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From The Blog Weekend Fun: Tai Chi near the green, Indie Bookstore Day, heartfelt films, & a gala for the ages

Fetes, films, food, & fun

Another weekend of adventures await in Woodstock... to learn more about what's happening here, read on!

The Mustang-image
A scene from the film, The Mustang


April 26-28 & beyond: In the film calls “an emotional powerhouse,” convict Roman Coleman finds his humanity while training wild horses. The Mustang (R), is playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

April 26-28 & beyond: Get a taste of Vermont Restaurant Week at Simon Pearce with a three-course chef’s whim dinner. Reservations recommended.

April 27-28: Then, whip up your own delicacies during your choice of pasta or souffle classes with Odyssey Events in Bridgewater.

April 27-28: It’s the semi-annual Glad Rags Sale at Woodstock’s Masonic Lodge! Here, you’ll find gently-used treasures from clothing to home goods, artwork, and antiques. Cash or check only.


1:30 – 3 PM: Celebrate the season with your little ones during the free event: Spring Craft & Story for Young Children at Artistree! Guided by Upper Valley Waldorf School educators, you and your children will make your own felt masterpiece, then enjoy a sweet puppet play! Pre-registration recommended.

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Get to know the most misunderstood creatures in the animal kingdom: bats! During the free presentation, Vermont’s Bats: Why We Should Care, you’ll learn their crucial role in our ecosystem and how they benefit humans – as well as why they need our help! Join guest speaker Barry Genzlinger, president of the Vermont Bat Center at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and stay after the discussion to watch as three rehabilitated bats are released back into the wild.

"Hanging Bat" by Jared Belson is licensed under CC BY 2.0
A bat in daylight

6:30 – 8:30 PM: Meet new people and explore your creative side at Mix, Mingle & Make at Artistree! At this artistically open-ended open studio, follow artist Chris Jacobson through art-making techniques or choose your own path with friends old and brand new. $5 fee for materials.

7 – 9 PM: Then, stick around at Artistree for a melodic Open Mic Night with Jim Yeager where musicians of all levels are invited to take to the stage or grab a chair and enjoy the acoustic show. Free, no registration required.

7 – 9 PM: Or hit the pub and test your knowledge during a competitive round of trivia at the Public House in Quechee.


5 – 7 PM: It's breakfast for dinner at the free Community Pancake Supper at the First Congregational Church of Woodstock!

6 – 9:30 PM: For teens, planned by teens: don’t miss out on this month’s Branch Out Teen Night: Story Slam at Artistree! Grades 7-12 are invited to wax poetic: live storytelling style, or enjoy snacks and the show. Free!

7 – 10 PM: Adults, this one’s for you: for the first time ever, John Sullivan is performing a solo acoustic set at the Public House in Quechee.


9 AM – 12 PM: Refresh with a workshop for the heart and soul! At the Rejuvenescence yoga retreat in Taftsville, attendees will enjoy yoga exercises from breathing, poses, and intention – as well as expressive writing to explore thoughts, feelings, and a path for the future. Pre-registration required, see link for details.

10 – 11 AM: Start this spring morning with slow, gentle movements under the sun in observance of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2019. On the front lawn of Norman Williams Public Library, join instructors and students in various tai chi styles, including Sun, Yang, and Chen during this free event. Rain location: the library’s Mezzanine. 

10 AM – 6 PM: Then stroll over to the sunny awning of Yankee Bookshop and step inside to celebrate Indie Bookstore Day! There, you’ll find raffles, giveaways, free audio book downloads, snacks, and even limited edition Indie Bookstore Day merch.

Yankee Bookshop
Katie Berdan
Yankee Bookshop

1 – 2 PM: Do you love the nesting season and the colorful eggs it brings? Then visit the Vermont Institute of Natural Science for a NestWatch Training Workshop, featuring the protocols and practice of monitoring nesting birds, hands-on experience checking a nestbox and collecting data, and more! Free with the cost of admission.

4 – 6 PM: Hear how individuals can change the world with a documentary film screening of Dancing with the Cannibal Giant: New Stories for the Great Transition, inspired by the mythology of a creature awakened when the earth calls out in distress from human destruction. Stay after the showing to gain firsthand reports from local students and community members – all happening at Billings Farm & Museum.

4 – 6 PM: Or visit Artistree’s Grange Theatre for another film with global impact, Waste Land, which follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys to the world's largest garbage dump and meets the pickers who pull their livelihoods from its depths.



7 – 10:30 AM: Join friends and neighbors at the breakfast table during the Spring Pancake Breakfast hosted by the South Woodstock Volunteer Fire Department – with a bounty of eggs, sausage, pancakes, and South Woodstock maple syrup!

11 AM – 2 PM: Then, let the feasting continue with a Sunday Brunch of Bloody Marys, tasty bites, and music by Billy Rosen and Steve Ellis in Richardson's Tavern.   

5 – 6:30 PM: Before the sun sets, prepare for a new workweek with a meditative Yoga Nidra pop-up class at the Woodstock Athletic Club. See link for pricing and details.

5:30 – 10 PM: Carouse the night away in the name of literature during the Ex Libris Gala 2019 at the Woodstock Inn & Resort! You’ll join author and poet Richard Blanco for dinner at this spectacular fundraising event benefiting the Norman Williams Public Library.

8 – 11 PM: Or for a casual scene, head to the Public House in Quechee for the Rex Foundation Fundraiser Concert Event where Friends Play Dead all night long.