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From The Blog Weekend Fun: Get crafty with wreath-making and glass-fusing workshops, then meditate on art, film, theatre, & literature

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray

But we've got all the activities that'll make you want to seize the day! Read on...


November 14-17: This week’s dose of culture comes direct to you from Barnard with stirring performances of the Pulitzer Prize nominated family drama, Other Desert Cities, presented by BarnArts at the Barnard Town Hall. See link for tickets and more information.

November 15-17 & beyond: Watch as Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch), Nikolai Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), and George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) go head-to-head to illuminate the world with a high-wattage showing of the film, The Current War, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

A scene from the film, The Current War
A scene from the film, The Current War

November 16 & 17: Then, unplug from it all with November Weekends at Billings Farm & Museum. There, every member of the family can meet the cows, horses, oxen, chickens, and sheep that call the farm home, and enjoy farm life exhibits and hands-on activities! See link for details.


6:30 – 7:30 PM: Harness inner peace with a free session of Meditation led by the Monks of the Maple Forest Practice. This event begins with an optional 30 minutes of instruction prior to 35 minutes of sitting at the Little House Gallery in South Woodstock. No registration required.

BFM Sip n Paint
Billings Farm & Museum


10:30 – 11:30 AM: Learn to move with awareness during this round of Qigong Classes at the Kedron Valley Inn ($20 per person). To register or learn more, contact Gerry Sandweiss at or (802) 457-4332.

6 – 8 PM: Later, make the recycled slate roof tiles from Billings Farm your canvas when you join in on a night of Painting “On the Rocks,” led by Artist-in-Residence Kristina Rodanas at Billings Farm & Museum! See link for pricing and registration details.

6 – 7:30 PM: Kids grades 6-8 can transform Trash to Treasure during an evening of Montshire Makers at the Montshire Museum in Norwich. Middle schoolers, you’ll hunt through parts, pieces, gears, cams, and wires, then solder or hot glue your finds together to create something totally new and different! Click the link for registration details and pricing.

Glass fusing
Norman Williams Public Library in Snow
Norman Williams Public Library in Snow

2 – 3:30 PM: Hear from author Nancy Cardenuto about her new young-adult book, The Hope of Poker Westman, during a presentation that sheds light on this story of a father-son duo that heals while experiencing the adventures of a foreign culture and the mysteries of a crashed World War II fighter plane. This free event is coming to the Norman Williams Public Library.

3 – 4 PM: Then, you have another chance at a free meditation session led by the Monks of the Maple Forest Practice at the Little House Gallery in South Woodstock! No registration required.


1 – 3 PM: End your weekend with a bit of hands-on fun that’ll cozy up your home just in time for the holidays! Don’t miss out on the Wreath Making Workshop at South Woodstock’s Little House Gallery – just $35 with materials included. Register at the South Woodstock Country Store.