Apr 082017
 

Looking ahead to Spring which is just around the corner (as soon as the snow banks melt!) here are some ideas of things to see and do in the area.

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.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/

Some early Spring activities that have been advertised:

Apr. 16 – Woodstock, VT – Easter Brunch, 11-2pm, Woodstock Inn restaurants, 802 457-6620

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

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

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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.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

 

May 192014
 

Early Summer in Vermont can still have chilly evenings and early mornings so always bring along a little jacket or sweater so you can enjoy the outdoors during those times. It’s a busy time in Vermont as Summer is very short this far North. There are often bikers, runners and horse riders on the roads so please drive slowly and carefully. Relax and enjoy this lovely state!

Big News for Mountain Bikers – Woodstock’s first mountain biking trails have been opened on Mt. Peg! There are lots of regular biking routes in the Woodstock area through Taftsville and Quechee. Didn’t bring a bike there are plenty to rent from the bike shop in downtown Woodstock.

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 – check it out on Facebook. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Firestone’s Restaurant in Quechee is now closed but River Stones restaurant is open in the same location with a lot of the old favorites on the menu as well as some new delicious sounding items.

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 good. Beer choices are endless.

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), 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), Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), 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

Kedron Valley Inn restaurant, S.Woodstock

Keeper’s Cafe in Reading, VT

Taftsville Covered Bridge has reopened. It’s been closed since “Irene” and it will be 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 are expanding into cheesemaking at this location as well and offer lots of local products. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey.

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

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 a lot of hot foods to choose from, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal!

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. 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

Often there is live music at RiverStones restaurant in Quechee, VT – Friday night at 8pm

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

May 23 – Woodstock, VT -Chris Bakriges & Stanley Chepaitis Concert, 7-9pm, http://http//www.artistreevt.org/chris-stanley.html

May 23-26, Windsor, VT – Simon Pearce, factory outlet sale, beautiful items with discounts up to 60%. After shopping enjoy visiting in the same area: Harpoon Brewery, Sustainable Vermont Farmstead Cheeses and the Silo. There are also canoe rentals at this location.

May 24-25 – Vermont Craft Council Open Studio at various locations, 10-5pm, look for yellow signs, http://www.vermontcrafts.com/links/open.html

May 28 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

June 1 – Woodstock, VT – 23rd annual Covered Bridges Half Marathon, www.cbhm.com

June 1 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Museum, Ice Cream Sundays

June 4 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

June 7 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Museum, Trek to Taste, 10-3pm,Choose from four different hike routes & along the way taste free, heart-healthy foods from local producers. Family games, crafts, demonstrations, ice cream social, music and more. www.TrekToTaste.info

June 7 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

June 10 – Woodstock, VT – Chamber Music Series, Unitarian Universalist Church, Woodstock, 4pm

June 11 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

June 13-15 – Quechee, VT – Hot Air Balloon Festival and Crafts Fair, www.quecheeballoonfestival.com

June 14-15 – Vermont statewide – Entrance to all VT state parks is free

June 14 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

June 18 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

June 21 – Hartland, VT – Third Annual Hartland Community Arts Jazz Festival -One Day Outdoor Jazz Festival. Over 60 musicians include nationally recognized special guests and favorite local jazz performers. Food vendors on site, big tent, adjacent playground, an event for the whole family. Festival goers are invited to bring a picnic and chairs. Featuring:Vermont Jazz Ensemble and a host of performers to be announced. hartlandcommunityarts. org for more info, 1pm
June 21 – Ascutney Mtn., VT – The Five and Dime Trail Run, all day, barbecue after the race,www.runreg.com/ west-windsor5dime-trailrun

June 21 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

June 25 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

June 26 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert on the Green, noon – 2pm

June 28 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

June 28 – Pomfret, VT – Suicide Six, Vermont Symphony Orchestra

(Gates open at 5:00 pm for picnicking) Anthony Princiotti, conductor The Vermont Symphony Orchestra proudly presents “Let’s Dance”. Bring a picnic, kick off your shoes, and join us for music from the world of dance – from waltzes to swing and polkas to salsa. Toe-tapping melodies by Strauss, Delibes, Borodin, and Gershwin will put you “in the mood” for dance hits from Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. The 1812 Overture, marches, and fireworks conclude the show. Admission: See www.pentanglearts.org for full pricing details.

June 29 – Woodstock, VT – Garden Tour -Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park,Woodstock. Explore the park’s colorful gardens on this short one-hour walk. More than beautiful scenery, this landscape reflects layers of careful design that are linked to the conservation movement in the 19th century. 10:30am

July 2 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Museum, Wagon Ride Wednesdays, 11-3pm

July 2 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

July 3 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert, The Green, noon – 2pm

July 3 – Brownsville, VT – food and fireworks – POSTPONED till July 5

July 4 – Brownsville, VT – parade, 1 pm

July 4 – Fourth of July parades occur in most of the small villages but often on different days over the weekend and at different times of day so you can visit several during the Holiday. As they become advertised I’ll update the blog on where and when!

July 4 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Museum, Old Vermont Fourth of July, 10 – 5pm

July 4 – Hartland, VT – Old Home Day activities, Parade at 11am

July 4 – Woodstock, VT – activities in town throughout the day with fireworks at the High School after dark (games etc. at the school beforehand)

July 5 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

July 5 – Brownsville, VT – food and fireworkJuly 5 – Barnard, VT – Chicken Barbecue and Flea Market, Barnard Town Hall, 10am

July 5 – Pomfret, VT – Strawberry Supper, Pomfret Town Hall, seatings at 5pm, 6:15 and 7:30

July 6 – Reading, VT – Old Home Day, Parade 11:00, Ox Pull at 1pm, Duck Derby at 2pm, lots of activities, barbecue etc.

July 9 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

July 10 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert, The Green, noon – 2pm

July 11 – Woodstock, VT,Woodstock History Center 26 Elm Street, Band Concert and Ice Cream Social, bring a chair or blanket, 7pm

July 12 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

July 13 – Woodstock, VT – Garden Tour, Marsh -Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park, 10:30am

July 16 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

July 17 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert, The Green, noon – 2pm

July 18 – 20 – Killington, VT – Killington Wine Festival

July 18-19 – West Windsor, VT – 100 mi Endurance run and ride – Horses and runners will be on the area roads and trails for over 24 hrs. straight as they compete – Be Aware as you are driving especially at night. Glow sticks mark the evening route

July 19 – Woodstock, VT – St. James Fair, St. James Church and on The Green, 10 am

July 19 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

July 23 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

July 23 – Windsor, VT – Concert at the Commons, 6:30pm

July 24 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert, The Green, noon – 2pm

July 25 – Windsor, VT – Beer tasting at Windsor Wine & Spirits, 4-6pm

July 25-26 – Woodstock, VT – Antiques and Art in Woodstock, Union Arena Community Center, Rt. 4, all day

July 25-27 – Woodstock, VT – Bookstock, Green Mountain Literary Festival, www.bookstockvt.org

July 26 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

July 26-27 – Windsor, VT – Harpoon Barbecue NE Championship, 11am, at Harpoon Brewery in Artisan’s Plaza

July 27 – Quechee, VT, 7:30-9:30, Summer Music Festival followed by fireworks, Quechee Ski Hill, bring a blanket, picnic, wine and enjoy.The Summer Music series will spotlight a variety of musical genres, showcase multi-faceted theatrics with a modern twist and perform renditions of classic musical selections. ADULTS: $30 PER PERSON; STUDENTS: $10; CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER: FREE, 100% of proceeds go to education of those surviving domestic violence.

July 28 – South Woodstock, VT – Green Mountain Horse Assoc. Chef’s Night, food, Wine, Beer tastings with equestrian entertainment, 5pm

July 30 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

July 31 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert, The Green, noon – 2pm

Woodstock Farmer’s Market – every Wed. seafood specials; every Fri. Lobster Roll Dinners

Aug. 1 – Sep. 21 – Woodstock, VT, Annual Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm Museum

Aug. 1 – Windsor, VT – Summer Art Show in the lovely gardens at Cider Hill Gardens on Hunt Road, www.ciderhillvt.com

Aug. 1 – Quechee, VT, 7:00-9:00, Summer Music Festival followed by fireworks, Quechee Ski Hill, bring a blanket, picnic, wine and enjoy.The Summer Music series will spotlight a variety of musical genres, showcase multi-faceted theatrics with a modern twist and perform renditions of classic musical selections. ADULTS: $30 PER PERSON; STUDENTS: $10; CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER: FREE, 100% of proceeds go to education of those surviving domestic violence.

Aug. 2 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

Aug. 2 – Windsor, VT – Car Show at Frazer Insurance Agency on Rt. 5, 11-3pm

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

Aug. 7 – Woodstock, VT, Brown Bag Concert, The Green, noon – 2pm

Aug. 8 – Woodstock, VT – SummerFest, downtown Woodstock, Local foods, beer, wine, crafts, 10 – 9pm

Aug. 9 – Windsor, VT – Harpoon Brewery Point-to-Point 100 mile bike ride

Aug. 9 – Woodstock, VT – New England Lobster Bake, Woodstock Golf Club, $38, 6-8pm, rsvp 457-6672

Aug. 9 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

Aug. 12 -13 – Perseid Meteor Showers, best viewing from midnight until dawn if the sky is clear and the moon not too bright!

Aug. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 14 – Woodstock, VT, Brown Bag Concert, The Green, noon – 2pm

Aug. 15-17 – Cornish, NH, Cornish Fair

Aug. 16-17 – Bridgewater, VT, Naked Table Project,

A Naked Table workshop is an immersive experience into the process of making your own furniture locally, and is done over the course of two days. In the workshop individuals and groups not only make their own tables, but they learn about furniture making basics and sustainable forestry principals from experts. Any experience level is welcome, and we provide all the tools necessary to make each table. There’s no better way to warm a home than to make the things in it together.Admission: View workshop prices online: http://nakedtable.com/collection

Aug. 16 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

Aug. 16 – Woodstock, VT – New England Lobster Bake, Woodstock Golf Club, $38, 6-8pm, rsvp 457-6672

Aug. 16 – Barnard, VT – Barnard Street Dance, 1pm – 10pm, food, musical acts, dancing, games

Aug. 17 – Woodstock, VT – Central VT Chamber Music Festival,North Universalist Chapel Society, 7 Church St, 4-6pm, free

Aug. 20 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert, noon – 2pm

NOW until Fall – Pomfret, VT – Proper Road portion of the annual Sculpturefest opens – thru the Fall. www.sculpturefest.org

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

Aug. 23 – Quechee, VT – Scottish Festival, Sheep Dog Trials

Aug. 23 – Woodstock, VT – New England Lobster Bake, Woodstock Golf Club, $38, 6-8pm, rsvp 457-6672

Aug. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

Aug. 24 – Woodstock, VT – First VT Overland Grand Prix, 53 mile dirt road bike race

Aug. 27 – Woodstock, VT – Market on The Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 28 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert, noon – 2pm

Aug. 30-31 – Plymouth, VT – Annual Plymouth Folk &  Blues concert, 2-5pm, www.plymouthfolk.com

Aug. 29-31 – Woodstock,VT – Pentangle Light Garden – artists will have sculptures incorporating lights on The Green for lovely night time viewing – also see below Sculpturefest

Aug. 30 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, Mt. Tom Parking Lot, 9:30-12:30

Aug. 30 – Woodstock, VT – New England Lobster Bake, Woodstock Golf Club, $38, 6-8pm, rsvp 457-6672

Aug. 30 – Fall – Pomfret, VT – King Farm portion of the annual Sculpturefest opens – thru the Fall. www.sculpturefest.org

Aug. 31 – Woodstock, VT – Annual Mozart Festival, Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 4pm

Aug. 1 – Sep. 21 – Woodstock, VT, Annual Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm Museum

Sept. 6-7 – Woodstock, VT – Art Festival on the Green, 10 -5pm

Sept. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Big Sam’s Funky Nation, jazz performance at Town Hall Theatre, www.pentanglearts.org

Sept. 13 – Quechee, VT – Autumn Cheese Festival, VINS, 5:30-7:30pm, local cheese makers, VINS raptor exhibits, and a live bird program, www.vins.org

Sept. 14 – Windsor, VT – Vermont Mac & Cheese Challenge, Artisans Park, Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co., 11-3pm, www.vtmacandcheese.com

Sept. 27-28 – Woodstock, VT – 11th Annual Vermont Fine Furniture Woodsorking & Forest Festival. Sat. 9:30-5pm; Sun. 10-4:30pm, Union Arena, Rt. 4 E of Woodstock

Oct. 10-12 – Pomfret, VT – Ibex outdoor clothing Annual Tent Sale at Suicide Six

Oct. 11-12 – Woodstock, VT – Apples & Crafts Fair

Oct. 11-12 – Windsor, VT – Harpoon Octoberfest, Harpoon Brewery, Artisans Place on Rt. 5, noon – 6pm but doors close at 4:30pm, http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/festivals/872/2014-harpoon-octoberfest-vermont

Oct. 17 – Woodstock, VT – Jazzmeia Horn, Town Hall Theatre, www.pentanglearts.org

Oct. 18 – 19 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Wagon Ride weekend

Oct. 24 – Nov. 2 – Woodstock, VT – Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Town Hall Theatre, www.pentanglearts.org

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

Mar 242014
 

Obviously Woodstock believes Spring is just around the corner….of the snow piles. Check out the Spring issue of the Woodstock Magazine: http://issuu.com/mountainviewpublishing/docs/woodstock-magazine-spring-2014

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 – check it out on Facebook. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Firestone’s Restaurant in Quechee is now closed but River Stones restaurant is open in the same location with a lot of the old favorites on the menu as well as some new delicious sounding items.

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 good. Beer choices are endless.

 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), 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), Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), 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

Kedron Valley Inn restaurant, S.Woodstock, April hours, Fri. and Sat. 5:30-9:00pm

Keeper’s Cafe in Reading, VT, closed from Apr. 1-17

Taftsville Covered Bridge has reopened. It’s been closed since “Irene” and it will be 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. Call first during the Winter and Mud Season to make sure roads are passable.

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

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

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 a lot of hot foods to choose from, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal!

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

Winter Activities at the 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 Winter Activities such as: dog sledding, sleigh rides and snowshoeing  check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com/winter-schedule

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.                        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

Music in April at RiverStones restaurant in Quechee, VT – Friday night at 8pm

       Apr. 4 – Gregory Brown

       Apr. 11 – Rick Redington

       Apr. 18 – Pete Meijer

       Apr. 25 – Eric Boedtker

April  Music at Skunk Hollow Tavern, Hartland Four Corners, VT – Brownsville – Hartland Road

APRIL 4TH, PETER CONCILIO JAZZ TRIO, ANOTHER GREAT NIGHT OF OUTSTANDING JAZZ!!!

APRIL 11TH, FRYDADDY, COME PREPARED TO DANCE YOUR SOCKS OFF!! OUR HOUSE BAND

APRIL 18TH, THE PARTY CRASHERS ANOTHER GREAT, GREAT BAND

APRIL 25TH, SULLIVAN, HANSCOM, AND DAVIS, THESE GUYS REALLY ROCK!!

Apr. 3 – Hanover, NH – Imani Winds, Spaulding Auditorium, Dartmouth College, 7pm

Apr. 4 – Woodstock, VT – Doug Perkins Trio Concert, Town Hall Theatre, 7-9pm

Apr. 5 – Woodstock, VT – Hyannis Sound, a cappella men’s group, performing at the North Universalist Chapel Society, 7:30pm

Apr. 12 – Woodstock, VT – Little Red Riding Hood, Children’s Opera – live, Norman Williams Public Library, noon – 12:30

Apr. 19 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Museum, Baby Animal Day

Apr. 25 – Woodstock, VT – Glad Rags Sale, Masonic Temple across from Mac’s Market

Apr. 25 – May 4 – In Vermont – Restaurant Week – check to see if your favorite restaurant has a special discount this week

Apr. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Town Theatre, Source to Sea, Robin and Linda Williams, 7:30pm

Apr. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Blue Horse Inn, Cantare Con Spirito, 7pm

Apr. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Glad Rags Sale, Masonic Hall

May 3-4 – Woodstock, VT – Billings Farm Museum, Sheep Shearing and Herding with Border Collie Dogs

May 10 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Road to the Pogue 10K race www.roadtothepogue.com

May 15 – Woodstock, VT – Studio 31, Blue Horse Inn, Project Trio, 7:30, Reservations – www.pentanglearts.org

A preview of Summer events:

June 1 – Woodstock, VT – 23rd annual Covered Bridges Half Marathon, www.cbhm.com

June 13-15 – Quechee, VT – Hot Air Balloon Festival and Crafts Fair, www.quecheeballoonfestival.com

June 21 – Hartland, VT – Third Annual Hartland Community Arts Jazz Festival

July 25-27 – Woodstock, VT – Bookstock, Green Mountain Literary Festival, www.bookstockvt.org

Aug. 23 – Quechee, VT – Scottish Festival, Sheep Dog Trials

Aug. 24 – Woodstock, VT – First VT Overland Grand Prix, 53 mile dirt road bike race

Dec 122013
 

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 – check it out on Facebook. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Firestone’s Restaurant in Quechee is now closed but River Stones restaurant is open in the same location with a lot of the old favorites on the menu as well as some new delicious sounding items.

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 good. Beer choices are endless.

 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), 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), Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), 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

Taftsville Covered Bridge has reopened. It’s been closed since “Irene” and it will be 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. Call first during the Winter and Mud Season to make sure roads are passable.

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

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

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 a lot of hot foods to choose from, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal!

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

Winter Activities at the 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 Winter Activities such as: dog sledding, sleigh rides and snowshoeing  check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com/winter-schedule

Dec. 4-31 – White River Junction, VT – Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, featuring a stellar cast of Broadway and regional performers, Northern Stage, www.northernstage.org

Dec. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Wassail Open House, Woodstock History Center, 5-7pm

Dec. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Pentangle Arts Wassail Weekend Featured Concert – Irish Christmas in America, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30pm

Dec. 13-15 – Woodstock, VT – 30th Annual Wassail Weekend, See the schedule of events at www.woodstockvt.com

Dec. 14 – Woodstock, VT – Wassail Tea, 2 seatings, St. James Episcopal Church Great Hall, www.pentanglearts.org

Dec. 14 – Woodstock, VT – some of the Wassail events:

Holiday House Tour – 9:30-2pm

Reading of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”

Wassail Parade through Woodstock Village, 2pm

Lighting of the Memory Tree with Carole Sing and Lighting of the Bon Fire on the Green, 3pm

“The Ten”, A capella men’s choir, Congregational Church, 3 and 4:30pm

Lighting of the Luminaries on the Green, 4pm

Dec. 15 – Woodstock, VT –Annual Messiah Sing, Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 4pm

Dec. 15 – Plymouth, VT – Coolidge Holiday Open House, 10-4pm

Dec. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Judy Collins, Holidays and the hits, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7pm, www.pentanglearts.org

Dec. 31 – Ludlow, VT – Midnight Arrives Early at Okemo: Okemo Mountain Resort turns New Year’s Eve into a family celebration by moving midnight forward – allowing families with young children to ring in the New Year at a reasonable hour, 5-9 p.m. with bingo, dancing, wagon rides, a comedy show and trivia tournament.

Jan. 4 – South Woodstock, VT – Horse Sleigh Combined Test (competition), Green Mountain Horse Assoc. on Rt. 106, www.GMHAinc.org

Jan. 5 – South Woodstock, VT – Sleigh Rally (parade), Green Mountain Horse Assoc. on Rt. 106, www.GMHAinc.org

Jan. 11 – Woodstock, VT – Suicide Six ski area – NE Winter Wild http://www.newinterwild.com/index.php?doc=27_176

Jan. 11 – Statewide in VT – Winter Trails Day: Free Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoeing
Nordic skiing and snowshoeing are free at multiple locations during Winter Trails Day. Participating areas include: Bolton Valley Nordic Center, Bluebuerry Lake, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, Ole’s Cross Country Ski Center, Mountain Top Inn & Resort Nordic Center, Woodstock Nordic Center, Smugglers’ Notch Resort Nordic Center, Rikert Nordic Center and Strafford Nordic Center. Inventory and lesson space is limited.

Jan. 12 – Windsor, VT – Wine and Cheese tasting, Sustainable Farmer, Artisans Way – off Rt. 5 next to Harpoon Brewery, 11-3pm

Jan. 16  – Woodstock, VT – National Theatre Live from London, performance of “The Habit of Art”, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30pm

Jan. 18 – South Woodstock, VT – Horse Sleigh Combined Test (competition), Green Mountain Horse Assoc. on Rt. 106, www.GMHAinc.org (Based on snow availability)

Jan. 18 – Hartland, VT  – Logging of a Bygone Era is a collection of films and slides narrated by Dick Nason, retired forester. Dick will take us to logging camps high in the woods and describe the living and working conditions of these hardy men. He has incredible footage of logs being skidded with teams of draft horses and early tractors. He then takes us to the log dams where men danced over rolling logs while moving them through the icy waters. Dick has plenty of stories to tell and loves audience participation. The event will be held at Damon Hall, Hartland, VT, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, and is FREE.  A roast beef supper at the Hartland Church is a short walk away after the film, make an evening of it!

 Jan. 18 – Quechee, VT – Winter Wildlife Celebration, Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), www.vinsweb.org

Jan. 18 – Windsor, VT – Skating party on the Commons (assuming it’s cold enough!), 5-7pm, DJ, hot dogs, etc.

Jan. 18-20 – Woodstock, VT – Sleigh Ride weekend at Billings Farm

Jan. 23 – Woodstock, VT – National Theatre Live from London, performance of “The Habit of Art”, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30pm

Jan. 25 – Woodstock, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, 10-1pm at the Masonic Temple near Mac’s

Jan. 25 – Lebanon, NH – “An Ode To Winter, Upper Valley Community Band, Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm

Jan. 25 – Windsor, VT– ULLR Festival, Great River Outfitters, noon -7pm, Artisan’s Plaza off Rt. 5 next to Harpoon Brewery, dress up in Viking or Halloween type outfits, check out the schedule: http://greatriveroutfitters.com/component/content/article/272

Jan. 25 – Hartland, VT – Roast Beef Dinner, Hartland Congregational (Brick) Church, 5-7pm

Jan. 27 – Feb. 2 – W. Lebanon/Plainfield,NH – just across the Conn. R from the cabin – NH Wine
Week. The biggest names in the wine world will flock to N.H. for a week-long celebration of wine
Dozens of wine industry titans, boutique vineyard owners and local producers will participate.View a full
list of celebrity appearances and register for events online at www.NHWineWeek.com.

FEBRUARY SPECIAL!!

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
Month-long, Statewide
Many people vow to get active in the New Year, and what could be more fun than playing in the snow and learning a new sport to get you moving in 2014! January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month and Ski Vermont offers $29 packages including professional lessons, equipment rentals and a beginner lift ticket. Sign up at skivermont.com/learn while supplies last.

Music near the cabin:
Feb 1st Larry Dougher, Harpoon Brewery http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/windsor
Feb 2nd Eeik Boedtker and Johnny O Brown’s Tavern http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Feb 4th: Matt Maserve Windsor Station http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Feb 5th Eeik Boedtker and Johnny O Brown’s Tavern http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Feb 8th Cliff Street Funk Essentials, Windsor Station http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Feb 11th  Jim Yeager, Windsor Station http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Feb 12th Eeik Boedtker and Johnny O Brown’s Tavern http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Feb 14th Water Gomez til 8 Peter Concilio’s Latin Jazz Quartet till 11 http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Feb 18th Erik Boedkter Windsor Station http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Feb 19th Eeik Boedtker and Johnny O Brown’s Tavern http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar
Feb 22nd Suncooked Windsor Station http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
Feb 26th Eeik Boedtker and Johnny O Brown’s Tavern http://brownstavern.webs.com/apps/calendar

For entertainment at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland look here:http://www.skunkhollowtavern.com/Entertainment.aspx

Feb. 1 – Hartland, VT – 8th annual Tiki Torch Trek – cross-country ski or snowshoe on the Hartland trails lined with Tiki torches and enjoy food on the trek. More info in 2014 on www.hartlandwintertrails.org

Feb. 1 – Hartland, VT – Roast Beef Dinner, Hartland Congregational (Brick) Church, 5-7pm

Feb. 8 – Hartland, VT – Roast Beef Dinner, Hartland Congregational (Brick) Church, 5-7pm

Feb. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Studio 31 Presents A Baroque Valentine, Blue Horse Inn, 7:30pm

Feb. 14-16 – Woodstock, VT – The Vermont Flurry: Snow Sculpture Festival, The Village Green

Feb. 15 – Hartland, VT – Roast Beef Dinner, Hartland Congregational (Brick) Church, 5-7pm

Feb. 15 – South Woodstock – Pig Roast to benefit the local Snowmobile Club, South Woodstock Fire House on Rt. 106, 11 -3pm

Feb. 15-23 – Woodstock, VT – Sleigh Ride Week, Billings Farm

Feb. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Hello Pops! A Stage and Screen Salute to Louis Armstrong, Town Hall Theatre, 7:30pm

Feb. 22 – Quechee, VT – Owl Festival, Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS), www.vinsweb.org

Feb. 22 – Hartland, VT – Roast Beef Dinner, Hartland Congregational (Brick) Church, 5-7pm

Feb. 23 – Woodstock, VT – Satchmo! A Stage Meets Screen Salute to Louis Armstrong, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 3pm http://pentanglearts.org/event/hello-pops-a-stage-and-screen-salute-to-louis-armstrong/

Music in March
Friday February 28th Skunk Hollow 9pm Lohn Lackard Blues Band
Saturday the 1st Windsor Station 8pm  Gypsy Reel
Sunday the  2nd Browns Tavern 6:30pm Erik  Boedtker and Johnny O
Tuesday the 4th Windsor Station 6:00pm Davey Davis
Wednesday the 5th 8:30 Skunk Hollow Open Mic
Friday the 7th Skunk Hollow 9pm Peter Concilio Jazz Trio
Saturday the 8th American Legion 7pm The Wild Women Of Windsor Snow Ball featuring The Vagabonds
Saturday the 8th . March 8th 8pm  Windsor Station Roadtrash Band
Sunday the  9th  Browns Tavern 6:30pm Erik  Boedtker and Johnny O
Tuesday the 11th  6pm Windsor Station Jason Cann
Wednesday the 12th 8:30 Skunk Hollow Open Mic
Thursday the 13th 6pm  Harpoon Jason Cann
Friday the 14th Skunk Hollow 9pm Sensible Shoes
Saturday the 15th 8pm  Windsor Station Jester Jigs
Sunday the  16th  Browns Tavern 6:30pm Erik  Boedtker and Johnny O
Tuesday the 18th 6pm Windsor Station Johnny O
Wednesday the 19th 8:30 Skunk Hollow Open Mic
Thursday the 20th 6pm Harpoon Jason Cann
Friday the 21st 9pm Skunk Hollow The Stone Cold Roosters
Sunday the  23rd  Browns Tavern 6:30pm Erik  Boedtker and Johnny O
Wednesday the 26th 8:30 Skunk Hollow Open Mic
Thursday the 27th 6pm Harpoon Jason Cann
Friday March 28th  Skunk Hollow 9pm Wherehouse
Sunday the  30th Browns Tavern 6:30pm Erik  Boedtker and Johnny O

Mar. 6 and 13 – Woodstock, VT – National Theatre Live from London, performance of “Coriolanus”, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30pm

Mar. 19-22 – Ludlow, VT – 2014 US Alpine Masters Championships at Okemo Mtn.

March 22-23 – Statewide – Sugar Houses Open House – opportunity to visit the farms where your maple syrup comes from. I recommend Sugarbush Farm for cheese and maple syrup – year round tasting room and gift shop www.sugarbushfarm.com Lots of other activities offered in Woodstock: sugar on snow and maple butter popcorn on the Woodstock Green, a scavenger hunt at Suicide Six, and a bike ride to some of the area sugarhouses. 

Woodstock Maple Madness

Woodstock Maple Madness Weekend, Celebrating Vermont’s Sweet Season, VT state Maple Open House weekend.Sat events, Pancake Breakfast at the Elementary school, on the Village Green 11am-1pm, tree tapping,maple goodies,ongoing-silent auction of local artists decorated sap buckets-place your bid on one or more of these wonderful sap buckets-VT Artisan Trunk Show/Library, Maple Taste around at Suicide Six Ski area Sat night 6-8:30 prepared by local chefs. Live Auction/entertainment-Cash Bar

Admission: maple taste around $25.00

Directions: Woodstock Village Green, Woodstock Village, Woodstock ARea, Suicide Six Ski ARea, Pomfret, VT

Maple Madness Scavenger Hunt

Find the Maple Leaf- area business have hidden a Maple leaf- pickup a card at participating businesses, have each stamp your card. Drop your card in the “Bucket” at the Welcome Center and be entered into a drawing to win a “Bucket full Maple Goodies”

 

Mar. 30 – Woodstock, VT – Carolina Chocolate Drops, Woodstock Town Theatre, 7:30-9:30 www.pentanglearts.org

 

 

Nov 032013
 

New restaurants and bargains at familiar ones! Check it out:

The Prince and the Pauper – Nov. specials – Sun. to Wed. $16 for all Bistro Entrees including home made bread & house salad. Reservations are recommended 457-1818 www.princeandpauper.com

Melaza Caribbean Bistro – Sundays 3 course dinner for $16 from 4:30-7:30 www.melazabistro.com

The Kedron Valley Inn – closed between Nov. 3 and Nov. 20

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 – check it out on Facebook. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!

Firestone’s Restaurant in Quechee is now closed but River Stones restaurant is open in the same location with a lot of the old favorites on the menu as well as some new delicious sounding items.

Another new restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)!

 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), 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), Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Long Trail Brewery for lunch(Bridgewater), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn (only 3 mi. from the cabin) has Beer and Burger night on Sundays! Enjoy dinner outdoors on their spacious porch or inside the Inn.

Taftsville Covered Bridge has reopened. It’s been closed since “Irene” and it will be 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 Christmas gifts. 

Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They are expanding into cheesemaking at this location as well and offer lots of local products. Also in the same complex is Vermont’s Vodka store.

Brownsville General Store at the base of Ascutney mountain offers a daytime deli and a special dinner offering from 5-7pm every Friday night.

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 a lot of hot foods to choose from, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal!

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

Speaking of grounds…don’t overlook Saint Gaudens – a national park with outdoor sculptures just across the Conn. River in Cornish, NH

Nov. 2 – Hartland, VT – Turkey Supper, UU Church

Nov. 2-3 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Weekends at Billings Farm & Museum, 10-3:30

Nov. 9-10 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Weekends at Billings Farm & Museum, 10-3:3

Nov. 10 – Hanover, NH – Dartmouth College Glee Club, Rollins Chapel, 2pm

Nov. 10 – Woodstock, VT– Sara Groves, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7pm, www.pentanglearts.org

Nov. 13 – Hanover, NH – “Playing for Peace”, a concert by Sally Pinkas, Kinan Azmeh and The Apple Hill Quartet performing chamber music at the Spaulding Auditorium on Dartmouth College Campus, 7pm, www.hop.dartmouth.edu

Nov. 14 – Woodstock, VT – National Theatre Live from London, performance of “Macbeth”, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30pm

Nov. 15 – Claremont, NH – comedian Bob Marley, Claremont Opera House 8pm, www.claremontoperahouse.org

Nov. 15 – Hartland, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Damon Hall, 4-7pm

Nov. 16-17 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Weekends at Billings Farm & Museum, 10-3:30

Nov. 19 – Hanover, NH – Handel Society of Dartmouth College, Spaulding Auditorium, 7pm, hop.dartmouth.edu

Nov. 21 – Woodstock, VT – National Theatre Live from London, performance of “Macbeth”, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30pm

Nov. 22 – Woodstock, VT – “Choro da Manha”, salon-style concert, Blue Horse Inn, 7:30pm, pentanglearts.org

Nov. 23-24 – Woodstock, VT – Wagon Ride Weekends at Billings Farm & Museum, 10-3:30

Nov. 28 – Woodstock, VT – Thanksgiving Turkey Trot, 5K run thru Woodstock Village, www.zacksplacevt.org

Nov. 29 -30 – Woodstock, VT – This weekend is a chance to shop for Christmas at the Holiday Craft Fair (exquisite crafts featuring VT and New England crafts and art) at the Woodstock Inn on the Garden Level. 10 – 5pm, free and open to the public

Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm & Museum, www.billingsfarm.org

Dec. 6 – Hartland, VT – Winter Farmer’s Market, Damon Hall, 4-7pm

Dec. 9 – Woodstock, VT – Music at the Mezz at Norman Williams Public Library, “A Worldwide Holiday Season Celebration”, 6pm

Dec. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Wassail Open House, Woodstock History Center, 5-7pm

Dec. 13 – Woodstock, VT – Pentangle Arts Wassail Weekend Featured Concert – Irish Christmas in America, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30pm

Dec. 13-15 – Woodstock, VT – 30th Annual Wassail Weekend, See the schedule of events at www.woodstockvt.com

Dec. 14 – Woodstock, VT – Wassail Tea, 2 seatings, St. James Episcopal Church Great Hall, www.pentanglearts.org

Dec. 14 – Woodstock, VT – some of the Wassail events:

Holiday House Tour – 9:30-2pm

Reading of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”

Wassail Parade through Woodstock Village, 2pm

Lighting of the Memory Tree with Carole Sing and Lighting of the Bon Fire on the Green, 3pm

“The Ten”, A capella men’s choir, Congregational Church, 3 and 4:30pm

Lighting of the Luminaries on the Green, 4pm

Dec. 15 – Woodstock, VT –Annual Messiah Sing, Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 4pm

Dec. 15 – Plymouth, VT – Coolidge Holiday Open House, 10-4pm

Dec. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Judy Collins, Holidays and the hits, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7pm, www.pentanglearts.org

Jan. 16 and 23 – Woodstock, VT – National Theatre Live from London, performance of “The Habit of Art”, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30pm

Mar. 6 and 13 – Woodstock, VT – National Theatre Live from London, performance of “Coriolanus”, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30pm