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The Fairy House Festival: An Imaginative, Nature-Based Tradition In The Forests of Grafton, Vermont
Posted: September 10, 2019
Fairy schools, fairy libraries, fairy pirate ships, and fairy hot air balloons... come walk the trail at the Fairy House Festival and discover a magical village. Each year, The Nature Museum welcomes thousands of visitors from across Vermont, New England, and beyond to the Fairy House Festival, a family-friendly celebration of nature, creativity, inspiration, and community.
Posted: September 6, 2019
On Wednesday, September 18, from 5-7 PM, the Chester Andover Family Center invites the community to join us for an Open House event. While you may have stopped into the thrift shop or food shelf to drop off donations or shop, have you ever wondered how these programs work to serve the community? While you may have heard that we provide financial assistance to help struggling families make ends meet, have you ever wondered about how that program works and how it is connected to our thrift shop and food shelf?
Posted: September 3, 2019
Come help the Black River Action Team clean up the banks and bed of the Black River in Springfield! Registration opens on Saturday, September 7, at 8 AM at Riverside Middle School (13 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT). Enter from Chester Road (Rte 11) just across the river from McDonald's. Sign in, grab some work gloves and trash bags, pick a site to clean around town, and head out with a buddy.
45th Annual Chester Fall Craft Festival Sept. 21-22, 2019
Posted: August 28, 2019
The 45th Annual Chester Fall Craft Festival will be held on September 21-22, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The Victorian painted ladies lining the Green in Chester, VT welcome over 60 vendors with unique items to their lovely lawn. Handmade crafts include wood products, glass, jewelry, photography, watercolors, fiber arts, pottery, quilts, soaps and more! A Children's Tent will have activities to entertain the little ones and Cheryl the Clown will be coming by. Discover the Beer Garden behind the Fullerton Inn on Saturday, stroll through the quaint Stone Village, explore local shops and galleries, and sample a wide variety of interesting food. Active children can also play at the elementary school playground and visit the disc golf course at the Pinnacle on Lover's Lane Road.
Posted: August 26, 2019
Got a septic system? Need a septic system? Considering replacing or installing a septic system? Come learn what you didn't know you don't know at a free public workshop on the home septic system on Saturday, September 21st from 9:30 AM until 12 noon. Location is the Old Town Hall at 29 Summer Street in Charlestown, NH; parking in the lot behind the Anglican Church on Summer Street.
Become a Builder for the Fairy House Festival
Posted: August 15, 2019
Where else do knotholes become front doors, sea shells transform into bathtubs, and twigs get woven into ladders? Where else but the annual Fairy House Festival on September 28th and 29th! Registration is now open to become a builder in this year's Fest, a celebration of local community in our nature-based tradition. Open to individuals, groups, and local businesses, building a fairy house is creative, collaborative endeavor that awakens new awarenesses and always brings a sense of excitement and good cheer.
Black River Action Team 20th Annual RiverSweep & Raffle - September 7th
Posted: August 13, 2019
The Black River Action Team welcomes volunteers of all ages to lend a hand for the 20th Annual RiverSweep cleanup of the bed and banks of the Black River. Meet at the HQ table by the footbridge in the Springfield Shopping Plaza (2 Chester Road), sign in and pick a spot to clean. Grab trash bags and work gloves, fill your water bottle head out to see what you can find. Bring your junk back to HQ by 11 AM to help us sort and tally the "treasures," clean up and play a little "Junk Jam" while enjoying lunch. Don't forget to grab some chips donated by Deep River Snacks and your free BRAT tee shirt, as your 'thank you' for your time and effort.
Be On The Lookout For Butterbur - Protect Our Streams and Wetlands
Posted: July 23, 2019
Thanks to the sharp eye and good instincts of BRAT volunteer Rhonda Benoit, a new-to-our-area invasive plant has been spotted and recorded with the State of Vermont and with the Town of Woodstock, where it was discovered.

Known by several common names such as Japanese butterbur, Fuki, Swamp Rhubarb, and Giant Coltsfoot, the imported plant hails from Asia and its exotic foliage is both the reason it's here and the reason it's a growing concern.

Watch A River Erode Its Banks Right Before Your Eyes
Posted: July 20, 2019
The Black River Action Team wraps up a six-week-long exhibit of art and citizen science in The Great Hall at One Hundred River Street in Springfield, VT with a bang - at 5:30 PM on Friday, August 2nd. Everyone is invited to a "Grand Closing" event for a final opportunity to see the displays before they are taken down in time for the next installation in the gallery.
The Nature Museum Celebrates 30 Years and Announces New Executive Director
Posted: July 15, 2019
The Nature Museum is proud to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director by welcoming Vanessa Stern to the organization. Celebrating 30 years, The Nature Museum is entering a new phase of program and facility expansion, and all are thrilled with fresh perspectives and energy Vannesa brings to the vision for the future of the Museum.
Chester Fall Festival
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 [email protected].
Helps Vermonters put three balanced meals a day on the table. Most households get at least $50 each month for food. If you qualify, you could get a monthly payment that helps you buy more food.
To learn more, visit vermontfoodhelp.com or dial 2-1-1.

Wednesday, September 18
Open House at the Chester Andover Family Center
Route 103
5-7pm
Saturday, September 21
Free Septic Smart Workshop For Vermont and New Hampshire Homeowners
Old Town Hall
29 Summer Street, Charlestown, NH
9:30am-Noon
September 28 - September 29
The 11th Annual Fairy House Festival
An imaginative, nature-based tradition in the forests of Grafton, Vermont
10am-4pm
The Nature Museum
Grafton, Vermont
Tickets and information at nature-museum.org. Follow a Vermont woodland path sprinkled with charming fairy houses for a magical experience of the natural world. Crafts for all ages, face painting, bubbles, costumes, and a lasting sense of wonder for the fall season.
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