Summer is in full swing now. Here are some ideas of things to see and do in the area. Note that every Friday night is outdoor movie night with family rated movies in Windsor, VT at Artisans Park home of Harpoon Brewery and The Cheese Board. Wood fired pizza is available. Sunday afternoons at 2 pm is the Saint-Gaudins Concert Series outdoors in Cornish, NH just across the Conn. River from Windsor, VT
June 24 – Bridgewater Corners, VT – Long Trail Century Ride, starts at Long Trail Brewery
June 24 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House
June 25 – Hartland, VT – Open House at Cobb Hill, 1-4pm
June 28 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm
June 29 – Woodstock, VT – Outdoor Concert on the Village Green, 5:30pm – free – Interplay Jazz Allstars
June 29 – Hanover, NH – “Doggie Hamlet”, A World premiere of outdoor spectacle celebrating rural traditions, featuring human and animal performers, Dartmouth College Green, 4:30pm and 7:00pm, free
July 1 – Pomfret, VT – Open House for Sculpturefest, check it out at Sculpturefest.org
July 2 – Reading, VT – 11th Annual Ducky Derby, 2pm
July 4 – Hartland, VT – Old Home Day Celebration, Blues band performs 3-5pm; parade starts at 11am. activities, tractor pull, food. fireworks at night
July 4 – Brownsville, VT – 4th of July celebration, 8am pancake breakfast at the Church, 10-2pm games at the school, food for sale and smoothies, live band and the parade is at noon
July 4 – Woodstock, VT – Old Vermont Fourth Event, Billings Farm & Museum, 10 am
July 4 – Plymouth, VT – President Calvin Coolidge Birthday Celebration, 10-5pm, old-time string band, barbecue, historic craft demos, wagon rides
June 4-6 – Barnard, VT – The Lion King, Jr., BarnArts Summer Youth Theater, Barnard Town Hall, www.barnarts.org
July 5 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm
July 6 – Woodstock, VT – Outdoor Concert on the Village Green, 5:30pm – free – Dana & Susan Robinson
July 7 – Woodstock, VT – Band Concert & Ice Cream Social, free with donations, back lawn of Woodstock History Center
July 8 – Woodstock, VT – All day 2nd Lobster on the Green, 5-8pm, $35 ticket, 802 457-3555
July 8 – Pomfret, VT – Tom Rush Benefit Outdoor Concert, starts at 3pm, Suicide Six Ski Area, Dylan Keith, Jay Nash with Tom Rush starting at 6pm
July 12 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm
July 13 – Woodstock, VT – Outdoor Concert on the Village Green, 5:30pm – free – Francesca Blanchard
July 13 – South Woodstock, VT – Green Mountain Horse Assoc. Team Jumper Challenge & Lobster Dinner, watch the exciting jumping event and enjoy a lobster dinner,5:30pm. tickets at gmhainc.org
July 14-16 – Killington, VT – Killington Wine Festival, Killington Ski Area, Killingtonwinefestival.com
July 16 – Woodstock, VT – National Ice Cream Day, Billings Farm & Museum, horse-drawn wagon rides, 10 am
July 16 – Wilder, VT – Boots to Boats River Splash, Kilowatt Park, family fun in awn out of the water. Try out a kayak, can0e or paddleboard with certified guides, free, www.nps.gov/mabi
July 19 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm
July 20 – Woodstock, VT – Outdoor Concert on the Village Green, 5:30pm – free – Kris Delmhorst
July 22 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House
July 26 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm
July 27 – Woodstock, VT – Outdoor Concert on the Village Green, 5:30pm – free – Bob Dylan Tribute Band
July 28-30 – Woodstock, VT – Bookstock – Literary Festival – www.bookstockvt.org
July 29 – Woodstock, VT – Chris Pierce, www.pentanglearts.org
July 29 – Sept. 17 – Woodstock, VT – 31st Annual Quilt Exhibition, Billings Farm
July 29 – Aug. 2,5,8,10,12 – Lebanon, NH – Opera North, Kiss me Kate, www.operanorth.org/summerfest-2017.html
Aug. 1,3,5,9 – Lebanon, NH – Opera North, Summerfest, 2pm (Aug. 9 is 7:30pm), Offenbach’s La Belle Helene, passionate music and laugh out loud comedy
August 2 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm
August 3 – Woodstock, VT – Outdoor Concert on the Village Green, 5:30pm – free – John Lackard Blues Ban
August 5 – Woodstock, VT – Farm to Ballet Performance, Billings Farm Museum, Outdoors, 6:30pm, bring a blanket and picnic
August 5 – Plymouth, VT – Plymouth Old Home Day, 10-4pm, reenactment, wagon rides, chicken barbecue, old time music, sheep shearing, traditional crafts, historic children’s games
Aug. 4,6,11,13 – Lebanon, NH – Opera North, Madame Butterfly, Aug. 4 & 11 (7:30pm) and Aug. 6 & 13 (5 pm)
Aug. 9 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm
August 10 – Woodstock, VT – Outdoor Concert on the Village Green, 5:30pm – free – HuDost
Aug. 12-13 – Quechee, VT – The Incredible Insect Festival Weekend, Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences, vinsweb.org
August 13 – Woodstock, VT – Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, www.pentanglearts.org
August 16 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm
August 19 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House
August 19 – Quechee, VT – Quechee Highland Games and Celtic Festival, 8-5 pm
August 23 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm, www.quecheegames.com
August 26 – Woodstock, VT – Mansion Open House, 10am-4pm, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park
August 30 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm
Sept-Oct. – Woodstock/Pomfret, VT – Sculpturefest -free – wonderful outdoor sculptures by various artists, directions and info at sculpture fest.org
Sept. 2-3 – Plymouth, VTR – Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival, 2-5pm, free, www.plymouthfolk.com
Sept. 6 – Woodstock, VT – Farmer’s Market on the Green, 3-6pm
Sept. 10 – Windsor, VT – 5th Annual Mac & Cheese Challenge, 11-3pm, vermontfarmstead.com
Sept. 16 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House
Oct. 21 – Woodstock, VT – Farm House/Manor House Tours, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical park, 1pm, meet at the 1890 Farm House
During the Summer (June 1 – Oct. 12) on Thursdays, Barn Arts presents Music on the Farm at Feast & Field in Barnard, VT, www.barnarts.org
New last year is the Ascutney Outdoors organization. They have worked to make Ascutney Mountain in Brownsville, VT a place for all to enjoy various activities.In addition to all the Winter activities held there the trails are great for biking and hiking. There is no charge to use the trails. Check out their website for events planned and future improvements. www.ascutneyoutdoors.org/new-events/
Below are places of interest – dining – touristy – entertainment:
Some fairly new restaurants in the area! Check it out:
The Hartland Diner in Jessup’s Plaza at Hartland 3 Corners – open 7 days a week for lunch and breakfast (served all day!).
The owners of the former Stella’s restaurant have opened a restaurant in Windsor at the railroad station (Windsor Station Restaurant and Barroom)serving dinner with lots of music events as well!
Opened in Quechee, Singleton’s Market and Jake’s Market with food items, deli, Vermont products and clothing. It has almost everything you could need from fresh fish, homemade sausages, wine, beer…the list is endless!
Another restaurant in Woodstock – The Worthy Kitchen where the Eastender used to be (on the East end of Rt. 4)! Very casual atmosphere, limited menu but the specials change and the food is great (highly recommend the steak!). Draft Beer choices are endless and there is also a token wine selection. The bartenders/wait staff are great fun too!
Another new restaurant on the West end of Woodstock is On the River Inn (506 Bistro) and in Quechee, The Public House, near the putt-putt golf, offering food and craft beers. A new restaurant in White River Junction is Piecemeal Pies serving English savory pies.
If you are returning to the area from previous visits please note there are lots of restaurants in the area you may wish to try: Trap Door Bakery and Deli in Quechee, and in Woodstock: Melaza Bistro, Pi Brick Oven Trattoria and Pi Martini Tapas Bar(with Jazz music every Wed. at 7pm), Anchor Wat and Mon Vert Cafe. Of course, many of my “old” favorites are still there: Kedron Valley Inn and Tavern(S. Woodstock)-every Sun. is Burger and Beer night; Keeper’s (Reading), The Black Rock Restaurant (Springfield), Long Trail Brewery(Bridgewater) for lunch, Harpoon Brewery (Windsor), Simon Pearce restaurant and The Parker House Inn(Quechee) and many more!! The Kedron Valley Inn is only 3 mi. from the cabin. Bentley’s restaurant in Woodstock offers dancing to their DJ on Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm. Harpoon Brewery (at Artisan’s Place in Windsor) is open some evenings for dinner – check first as their schedule changes. In the summer there is often Oven-Fired Pizza offered outside.
Another food “establishment” which has garnered a big following is the “elevated food truck” called Chef Brad’s Crazy Side. The food truck has relocated from Hartland to Rt. 4 near the Fat Hat on the way to Quechee. They now have an actual building which is usually open for breakfast and lunch. They do change when they’re open based on the seasons. I think now they are opening the truck for dinner and closing the lunch hours. However, check it out on their Facebook site. Brad is a fantastic chef, thus the big following. You can follow the restaurant specials on his Facebook site. People rave over his chicken in a basket. I personally like his hamburgers or lamb-burgers and sweet potato fries. When the temperatures are cool I always try one of his homemade soups.
I recommend a visit to Sugarbush Farm (www.sugarbushfarm.com) where they have a wonderful educational display and video on sugaring, an animal petting area and a wonderful cheese and maple syrup tasting room with of course a gift shop full of goodies to take home or buy for gifts.
Harpoon Brewery – Windsor – don’t forget live music on Thurs. evenings. And visit Farmstead Cheese (Sustainable Farmer) next door! They offer lots of local products. During the summer they have oven fired pizzas for sale to eat on the picnic tables outside. Also in the same complex there is the Silo making Vermont’s own Vodka/Gin/Whiskey/Moonshine. Often the Silo and Farmstead Cheese team up with some local musical talent and hold a special event at the Silo, serving cocktails and food bites. These places are located in Artisan’s Park in Windsor off Rt. 5 – home to many other interesting places such as Simon Pearce outlet store and Great River Outfitters who feature a lot of Water Activities – check out their calendar http://greatriveroutfitters.com. Sometimes in the winter dog sledding is there – check with www.braeburnsiberians.com
Brown’s Tavern is also open for dinner at the Ascutney Resort in nearby Brownsville, along with their Maple Kitchen restaurant which features Prime Rib on Thursday nights.
If you stop at Mike’s Mobil just off Rt. 91 on Rt. 12/5 you’ll find some hot foods to choose from as well as deli sandwiches made to order, to keep you from needing to cook that first meal at the cabin! Large selection of beer,wine, and coffee. It’s also the closest place to get diesel and wi-fi.
Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT gets top marks for it’s displays for young and old including the outside grounds www.montshire.org
The Windsor Station Restaurant(Windsor, VT) has live music every Tuesday and Friday. Harpoon Brewery (Rt. 5 Windsor) has live music every Thursday and first Saturday as well as brick oven-fired pizzas on the weekends(Summer and Fall). Browns Tavern (Ascutney Resort, VT) has Live music every Sunday Skunk Hollow Tavern (Hartland 4 Corners) has live music every Wednesday and Friday. For details of who is playing check the links below.
For Windsor area entertainment information:
Windsor Station: http://windsorstationvt.com/live-music
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:
The nearby Billings Farm Museum has an activity going on most of the weekends.
www.hop.dartmouth.edu Hanover, NH
www.TupeloHall.com White River Junction, VT
www.ClaremontOperaHouse.com Claremont, NH
www.OperaNorth.org Lebanon, NH
www.NorthernStage.org White River Junction, VT
www.ArtistreeVT.org Woodstock, VT2016