Heritage Festival

Churches with a small membership often struggle to pay the expenses of the church. As the costs of heating, utilities, insurance and upkeep on old buildings rise, they become increasing threats to the survival of a congregation. The Newfane Church is no different.
What is different about the Newfane Church, is that it holds only one fund raiser a year in order to supplement the support provided by members and friends - the Heritage Festival. The "benefit" which Heritage Festival provides allows the church to cover these expenses and to open its building to a wide range of community uses including:
  • Senior meal served monthly
  • Monthly blood pressure checks
  • Newfane Bell Choir and vocal choir
  • "Knit Wits" knitting group
  • "Sew Whats" sewing group
  • The Linus Quilters
  • Ladies Aid Society monthly meetings
  • The Garden Club
  • Kitchen use by Newfane Business Association for its activities on the Common
  • Decemberfest soup & concert
  • Weekly Al-Anon meeting
The Heritage Festival also ennables the church to give generously to community organizations which address the medical, physical, and social needs of people in the community. Included in this local mission giving is:
  • Grace Cottage Hospital
  • Valley Cares
  • Fuel Assistance
  • Morningside Shelter
  • Newbrook Fire Department
  • Newfane Children's Christmas Fund
  • Brattleboro Hospice
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Women's Crisis Center
The church also supports the wider mission of the United Church of Christ and gives to two church founded NGOs in India which support spiritual, educational, medical and economic development for people living in the foothills of the Himalayas.

This continuing presence and mission is possible because the church's 65+ members are supported by an additional 200 members and friends in the community and throughout the Northeast who help with Heritage Festival every year - flipping hamburgers, slicing pie, popping popcorn, emptying trash, peeling apples, rolling dough, dicing potatoes, sorting fleas and dusty old books, moving tables and chairs, and doing the hundreds of other jobs.
... and then there are the 80 plus artists and craftspeople who display their work - and the thousands of visitors who wander about the Common, lunch in the Food Tent or Church Deli, try their luck at the Super Raffle, take home a home-made pie, and have an all-time good time at one of southeastern Vermont's premier events during Vermont's most colorful season.

For more information about the Newfane Heritage Festival go to http://www.newfaneheritagefestival.org/