TOWNSHEND, VERMONT AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES
SPECIAL EVENTS

Riverbend Farm Looking North“No man is an island,” said poet, John Donne in the 1600’s. The same may be said for small communities. We all rely on each other and we all help each other when the need arises. There are many special events that happen in Townshend and our neighboring communities. These range from fund raising events for local fire departments to simple community events like the Community Yard Sale in Newfane. On the various town commons, in the streets, at scattered locations, the communities are host to a wide variety of happenings that really serve us all, as well as our visitors. Yes, we do “cross borders” quite often and that is because we are all neighbors. That is what makes life special in these parts.
Our surrounding communities are Newfane, Jamaica, Brookline, Athens, Grafton, Windham, and Wardsboro.
Anyone in those communities who has a non-commercial special event, please make contact via email.

 2017

 

 

ONGOING UNTIL OCTOBER 28
WARDSBORO

 

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY RAFFLE
Hand hooked “Christmas in New England” tree skirt. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.
For more info: Web Page

JULY 2
NEWFANE
11 TILL SOLD OUT
RAIN OR SHINE
 

NEWBROOK FIRE AND RESCUE OPEN HOUSE
Open house and barbecue chicken or ribs. Chicken dinner, Ribs dinner. Includes corn on the cob, potato salad, and a drink. Chicken dinner, $10. Ribs dinner, $12.
Location: Newbrook Fire Station, Route 30, Map.

JULY 4
WARDSBORO
ALL DAY STARTS AT 9AM
RAIN OR SHINE
 

WARDSBORO 4TH OF JULY PARADE AND STREET FAIR
A wide variety of events starting with a parade. Street vendors, a variety of foods, and a quilt show are just the beginning. Parking donation $2.
For more info: Web Page and Facebook
Location: Route 100, Map.

 

AUGUST 5
TOWNSHEND
9 TO 5
RAIN OR SHINE
 

GRACE COTTAGE HOSPITAL FAIR DAY
Free event featuring many things to do and an auction as well.
For more info: Web Page
Location, Townshend Common, Route 30, Map.

OCTOBER 7 & 8
NEWFANE
10 TO 4 BOTH DAYS
RAIN OR SHINE
 

NEWFANE HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Free event with art, crafts, and specialty products from local and regional exhibitors.
For more info: Web Page
Location, Newfane Common, Route 30, Map.
 

OCTOBER 7 & 8
GRAFTON
SAT 9-3, SUN 9-1
RAIN OR SHINE
 

GRAFTON FIREFIGHTERS ANNUAL TAG SALE
Free event with all kinds of interesting and worthwhile items for sale. Accepting sell-able items up to three weeks before the weekend. Most items left on Sunday will be at half price. Hot dogs, hamburgers, baked goods, drinks and other food items will be available as well.

Contact info on Facebook page
Location: Grafton Firehouse, 711 East VT Route 121, Map.

 

OCTOBER 11
TOWNSHEND
TIMING 9-2

RAIN OR SHINE
 

GRACE COTTAGE POKER WALK
Free event, best hand at the end of a two mile walk wins a prize.
For more info: Web Page
Location, Wolfe Clinic, Grace Cottage Hospital, Route 35, Map.

OCTOBER 14
TOWNSHEND
9 TO 4
RAIN OR SHINE
 

TOWNSHEND PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Free event, crafts, antiques, and artwork.
For more info: Web Page
Location: Townshend Common, Route 30, Map.

OCTOBER 14
JAMAICA
RAIN OR SHINE

 

RESCUE INC ADVENTURE RACE
Individuals will compete for time in a course that covers more than six miles of wilderness, incorporating the history of the West River Railroad and Hamilton Falls.
For more info: Web Page

 

OCTOBER 28 
WARDSBORO
10 TO 3
RAIN OR SHINE
 

GILFEATHER TURNIP FESTIVAL AND CONTEST
Join the whole town for Gilfeather® turnip soup and turnip recipe “tastings” at the Turnip Café, outdoor soup kiosk, farmer’s market, craft vendors, 1000 + lbs of turnip, turnip seeds, turnip cookbooks, festival tee shirts, turnip-theme gifts, live music & entertainment.
For more info: Web Page
Location: Main Street, Map

 

DECEMBER 2
NEWFANE
DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM

NEWBROOK FIRE AND RESCUE PEACE AND GOODWILL DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION
Dinner and silent auction to raise money for the equipment fund. Many wonderful items of all types to be auctioned off separately with highest bidders announced at the end of the evening.
Doors open at 5:30 PM Ticket price for dinner is $12, children twelve and under, $6
Location: Newbrook Fire Station, Route 30, Map.

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