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From The Blog Weekend Fun: Get carried away at a balloon festival, Father's Day fishing derby, Alumni Day parade, & more

Celebrate dad and summer with this fabulous weekend bursting with activities... read on!

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June 14 – 16: Get carried away at the 40th Annual Quechee Balloon Festival – where you can take to the skies in a hot air balloon, dance non-stop to live music, see raptor demonstrations, let the kids go wild on an obstacle course, watch skydivers and frisbee dogs, eat from one (or more!) of 15 food trucks, drink at the beer and wine garden, and be merry!

June 14 - 16: The show must go on – with a spectacular kick-off to the summer dressage season! At June Dressage with the Green Mountain Horse Association, you’ll find championship competitions for horseback riders of all ages, as well as ribbons and prizes for top finishers.

June 14 – 16 & beyond: Root for the underdog of your rom-com dreams during a showing of the film, Long Shot, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre! Starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen.

June 15 – 16: Drop in on Gravity Camp Weekends at Suicide Six – your kids’ own mountain bike oasis! Junior riders will hone braking, cornering, balancing, descending, and lifting skills with the help of certified coaches on lift-serviced trails. Plus, they’ll uncover the basics of bicycle and trail maintenance for well-rounded groms in the making! See link for pricing and details.


2 PM: Delve into the treasure trove of artistic wonders at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park with two tours: Art Pick and Conservation Through the Artist’s Eye! Registration recommended.

5 – 8:30 PM: At Feast & Field, you can sway to the sounds of Boston-based vibraphone and harp duo, Julian & Charles, while partaking in farm-fresh food, delicious drinks, and fun with friends and neighbors in the rolling farmland of Barnard.

6 – 7 PM: Hear firsthand about how and ill-fated move to rural Brazil led instead to a foreclosed New England Farmhouse and an indestructible mother/daughter relationship during the harrowing and hilarious author talk, How to Survive a Brazilian Betrayal – happening at The Yankee Bookshop!

6 – 8:30 PM: What could be better than wood fired pizza, drinks, and a game for the whole family? Head to South Woodstock’s Ransom Tavern for Bingo Night – playing is free, so grab a chair and enjoy!

Kedron Valley Inn
Kedron Valley Inn

7 – 9 PM: Or if you’d rather test your pop-culture know-how, check out Trivia Night at the Public House in Quechee.


Want to dust off those clubs and hit the green first thing? Check out…

Trio: Exploring Dementia

2 – 3 PM: Learn how the Rockefeller family prepped for nuclear war during Fallout Fridays at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, where you can step inside their 1960s era fallout shelter. Registration recommended.

3 – 6 PM: Try before you buy with a Von Trapp Beer Tasting featuring lager samples, pints, and giveaways all at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market.

5:30 – 7:30 PM: Observe the work of three artists who suffered from different forms of Dementia and how the disease affected their art over time with a stirring opening reception for the exhibit, Trio: Exploring Dementia, happening at Artistree. See link for details.

7:30 – 9 PM: Then, stick around at Artistree for an uplifting show from The Grinding Stone Trio, masters of the accordion, bouzouki/guitar, and bass who are ready to share their repertoire in the acoustic performance space, the Hay Loft. Click the link for additional details.

The Grinding Stone Trio
Shed at Kelly Way Gardens
Katie Berdan
Kelly Way Gardens


9 AM – 12 PM: Runners, no need to set your stopwatches! The timed parkrun 5k race is back at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Pre-registration required.

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Ready for seasonal bouquets that light up a room? See them in bloom during the Summer Garden Tour Series at Kelly Way Gardens, where the blues of June add vibrance to the Woodstock Inn & Resort’s perennial cut flower garden. $10 for visitors, free for inn guests.

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Shop as local as it gets at the Mt Tom Farmers' Market - just north of Billings Farm & Museum!

9:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Trek a leg of the AT with Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP and the Green Mountain Club during Appalachian Trail Hikes – featuring durations of 1.5 to 3 hours! Registration required, shuttle available.

10 AM – 5 PM: Heirloom vegetables are always in season, but now you can sample them with a historic spin at Foodways Fridays – where you’ll learn how they were incorporated into dishes at Billings Farm & Museum and even whip up some yourself using unique take-home recipes. See link for details.

11 AM – 3 PM: Fresh, delicious mozzarella is waiting at the Vermont Farmstead Cheese tasting at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market.

12 – 4 PM: Then, learn about hand-crafted Vermont spirits firsthand at the Stonecutter Spirits Tastings at Simon Pearce!

1 – 3:30 PM: Give your notebooks at bit of nature-made flair during the FREE print and bookmaking workshop, Making Nature Journals with Artistree – happening at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP’s Pony Shed. All ages welcome!

1:15 – 3:30 PM: Grab a scoop of Mountain Creamery ice cream on the Norman Williams Public Library's front lawn, then get ready, because at 2 PM, Woodstock’s alumni will take to the streets during our Annual Alumni Day Parade – featuring themed floats hand-crafted by graduates of all generations. Grab a spot around the green and enjoy the show!

Alumni Day Parade
Alumni Day Parade Float from 2018

2 PM: Or if you’d rather stroll through flowers and foliage, sign up now for the Gardens Through the Generations tour at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP!

4 – 6 PM: See the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies, I Remember Better When I Paint: Treating Alzheimer’s Through the Creative Arts, playing at Artistree. The movie will be followed with a talkback and tour of the Artistree Gallery exhibit, TRIO: Exploring Dementia.

5 – 7 PM: Are you a fan of classic slapstick? Then head to Billings Farm & Museum for a showing of Stan and Ollie – featuring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilley as Laurel and Hardy, delivering “dynamite performances that capture the expressions and physicality of the star comedians without ever descending into caricature.” – New York Times. Presented by the Woodstock Vermont Film Series.

Guests playing old style baseball.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16… is Father’s Day!

Celebrate Dad with:

1 – 1:30 PM: Get a behind-the-scenes tour at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science where you can discover the steps it takes to rehabilitate and release hundreds of wild birds. Pre-registration recommended.

2 – 3:15 PM: Want another dose of behind-the-scenes fun? Take the Hidden Spaces tour at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP to visit the big house’s service wing, see the Rockefeller’s soda fountain, bowling alley, and more! Registration recommended.

6 – 9 PM: Partake in a sumptuous meal at a Red Barn Dinner at Kelly Way Gardens – including a sampling of local flavors from cheesemakers, farmers, beekeepers, and dairymen. See link for menu and reservation information.

7 PM: Treat dad to a quaint concert among the books at Pleasant Street Book Store's presentation of Sonny's classic quartet! Drinks and attendance are both free!