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September 18, 2008

Coolidge Historic Site Hosts ‘Cheesy’ Event

Vermont Cheese Recipes Sought for Cheese & Harvest Festival

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – As fall events go in Vermont, they don’t get much cheesier than this.

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site will host the day-long Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 20, featuring activities, music, and of course, some of Vermont’s finest cheeses.

“This is an event that really brings together so many of the things that make Vermont great,” said William Jenney of the Vermont Department for Historic Preservation, who oversees the site. “You have entertainment for the whole family in a historic setting, and great Vermont agricultural products.”

In addition to craft demonstrations, food, music, and period games from the 19th-century, the event will showcase some of Vermont’s award-winning artisanal cheeses, which won 33 awards at the prestigious 25th annual American Cheese Society (ACS) Competition this summer in Chicago.

“Vermont’s cheese industry is huge part our agricultural heritage that continues today,” Jenney said. “The Plymouth Cheese Factory, established in 1890, is still producing its original and distinctive granular curd cheese here at the site, and visitors will able to watch it being made and taste it.”

In addition, there will be a cheese recipe contest sponsored the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, with the top three entries taking home a wheel of Plymouth Cheese, a half-gallon Vermont maple syrup, and Coolidge Site tee-shirt, respectively.

Contestants should bring their culinary creations – which can use any kind of Vermont cheese – and a printed copy of the recipe, to the Cheese Factory at the site between 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 noon.

Plymouth Notch, birthplace and boyhood home of President Calvin Coolidge, features 12 buildings are open to the public including the Coolidge Homestead, Coolidge Birthplace, general store, village church, and 1924 Summer White House office.

This year the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has selected the Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival as a “Top 10 Fall Event.”

A full schedule of events appears below. For more information, visit or call (802) 672-3773.


• 10:00 a.m. Dick McCormack presents “Stone Walls: Songs of Vermont”

• 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon: Entries submitted for Vermont cheese recipe contest

• 11:00 a.m. Linda Myer performs as Abigail Adams (sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation)

• 1:30 p.m. Jim Cooke presents “Cranky Yankees: All Together, Now!” - (sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council)

• 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Antiques Appraisals by James Marquis

• 3:00 p.m. Author Ellen Ogden & cheese maker Jon Wright present “The Vermont Cheese Trail”

Other activities from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

• Cheese sampling by members of the Vermont Cheese Council

• Activities for kids of all ages: period games (stilts, graces, apple tossing), butter churning, stenciling, corn husk dolls, hat making, apple sauce eating contest, leaf pressing, guided nature walks, etc.

• Old-time fiddler Adam Boyce

• Vice President Coolidge’s 1923 Lincoln automobile on display

• Vermont artisans – Fiber Arts in Vermont (“sheep to shawl” demonstrations & shawl raffle), Irene Ames (basket making), Green Mountain Blacksmiths Association, Black River Academy Museum (chair caning), Deb Ritchie (crocheting, hand-stitching, knitting)

• And more!

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: September 18, 2008 10:17:34