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From The Blog Weekend Fun: Memorial Day and Beyond

Woodstock cherishes its history. So on Memorial Day weekend, we take moments from enjoying everything the town has to offer to remember those who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces.

If you find yourself on the Green after perusing the local shops’ wares spilling out onto the street during our inaugural Sidewalk Sale days, visit the veterans memorials at the intersection of South Park and Court streets, just beyond the library. When traveling to Billings Farm to watch the sheep shed their winter coats, take the long way and visit Tribou Park where Central Street meets VT-12 for Woodstock’s Civil War memorial.

And, for the perfect combination of celebration and remembrance, join us for our annual Memorial Day Parade. It’s a village-wide ceremony—from veterans to tractor-pulled wagons to marching bands—that you won’t want to miss!

 

THURSDAY, MAY 24TH...

Birdwatchers, now's your chance to visit VINS from 7 to 8:30 PM to learn why conservation in Panama matters in Vermont to neotropical migratory birds. Hear from Ezeikel Jakub, Director of Ornithology at Conservación Panamá Inc., as he takes us on a tour of this endangered paradise through photographs, sounds, and videos.

FRIDAY, MAY 25TH...

If you’re feeling the itch for live music…

  • Stop by Pleasant Street Books from 7 to 9:10 PM for Revolutionary Jazz for Rojava.
  • Hear Chris Bakriges, Joe Carter, and Jeff Fuller unite jazz with samba-canção and bossa nova styles at ArtisTree’s Hayloft from 7:30 to 9:30 PM with JazzPlus.
  • Buy your tickets now for a 7:30 PM performance by the Jesse Colin Young Band, presented by Pentangle Arts at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

To explore local shops and handcrafted wares…

  • Take a walk down Pleasant Street for our first Sidewalk Sale Day of the season.
  • Visit Farmhouse Pottery for seconds, sale, and discounted items and stay for potter wheel demonstrations at their Grand Tent Sale.
Farmhouse Pottery Wheel
Farmhouse Pottery

SATURDAY, MAY 26TH...

For a piping-hot meal before the parade... be there for the grand opening of Eat Woodstock at 10 AM! Because what's more American than all-day breakfast?

For the main event… grab a spot on the sidewalk and help us celebrate with our Memorial Day Parade! The parade will march through town beginning at 10:30 AM, stopping at Post 24, Tribou Park, the Elm Street Bridge, and River Street Cemetery, ending at the World War II Monument by the Courthouse.

If you want to take a closer look at nature…

  • Join Lisa Lacasse of the Quechee Area Camera Club for a 9 AM Working Woodlands Photography Workshop (registration required) at the Forest Center of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.
  • Just down the road, Billings Farm & Museum offers a day of sheep-centric fun, from story time to shearing and herding demonstrations beginning at 10 AM.

For an extra dose of local shopping…

Your day’s not done yet! Avengers: Infinity Wars is playing all weekend long at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre at 7:30 PM.

Farmer's market purchasing fruit

SUNDAY, MAY 27TH...

If you’re looking to join great food with great music…

  • Visit SILO Distillery for Music & Marys from 1 to 3 PM. With performances by Soulfix and a bloody mary bar, need we say more?
  • The Barnard Inn Barn Pop-Up Event has you covered. From 1:30 to 5:30 PM, check out offerings from over 10 food, spirit, and art vendors while Tweed River Music Festival founder Bow Thayer performs.

Or explore the country life… Billings Farm & Museum’s Sheep Shearing & Herding event continues!                        
Or get in some last-minute shopping… Farmhouse Pottery’s Grand Tent Sale is still going on!

MONDAY, MAY 28TH...

To end your long weekend on a good note…