April Happenings at Billings Farm

10 Apr

Billings Farm’s Baby Animal Day set for Saturday, April 19th

Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, will feature Baby Animal Day on Saturday, April 19th, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event will feature family-centered programs with the farm’s calves, lambs, and chicks, plus ducklings and goslings; also horse-drawn wagon rides, heirloom garden and children’s activities.

Get up close with chicks, ducklings, and goslings, and learn about their care, diet, and growth. Pom-pom chick and lamb handprint craft activities will be on hand for children.

Start planning your garden as you learn about the importance of heirloom seeds and select a few varieties from the Billings Farm garden to plant at home.

Admission includes all programs and activities, the farm life exhibits, plus the working dairy farm and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Admission: adults: $14.00; over 62: $13.00; children 5-15: $8.00; 3-4: $4.00; under 3: free.

Billings Farm & Museum in September

28 Aug
27th Annual Quilt Exhibition
Daily, through Sunday, Sept. 22
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This juried exhibition of colorful quilts made by quilters living in Windsor County, Vermont, celebrates 27 years of quilting excellence at the Billings Farm. Quilting demonstrations and programs; activities for children and adults. {Click for more Quilt Exhibition info}

Labor & Leisure Day
Sunday, September 1
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Work and fun on the farm!  Wagon rides, building a split rail fence, ice cream making, and laundry – using a washboard and wringer – and more. {Click for more Labor & Leisure Day info}

          

Programs for Preschoolers
Wednesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. 
Each program features a story, special visit to the farm, hands-on activity, and a healthy snack.  Fee and preregistration required.  {Click for more Programs for Preschoolers info}
         
Traditional Craft Saturdays
Saturday, September 7, 14, 21, & 28
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please see sidebar for information.   
 
Wagon Ride Wednesdays
Each Wednesday, through Sept. 25
Horse-drawn wagon rides offered from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., plus daily programs and activities. {Click for more Wagon Ride Wednesday info}

Smithsonian Magazine’s
National Museum Day Live!  
Saturday, Sept. 28
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Free admission for Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors to Smithsonian.com.  {Click for more National Museum Day info}

Foodways Fridays
Each Friday, through Oct. 18
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Discover how we use the seasonal vegetables and herbs grown in our heirloom garden in historic recipes. {Click for more Foodways Friday info}

Traditional Craft Saturdays

Explore a series of Vermont crafts – their history, process, and uses – through informal learning and discovery.  A different craft will be featured each week.

Saturday, September 7

Woodworking with Ross Morgan from Craftsbury, VT.  Ross will demonstrate the steps and techniques involved in working with a large piece of wood while cutting, filing, steaming, drying, and shaping it into axe handles, split shingles, and a snath (the curved handle of a scythe).
     Saturday, September 14
Rug Braiding with Delsie Hoyt, West Fairlee, VT.  Delsie will encourage visitors to try their hand braiding rugs, as she demonstrates her considerable skills.  A sampling of Delsie’s rugs (like “Moon Dog,” shown below) also will be on display.
 

Saturday, September 21

Natural Wool Dyeing with Kristin Husher, Williston, VT.  Discover the process required for dyeing wool with natural materials.  Kristin will demonstrate scouring and dyeing wool shorn from one of the farm’s Southdown ewes.
 
             Saturday, September 28 Tinsmithing with John Peterson, Otter Creek Tinware, Brandon, VT.  John will demonstrate making both functional and decorative tinware, focusing on the late 19th century, when numerous household utensils, storage containers, and lighting devises were made of tin.
   
28 Aug
16th ANNUAL MOZART FESTIVAL
Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Saturday, August 31
3:00 pm
Our Lady of the Snows
Woodstock

Free (Suggested Donation) 

A Woodstock tradition for 16 years!  This season’s Annual Mozart Festival, led by celebrated violist Scott Woolweaver, will highlight a selection of Mozart masterpieces and will close, as always, with the mysterious and powerful Ave Verum Corpus.   The ensemble also features John Lindsey, violin; Michael Dabroski, violin; Peter Sulski, viola; and Karen Kaderavek, cello.

Program includes:

  • Serenade No. 13 in G Major (“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”), K. 525 (1787)
  • Viola Quintet in D Major, K. 593 (1790)
  • Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618 (1791)

 

 

National

Coming in September

23 Aug
Stroll through Woodstock’s historic village green set with artist from Vermont and New England. Featuring local musicians, hand-blown glass, photography, water colors, oils, pastels and pottery make up this delightful art show that also features Vermont wineries for tastings. If you would like to vend please call the office at 457-3555. If you want to shop we will see you September 7 & 8 from 10-5 and 10-4. Come early and stay for lunch.

Summer in Woodstock

1 Aug

27th Annual Quilt Exhibition
Aug. 1 – Sept. 22
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This highly-anticipated juried exhibition of quilts made by quilters living in Windsor County, Vermont, celebrates 27 years of quilting excellence at the Billings Farm. Quilting demonstrations and programs; activities for children and adults. {Click for more Quilt Exhibition

 

Antique Tractor Day
Sunday, August 11
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tractors made between 1930 and the 1960s will be displayed by the talented folks who restored them. The tractor parade at 1:00 p.m., includes restoration details and historical information. Tractor-drawn wagon rides and tractor activities for children, including the popular tractor sandbox, will be available throughout the event. Plan to purchase lunch from the Pomfret-Teago Volunteer Fire Department – all proceeds benefit the department.  {Click for more Antique Tractor Day info}

Sweet Spring

19 Mar
A word from the Sugarbush Farm (just a view miles from us).
March 2013

Greetings!
 
Vermont’s maple season started March 1st when it warmed up enough for us to make our first maple syrup.  Snow fall this past season has been on the low side with less than 60 inches since November.  The three Nor’Easter storms that came up the coast and produced two or three feet of snow and big winds missed our area, which is 97 miles from the coast.  So tapping our 7,000 trees was somewhat easier than some years as the snow wasn’t quite so deep.
 
We are hoping for a more normal season (2012 ended the third week of March with 80 degree weather and the buds coming out).  So our plan is hopefully to be making syrup into early April.
 
 

Easter is early this year, March 31st, think about pancakes and Pure Vermont Maple syrup for a nice family breakfast, or order a nice cheese gift box for family and friends. Orders should reach us by March 20th to insure those gifts on the West Coast reach them in plenty of time. 
 
 
While March 20th is the first day of Spring by the calendar, we say we have two Spring’s here in Vermont.  Our first Spring is March when in addition to maple, we usually have mud.  The rural gravel “back” roads such as Sugarbush Farm Rd begin to thaw, which results in mud sometimes several inches deep.  Those folks who have cars low to the ground sometimes walk the last mile or so to their homes in order to keep their cars in one piece.  Then by mid April, the mud has dried up and the pleasant Spring comes with the grass getting green, leaves starting to open by early May and lilacs blooming by Memorial Day.
 
Happy Spring to everyone!

CHECKING THE SKIING CONDITIONS IN VERMONT

1 Feb

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To get the latest ski conditions click BELOW and it will take you to  SKI VERMONT with the latest reports.

http://www.skivermont.com/

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