ALL WEEKEND LONG…
October 24-26: A star from the Tony award-winning musical Hamilton is coming to Woodstock’s Town Hall Theatre! During a three-day dance/theatre intensive, kids ages 10-17 will gain essential insights on performance acting, musical theatre dance, hip hop, jazz, and more from Broadway performer Seth Stewart. But don’t delay – spots are filling up fast, so register now and break a leg! Click here for tickets via Pentangle Arts.
October 24-26: For another dose of theatrical fun, head to Artistree’s Grange Theatre for a night of zany antics and 1950s tunes as ArtisTree's Music Theatre Festival Presents Forever Plaid! Buy your tickets now – because this is the final weekend to hear the pop-laden tale of four singers brought back from the afterlife to perform one last show.
October 26 & 26: Period junkies, this one’s for you! The Crawley family is back in a rush of early 20th-century splendor with the film, Downton Abbey, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24…
2 – 3:15 PM: Ready for a bit of culture? Then head to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park for a tour of the Rockefeller family’s art collection. Reservations recommended.
5 – 8 PM: Join MoonRise Therapeutics for a Celebration and Fundraiser at Five Birds Farm featuring delicious food and drink, presentations, and a silent auction of horse-drawn sleigh rides, a dinner for two at Mangalitsa, Grange Theatre tickets, a handmade Charles Shackleton table, and more!
5:30 – 7 PM: Itching to tour a historic Woodstock home on the Green and learn about solar power in one fell swoop? Then join Same Sun of Vermont for an Open House at 16 The Green for a showcase of the stunning 1823 property and the solar and battery power systems that support it. RSVPs required, see link for details.
6:30 PM: Or make dinner a learning experience with Mix, Mingle, and Make… Food! You’ll join friends and neighbors in creating all things wrapped and rolled, incorporating tasty items like bacon, puff pastry, toasted nuts, and chocolate at Artistree. And best of all? It’s only $5!
7 – 9 PM: Want to debut your musical skills or prefer to listen from the audience? In Artistree’s Hay Loft, you’ll find a warm, collaborative environment perfect for Open Mic Night!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25…
10 AM – 5 PM: Get a lesson in farm-to-table food-prep during Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum – as interpreters demonstrate how seasonal vegetables and herbs from the heirloom garden are used in historic recipes.
2 – 3 PM: For a blast-from-the-past of a different variety, descend into the Rockefeller family’s 1960s bomb shelter to reveal what life was like during the Cold War as part of Fallout Fridays at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.
7:30 – 10 PM: Just off Route 4, tunes and square dancing await at the West Bridgewater Grange when The Bear Mountain Jammers perform live!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26…
9 – 11 AM: Learn how to identify and respond to one of Vermont’s most destructive pests during the Emerald Ash Borer in Vermont - Working Woodlands Workshop at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Pre-register as space is limited.
Beginning at 10 AM, take your pick from two events brimming with Halloween fun:
- 10 – 11 AM: Room on the Broom movie showing and pumpkin decorating at Artistree
- 10 AM – 8 PM: Hoots and Howls at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, complete with face painting, storytelling, animal meet-and-greets, puppet show, tour of the Forest Canopy Walk, and more!
For a one-two-punch of literary proportions, check out these two events:
- 10:30 - 11:30 AM: Gather round to analyze one of the most celebrated of 20th century novels during the Classics Book Discussion of Beloved, by Toni Morrison at the Norman Williams Public Library.
- 11 AM – 12 PM: Meet local naturalist Mary Holland for a book signing of the new second edition of Naturally Curious at the Yankee Bookshop.
2 – 3 PM: Next up: get a last look at the vibrant shades of autumn during a free, guided Foliage Hike at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, featuring insight into how this sustainably-managed working forest has and will transform – from past to present to future. Reservations recommended, see link for details.
2 & 5 PM: You’ve got two chances to explore Victorian-era superstitions during the Farm House/Manor House: Life & Death Tours! Register now to reserve your spot in this walking tour through the historic buildings at Billings Farm & Museum and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller mansion that’ll shed light on the lives and deaths experienced within their walls.
3 – 5 PM: Don your most creative Halloween garb for a round of Costumes on the Court at the Woodstock Athletic Club.
3 & 5:30 PM: Then, jazz up your Saturday with your choice of two showings of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, presented by the Woodstock Vermont Film Series at Billings Farm & Museum.
5 – 7 PM: It’s no trick – kids can get an early start on their candy collection during a round of South Woodstock community trick-or-treating followed by a dessert pot-luck at the fire house! Start at the Kedron Valley Inn for a map to guide your way.
5 – 7:30 PM: On a cold fall day, there’s nothing better than a hot, ready-made meal! You’ll find just that during the Oyster Stew Supper with the Broad Brook Volunteer Fire Association in Barnard.
6:30 – 8:30 PM: Or if you’d rather make a tasty supper with your own hands, join Odyssey Events in Bridgewater for their Name that Fish Stew cooking class.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27…
7:30 – 10:30 AM: Dig in to a tasty morning meal of pancakes, sausage, coffee, cider, and more during the 8th Annual Pomfret-Teago Firehouse Pancake Breakfast at the Teago Station in South Pomfret, across from the Library and Artistree! $8 for adults, $4 for kids 12 and under.
10 AM – 5 PM: All the joys of a festive fall day come together at Billings Farm & Museum during A Family Halloween – including doughnuts-on-a-string, pumpkin picking and carving, Halloween tales, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and much more! And best of all? Costumed kids are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult!
2 – 3:15 PM: Want to go behind-the-scenes to learn how the other half lived? You'll explore the little-seen corners of the Rockefeller estate during a Hidden Spaces Tour that’ll take you through the family bedrooms, service wing, bowling alley, and more at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Reservations recommended.
4 PM: Craving a melodic conclusion to your weekend? You can hear the world's finest active duty musicians deliver a live, FREE concert when the United States Air Force American Clarinet Quartet performs modern compositions and classical favorites at Artistree.