Heritage Festival - Around the Common

Images from around the Common during the Newfane Heritage Festival ...

Heritage Festival - the Arts & Crafts

The centerpiece of Newfane Heritage Festival is the "tent city" which springs up on the Newfane Common on Columbus Weekend, as 90+ artists, and craft people display and sell their creative efforts.

Like the many volunteers, they are also some of the friendliest people in New England. Just a sampling ...

Heritage Festival - the Friendliest People

Newfane Heritage Festival is an Arts & Craft show, plus an apple pie *crisp lover's delight. From beautiful creations by talented artists and crafts people to the Flea Tent which is a bargain hunter's dream, there are treats and temptations for all ages. Heritage Festival is put on by Newfane Congregational Church, and provides significant financial support for the church's ministry and service to the Newfane community. For 43 years on Columbus Weekend, Heritage Festival has turned the Newfane Common into a mecca for tourists and locals.

This year on Columbus Weekend, the Fall Foliage was brilliant, the October weather was near perfect, and Heritage Festival was a wonderful success. The entire festival - planning, set-up, cooking, serving, clean-up, take down - is done by volunteers.

We begin our brief "look back" by acknowledging a few of the many volunteers who make Heritage Festival a success year after year. They are some of the friendliest people in all of New England ...

Thank you, Volunteers!!

Apple Pies for Heritage Festival

Preparations for the 43rd Annual Newfane Heritage Festival are in full swing!

Some of the friendliest people in New England gather on Wednesdays during September to make apple pies ...

Skilled hands prepare the apples and assemble the iconic symbol of the harvest season in Vermont: the APPLE PIE!

These tasty treats are available at the Heritage Festival, Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13 - with ice cream - or even as a whole pie.

For more information on Heritage Festival visit the website:

Rock River Revival Parade & Festival

Neighbors joined together on Sunday, August 25, to mark the second anniversary of Hurricane Irene's devastating passage through the community.

Revival along the Rock River was celebrated with a parade along the Dover Road, ending at the Old Schoolhouse in South Newfane.

Members of Newfane Church participated in many ways - with organization, parking, entertainment, walking in the parade, and watching along the route. Here are a few images ...

Chris Gray, who was a student at South Newfane school, rode the Old Schoolhouse Float
Dave Roberts towed the "Rock River Then and Now" to celebrate recovery along Dover Road

Zinna Hull rang the gong proclaiming Irene - the Wicked Witch is Dead
Bill, Jamie, Phil, and Janet represented Newfane Church in the parade
Leland & Gray students prepare for the parade
Ken Bower directed traffic and parking

Sandy Dowley and Nancy Rysz enjoy the parade
"Fred's Bird Rehab" - one of the many family participants
Recognizing that neighbors helped neighbors after Hurricane Irene

Following the parade, there were many fun activities
Live entertainment

New Addition - Community Open House

On Sunday, June 30, 2013, the Newfane Church celebrated the completion of its new addition by hosting a Community Open House.

The gathering and celebration was held on the 239th Anniversary of the first gathering of the church on June 30, 1774.

View of New Addition

The addition provides
  • fully handicapped accessible sanctuary (elevator and ramped access to building)
  • safer entrance to and exit from the sanctuary (fire doors and stairway)
  • flexible space for children and adult activities
  • private offices for the pastor and church secretary
  • storage space (e.g. for handbells, Heritage Festival, church supplies)
 For the first time in its history, the church has a dedicated room for the Church Office. Currently the office is staffed by our part-time Secretary, Kristi Morrow, and our part-time office volunteer, Christine Gray.

Church Office
 Also for the first time, there is a Pastor's Study in the church ... cozy, but very useful ...

Pastor's Study
 On the second floor, there is a small meeting room for church boards and committees, or any other group needing a small space for gathering together. The Church Council has named the room "The Rick Wilson Room" is recognition of Rick's vision for the need for the addition, and the design, construction oversight, and completion of the building addition. Betty Horton (with some assistance from Gene) created the quilt in Rick's honor seen on the wall.

"The Rick Wilson Room" with quilt by Betty Horton done in Rick's honor.
Jean and Rick Wilson admire the quilt done in Rick's honor.
Members, friends, and visitors toured the church and the new addition, and thenenjoyed refreshments and conversation in the Fellowship Hall.

A few images from the afternoon ...

Michael Bates, General Contractor for the Addition, and Rick Wilson greet visitors in the first floor hall.
Ken and Diane Bower converse with Gene Horton in front of the elevator and new stairway.
Janet Guminak and Debbie Turner offer many tempting goodies.

Fellowship and Friendship characterize this, and every, gathering in the church.

Neil (Bucky) Pelsue, chairman of the Building, Committee offered a few brief remarks and many thanks.
It was an afternoon of fun, celebration, and good will, as Paul and Marilyn Van Gelder make clear.