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Antique Tractor Day at Billings

From The Blog Weekend Fun: Indulge in nostalgia with Antique Tractor Day, South Woodstock Day, & an ox and pony pull

Are you ready for an action-packed August? This weekend starts the height of summer off with a bang - don't miss out on everything Woodstock has to offer...


August 1-3 – What is a book to you? A story, an exploration, a gateway into another world? In the spectacular Unbound vol. IX Gallery Exhibit, you’ll uncover what it means to local artists and reveal a book's diverse paths to inspiration.

August 1-4 – Create a dairy and egg-infused masterpiece during Soufflé Also Rises cooking classes with Odyssey Events in Bridgewater – featuring fresh Vermont ingredients!

August 1-4 & beyond – See exceptional handcrafted quilts made by Windsor County artisans adorning the walls of Billings Farm & Museum during the 33rd Annual Quilt Exhibition! Quilting demonstrations, programs, and activities for all ages abound.

August 2-4 – Kids, unleash your creativity at the Montshire Block Party: An Outdoor Engineering Weekend! Manipulate enormous blocks, wood, cardboard, and other materials to craft towers, ramps, tunnels, bridges, and grand castles plucked straight from your imagination. See link for pricing and details.

Toy Story 4

August 2, 4, 5 – Every Ending is a New Beginning, especially with the blockbuster film, Toy Story 4, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre! Don’t miss this chance to catch Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang for a last hurrah lauded by critics for its story, humor, emotion, animation, and vocal performances. See link for tickets and pricing.

August 3-4 – Drop into Gravity Camp Weekends at Suicide Six, where kids will spend a day on the mountain, flowing down trails, honing skills, and learning mountain bike maintenance and trail building! As a bonus, all camp participants receive a 2019 bike park pass so they can continue to shred all year long.

August 3-4 – Conquer up to 50 miles of majestic trails on horseback with the Green Mountain Horse Association! Take your pick from a 2-Day 50-Mile CTR, Single Day 25s, and Pleasure Rides complete with meals and natural vistas galore. See link for schedule, trail, and registration information.


1– 2:30 PM: Want to meet other Woodstockers in a fun, friendly environment? At a special Speed Neighboring & Community Conversation, attendees will rotate through a series of 4-minute conversations with a new neighbor each time. Afterward, you'll wrap up with refreshments and a chance to hear about Our Woodstock, Our Future and share your thoughts about what makes Woodstock great and what would make it even better. Happening at the Optimist Center. 

2 – 3:15 PM: Next up, step across the street for your daily dose of culture during a special Art Tour at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (NHP) mansion! Here, you can admire the masterpieces of Hudson River School painters up close and learn how art influenced the conservation movement. See link for registration and details.

4 – 7 PM: Craving live music and some cold brews? Then join the Super Stash Bros as they deliver a mix of funk, rock, hip-hop, and reggae at Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater.

4:30 – 9 PM: It’s a double whammy of art and live music at Feast & Field! First up is the Art on the Farm Sculpture Exhibition – followed by a live performance by Strangled Darlings, the story-telling musical duo of your dreams. See link for details.

Feast & Field
Katie Berdan
The fresh food and beverage tent at Feast & Field

6:30 – 8:30 PM: Love art-making and want to meet like-minded folks? Then head to Artistree for a night of Mix, Mingle, and Make, then head upstairs to the Hay Loft for an Open Mic Night (7-9 PM) you won't want to miss!


8 AM – 10 AM: The early bird gets the worm with this scramble on the back 9 with the Junior Golf Team at the Woodstock Country Club! See link for pricing and registration.

10 AM – 5 PM: Then, get cooking in the kitchen with a dash of historic flair during Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum. You’ll not only learn how seasonal vegetables and herbs go from the farm’s garden to tasty dishes, but also how to make a tasty dish on your own with unique take-home recipes! See link for details.

2 – 3 PM: If you’re itching for some 1960s nostalgia, head next door to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP for Fallout Fridays – featuring a tour of the Rockefeller family’s Cold War Era fallout shelter. Registration recommended, follow the link for more information.

Vermont's most beautiful golf course
Jim Westphalen
Woodstock Country Club

7 – 10 PM: There’s so much to love during a Unique Duo Concert at Woodstock village’s Pleasant Street Books: musical masters Bill Cole and Sonny Saul performing live, no admission, and free drinks!


While away the morning hours underneath leafy canopies at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller with your choice of:

9:30 – 10:30 AM: Want to learn more about the herbal teas you love and their garden origins? Join this Summer Garden Tour at Kelly Way Gardens as gardeners guide you through their favorite plants that are great for making herbal teas – from lemongrass to chamomile. $10 for visitors, complimentary for Woodstock Inn & Resort guests.

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Your groceries don’t get any more local than this: you’ll find vibrant fruits and veggies, fresh-as-it-gets meats, as well as spectacular handcrafted wares from nearby farmers and producers at the Mt Tom Farmers’ Market!

10 AM – 3 PM: Kids, the Fairy Town in the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is waiting for your own fairy house creation! During this Forest Fairy Hunt, you’ll peek inside hollow logs and under leaves for signs of magic, then use natural materials to create a sweet miniature home for your fairy friends! Click the link for more information.

Then, explore the majestic grounds of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP with two wonderful outdoor activities:

South Woodstock Day 2019 flyer

3 – 9 PM: Up next is a celebration you can’t miss! At the first ever South Woodstock Day, you’ll find:

  • A yard sale at the Green Mountain Perkins Academy from 2 to 6 PM
  • A parade of vintage cars, floats, horses, and more at 3 PM
  • Swimming, a bounce house, local treats, yard games, local wares for sale, and more from 3:30 to 7 PM
  • Dinner at the Ransom Tavern from 5 to 9 PM
  • S’mores at the Kedron Valley Inn fire pit from 6 to 9 PM
  • A grand fireworks conclusion at 9 PM!

5 – 8 PM: It's a party at Abracadabra Coffee Co. and you're invited! For the second and possibly last time, revelers will find fresh pies from La Pizza Lupo, DJ jams, racks of vintage wares from Who is Sylvia?, and odds and ends by Laser Cats, and the coffee you love - all at Summer Slam 2.

7 – 9 PM: Learn the ins and outs of fishing, from casting to knot tying, regulations, aquatic ecology, and of course, some hands-on fishing during the free Let’s Go Fishing Clinic at Silver Lake in Barnard. 

7:30 - 10 PM: Indie Queen Natalie Merchant is in Woodstock for one night only during her SOLD OUT performance at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre!

Natalie Merchant
Jacob Blickenstaff
Musician Natalie Merchant


10 AM: This isn't a dog and pony show... ox and pony's more like it! In the Suicide Six parking lot, you'll find the annual ox and pony pull, complete with children's activities from the Purple Crayon at 11 AM, and a full BBQ chicken meal served at noon! All proceeds go to Pomfret-Teago VFD.

10 AM – 5 PM: Lovingly restored tractors take center stage during Antique Tractor Day at Billings Farm & Museum – featuring machines made between the 1920s and 1970s, a tractor parade, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and so much more! See link for pricing and details.

Billings Farm, Tractor Days

11 AM – 1 PM: Peruse an edible garden with Sustainable Woodstock during Picnic at the Park! At East End Park, you can pick your own blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, sample delicious cake, and enjoy a beautiful day under the sun.

1 – 1:30 PM: Then, learn what it takes to rehab and release hundreds of wild birds during a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at VINS!

1 – 4 PM: Then, walk through Woodstock village as music wafts through the air at Jazz on a Sunday afternoon at 1 The Green – featuring musicians Fred Haas, Norm, Billy Rosen, and Tim Gilmore.

2 – 3:15 PM: Want to get an inside peek into the secret spaces of the Rockefeller mansion? Then join the Hidden Spaces tour at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP – where you’ll dig into little-scene rooms like the family bedrooms, bowling alley, the service wing, and more! Registration recommended, see link for details.

6 – 9 PM: Reserve your seat at a sumptuous farm-to-table setting featuring local flavors from chorizo to garden pesto crema, Robie Farm sirloin steak, spice tuile, and more – all in the spectacular Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens. Follow the link for pricing and reservation details.