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Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP gardens in summer

From The Blog Weekend Fun: Movies and music and Summer Celebrations, oh my!

Don't waste a moment of summer's last rays! Soak them up with these fabulous local events...


Find fun on the Billings Farm for the whole crew, young and old, with tactile, textile fun and hands-on culinary delights, including:

Billings Farm & Museum 35th Anniversary Celebration

2 – 3:15 PM: Visionary landscape paintings were key influencers to the conservation movement, and you can learn how during an Art Tour at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park's (NHP) mansion. Registration required, see link for details.

Then, an evening of free, live music awaits in Bridgewater and Barnard, both just a stone’s throw from Woodstock… So hop in your car and take your pick:


10 AM – 5 PM: Take your food prep into the past during Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum! You’ll discover how produce grown right on the premises is used in historic recipes, then take home a recipe to try yourself. See link for details.

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The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP mansion

7 – 9 PM: Then, learn the basics of fishing and get your hands dirty (or in this case, wet!) at the free Let's Go Fishing Clinic at Silver Lake.


9 AM: Challenge yourself for the love of adventure to The Overland, Vermont's Gravel Road Race. While most spots are filled up, there’s still time to snag a spot – but the registration deadline is Thursday, August 22nd at noon ET – so don’t delay!

1 – 3 PM: Then, visit the site of the first ski tow in the United States during an Excursion to Gilbert’s Hill with the Woodstock History Center, a free walking tour made complete with food and music!

Skiing at Gilbert's Hill
Woodstock History Center
Skiing at Gilbert's Hill

4 – 6 PM: Classical music lovers, this one’s for you. Visit the North Universalist Chapel in Woodstock for the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival presented by Pentangle Arts. An evening of Beethoven is in your future!

6 – 9 PM: Dinner is served! Experience the full farm-to-table experience with Executive Chef Rhys Lewis during this Red Barn Dinner at Kelly Way Gardens. This menu includes soy maple glazed salmon crostini, a braised Cavendish Farm pork shoulder, roasted corn pudding, a blueberry emulsion tart, and more. See link for pricing and reservations.