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From The Blog Weekend fun: Find harmony at an a cappella concert, a woodworking and Forest Festival, interactive musical fun, butterfly tagging, & more

Let your sense of adventure guide you toward activities for all ages set under the stunning autumn foliage...

September 21-22: Horse-drawn wagon rides, hands-on-crafts, woodworking demos, and more await at this year’s free Forest Festival Weekend in the stunning Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. 

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Billings Farm & Museum
Feast & Field
Katie Berdan
The fresh food and beverage tent at Feast & Field


2 – 3:15 PM: Want to know how art influenced the conservation movement? Discover the answer through Hudson River School works by the likes of Bierstadt, Cole, and Durand during an Art Tour at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (NHP). Reservations recommended, see link for details. 

5 – 6 PM: Celebrate the work of groups protecting the birds, rivers, forests, energy, or economy of the Upper Valley during this round of Green Drinks: Sustainable Connections – a social gathering at Worthy Kitchen.

5 – 8:30 PM: The farmland of Barnard will come alive with music this evening when four-piece rock and roll band, Moxley Union, performs live at Feast and Field.

6:30 – 9:30 PM: A free flow session of musical collaboration is a great way to end your day during the 3rd Thursday Jam Session with Interplay Jazz & Arts.

7 – 8:30 PM: Or join VINS for a screening of Negotiating with Nature, a compelling documentary that examines how the widening disconnect with nature is shaping our lives – followed by a Q&A with film-maker Stefan van Norden.


2 – 3 PM: Step into the Rockefeller family’s 1960s bomb shelter and uncover what life was like on the brink of nuclear war during this session of Fallout Fridays at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.


9:30 – 10:30 AM: Pumpkins, Squashes & Gourds - Oh my! It’s time to marvel at the 57 varieties coming out of the pumpkin patch during this Summer Garden Tour Series at Kelly Way Gardens.


9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Then, take pieces of the farm home with you when you do your fresh, local produce shopping at the Mt Tom Farmers’ Market.

2 – 3 PM: Stretch your legs, discover, and learn during the Forest History and the Future guided hike at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Reservations recommended. See link for more information.

5 & 7 PM: Catch a showing of the film the San Francisco Chronicle calls, “A 76-minute visual poem that pays homage to folks who still harbor hopes and dreams despite a hardscrabble existence.” The Woodstock Vermont Film Series presents, Hale County This Morning, This Evening – playing at Billings Farm & Museum.


1:30 – 3 PM: Join VINS in welcoming new arrivals to the Board of Trustees and bidding farewell to a few departures during their Annual Meeting complete with light refreshments. RSVP by September 16.

2 – 3 PM: Investigate the secret spaces of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP mansion during a Hidden Spaces tour that’ll take you past the Rockefeller soda fountain, bowling alley, service wing, and more. Reservations recommended, see link for details.

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The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP mansion