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From The Blog Weekend Fun: Gather goodies at the St James Fair, Moonlight Magic at Kedron Pond, Ice Cream & Flowers at the park, & more

Sun + fun = a weekend to remember. Read on for the details in between...

GMHA, Buck Davidson, Eventing
GMHA is the premiere competition facility in Vermont. Come and see the action!


July 11-14: With three rings of competition – hunters, jumpers, and equitation – this Summer Hunter Jumper Show at the Green Mountain Horse Association is sure to please every equestrian! See link for details.

July 12-15: In a performance AO Scott of the NYTimes calls “some of her very best work,” watch Emma Thompson banter with Mindy Kaling in the talk show comedy-drama, Late Night, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

July 13-14: Hit the links with a friend during the Woodstock Country Club Men's Invitational – where teams of two can partake in 27 holes Saturday or 18 holes Sunday. See link for details.

July 13-14: Kids, get ready to shred with Gravity Camp Weekends at Suicide Six! Perfect for ages 7-14, these camps offer a full day of mountain biking via coaching in skills area and on lift-serviced trails, along with sessions on bicycle maintenance and trail building. Follow the link for pricing and details.

Billings Farm in summer
Billings Farm & Museum
Billings Farm & Museum, nestled in vibrant summer colors
Winternight trilogy
The Winternight Trilogy

4 – 6 PM: Sample a local variety of traditional ciders during an Eden Specialty Ciders tasting at Woodstock Hops N’ Barley.

4 – 7 PM: Or sway to Summer Music riverside when the Moose Crossing Band plays at Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater.

5 – 9 PM: Hailed as “the best artist to come from New England in recent years” by American Songwriter, Bow Thayer is headed to the farmland of Barnard for a performance under the stars at Feast & Field.

6 – 7 PM: Eager for a book series that’ll give you chills? Join Yankee Bookshop for a discussion and meet-and-greet with Katherine Arden, author of national bestseller, The Winternight Trilogy.

7 – 9 PM: Then, test your knowledge during a night of Thursday Pub Trivia at the Public House in Quechee.


10 AM – 5 PM: Your food prep can take a page out of the history books during Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum, where you’ll discover how seasonal vegetables and herbs from the farm’s heirloom garden can be used in bygone recipes. See link for details. 

11:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Ready for a lunchtime pick-me-up? Then take a pit stop at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market for a Tasting with Nanarella's Fruit Pate – an organically sweet treat with natural ingredients. 

2 – 3 PM: Descend into a piece of 1960s culture frozen in time during Fallout Fridays at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, offering the chance to explore the Rockefeller family’s Cold War era fallout shelter. Registration required, see link for details.

4 – 5:30 PM: Explore a broad range of scenes captured by the artist’s eye: from women in party clothes in the Republic of Vanuatu to players on horseback in a polo match to small landscapes and individual portraits. During the Truth is Beauty Art Exhibit Reception, you can admire the wonderful works of Lucinda Shepard Herlihy at the Norman Williams Public Library Mezzanine.

5 – 6:30 PM: It’s wine-o-clock thanks to Owen Roe Wine Tasting set in the Kedron Valley Inn’s charming Ransom Tavern – where tasting is complimentary and a selection of the wines will be available for purchase with dinner. 

From 5:30 – 7 PM, take your pick from sweet treats to the sound of music with:

national park
The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP mansion


9 AM – 12 PM: Don’t drag your feet – hit the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller trails for this week’s Parkrun timed 5k! Online registration only, so sign up now.

Stay out-and-about with three activities in the great outdoors beginning at 9:30 AM:

10 AM – 12 PM: Curious about the current legal options for ecologically gentle alternatives to standard burial, as well as what determines whether you could be buried on your own land? Then join Michelle Acciavatti, President and Co-Founder of Green Burial for an informative presentation in the Forest Center of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.

10 AM – 3 PM: A Woodstock tradition 94 years in the making is back! Get ready for the 94th Annual St James Fair, filling the center of town with antiques, furniture, good food, live music, and more.

St James Fair
St James Episcopal Church
The St James Fair

10 AM – 3 PM: Peek under mossy rocks and through vibrant summer foliage in search of magic during Forest Fairy Hunts at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, where the kids can build fairy houses with natural materials and even meet a Fairy Grandmother! See link for pricing and details.

12 – 4 PM: Learn about handcrafted spirits and sample a range of gin and whiskey during the Stonecutter Spirits Tastings at Simon Pearce in Quechee.

Scene from "Isle of Dogs"

1 – 2 PM: Trailblaze like a park ranger during Junior Ranger Adventures for ages 7-12 at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP!

Then, get your tour on from 2 – 3 PM with two fabulous options:

5 – 7 PM: Wes Anderson fans, don’t miss his foray into stop-motion animation with the whimsical, wonderful, Isle of Dogs, playing at Billings Farm & Museum as part of The Woodstock Vermont Film Series.

5 – 10 PM: Dinner, drinks, live music, auctions and raffles await at Shir Shalom’s annual fundraiser, Summer Fun at 31!

7 – 9 PM: Is the idea of learning to fish alluring? Then gather with Vermont Fish & Wildlife for the Let's Go Fishing Clinic at Silver Lake, covering aquatic ecology, casting, knot tying, regulations, and more.

7 – 10 PM: Dine the DIY way with The Soufflé Also Rises cooking class taught by Odyssey Events in Bridgewater, featuring fresh Vermont ingredients from cheeses to eggs, cream, and local berries in a delicious dessert. BYOB and eat every last morsel of what you make! See link for pricing and details. 

7:30 - 9 PM: Hear mandolin, banjo, electric bass, and acoustic guitar come together in beautiful harmony with a performance of the 4 Hoarse Men (Pooh Sprague, Mike Wood, Steve Hennig, Ken Norcross) at Artistree. Click the link for pricing and performance details.

The 4 Hoarse Men