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Ice cream scoops at Billings Farm

From The Blog Weekend Fun: Venture Into the Woods, have Breakfast with Tiffany's, & grab a scoop for National Ice Cream Day

Your double dose of culture and fun awaits... read on for all the essential happenings for this weekend in Woodstock!


2 – 3:15 PM: See nature’s landscape captured in Hudson River School masterpieces during an Art Tour at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Registration required, see link for details.

4 – 7 PM: Are you ready to rock with the Seth Yacovone Band at Long Trail Brewery? Brews, tunes, and a riverside view await.

5 – 8:30 PM: Or if old-time New England and Appalachian music is more your style, look and listen as Mayfly performs under the stars at Feast & Field Market in Barnard.

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    6:30 – 8:30 PM: Want a night out with a different spin? At Artistree, you can Mix, Mingle & Make with friends old and new in the studio as artist Chris Jacobson walks you through a fun, easy art-making technique!

    Then, beginning at 7 PM:

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    8 AM – 5 PM:  Sample a popular North African street food during a Tasting with Ithaca Dukka for a delicious blend of roasted nuts, seeds, and spices at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market.

    10 AM – 5 PM: Discover how seasonal vegetables grown right on the farm are used in historic recipes during Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum.

    2 – 3 PM: Step down, down into the premiere civil defense measure of the Cold War during Fallout Fridays at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP – featuring a tour of the Rockefeller Family’s 1960s-era fallout shelter.

    5:30 – 7 PM: You don’t have to get up with the sun to relish the guitar, banjo, and vocal harmonies of Early Risers: Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith – as they perform in the heart of Woodstock village at Music by the River presented by Pentangle Arts. Free, but donations appreciated.

    Ashley Storrow and Putnam Smith
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    The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP mansion


    9 – 10 AM: See the Rockefeller mansion in the colorful light of day during the Breakfast with Tiffany's tour. You’ll study the breathtaking interiors, including custom Tiffany windows, then sip a cup of coffee or tea on the welcoming porch at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Registration recommended, see link for details. 

    9 AM – 12 PM: Run like the wind or set a softer pace to admire nature trail-side during this week’s Parkrun timed 5k at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Pre-registration required.

    9:30 – 10:30 AM: Or traipse down the garden path with the Woodstock Inn & Resort, learning about the edible flowers and great garnishes tucked inside Kelly Way Garden’s 3 acres during this Summer Garden Tour. Complimentary for inn guests, $10 for visitors.

    9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Get your grocery shopping done under the sun at the Mt Tom Farmers' Market, just minutes from the center of town!

    The moon

    10 – 11 AM: Are your kids itching to get creative? Then join Kurt Valenta in designing and creating an animal or being to live in our solar system – happening at Norman Williams Public Library! 

    10:30 AM - 4 PM: From meteorites to moon maps, astronomers to astronaut ice cream, the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary will be a day of exciting science experiences at the Montshire Museum of Science! See link for details.

    1 – 2 PM: Kids ages 7-12, trek and chat with a park ranger, take part in fun activities, and earn your Junior Ranger Badge in the process – all during Junior Ranger Adventures at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Click the link for registration and additional information.

    Oh if life were made of moments
    Even now and then a bad one--!
    But if life were only moments,
    Then you'd never know you had one.

    ― Stephen Sondheim, Into the Woods
    Moth on a tree trunk

    SUNDAY, JULY 21…

    10 AM – 5 PM: Celebrate National Ice Cream Day in the best way – with wagon rides, historic baseball games, and scoops of handmade ice cream at Billings Farm & Museum!

    1 – 1:30 PM: Then, snag a Behind the Scenes Tour at VINS, featuring introductions to the rehabbers who take care of resident birds, and a chance to hear the story of one of our permanent resident education raptors. Pre-registration recommended.

    Next, up, at 2 PM you can take your pick:

    4 – 5 PM: Prepare to laugh out loud with the Vermont Suitcase Company as they present, L’Odeur de Moliere: The Doctor and the Dowry, a tale of seriously flawed people making a hash of Old-World mores. Playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

    Vermont Suitcase Company
    The Vermont Suitcase Company

    6 - 9 PM: Then, dine in a spellbinding natural setting on dishes made from the freshest local ingredients during the Red Barn Dinner Series at Kelly Way Gardens. See link for pricing and menu details.