ALL WEEKEND LONG…
May 3 – 5: Don’t miss the YoH Theater Players’ final show of the school year! Catch a rendition of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, The Wolves, performed at the Woodstock Union High School & Middle School. Called “an absorbing portrait of female adolescence” by The Economist, this play examines the dynamic of a high school soccer team with unflinching honesty.
May 3 – 5 & beyond: Then, spend some quality time with the least serious superhero during a showing of Shazam! You and the whole family can find evening showings of this film right off the Woodstock village green, at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.
May 4 & 5: Take the whole family to a free community chorus right in the village! Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday at 3 PM, you'll hear the melodic sound of the Freelance Family Singers at the First Congregational Church at 36 Elm Street in Woodstock. Refreshments served after the performance.
THURSDAY, MAY 2…
9:30 – 11 AM: Start your day the musical way with a fresh and early Morning Jam session with Ed Cheramie at Artistree. Free.
7 – 9 PM: Then, hit the old memory bank and the pub in one fell swoop with a round of trivia at the Public House in Quechee.
FRIDAY, MAY 3…
10 AM – 5 PM: Sample the flavors of Billings Farm & Museum with Foodways Fridays! The first of the season, this special weekly event invites you to discover how seasonal vegetables and herbs – plucked straight from the heirloom garden – are used on the farm. You’ll even leave with your own take-home historic recipe! Included with admission.
2 – 6 PM: Love salsa? Get a taste of some of Vermont's best at the Tom Knows Salsa tasting at the Woodstock Farmers' Market!
5 – 7 PM: From Daiginjo to Ginjo, Junmai, and Honjozo, you’ll explore the world of sake at Woodstock’s Hops N’ Barley. Led by Sake Expert, Jerry Rafoul, you’ll sip and learn the ancient history of this sophisticated fermented rice beverage.
6 – 8:30 PM: Eat what you may of farm-fresh fare at the Pop-up Dinner at Fable Farm in Barnard! RSVP is required (to [email protected]) for this offering of Eastman Farm's hearth-roasted meats, greens, and accoutrements for $25.
6 – 9:30 PM: Revel in all the wild wonders of the season during the Fiddlehead Fling Benefit Auction at the Montshire Museum of Science! Bid on a wide array of experiences and items during the silent and live auctions, then partake in delicious hors d’oeuvres by Christophe Chef Services, dessert by King Arthur Flour, two complimentary beverages, and a cash bar from Maple Street Catering.
7 – 9 PM: Meet a troupe of performers that can ad lib with the best of them at the Valley Improv Show at Artistree’s Grange Theatre! You can join in on the action by providing your own audience suggestions during this live, improvisational piece of live theater coming to Pomfret for one night only.
SATURDAY, MAY 4…
Watch horses and riders at peak performance during a day of spring competitions at the Green Mountain Horse Association (GMHA) in South Woodstock:
10 – 11 AM: The Tanglewood Marionettes will transport young and old to a whimsical world through a performance of The Fairy Circus, a musical, magical show of puppetry. Geared toward children from pre-kindergarten to grade 2, this production features over twenty handcrafted marionettes that showcase simple glove puppets to their more sophisticated brethren – coming to Artistree’s Grange Theatre. See link for pricing and details. Stick around after the show for a Fairy Crown Workshop at 11 AM ($5)! Or, keep the fun rolling with a round of Family Clay in the Artistree studio from 10 AM - 12 PM.
10 AM – 12 PM: For a bit of free fun, you can tumble down the rabbit hole at the opening of the Alice in Wonderland Children’s Art Exhibit & Tea Party in the Norman Williams Public Library Children’s Room!
11 AM: Welcome spring with a splash at the 2019 Bridgewater Raft Race, where you can join revelers on the river aboard your hand-made boat, or stick to the sidelines and watch the silliness unfold. For locations and details, click here.
11 AM – 2 PM: It’s a Neighborhood BBQ Fest and you’re invited – at Woodstock Home & Hardware! Enjoy grillables from Brennan’s Catering while shopping the tent sale Saturday (tent sale only extends through Sunday).
1 – 3 PM: Celebrate the Middle Covered Bridge’s 50th with the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges! Join fellow enthusiasts in NWPL’s Room of Requirement to hear from key speaker, Vermont’s State Architectural Historian, Devin Colman. Free.
1 – 4 PM: Craft a vase that’s as beautiful as the flowers it contains during the Ceramics Workshop: Hand Building Vases! Attendees will follow along with artist Deborah Goodwin as simple slab forms are transformed into works of art via patterns, seaming, and darting in Artistree’s studio. See link for pricing and details.
2 – 4 PM: How are Vermont journalists dealing with a fractured public, “fake news,” and daunting 24/7 news cycles? Uncover the answers at the presentation of Vermont Journalism in Turbulent Times, heading to NWPL’s Mezzanine Gallery. Attendees will talk with Anne Galloway, Founder and Editor of VTDigger, about modern challenges and opportunities, why independent journalism matters, and what role journalists have in our communities and public affairs.
SUNDAY, MAY 5…
1 – 3 PM: Snap awe-inspiring action shots of birds in flight during Raptors in Focus: Photography Workshop led by local photojournalist, Rob Strong, at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science! See link for pricing, pre-registration is required.
1 – 4 PM: Or if you’d like to set a new personal or professional growth path, head to Artistree for the Designing your Life workshop. There, Jenn Hayslett brings 25 years of leadership experience as a successful facilitator, trainer, teacher, and manager to help you build your way to a well-designed, joyful life that is productive and evolving. See link for pricing and registration details.
3 PM: Get a jump on Mother’s Day with the Spring Floral Brunch at Simon Pearce, complete with a three-course lunch, table setting inspirations, and a floral arrangement demonstration by Victoria Dilley, floral designer of Shelburne Farms. Top it off with a DIY bouquet all your own!