Archive | October, 2011

The annual Wassail Weekend in December

21 Oct

What is Wassail Weekend?

Wassail Weekend is Woodstock’s gift to Vermont and to you, if you’ll join for the weekend! Voted one of Vermont’s Top Ten Winter events, the term has its roots in medieval England referring to the Norse, “ves heill” meaning “to drink to the health”. Ale brewed with spiced apples and sugar was the warm drink given to the singers who went door to door during the Solstice. Christmas became interwoven with celebrations during the darkest time of the year.

The highlight of the weekend is a unique Wassail Parade through the center of Woodstock with over fifty horses and riders dressed in holiday costumes and period dress from the early 19th Century. The Green Mountain Horse Association welcomes riders from all over with wagons, surreys and sometimes sleighs, if weather permits. Mr. Claus himself usually puts in an appearance and then heads on to our Little Theater where he greets the children at the magical “Christmas Visions”.
Troupes of singers parade the streets, and our arts council, The YOH Players offer entertainment at the Wassail Feast on Friday night hosted by the Woodstock Inn & Resort. Pentangle offers a historic house tour of 5 or so of Woodstock’s notable historic homes. In the evenings, talented professionals guide local actors in a Christmas musical at the Town Hall. Woodstock Vermont Wassail Weekend




19 Oct

See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world. Leopold’s ideas remain relevant today, continuing to inspire projects nationwide that connect people and land.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at 4 P.M.
Admission is free; reservations are strongly recommended: Please reserve in advance:
or 802-457-2355

Happenings in Woodstock

14 Oct
Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend

at Billings Farm & Museum


     WOODSTOCK, VERMONT . . . Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, will feature the 5th Annual Wagon Ride Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Capture the brilliant colors of a Vermont autumn on a scenic narrated horse-drawn ride around the farm fields and along the Ottauquechee River.

The dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and restored and furnished farmhouse, plus programs and activities including cider pressing, are included in the entrance fee. For information: 802/457-2355 or

Billings Farm is an operating Jersey dairy farm that continues a century-long tradition of agricultural excellence and offers farm programs and historical exhibits that explore Vermont’s rural heritage and values.Since opening to the public in 1983, the Farm & Museum has served as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage for over a million visitors and 100,000 of the region’s school children. Open daily May 1 through October 31, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weekends Nov. – Feb., and Christmas & Presidents’ weeks, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission: adults: $12.00; 62 & over: $11.00; children 5-15: $6.00; 3-4: $3.00; 2 & under: free. The Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12. For information: 802/457-2355 or

Upcoming Area Events:


Tom Rush in Concert

Pentangle Arts Council Presents, Tom Rush in concert, Saturday October 22, 7:30pm. This is a benefit concert for the Upper Valley Haven. To purchase tickets click on the link: Tom Rush Tickets or 802-457-3981

Concert at Calvin Coolidge


Coolidge Site Hosts Season’s Final Musicale:

A Tribute to Flood Recovery Efforts

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. – Pianist Abigail Charbeneau and violinist Bozena O’Brien will perform at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site on Sunday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m.  For more info click here Calvin Coolidge or, 802-672-3773.


Spooky Woodstock

An evening of Frights and Curiosities. Woodstock History Center presents the 2nd Annual Spooky Woodstock.

Saturday October, 29th


2 special showings of Ghost Story- a horror movie that was filmed in Woodstock Vermont 30 years ago!

More Info: Woodstock History Center

Phone: 802-457-1822