September 07, 2007
The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site hosts the Plymouth Cheese Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Held annually since 1997, the day features sheep shearing and wagon rides, traditional craft demonstrations, special presentations, and seasonal culinary treats.
A variety of events are scheduled throughout the day:
Vermont cheese sampling by members of the Vermont Cheese Council
Activities for kids of all ages: cheese mold dressing, cheese wheel races, and period games organized by Frog City Cheese, Plymouth School, and Coolidge Foundation, 10:00 2:00
Sounding Joy! choral group from the Randolph, Vermont area performs at 1:00
History in the Woods The Lime Kilns of Plymouth lecture and guided tour by archaeologist Victor Rolando at 2:30 4:00
Historic farm demonstrations and wagon rides with Fred DePaul
Old-time fiddler Adam Boyce
See Vice President Coolidges 1923 Lincoln automobile and meet Andy Plantes oxen Jake Brier
Vermont artisans Fiber Arts in Vermont fleece to shawl demonstration, Carolyn Guest fancy paper cutting, Heart of the Land Quilters Guild Maple Leaf quilt raffle, Black River Academy Museum chair caning
As the festivals name implies, the event showcases the award-winning world of Vermont-made cheese. The Plymouth Cheese Factory, established in 1890, is still producing its original and distinctive granular curd cheese under the management of Frog City Cheese. Several of Vermonts other cheesemakers will be also be on site with samples of their products, including Taylor Farm, Shelburne Farms, Woodstock Water Buffalo, Crowley Cheese, Grafton Village, and Cobb Hill.
A harvest festival would not be complete without a bountiful supply of culinary treats. A bake sale will benefit the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department, and the site restaurant, The Wilder House, is serving lunch featuring chowders, apple desserts, and other harvest recipes.
Sounding Joys performance at 1:00 is an exciting addition to this years schedule.
This 25-member auditioned chorus of singers from Randolph, Vermont and surrounding towns is directed by the groups founder Marjorie Drysdale. Their Plymouth program, Vermont Wonder Workers, includes songs by Vermont composers Gwyneth Walker and Robert de Cormier.
Another festival highlight is Victor Rolandos presentation at 2:30 a Vermont Archaeology Month event which examines the little known story of Vermonts 19th century lime industry. Following the lecture, Mr. Rolando will lead a guided tour of several lime kilns located within a short distance of the Coolidge State Historic Site.
The Plymouth Cheese Harvest Festival is a fine opportunity to explore Plymouth Notch, birthplace and boyhood home of President Calvin Coolidge. Twelve buildings are open to the public including the Coolidge Homestead, Coolidge Birthplace, general store, village church, cheese factory, and 1924 Summer White House office. An extensive collection of early agricultural equipment is displayed in the Wilder Barns, and the Visitor Center has a new exhibit this year: Climbing the Ladder: Calvin Coolidge Bay State Politics. Tickets to tour the historic village and all festival events can be purchased at the Visitor Center.
For further information about the Plymouth Cheese Harvest Festival, contact the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 802-672-3773. For information about the Vermont state-owned historic sites, visit the sites online: www.HistoricVermont.org/sites
Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: September 07, 2007 15:10:51