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President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration

Tour historic Plymouth Notch or enjoy a wagon ride around the village. Final rounds of the annual Coolidge Cup debate competition will take place throughout the day. The Coolidge Cup is a program of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. At 12:00 noon, the Vermont National Guard will lead a march to the cemetery where a wreath from the White House will be placed at the president’s gravesite.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Other Classic Songs of the 1920s

Lyric mezzo Ellen Nordstrom and pianist Abigail Charbeneau reprise their roles as the “Mairzy Doats Duo,” taking a retrospective look at the Roaring Twenties.  Appearing in period outfits and with props, they present Ain’t Misbehavin’, My Blue Heaven, Yes! We Have No Bananas, and other perennial favorites.  Donation is suggested. This program is made possible by a grant from the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation. 

The Roaring Twenties, and Then Some! A Musical Walk Down Memory Lane

Old-time fiddler Adam Boyce and pianist Sue Hunt perform music popular in rural Vermont in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The program includes numbers played by the Plymouth Old Time Dance Orchestra, which went on a national tour in 1926 culminating with a performance at the Coolidge White House.  Donation is suggested. This program is made possible by a grant from the Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation. 

Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival - Day 2

Plymouth’s 16th annual folk & blues concerts will span two days, running from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, and will feature stars from Vermont as well as nationally known musicians.  The 2021 lineup includes Phil Henry, Lara Herscovitch, Bow Thayer, Crowes Pasture, Alastair Moock, and KeruBo.  The concerts are free; donations are suggested.  Organized by Jay Ottaway and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.  More information including the schedule for each day can be found at www.plymouthfolk.com  

Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival - Day 1

Plymouth’s 16th annual folk & blues concerts will span two days, running from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, and will feature stars from Vermont as well as nationally known musicians.  The 2021 lineup includes Phil Henry, Lara Herscovitch, Bow Thayer, Crowes Pasture, Alastair Moock, and KeruBo.  The concerts are free; donations are suggested.  Organized by Jay Ottaway and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.  More information including the schedule for each day can be found at www.plymouthfolk.com  

President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration

Plymouth’s July 4th commemorates the Nation’s birth, as well as the only U.S. president born on Independence Day.  The day begins at 10:00 AM with a Naturalization Ceremony – the induction of 20 new U.S. citizens.  At 12:00 noon, the Vermont National Guard leads a march to the cemetery where a wreath from the White House is placed at the president’s gravesite.  Afternoon activities include Stringfield Springers old-time string band, barbecue, birthday cake, historic craft demonstrations, and wagon rides. In collaboration with the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

Exhibit Opening

Join us on the first day of the 2020 season to see the new exhibit The Roaring Twenties: Fashions, Fads, and All That Jazz, tour the site, and experience the excitement of the Killington Stage Race as hundreds of cyclists speed through the village!

Coolidge Holiday Open House

Kick off the holiday season in one of Vermont’s most scenic villages!  Visit the Coolidge Birthplace, decorated as it would have been in 1872 when Calvin was born.  Winter exhibits at the Museum & Education Center, Aldrich House, Plymouth Cheese Factory, and 1924 Summer White House office.  Vermont storyteller and VPR commentator Willem Lange at 11:00, sleigh rides, old-time music, craft demonstrations, chocolate making & sampling with The Chocolatorium, lunch at the Wilder House Restaurant, special cancellation at the historic Plymouth post office, and children’s holiday activities.    

Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest

A celebration of the harvest, with special attention to the apple!  Tour our heirloom orchard with its unusual and rare antique apple varieties.  The day begins with the second annual Coolidge 5K Race (and “I do not choose to run” one-mile walk) at 10:00.  Special guest Anne Collins, author of “Vintage Pies,” speaks about heritage harvest recipes (and shares samples!) at 1:30 PM.  Activities for the entire family: cider pressing, wagon rides, historic farm & craft demonstrations, barbecue & harvest treats, cheese making and guided tours of the Plymouth Cheese Factory. 

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