Submitted by Tricia Follert, community development coordinator, Town of Morristown
With fall just around the corner and people meandering down the Green Mountain Byway we don’t want you to miss one of the greatest events in the Lamoille Valley. RocktoberFest is on Saturday, September 29 in downtown Morrisville.
The day starts out with a fabulous Copley 5K Run for the Heart race hosted by Copley Hospital being held at Peoples Academy and goes on to live music all day on Portland Street. This great street festival will feature the Chad Hollister Band from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and then hosts the Morrisville Alliance for Culture and Commerce’s Chair-art-able chair auction. This consists of 25 chairs, double chairs and tables painted by local citizens for you to bid on and take home as fabulous usable art. Live music follows the auction and the day entails many great events for the whole family, including pumpkin bowling, No Strings Marionettes, recycle mini golf, face painting, photo both and so much more. All the events are free.
If you aren’t going to be in Morrisville for the event but in the area through the fall foliage season we encourage you to take a ride on Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. From Morrisville you can connect to Hyde Park, Johnson and all the way through to Cambridge. This 17-mile ride runs through woodlands and farms along rivers and though villages with many amenities along the way. Begin the travels at 10 Railroad Street for some great java and breakfast, stop in at Lost Nation Brewing for some great eats and a cold brew or continue down the trail and check out the great offerings in the towns along the way.
Northern Vermont is a great place to visit during the foliage season and the Green Mountain Byway is a wonderful way to see the beautiful sights along the way. Start off in Waterbury, travel leisurely to Stowe, continue up to Morristown and follow the byway to Cambridge and then up an over Smugglers’ Notch.