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Alexander Twilight Day, Apple and Cheese Festival this Sunday in Brownington

BROWNINGTON — African American Alexander Lucius Twilight was enigmatic and magnetic. He was driven and visionary. He also literally built the Old Stone House in Brownington, at the heart of the Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village.

The museum is inviting everyone to come out for a free celebration on his 226th birthday Sunday, September 26 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. with local drinks, Vermont cheeses, apples and pressing, live music, games for children, and more.

“We’re delighted to be able to throw a Covid-19 safe birthday bash for Mr. Twilight,” Molly Veysey, Executive Director of the Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village, said. “We’ll hold this event outdoors, ask that participants wear masks, and be taking RSVPs for a guaranteed time slot on Sunday, September 26 as space is limited to keep our numbers safe. Walk-ins will only be allowed in as space is available, so please RSVP to guarantee your spot.”

Pre-registration for this event has filled, but the museum will be allowing drop-in guests as space allows.

All drop-ins are encouraged to arrive after 4:00 p.m. when there will be capacity.

If you would like to arrive prior to then, you are welcome to explore the historic village, including our Twilight Educational Trail and Heritage Apple Orchard to pick apples.

This year’s celebration will kick off with speeches from Vermont State Representative Katherine Sims and Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village Board of Trustees President Carmen Jackson.

Tastings of cheeses from Cabot Creamery Co-operative and Jasper Hill Farms and sample drinks from Hill Farmstead Brewery, Eden Specialty Ciders, and others will be available.

The museum will be picking and selling fresh apples from their Heritage Apple Orchard, with cider pressing also to be demonstrated.

Of course, there will be fun for families with children, a museum open house from 2:30-5:00 p.m., LIVE music with Bill Tobin, and food for purchase.

In 2020, Alexander Twilight Day was made official.

The first annual Alexander Twilight Day last year included Representative Peter Welch reading a proclamation into the Congressional Record recognizing Mr. Twilight.

In addition, the Vermont State House passed a concurrent resolution recognizing Mr. Twilight’s birthday, September 23, as Alexander Twilight Day.

The museum always celebrates on the closest Sunday to Mr. Twilight’s birthday.

You can also celebrate Alexander Twilight Day by tuning in to join Old Stone House Museum & Historic Village Executive Director, Molly Veysey, virtually at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 as she headlines the The 251 Club of Vermont’s Annual Meeting.

Find the video feed here: https://www.orcamedia.net/show/2021-annual-meeting”

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