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Grafton Festival Attracts Visitors From Across The Northeast
Posted: October 19, 2016
The Nature Museum's Eighth Annual Fairy House Festival on September 24th and 25th was a warm, whimsical, and wondrous event. 1,200 visitors from across the Northeast came to Grafton to celebrate the magic of nature and revel in the spirit of fairies. Sunshine spilled over the autumn leaves as the smell of popcorn filled the air. Bubbles floated by as children, parents, and fairy-lovers built fairy houses in the gardens, made crafts, and enjoyed face painting. Thank you to everyone who came out to be a part of it! And a big thank you to all of our fairy house builders and festival volunteers for being the creative foundation which stirs nature's spirit in everyone who attends this event. It was exhilarating to see the excitement of the visitors as they connected with nature in ways that promise to outlast this festival.
Posted: October 19, 2016
Now in its fourth year, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Chester is again offering a sale of parishioner donated items. We have practical bargains, along with heirlooms, until October 31st. To review and make a bid, simply go to the church website:, the Auction pages. All proceeds benefit the work of the church, here and in the wider world in need.
Nationally Recognized Wildlife Biologist to Present Talk on Black Bears Wednesday, Oct 26 in Chester
Posted: October 11, 2016
The Nature Museum at Grafton will present a talk by wildlife biologist Ben Kilham, PhD on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester, VT. Highlighted by amazing images, the presentation will focus on how the social behavior of black bears resembles that of humans. The program is geared for adults 10 and up.
A Club for Youngsters to Learn About the Wild
Posted: October 11, 2016
The Nature Museum in Grafton, VT offers the Mighty Acorns Club, a pre-school program designed for young explorers to discover the wonders of nature. This club for budding naturalists aged 3-5 and their caregivers meets on the third Thursday of every month of the school calendar year. "Brilliant and Beautiful Bats" takes place on Thursday, October 20 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Nature Museum.
Native Ways and Giving Nature Thanks Presented by The Nature Museum on Saturday, October 29
Posted: October 11, 2016
On Saturday, October 29 from 10:00 am-11:30 am, The Nature Museum will present "Native Ways & Giving Nature Thanks" to be held at The Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center in Grafton, Vermont. This autumnal program for families will explore Native peoples' traditions of living in balance with Earth and each other. This hands-on harvest time adventure will highlight the interdependence of all living things in nature and explore gratitude as taught by Native cultures found throughout North America.
17th Annual RiverSweep Cleanup A Success
Posted: October 9, 2016
The threat of rain didn't keep dozens of volunteers from signing up to walk and paddle stretches of the Black River in a four-pronged effort to clean junk from the bed and banks of our beautiful waterway. Intrepid students from the Cavendish Elementary School again stepped up to remove all manner of garbage from a lovely historic swimming hole. In partnership with the Town of Cavendish, the kids gained access on foot and their "findings" were taken to the town's transfer station for disposal. A separate crew of adults and teenagers paddled from the Paddock Road bridge down to Hoyt's Landing in Springfield, collecting tires, traffic cones, and even a water-logged old couch cushion from the soft bottom of the river. Rebecca and Aaron Weinstein, with son Kai, joined Jeff Semprebon of Claremont NH, and Mo Stettner with friend Alyssa Bangerter in getting "down and dirty" to haul out the heavy junk while wearing smiles.
Springfield Wrestlers Thank
Posted: October 3, 2016
Uniforms. Headgear. Tournament fees. The expenses of running a wrestling team add up. The Springfield VT Wrestlers work hard on the mats, and even harder in the trenches... the fundraising trenches, that is. Most recently, the 2nd Annual Color Gauntlet 5K Fun Run saw ?66? runners and walkers, and many enthusiastic volunteers throwing the home-made, food-coloring-dyed cornstarch powder.
Posted: September 29, 2016
Meet Sharon, donated to the Whiting Library in Chester, Vermont by Bonnie's Bundles Dolls. Bearing the name of the super director Sharon Tanzer, this doll is a prize in a raffle to support our fine village library. The tickets are $1 or 6 for $5 and the offering is for the month of October. Stop by and meet her and get your ticket.
Posted: September 26, 2016
The organizers of American Craft Week, the nation's largest annual craft celebration slated for Oct. 1-16 in cities and towns across the nation, will feature thousands of diverse events at galleries, artist studios, museums, schools and festivals. American Craft Week is the premiere public celebration of handmade craft in America.
Posted: September 26, 2016
ANIMAL BLESSING: St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 313 Main Street in Chester will offer two opportunities to bring your animals for a special blessing on the side lawn at St. Luke's: Saturday, October 1 at 11:00 am or on Sunday, October 2 at 4:00 pm.
Lew Watters In Print
I have a selection of limited edition prints of the Chester Village Green, the Stone Village and historic village vignettes framed and unframed.
Call Lew Watters at 802.875.2114 or email
Event Calendar
September 2 - October 28
Lew Watters in Print
Whiting Library
Main Street
Chester, VT
Wednesday, October 26
Wildlife Biologist Ben Kilham, PhD
NewsBank Conference Center
352 Main Street
Chester, VT
Highlighted by amazing images, the presentation will focus on how the social behavior of black bears resembles that of humans.
Saturday, October 29
The Nature Museum presents Native Ways & Giving Nature Thanks
Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center
783 Townshend Road
Grafton, Vermont
Admission is by donation. RSVP is required as space is limited. Register for this program by going to or by calling 802-843-2111.
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