On a gloriously warm Saturday I met a friend at Waterford for their first ever Winterfest. The village always has a fall fair but for the first time in 71 years it was cancelled due to storm warnings. The cancellation was a financial blow for the Waterford Foundation, so to try and raise funds the Winterfest was born. There were going to be craft vendors and a house tour around some of the village's historic homes.
Her website is here.
At all of the homes we visited we were greeted warmly by docents or the owners and treated to homemade refreshments after our tour. We nibbled on homemade cookies and cakes while sipping mulled or sparkling cider, the warm intoxicationg fragrances of their baking enveloping us as we walked through rooms listening to historical artifacts or family tales.
I liked this article on his website, written in 2011 when he lived in England.
I don't know if the foundation succeeded in recouping its losses from the fall fair cancellation but I hope that the Winterfest will now become an annual event as well. The village, vendors and homeowners had really gone out of their way to welcome strangers into the village. I'd left feeling like I'd made family friends, and it most surely was a lovely way to begin the Christmas season.