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Butter Making at Billings Farm & Museum

From The Blog Weekend Fun: Welcome summer with a solstice festival, Music by the River, Dairy Celebration Days, & a Sculpture Fest reception

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June 20 – 23: Summer fun is coming right up – with a lakeside bonfire, golf tournaments, paddleboard, & more members-only activities at the Quechee Club.

June 21 – 23 & beyond: Catch an outdoor performance of the most important play of the 20th Century, Waiting for Godot, presented by BarnArts at Feast & Field.

June 21 – 24: Step inside an intimate, enveloping portrait of a young artist coming-of-age in the film, The Souvenir, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Woodstock Town Hall Theatre. Don’t miss this breakout debut of Honor Swinton Byrne, starring alongside her mother, Tilda Swinton.

June 22 – 23: There’s no better way to celebrate Dairy Month than with cheese, butter, and ice cream making (and tasting!) at Billings Farm & Museum! Saturday and Sunday, be sure to check out Dairy Celebration Days – an easy walk from the center of Woodstock village.


2 – 3 PM: You’ve got two ways to observe impeccable art at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park: a you-choose-the-subject tour with Art Pick or a landscape painting exploration of Hudson River School masterpieces during Conservation Through the Artist’s Eye.

5 – 9 PM: Follow the country road to Barnard’s Feast & Field for a night of fresh produce, delicious eats, and live music under the stars by by Pete’s Posse.

7 – 9 PM: Or if you find yourself close to the Quechee Gorge, stop by the Public House for a round of brews and Pub Trivia with friends.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21… is the first day of summer!

9 – 10 AM: Ladies, take a swing at improving your short game, course management, and full swing on the green during Women's Spring Golf Clinics at the Woodstock Country Club. See link for pricing and registration details.

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Golfing at the Woodstock Country Club

10 AM – 5 PM: Take your food-prep back in time with Foodways Fridays at Billings Farm & Museum, where you’ll discover how seasonal vegetables and herbs can be used in historic recipes, and even bring home a recipe to try in your own kitchen.

11 AM – 8 PM: Who’s ready for a good, old-fashioned golf scramble? Register now for a day on the Woodstock Country Club green complete with dinner and prizes as part of the Woodstock Rec Center Outing! See link for pricing and registration.

Revels Summer Solstice Festival

2 – 3 PM: Then, step inside the go-to Cold War defense-system: the Rockefeller family’s own fallout shelter! During this Fallout Friday tour at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, you’ll unveil what life was like when the world stood on the brink of nuclear destruction.

3 – 6 PM: Next up is a craft-brew Tasting with Collective Arts Brewing at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market!

5 – 8:30 PM: Take up your place in a parade and celebrate the music, stories, games and people of a small Vermont town during the free Revels Summer Solstice Festival at Artistree! At this family-friendly event, you’ll also find hands-on projects (think clay, wool-bracelet making, and corn-husk crafts) and tasty food available for purchase (hot dogs, burgers, sticky toffee pudding, and ice cream, oh my).

5:30 - 7 PM: It doesn’t get any better than a free concert in view of the Ottauquechee River! Join Pentangle Arts for the first Music by the River performance of the season – featuring the old-time bluegrass sound of Pete’s Posse, plus delicious eats and drinks by Worthy Kitchen available for purchase – all on the back lawn of the North Chapel! 


7:30 – 9:30 AM: Ever wonder what birds are saying as they trill from the treetops? During the Vermont Forest Birds - Working Woodlands Workshops at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, you’ll learn how to identify the songs of common birds in the park’s forest, uncover findings from over a decade of bird monitoring, and stretch your legs on the trail and perk your ears up for the sound of sweet birdsong. Free, but registration is recommended.

8 AM – 5 PM: Horse lovers, this one’s for you! At the Starter Horse Trials, you’ll find a fun, causal day of eventing at South Woodstock’s Green Mountain Horse Association.

9 AM – 12 PM: Find your place at the starting line for this week’s Parkrun – a timed 5k race (or walk!) at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP. Registration required.

9:30 – 10:30 AM: The flowers, plants and open, sunny hillsides are calling! At this Summer Garden Tour: Perennial Producers in the Culinary Garden, you’ll learn about the garden plants that provide produce for your table year after year – at Kelly Way Gardens. Complimentary for inn guests, $10 for visitors, no reservations needed.

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Then, shop a veritable buffet of local-as-it-gets produce plucked fresh from the earth at the Mt Tom Farmers’ Market – just north of Billings Farm & Museum.


10 AM – 12 PM: Kids and parents, this is your chance to create a miniature whimsical world during the Woodland Fairy Homes Family Workshop at Artistree. After your creation from natural materials is complete, place it along the local hiking trails for others to discover! This event is free, but registration is recommended.

11 AM – 2 PM: In the market for poolside essentials? Head to Woodstock Ace Home & Hardware for their Neighborhood "Pool" Party – with discounts, hot dogs, lemonade, and more!

1 – 2 PM: Traverse Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP with a park ranger while learning about this special national park during Junior Ranger Adventures for ages 7-12.

2 – 3 PM: From hidden waterfalls to flower bets full to bursting, you’ll see the captivating spaces on the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP grounds during the tour, Gardens Through the Generations. Free but reservations recommended.

3 – 6 PM: Celebrate the works of over 15 Vermont sculptors and carvers during the Sculpture Fest Garden Reception and "Unforgettable People" Exhibit Opening at the Woodstock History Center. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and chat with featured artists on the History Center’s back lawn over light refreshments!

Sculpture exhibit on the back lawn of the Woodstock History Center.
SculptureWoodstock History Center

4 – 6 PM: See the award-winning film, Of Mind and Music, playing on the big screen at Artistree’s Grange Theatre – for a heart-wrenching tale of a street musician suffering from memory loss and a neuroscientist intent on helping her.  See link for pricing and tickets.

5 – 8 PM: It’s a party and you’re invited! Don’t miss this fete filled with steel-drum music, food, and conversation at North Chapel’s Party for a Purpose. $15 plus fees per person, children under 12 are free.


7 AM – 6:30 PM: Eager to do your part to protect our open spaces? Then join the Northeast Wilderness Trust for the Bridgewater Hollow BioBlitz where participants help identify plant and animal species in the proposed Bridgewater Hollow Bramhall Wilderness Preserve. Great for all ages – see link for details.

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The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP mansion

9 AM – 1 PM: Ladies, this is your chance to grow your MTB skills! From position and balance, to operating your bike and navigating terrain, you’ll learn all the essentials during Women's Mountain Bike Skills Clinic at Suicide Six. See link for pricing and registration.

2 – 3:15 PM: Corners of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion previously unseen are now available to explore during the Hidden Spaces Tour – featuring inside-looks at a private bowling alley, soda fountain, and more! See link for registration and details.

4 – 6 PM: The North Universalist Chapel will be filled with the melodic sound of chamber music when the Lamartine Quartet performs this Sunday! Featuring exceptional artists including violnists Bruno Eicher (Assistant Concertmaster, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) and Elizabeth Chang (Faculty, University of Massachusetts and Juilliard Pre-College); violist Nardo Poy (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra) and Kari Docter (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra). Suggested donation of $10.

6 – 9 PM: Want a farm-to-table meal featuring all the spectacular flavors of Vermont – from fresh cheese to delicious honey, produce and more? Then reserve your spot at the table, then head to the Red Barn at Kelly Way Gardens. Click here for a menu and more details.

7 PM: Or if you’d rather whip up your own delicacies, join Odyssey Events in Bridgewater for a Souffle cooking class. See link for registration and pricing details.