Turkey day is just the start to a holiday season of fun in Dorset.  “Our town is almost a secret,” said Roger Squire, president of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce.  “We’d like a few people from the outside world to discover what a wonderful place Dorset is to visit or to live.”

On Friday, November 27, Dorset’s fifth annual Tractor Parade starts at sunset.  Decorated tractors of all sizes, shapes and ages will assemble at H.N. Williams Store and proceed up Route 30 to the Dorset Green.

Classical music comes to Dorset on Saturday, November 28.  The Manchester Music Festival Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Boccherini, Rachmaninov and Dankner at the Dorset Church.  “The Haydn piece includes the composer’s version of bird calls,” said Mr. Squire, “and there is a fandango in the Boccherini.  This will be a highly entertaining concert.”

Throughout the holiday period, Dorset’s first Gingerbread House Contest and Tour will be taking place.  Professional chefs and amateur bakers will show their gingerbread designs at a variety of locations around the town.  Judges will determine the winner of the contest on December 7.  There is a cash prize for the Gingerbread House selected as the best in both professional and amateur classes, and a prize drawing for someone who posts a “Selfie With Gingerbread” on the Chamber’s Facebook page.  A guide to display locations will be available online at www.dorsetvt.com.

Dorset’s annual Christmas tree lighting will be on Wednesday, December 2 at 5:00 PM, on the Dorset Green.  After caroling, there will be a bring-your-own soup and chili supper at the Dorset Church.

“This is a busy time of year for everyone,” said Mr. Squire.  “We’re happy to add a few things for people to put on their calendars.”