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click to enlarge MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen

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Queen City Ghostwalk

From bustling Church Street to the highly trafficked waterfront, Burlington is anything but a ghost town — unless Thea Lewis is leading your way. The actor, author and paranormal historian is also Vermont's queen of Halloween, and, in the weeks leading up to that haunted holiday, she presides over three walking tours rife with local history and mystery. The Darkness Falls Tour explores the spooky spirits of Burlington's downtown; the Wicked Waterfront Tour dives into shipwrecks, lake monsters and shoreline mischief; and the Cemetery Tour travels to the city's most ghoulish gravestones. These tales are spine-tingling but typically appropriate for ages 9 and up.

Tours run Fridays through Sundays through October 31, with additional dates leading up to Halloween. Advance ticket purchases recommended. Info, queencityghostwalk.com.

East Charlotte Tractor Parade

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  • Courtesy of Tractor Parade

Vermont is known for its strong agricultural heritage, and those farming traditions are never more apparent than at the annual East Charlotte Tractor Parade. As many as 200 modern and antique tractors — some dating back to the 1930s — chug along Spear Street just 25 minutes south of downtown Burlington in a grand procession signaling the end of harvest season. The rigs travel here from all over the state — some even ferry across Lake Champlain from New York. Now in its 17th year, the parade has grown to include an open-air market with food and crafts, kids’ games, and hayride shuttles.

Sunday, October 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Spear Street and Jackson Hill Road in East Charlotte. Info, 802-425-4444.

Shelburne Orchards

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  • Courtesy of Shelburne orchards

Autumn in Vermont means apples: Paula Reds, McIntoshes, Cortlands, Empires, Honeycrisps, and so many more heirloom and popular varieties. In nearby Shelburne Orchards, the pickings are good — and the seasonal events are even better.

Head to the lake-adjacent orchard for its Annual Pie Fest (September 24), a baking contest complete with pie eating and live music. Taiko in the Orchard (September 30) attracts beat-keepers from across the U.S. and Canada for a daylong drum circle. Truckload and Hard Cider Weekend (October 14 and 15) allows visitors to fill their cars with as many dropped apples as they can and their carboys with a special blend of apple cider. On that weekend, Burlington's Citizen Cider will dole out hard cider samples and hard-earned cider-making wisdom. Our own word to the wise: Don't leave without sampling a cider doughnut from the Orchard Café.

Shelburne Orchards is open for apple picking through late October. Info, shelburneorchards.com.

En Saison

click to enlarge MATTHEW THORSEN
  • Matthew Thorsen

Queen City Ghostwalk

De Chuch Street, qui grouille de monde, jusqu'au secteur riverain toujours très animé, Burlington est loin d'être une ville fantôme — sauf si Thea Lewis vous sert de guide. Comédienne, auteure et historienne du paranormal, elle est également la reine de l'Halloween au Vermont. Dans les semaines précédant cette fête, elle anime trois visites à pied empreintes de mystère et d'histoire locale : le Darkness Falls Tour met en vedette les spectres qui hantent le centre-ville de Burlington, le Wicked Waterfront Tour s'intéresse aux épaves, aux montres lacustres et aux méfaits perpétrés aux abords du lac, et le Cemetery Tour fait découvrir les tombes les plus effrayantes de la ville. Ces récits vous donneront à coup sûr la chair de poule, mais conviennent généralement aux enfants de 9 ans et plus.

Les visites ont lieu du vendredi au dimanche jusqu'au 31 octobre, et des dates additionnelles s'ajoutent à l'approche de l'Halloween. Il est conseillé d'acheter ses billets à l'avance. Info : queencityghostwalk.com.

East Charlotte Tractor Parade

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  • Courtesy of Tractor Parade

Le Vermont est reconnu pour sa solide tradition agricole, dont l'annuel défilé de tracteurs d'East Charlotte est l'exemple le plus éloquent. Quelque 200 tracteurs modernes et antiques — certains remontent aux années 1930 — progressent le long de Spear Street, à seulement 25 minutes au sud du centre-ville de Burlington, dans une grande procession marquant la fin de la saison des récoltes. Des tracteurs de tous les horizons convergent à cette occasion — certains arrivent même de l'État de New York sur le traversier du lac Champlain. L'événement, qui en est à sa 17e année, a pris de l'expansion au fil des ans : il comprend maintenant un marché à ciel ouvert proposant des produits alimentaires et artisanaux, ainsi que des jeux pour enfants et des tours de chariot à foin.

Le dimanche 8 octobre, de 11 h à 17 h, à l'intersection de Spear Street et de Jackson Hill Road à East Charlotte. Info : 802-425-4444.

Shelburne Orchards

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  • Courtesy of Shelburne orchards

Dans le verger adjacent au lac, place à l'annuel Pie Fest (24 septembre), un concours de la meilleure tarte avec dégustations et musique sur place. Le 30 septembre, l'événement Taiko in the Orchard attire des batteurs de partout aux États-Unis et au Canada à l'occasion d'une journée de percussions endiablées. Lors des Truckload and Hard Cider Weekend (14 et 15 octobre), les visiteurs peuvent remplir leur voiture d'autant de pommes tombées qu'ils le veulent et leurs bonbonnes d'un mélange spécial de cidre de pommes. Au cours de ce week-end, la cidrerie Citizen Cider de Burlington sera présente afin de distribuer des échantillons de ses produits et faire profiter les visiteurs de son savoir-faire en matière de fabrication du cidre. Petit conseil : ne partez pas sans avoir goûté un beignet au cidre du Café Orchard.

Shelburne Orchards est ouvert pour l'autocueillette jusqu'à la fin d'octobre. Info : shelburneorchards.com.

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Carolyn Fox was the Seven Days calendar editor from 2009-2012. From 2012-2013, she was the managing editor of Kids VT. She currently works as Special Publications Manager for Seven Days.

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