ALL WEEKEND LONG…
December 5 & 7: Inner peace is at your fingertips with your choice of two rounds of free meditation led by the Monks of the Maple Forest Practice at South Woodstock’s Little House Gallery (6:30 – 7:30 PM on Thursday, 3 – 4 PM on Saturday).
December 6 – 8 & beyond: Based on the true story of two men who battled corporate interference and the laws of physics film on the racetrack, the film, Ford v Ferrari (PG-13) is coming to Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre! See link for tickets and showtimes.
December 7-8 & beyond: Holiday magic is in the air now that Christmas has come to Billings Farm & Museum! Explore the decorated farmhouse, partake in cooking demonstrations, dip candles, meet the farm animals, and even craft your own ornaments during this historic look at Christmas. See link for details.
December 7 & 8: Join the Freelance Family Singers in 40 years of tradition when you attend their holiday concerts at Woodstock's First Congregational Church in Woodstock at 7:00 PM on Saturday and 3 PM on Sunday.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5…
1 – 7 PM: Give yourself an early gift this holiday season with the Annual Spa Open House at the Woodstock Inn & Resort Spa. With free mini treatments from chair massages to reiki to facials, door prizes for everyone, raffles, and discounts on retail items, you can have your me-day and shop for friends, too. $15 entrance fee, see link for details and registration information.
6:30 PM: Practice makes perfect with this evening’s session of Mix, Mingle, & Make… FOOD – where you’ll learn how to make mouthwatering morsels for holiday parties at Artistree. Led by chef Holly Pierce for only $5 per person.
7 – 9 PM: Then, take the fun upstairs at Artistree for a musical interlude at Open Mic Night in the Hay Loft. All are welcome to take to the stage or grab a seat in the audience in this casual gathering of music-lovers.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6…
10:30 – 11:30 AM: Move mindfully with help from this week’s Qigong class at the Kedron Valley Inn. $20 per session, contact Gerry Sandweiss at g[email protected] or (802)457-4332 to reserve your space.
3 – 5 PM: Craft your own festive holiday decoration at the South Woodstock Wreath Workshop, back by popular demand! To reserve your spot, register now at the South Woodstock Country Store or email [email protected]. $35 for a small wreath, $50 for large - with supplies included.
5:30 PM: Give yourself and others the gift of art this year when you attend the Small Works Holiday Show opening reception at Artistree, exhibiting small works available for sale during the holiday season. Included is a wall of 50 panels measuring 50 sq inches each!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7…
9 AM – 1 PM: You’ll be one smart cookie if you put The Thomson’s Annual Holiday Bazaar & Cookie Walk on your calendar! Unique holiday gifts, handmade pottery, ornaments, jewelry, knitted and felted items, wreaths, homemade goodies, jams, jellies, pickles, sweet treats, and even Santa himself await…
9:30 AM – 5 PM: Join Danforth Pewter for their Holiday Celebration, complete with light refreshments, free ornament personalization, and a chance to win a $100 gift card! It's all happening right in the heart of downtown Woodstock.
Then, beginning at 10 AM, take your pick from hands-on fun to a shopping extravaganza to journaling 101:
2 – 6 PM: Bring the little ones to meet the jolliest elf of all, Santa himself, during A Holiday Open House at Ramunto's Brick & Brew Pizza! Stick around for a tasty round of gingerbread cookie decorating for $5 to benefit the local Bridgewater, VT Volunteer Fire Department.
3 & 5:30 PM: Follow two West Coast dreamers as they revive 200 acres of barren land in the entertaining, education, and joyful documentary, The Biggest Little Farm, presented by Woodstock Vermont Film Series at Billings Farm & Museum.
3 – 6 PM: Partake in a tradition 23 years in the making at the Annual Shackleton Thomas Open House at the Bridgewater Mill, complete with fine fiddling by Ida Mae Specker, plus activities and displays including crown making, tile decoration, wood planing, hand carving, and wheel-thrown pottery.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8…
2 – 3:30 PM: Why buy holiday cards when you can craft ones from the heart? At the Creative Holiday Cards workshop at Artistree, you’ll create three cards as you learn card folding techniques, ink distressing, stamping, embossing, and more. $20 per person, see link for details.
4 – 6 PM: Music lovers, rejoice! Classic jazz compositions by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Dave Brubeck, and others come to life as John Stowell and Draa Hobbs perform together at the Artistree Hay Loft. See link for more information.