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September is Senior Month (Sept. 1-Oct. 1)
Special programs and discounts are offered to seniors (65 & up) this month, historically a lovely time of year to visit. Special activities on National Grandparents' Day (Sept. 10).

A New England Fall Festival (Sept. 30-Oct. 1)
A celebration of autumn in New England, with special crafts demonstrations, displays of Village- (and visitor-) grown heirloom vegetables and flowers, heritage breeds of farm animals, musical performances, and demonstrations of the horse-powered cider mill.

Things That Go Bump in the Night (Oct. 28 & 29)
The historical Village serves as the back-drop for safe family Halloween fun. Trick-or-treating door-to-door around the Common, glowing Jack O'Lanterns every which way, living scarecrows and other spooky characters around every corner, Halloween fun and games, festive foods.

Textile Weekend: Fashion's Fancy (November 4-5)
In 2006, Old Sturbridge Village's annual textile weekend focuses on clothing and fashion, inviting visitors to explore the sources of inspiration for early New England fashions and the techniques used in sewing, knitting, and embroidery to achieve the desired result. This special weekend combines demonstrations, hands-on activities, special guest speakers, and a close-up look at the museum's textile collections.

Thanksgiving Day Celebration (November 23)
To mark one of just a handful of holidays on the early New England calendar, Old Sturbridge Village re-creates various activities from an early New England Thanksgiving Day, including cooking at the hearth, demonstrations of 19th-century table manners, a Thanksgiving sermon, and after-dinner entertainment.

December at Old Sturbridge Village (Dec. 1 ­ Jan. 1)
Old Sturbridge Village captures the spirit of the season in December, when the festively decorated Village sets the stage for the exploration of Christmas traditions ­ when and from where Christmas came to 19th-century New England. Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides are offered on weekends and visitors are invited to bring skates and take a spin around the ice-skating area on the Common. During Christmas by Candlelight, held on select evenings, visitors experience the Village by candlelight. Special activities for families and kids during school vacation week (Dec. 26 ­ Jan. 1).

Visit the Old Sturbridge Village Web Site for more information.


Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA, Celebrates the Fall Season During "A New England Country Festival", September 30-October 1

Specialty food vendors, crafts, demonstrations, an heirloom flower and vegetable competition, animals, cider-making and more highlight a special fall weekend event
STURBRIDGE, Mass. (September 11, 2006) ­ The fall season at Old Sturbridge Village begins with "A New England Fall Festival" on Saturday September 30 and Sunday October 1, a celebration of New England's agricultural history as well as its products, produce, foods, and crafts. The weekend-long event will feature a blend of activities characteristic of early 19th century agricultural fairs as well as contemporary activities and events.

A highlight of the weekend will be the presence of nearly two dozen specialty food vendors from Massachusetts and beyond under a tent on the Center Common. Vendors will include local and regional purveyors of breads, cheeses, condiments, herbal oils, beer, fruit spreads, marinades, and crafts.

Backyard gardeners will enjoy a display of the Village's own heirloom flowers, herbs, and vegetables, and they are invited to exhibit their own ­ and to enter the heirloom competition in the Parsonage Barn on Saturday. After the competition, entrants and winners will share with one another and with the public the secrets of their success in raising heirloom varieties.

Historic crafts and agricultural activities will also be featured throughout the weekend. Village visitors can enjoy demonstrations of ox-powered apple grinding (and even hand-press apples themselves at the Cider Mill), musket-firing, plowing, pottery making, the firing of the Village kiln, and food preservation techniques. Visitors can try their luck fishing in the Mill Pond and see the Village's three working mills ­ the Sawmill, the Carding Mill, and the Grist Mill ­ in operation on both Saturday and Sunday.

Hands-on activities include making a clay pot in the Pottery Shop, a tin candleholder in the Tinsmith Studio, a decorative hook in the Blacksmith Shop, and hand-coloring candles in Samson's Youth Shop (additional fee required for these activities).

Live musical entertainment will highlight program activities throughout the weekend, including author and songwriter Jim Douglas and Fiddlin' Ed Trepanier. Story teller and puppeteer Tom Hanford will delight children with his "Chimneyside Tales," and Old Sturbridge Village Artist-in-Residence Michelle Tamares will give photography tours and provide instruction in harvest sketching. At 2:00 pm on Saturday, Suzanne Goldenson, author of "The Open Hearth Cookbook" will speak informally about open hearth cooking and sign copies of her book in the New England Bookstore.

In addition to the weekend's special activities, visitors can enjoy the Village's new walking trails, historic exhibits, and costumed interpreters; they can take a ride on a horse-drawn cart, flex their muscles in a game of French and English (tug o' war), join a baseball game played by early 19th century rules, and watch mini hot air balloons soar above the Center Common. Saturday visitors can enjoy a movie ("Curious George: Show Me the Monkey" ­ rated G ­ featuring the voices of Will Farrell and Drew Barrymore) in the Visitor Center Theatre at 7:00 pm before heading home after a day of family-focused activities.

Food will be available under the tent as well as at the Bullard Tavern, and both the Museum Gift Shop and New England Bookstore at Old Sturbride Village offer delights for both browsers and buyers.

Rain or shine, A New England Country Festival is one of the highlights of the early fall season in New England. For more information, visit or call 1-800-SEE 1830.

A New England Country Festival is generously sponsored by National Grid, Country Curtains, and Cabot Cheese.

Since 1946, Old Sturbridge Village ­ a nonprofit educational history museum and learning resource ­ has welcomed nearly three million visitors. The centerpiece of the museum is a re-created rural New England town of the 1830s set on 240 acres of historical landscape that encompasses a Center Village, Mills Area, and Countryside. Performances, programs, activities, and both staffed and self-guided exhibits and walking trails are open to the public daily (the Village is closed on most Mondays).

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