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From The Blog Weekend Fun: A summer soiree, author reading by Zinzi Clemmons, West African Groove concert, & more

Vacation mode is on

Are you ready for what this weekend has in store?



June 28 – 30: Quechee Club members, don’t miss a moment of fun. This weekend, you’ll find exclusive access to indoor skydiving, live music, a lakeside bonfire, mountain biking, and more!

June 28 – 30 & beyond: Live Elton John’s true fantasy with a showing of the film, Rocketman, regaling Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre with the fantastical story of a melodic genius. 


1 – 4 PM: Kids, it’s time to get colorful with mixed media at Artistree! During Kids’ Afternoon Art Studio, little ones can create then venture outdoors for some supervised fun. Click here for pricing and details. 

2 – 3:15 PM: For a dose of culture, peruse the works by acclaimed landscape painters of the Hudson River School during the Art Tour at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Registration recommended, see link for more information.

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The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP mansion

4:30 – 5:30 PM: At the latest gathering of Green Drinks at Worthy Kitchen, attendees will learn about the Upper Valley Transformational Movement and its pursuit of a new type of thinking to address societal challenges.

Then, beginning at 4 PM, take your pick from two beer-tastic events:
•    4 – 6 PM: Fortius Wine Tasting at Woodstock Hops N' Barley
•    4 – 7 PM: Live music by Erin's Guild at the Long Trail Brewery

5 – 9 PM: Gather under tents and in the fields of a working Barnard farm to celebrate food, friends, and music at Feast & Field market, featuring live music by the Myra Flynn Band!

7 – 9 PM: Then, hit Quechee’s Public House Pub for a competitive round of brain-bending questions during Thursday Trivia!

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Artists painting in VINS' Meadow


9 AM – 12 PM: Enjoy wide open vistas and the glorious summer sun with a paintbrush in your hand with the free ArtisTree Plein Air Painting Group. Don’t miss this chance to join fellow artists as they paint Vermont’s gorgeous landscape.

10 AM – 5 PM: Take your cooking skills to historic heights at Billings Farm & Museum’s Foodways Fridays – featuring seasonal vegetables picked straight from the farm, plus a recipe you can try at home. Click the link for details.

2 – 3 PM: Descend into the Rockefeller family’s fallout bunker during Fallout Fridays at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, where you’ll learn how the Cold War influence conservation thinking, and what life was like as the world stood on the edge of nuclear destruction. Registration recommended, click here for more details.

4 – 7 PM: Sample brews from a Vermont institution during a Tasting with Harpoon Brewery at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market!

4:30 – 6 PM: Stop by the Norman Williams Public Library and meet Zinzi Clemmons, the author of What We Lose, a powerful, innovative novel that was named one of the best books of 2017 by Vogue, AV Club, NPR, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Electric Literature, Buzzfeed, and more.

Author Zinzi Clemmons
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Author Zinzi Clemmons

5:30 - 7 PM: Get into the West African Groove with a live concert by Baika! Head to the sun-drenched back lawn of the North Chapel for this free Music by the River event that demands you get up and dance – brought to you by Pentangle Arts.

5:30 – 7 PM: It’s an underground Summer Soiree and you’re invited! You’ll be taking a 60s Cocktail Hour in the Rockefeller’s fully-stocked fallout shelter, complete with fallout food at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Sixties duds optional but encouraged! See link for pricing and details.


9 – 11:30 AM: Calling all landowners! Join Travis Hart, Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, as he provides the basics for creating a habitat management plan to promote desirable species in this Working Woodlands Workshop at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. The indoor presentation will be followed by a hike around the park to learn about habitat requirements for different species. See link for reservation details.

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Runners on the trail at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

9 AM – 12 PM: On your mark, get set, go! Get your heart pumping at the Parkrun timed 5k race through the beautiful trails of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Advanced registration required.

9 AM – 12 PM: Want to add a splash of color to your artistic repertoire? At The Artist's Toolbox: Color in Drawing workshop at Artistree, you'll layer, blend, and scumble your way through engaging experiments with color with expert instruction from 2D artist Teal Emlyn Sallen. Click here for pricing and registration details.

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Immerse yourself in a beautiful, bountiful garden and learn how to manage your own green space all at once! During the Summer Garden Tour, you’ll learn Productive & Efficient Garden Management – no tilling necessary! – at Kelly Way Gardens. $10 for visitors, complimentary for Woodstock Inn & Resort guests.

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Want to sample a slice of the AT? Then join Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park staff and the Green Mountain Club for Appalachian Trail Hikes ranging from 1.5 to 3 hours in duration. Shuttle available – registration required.

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Produce doesn’t get any more local than this! Shop mountainside at the Mt Tom Farmers’ Market, just minutes from Woodstock’s village center.

1 – 2 PM: Budding trailblazers, adventure calls! Gather with friends, complete activities with park rangers, and earn your badge during Junior Ranger Adventures at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. See link for details.

2 – 3 PM: There’s no better place to see nature at its best than the heart of the conservation movement – at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. During their Life in Full Bloom garden tour, you’ll explore the precious botanical spaces both formal and secret dispersed through the property, and about the people who conceived and cultivated these beautiful spaces. Registration recommended.

2 – 4 PM: Or explore the gardens spaces at both the national park and Billings Farm with the Farm Garden Tour! Combination ticket required.

2 – 5 PM: It's Opening Day at South Woodstock's Green Mountain Perkins Academy, so come celebrate with refreshments and a historic cemetery tour by local performers!

7 – 9 PM: Want to cast your reel but don’t know where to start? Then partake in the Let's Go Fishing Clinic at picturesque Silver Lake, where attendees will learn about aquatic ecology, casting, knot tying, and regulations before fishing in the cool, clear water. See link for details.

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Fly fishing gear


1– 4 PM: Let art and jazz soothe your soul during a FREE performance of Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon in the heart of Woodstock's picturesque village at 1 The Green.

2 – 3:15 PM: From a soda fountain to a bowling alley, you’ll get a historic glimpse inside the life of the Rockefeller family at the Hidden Spaces tour at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP! Registration required.

6 – 9 PM: Then, enjoy a menu handcrafted from the pinnacle of local flavors in a fabulous summer setting at the Red Barn Dinner Series at Kelly Way Gardens – from Billings Farm mac & cheese to peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin. See link for details, pricing, and a full menu.