No, not that kind of bomb.
West Newbury, Vermont is tiny: just 188 people. But what the village lacks in demographic heft it more than makes up for in spirit.
Case in point? The West Newbury Summer Festival, which erupts this Saturday, Aug. 11. It's the event's 34th year, which is definitely long enough to count as a tradition. The day will start slowly at 8 am -- pastries by Maddie Cakes, the early buyers meandering by the bake sale and white elephant sale, kids who can't contain themselves sitting down to get their faces painted -- but then things ramp up at 10:30 with the town parade, which for the fourth year in a row will be led by the Summertime Marching Band from Monroe, NH (here's the WMUR story that catapulted them to fame).
An hour later, the ribs barbecue gets going.
Really, though, what you want to be there for is what begins at noon: dessert. It'll all be provided by local bakers showcasing an eye-widening array of treats. You'll find:
* Carlene’s Coconut Chocolate Bomb
* Apple Molasses Upside Down Cake
* Peach Bundy
* Sour Cream Coffee Cake
* Betty’s Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting
* Flamingos Cake
* Jenni’s Gooseberry Cobbler
* Suzanne’s Crazy Chocolate Cake
* Mitzi’s Cheesecake with strawberries
* Shoofly Pie
* Gingerbread with lemon sauce
* Judy’s Zucchini Cake with cream cheese frosting
This is Vermont on a summer's Saturday. If you want to poke around a bucolic village in the hills above the Connecticut River, gaze across at the White Mountains, and eat your fill of the best that small-town bakers turn out, now you know where to go.