Mar 082015
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec 162014
 

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

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

Some fairly new restaurants! Check it out:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

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

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

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

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

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

January 10: Sleighing Combined Test

January 11: Sleigh Rally

January 24: Sleighing Combined Test

January 25: Sleigh Rally

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

Sleighing Combined Tests include dressage and cones competition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 102014
 

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

Some fairly new restaurants! Check it out:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH

www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT

www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH

www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH

www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT

www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 082014
 

Early Fall in Vermont can 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 during Fall Foliage. 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 great (highly recommend the steak!). Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection.

Chef Brad’s Crazyside is a Food Truck with a great menu and delicious food. It’s located on Rt. 12 in Hartland. Take the Hartland-Brownsville Road to Rt. 12 at Hartland 4 Corners turn left on Rt. 12. Go 3.5 miles and take a left on Damon Rd. and immediately go up the driveway on the right to the Food Truck at the top. It’s hard to see from the road but it’s worth exploring. Open for dinner Wed-Sun and Open for lunch Sat. and Sun. Eat-in or Carry-out. BYOB – CLOSES AFTER COLUMBUS DAY!

If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note their are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock), Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), 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/Moonshine.

Brownsville General Store at the base of Ascutney mountain offers a daytime deli and a special dinner offering, often burgers (eat in or take out) from 5-7pm most 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 as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal! Large selection of beer,wine, andcoffee.

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

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

The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends. 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

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

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. 20 – Plymouth, VT – Plymouth Cheese & Harvest Festival, Pres. Coolidge State Historical Site, 10 – 4pm

Sept. 27 – Old Time Fair and Silent Auction, Woodstock History Center, 1-4pm

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

Oct. 3 – Woodstock, VT – Chili Cook-off, on the Green

Oct. 4 – all of Vermont, Open Studio weekend, to find locations go to www.vermontcrafts.com

Oct. 4 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Foliage Walks, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Farm, 10:30

Oct. 4 – Hartland, VT – “A Night of Music and Laughter”, 7:30, Hartland UU Church. order tickets at 738-0149

Oct. 5-6 – Vermont – Open Studio weekend, www.vermontcrafts.com

Oct. 8 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Oct. 9 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Foliage Walks, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Farm, 2pm

Oct. 10 – Windsor, VT – Autumn Moon Festival, 5-11pm, something for everyone! www.autumnmoonfest.com

Oct. 9-12 – Pomfret, VT – Ibex outdoor clothing Annual Tent Sale at Suicide Six, $25 entry fee

Oct. 11 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Foliage Walks, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Farm, 10:30

Oct. 11 – Woodstock, VT – Annual Turkey Dinner w/ all the fixings, 4-8pm. Masonic Lodge

Oct. 11 – Hartland, VT – Roast Beef Supper, Hartland Congregational (Brick) Church, 4:30-7pm

Oct. 11 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock Emergency Services Open House, 10am, fire truck rides, dunking booth, chicken BBQ at 11:30 for $10

Oct. 11-12 – Woodstock, VT – Apples & Crafts Fair,10-5pm, Rt. 4 East, Bailey’s Meadow

Oct. 11-12 – South Woodstock, VT – Annual Pancake Breakfast, S.Woodstock Fire Assoc. (next to GMHA), 7-11(Sat.),8-11(Sun.)

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. 11-13 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Foliage walk at Marsh-Billings Rockefeller Park, 10:30

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

Oct. 18 – Woodstock, VT – Peak to Peak hike, 10 am at the Woodstock Green

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

Oct. 25 – Quechee, VT – Hoots and Howls, VINS, www.vinsweb.org

Oct. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Spooky Woodstock Cemetery Tour, www.woodstockhistorical.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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The Hartland Diner is now open in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – 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 new 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! A big Party is planned for Sept. 7th.

Maple Sugaring has now ended but 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. 

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.

Brownsville General Store at the base of Ascutney in addition to it’s daytime deli serves Friday night Burger dinners – eat-in or take-out.(Sorry- last Friday night burger dinner was Sept. 20th) Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby.

Woodstock Free Trolley powered by Cow Power – from Woodstock Village and Billings Farm between 11:15 am to 5:20 pm weekends and holidays. May 25 – Oct. 14, free

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

Ongoing until – Sep 21 – Woodstock, VT– Annual Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Ongoing until Sept. 15 MEDIA PRINT, POTTERY AND SCULPTURE SHOW – Cider Hill Gardens and Gallery, 1747 Hunt Road, Windsor, VT
Thursday –Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cider Hill Art Gallery presents a Group Mixed Media Show of 5 Distinguished Vermont Artisans. Various styles of pottery are represented in the gallery and throughout the garden center.  Included works of: Holly Walker’s intuitively stylized, hand built, highly colored, and mod pots of Randolph, VT. Steve Procter’s displays masterful and timeless large ceramic vessels of Brattleboro, VT. Susan Leader displays cheerful, utilitarian, collectable and reasonably priced works of Andover, VT. Patrick Johnson presents figurative hand built textural and large sculptural pieces of Marlboro, VT Also all of Gary Milek’s amazing floral lithographs are fifty percent off their retail price, a first at Cider Hill Art Gallery! All works are for sale.

Ongoing through Fall Foliage – Sculpturefest in Pomfret, VT – a unique outdoor display of outrageous sculpture – lovely venue to enjoy a leisurely walk or picnic with endless suprise sculpture throughout – free. www.sculpturefest.org

Sep. 1 – Cornish, NH – Concert at Saint-Gaudens, Traditional Celtic and French Canadian Music, www.nps.gov/saga

Sep 4 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Sep. 4 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6 pm

Sep 7 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30-12:30, Mt. Tom parking lot

Sep 7 – Taftsville, VT – Grand Re-opening of Taftsville Covered Bridge, Antique Car Rally, free picnic barbecue

Sep 7 – Cornish, NH – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site will host our fourth annual Star Party in partnership with the Springfield Telescope Makers (STM) of the Stellafane Observatory in Springfield, Vermont. The event will be held at Saint-Gaudens NHS in Cornish, New Hampshire. The 8:00 p.m. evening talk and viewing of deep-sky objects afterwards, is free of charge. From 2:00pm – 4:00pm, solar telescopes will be set up on the grounds of the park offering visitors a chance to see sun spots and other solar features without damaging their eyes. More info:http://www.nps.gov/saga/parknews/third-annual-star-party.htm

Sep 7-8 – Woodstock, VT– 4th Annual Woodstock Art and Wine Festival, on the Green

Sep 11 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Sep 11 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6 pm

Sep 12-15 – Tunbridge, VT – Tunbridge World’s Fair, www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com

Sep 14 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30-12:30, Mt. Tom parking lot

Sep 17 – Windsor, VT – Wine Tasting from Putney Winery at Artisans Park, 12-4pm, also at Artisans Park is Farmstead Cheese, Harpoon Brewery and Canoe Rentals

Sep 18 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Sep 18 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6 pm

Sep 21 – Plymouth Notch, VT – Plymouth Cheese and Harvest Festival, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 10 – 4 pm

Sep 25 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Sep 25 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6 pm

Sep 28 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock’s Chili Cook-off, on the Green, noon – 5pm

Sep 28-29 – Woodstock, VT – Vermont Fine Furniture Woodworking and Forest Festival, Union Arena, 10-5pm

Sep 29 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock Annual Progressive Organ Concert, Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church, 4pm

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

Oct. 2-20 – White River Junction, VT – Twelve Angry Men, Northern Stage, www.northernstage.org

Oct. 4 – Hanover, NH – The Knights performing at the Spaulding Auditorium on Dartmouth College Campus, 8pm, www.hop.dartmouth.edu

Oct. 5 – Hanover, NH – Reggie Watts, musician/comedian, performing at the Spaulding Auditorium on Dartmouth College Campus, 8pm, www.hop.dartmouth.edu

Oct. 5 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30am – 12:30, Mt. Tom parking lot

Oct. 5-6 – Vermont – Open Studio Weekend, check out www.vermontcrafts.com to fine location of studios open houses

Oct. 5-6 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Foliage Walk at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park, 2pm, ranger led walk along carriage roads

Oct. 5-6 – Woodstock, VT – Pumpkin and Apple Celebration at Billings Farm & Museum, 10-5pm

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

Oct. 10 – Woodstock, VT – Fall Foliage Walk at Marsh-Billings-Rockeffer Park, 2pm, ranger led walk along carriage roads

 Oct. 12-13 – Woodstock, VT – Apple and Craft Fair, 10-5pm, on Rt. 4 East End of Woodstock

Oct. 12-13 – South Woodstock, VT – Columbus Day Pancake Breakfast, S. Woodstock Fire House, Sat (7-11) and Sun. (8-11)

Oct. 12 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30am-12:30

Oct. 12 – Hartland, VT – “Famous” Roast Beef Supper, Hartland Congregational (Brick) Church, Station Rd. 4:30-7pm

Oct. 17 – Hanover, NH – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, banjo power couple, performing at the Spaulding Auditorium on Dartmouth College Campus, 7pm, www.hop.dartmouth.edu

Oct. 17 – Woodstock, VT – National Theatre Live from London, performance of “Othello”, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30pm

Oct. 18 – Hanover, NH – Tetzlaff Quartet, performing chamber music at the Spaulding Auditorium on Dartmouth College Campus, 8pm, www.hop.dartmouth.edu

Oct. 19 – Hartland, VT – Turkey Supper, Hartland UU Church

Oct. 19 – Woodstock, VT – Peak-to-Peak Hike, Mt. Tom(1250ft) and Mt. Peg(1080ft) ranger led hike, 10-2pm

Oct. 19-20 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend at Billing Farm & Museum, 10-5pm

Oct. 25 – Hanover, NH – The Tiger Lillies, British singing trio performing at the Spaulding Auditorium on Dartmouth College Campus, 8pm, www.hop.dartmouth.edu

Oct. 25 – Nov. 3 – Woodstock, VT – Wizard of Oz, Town Hall Theatre, pentanglearts.org

Oct. 26 – Woodstock, Vt – Spooky Woodstock: Cemetery Tour, Woodstock History Center, woodstockhistorical.org

Oct. 26 – Quechee, VT – Hoots and Howls, VINS(Vermont Institute of Natural Science), 10am, www.vinsweb.org

Oct. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Glad Rags Sale, Masonic Hall, 9 – noon, 1-3pm

Oct. 26 – Hartland, VT – Turkey Supper, Hartland UU Church

Oct. 30 – Woodstock, VT – Wizard of Oz Fall Musical at Town Hall, 10 am, www.pentanglearts.org

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

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

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

 

Aug 022013
 

The Hartland Diner is now open in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!). The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant are preparing to open a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner by August 27! 

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 is coming to Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4) ….they will be open Aug. 27!

 If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note their are new 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 is due to reopen by end August. It’s been closed since “Irene” and it will be a great relief to have that access to River Road re-opened! A big Party is planned for Sept. 7th.

Maple Sugaring has now ended but 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. 

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.

Brownsville General Store at the base of Ascutney in addition to it’s daytime deli serves Friday night Burger dinners – eat-in or take-out. Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort nearby.

Woodstock Free Trolley powered by Cow Power – from Woodstock Village and Billings Farm between 11:15 am to 5:20 pm weekends and holidays. May 25 – Oct. 14, free

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

Ongoing until – Sep 21 – Woodstock, VT– Annual Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Ongoing until Sept. 15 MEDIA PRINT, POTTERY AND SCULPTURE SHOW – Cider Hill Gardens and Gallery, 1747 Hunt Road, Windsor, VT
Thursday –Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cider Hill Art Gallery presents a Group Mixed Media Show of 5 Distinguished Vermont Artisans. Various styles of pottery are represented in the gallery and throughout the garden center.  Included works of: Holly Walker’s intuitively stylized, hand built, highly colored, and mod pots of Randolph, VT. Steve Procter’s displays masterful and timeless large ceramic vessels of Brattleboro, VT. Susan Leader displays cheerful, utilitarian, collectable and reasonably priced works of Andover, VT. Patrick Johnson presents figurative hand built textural and large sculptural pieces of Marlboro, VT Also all of Gary Milek’s amazing floral lithographs are fifty percent off their retail price, a first at Cider Hill Art Gallery! All works are for sale.

Aug. 1 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert on the Green, noon, Dana & Susan Robinson

Aug. 3 – Lebanon, NH – Opera North presentation of South Pacific, Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm

Aug 3 – Plymouth, VT – Plymouth Old Home Day, Pres. Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, wagon rides, crafts, bar-be-que, games, 10 – 5pm

Aug 3 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30-12:30, Mt. Tom parking lot

Aug 3 – Woodstock, VT – Lobster Night at the Woodstock Inn and Resort Golf Club

Aug. 7 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Aug. 7  – Windsor, VT – Jason Can, Concert on the Commons, 6-8pm

Aug. 8 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert on the Green, Sayon Camara & Landaya Ensemble, noon

Aug. 9 – Woodstock, VT – BarnArts at the Normal Williams Public Library, 1pm, cast performs scenes from “Grease”, www.normanwilliams.org

Aug. 9- Lebanon, NH – Opera North presentation of South Pacific, Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm

Aug. 10 – Woodstock, VT – Summer Fest (formerly called Taste of Woodstock), downtown streets, 10-9pm

Aug. 10 – Windsor, VT – Harpoon Point-to-Point cycling fundraiser to support the Vermont Food Bank, Harpoon Brewery, 7am

Aug. 10 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30-12:30, Mt. Tom parking lot

Aug. 10 – Woodstock, VT – Lobster Night at the Woodstock Inn and Resort Golf Club

Aug. 10,13,14 – Lebanon, NH – Opera North presentation of Lucia di Lammermoor, Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm

Aug.11 – Cornish, NH – Saint Gaudens National Park, Concert by Jennings Duo and Fischer Duo, 2-4 pm, outdoor – bring a picnic, just across the Conn. R. from Windsor

Aug. 11 – Woodstock, VT – Antique Tractor Day at Billings Farm Museum, 10 – 5pm

Aug. 14 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Aug. 14 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 14  – Windsor, VT – L. Dougher/A. McMahon, Concert on the Commons, 6-8pm

Aug. 15 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert on the Green, Michele Choiniere, noon

Aug. 15 – Lebanon, NH – Opera North presentation of South Pacific, Lebanon Opera House, 7:30pm

Aug. 17 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30-12:30, Mt. Tom parking lot

Aug. 17 – Woodstock, VT – Lobster Night at the Woodstock Inn and Resort Golf Club

Aug. 18 – Cornish, NH – Saint Gaudens National Park, Concert by Steve Hunt Jazz Quartet, 2-4 pm, outdoor – bring a picnic, just across the Conn. R. from Windsor

Aug. 18 – Woodstock, Vt – Mansion Open House, Marsh Billings National Park, noon

Aug. 18 – Woodstock, VT – Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, North Universalist Chapel, 4 pm

Aug. 21 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Aug. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6pm

Aug. 21 – Windsor, VT – Carter Glass Band, Concert on the Common, 6-8pm

Aug. 22 – Woodstock, VT – Brown Bag Concert on the Green, Fast Track Barbershop Quartet, noon

Aug 24-25 – Woodstock, VT(24th) & Cornish, NH(25th) –  100th celebration of the presentation of “Sanctuary: A Bird Masque” a lyrical Drama to be put on at the Billings Farm in VT and at Saint-Gaudins in NH(2pm), www.saintgaudins.org

Aug. 23-25 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock Sidewalk Sales Days

Aug. 24 – Quechee, VT – Quechee Scottish Festival and Celtic Fair, 8-4:30 pm, www.quecheescottishfestival.com

Aug. 24 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30-12:30, Mt. Tom parking lot

Aug. 24 – Woodstock, VT – Lobster Night at the Woodstock Inn and Resort Golf Club

Aug. 24 – Woodstock, VT and Aug. 25 – Cornish, NH

“Sanctuary: A Bird Masque – 100th Anniversary Performance”
Woodstock, VT

The National Parks of VT and NH present 100th Anniversary performances of SANCTUARY: A BIRD MASQUE, a landmark play about bird protection. SANCTUARY was first performed at the opening of the Meriden Bird Sanctuary in 1913, with President Woodrow Wilson in attendance. Centennial performances will be held August 24th at 2:00 pm at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT, and August 25th at 2:00 pm at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, NH.Exhibits at noon.

Directions: Marsh-Billing NHP 54 Elm Street Woodstock, VT 05091 Saint Gaudens NHP 139 Saint Gaudens Rd. Cornish, NH 03745

Aug. 25 – Cornish, NH – Saint Gaudens National Park, Free Fee Day – bring a picnic, just across the Conn. R. from Windsor

Aug. 25 – Woodstock, VT – Opera Showcase with Lauren Snouffer and Mark Diamond, North Universalist Church, 4pm

Aug. 28 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

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

Aug. 31 – Woodstock, VT – Annual Mozart Festival, Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 3pm

Aug. 31 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30-12:30, Mt. Tom parking lot

Aug. 31 – Woodstock, VT – Lobster Night at the Woodstock Inn and Resort Golf Club

Aug. 31 – Sept. 1 – Plymouth, VT – The Plymouth Folk and Blues Concerts, www.plymouthfolk.com

Aug. 30 – Sept. 8 – Rutland, VT – Vermont State Fair, www.vermontstatefair.net

Sep. 1 into Fall – Pomfret, VT – Sculpturefest – no details yet but it usually starts at the beginning of Sept thru Foliage Season – free – outdoor sculpture park – perfect for strolls or picnics!  www.sculpturefest.org

Sep. 1 – Cornish, NH – Concert at Saint-Gaudens, Traditional Celtic and French Canadian Music, www.nps.gov/saga

Sep 4 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Sep. 4 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6 pm

Sep 7 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30-12:30, Mt. Tom parking lot

Sep 7 – Taftsville, VT – Grand Re-opening of Taftsville Covered Bridge, Antique Car Rally, free picnic barbecue

Sep 7 – Cornish, NH – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site will host our fourth annual Star Party in partnership with the Springfield Telescope Makers (STM) of the Stellafane Observatory in Springfield, Vermont. The event will be held at Saint-Gaudens NHS in Cornish, New Hampshire. The 8:00 p.m. evening talk and viewing of deep-sky objects afterwards, is free of charge. From 2:00pm – 4:00pm, solar telescopes will be set up on the grounds of the park offering visitors a chance to see sun spots and other solar features without damaging their eyes. More info:http://www.nps.gov/saga/parknews/third-annual-star-party.htm

Sep 7-8 – Woodstock, VT– 4th Annual Woodstock Art and Wine Festival, on the Green

Sep 11 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Sep 11 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6 pm

Sep 12-15 – Tunbridge, VT – Tunbridge World’s Fair, www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com

Sep 14 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30-12:30, Mt. Tom parking lot

Sep 17 – Windsor, VT – Wine Tasting from Putney Winery at Artisans Park, 12-4pm, also at Artisans Park is Farmstead Cheese, Harpoon Brewery and Canoe Rentals

Sep 18 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Sep 18 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6 pm

Sep 21 – Plymouth Notch, VT – Plymouth Cheese and Harvest Festival, President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, 10 – 4 pm

Sep 25 – Woodstock, VT– Wagon Ride Wednesdays, Billings Farm & Museum, www.Billingsfarm.org

Sep 25 – Woodstock, VT – Market on the Green, 3-6 pm

Sep 28 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock’s Chili Cook-off, on the Green, noon – 5pm

Sep 28-29 – Woodstock, VT – Vermont Fine Furniture Woodworking and Forest Festival, Union Arena, 10-5pm

Sep 29 – Woodstock, VT – Woodstock Annual Progressive Organ Concert, Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church, 4pm

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

Oct. 5 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30am – 12:30, Mt. Tom parking lot

Oct. 5-6 – Vermont – Open Studio Weekend, check out www.vermontcrafts.com to fine location of studios open houses

Oct. 5-6 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Foliage Walk at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park, 2pm, ranger led walk along carriage roads

Oct. 5-6 – Woodstock, VT – Pumpkin and Apple Celebration at Billings Farm & Museum, 10-5pm

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

Oct. 10 – Woodstock, VT – Fall Foliage Walk at Marsh-Billings-Rockeffer Park, 2pm, ranger led walk along carriage roads

Oct. 12-13 – Woodstock, VT – Apple and Craft Fair, 10-5pm, on Rt. 4 East End of Woodstock

Oct. 12 – Woodstock, VT – Mt. Tom Farmer’s Market, 9:30am-12:30

Oct. 19-20 – Woodstock, VT – Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend at Billing Farm & Museum, 10-5pm

Oct. 26 – Woodstock, Vt – Spooky Woodstock: Cemetery Tour, Woodstock History Center

Oct. 26 – Woodstock, VT – Glad Rags Sale, Masonic Hall, 9 – noon, 1-3pm

Oct. 30 – Woodstock, VT – Wizard of Oz Fall Musical at Town Hall, 10 am, www.pentanglearts.org