ALL WEEKEND LONG…
October 10-12: Explore this spectacular season of vibrant transition through the art exhibit, Local Color, showcasing regional artists’ works at the Artistree gallery from 11 AM to 4 PM.
October 10-12: Get hands-on with one of your favorite starches: pasta! You'll learn how to craft three different types of pasta: tortellini, fettuccini, and ravioli... plus three different fillings and accompanying sauces during cooking classes with Odyssey Events in Bridgewater.
October 10-13: Don’t expect the same old song and dance as ArtisTree's Music Theatre Festival Presents: Forever Plaid, a showcase of the harmonies of the 1950s and 60s! Opening this weekend, this story follows four eager singers from the 1960s, awarded a second chance at life and music. See link for pricing and showtimes.
October 11-13 & beyond: Watch Brad Pitt reach stratospheric heights in the film, Ad Astra, delivering a thrilling journey through the vast reaches of space to Pentangle Arts' Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.
October 12-13: Tasty eats, creative handmade wares, and plenty of fun awaits at the Apples & Crafts Fair & Food Truck Festival, taking over Woodstock Saturday and Sunday with over 100 vendors!
October 12-13: Then, celebrate the season’s bounty during the weekend-long Harvest Festival at Billings Farm & Museum! Attendees young and old will partake in homestyle revelry with a husking bee, barn dance, cider pressing, root vegetable harvest, tasty treats like hot spiced cider and donuts, and much more. See link for details.
October 12-13: Close out a heart-pumping season of mountain bike riding with an Oktoberfast Weekend you won’t forget! Riders, you’ll find your mark and hit the trails with your choice of a downhill fun race and an endure event, plus awards and mouthwatering food! Happening at Suicide Six Bike Park and beyond. See link for details.
October 12-13: Then, up your antiquing game with a jubilee of all things heirloom: the Vermont Antiques Festival at the Quechee Gorge Village!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10…
2 – 3:15 PM: Observe the works of Hudson River School masters in a stunning national park setting during an Art Tour at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (NHP). Reservations recommended, see link for more information.
6:30 – 8:30 PM: Then, whip up some Thursday night plans with a dash of something special with help from Mix, Mingle & Make…Food! You’ll meet new people and try your hand at a retro-inspired fondue recipe with help from chef Holly Pierce at Artistree. Only $5 per person, see link for details.
7 – 9 PM: Then, head upstairs to the Artistree Hay Loft for free-flowing melodies made by local musicians of all skill levels during Open Mic Night. Free for all to attend.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11…
10 AM – 5 PM: Want to experience farm-to-table firsthand? Head to Billings Farm & Museum for Foodways Fridays, where you’ll watch as seasonal vegetables straight from the garden are incorporated into historic recipes that you can sample at home! See link for details.
2 – 3 PM: Just across the street, you’ll step into an entirely different moment of history with Fallout Fridays at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP – where attendees descend into the Rockefeller family’s 1960s bomb shelter and uncover key details about life during the Cold War. Reservations recommended, follow the link for more information.
6:30 – 9 PM: If you find yourself in Norwich, a night at the museum is just what the doctor ordered! With Montshire Unleashed at the Montshire Museum, adults can enjoy a night out with friends, a special evening with a date, or a chance to meet like-minded science enthusiasts. See link for pricing and details.
7 – 9:30 PM: It's a cooking party and you're invited - to the Pizazz Pizza and Calzone Cooking Class with Odyssey Events!
7:30 – 9:30 PM: Let the musical trio DaddyLongLegs take you on a “musical journey around the world with their wonderful arrangements of traditional and original tunes on fiddle, banjo, guitar and piano” –Beth Duquette, Ripton Community Coffee House. These well-known Vermont musicians are delivering catchy folk songs, Celtic, and old-time melodies to Artistree for one night only – so don’t miss out! Click here to learn more.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12…
7 AM – 7 PM: Horse lovers, help the Green Mountain Horse Association conclude the riding season with a Fall Endurance 50/30 & Pleasure Ride! During the endurance rider, competitive trail and endurance riders alike compete for coveted awards. With the pleasure ride, equestrians can enjoy a jaunt through the foliage, complete with catered meals. See link for pricing and details.
9 AM – 12 PM: Imagine the crisp fall breeze in your hair, the crunch of pebbles underfoot, and the autumn leaves drifting by as you run along the trails of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. That's just a sample of what you'll experience when you join in on the timed 5k parkrun race! Advanced online registration required. See link for details.
10 AM – 5 PM: Do you dream of exploring fall foliage from high in the vibrant leafy branches? Then head to the grand opening of the Forest Canopy Walk at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science! There, you’ll move from forest floor to treetops without a climb via a newly constructed, ADA-accessible boardwalk, featuring the Eagle’s Nest (the perfect vantage point), The Tree House, and even a spider’s web net!
2 – 3 PM: Later, learn how people shaped the national park landscape over hundreds of years during the Forest History and the Future hike at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Reservations recommended.
7 – 10 PM: Close out the night with the Woodstock Rotary during their Penny Sale at the Woodstock Union High School, where you’ll try your luck to win fabulous prizes!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13…
7:30 – 11 AM: Fuel up at the annual South Woodstock Pancake Breakfast, serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, and coffee at the South Woodstock Fire Station on Route 106!
10 AM – 1 PM: Then join Jane Jackson of Bookends Farm in Glover, Vermont and GMHA for a Positive Reinforcement Training Clinic in South Woodstock! With many years’ experience working with students, horses and dogs, Jane offers a unique opportunity for clients to improve their handling, riding and training for only $35. See link for details.
12 – 2:30 PM: Take to the kitchen for a hands-on round of The Soufflé Also Rises cooking classes with Odyssey Events in Bridgewater!
2 – 3 PM: While Colony Collapse Disorder has decimated North America’s bee population, the country has seen exponential growth to hobby beekeeping. During the Bees Besieged program at the Woodstock History Center, you’ll uncover what’s impacting bees, as well as the origins and evolution of beekeeping. This event is free and open to all!
2 – 3:15 PM: Or, if you’re eager to explore every nook and cranny of famous estate’s, this activity is for you! At the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, you can view the little seen areas of the Rockefeller mansion during the Hidden Spaces tour. Reservations required, see link for more information.
4 – 6 PM: Later, what better way to end the weekend than with a free concert of beautiful lyrics and sumptuous melodies? Join Claire Boucher and Brad Hurley for a performance of Traditional Songs and Dances from Brittany at Artistree’s Hay Loft.