Autumn 2011 has been wonderful and just a bit warmer than fall of last year. The Underhill Harvest Festival had one day of on and off showers but the following Sunday was cool but precipitation free and enjoyable. Also, a perfect day for a walk at the Underhill-Jericho Settler’s park.
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It was a perfect day in mid-October for the Stowe Craft Fair which was held in Top Notch Field, as usual. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much traffic as cars were backed up to the Waterbury highway exits. Cold Hollow was doing a brisk business and cars were parked up and down the sides of the road near the Stowe Farmers Market area. There was a slight line to get into the Stowe Craft Fair but only a several minute wait. Lots of great things to see but oddly enough many of the crafts people were from outside of Vermont. I guess I couldn’t see the logic in purchasing a preserved autumn leaf from Central Park in NYC, when just outside the tents there were plenty of Vermont autumn leaves – for free! I don’t know why there weren’t more Vermont crafts there but I suspect a spot at the Stowe Craft Fair is fairly expensive. However, everything was nice to look at and people were friendly no matter who you spoke with.
The same day, I ventured to what I would probably best refer to as the “remains” of the South Hero Apple Festival, which has been permanently retired. Not much was left of the traditional autumn festival with the yard sale and other sale stuff pretty much relegated to the corner, on Rte 2 and South St., by the snack bar. Business was brisk at Hackett’s and Allenholm orchards though. Someone at Allenholm told me the festival was ended due to the expense for traffic control, etc. Sad to see another Vermont tradition end.