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From The Blog Weekend Fun: A night at the opera, the Secret Lives of Bats, Painting on the Rocks, & a wildlife photography workshop

October weekend magic awaits this Thursday through Sunday

Scroll down for activities near and (not so) far that'll have you celebrating this stunning season...

Joker film
A scene from the film. Joker


October 17-20 & beyond: Watch as four 1960s musicians escape from the afterlife to perform classic hits like ‘Love is a Many Splendored Thing,’ ‘Three Coins in the Fountain,’ and ‘Sixteen Tons when ArtisTree's Music Theatre Festival Presents: Forever Plaid.

October 17-20 & beyond: Green Mountain Horse Association Members (GMHA), now’s your exclusive chance to enjoy the facilities, equipment, and trails during Members’ Days!

October 18-20 & beyond: Experience a different side of Arthur Fleck with a showing of the super-villain origin film, Joker, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.


2 – 3:15 PM: Reveal how art influenced the conservation movement as you explore works by acclaimed landscape painters during an Art Tour at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Reservations recommended, see link for details.

6 – 7:30 PM: Meet the staff at the Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) and learn how they advance sustainability in the region during a round of Green Drinks at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP Forest Center! This event is free and open to all and includes complimentary snacks. 

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Mansion in autumn
The mansion at Mash-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
BFM Sip n Paint
Billings Farm & Museum

2 – 3 PM: Descend into the Rockefeller-built fallout shelter and learn how the Cold War influenced conservation efforts and beyond during Fallout Fridays at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Reservations recommended as space is limited, see link for more information.

6 – 7:30 PM: Then, middle-schoolers, this one’s for you! Sixth through eighth graders will build wearable creepy creations during this edition of Montshire Makers: Monster Heads – coming to the Montshire Museum in Norwich. Registration required.

6 – 8 PM: Paint on a piece of Billings Farm & Museum history – a slate roof tile from their antique barn, to be exact – when you join artist-in-residence Kristina Rodanas for a night of Painting on the Rocks at Billings Farm & Museum! Reservations required, follow the link to learn more.

"Hanging Bat" by Jared Belson is licensed under CC BY 2.0
A bat in daylight
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