Posts Tagged ‘fall activities’

The Pumpkin Patch - An October Tradition in Granby CT

October 6th, 2011 by nancyross

Each year, directly across the street from the Dutch Iris Inn, South Congregational Church’s lawn is covered with beautiful pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colors.  It is quite a sight to see, and a visit to The Pumpkin Patch has become a Granby tradition for many families in the area.  Pick a PumpkinPumpkins and gourds are everyone’s favorites for autumn decorating, and the selection at The Pumpkin Patch offers great inspiration for holiday displays and pumpkin carving.  The beautiful setting is a wonderful photo opportunity, too! 

The Pumpkin Patch tradition was started many years ago, with the special efforts of a select few from South Church who wanted to help support the pumpkin growers and offer a way to raise funds for outreach activities that Church youth and members participate in throughout the year.  This festive endeavor has become well known throughout the region.  People come from near and far for the varieties offered here.  As for us, here at the Dutch Iris Inn, we cart wheelbarrows full of colorful pumpkins across the street to decorate our grounds for the fall – and you’ll find them indoors, as well.

Pumpkin Patch

Create an autumn excursion around your visit.  Driving down Salmon Brook Street, where beautiful sugar maple trees line the street, you’ll appreciate New England’s landscape and the colorful harvest that adorns the South Church lawn.  After you have made your pumpkin and gourd selections, stop at nearby farms to pick apples, watch cider pressing, munch on some cookies and other baked goods, and stock up on your local canned fruits and vegetables for the winter.  With the chilly air coming into the area soon (it has been a warm summer!), we look forward to crisp fall days and the slow approach of the quieter months to come.

The Evil FruitThe Pumpkin Patch is open throughout October.  You may come by to select your pumpkins and gourds 7 days a week:  Monday through Friday noon – dusk, and Saturdays and Sundays 10am – dusk.  It’s a lot of fun – bring your family, neighbors and friends!

The Granville Harvest Fair returns Columbus Day Weekend 2011

September 29th, 2011 by nancyross

Neighbor ScarcrowThe small town of Granville Massachusetts hosts a not-to-be-missed annual 3-day Harvest Fair that offers the quintessential New England fall festival experience.  Along a 1-mile stretch on a scenic country road, Route 57, you will encounter 6 main venues that offer food, crafts, art, music and festivities for the entire family.  This year, 2011, the Granville Harvest Fair runs October 8, 9 and 10, and as always, has free admission.  Shuttle buses from parking lots are available all around the area – but be sure to walk everywhere you can and soak in the beautiful autumn colors that surround you!

The main venues include the Town Green, the 1802 Meeting House, the Federated Church, Granville Library, the Village School, and new this year the Noble & Cooley Drum Factory and Museum.  Granville Civil War DrumThe Town Green, at the intersection of Routes 57 and 189, is set up like a bazaar, with over 30 vendors and crafters offering a variety of hard-to-resist creations.  And don’t forget to participate in the Scarecrow Convention!  The other venues offer beautifully hand-crafted items as well, various demonstrations, and you will find tasty treats along the way.  Hot apple pie and fresh cider pressing are just a few of the culinary temptations you will encounter, as you stroll from place to place.  

Love quilts?  Don’t forget to stop in the 1802 Meeting House where the Granville Quilt and Needlework Guild showcases their most amazing creations.  Love tractors?  The antique tractor demonstration area is always a popular stop.  Love antique cars?  The antique car show takes place all day Saturday.  Love history?  The town itself is a gem of historic architecture – small and quaint, surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes, farms and orchards.  Cheese WheelIn the center of town, you must visit The Granville Country Store, famous for its Granville Cellar Aged Cheddar Cheeses as well as other necessities you expect to find in a village general store. 

The Granville Harvest Fair draws people from all over Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New York and beyond.  How can such a small New England town pull off such a wonderful country fair year after year?  Volunteers make it all happen – people taking the time to provide a fabulous and exciting destination for their neighbors during our beautiful fall season.  Come and enjoy a piece of small-town New England at its peak!

Hayes Maze in North Granby CT is now open - the best Corn Maze around!

September 28th, 2011 by nancyross

Love a good corn maze?  Try your skills at this one!  A tradition that everyone in town looks forward to is the Hayes Maze located at 151 East Street in North Granby CT.  Stanley Hayes and his family choose a unique design each year, planting and hand-pulling the corn to create the most amazing designs for their corn maze.  Last year, the Hayes Maze depicted several well-known monuments.  Look at the photo here…can you identify the monuments in the corn maze from 2010? 

 

Hayes Corn Maze

The Hayes Maze has many twists and turns, and you’ll have such a festive time working your way through the maze.  To help you along, there are special stations set up within the maze that have questions for you to answer.  Each answer takes you in a different direction.  Answer the question correctly, and you’ll be on your way through the maze.  Answer incorrectly, and you head off in a dead-end direction.  New this year, for added fun, are 5 paper punch stations that are hidden throughout the maze. 

Want an added bonus to your trip?  Visit SweetPea Cheese, adjacent to the Hayes Maze.  SweetPea Cheese is part of House of Hayes Dairy Farm, and the Cheese Shop is open 10:00am – 7:00pm daily.  There you will find fresh goat milk and cow’s milk, yogurts and award-winning cheeses.  They have a variety of cheeses from which to choose, all freshly prepared on premises.  You can view the cheese preparation through the windows inside the shop.    GoatThe Dutch Iris Inn’s favorite goat cheese is the Chevre made at SweetPea Cheese.  …truly the best you’ll ever taste.  Really.  But we digress…we’ll share more about this cheese destination another time.  Let’s go back to the corn maze!

Bring your family out to the farm for a fun fall excursion.  The Hayes Maze is open Fridays 4:00-9:00pm, Saturdays 12noon-9:00pm, and Sundays 12noon-6:00pm.  If you come after dark for your corn maze challenge, be sure to bring a flashlight with you!  Admission to the Hayes Maze is $7.00 for Adults, $5.00 for Children 5-13 yrs., and Free for Tots (4 yrs and under).  Groups are also welcome, but please call to make arrangements ahead of time.

 

Granby Artists Association 10th Annual Open Studio Weekend, October 8 & 9, 2011

September 6th, 2011 by nancyross

One of our favorite events that happen here in Granby each year is the Granby Artists Association Open Studio Tour on Columbus Day weekend.  It never ceases to amaze us how many talented individuals we have in our community that excel in oil painting, wood working, watercolor, pottery wheel and claypottery, jewelry, calligraphy, cartooning, glassworks, photography, furniture and more.  Open Studio weekend is always at a beautiful time of year, with peak fall foliage providing the backdrop for a spectacular drive from studio to studio.  This year, the dates are Saturday & Sunday October 8th and 9th, 2011, 10am – 4pm each day. 

It is always a pleasure to meet the artists, talk with them about their craft, learn a few new things – how surprised we were to learn the intricacies of cartooning, and what it takes to produce a final draft!  Having the opportunity to see artists working with media that is not so familiar to us is a real treat.  We always come away with a better appreciation for the talent that surrounds us every day. 

Like previous years, you can participate in the “Passport” program while on tour.  Simply pick up your passport at the first studio you visit, have it stamped, and then have it stamped at all the other studios you tour that weekend.  If you get stamped by at least 12 of the 18 open studios, your name is entered into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate that you can spend at any studio(s) on tour. Paint brushes

For those who have stayed or visited us at the Dutch Iris Inn know how much we enjoy showcasing Granby art throughout our home.  Some of these pieces we found during Open Studio, and others we selected at various shows and from art stores in the area.  On the open studio tour, wonderful masterpieces of all kinds are available for show and for sale.  Come take a look and inspire your artist within!

For a map of the Granby Artists Association 10th Annual Open Studio Tour, visit the association’s website at www.granbyartists.org.  Why not get the best New England autumn experience around?  Forest fireSoak in beautiful fall foliage colors created by nature and view beautiful artwork created by our talented community artists.  See you on tour!

Holcomb Farm Film in the Loft: Creepy Crawley

October 27th, 2010 by nancyross

Independent Film:  Creepy CrawleyFriday Oct 29th at 7:30pm:  Special screening of Creepy Crawley, a suspense/thriller independent film, filmed in part at Holcomb Farm, West Granby CT.  The director and actor, Mike Lombardi, and cast members will be on hand throughout the evening to answer questions and discuss the movie.  The Granby Prevention Council (Youth Services Council) will be selling candy, popcorn and hot beverages.  Doors open at 7:00pm.  Wear warm clothes and bring a blanket or sleeping bag to sit on (chairs will be available as well) as there is no heat in the Loft.  What a great way to kick off the Halloween weekend. Hope to see you down on the Farm!  $8 students/seniors, $10 adults; call Holcomb Farm for tickets:  860-844-8616

Pick Your Own Apples, Nibble on Cider Donuts, and more!

October 7th, 2010 by nancyross

Apples Abound!Enjoy apple season at Bushy Hill Orchard or Lost Acres Orchard, just minutes from the Dutch Iris Inn.   Bushy Hill Orchard is open Fri-Sun 10am-5pm; Lost Acres Orchard is open every day throughout the fall, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm and Sun 12:30-5pm.  The onsite Creamery at Bushy Hill Orchard is open, and don’t forget to indulge in the wonderful farm kitchen goodies at Lost Acres Orchard…take some fresh cider home, too.  You’ll thank yourself later!

Granby Artists Association 9th Annual Open Studio Weekend

October 5th, 2010 by nancyross

Granby Artists Association

Granby Artists Association

October 9th & 10th, 2010, 10am-4pm.   Enjoy roaming through our town of Granby CT, meeting the artists in their studios and taking in some truly wonderful art.  Like last year, you can pick up a “Passport” at the first studio you visit.  If your Passport is stamped by at least 9 of the 12 studios, you will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate that you can spend at any studio on the tour.  There will be at least 19 artists within the 12 studio tour stops, spanning watercolors, oils, egg tempera, pastel, collage, calligraphy, photography, furniture making, cartooning, sculpture and found objects, glass, pottery, jewelry…who could want anything more?  Thank you for supporting Granby Art!

The Big E at the Eastern States Exposition

August 20th, 2009 by nancyross

Where else can you visit all 6 New England States in one day, with only a 30 minute drive from the Dutch Iris Inn?  The Big E!  Sep 18 - Oct 4, 2009.  Stroll down the Avenue of the States, visit agriculture and livestock exhibits, food contests, and more…all in grand state fair style.  Enjoy free live musical entertainment, The Big E Super Circus, and indulge in a Big E cream puff – the signature tasty treat of The Big E!

The Big E cream puff is a spectacular treat!

The Big E cream puff is a spectacular treat!

Dutch Iris Inn Special:  Stay with us on Wednesday September 23rd, attend Connecticut Day at The Big E, and get a second night free (Sep 22 or Sep 24).  Simply mention this blog post when reserving online or by phone, and show us your Big E ticket receipt before check-out.