• Colors of the Kingdom is Saturday
     | September 19,2013

    ST. JOHNSBURY — The unofficial capital of the Northeast Kingdom will host its annual Colors of the Kingdom Autumn Festival on Saturday, combining train rides, an arts and crafts fair, a parade and other events at Catamount Film and Arts in St. Johnsbury.

    Beginning with an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast at the St. Johnsbury House on Main Street, and continuing with a farmers market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Pearl Street, the day will be packed with events and food for children and adults.

    At the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center, a number of activities will be running throughout the day, including the Fall Foliage Express, with 1½-hour train rides offered at 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. The train travels to nearby Barnet and back to St. Johnsbury. The fare is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, with entertainment offered by Choo Choo the Hobo Clown.

    From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., an arts and crafts fair will be held on the grounds of the welcome center, featuring more than 50 artisans and food vendors from around the region. On Railroad Street, just up from the welcome center, an art walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving festival guests a chance to visit downtown stores and restaurants.

    Free parking is provided all day in the downtown district’s parking lot and at on-street meters.

    Kingdom Community Services will be holding a food drive in the welcome center park to replenish the local food shelf. Nutritious, nonperishable food items and monetary donations are needed.

    Up the hill, Catamount Film and Arts will open its doors at 9 a.m. and feature many activities throughout the day and evening, including free art and dance classes, film shorts and live music.

    The Colors of the Kingdom parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Main Street, and the Athenaeum will open starting at 9 a.m. for a pie and book sale.

    The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, also on Main Street, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature free admission to the museum as well as its planetarium shows at 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. The shows will highlight the recently discovered comet ISON. Other comet-related activities and a live musical performance are planned.

    A complete list of the day’s activities can be found at www.nekchamber.com. For more details or to reserve a train ticket, call Nat Tripp at 748-8406 or contact the Northeast Kingdom Chamber at 748-3678 or email nekinfo@nekchamber.com. Train tickets may also be purchased online by going to www.catamountarts.org.

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