Whatever your plans are, the Deerfield Valley has you and your family covered this Columbus Day weekend.
On Saturday, Mount Snow begins their 15th annual Oktoberfest, featuring cinema, arts, a gulp and gallop 5K beer run, and a Kool Aid 1K run for children. The first ever Gallop and Gulp 5K kicks off the festival at 11:30 am, with participants making four loops around the base area. Each time a racer reaches the start/finish line they are given the option of 6 ounces of Beck’s beer or water. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes for the race, though it’s not required.
The Kool Aid 1K for kids follows at 2 pm. Each child who runs receives a ribbon as well as Kool Aid.
The Kids Zone is where families will find festival games like the bean bag toss, a huge bouncy house, pumpkin painting, and other kid-friendly activities. While the young ones are playing, the big kids can enjoy a large selection of beers from German and domestic breweries, authentic German fare, and games like the keg toss, a yodeling contest, a stein holding contest, as well as a horseshoe tournament.
The southern Vermont premiere of “Burton 13,” a new film by the Burton snowboard company, will serve as evening entertainment, followed by live music in the Snow Barn for the 21-plus crowd.
The Main Base Lodge will be home to the 39th annual Harvest Arts and Crafts Fair featuring local artisans and food vendors selling their creations beginning at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday; admission to the arts and crafts fair is free.
Admission to the Mount Snow Oktoberfest for the 21-plus crowd is $20 for one day, and $30 for two days. This includes one commemorative stein, and a beer token for each day of admission. For the under-21 crowd and designated drivers, admission is $12 for one day and $20 for two days, which includes a coupon for a complimentary soft drink each day. Hours are 11 am to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Just down the road on Route 112 in Jacksonville, the Honora Winery is holding their fourth annual grape stomp. According to events manager Lorraine Muha, the festival has seen past attendance of 500-plus and like Oktoberfest, this is a day the entire family can enjoy. “The best part of this event is that the whole family can participate and have fun with all of our activities,” said Muha. “From the stomping of the grapes to pumpkin carving, a hay pile jump, and live music, there’s something for everyone.”
The grape stomp boasts free admission for all, and this year a new addition will make the actual grape stomping easier: a giant wooden barrel filled with grapes, so all you need to do is take your shoes off, roll up your pants, and start stomping. A Lucille Ball impersonator will be there to help stomp from 1 to 3 pm.
Wine will be available for purchase all day as well as wine and cheese tasting and activities for children. “Honora is the only southern Vermont grape winery. What better way is there to celebrate Vermont agriculture?” said Muha.
For those looking for some relaxation, the Memorial Hall Center for the Arts Inc. provides dinner and a show Saturday evening, beginning at 5, with a wine, cheese, and fruit social, and a four-course dinner at 6. Seating is limited to 50 for the event, with music by Samirah Evans, a vocalist originally from New Orleans, and Eugene Uman, a pianist from the Brattleboro Jazz Center beginning at 8. The event is $45 per person.
Memorial Hall also hosts the Commander Cody Band on Sunday night at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased at wilmingtonconcertgigs.com or at Jezebel’s Eatery on West Main Street in Wilmington.