Check out the weekend festivities around the valley
by Lauren Harkawik
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The crowd stands for the Pledge of Allegiance a during the Whitingham Memorial Day service a few years ago. These three girls wave the American flags.
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DEERFIELD VALLEY- Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve noticed signs of summer popping up around the valley, from ice cream cones at Wahoo’s, Jezebel’s, and the Creemee Stand to Little League games in fields and the sound of lawn mowers giving the air a familiar summery buzz. Though the grills may have already been fired up a couple of times, for many, Memorial Day weekend signifies the official kickoff of summer. In celebration, the valley has plenty of fun activities for all to engage in this weekend. While we couldn’t list everything going on, the following is a sampling of things to do over the holiday period.


Several area parks will open for the season this weekend, including Molly Stark State Park and Woodford State Park. The boat launch area at the end of Fairview Avenue will also be open, as will Green Mountain Beach in Wilmington, though Wilmington Interim Town Manager Gretchen Havreluk says she isn’t sure if the beach’s floating dock will be in place yet, since the road crew has been tied up with spring maintenance and storm cleanup.

Wilmington is also launching its greeter program at Lake Raponda this weekend. Greeters will be on hand to check boats for possible invasive species.

Saturday and Sunday

Artists Exhibit throughout the day on the lawn of the Crafts Inn in Wilmington.

Paintings, prints, and jewelry by artists and artisans Ann Coleman, Helen Olson, Jane Lyon, and Kathleen Kennedy will be exhibited on the lawn of the Crafts Inn on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Evening Wagon Rides and a Farm-to-Table Barbecue on Saturday and Sunday, at 5:30 pm at Adams Farm in Wilmington.

Adams Farm will host a tractor ride followed by a farm-to-table barbecue dinner at the farm on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The tractor ride will include a scenic trip around the farm’s perimeter, some time for exploring the farm’s bear caves, and a stop at the farm’s log cabin, where dinner will be served family-style. After dinner, head down to the farm for a bonfire and s’mores. Tickets are $34.95 for adults and $28.95 for children ages 2 to 12. Tickets may be booked at or by calling the farm at (802) 464-3762.

Guided Trail Rides at Adams Farm in Wilmington.

Guided trail rides around Adams Farm’s 100-acre farm begin this weekend. Those who are interested may call the farm for information and reservations at (802) 464-3762. Guided trail rides will continue through the summer.

Saturday only

Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, from 9 am to 1 pm, at the Wardsboro Library.

Friends of Wardsboro Library is hosting its annual plant sale on Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm on the lawn of the Wardsboro Library. Annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, and shrubs will all be available, as will seedlings of the famous Gilfeather turnip, Vermont’s recently-appointed state vegetable. Attendees may also partake in garden-themed raffles and can talk shop with master gardeners, who will be on hand to give advice about flowers and vegetables.

Peace Pipe and Rail Jam on Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm, bottom of Inferno at Mount Snow.

Mount Snow’s annual end-of-the-season celebration includes a rail garden at the base of Inferno. Ski lifts won’t be running, but attendees can hike the park and ski or ride for free. Mini ramps will be set up on the deck for skating. A hot dog cart will have refreshments available.

Honora Winery Eighth Anniversary Celebration from 11 am to 6 pm, at the Honora Winery & Vineyard in Jacksonville.

Honora Winery is marking its eighth anniversary with a celebration at the Honora Winery and J’ville Brewery Tasting Room. Wine, craft beer, and fresh lemonade will be available, as will brats, chicken salad, cheese platters, charcuterie, and a “grown-up grilled cheese.” Outdoor games and a bonfire will also be available.

Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Concert Jazz Series on Saturday at 7:30 pm, at the Memorial Hall in Wilmington.

The first in a series of monthly jazz concerts that will happen at Memorial Hall through October, this concert will feature bassist James Daggs, saxophonist Willie Sordillo, and pianist and series organizer Chris Bakriges. Vocalist Zoë Krone will also make an appearance. Admission is by free will offering at the door. All proceeds from Saturday night’s concert will benefit the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington.

Sunday Only

Make-A-Wish Duck Race. Tickets available 10:30 am, duck race starts at 12 pm in Wilmington.

Tickets for the annual Make-A-Wish Duck Race can be purchased on the bridge by Dot’s in Wilmington. Tickets are $6 each or $20 for five. Each ticket has a number that will correspond to a number on a rubber duck. Around noon, the ducks are plunged into the river behind the Old Red Mill Inn. They’ll race to the finish line in the water behind the Crafts Inn. All of the proceeds for the event go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “This is our 30th year,” says event coordinator Janet Boyd. “Over the years we’ve sent over $150,000 to Make-A-Wish.”

Morris Dancers at 10 am in the lawn by the Crafts Inn in Wilmington.

On Sunday morning, the Morris Dancers from Ontario, Canada, will perform traditional dances. “Sunday morning is so festive,” says Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sharon Cunningham. “With the art show, the duck race, and the dancers, it’s like a big party right here on West Main Street. Everyone should come to town for the morning, there will be a lot going on.”

Rotary Club Memorial Day Barbecue from 11 am to 2 pm, at Memorial Hall in Wilmington.

On Sunday, there will be a fundraising barbecue for the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley. “Everything we raise will go right back to the community,” says Angel Balch of the Rotary Club.

Salsa Block Party from 5 to 8 pm, on South Main Street in Wilmington.

The Salsa Block Party will take over South Main Street on Sunday evening. Attendees will have the chance to try salsa from local competitors including individuals and restaurants. According to Cunningham, the team to beat is reigning champions Los Dos Vatos - Phil Taylor and Joe Mahon. MarKamusic, a band from Amherst, MA, will be on hand to entertain with Latin music.

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day Service at 10 am at Memorial Hall in Wilmington.

A Memorial Day service will be held at 10 am at Memorial Hall and will include the the Pledge of Allegiance; the National Anthem performed by Eithne Eldred (vocalist) and Deb Haslund (piano); the presentation of the American Legion Citizenship Award; a speech by Bobby Edwards; a reading by John Howe; a music program from the Twin Valley Elementary School and Twin Valley Middle High School choruses; a benediction from Marcia Dorey; and a moment of silence. The program is coordinated by the American Legion Nelson E. Pickwell Post #15 and the Deerfield Valley Rotary Club.

Memorial Day Parade at 11 am, Main Street in Wilmington.

Following the Memorial Day service at Memorial Hall is the Memorial Day parade, which begins at the Country Store on Main Street. The parade route will take participants to the traffic light, where they will takes a right onto South Main Street and then a left onto Beaver Street. All veterans and servicemen are invited to march.
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