Archive | September, 2011

Upcoming Activities in Woodstock

30 Sep

Billings Farm & Museum hosts a number of activities during the next few weeks right here in Woodstock, Vermont:


Pumpkin & Apple Celebration
October 1 & 2
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
A harvest of hands-on programs highlight these two essential fall crops: apple tasting, pumpkin displays, cider pressing, apples-on-a-string, pumpkin ice cream, cooking apple butter in the farmhouse, and more. 

Harvest Weekend
October 8 & 9
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
Celebrate the Vermont harvest with a traditional husking bee and barn dance, cider pressing, harvesting root vegetables, putting food by, and more. 

Wagon Ride Weekend
October 15 & 16
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  
Narrated wagon rides around the farm fields during the height of fall foliage; farm programs and activities. 


Historic Walking Tours

28 Sep

The Woodstock History Center offers  walking tours of the Woodstock Village.

Tours start at 2 P.M. at the Information Booth on the Green and are held every Tuesday through October 18, weather permitting.

Cost: $10 (Students under 16 are free)

The tour fee includes complimentary admission to the Dana House Museum which was built in 1807 and houses extensive collections of art, furniture, clothing, textiles, and much more!

The walking tours will cover Woodstock’s economic, architectural and social history through historic photographs, as well as ancedotes about some of Woodstock’s most famous  and infamous residents.

The Woodstock Historic Center is located on 26 Elm St. , just a couple of blocks from the Charleston House.

Sweeten the foliage

26 Sep

Visit the New England Maple Museum

The drive to  the Museum from Woodstock to Pittsfield is breathtaking this time of year… mountains and valleys, meadows and marsh all with their own autumn signature.

Yankee Magazine has listed the “top 25 towns in New England” with the most breathtaking Fall color. The New England Maple Museum, just north of Rutland, is the “bullseye” of three of the top ten and just a 30 mile from Woodstock, Vt . The New England Maple Museum is located at 4578 Rt 7 in Pittsford, a delightful little town with four covered bridges well over a century old.

Check the foliage

21 Sep
The Vermont Department of Tourism posts regular updates on the foliage:

See Vermont Today.

Click here: to see a collection of photographs that were taken by Vermont residents and visitors after Tropical Storm Irene showing that we are ready to welcome you./

 And Start Planning Your Trip For Tomorrow

Foliage: Advanced planning is essential to maximize the enjoyment of your fall foliage adventure. With that in mind, we offer a number of foliage season tips that can make your trip go more smoothly.  We also have a Foliage Forecaster to help plan when to make that visit for the best chance of our historically stunning foliage.

Fall Colors are on the way.

15 Sep

The Golden Age of Vermont Foliage

Colorful foliage remains evident in lower elevation valleys, especially in town and village centers in western and southern sections of Vermont. Also, look for lemony stands of aspen on Routes 2 and 4, and watch for oaks turning in the Taconic Mountains and north.

A different perspective on the season can also be enjoyed from the mountainsides. Although leaf drop from the canopy grays the panorama of the hillsides and mountains, any late autumn walk through the woods opens the views and provides a rustling carpet of still colorful foliage.

According to state foresters, river and lake valleys and lower elevations will offer the best remaining color in late October. While this will be the last formal report of the year, we encourage you to take advantage of this year’s beautiful fall colors and see the closing act of the 2010 foliage season.

Best Bets: Route 2 from Richmond to Burlington is showing pockets of bright color, as is Route 7 from Burlington to Charlotte. Also recommended are Route 2 through the Champlain Islands, and Route 78 from Alburgh Center to Highgate. 

In Addison and Rutland Counties, colorful foliage can be found on Route 7 from Middlebury to Rutland, Route 22A between Vergennes and Fair Haven, Route 4 between Fair Haven and Rutland, and Route 4A from Fair Haven to West Rutland. Also try Route 3 from Pittsford to West Rutland, Route 30 from Poultney to Cornwall, Route 74 from Middlebury to Lake Champlain, and Route 73 from Brandon to Shoreham. 
In southern Vermont, suggested drives include Routes 7A and 7 from Manchester to Bennington, Route 313 in Arlington, Route 153 between Rupert and Wells, Route 315 near Rupert, Route 5 along the Connecticut River, Route 30 from Manchester to Rupert, Route 35 from Townshend to Chester, and Route 30 from Brattleboro to Newfane.

A tid-bit of Woodstock

11 Sep

Woodstock is so “Vermonty” you might mistake it for a Hollywood set. Wrought-iron lampposts replace overhead utility wires, granite curbs surround a pristine historic district and charming town green, a Romanesque Revival library beams free Wi-Fi from a breathtaking setting at the base of timeless hills, and four Paul Revere steeple bells cast a special tone.

Woodstock Art Festival- Sept. 10 – 12, 2011

8 Sep


Woodstock’s Early Bird :

Woodstock has the pleasure of welcoming artists this weekend with a two-day show centered on the Village Green. This event is brought to you by the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce:

The Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the annual Woodstock Art Festival on September 10 & 12. The event will be located on The Village Green from 10 Am to 5PM. There will be an opportunity to donate to Woodstock’s disaster relief fund through a Sustainable Woodstock Tent both days.

Join us in still-beautiful Woodstock, Vermont for our annual Art Lovers Weekend, featuring a two-day show and sale on the Village Green, Saturday and Sunday.  The show features artists from Vermont, New England as well as New York and California.  Some of the artists you will meet include Peter Huntoon, Kitty O’Hara   John David Geery and Irene Plontky-Goedecke .  


In conjunction with this event, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park rangers will offer two separate tours of the paintings in the Billings-Rockefeller Mansion collection. The one-hour tour, entitled “Conservation Through the Artist’s Eye”,  begins at the National Park Visitor Center. It explores the ways in which art helped pave the way for appreciation and protection of our some of our nation’s most-revered natural resources. Reservations are strongly suggested!