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Memorial Day Parade 2018

From The Blog Weekend Fun: A Memorial Day parade, stargazing party, contra dance, sidewalk sale, & more

This weekend in Woodstock is as much about the past as the present. Between enjoying Sidewalk Sale Days in the village, a flick at Pentangle Arts, and Sheep Shearing and Herding at Billings Farm, visit the war and veteran memorials throughout town, then join us for Saturday's Memorial Day Parade, featuring tractor-drawn wagons, marching bands, and of course, our veterans.


May 23-25 & beyond: Experience art that alludes to the natural world while transcending it at Humberto Ramirez: Works about form, space, light and color – an exhibit at Artistree.

May 23-27: Up your cooking skills and sample the fruit (or pasta!) of your labors with cooking classes with Odyssey Events in Bridgewater, where you’ll hand-craft tortellini, fettuccini, and ravioli. 

May 24-25: Watch Woodstock’s thoroughfare come alive with Sidewalk Sale Days – featuring the wares of village shops out in the open air!

Sidewalk Sale

May 24-25: Experienced puzzlers, this one’s for you: get a preview of Mindbender Mansion (members only) on the 24th, then come back for full access of brainteasers and interactive challenges on the 25th – offering 2,500 square feet of science fun to the Montshire Museum.

May 24-27: Love Farmhouse Pottery? Now’s your chance to grab their wares for a steal at their Grand Tent Sale of seconds, sale, and discounted items at the flagship Woodstock store. Stick around to watch potters at the wheel! 

May 25-26: Watch ewes shed their winter coats and Border Collies do what they do best at the Sheep Shearing & Herding event at Billings Farm & Museum! Plus, kids can get hands-on with fun wool activities.

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A scene from Avengers: Endgame

May 25-26: Get a weekend of spring trail riding on the books with Memorial Day Pleasure Rides! You’ll join Green Mountain Horse Association on a different scenic trail each day on long and short mileage options through Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and more. See link for pricing and registration.

May 25-26: It's the 27th Annual Vermont Open Studio Weekend! Visit Collective: The Art of Craft, Artistree, and other participating studios during this statewide celebration of the visual arts and creative process, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to meet a wide variety of local artists and craftspeople in their studios, and purchase high quality, hand made artwork.

May 25-27: Join the Avengers for the fight of their lives with a screening of the film, Avengers: Endgame, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

Woodstock Farmers Market sign
Katie Berdan


3 – 4 PM: If your kids want a little more pizza in their lives, then sign them up for Culinary Kids: Mini Pizzas at the Norman Williams Public Library – where children 10 and older can learn to make their own DIY mini-meal at home!

3 – 6 PM: Or stop by the Woodstock Farmers’ Market to sample tasty Italian cuisine that’s ready-to-eat– at the Vermont Fresh Pasta Tasting.

6:30 – 8:30 PM: Shake up with Thursday night with tee-shirt tie dyeing at Mix, Mingle & Make – your chance to get creative in an open art studio setting where adults can meet new people and explore new creative processes at Artistree. $5 material fee.

7 – 9 PM: Then, your night out doesn’t have to end! Stick around Artistree a few more hours for a group jam session that you can join or just enjoy from the sidelines – at Open Mic Night with Jim Yeager. Free.

7 – 9 PM: Or if trivia’s more your speed, head toward the Quechee Gorge for Pub Trivia at the Public House.


10 AM – 5 PM: See how farm-grown produce can be incorporated into delicious recipes during this session of Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum!

3 – 6 PM: Explore the idea of collective human experience and how that relates to memory through the oil paintings of Riley Strom in the opening reception of her solo art show, "Play to Win" at the Little House Gallery in South Woodstock.


5:30 – 9 PM: Later, explore Vermont’s 251 diverse towns and cities via the documentary, One Town at a Time, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. Get there at 5:30 to attend the reception where you can meet the filmmakers, then grab your seat for a 6:30 PM showing. Free, with a suggested donation of $10. 

7 – 9 PM: Swing your partner to the South Woodstock Contra Dance, where you'll be joining hands, twirling, and stomping to the giddy beat of live music in the Kedron Valley Inn's ballroom.

7 – 10 PM: Or catch a one-man-band of epic proportions when Jacob Green performs at Public House Queechee – serenading you with soulful blues and an acoustic concoction of guitar, dobro, cigar box guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and foot tambourine!

7:30 - 11 PM: Learn about the evolution of our stars, then gaze up at them in Vermont’s glorious night sky during the Spring Star Party: A Two Part Affair at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and The Horizons Observatory at The Prosper Valley School. No reservations necessary. 

Night Sky


8 AM – 1 PM: Stop by the town green for porch-perfect blooms and yard plantings at the Woodstock Garden Club Plant Sale!

8:30 AM – 5 PM: You’ll be horsing around at the May Schooling Show at South Woodstock’s Green Mountain Horse Association – complete with lead line, equitation, and pleasure classes for all levels, as well as games, trail class, jumpers from 2’3” to 3’6”, and wonderful prizes. See link for more details. 

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Want expert tips to get your summer garden started off right? Visit Kelly Way Gardens just south of town for their Summer Garden Tour Series where resident gardeners will share their tricks of the trade for planning and planting. Complimentary for Woodstock Inn & Resort guests, $10 for visitors. No reservations necessary.

10 AM: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park opens for the season! Join the National Park Service for a day of fun on the gorgeous grounds.

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The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP mansion
Memorial Day Parade historic fire engine
Katie Berdan
A historic fire engine in Woodstock's Memorial Day Parade

10:30 AM: Then, grab a spot on the sidewalk and help us celebrate with our Memorial Day Parade, marching through the center of town!

2 PM: Tour the nooks and crannies of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP’s spectacular open spaces tucked into the hills behind the Mansion – with Gardens Through the Generations. Registration required.


11 AM – 4 PM: Post up poolside at the Quechee Club during their Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party (members and renters only) featuring games, a photo-booth, ping pong, and barbeque classics! $12.95 for adults and children 6+.

2 PM: Get a behind-the-scenes look at all the spaces unavailable to the public in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP Mansion during the Hidden Spaces tour – from the family bedrooms to the Rockefeller’s soda fountain, to the private bowling alley!

5 – 8 PM: Sit down on the deck with a delicious drink while you enjoy sweet sounds by Berklee Alumnus, Jordan Snow, during Pub Night on Dewey's Deck at the Quechee Club (members & renters only).

MONDAY, MAY 27… is Memorial day!

There are several war and veteran memorials to visit throughout Woodstock. Click here for location information and details.

7:30 AM – 7 PM: Stock up during Customer Appreciation Day at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market – where everything in the store is 20% off!

2 PM: Take your pick from two programs that examine history at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park: Through a Child's Eyes - Children's Tour and Untold Stories! Reservations recommended.