Although you wouldn’t know it by the warm temperatures, the last days of Summer at the October Country Inn (check us out) are close at hand. Here and there a few trees are starting to display Fall colors. It won’t be long now. Labor Day weekend traditionally signals the close of Summer. This may be your last chance for a quick getaway. Let us make a suggestion, check out the 11th annual 2015 Plymouth Notch Folk and Blues Festival. Music will fill the air on Labor Day weekend, September 5 and 6, in this idyllic rural community which was the birthplace of Calvin Coolidge, also known as “Silent-Cal,” the 30th president of the United States.
An article in a local newspaper puts it this way: “It’s hard to get more Vermont-ish than Plymouth Notch. Forget about the modern-day Vermont attention-getters like Ben & Jerry’s or Phish; we’re talking Calvin Coolidge and prize-winning cheese here. And this Labor Day weekend, Plymouth continues what’s become a new tradition in town – the annual folk and blues festival.” The reference to “prize-winning cheese” is about the Vermont Cheese factory located across the street from the Coolidge homestead. But apart from sampling their delicious smoked cheddar, taking a wagon ride, or painting your face, bring a blanket to spread on the lawn and be entertained by down-home folk and blues performers. And it won’t cost a dime. It’s all free.
The event’s organizer, Jay Ottaway, a traveling blues musician himself, notes: “The festival is special for performers and audience alike because, even though it draws a big crowd, it retains the intimate, personal feel of an acoustic folk coffeehouse.” Ottaway said that he chose this venue for the festival because: With all the traveling I do as a musician Plymouth Notch has been my one steady home since childhood. Also, if you’re more of a hands-on folk and blues enthusiast, there’s a Saturday night jam session at Ramunto’s Brick and Brew Pizza Pub. All in all, not a bad choice for a Labor Day outing in peaceful Plymouth Notch. If it rains, no worries, the whole thing just moves indoors to the historic 1840 Union Christian Church right in Plymouth Notch. Of course, if you need lodging, you can’t go wrong with the October Country Inn.