ALL WEEKEND LONG…
September 26-29: Buckle up for the Vermont Overland Birdwatching Safari, a camping, driving, and aviary extravaganza in the woods of Reading. See link for registration details.
September 26-29: Or if you prefer to traverse the countryside on horseback, then check out this weekend of Fall Foliage Pleasure Rides with the Green Mountain Horse Association. See link for details.
September 26-29 & beyond: Send yourself back to turn-of-the-century America via a performance of the Tony-nominated musical revue, TINTYPES, presented by ArtisTree's Music Theatre Festival. Follow the link for showtimes and pricing.
September 27-29 & beyond: Adventure (Mark Twain style) with a modern twist is coming to Pentangle Arts' Woodstock Town Hall Theatre with showings of the film, The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG-13), a tale that follows Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a nursing home to follow his dream of attending wrestling school.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26…
10 – 11:20 AM: Explore the lives of three legendary Latin American women – Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadoran peasant activist Rufina Amaya, and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni – through song in the musical production of Tres Vidas (Three Lives) at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. See link for details.
1 – 3 PM: When tennis, badminton, and table tennis unite, you win! Grab your paddle for an outdoor Pickleball Event under vibrant fall foliage at the Woodstock Athletic Club.
2 – 3:15 PM: Then, for an extra dose of culture, head to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (NHP) mansion for an Art Tour featuring the masterful works of the Hudson River School. Reservations recommended.
4 – 7 PM: A round of brews and tunes await as The Dirty Thirty Duo performs at Long Trail Brewing in Bridgewater.
5 – 9 PM: Or if you want to snag a spot at the final Feast & Field of the season, hit the road to Barnard to enjoy farm-fresh food and beverages and a night of open mic performances under the open sky.
6 – 8 PM: For a twist on your average paint night, visit Billings Farm & Museum for Painting “On the Rocks” with Artist-in-Residence Kristina Rodanas, where participants will sip, snack, socialize, and create works of art on recycled slate roof tiles from Billings’ historic barn. Reservations required as space is limited – see link for pricing and details.
6:30 – 8:30 PM: To take your creativity in a different direction, head to Pomfret for a session of Mix, Mingle, & Make… Food! For only $5 at Artistree, you’ll be whipping up Buddha Bowls – featuring fresh ingredients and aromatic flavors for satisfying, Asian-inspired noodle and rice dishes – with help from Chef Holly Pierce. See link for details.
7 – 9 PM: Later, jam on stage or grab a seat and enjoy the sweet sounds of Open Mic Night at Artistree where all skill levels are welcome.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27…
10 AM – 5 PM: Spice up your food prep with old-fashioned flair during Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum, a day of culinary exploration from how seasonal vegetables are used in historic fare to take-home recipes you can try on your own!
11 AM – 7 PM: Golf, wine-tastings, hors d'oeuvres, auctions, thousands of dollars in prizes, and even a Helicopter Golf Ball Drop are in your future when you sign up now for The seventh annual Tournament of Champions at the Woodstock Country Club – in honor of Zack Frates, the inspiration for Zack’s Place.
2 – 3 PM: Then, step into the Rockefeller family’s Cold War-era bomb shelter for a taste of what life was like on the brink of nuclear war during this Fallout Friday at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Reservations recommended.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28…
9 AM – 12 PM: Runners, on your mark for this week’s Parkrun timed 5k race at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP – that’ll take you through the scenic, calming trails of our national park at the pace that fits you bets. Advanced registration required.
9 AM – 1 PM: Student Conservation Association members and friends, join SCA Founder Liz Putnam at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP to celebrate National Public Lands Day by restoring eroded sections of Faulkner Trail with cribbing, fill-in, and other work.
Then pick from two outdoor activities that immerse you in the bounty of local gardens:
- 9:30 – 10:30 AM: Summer Garden Tour Series at Kelly Way Gardens: Dried Flower Power
- 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Mt Tom Farmers’ Market
10 AM – 2 PM: Autumnal fun has just begun with the Reading Fall Fair – a smorgasbord of food, live music, and carnival games – plus a duck derby, scarecrow contest, petting zoo, touch-a-trunk activities – and best of all, it’s free for everyone to enjoy!
10:30 AM – 4:30 PM: Or if you find yourself in Norwich, kids can explore the intersection of science and history during Archaeology Day at the Montshire Museum – including activities like examining artifacts, attending a pottery workshop, and speaking with real-life archaeologists. See link for pricing and details.
2 – 3 PM: Learn how humans have shaped the landscape of our national park and its sustainably-managed working forest during the Forest History and the Future hike at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Reservations recommended.
3 – 5 PM: Take a historic turn on the courts during the First Annual Woods & Whites Tennis Event at the Woodstock Athletic Club – where attendees are encouraged to wear their best whites with a wooden racket in tow!
6 – 8 PM: Then, keep the adrenaline flowing with a roller derby matchup you don’t want to miss: Twin State Derby v. Team Massachusetts – coming to Union Arena Woodstock.
7 – 10 PM: Or end your evening with a roaring bonfire and live music during the Barn Party celebrating the first harvest at Kedron Valley Farm.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29…
2 – 3:15 PM: There are locked rooms within the Rockefeller and now you’ll have the keys during the Hidden Spaces Tour at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, which takes attendees through spaces usually closed to the public – from the service wing to a private bowling alley! Reservations required.
5 – 8 PM: Then, close out your Sunday with an explosion of flavor and autumnal color at the Red Barn Dinner Fall Foliage Series at Kelly Way Gardens. Reservations required, see link for pricing and menu details.