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From The Blog Weekend Fun: Bookstock literary festival, a Says You! quiz show, Farm to Ballet, & more await

A literary jubilee is just the beginning of what this weekend in Woodstock entails... read on to explore activities for one and all!



July 26-27 – Sample flavors of the Middle East with a delicious tahini-based confections that’s allergen-friendly during a tasting with Halvah Heaven at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market.

July 26-28 – Three days of ballet on horseback await with Adequan Dressage Days at South Woodstock’s Green Mountain Horse Association – complete with grand prix and musical freestyles and fabulous prizes!

July 26-28 – The literary event of the year is here: it’s Bookstock 2019! This Green Mountain Festival of Words features free author talks with some of your favorites, from a celebrated New Yorker cartoonist to new voices receiving international praise. Don’t miss out. Click here for the full, three-day schedule. 

July 26, 28, & 29 – Lift the curtain on the man who delivered opera to the masses with a showing of the film, Pavarotti, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

July 27-28 & beyond: Colorful quilts handcrafted in various corner of Windsor County will adorn the walls of Billings Farm & Museum during the 33rd Annual Quilt Exhibition – continuing through September 15th. See link for details.


8 AM – 5 PM: Fiber and textile arts come home to the farm during Thursday Threads at Billings Farm & Museum, featuring programs and activities centered on these soft, flexible materials. See link for details. 

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Then, stick around the farm for a session of fresh, delicious pizza-making at the state-of-the-art Billings Farm Culinary Academy (limited space available to public).

2 – 3:15 PM: The work of landscape masters Bierstadt, Cole, and Durand, among others adorn the walls of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP mansion – and now you can admire them all during this week’s Art Tour! Registration recommended, click the link for details.

4 – 6 PM: Want your snacks all-natural and preservative-free? Then head to the Woodstock Farmers’ Market for a Tasting with Lark Fine Foods, complete with their delicious cookies the whole family will enjoy.

Woodstock Farmers Market Indoors
Katie Berdan
Feast & Field
Katie Berdan

5:30 – 7 PM: Backyard vegetable gardens see much more variety than your local supermarket! That’s why saving your garden’s seeds is essential for reconnecting with the richness of endangered history, culture, and flavor, and to preserve beloved varieties. In a special SEED Saving Workshop with Sylvia Davatz in the Forest Center of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, attendees will uncover the basics of saving vegetable seeds, explaining issues of pollination, timing, spacing, annual vs. biennial varieties, isolation, and harvesting, cleaning, drying, and storing seed.

7 – 9 PM: Team up with friends for a brain-bending challenge during pub trivia at the Public House in Quechee.

7 – 10 PM: Or whip up some magic in the kitchen with a Soufflé Also Rises cooking class from Odyssey Events in Bridgewater.

7:30 – 9 PM: Observe as dancers and poets weave a unique tapestry in a Homage to Mary Oliver, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, at Artistree. With contributions from The Moving Spirit Dancers, and poetry readings from Robert Burchess, Norwood Long, Richard Schramm, Danelle Sims, Mary Jeanne Taylor, and more, this is one spectacular (and free!) event you don’t want to miss.

Bookstock Tent


8 – 10 AM: The Junior Golf Team is hitting the links at the Woodstock Country Club – and you’re invited. Via a scramble format on the back 9, participants will learn course management, equiquette, and more. See link for pricing and registration details.

9 AM – 7 PM: Bibliophiles, get ready for a non-stop literary fun with a day of Bookstock activities and presentations. See link for the full itinerary.

  • 9 AM – 5 PM: Used book sale under the tent on the town green
  • 12 PM: Choose from presentations by Chard deNiord, Dede Cummings, Geoffrey Douglas, James Geary, Suzanne Hinman
  • 1 PM: Choose from presentations by Garret Keizer & James Crews, James Dobson, Terry Osborne, Jim Rousmaniere, Geza Tetrallyay
  • 1 – 4 PM: Terry Osborne, Nature Writing Workshop
  • 2 PM: Choose from presentations by Sharon Lamb, Karen Mittelman, Matthew Olzmann & Rachel Hadas, Michelle Arnosky Sherburne
  • 3 PM: Choose from presentations by Brian Adams, Vievee Francis, Gary Meffe, Cherise Wolas
  • 4 PM: Choose from presentations by Christopher Dant, Thomas Christopher Greene, Rai d’Honoré
  • 7 PM: All Ages Anything Goes Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt

10 AM – 5 PM: See how garden ingredients are incorporated into tasty historic recipes during Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum!

2 – 3 PM: The Rockefeller-family fallout shelter is full of secrets from the Cold War era – unearth them all during Fallout Fridays at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. See link for registration details. 

4 – 6 PM: Want a taste of Vermont? Sip local spirits inside the calming interiors of Farmhouse Pottery during Summer Sips in their Woodstock location.

4 – 6 PM: Or if wine is more your speed, try Zippy Summer Whites and Chillable Reds during a wine tasting at Woodstock Hops N’ Barley.

Then, beginning at 5:30 PM, find your own brand of fun at one of the following:

Women Bikers

6 – 9 PM: If you missed Feast & Field on Thursday, don’t fret! You have another chance to partake in spectacular flavors and music with the unique sound of the Villalobos Brothers, straight from Veracruz, Mexico.


9 AM – 12 PM: Lace up your sneakers, because it’s time for the weekly Parkrun 5k at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP! Pre-registration required.

At 9:30 AM, adventure awaits with these outdoor activities:

9 AM – 5 PM: It’s day two of Bookstock! Check out the schedule here to learn about activities and presentations featuring your literary favorites.

  • 9 AM – 5 PM: Used book sale under the tent on the green
  • 10 AM: Presentation by Marcelo Gleiser
  • 10 AM – 3 PM: Woodstock Union High School and Middle School Virtual Reality Demonstration
  • 11 AM – 2 PM: Hire a Poet
  • 11:30 AM: Conversation with Carolyn Forché
  • 12 PM: Choose from presentations by Abdi Nor Iftin, Madeleine Kunin
  • 1 PM: Choose from presentations by Jennifer Acker, Jody Gladding, David Macaulay, Peter Money, Erin Rounds
  • 2 PM: Choose from presentations by Ed Koren, Jennifer Militello, Christina Thompson, Ocean Vuong
  • 3 PM: Choose from presentations by Rachel Barenbaum, Emily Bernard, Ilya Kaminsky, Michael J. Tougias
  • 4 PM: Choose from presentations by Russ Baker, Carolyn Forché, Christopher Klein

1 – 2 PM: Kids, you can walk in the shoes (or hiking boots) of a park ranger with Junior Ranger Adventures at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP! See link for more details and registration information.

2 – 3 PM: Step down into secret gardens overflowing with flowers and formal spaces straight from a landscaper’s dream during the Life in Full Bloom tour at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Click the link for details, including pre-registration information.

2 – 4 PM: Or tour the functional gardens of Billings Farm and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP during their combined Garden Tour. Combination ticket required, see link for insights.

6:30 – 10 PM: Experience a reinterpretation of classic ballet pieces telling the tales of the season with an exclusive Farm to Ballet performance! Grab your blanket, picnic basket, and the whole crew and head to Billings Farm & Museum for this evening performance on the farm. Advanced tickets are $20 for adults, free for children 12 and below. Day of tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. 

Ballet duet.
Ice Skating


9 AM – 2 PM: It’s your last chance to access the literary wonders of Bookstock – check the schedule now to uncover today’s activities and presentations.

  • 9 AM – 2 PM: Used book sale under the tent on the green
  • 10 AM: Presentation by Tracy Medeiros
  • 1 PM: Presentation by Kristina Rodanas

12:30 - 4 PM: Create your own work of art on the rink of Union Arena – then skate above the community mural during the 2nd Annual Paint the Ice event!

2 – 3:15 PM: From a bowling alley to a private Rockefeller-family soda fountain, you’ll delve into the often-unseen places within the mansion at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP during a Hidden Spaces tour. Pre-registration recommended.

3 – 5 PM: Take the whole family to a showing of the live-action classic, Charlotte’s Web (G), playing at Artistree’s Grange Theatre.

6 – 9 PM: A handcrafted menu of poached halibut, crispy eggplant stacks, carrot spice cake, and more are just some of the joys you’ll find at the Red Barn Dinner, set within the picturesque Kelly Way Gardens. See link for pricing and additional information.