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September 09, 2010

Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival Set For September 19

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – If you enjoy sampling the bounties of the fall harvest in Vermont – especially cheese – then the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site is the place to get your fix.

On Sunday, September 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the site hosts the Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival, featuring cheese tasting; cheese making; and even a Cheese Recipe Contest open to the public.

“We’ve held this event annually since 1997, and it’s always a popular day,” said William Jenney, Regional Historic Site Administrator with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. “In addition to cheese and other foods, we have wagon rides, traditional craft demonstrations, special presentations, and activities for the entire family.”

The event showcases the award-winning world of Vermont-made cheese, including Plymouth Artisan Cheese, which operates at the Plymouth Cheese Factory that was built by the father of President Calvin Coolidge, Colonel John Coolidge, and several other local farmers in 1890.

“It made cheese from the milk produced on area farms and closed in 1934, but was reopened by the President’s son, John, in 1960,” Jenney said. “Plymouth Artisan Cheese is still producing the original granular curd Plymouth Cheese, and visitors can watch the cheese-making process.”

Several of Vermont’s other fine cheese makers will be also be on site with samples of their products, including Crowley Cheese, Sugarbush Farm, and Cabot Creamery, and attendees are asked to bring their best Vermont cheese-based recipe to enter in the Cheese Recipe Contest.

“The rules are pretty simple,” Jenney said. “Recipes can use any variety of Vermont-made cheese, and contestants may submit two different recipes for consideration. Only original or old family recipes will be eligible, and they’ll be judged on originality, presentation, and of course, taste!”

Contestants are asked to bring their entry to the Plymouth Cheese Factory on September 19 between 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon, and winners will be announced at 12:45 p.m.

A hand-printed or typed copy of the recipe should accompany the actual culinary creation, and contestants should attach their name, address, and telephone number on separate sheet of paper.

Other events scheduled throughout the day include:

Activities for kids of all ages such as period games, paper hat making, stenciling, corn husk dolls, and leaf pressing;

Helene Lang presents “Beatrix Potter Revisited,” highlighting the famed author’s artistic talent, writing ability, and years as a countrywoman raising Herdwick sheep at 2:00 p.m.;

Sheep shearing and wagon rides with Fred DePaul;

Vermont artisans including Fiber Arts in Vermont (spinning, felting, knitting demonstrations), Carolyn Guest (fancy paper cutting & silhouettes), Irene Ames (basket making), Marianne Fassett (quilling/paper curling), and Deborah Ritchie (crocheting, hand-stitching, knitting);

And more!

Helene Lang will perform at the new President Calvin Coolidge Museum & Education Center and is presented by the Vermont Humanities Council though its Speakers Bureau Program.

A bake sale will benefit the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department, and lunch at the site restaurant, the Wilder House, will feature chowders, mac & cheese, corn bread, apple desserts, and other harvest recipes.

A National Historic Landmark, Plymouth Notch is considered one of the best-preserved presidential sites in the country and is much as it was when Coolidge was vacationing here as vice president in August, 1923.

After receiving word of the untimely death of President Warren Harding, Coolidge took the oath of office administered by his father – a notary public – at approximately 2:47 a.m. on August 3, 1923, by the light of a kerosene lamp.

For further information, contact the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, (802) 672-3773, or visit

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: September 09, 2010 16:28:57