Cheese & Harvest Festival Features Recipe Contest, Jim Cooke
Plymouth Notch, VT.-- The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic
Site will host the second annual "Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival"
on Saturday, September 19, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Sheep shearing & wagon
rides, a Plymouth Cheese and apple recipe contest, special guest
speakers, and seasonal culinary treats are among the highlights of
this old-time harvest celebration in one of America's most picturesque
villages -- Plymouth Notch, birthplace and boyhood home of the 30th
U.S. President, Calvin Coolidge.
The DePaul family will demonstrate historic farm activities
throughout the day. Residents of the historic site's Azro
Johnson Farm, the DePauls have displayed their talents at
regional state fairs and major museums such as Hancock Shaker
Village and Bennington Museum. Wagon rides, sheep shearing,
knitting demonstrations, and hands-on spinning wheel activities
will be offered. And children will love the sheep and small
calves on exhibit!
William Clotworthy, noted author of two books about presidential
sites, will give a lecture on the subject of "Homes & Libraries
of the Presidents" at 11:00 am. At 2:30 pm, the site is once
again pleased to host Coolidge actor/historian Jim Cooke who will
give a special "Roaring Twenties" version of his always popular
"More Than Two Words" show. Traditional music will be played
throughout the afternoon by the highly regarded group, "Hull's
Victory" of Cabot, Vermont.
During the day, the public is invited to tour the museum
buildings and explore the newly designed walking trails through
the surrounding fields and forest. It's also the perfect
opportunity to see this year's special exhibition at the Visitor
Center, "Homespun Inaugural & The Roaring Twenties." Featuring
an exciting array of Jazz Age memorabilia, this exhibit places
the quaint village of Plymouth Notch within the context of the
American "decade that roared." Both the exhibit and Jim Cooke's
performance are made possible by a generous grant from the
Vermont Council on the Humanities.
A harvest festival would not be complete without a bountiful
supply of baked goods and other taste treats. A chicken barbecue
and bake sale (with plenty of homemade apple pies & pumpkin
breads!) will benefit the Plymouth Volunteer Fire Department.
The Coolidge Foundation, Echo Lake Inn, and Hawk Inn & Mountain
Resort will be among the other town organizations participating
with fall displays featuring fresh apples and other seasonal
The Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival will culminate with the
award of prizes for the best recipes using apples and/or Plymouth
Cheese. Plymouth's unique "granular curd" cheese, made
exclusively by the Plymouth Cheese Corp., has been a popular
ingredient in local family recipes since the factory opened in
1890. The factory now operates under the careful management of
Mr. John Coolidge, son of the President, and Regina Hall, cheese
maker. For contest rules, contact William Jenney at the Coolidge
State Historic Site.
For further information about the Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival
President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site
Plymouth Notch Historic District
Plymouth, Vermont 05056