Sep 042017
 

The temperatures are up and down in early September but there is no doubt that Fall is in the air! Even a few trees are starting to show a change in leaf color foretelling that Foliage Season is on the horizon. Lots of activities are in the local area the next few months. One of my favorites is Sculpturefest which continues through the Foliage Season. It’s an outdoor exhibit of various artists unique sculptures  covering two farms. It’s free and a wonderful place to walk, enjoy and have a picnic in the beautiful countryside. Find directions on their website: www.sculpturefest.org

During the Summer (June 1 – Oct. 12) on Thursdays, Barn Arts presents Music on the Farm at Feast & Field in Barnard, VT, www.barnarts.org

Sept. 21 – Barnard, VT – Soulful blues duo, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Sept. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Vermont Symphony Orchestra Made in Vermont Tour, www.pentanglearts.org, 7:30pm

Sept. 22-23 – Woodstock, VT – Pentangle Arts Light Garden on the Green, 6:30-10pm, free

Sept. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Old Time Fair and Silent Auction, Woodstock History Center, 1-4pm

Sept. 23-24 – Woodstock, VT – Forest Festival Weekend, 10-4pm, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, horse drawn wagon rides, demos etc.

Sept. 23-24 – Woodstock, VT – Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival, Billings Farm Museum, 10-5pm

Sept. 24 – West Windsor, VT – All Day Vermont 50 mile Bike/Run, Ascutney Mountain Resort

Sept. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

Sept. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 28 – Barnard, VT – Jazz music trio, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Pumpkin and Apple Celebration, Billings Farm & Museum, 10-5pm, www.billingsfarm.org 

Sept. 30 – Lebanon, NH – Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake, Lebanon Opera House, 7:30, russiangrandballet.com

Oct. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Camerata New England Piano Trio, Woodstock’s UU Church, 2-3pm, www.northchapelvt.org

Oct. 1 – Brownsville, VT – Lucy Mac 5K-9 Event, Ascutney Trails, www.lucymac.org

Oct. 4 – Woodstock, Vt – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Oct. 5 – Barnard, VT – Soul music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Oct. 7 – Plymouths, VT – Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Festival, Pres. Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 10-4pm

Oct. 7 – Woodstock, VT – Annual Penny Sale, Woodstock Union High School, 7pm

Oct. 7-8 – Woodstock, VT – Apple and Craft Artisan Fair, Rt. 4 Bailey’s Meadow, Sat. 10-5pm, Sun. 10-4pm

Oct. 7-8 – Woodstock, VT – Harvest Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, husking bee, barn dance, cider pressing, 10-5pm

Oct. 11 – Woodstock, Vt – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Oct. 14 – Woodstock, VT – Peak to Peak hike to a scenic viewpoint on Mount Peg or Mount Tom from the Woodstock Green, 10-2:30pm

Oct. 14 – Barnard, VT – Annual Oyster Stew Supper, East Barnard Community Club, 5324 Broad Brook Rd., 5-7:30pm

Oct. 14-15 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, 10-5pm

Oct. 14 -15 – Vermont – Annual All Day Open Studio Weekend, for more info and a map: www.vermontcrafts.com

Oct. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House

Oct. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Glad Rags Sale, Masonic Hall, 9-12 and 1-3pm

Oct. 28 – Quechee, VT – Hoots and Howls, VINS Nature Center, 10am

Oct. 29 – Woodstock, VT – A Family Halloween, Billings Farm Museum, fun for all ages, 10-5pm

Oct. 29 – Woodstock, VT – The Fretless performing at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 4pm, www.pentanglearts.org/music

Nov. 10-12 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, 10-4pm

Nov. 12 – Woodstock, VT – Adaskin String Trio, Woodstock UU Church, 2-3pm, www.northchapelvt.org

Nov. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Turkey Trot. 5K through the village, 8:30am, www.zacksplacevt.org

Nov. 24-26 – Woodstock, VT – Thanksgiving Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, entertainment, activities, horse drawn wagon rides, 10- 4pm

Nov. 24-26 – Killington, VT – Audi FIS Ski World Cup, www.killington.com/worldcup 

December weekends – Woodstock, VT – Christmas at the Farm, Billings Farm Museum, 10-4pm

Dec. 2 – Plymouth, VT – Coolidge Holiday Open House, sleigh rides, old-time music, craft demos, Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, 10-4pm

Dec. 8 – Pomfret, VT – BarnArts Holiday Cabaret at ArtisTree, 7:30-10pm www.artistreevt.org

Dec. 8 – 10 – Woodstock, VT – Wassail Weekend, Billings Farm and Museum, 10 -4pm, horse drawn sleigh/wagon rides (weather permitting) – additional activities in the village of Woodstock detailed below

Dec. 9 – Woodstock, VT – Breakfast with Santa, Little theater, 8-11am

                                               The Ten, Acapella men’s choir, Congregational church

                                                Cello by Candlelight, North Universalist Chapel Society

                                                Holiday House Tour, 9:30 – 2pm, starts at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre

                                                 The Wassail Parade, 2pm, horses, dogs, Victorian era costumes, around the Village Green

                                                 Lighting of the Memory Tree, Bon Fire And Carol Sing on the Village Green, 3pm

                                                 Lighting of the 400 Luminaries on the Village Green, 4pm

                                                  Christmas with Celts concert, Woodstock Town Hall, 8pm

 Dec. 10 – Woodstock, VT – Community Messiah Sing, Our Lady of the Snows Church, 4pm

Dec. 14-16 – Woodstock, VT – A child’s Christmas in Wales, www.artistreevt.org/theatre

Dec. 14-17 – Hanover, NH – The Christmas Revels, a Nordic celebration of the Winter Solstice, www.revelsnorth.org/Christmas-revels/

Dec. 15 – Barnard, VT – BarnArts Annual Winter Carols, First Universalist Church, Barnard, Rt. 12

Dec. 26-Jan. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Horse drawn sleigh/wagon rides (weather permitting), Billings Farm and Museum

Feb. 3 (?) – Hartland, VT. – Tiki Torch Trek – fun event…..more to come

Feb 16-18 – Woodstock, VT – The Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture, on the Green, 10am-10pm

March 10 – Barnard, VT – Annual Masquerade Jazz & Funk Winter Music Carnival, 5:30-10:30pm, www.barnarts.org

New last year is the Ascutney Outdoors organization. They have worked to make Ascutney Mountain in Brownsville, VT a place for all to enjoy various activities.In addition to all the Winter activities held there the trails are great for biking and hiking. There is no charge to use the trails.  Check out their website for events planned and future improvements. www.ascutneyoutdoors.org/new-events/

Below are places of interest – dining – touristy – entertainment:

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner with lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee, Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

Another new restaurant on the West end of Woodstock is On the River Inn (506 Bistro) and in Quechee, The Public House, near the putt-putt golf, offering food and craft beers. A new restaurant in White River Junction is Piecemeal Pies serving English savory pies.

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria and Pi Martini Tapas Bar(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock)-every Sun. is Burger and Beer night; Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House Inn(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

Another food “establishment” which has garnered a big following is the “elevated food truck” called Chef Brad’s Crazy Side. The food truck has relocated from Hartland to Rt. 4 near the Fat Hat on the way to Quechee. They now have an actual building which is usually open for breakfast and lunch. They do change when they’re open based on the seasons. I think now they are opening the truck for dinner and closing the lunch hours. However, check it out on their Facebook site. Brad is a fantastic chef, thus the big following. You can follow the restaurant specials on his Facebook site. People rave over his chicken in a basket. I personally like his hamburgers or lamb-burgers and sweet potato fries. When the temperatures are cool I always try one of his homemade soups.

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. During the summer they have oven fired pizzas for sale to eat on the picnic tables outside. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine. Often the Silo and Farmstead Cheese team up with some local musical talent and hold a special event at the Silo, serving cocktails and food bites. These places are located in Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many other interesting places such as Simon Pearce outlet store and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com. Sometimes in the winter dog sledding is there – check with www.braeburnsiberians.com

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort in nearby Brownsville, along with their Maple Kitchen restaurant which features Prime Rib on Thursday nights. 

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal at the cabin! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel and wi-fi.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

http://www.woodstockvt.com/woodstockvt/events

The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.

Home

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT2016

Apr 082017
 

Summer is in full swing now. Here are some ideas of things to see and do in the area. Note that every Friday night is outdoor movie night with family rated movies in Windsor, VT at Artisans Park home of Harpoon Brewery and The Cheese Board. Wood fired pizza is available. Sunday afternoons at 2 pm is the Saint-Gaudins Concert Series outdoors in Cornish, NH just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT 

August 17 – Barnard, VT – Americana music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

August 19 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House

August 19 – Quechee, VT – Quechee Highland Games and Celtic Festival, 8-5 pm

Aug. 19 – South Woodstock, VT – GMHA Casino Night fundraiser, food, fun, 7-10pm, www.gmhainc.org

August 19 – Brownsville, VT – “Brownstock  2017” on Mount Ascutney, music, field games and food vendors, 1-6pm, $15 for adults, ascutneyoutdoors.org/new-events/brownstock

Aug. 19-20 – Woodstock, VT – annual Naked Table Project, www.nakedtable.com

Aug. 19-20 – Woodstock, VT – Super Sidewalk Sales Day

August 23 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

August 24 – Barnard, VT – Soul Funk music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Aug. 26 – Quechee, VT – Scottish Festival and Competition, www.quecheegames.com

Aug. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Puppies and Pooches on Parade on the Green, 10:30am

August 26 – Woodstock, VT – Mansion Open House, 10am-4pm, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park

Aug. 27 – Vermont – Vermont Overland Ride, www.vermontoverland.com

Aug. 27 (thru Sept. 17) – Woodstock, Vt – Annual Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm Museum, 10-5pm

August 30 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 30 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

August 31 – Barnard, VT – Celtic Traditional music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Sept-Oct. – Woodstock/Pomfret, VT – Sculpturefest -free – wonderful outdoor sculptures by various artists, directions and info at sculpture fest.org

Sept 1-17 – Woodstock, VT – Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm Museum, 10-5pm

Sept. 2-3 – Plymouth, VTR – Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival, 2-5pm, free, www.plymouthfolk.com

Sept. 3 – South Woodstock, VT – Green Mountain Horse Association 100 mile ride, 1930’s Garden Party and Open House, 3-5pm

Sept. 6 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 6 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

Sept. 7 – Barnard, VT – Folk music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Sept. 9-10 – Woodstock, VT – Fine Art Festival on the Green, food, music, demos, 10-5pm

Sept. 10 – Windsor, VT – 5th Annual Mac & Cheese Challenge, 11-3pm, vermontfarmstead.com

Sept. 10 – Woodstock, VT – Amaranth String Quartet, Woodstock UU Church, 2-3pm, www.northchapelvt.org

Sept. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

Sept. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 14 – Barnard, VT – Zydeco music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Spet. 14-17 – Tunbridge, VT – Tunbridge World’s Fair, www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com

Sept. 16 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House

Sept. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

Sept. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 21 – Barnard, VT – Soulful blues duo, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Sept. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Vermont Symphony Orchestra Made in Vermont Tour, www.pentanglearts.org, 7:30pm

Sept. 22-23 – Woodstock, VT – Pentangle Arts Light Garden on the Green, 6:30-10pm

Sept. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Old Time Fair and Silent Auction, Woodstock History Center, 1-4pm

Sept. 23-24 – Woodstock, VT – Forest Festival Weekend, 10-4pm, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, horse drawn wagon rides, demos etc.

Sept. 23-24 – Woodstock, VT – Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival, Billings Farm Museum, 10-5pm

Sept. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum, 11-3pm

Sept. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 28 – Barnard, VT – Jazz music trio, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Pumpkin and Apple Celebration, Billings Farm & Museum, 10-5pm, www.billingsfarm.org 

Oct. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Camerata New England Piano Trio, Woodstock’s UU Church, 2-3pm, www.northchapelvt.org

Oct. 4 – Woodstock, Vt – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Oct. 5 – Barnard, VT – Soul music, Feast & Field Market, 5:30-8, www.barnarts.org

Oct. 7 – Plymouths, VT – Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Festival, Pres. Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 10-4pm

Oct. 7 – Woodstock, VT – Annual Penny Sale, Woodstock Union High School, 7pm

Oct. 7-8 – Woodstock, VT – Apple and Craft Artisan Fair, Rt. 4 Bailey’s Meadow, 10-5pm

Oct. 7-8 – Woodstock, VT – Harvest Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, husking bee, barn dance, cider pressing, 10-5pm

Oct. 11 – Woodstock, Vt – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Oct. 14 – Woodstock, VT – Peak to Peak hike to a scenic viewpoint on Mount Peg or Mount Tom from the Woodstock Green, 10-2:30pm

Oct. 14 – Barnard, VT – Annual Oyster Stew Supper, East Barnard Community Club, 5324 Broad Brook Rd., 5-7:30pm

Oct. 14-15 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, 10-5pm

Oct. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House

Oct. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Glad Rags Sale, Masonic Hall, 9-12 and 1-3pm

Oct. 29 – Woodstock, VT – A Family Halloween, Billings Farm Museum, fun for all ages, 10-5pm

Nov. 10-12 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, 10-4pm

Nov. 12 – Woodstock, VT – Adaskin String Trio, Woodstock UU Church, 2-3pm, www.northchapelvt.org

Nov. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Turkey Trot. 5K through the village, 8:30am, www.zacksplacevt.org

Nov. 24-26 – Woodstock, VT – Thanksgiving Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, entertainment, activities, horse drawn wagon rides, 10- 4pm

Nov. 25-26 – Killington, VT – Audi FIS Ski World Cup 

December weekends – Woodstock, VT – Christmas at the Farm, Billings Farm Museum, 10-4pm

Dec. 2 – Plymouth, VT – Coolidge Holiday Open House, sleigh rides, old-time music, craft demos, Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, 10-4pm

Dec. 8 – Pomfret, VT – BarnArts Holiday Cabaret at ArtisTree, 7:30-10pm www.artistreevt.org

Dec. 8 – 10 – Woodstock, VT – Wassail Weekend, Billings Farm and Museum, 10 -4pm, horse drawn sleigh/wagon rides (weather permitting) – additional activities in the village of Woodstock detailed below

Dec. 9 – Woodstock, VT – Breakfast with Santa, Little theater, 8-11am

                                               The Ten, Acapella men’s choir, Congregational church

                                                Cello by Candlelight, North Universalist Chapel Society

                                                Holiday House Tour, 9:30 – 2pm, starts at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre

                                                 The Wassail Parade, 2pm, horses, dogs, Victorian era costumes, around the Village Green

                                                 Lighting of the Memory Tree, Bon Fire And Carol Sing on the Village Green, 3pm

                                                 Lighting of the 400 Luminaries on the Village Green, 4pm

                                                  Christmas with Celts concert, Woodstock Town Hall, 8pm

 Dec. 10 – Woodstock, VT – Community Messiah Sing, Our Lady of the Snows Church, 4pm

Dec. 14-16 – Woodstock, VT – A child’s Christmas in Wales, www.artistreevt.org/theatre

Dec. 14-17 – Hanover, NH – The Christmas Revels, a Nordic celebration of the Winter Solstice, www.revelsnorth.org/Christmas-revels/

Dec. 15 – Barnard, VT – BarnArts Annual Winter Carols, First Universalist Church, Barnard, Rt. 12

Dec. 26-Jan. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Horse drawn sleigh/wagon rides (weather permitting), Billings Farm and Museum

Feb. 3 (?) – Hartland, VT. – Tiki Torch Trek – fun event…..more to come

Feb 16-18 – Woodstock, VT – The Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture, on the Green, 10am-10pm

March 10 – Barnard, VT – Annual Masquerade Jazz & Funk Winter Music Carnival, 5:30-10:30pm, www.barnarts.org

During the Summer (June 1 – Oct. 12) on Thursdays, Barn Arts presents Music on the Farm at Feast & Field in Barnard, VT, www.barnarts.org

New last year is the Ascutney Outdoors organization. They have worked to make Ascutney Mountain in Brownsville, VT a place for all to enjoy various activities.In addition to all the Winter activities held there the trails are great for biking and hiking. There is no charge to use the trails.  Check out their website for events planned and future improvements. www.ascutneyoutdoors.org/new-events/

Below are places of interest – dining – touristy – entertainment:

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner with lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee, Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

Another new restaurant on the West end of Woodstock is On the River Inn (506 Bistro) and in Quechee, The Public House, near the putt-putt golf, offering food and craft beers. A new restaurant in White River Junction is Piecemeal Pies serving English savory pies.

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria and Pi Martini Tapas Bar(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock)-every Sun. is Burger and Beer night; Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House Inn(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

Another food “establishment” which has garnered a big following is the “elevated food truck” called Chef Brad’s Crazy Side. The food truck has relocated from Hartland to Rt. 4 near the Fat Hat on the way to Quechee. They now have an actual building which is usually open for breakfast and lunch. They do change when they’re open based on the seasons. I think now they are opening the truck for dinner and closing the lunch hours. However, check it out on their Facebook site. Brad is a fantastic chef, thus the big following. You can follow the restaurant specials on his Facebook site. People rave over his chicken in a basket. I personally like his hamburgers or lamb-burgers and sweet potato fries. When the temperatures are cool I always try one of his homemade soups.

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. During the summer they have oven fired pizzas for sale to eat on the picnic tables outside. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine. Often the Silo and Farmstead Cheese team up with some local musical talent and hold a special event at the Silo, serving cocktails and food bites. These places are located in Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many other interesting places such as Simon Pearce outlet store and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com. Sometimes in the winter dog sledding is there – check with www.braeburnsiberians.com

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort in nearby Brownsville, along with their Maple Kitchen restaurant which features Prime Rib on Thursday nights. 

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal at the cabin! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel and wi-fi.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

http://www.woodstockvt.com/woodstockvt/events

The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.

Home

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT2016

Aug 172016
 

New last year is the Ascutney Outdoors organization. They have worked to make Ascutney Mountain in Brownsville, VT a place for all to enjoy for various activities.There’s something for all winter outdoor enthusiasts at Ascutney Trails. Fat-bikers, snow-shoers and cross-country skiers can enjoy the vast trail network hugging the flanks of Mt Ascutney. Back-country skiers and snowboarders can hike up and ski/ride down some of the most unique and challenging back-country terrain in the area. The Ascutney Rope Tow was built in 2015, and welcomes skiers and snowboarders of all ages to enjoy lift-served skiing at Mt. Ascutney once again. There is no charge to use the trails but you do need your own equipment. Check out their website for events planned and future improvements. www.ascutneyoutdoors.org/new-events/

December Weekends & Dec 24–Jan 1- Woodstock, VT – 10am–4pm Christmas at the Farm at Billings Farm & Museum. (excluding Christmas Day) Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th-century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger in the cozy kitchen as treats are baked in the woodstove. Holiday programs and making historic ornaments. Don’t miss a winter visit to the farm. Horse-drawn sleigh ride or wagon rides, Dec. 26–Jan. 1(weatherpermitting). www.billingsfarm.org/

Jan. 7-8 – South Woodstock, VT – Sleighing Combined Test and Sleigh Rally, Green Mountain Horse Assn., weather dependent so check the website for more info: https://www.gmhainc.org/ecategory/combined-driving-pleasure-driving-events/ This is a great spectator event!

Jan. 14 – Quechee, VT – Winter Wildlife Celebration at VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science), www.vinsweb.org

Jan. 14–16- Woodstock, VT – 10am–4pm Sleigh Ride Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum. Horse-drawn sleigh rides, jack jumper sledding; dairy farm and restored farm house. www.billingsfarm.org/

Jan. 21 – Woodstock, VT – indoor Winter Farmer’s Market – Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Jan. 21-22 – South Woodstock, VT – Sleighing Combined Test and Sleigh Rally, Green Mountain Horse Assn., weather dependent so check the website for more info: https://www.gmhainc.org/ecategory/combined-driving-pleasure-driving-events/ This is a great spectator event!

Feb. 4 – Hartland, VT – Annual Tiki Torch Trek, 6-8pm – check website for location & details – see below: 

“A community evening of outdoor fun! Ski or snowshoe on trails lit by Tiki Torches, eat a great meal and enjoy the bonfire and music. Come and see old friends and make new ones! More information in January, on our website and on posters around town. The TTT will be held even in extreme weather conditions (below 0 temps/ice, etc), but the event may be moved to the Rec Center in this case. So please plan to join in the fun no matter what Mother Nature has in store for us!! ”  www.hartlandwintertrails.org

Feb. 11 – Brownsville, VT – Ascutney Winterfest, 9-2pm, www.ascutneyoutdoors.org

Feb. 11 – 26 – Woodstock, VT – Sleigh Ride Weekends, Billings Farm & Museum, 10am – 4pm

Feb. 14 – Woodstock, VT – Jazz – Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 10am

Feb. 18 – Woodstock, VT – indoor Winter Farmer’s Market – Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Feb. 17–19 – Woodstock, VT – The Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival. Woodstock Village Green. Presented by Pentangle Arts. www.pentanglearts.org /

Feb. 18–26 – Woodstock, VT – 10am–4pm Sleigh Ride Week at Billings Farm & Museum. Sleigh rides, sledding with jack jumpers; dairy farm and farmhouse; programs and hands-on activities, presidential cookie favorites and spiced cider. www.billingsfarm.org/

Feb. 25 – Quechee, VT – Owl Festival at VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science), www.vinsweb.org

Mar. 18 – Woodstock, VT – indoor Winter Farmer’s Market – Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Mar. 25 & 26 – Woodstock, VT 11am–1pm March Maple Madness. Sugar on snow & maple butter popcorn, free on the Green. Maple Taste-A-Round, 6:00- 8:30 pm, $25. www.woodstockvt.com

Below are places of interest – dining – touristy – entertainment:

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).Note: Hartland Diner in Hartland 3 Corners will be closed on Tues. & Wed. for the months of Feb. and Mar. Back to open 7 days a week April 1st.

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner with lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee, Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

Another new restaurant on the West end of Woodstock is On the River Inn and in Quechee, The Public House, near the putt-putt golf, offering food and craft beers. A new restaurant in White River Junction is Piecemeal Pies serving English savory pies.

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria and Pi Martini Tapas Bar(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock)-every Sun. is Burger and Beer night; Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House Inn(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

Another food “establishment” which has garnered a big following is the “elevated food truck” called Chef Brad’s Crazy Side. The food truck has relocated from Hartland to Rt. 4 near the Fat Hat on the way to Quechee. They now have an actual building which is open for breakfast and lunch. Brad is a fantastic chef, thus the big following. You can follow the restaurant specials on his Facebook site. People rave over his chicken in a basket. I personally like his hamburgers or lamb-burgers and sweet potato fries. When the temperatures are cool I always try one of his homemade soups. 

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. During the summer they have oven fired pizzas for sale to eat on the picnic tables outside. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine. Often the Silo and Farmstead Cheese team up with some local musical talent and hold a special event at the Silo, serving cocktails and food bites. These places are located in Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many other interesting places such as Simon Pearce outlet store and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com. Sometimes in the winter dog sledding is there – check with www.braeburnsiberians.com

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby along with their Maple Kitchen restaurant which features Prime Rib on Thursday nights. Ascutney Mountain has been revived as Ascutney Outdoors which now has a ski tow rope and there is no charge to ski there. There are also trails which have been opened for biking and hiking.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

http://www.woodstockvt.com/woodstockvt/events

http://www.thevermontstandard.com

The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.

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www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT2016

May 282016
 

New this year is the Ascutney Outdoors organization. They have worked to make Ascutney Mountain in Brownsville, VT a place for all to enjoy for various activities – hiking, biking, skiing, and meeting other like minded outdoors people. Check out their website for events planned.

www.ascutneyoutdoors.org/new-events/

**Repeating events

Friday nights at 6:30pm throughout the summer The Cheese Board at Artisans Way in Windsor is showing free outdoor movies(family oriented). Available for purchase are wood fired pizza and creamies. It’s next door to Harpoon Brewery.

Spectator at Horse Events? – check the calendar at gmhainc.org in nearby South Woodstock

**June 1-30 – Woodstock/Taftsville, VT – Sugarbush Farm Dairy Month Tours & Samples, sugarbushfarm.com

June 4 – Woodstock, VT – Trek to Taste, Billings Farm, 10-3 with VINS Raptor presentation 10-2, www.trektotaste.info

**June 5, 12, 19, 26 – Woodstock, VT – Ice Cream Sundays – Billings Farm Museum

June 5 – Woodstock, VT – Covered Bridges half Marathon

June 11 – South Woodstock, VT – All day Jumper Derby for spectators, Green Mountain Horse Assoc. (GMHA) on Rt. 106

June 11-12 – Vermont – All day Vermont State Park Day – free entry to all state parks

June 12 – South Woodstock, Reading, West Windsor, Hartland – All day 50/25/15 mile endurance horse ride – be careful driving the roads as horses will be abundant.

June 17 – South Pomfret, VT, Last Train Zinkov Concert, Folk Music, ArtisTree, www.artistreevt.org for info

**June 17 -June 19 – Quiche, VT – all day Quechee Balloon Festival, Quechee Village Green, Balloon Glow at night, rides during the day (weather permitting) crafts, food

**June 17 – 26 – Barnard, VT – production of Realistic Joneses by Will Eno, performances outdoors at Fable Farm Theatre, www.barnarts.org for more info – come early and picnic on the grounds

June 18 – Hartland, VT – Jazz Festival, noon – 8pm, Hartland Library field on Rt. 5

June 18 – Brownsville, VT – West Windsor 5 and Dime Trail Run, 7:45-12:15, www.ascutneyoutdoors.org/new-events/ for details

June 18-19 – Tunbridge, VT – VT History Expo 2016, 10-5pm

June 23 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert Series – Interplay Jazz, 5:50pm, free on the Green (donation for food shelf appreciated)

June 24 – Woodstock, VT – The Interplay of Jazz Concert, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 8pm

June 25 – Woodstock, VT – Jazz in the Park, Concert & Art Show, Vail Field, noon – 3pm, free

June 25 – Pomfret, VT – Pomfret Strawberry Festival, Pomfret Congregational Church, 5, 6:15, 7:30 seatings

June 25 – South Pomfret, VT – The Contenders (Nash & Day) Concert, ArtisTree, 7:30pm, $20, cash bar

June 30 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert Series, Francesca Blanchard, 5:50 on the Green, free (donation to food shelf appreciated)

July 1 – Pomfret, VT – VT Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival Tour, Suicide Six Ski Area, Gate ope at 5pm for picnicking, 7:30 with fireworks at the end, www.pentanglearts.org

July 2 – Brownsville, VT – Ascutney Mountain Triple Ascent Hike, 7am, see www.ascutneyoutdoors.org/new-events/ for details (July 3 rain day)

July 3 – Brownsville, VT – crafts, food and fireworks after dark

July 3 – Reading, VT – 10th annual Duck Derby, 2 pm – lots of prizes

July 3 – Cornish, NH -Saint-Gaudens Sunday concert(piano), 2pm at the Little Studio in Saint Gardens Historic Site just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT, with lovely outdoor walking trails, sculptures, art. Perfect for a picnic

July 4 – Woodstock, VT – Old Vermont Fourth – Billings Farm Museum, 10am

July 4 – Woodstock, VT – 40th John Longhans Green Mile Road Race, run, walk, leisurely stroll thru Woodstock, free kids race with medals, free T-shirt for participants, live music on the Green

July 4 – Woodstock, VT – crafts, games, food, fireworks, Woodstock Union H.S., 5-9pm

July 4 – Plymouth,VT – President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration, Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 10:30am, games, BBQ, wagon rides, craft demos

July 4 – Brownsville, VT – crafts, food and parade at 1pm

(Check closer to the Holiday weekend for a list of celebrations, parades in neighboring villages)

**July 6, 13, 20, 27 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Day Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

July 7 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert Series – Twangtown Paramours, 5:50pm on the Green, free (donation to food shelf appreciated)

July 8 – Woodstock, VT – Concert and Ice Cream Social, back lawn of Woodstock Historical Society, Elm St., 7pm, entry with donation

**July 9 – Aug. 13 – Lebanon, NH – All Day Summeriest 2016 – Opera North, check website for details, www.operanorth.org

July 10 – Cornish, NH -Saint-Gaudens Sunday concert(ensemble), 2pm at the Little Studio in Saint Gardens Historic Site just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT, with lovely outdoor walking trails, sculptures, art. Perfect for a picnic

July 14 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert, Amber Rubarth, 5:30pm, on the Green, free (donation to food shelf appreciated)

July 15 – Pomfret, VT – Jeremiah McLane & Annemieke Spoelstra Concert, ArtisTree, 7:30pm

**July 15-18 – Killington, VT, Killington Wine Festival,

July 16 – Woodstock, VT – All day 91st Annual St. James Fair, church near The Green

July 16 – Norwich, VT – Montshire Museum of Science, All day Up,Up, and Away! Glider Rockets and Parachutes Event

July 16 – Woodstock, VT – “A Celebration in Song” Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Mansion, 6pm, free

July 17 –  Cornish, NH -Saint-Gaudens Sunday concert(jazz), 2pm at the Little Studio in Saint Gardens Historic Site just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT, with lovely outdoor walking trails, sculptures, art. Perfect for a picnic

July 17 – Woodstock, VT – National Ice Cream Day, Billings Farm

July 20 – Pomfret, VT – Chris Pierce & Jay Nash Concert, ArtisTree, 7:30pm

July 21 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert, Carl Pierce, 5:50pm, on the Green, free (donation to food shelf appreciated)

July 23-24 – Windsor, VT – Harpoon Brewery BBQ Festival, 11am -7pm (5pm on Sun.)

July 24 – Cornish, NH -Saint-Gaudens Sunday concert(piano), 2pm at the Little Studio in Saint Gardens Historic Site just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT, with lovely outdoor walking trails, sculptures, art. Perfect for a picnic

July 28-30 – Woodstock, VT – All Day Bookstock Literary Festival, www.bookstockvt.org

July 30 – Norwich, VT – All day Nature: Up Close and Personal, Montshire Museum of Science, lots of fun activities outside and inside in the Science Discovery Lab

July 31 – Cornish, NH -Saint-Gaudens Sunday concert(Riverboat Stompers, Toe Tapping Jazz Pops), 2pm at the Little Studio in Saint Gardens Historic Site just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT, with lovely outdoor walking trails, sculptures, art. Perfect for a picnic

**July 29, Aug. 2,4,6,10,11,13 – Lebanon, NH – Evita, Opera North, Lebanon Opera House

**July 30 – Sept. 18 – Woodstock, VT – Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm Museum

**July 31, Aug. 3,6,10 – Lebanon, NH – Daughter of the Regiment, Opera North, Lebanon Opera House

**Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

**Aug. 5,7,9,12 – Lebanon, NH – Tosca, Opera North, Lebanon Opera House

Aug. 4 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert, Ashley Sorrow Trio, 5:50pm, on the Green, free (donation to food shelf appreciated).

Aug. 6 – Quechee, VT – Ottauquechee Musicfest, too many activities to list, check it out on www.quecheeclub.com/summer-music-series

Aug. 6 – Plymouth, VT – Plymouth Old Home Day, Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 10-4pm, wagon rides, BBQ, music, sheep shearing, crafts and games

Aug. 7 – Cornish, NH -Saint-Gaudens Sunday concert(string band), 2pm at the Little Studio in Saint Gardens Historic Site just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT, with lovely outdoor walking trails, sculptures, art. Perfect for a picnic

Aug. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Taste of Woodstock, 10am-evening, in the village, food, beverages, crafts, fun

Aug. 13 – Brownsville, VT – Harpoon Point-to-Point mountain bike race, Ascutney Mtn.

Aug. 14 – Cornish, NH -Saint-Gaudens Sunday concert(cello & piano), 2pm at the Little Studio in Saint Gardens Historic Site just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT, with lovely outdoor walking trails, sculptures, art. Perfect for a picnic

Aug. 19-21 – Cornish, NH – Cornish Fair, www.cornishfair.org

Aug. 19 – South Woodstock, VT – Derby Day and Tailgating Party, Horse jumping for spectators at Green Mountain Horse Assoc. (GMHA) followed by dog derby

Aug. 21 – Plymouth, VT – Grace Coolidge Musicale No. 2, Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, French Music for Piano and Voice, 4-5:30pm followed by refreshments at the Wilder House Restaurant, donations accepted

Aug. 21 – Cornish, NH -Saint-Gaudens Sunday concert(string quartet and clarinet), 2pm at the Little Studio in Saint Gardens Historic Site just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT, with lovely outdoor walking trails, sculptures, art. Perfect for a picnic

Aug. 27 – Quechee, VT – Scottish Festival, Quechee Polo Field, 9-5pm, Scottish games, sheep herding

Aug. 28 – Cornish, NH -Saint-Gaudens Sunday concert(brass), 2pm at the Little Studio in Saint Gardens Historic Site just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT, with lovely outdoor walking trails, sculptures, art. Perfect for a picnic

**Sept. 1-Fall – Woodstock/Pomfret, VT -Sculpturefest, free, outdoor sculptures of intriguing design on 2 adjacent farms

Sept. 1-4 – South Woodstock, Reading, West Windsor, Hartland, VT – All Day Distance Days and 80th Annual 100 Mile Ride, Green Mountain Horse Assoc. (GMHA) – Watch out for horses on the roads day and night

Sept. 3-4 – Plymouth, VT – Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival, 2-5pm, free, www.plymouthfolk,com

**Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

Sept. 9-10 – Woodstock, VT – Chamber Art Festival on the Green

Sept. 15-18 – Tunbridge, VT – Tunbridge World’s Fair, www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com/schedules/fair/

Sept. 25 – Brownsville, VT – Vermont 50 Mountain Bike – Ultra Run

Oct. 2 – Brownsville, VT – Lucy Mac 5K-9, canine friendly run

Oct. 8-9 – Windsor, VT – Harpoon Octoberfest

Below are places of interest – dining – touristy – entertainment:

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).Note: Hartland Diner in Hartland 3 Corners will be closed on Tues. & Wed. for the months of Feb. and Mar. Back to open 7 days a week April 1st.

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner with lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee, Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

Another new restaurant on the West end of Woodstock is On the River Inn and in Quechee, The Public House, near the putt-putt golf, offering food and craft beers.

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria and Pi Martini Tapas Bar(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock)-every Sun. is Burger and Beer night; Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House Inn(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

Another food “establishment” which has garnered a big following is the “elevated food truck” off Rt. 12 on Damon Rd. between Hartland and the intersection with Rt. 4 heading to Quechee. It’s called Chef Brad’s Crazy Side. He is a fantastic chef, thus the big following. You can usually see his specials posted on his Facebook site. People rave over his chicken in a basket. I personally like his hamburgers or lamb-burgers and sweet potato fries. When the temperatures are cool I always try one of his homemade soups. You can BYOB and tables are set up outside and also in his bus. Don’t let the casual appearance fool you – the food is great!

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. During the summer they have oven fired pizzas for sale to eat on the picnic tables outside. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine. Often the Silo and Farmstead Cheese team up with some local musical talent and hold a special event at the Silo, serving cocktails and food bites. These places are located in Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many other interesting places such as Simon Pearce outlet store and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com. Sometimes in the winter dog sledding is there – check with www.braeburnsiberians.com

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby along with their Maple Kitchen restaurant which features Prime Rib on Thursday nights. Ascutney Mountain has been revived as Ascutney Outdoors which now has a ski tow rope and there is no charge to ski there. There are also trails which have been opened for biking and hiking.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

http://www.woodstockvt.com/woodstockvt/events

http://www.thevermontstandard.com

The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.
http://www.billingsfarm.org/

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

Jan 282016
 

February and March in Vermont often offers a wide variety of activities – some snow related and some not. Of course, you can always just chill out in the cabin in front of a wood stove!

NEW: Dog-sledding on Fridays and Sundays (12-4pm) – check it out at the Artisan Way in Windsor (where Great River Outfitters, Harpoon Brewery and the Silo are located) or contact Braeburn Sledding www.braeburnsiberians.com Pre-booked 2 hour excursions are available on Tues.,Thurs., and Sat.

There is a free outdoor ice skate rink in West Windsor (Brownsville) at the Albert Bridge School on the Brownsville-Hartland Road. It’s open to the public on Fridays 3-4:30pm.

There is also free rope tow skiing on Mt. Ascutney in Brownsville, snow permitting!

Note: Hartland Diner in Hartland 3 Corners will be closed on Tues. & Wed. for the months of Feb. and Mar. Back to open 7 days a week April 1st.

What to do on a Saturday afternoon? Woodstock Vermont Film Series is hosted at Billings Farm & Museum – list of movies is posted at the cabin in the Current Events folder.

The Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT always has a multitude of interesting activities going on!

Windsor Winter Farmer’s Markets -runs the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month through May from 11am-2pm at the Windsor Welcome Center (3 Railroad Ave). You’ll find these vendors:Backwoods Grove: Buy a citrus cleaner, scrubby, and a dishcloth for only $10 as a set! Get a jump start on the spring cleaning! Brookhaven: Spicy pickles, dilly beans, dried herbs, plus journals, notepads and pillows made from recycled materials. Contented Butterfly Farm: Limited quantity of eggs, USDA inspected lamb meat, leeks, canned goods (tomatillo salsa, cucumber relish and strawberry/rhubarb topping sauce), handspun yarn and knit hats. Max & Ozzie’s Homemade Crafts: Limited number of fresh eggs, plus freshly baked focaccia bread in new flavors! Try three cheese, sweet onion, bacon/onion/mushroom, rosemary/sea salt and Italian herb/parmesan. 100% cotton napkins and kitchen towels plus reusable snack bags available in a variety of prints.
Nada’s Notes & Photos: Photograph notecards and framed prints featuring local historical and natural scenes. Split Rock Farm: Beef, eggs, jams, relishes and pickles. The Tragic Whale: Makeup bags, pencil cases and *new item* coasters!

Jan. 30th – Pomfret, VT – 80th Anniversary Party for Suicide Six : Snowshoe race up and down the Mountain ($40 entry, 4:05pm) and Party ($36.80 6-9pm)  Reservations 802 457-6665

Feb. 7 – Cornish, NH – Guided Family Snowshoe Adventure, Saint-Gardens National Historic Site, visitor center, 1-3pm, snowshoes available

Feb. 11-15 – Woodstock, VT – The Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival, on the Green

Feb. 13 – Hartland, VT – Annual Tiki Torch Trek, 5-8pm, A community evening of outdoor fun! Ski or snowshoe on trails lit by Tiki Torches, eat a great meal and enjoy the bonfire and music. www.HartlandWinterTrails.org

Feb. 13 – Pomfret, VT – Suicide Six, President’s Week Torchlight Parade & Dance, starts shortly after dusk

Feb. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Animal Tracking Workshop,Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, 10-2pm

Feb. 13 – Hartland, VT – Roast Beef Supper, Brick Church – look for signage at Damon Hall, 5-7pm

Feb. 13 – Pomfret, VT – Boy Thayer Trio, Artis Tree, 7:30pm

Feb. 16 – Hanover, NH – Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo, Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, 7pm

Feb. 11-21 – Woodstock, VT – Sleigh Ride Week, Billings Farm & Museum, 10-3pm

Feb. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Fatstock, check it out at http://www.vermontoverland.com/fatstock/

Feb. 20 – Pomfret, VT – Suicide Six Sledding Party(4-5pm) & Movie Night(5:15pm)

Feb. 20 – Hartland, VT – Country Dance, Damon Hall, 7pm

Feb. 21 – Cornish, NH – Guided Family Snowshoe Adventure, Saint-Gardens National Historic Site, visitor center, 1-3pm, snowshoes available

Feb. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Wildlife Tracking in the Snow, Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, 10-noon

Mar. 6 – Woodstock, VT – Guided Family Snowshoe Adventure, Forest Center, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park, 1-3pm, snowshoes available

Mar. 19 – Hartland, VT – Country Dance, Damon Hall, 7pm

Mar. 26-27 – Woodstock, VT – Maple Madness, Village Green, 11-1pm

Mar. 26-27 – Vermont – Maple Weekend, Open House at Maple Sugar Producers throughout Vermont

Apr. 18 – Hartland, VT – Country Dance, Damon Hall, 7pm

Below are places of interest – dining – touristy – entertainment:

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).Note: Hartland Diner in Hartland 3 Corners will be closed on Tues. & Wed. for the months of Feb. and Mar. Back to open 7 days a week April 1st.

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner with lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee, Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another new restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

Another new restaurant on the West end of Woodstock is On the River Inn and in Quechee, The Public House, near the putt-putt golf, offering food and craft beers.

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria and Pi Martini Tapas Bar(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock)-every Sun. is Burger and Beer night; Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House Inn(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. During the summer they have oven fired pizzas for sale to eat on the picnic tables outside. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine. Located in Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many other interesting places such as Simon Pearce outlet store and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com. Sometimes in the winter dog sledding is there – check with www.braeburnsiberians.com

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby along with their Maple Kitchen restaurant which features Prime Rib on Thursday nights. Ascutney Mountain has been revived as Ascutney Outdoors which now has a ski tow rope and there is no charge to ski there. There are also trails which have been opened for biking and hiking.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

http://www.woodstockvt.com/woodstockvt/events

http://www.thevermontstandard.com

The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.
http://www.billingsfarm.org/

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

Nov 212015
 

FLASH! FLASH! Prince & Pauper Restaurant in Woodstock is offering a Prix Fixe special Sun thru Thurs. Nov. 1 to Dec. 17th. $39 for appetizer, salad and entree.

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner with lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee, Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another new restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

Another new restaurant in Woodstock is Ruth’s Table on main street where the Daily Grind used to be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the West end of Woodstock is another new restaurant, On the River Inn.

Opening in Sept. 2015, The Public House in Quechee, near the putt-putt golf, offering food and craft beers.

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria and Pi Martini Tapas Bar(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock), Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House Inn(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. During the summer they have oven fired pizzas for sale to eat on the picnic tables outside. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine. Located in Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many other interesting places such as Simon Pearce outlet store and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com. Sometimes in the winter dog sledding is there – check with www.braeburnsiberians.com

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby. Ascutney Mountain is no longer a ski resort but trails have been opened for biking and hiking.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

http://www.woodstockvt.com/woodstockvt/events

http://www.thevermontstandard.com

The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.
http://www.billingsfarm.org/

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

Must see activity: Sculpturefest 2015 which starts in June and last through the Fall Season. Free outdoor display of unique sculptures from various artist. Check out info and directions (just outside of Woodstock) at www.sculpturefest.org

Here’s a few of the recently advertised activities in the area:

Prince & Pauper Restaurant in Woodstock is offering a Prix Fixe special Sun thru Thurs. Nov. 1 to Dec. 17th. $39 for appetizer, salad and entree.

Nov. 26 – Woodstock, VT – The Turkey Trot, 5K run through Woodstock Village, www.zacksplacevt.org

Nov. 27-28 – Woodstock, VT – The Woodstock Inn Holiday Fair, perfect place to buy unique Christmas gifts from VT artists and crafters, free, 10-4pm

Nov. 27-29 – Woodstock, VT – Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum, 10-3:30pm, horse drawn wagon rides

December weekends – Woodstock, VT – Christmas at the Farm, Billings Farm & Museum, 10-4pm

Dec. 5 – Plymouth Notch, VT – Coolidge Holiday Open House at the President Calvin Coolidge Historic Site, 10-4pm, craft demos, traditions, sleigh rides weather permitting, www.historicsites.vermont.gov

Dec. 5 – Brownsville, VT – Christmas activities in the village, craft bazaar, Christmas Holiday Carol Sing, Holiday Tree Lighting, Caroling, Fire Pit, Christmas Concert

Dec. 5-6, Woodstock, VT – Freelance Family Singers Concert, First Congregational Church, 7pm (Dec. 5) and 3pm (Dec. 6)

Dec. 6 – Heartland, VT – Holiday Concert, 3pm, Damon Hall

Dec. 11-13 – Woodstock, VT – Wassail weekend in Woodstock, numerous events, a special Winter weekend in Woodstock, google on you-tube to see past Wassail celebrations in Woodstock, to see a list of the events go to www.woodstockvt.com

December 11, 5:00pm-7:00pm,Wassail Open House,Woodstock History Center,hot cider, seasonal treats, Celtic harp music, and more. Free!

December 11-13, 10:00am-4:00pm,Wassail Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum,horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides (weather permitting).

December 12, 9:30am-2:00pm,Pentangle’s 12th Annual Holiday House Tour,Starts at Woodstock Town Hall, www.pentanglearts.org

December 12, 12:30pm, A reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Norman Williams Public Library
December 12, 2:00pm, Wassail Parade,Woodstock Village Green, Delight in the jingle of sleigh bells and the clip-clop of hooves as riders dressed in Victorian-era costumes ride through the village and around the Woodstock Village Green

December 12, 3:00pm,Lighting of the Memory Tree,Woodstock Village Green,Carol sing and Wassail bonfire on the Woodstock Village Green

December 12, 3:00pm & 4:30pm, Performance by The Ten – a cappella men’s choir, free, The Congregational Church
December 12, 4:00pm, Lighting of the Luminaries, Woodstock Village Green

December 12, 7:30pm, Pentangle Arts Wassail Weekend Featured Concert, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, www.pentanglearts.org

December 13, 4:00pm, Annual Messiah Sing, Our Lady of the Snows Church,www.pentanglearts.org

Dec. 18 – Barnard, VT – Annual Winter Carols, holiday concert as well as audience sing-a-long in candle-lit church, First Universalist Church, 7pm, www.barnarts.org

Dec. 18-21 – Hanover, NH – The Christmas Revels, celebration of the Winter Solstice, Hopkins Center for the Arts, tickets at www.hop.dartmouth.edu/revelsnorth.org

Dec. 19 – Jan. 3 – Woodstock, VT – Christmas at the Billings Farm and Museum, learn about how Christmas was

Dec. 20 – South Woodstock, VT – Christmas service, South Woodstock Community Church

Dec. 26 – Jan. 3 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Museum, horse drawn sleigh or wagon rides weather permitting

Jan. 16-18 – Woodstock, VT – Sleigh Ride Weekend, Billings Farm & Museum, 10-4pm

Feb. 11-15 – Woodstock, VT – The Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival, on the Green

Feb. 13 – Hartland, VT – Annual Tiki Torch Trek, 5-8pm, A community evening of outdoor fun! Ski or snowshoe on trails lit by Tiki Torches, eat a great meal and enjoy the bonfire and music. www.HartlandWinterTrails.org

Feb. 11-21 – Woodstock, VT – Sleigh Ride Week, Billings Farm & Museum, 10-3pm

Mar. 26-27 – Woodstock, VT – Maple Madness, Village Green, 11-1pm

Mar. 26-27 – Vermont – Maple Weekend, Open House at Maple Sugar Producers throughout Vermont

Jun 052015
 

It’s a wonderful time to be in Vermont!

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner with lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee, Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another new restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock), Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. During the summer they have oven fired pizzas for sale to eat on the picnic tables outside. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine. Located in Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many other interesting places such as Simon Pearce outlet store and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com

Brownsville General Store at the base of Ascutney mountain offers a daytime deli (sit down with the locals or take-out).

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby. Ascutney Mountain is no longer a ski resort but trails have been opened for biking and hiking.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

http://www.woodstockvt.com/woodstockvt/events

http://www.thevermontstandard.com

The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.
http://www.billingsfarm.org/

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

Must see activity: Sculpturefest 2015 which starts in June and last through the Fall Season. Free outdoor display of unique sculptures from various artist. Check out info and directions (just outside of Woodstock) at www.sculpturefest.org

Here’s a few of the recently advertised activities in the area:

July 4th weekend – Every town has a parade and special activities and fireworks. Woodstock has theirs on Sat. July 4th – other towns may have them on another day – check local listings

July 1– Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

July 4 – Brownsville, VT – Pancake Breakfast at Brownsville Church, 7:30-10:00

July 4 – Brownsville, VT – parade, 1pm

July 6 – Vermont Symphony Orchestra performs at Suicide Six in Pomfret, gates open at 5pm (for picnicing). concert begins at 7:30pm and finishes with 1812 Overture and fireworks, www.pentanglearts.org

July 8 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

July 10 – Woodstock, VT – Band Concert and Ice Cream Social, Woodstock History Center, 7pm, admission by donation, bring a chair or blanket, postponed if it rains

July 12 – Behind the Scenes tour of VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science), Quechee, VT www.vinsweb.org

July 12 – Woodstock, VT – Mansion Open House, Tour the mansion and gardens at your own pace, Free today, 12-4, www.mps.gov/mabi

July 15 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

July 15 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

July 15 – Behind the Scenes tour of VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science), Quechee, VT www.vinsweb.org

July 16 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag concert on the Green, Twangtown Paramours, noon

July 18 – Woodstock, VT – Annual St. James Fair, Woodstock Green, 10-3pm

July 22 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

July 22 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

July 23 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag concert on the Green, Pete’s Posse, noon

July 24 – Windsor, VT – White wine tasting, Windsor Wine and Spirits, 4-6pm free Concert in nearby park afterwards

July 24-26 – Woodstock, VT – Bookstock, check it out at www.bookstockvt.org

July 25-26 – Windsor, VT – Harpoon Brewery BBQ Championship, see details

http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/festivals/2130/2015-harpoon-championships-of-new-england-barbecue?utm_source=Harpoon+Email+Subscribers&utm_campaign=df74c6cb3d-The_Full_Tilt_Boogie_Music_Festival_and_Harpoon%21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fb30d78582-df74c6cb3d-59027533

July 25-26 – Woodstock, VT – Antiques & Art in Woodstock, Union Arena, Sat. 10-5pm, Sun 11-4pm

July 29 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

July 29 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

July 30 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag concert on the Green, The Greg Abate Quartet, noon

Aug. 1- Sep. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Annual Quilt Exhibit, Billings Farm

Aug. 1 – Plymouth, VT – Plymouth Old Home Day,10-4pm, wagon rides, sheep shearing, chicken BBQ, crafts

Aug. 5 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 5 -Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

Aug. 6 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag concert on the Green, noon

Aug. 8 – Woodstock, VT – Taste of Woodstock, downtown centre

Aug. 8 -Behind the Scenes tour of VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science), Quechee, VT www.vinsweb.org

Aug 12 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 12 -Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

Aug. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag concert on the Green, noon

Aug. 13 -Behind the Scenes tour of VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science), Quechee, VT www.vinsweb.org

Aug. 15-16 – Woodstock, VT – Naked Table Project, www.nakedtable.com

Aug. 19 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 19 -Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

Aug. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag concert on the Green, noon

Aug. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Celebrate Community Dinner and entertainment, 5-8pm, www.townofwoodstock.org

Aug. 22 – Quechee, VT – Scottish Festival and Celtic Fair, 8-4:30

Aug. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Community Open House and Picnic, Billings Farm, behind the scenes tours, bring a picnic, www.nps.gov/mabi

Aug. 22-23 – South Woodstock, VT – Horse and Carriage Driving competition, GMHA(Green Mtn. Horse Assoc.) grounds, free

Aug. 22-24 – Woodstock, VT – Sidewalk Sale Days

Aug. 23 – Woodstock, VT – 9am, Annual Overland Grand Prix Bike Race – watch out for bikers on the roads!

Aug. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, North Universalist Chapel Society, 4pm, free, donations welcome

Aug. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 26 -Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

Aug. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag concert on the Green, noon

Aug. 29 -Behind the Scenes tour of VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science), Quechee, VT www.vinsweb.org

Aug. 29 – Brownsville, VT – Flute and Piano Concert, Brownsville Community Church, free

Aug. 30 – Woodstock, VT – Annual Mozart Festival, Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church, 4pm,  free, donations welcome

Sept. 2 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum 11-3 pm, www.billingsfarm.org

Sept. 2 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 3-5 – South Woodstock, VT – Green Mtn. Horse Assoc. 100 mi. ride – watch out for horses on the roads – they come by the cabin as well

Sept. 3-6 – Bridgewater, VT – North Branch Blue Grass Festival, www.nbbluegrass.com

Sept. 4-6 – Pomfret, VT – Jesse and the Bandit Queen in connection with SculptureFest 2015 (see above), King Farm Barn, www.barnarts.org

Sept. 4-9 – Rutland, VT – Vermont State Fair, www.vermontstatefair.net

Sept. 5-6 – Plymouth, VT – The Plymouth Folk & Blues Concerts, 2-5pm

Sept. 9 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum 11-3 pm, www.billingsfarm.org

Sept. 9 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 10-13 – Tunbridge, VT – Tunbridge World’s Fair, www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com

Sept. 11-13 – Pomfret, VT – Jesse and the Bandit Queen in connection with SculptureFest 2015 (see above), King Farm Barn, www.barnarts.org

Sept. 12-13 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock’s Chamber Art Festival on the Village Green

Sept. 16 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum 11-3 pm, www.billingsfarm.org

Sept. 16 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 19 – Plymouth, VT – Plymouth Notch Antique Apple Fest, 10-4pm, www.historicsites.vermont.gov

Sept. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum 11-3 pm, www.billingsfarm.org

Sept. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Sept. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Old Time Fair and Silent Auction, 1-4pm, Lawn of Woodstock History Ctr..

Sept. 26-27 – Woodstock, VT – Forest Festival Weekend. Horse drawn rides and demonstrations and hikes, www.nps.gov/mabi

Sept. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Progressive Organ Concert, www.pentanglearts.org

Sept. 30 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

 

Mar 082015
 

Spring has been a long time coming this year in Vermont but if you’re a ski buff you should enjoy more weeks of lovely Spring skiing since there is such a good base.

Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner and lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another new restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock), Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.

Taftsville Covered Bridge has reopened. It had been closed since “Irene” and it is a great relief to have that access to River Road re-opened!

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine.

Brownsville General Store at the base of Ascutney mountain offers a daytime deli (sit down with the locals or take-out).

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby. Ascutney Mountain is no longer a ski resort but trails have been opened for biking and hiking.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many interesting places such as Harpoon Brewery, Sustainable Farmer (cheese making and other VT products), Simon Pearce outlet store, The Silo (manufacturer of Gin, Vodka and Whiskey) and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

Here’s a few of the recently advertised activities in the area:

April Specials at Prince & Pauper Restaurant, Woodstock. Prix Fixe: Sun-Tues $39/pers. and Bistro Menu – Wed-Thurs. 2 entrees for $35

Mar. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Mar. 27-29 – Statewide – Maple Sugar Open Houses

Mar. 28 – Woodstock, VT – Hyannis Sound Concert, North Chapel UU Church, 7pm

Mar. 28-29 – Woodstock, VT – Maple Madness, see www.woodstockvt.com

Apr. 4 – Woodstock, VT – Baby animal day, Billings Farm Museum

Apr. 5 – Woodstock, VT – Easter brunch, Red Rooster restaurant in the Woodstock Inn, 11-2:30

Apr. 9 -10 – Hanover, NH – Figaro! – Dartmouth Hopkins Center For the Arts, 7pm(Thur.), 8pm(Fri.)

Apr. 10 – Windsor, VT – Windsor Wine & Spirits, 4-6pm, tasting 4 new spirits on the market, free

Apr. 16-18 – Woodstock, VT – Anniversary celebrations at Bentley’s restaurant, 3 nights of Live Music and a Throwback Disco Party on the 18th.

Apr. 18 – Woodstock, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Apr. 22 – Hanover, NH -Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Dartmouth Hopkins Center For the Arts, 7pm

Apr. 25 – Windsor, VT – Windsor Wine & Spirits, Free wine tasting, six Rose’s, 4-6pm

May 2-3 – Woodstock, VT – Sheep shearing day and Border Collie Herding, Billings Farm Museum

June 6 – Woodstock, VT – pre-Covered Bridges Half Marathon Pasta Dinner at Suicide Six, pre-register

June 7 – Woodstock, VT – Covered Bridges Half Marathon, pre-register. books early

June 7,14,21,28 – Woodstock, VT – Ice Cream Sundays, Billiings Farm Museum

July 1,8,15,22,29 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm Museum

August 8 – Woodstock, VT – Taste of Woodstock, downtown centre

Sept. 12-13 – Woodstock, VT – Chamber of Commerce Art Festival

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Dec 162014
 

Snow began falling in earnest the day before Thanksgiving and continued through the next few weeks making one wonder what the Winter in Vermont would hold this year! Hopefully lots of snow for skiing, sledding, and just chilling out in front of the wood stove.

If you’re looking for a place for dinner Christmas Eve – the Kedron Valley Inn (just 3 mi. from the cabin) is open. Make reservations at 802 457-1473

Some fairly new restaurants! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner and lots of music events as well!

Opened in Quechee Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another new restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note their are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock), Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes.

As of this time, the Prince & the Pauper restaurant in Woodstock is offering their Prix Fixe menu at $39. Great food and a charming atmosphere for a special holiday meal!

Taftsville Covered Bridge has reopened. It had been closed since “Irene” and it is a great relief to have that access to River Road re-opened!

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful education display and video on sugaring, a animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine.

Brownsville General Store at the base of Ascutney mountain offers a daytime deli (sit down with the locals or take-out).

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many interesting places such as Harpoon Brewery, Sustainable Farmer (cheese making and other VT products), Simon Pearce outlet store, The Silo (manufacturer of Gin, Vodka and Whiskey) and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

Here’s a few of the recently advertised activities in the area:

Dec. 18-21 – Hanover, NH – The Christmas Revels, Hopkins Center for the Arts, www.RevelsNorth.org

Dec. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Indoor Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall

Jan. 10 – Winter Trails Day – Enjoy free cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

Green Mountain Horse Association – South Woodstock, VT – free! Join us for winter fun on the snow! Spectators welcome.

January 10: Sleighing Combined Test

January 11: Sleigh Rally

January 24: Sleighing Combined Test

January 25: Sleigh Rally

Sleigh Rallies are pleasure driving shows on the snow. Classes include working, reinsmanship, cones, Currier & Ives, sleigh dog, and a cross-country pace (conditions dependent).

Sleighing Combined Tests include dressage and cones competition.

Remember, sleighing events are extremely weather dependent- check our website for status updates. www.gmhainc.org/driving/

Jan. 16 – Windsor, VT – outdoor ice skating party with music, free hot dogs and hot chocolate, State Street Common Rink, 5-7pm (bring your own skates)

Jan. 17-19 – Woodstock, VT – Sleighing at Billings Farm & Musuem

Jan. 17 – Woodstock, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Feb. 7 – Hartland, VT – The Annual Tiki Torch Trek – 5-8pm -A community evening of outdoor fun! Ski or snowshoe on trails lit by Tiki Torches, eat a great meal and enjoy the bonfire and music. Usually starts across from the Hartland Fire Station on Rt. 12

Feb. 7 – Brownsville, VT – Ascutney Mt., Big Foot 5K snowshoe and bonfire,10:00AM; Day of Registration at 9:00AM, Pre-Registration at www.IMATHLETE.com registration fee ONLY $5!
5k Loop on Mt. Ascutney , Trail Illuminated with Tiki Torches!- Bonfire and S’Mores at the Finish! Snow shoes of all sizes available for rent and supplied by Great River Outfitters. Snow shoe rental is $10.

Feb. 7 – Woodstock, VT – “The Fiddler on the Roof”, Town Hall Theatre, www.pentanglearts.org

Feb. 13-15 – Woodstock, VT – Snow Flurry – Snow sculptures on the Green

Feb. 14 – Pomfret, VT – Annual Torchlight Parade and Dance, Suicide Six Ski Area

Feb. 14-22 – Woodstock, VT – Sleigh Ride Week at Billings Farm & Musuem

Feb. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Town Hall Theatre, 7:30, www.pentanglearts.org

Feb. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Mar. 6-8 – Pomfret,  VT – Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games, Suicide Six Ski Area

Mar. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Mar. 27-29 – Statewide – Maple Sugar Open Houses

Apr. 18 – Woodstock, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall, 10-1pm

Nov 102014
 

The Holidays are starting! Thanksgiving is just around the corner and then there’s Wassail weekend in Woodstock and Christmas and New Year’s and Feb. school Holidays! Let the fun begin! Check out the Nov. issue of Travel + Leisure Magazine for a wonderful article on the beauty of Woodstock, VT. Also a great article on Woodstock in the Equestrian Quarterly Magazine – it even has a picture of yours truly on her horse in the Christmas Wassail parade! 🙂 The Woodstock Wassail celebration has been featured in numerous magazines in the past – it is truly a special weekend of events that will truly get you in the Christmas mood!

Some fairly new restaurants! Check it out:

The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).

The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner!

Opened in Quechee Singleton’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Another new restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection.

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note their are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock), Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes.

Taftsville Covered Bridge has reopened. It’s been closed since “Irene” and it is a great relief to have that access to River Road re-opened!

I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful education display and video on sugaring, a animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine.

Brownsville General Store at the base of Ascutney mountain offers a daytime deli and most Friday night a special dinner offering, often burgers (eat in or take out) from 5-7pm.

Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby.

If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee.

Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org

Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many interesting places such as Harpoon Brewery, Sustainable Farmer (cheese making and other VT products), Simon Pearce outlet store, The Silo (manufacturer of Gin, Vodka and Whiskey) and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.

For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Harpoon: http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Brown’s Tavern: http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Skunk Hollow: http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

For info on what’s happening at the Woodstock Town Theatre then check out: www.PentangleArts.org

For more cultural activities in the nearby area check out these sites:

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

Outdoor activities at Saint Gaudins, Cornish, NH www.sgnhs.org

During Fall – Pomfret, VT – King Farm portion of the annual Sculpturefest opens – www.sculpturefest.org

November – Woodstock, VT – Every Sat. and Sun is Wagon Ride Weekends at the Billings Farm Museum, 10-4pm

Nov. 14 – Claremont, NH – Bob Marley, Claremont Opera House, 7:30pm

Nov. 15 – Nov. 30 – Rifle Deer Hunting Season – fluorescent vests in the basement for your walk in the woods!

Nov. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Sayon Camara: The Drums of the Malinke Culture, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 10am

Nov. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery tasting!  Woodstock Farmer’s Market, www.woodstockfarmersmarket.com, 4-6pm

Nov. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Indoor Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall

Nov. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Farmhouse Truffle display – CHOCOLATE! Woodstock Farmer’s Market, www.woodstockfarmersmarket.com

Nov. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Turkey Trot 5K run/walk to benefit Zack’s Place, Woodstock Elementary School, 10am

November 28-30 – Woodstock, VT – Thanksgiving Weekend, Billings Farm Museum, 10-3:30

Dec. 4-6 – Lebanon, NH – Clara’s Dream – a nutcracker story, Lebanon Opera House, citycenterballet.org, Dec. 4 (7pm), Dec. 5 (7pm) and Dec. 6 (1pm & 4pm)

Dec. 6 – Brownsville, VT – Christmas Bazaar, Town Hall in Brownsville

Dec. 12 – Woodstock, VT – Hot Club of San Fancisco presents Cool Yule, Town Hall Theatre, www.pentanglearts.org

Dec. 12-14 – Woodstock, VT, Wassail weekend

Dec. 18-21 – Hanover, NH – The Christmas Revels, Hopkins Center for the Arts, www.RevelsNorth.org

Dec. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Indoor Farmer’s Market, Masonic Hall