On the Bethel Town Common Saturday, September 15, 2018 (NOTE WELL: Scroll down for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday events held around town.)
9:00 am-3:00 pm Arts, crafts, music, food, and farmers’ market on the town common
8:00 am until they’re gone! Cookie Walk to benefit West Bethel Union Church.
9:00 am - 3:00 pm Chainsaw Carving Demo by Steve Stone on the Robinson House lawn at the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society
10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Robinson House -Bethel 250th Anniversary Autograph Quilt (limited number of squares available for purchase) -White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition -“The Balancing Act: The Story and Legacy of the Weeks Act” (short film; showing until 2:30 pm) -The White Mountains: Alps of New England - art show/sale (last day) -Oxford County Skiing History exhibit (presented by Ski Museum of Maine) -The 10th Division Mountain Troops and Mountain Culture in Postwar America exhibit (presented by New England Ski Museum) -Trivet Quilt Class (1 - 3pm): Class & kit provided for $45. Bring home a completed project. A limited number of sewing machines are available. Contact Donna Gillis at 207-357-2644 to confirm. -Collections Showcase – Earth Station at Andover, Maine -“Why Quilts Matter” film series and display of contemporary quilts -Museum Shop - gifts and books on sale! -Cider Pressing until 2pm
1:00 pm to 4:00pm at Dr. Moses Mason House -Guided tours of 9 period rooms; Rufus Porter School wall murals (fee)
SPECIAL EVENTS at the Mason House exhibit hall -11:00 am - presentation by Donna Sheerin Gillis on “Texture of Life Memory Quilts” -1:00 pm - presentation by Gordon Stuart on “Multiple Use Management and the Evans Notch Plan of the 1970s” -3:00 pm -“The People’s Forest: The Story of the White Mountain National Forest” - (1 hour film)
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Petting Zooon the lawn of the Robinson House
11:00 am – 3:00 pm Loaded baked potatoes, burgers, hot dogs and drinks at the potato booth next to the gazebo 11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Live Music at the Gazebo Fleur de Lis (Celtic/Irish/French Canadian)
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Appearances by Oakie the Acorn with free samples from Oakhurst Dairy
12:00 pm CHOWDAH IS SERVED! (RESTAURANTS SIGN UP HERE) Buy your bracelets from volunteers circulating through the line. Chowder + drink: $12 Chowder + drink + apple pie or crisp a la mode: $15 Kids’ price chowder + drink: $5
12:00 pm until it’s gone Apple pie & crisp on sale. Grab a slice a la mode! (To participate in the apple pie contest, REGISTER HEREthen drop your pie off at the chamber’s tent before 11:00am) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Live Music at the Gazebo Crunchy Western Boys (bluegrass)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Free horse-drawn wagon rides leaving from the corner by Chapman Inn
2:00 pm Winners announced for the chowdah cookoff and apple pie contest!
Friday, September 14, 2018
8:45-10:30 am Tour of Hancock Lumber's Bethel sawmill Hancock Lumber, proud sponsor of Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff, is offering a very special inside-scoop tour of its Bethel sawmill, where it manufacturers world-class Eastern White Pine products. Limited to the first 25 registrants. Don't miss this interesting opportunity! Call Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce at 824-2282 to register.
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Enjoy a new harvestfest brew, "MexicoME Lagah," at Steam Mill Brewing, 7 Mechanic Street
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm 5k or 10k Trail Race on the Bethel Village Trails Race starts next to the tennis courts behind The Bethel Inn Resort. Post-race social time at The Bethel Inn Resort's Millbrook TavernDetails
Live Music Around Town 7:30 pm Lee Sykes at Suds Pub, The Sudbury Inn 8:00 pm Jim McLaughlin at Millbrook Tavern, The Bethel Inn Resort 8:00 pm Tim Dion at Sunday River Brewing Co. 8:00 pmBrad Hooper at The Meeting House
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Paper Making & Outdoor Fun & Games at Philbrook Place, 162 Main Street Make your own paper seed card and enjoy some outdoor games.
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Enjoy a new harvestfest brew, "MexicoME Lagah," at Steam Mill Brewing, 7 Mechanic Street
Live Music Around Town 8:00 pm - Late Night Denny Breau at Sunday River Brewing Co. Brad Hooperat Millbrook Tavern, The Bethel Inn Resort Jim McLaughlin at Suds Pub, The Sudbury Inn
Sunday, September 16, 2018 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Ecumenical church service and CROP Walk with West Parish Congregational Church - The public is welcome to a special church service with a community choir on the town common at 10:00 am. This service will be followed by a picnic lunch (bring your own) and the CROP (Communities Respond to Overcome Poverty) Walk leaving from the town common at 12 noon. The CROPWalk supports the work of Church World Service (75%) around the world with disaster relief and reducing the root causes of poverty and hunger. The local effort (25%) supports the Bethel Food Pantry's efforts to respond to hunger needs in this immediate area. 10:00 am Interfaith Service with a community choir 11:00 am Picnic Lunch (please bring your own) 11:30 am Registration for CROP Walk 12:00pm Walk starts (approx. 3 miles)
Local Food Tour Edible Bethel - Community volunteers have teamed up with Bethel village businesses and organizations to create themed planter boxes and gardens to offer accessible food for the education and enjoyment of all. Stroll, admire, and pick! View map The Gardens of Nabos - 2 Mechanic St.Inside, you'll find wonderful gifts & home decor. Outside, pick from Amanda's extensive vegetable gardens and fruit trees! Farm vendors on the town common Saturday 9am-3pm Bethel Farmers' Market - 9am-1pm next to Norway Savings Bank Apple Picking in Bethel -Gibson’s Apple Orchard (55 Gibson Rd., 4 miles from Rt. 2 off the North Road. (836-2972) -Grover HillOrchard (684 Grover Hill Rd., 3.6 miles from Rt.5/35) (776-5573)