duo, Sat. Darryl Hill Blues Band will also perform, local farmers market, crafters, food vendors, wine tastings, Great family fun stuff for the kids and kids at heart. www.grapestomp.net

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