One of Maine’s earliest and longest running crafts fairs, devoted to showcasing the handmade or hand-manufactured wares of Maine craftsmen, craftswomen, and artists, returns Oct. 12 and 13 to the Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Rd./Route 27, Boothbay. The event is co-sponsored by Village and the Boothbay Region Information Center, who have been organizing Fall Foliage Festival together for decades.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per person. Children ages 12 and under admitted free.
Fall Foliage is a local and visitor favorite festival. Over the years, it has drawn thousands of attendees from across the Midcoast and across Maine. Many out-of-state visitors seeking local activities, for Maine’s leaf-changing season, usually stop by. And, according to weather prognosticators, this weekend in October will be peak foliage.
Sixty vendors — and counting — have signed on. Fine art, crafts and homemade items will be center stage, surrounded by what the Village considers among its major assets: the period structures surrounding the Green, and the Green itself – the locale of many annual community-focused events.
The commitment to the festival dates back 52 years. The Village and the Info Center have always viewed this annual event as an important community service to our local and statewide community, bringing goods and wares to area communities that are superior to what can be found in commercial malls – superior in value, quality and uniqueness.
The festival serves another community service role, a vital economic one. It is the opportunity for the fine artist or photographer, the quilter or the wood carver, the orchard worker or the beekeeper and many others to exchange their truly wonderful objects and products to support families and communities, while contributing to the overall Maine economy. Arts, crafts and culture-related businesses and organizations, known as “creative or cottage” industries, provide direct economic benefits to states and communities. They create jobs, attract investments, generate tax revenues and stimulate local economies through tourism and consumer purchases. Craftsmen and artists who find their way to Fall Foliage Festival every year are a segment within this economy sector.
The hard work, creativity and independent spirits of those who work with their hands are among the greatest of Maine’s legacies. More than a remembrance of the past, Maine and Mainers are viewed this way even today. This Festival is one of the ways in which the Village and the Info Center recognize the major contributions of these individuals. The Village considers it a privilege to host these sellers and buyers this weekend in October. They include:
Craftsmen/women Always Wonderful Memories | Bailey’s Honey | Blue Blair Photography | Boothbay Region Historical Society | C.G. Framed Creations | Coastal Bounty Barn | Country Crafting Diva | Craft Creations | Crafts & Collectibles | Crow Point Herbal | Donna's & Melinda's Crafts | Dragonfly Wingz & Artsy Thingz | East Boothbay United Methodist Men | Fairytale Beginnings | Fantasy Designs Maine | Fluid Art | Growing Rabbit Tree | Hawkes Farm & Greenhouse | JH Naturals | Joey’s Creations | Jukebox Coasters | Kwiltz4Kids | Lunn4Fun | M&M Ice Cream | Maine Lady | Marvin Jacobs | Moonlight Maple | Nita Greenleaf | R&L Berry Farm | Red Woodwrights | Sculptor Ann Alexander | Shadow Hill Farm | Shady Grove Pickings | Sheepscott Turnings | Slice O'Country | Stonehedge Pottery | Sweet Satisfaction Fudge | Sweetwoods Farm/J Wood | T&F Trunks | The Craft Cabin | The Mistletoad Shop | The Woodshaper Shop of Maine | Tropical Maine | Violet's Fine Crafts | Whimsy | Wolf Creek Maple | Food Vendors include | Crepe Elizabeth | Lions Club Chowder | M&M Ice Cream | Reggie’s Sausages | Nonprofits Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science | East Boothbay United Methodist Men | Sheepscot Turnings for Miles Hospital |
Local legends and favorites takeover the stage for live music for the two-day weekend – and that could include any vendors or visitors bringing their own instruments for the Open Mic, which will be MC’d by Soren and Emily Barker, musicians and educators. The lineup includes: Saturday, Oct. 12: Junction 27 (Sally, Dickie and Ronnie), 10 a.m. to noon; Boothbay Region Community Band, 12:15 to 1 p.m.; Open Mic, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13: Oyster Creek Fiddlers, directed by Kaity Newell, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Newell Family Band, 12:30 to 1 p.m.; Ask Us About Tree Work (Maisie Newell and Eric Dayan), 1 to 2 p.m.; Paul Johnson and Amber Jones, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Plenty of parking: There is plenty of parking at the Village. Parking is free in the Museum’s two large main parking lots, and there is also a special event parking lot across from the Village, right on Route 27, adjacent to T&D Variety. We will also have traffic and safety volunteers, as well as police details.
Kids Corner: Bring the family. As usual, we’ll devote a section of the Village Green to children, and volunteers will entertain, and keep them busy and safe while parents browse and shop.
$5 train tickets: The narrow gauge steam train will be rolling around the Village on the hour, every hour, providing riders a bird’s eye view of the entire Village — with opportunities for guests to step off the train and to explore exhibits detailing Maine’s railroad heritage, village life, and more than 60 antique vehicles.
Vendors: We’ve designed booths on the Village Green to expand on demand; vendors can be added right up until just before the event, Wednesday, Oct. 9. Access applications on the Village’s website: https://railwayvillage.org/event/fall-foliage/