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From The Blog Weekend Fun: torchlight parades, a sleighing show, igloo extravaganza, Quechee Club's firework display, & more

With two holidays in one long weekend, you're getting a double-dose of local excursions and merriment. Read on!


February 14-16: Bibliophiles, hit the stacks for a series of Love Your Library events at the Norman Williams Public Library, from an art exhibit and its closing reception to an open house complete with refreshments and tours of this historic, beloved building!

February 15-17: Snag your seat for a performance of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play about love, loss, and the power of a good job, The Clean House. Presented by BarnArts at the Grange Theatre with matinee and evening shows. Tickets available for purchase online.

February 15-18: Want to see a spectacle of superhero strength? Catch a showing of the film, Aquaman, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Town Hall Theatre.

February 15-18 & beyond: School’s out! Keep the whole family busy at the Quechee Club with Presidents' Week Vacation activities including disc golf, a poolside moving screening, torchlight parade and fireworks, adventure camp, and much, much more. See link for more details.  

February 16-17: The one-horse open sleigh from your daydreams is headed this way! Visit the Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock for a snowy, spectator-friendly Sleighing Weekend, complete with warm drinks, cookies, and a potluck-style lunch.

February 16-17: Kick your cooking skills up a notch with souffle and pasta making classes with Odyssey Events VT in Bridgewater.

February 16-18 & beyond: It’s the beginning of something beautiful: February Vacation Weeks at Billings Farm & Museum! From president-approved snacks to an intro to resident cows, horses, sheep, chicken, and oxen; hands-on activities to regular showings of an Academy Award nominated film – there’s so much to explore on the farm.

Norman Williams Public Library in Snow
Norman Williams Public Library in Snow


Check out some of our favorite date night spots for a love-filled Valentine’s Day!

5 – 9 PM: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Barnard Inn & Max's Tavern with a special holiday menu and free tastings of locally made spirits!

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Want to know how we can build a sustainable culture that enables communities to thrive? Join Sustainable Woodstock at the latest Green Drinks gathering at the Optimist Center, where you’ll hear from the WRJ-based resource center, BALE (Building a Local Economy) on their vision for the future. Free and open to all.

6 – 8:30 PM: Ready to go old school with your game night? Head to the Ransom Tavern in South Woodstock for Bingo Night – featuring live music!

6:30 - 8 PM: Or if you’re feeling creative, visit Pomfret for Mix, Mingle & Make, an art-making open studio event at Artistree.

7 – 9 PM: Later, join Jim Yeager for an Open Mic Night where you’re in the band or sitting on the sidelines – take your pick! Whether you’re listening or freestyling with the instrument of your choice, you’ll feel at home in this supportive, fun atmosphere at Artistree. Free.

open mic
Sleepless in Seattle
© Sony Pictures
Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger and Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle

7 – 9 PM: Got a head full of pop culture knowledge? Then show your stuff at Thursday Pub Trivia at the Public House in Quechee!

7:30 – 9:15 PM: Now’s your chance to see one of the best romantic comedies on the big screen! At Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, find a seat with your sweetheart for a showing of the film, Sleepless in Seattle. And the night gets sweeter! Along with free chocolates at the showing, after purchasing your ticket, you'll be automatically entered to win movie passes and a $50 gift certificate to The Prince & The Pauper Restaurant!


11 AM – 12 PM: Want to know what nature’s smaller creatures do when the air grows cold and the ground is thick with snow? Find the answer at the event, Small Wonders: Discoveries for the Season, happening at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. You’ll learn, explore your surroundings, get a live animal encounter, and hear music that gets you moving! See website for more details.

5 – 8 PM: For a true farm-to-table dining experience, register now for the Fable Wine Bar & Dinner Pop-Up at Fable Farm in Barnard (RSVP to required by Thursday evening)!

7 – 9 PM: Whether you’re a STEM-enthusiast or just looking for a new adventure, Montshire Unleashed is fabulous fun for a night out! At the Montshire Museum, you’ll enjoy local food, drinks, and music while testing your brain with interactive puzzles and exhibits at this adults-only event. See link for pricing.

Bobcat in snow


Beginning at 10 AM, leap into science with three spectacular events:

11:30 AM – 2 PM: For a rewarding outdoor adventure, embark on a snowshoe trek through the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, then treat yourself to a Saturday Soup Kettle Lunch at the Mt Tom Cabin! This week features Sausage & Corn Chowder with Batard Bread. See website for details.

3 & 5:30 PM: In the staggering documentary, Three Identical Strangers, triplets separated at birth meet by chance – and unravel a bizarre, sinister mystery behind it all. Sit down for one of two showings at Billings Farm & Museum, presented as part of the Woodstock Vermont Film. Series. See website for tickets and pricing.

3 – 5 PM: Get your volley on during a round of Presidential Doubles Tennis at the Woodstock Athletic Club – then celebrate with snacks and prizes! See link for pricing and registration. 

Then at 3:30 PM, kick off an evening of music and firelit fun for the whole family at Suicide Six Ski Area:



4 – 6 PM: With taps flowing and live tunes pumping, it’ll be a President's Weekend Après Ski for the history books at the base lodge of Suicide Six Ski Area! As a bonus, Marko the Magician will be there to wow the kids.

6:30 - 7:30 PM: The indoor pool at the Woodstock Athletic Club is adding an extra dose of sparkle at Glow Swim, where parents can watch as kids enjoy snacks, swimming, and fun glow accessories. See link for more details.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 (Presidents Day)…

9 AM – 3 PM: The Montshire Museum of Science kicks off a week of hands-on learning with the Spectacular Science February Break Camp: Engineering. Follow link for pricing and additional information.