ALL WEEKEND LONG…
May 17-20: There’s a reason it’s the fastest-grossing movie of all time: Avengers: Endgame, is the emotionally satisfying blockbuster you’ve been waiting for – and it’s playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre!
May 18-19: See the artistic and athletic sides of competitive horseback riding come together during the Spring Hunter Jumper Show at South Woodstock’s Green Mountain Horse Association.
May 18-19: Learn how you can make delicious, fresh pasta whenever the mood strikes by attending hands-on fettuccini, tortellini, and ravioli cooking classes with Odyssey Events in Bridgewater.
THURSDAY, MAY 16…
9:30 – 11 AM: Start your day with something as essential as a cup of coffee: good music! At Artistree’s Morning Jam session led by Ed Cheramie, you can jam with other musicians of all skill levels or take a seat and listen to the creative melodies others create! Free.
10 AM – 2 PM: Are your kids interested in understanding and harnessing new energy technologies? Then test their theories and expand their knowledge by attending the Energy and Engineering Symposium at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee! This program is for participating classes in Vermont and New Hampshire.
4:30 - 5:30 PM: Finding a cab in our area is no easy feat – but by attending the latest session of Green Drinks, you’ll uncover the new Go! Vermont rideshare app that makes finding carpool buddies easier (and greener) than ever! Presented by Paige Heverly from Vital Communities at Woodstock’s Worthy Kitchen.
7 – 9 PM: Got a lifetime of trivia knowledge? Put it to the test during a round of Pub Trivia at the Public House in Quechee!
FRIDAY, MAY 17…
10 AM – 2 PM: Help make our picturesque town even more beautiful by volunteering to plant trees along the Ottauquechee River with the Greater Upper Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, The Connecticut River Conservancy, and Two Rivers-Ottuaquechee Regional Commission. Happening at Billings Farm.
10 AM – 5 PM: Take your food-prep to historic heights at Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum – where your family will discover how seasonal herbs and veggies are used on the farm, and even leave with a unique recipe you can try at home.
1:30 – 4:30 PM: The Maypole is waiting at The Upper Valley Waldorf School’s May Fair happening in Quechee – along with dancing, face painting, cake walks, strawberry shortcake, crown making, bubble play, and more!
4 – 5:30 PM: Get in the swing of spring at the Fertile Ground Spring Art Exhibit opening reception, featuring the works of local artists in the Mezzanine Gallery of the Norman Williams Public Library. Free.
5:30 PM: Then, double up on art with another opening reception, this time at Artistree’s gallery where you can pore over works about forms, space, light, and color by Humberto Ramirez. Free.
7:30 – 9 PM: Later, the fun continues at Artistree with a CD release concert from The Paul Asbell Jazz Quintet! Up in the Hay Loft, you’ll hear true mastery of the jazz/blues/Americana genres in the culmination of several years of composing, arranging, and fine-tuning Asbell’s compositions with world class players in "Burmese Panther." See link for tickets and pricing.
SATURDAY, MAY 18…
8:30 AM: Get your binoculars ready for the guided walking tour, Forestry for the Birds - Working Woodlands Workshop at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park! Through a partnership of Audubon Vermont and the National Park Service, attendees will visit forest stands with recent forest management activities and gain an understanding of how harvesting trees effects habitat conditions for birds. This event is free, but registration is recommended.
9:30 – 10:30 AM: You’ll be ecstatic to be led down this garden path! During the Summer Garden Tour Series at Kelly Way Gardens, you’ll follow gardeners on a tour of the picturesque grounds highlighting late spring flowers perfect for bouquets. This event is complimentary for Woodstock Inn & Resort guests, $10 for visitors. No reservations necessary.
11 AM – 3 PM: Mushroom tea? Yes, please! At Tamim Teas Tasting at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market, you can sample this traditional drink (with a modern twist) – made from sustainably sourced ingredients.
2 – 3:30 PM: Join Phil Camp, President and owner of The Vermont Standard, as he reflects on the challenges and opportunities faced by journalists and news outlets today as part of the talk series, Vermont Journalism in Turbulent Times, presented at Norman Williams Public Library. Free.
7 – 10 PM: Celebrate Pentangle Arts sapphire anniversary in style! At the Cheers to 45 Years party honoring nearly a semi-century of service to the Woodstock community, music (by the Tricksters) and merriment (think dancing, delicious drinks and food, and a silent auction) abound at the Barnard Inn Barn. See link for details and pricing.
SUNDAY, MAY 19…
9:15 AM: Lace up those running shoes and get the sunblock ready for BarnArts’ Race Around the Lake 5k and 10k – where competitors traverse wooded trails, back roads, and scenic paths in view of beautiful Silver Lake. Registration ends May 18th at 6 PM EDT. Adults and kids welcome.
4 – 5:30 PM: Grab a seat at an early summer musical performance you won’t forget! Playing a 21-string harp from the Mandé region of West Africa, Althea SullyCole will weave a beautiful melodic tale both traditional and original – accompanied by musical guests at Artistree. See link for details – the event is free but donations are welcome.