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From The Blog Weekend Fun: Honor mom with brunch, local shopping, a festival of plays, fun at Billings Farm's Draft Animal Day, & more

A mother’s work is never done but this weekend, she deserves some fun

Make it a weekend in Woodstock she (and the rest of the family) will never forget...

Elm Street Shops
Elm Street Shops
A scene from the film, Breakthrough

May 10-11: Dartmouth Theatre students are taking Artistree’s Grange Theatre by storm with Two Days in May: A Short Play Festival! No ticket is required for this performance of spectacular 10-minute plays, but be sure to arrive early in Pomfret to snap up a prime seat. Donations welcome.

May 10-13: Catch a stirring showing of the film, Breakthrough, inspired by true events and the power of faith, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

May 11-12: It’s all about mom this weekend at the Woodstock Inn & Resort! Follow the link or scroll down to learn about all the ways to celebrate with the inn’s Mother’s Day Weekend events.


6 – 8:30 PM: Gather round for a game night – community style! At South Woodstock’s Ransom Tavern, tasty pizza and bingo await the whole family.

6:30 – 8 PM: Want your own compost but don’t know where to begin? Join the Backyard Composting Workshop at the Bridgewater Grange to hear Cat Buxton discuss how to dispose of food scraps – then stick around for a Q&A. 

6:30 – 8:30 PM: Pick up a paintbrush, colored pencil, pen, or whatever medium inspires you – and create at Mix, Mingle & Make at Artistree! With this flexible open studio format, you can follow along with artist Chris Jacobson as she demonstrates fun, easy art techniques – or go your own way while socializing with friends and neighbors. $5 drop in material fee.

7 PM: Then, head upstairs at Artistree for Open Mic Night with Jim Yeager, where musicians of every level can take to the stage, instrument in hand, and jam out with a welcoming crowd of fellow music-makers. Free.

7 PM: Or, check out the pub scene while testing your pop culture knowledge during a round of Thursday Trivia at the Public House in Quechee.

A backyard compost


10 AM – 5 PM: Discover how seasonal vegetables are used on the farm during Foodways Friday at Billings Farm & Museum! Not only will you step inside the kitchen to see how things are done, but you’ll also receive a special take-how recipe – in addition to all the wonders Billings Farm has to offer. 

4 – 6 PM: What says spring better than a cheery glass of something cool, slightly sweet, and absolutely delicious? At Woodstock Hops N’ Barley, you can sample the new 2018 vintages during a special Rosé Tasting.


8 AM – 5 PM: Step back in time as you observe the Spring Driving Combined Test & Arena Driving Trial at the Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock – where horse-drawn carriages are sure to deliver period-perfect charm.

8:30 AM: Then, ready, set, go – for a spectacular run to Woodstock’s favorite mountaintop lake, during the Road to the Pogue race at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park! At the finish line, bragging rights and a fresh stack of pancakes await. But don’t drag your feet – once 500 people have signed up, registration is closed – so register online now!

Road to the Pogue 2018 Race
Road to the Pogue Facebook Page
Runners on the trail at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP
Fly fishing
Fly fishing gear

9 AM – 2:30 PM: Get an Introduction to Sketching Nature with Watercolors at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee – then, take your newfound skills outdoors in search of the perfect subject!

10 AM – 3 PM: Meet Certified Fly-Casting Instructor, Steve Rowe, at the lawn of Murphy Farm for a crash-course on fly fishing, then get your feet wet at the beautiful Lake Pinneo for a session of catch-and-release to kick off the 2019 Vermont Trout Season! Presented by the Quechee Club – see link for pricing and reservations.

11 AM – 3 PM: Then, fuel up with a sample of award-winning nuts during Bobbi Sue's Nuts Tasting at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market.

Golfing at the Woodstock Country Club
Jim Westphalen

1 – 4 PM: Want to Learn to Golf with Mom? Now’s your chance at the Woodstock Country Club - or for seasoned golfers, enjoy a Mother's Weekend Golf Scramble, also at the club!

1 – 4 PM: Make sure mom’s feeling the love during a Mother & Family Tennis Tournament at the Woodstock Athletic Club – complete with prizes and pointers from Director of Tennis Adri Atkinson. 

2 – 3:30 PM: How are Vermont journalists dealing with this fast-paced age of internet and social media communications, 24/7 news coverage, a polarized and fragmented public, “fake news” and financial pressures on traditional media? Get the answers at the Talk Series: Vermont Journalism in Turbulent Times at the Norman Williams Public Library, featuring special guest Maggie Cassidy, Editor of the Valley News. Free.

4 – 5:30 PM: A variety of teas await in a wonderfully soothing setting at Mother's Weekend Tea Time in the Woodstock Country Club Lounge. See link for pricing and registration details.

5 & 7 PM: If you’re looking for a legal thriller, it doesn’t get any more gripping than the truth – with the film, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, presented by the Woodstock Vermont Film Series. Choose from two showings at Billings Farm & Museum to uncover the incredible saga of Chinese immigrant owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York accused of mortgage fraud. 

SUNDAY, MAY 12… is Mother’s Day!

8:30 AM – 5 PM: A day at the spa gets a boost with an extra gift from ZENTS included with treatments during Mother's Spa Day at the Woodstock Inn & Resort. See link for pricing and details.

The Spa at the Woodstock Inn & Resort
Robert Miller
The Spa at the Woodstock Inn & Resort
Children showcasing oxen pairs.

10 AM – 5 PM: Meet the powerhouses of Billings Farm at Draft Animal Day!  See teams of draft horses, oxen, and steers working in the farm fields, catch demonstrations and programs, and as always there's chance to meet the award-winning dairy cows, sheep, goats, and other animals! Perfect for guests big and small.

11 AM – 2 PM: Enjoy a chef-crafted Mother's Day Brunch in the Woodstock Inn’s Rockefeller Room & Richardson’s Tavern accompanied by live music – for a sweet celebration of mom that everyone will love.

Other Mother’s Day meals in neighboring towns:

12:30 PM: Or whip something up for mom yourself during a Souffle cooking class with Odyssey Events in nearby Bridgewater.

7 – 9 PM: Then, close out  the weekend with live music you won’t forget at the Justin Gambino and Ben Laine Concert at Woodstock’s Little Theater.