It’s June and summer has finally arrived in Vermont after several false starts. What’s happening in the Woodstock, VT area that might interest you (of course, I’m assuming you’re interested because you’re planning that vacation to Vermont and booking your stay at Leave No Trace cabin.) www.LeaveNoTraceCabin.com Well here’s what’s happening:
Quechee – 29th Annual Hot Air Balloon, Craft and Music Festival. It isn’t enough that Quechee has the most awesome gorge to see, explore or just take pictures of and that antique and gift shops abound on Rt. 4 on the way to Quechee but on Jun. 13-15 the area along the Outtaquechee River just before the covered bridge at Simon Pearce is transformed into a sea of colors and the many decorative ballons lie spread on the ground just waiting to take to the sky. If the weather is good, Friday night there is a Balloon Glow where the balloons are just tethered but illuminated making a fantastic moving vision of color in the night sky. Get more info on times etc. by calling 1-800-295-5451 or www.quecheeballoonfestival.com
Meanwhile in Plymouth, VT they will be celebrating Vermont Days with a Brass Band and wagon rides. Check out the Calvin Coolidge museum www.historicvermont.org/Coolidge
Not to be outdone the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock is having a Wagon Ride Weekend June 14-15.
There is also free musical entertainment on the Village Green in Woodstock. June 18 at 6pm is Banjo Dan & the Mid-nite Plowboys with a New England bluegrass you’re sure to enjoy! June 19 at noon is a totally different flavor with the festive sounds of the island by Ko-Ku Nutz Steel Band.
If bluegrass is your thing then go to Bridgewater Corners for the North Branch Bluegrass Festival on Sat. June 21 11-8pm ($19) www.nbbluegrass.com
But if all this sudden summer heat is making you long for Winter – think now about booking Leave No Trace cabin for the Wassail Celebration weekend in Woodstock, Dec. 13-15, 2008. Written up in Country Living magazine, this long weekend consists of numerous holiday activities, not to mention the HUGE Wassail parade on Sat Dec. 14 with more than 50 horses in decorative costumes parading around the Village Green to the delight of onlookers.