Category Archives: Events and Attractions

Explore the ShackletonThomas Showroom At Bridgewater Mill

December 22, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

ShackletonThomas Showroom At Bridgewater MillShackletonThomas is a Vermont based company specializing in artisanal home furnishings collected by such luminaries as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kofi Annan. Their Workshop Store, located at the historic Bridgewater Mill in Bridgewater, VT, is always worth a visit!

We’ve told you about The Mill at Simon Pearce – but that’s not the only iconic showroom in the Woodstock area.

The ShackletonThomas Workshop Store in Bridgewater, VT is housed in the picturesque, 180-year-old Bridgewater Mill. Inside, you will find showroom, Furniture Workshop, and Pottery Studio. Visitors can peruse the exquisite offerings in the showroom as well as watch pieces being handcrafted to life through the windows of the workshop.

ShackletonThomas specializes in making fine handmade furniture, pottery, and accessories the old fashioned way: one by one and with extensive handcrafting. They are one of the few companies of this size in the country that still manufactures goods this way. ShackletonThomas has committed itself to preserving handcrafting traditions out of love and a fear that we are losing our ability to work with our hands.

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Kick Off The Holidays at Woodstock Wassail Weekend 2017!

November 17, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Woodstock Wassail Weekend 2017Kick off the holiday season at Woodstock Wassail Weekend 2017! The 33rd annual return of this beloved event promises a weekend of twinkling lights, historic home tours, a parade, Santa, and so much more! December 8th through the 10th, 2017.

Woodstock, Vermont’s 33rd annual Wassail Weekend is a jam-packed, 3-day event of festive, holiday events and activities. Visitors come from all over to enjoy the festive, old-time atmosphere of Wassail Weekend. In fact it’s one of the area’s most popular seasonal events!

From the Wassail Parade and Christmas at Billings Farm to the annual Holiday House Tour and Messiah Sing, Wassail Weekend has something for everyone. If you love the holiday season – and who doesn’t? – you do not want to miss Woodstock’s Wassail Weekend 2017!

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Celebrate Christmas Past at Coolidge Holiday Open House 2017

November 10, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Coolidge Holiday Open House 2017Come to Plymouth Notch, Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, and celebrate the holiday season 1800’s-style at the 2017 Coolidge Holiday Open House.

Plymouth Notch is a Vermont village that is so picturesque it looks like it fell out of a history book. The village, which is also the birthplace and boyhood home of President Calvin Coolidge has remained virtually unchanged since the early 1900s. Consequently, it’s is an absolutely wonderful place to visit for the holidays!

President Coolidge’s Birthplace will be decorated as it would have been in the 1870’s, when Coolidge was born. In fact winter exhibits and Christmas decorations will be up all over this historic village. The Aldrich House, Plymouth Cheese Factory, and the 1924 Summer White House office will all be gussied up for the holidays.

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Step Back In Time with Thanksgiving at Billings Farm and Museum

October 16, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Step Back In Time with Thanksgiving at Billings Farm and MuseumAre you going to be in the Woodstock area this Thanksgiving? If so, you should take the opportunity to experience an 1890’s Thanksgiving at Billings Farm and Museum. Thanksgiving weekend, November 25th through the 27th, 2017, 10am to 4pm.

The Billings Farm and Museum, in Woodstock, Vermont, is both a working dairy farm and a historic house museum. The farm is surrounded by more than 200 acres of cropland and the Mount Tom forest, yet is just a short stroll from Woodstock village center. The historic farm, established in 1871, continues a century-long tradition of agricultural excellence.

Billings Farm is known for its prize-winning Jersey cows, draft horses, Southdown sheep, and delicious, 100% raw-milk cheddar cheese. The facility focuses on rural life, work, and land stewardship based on the traditions and values of the 19th century. A visit is the ideal way to experience both the spirit of rural Vermont and what life was like in the 1890’s.

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Discover What’s On Stage At The Lebanon Opera House

September 22, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Lebanon Opera House, in Lebanon, NHThe Lebanon Opera House, in Lebanon, NH, is a community-based theater that regularly brings world-class acts to the Woodstock area. The current schedule includes such big names as Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, The Russian Grand Ballet, Rusted Root, and many more!

With our country roads, covered bridges, and quaint towns, one could be excused for thinking a game of checkers might be the height of entertainment for the area – but you’d be wrong.

In fact, one of the best things about our quiet, little corner of Vermont is that we don’t have to go very far to experience world class entertainment. Thanks to wonderful establishments like the Northern Stage, The Weston Playhouse, and Lebanon Opera House, there are always live performances to inspire, educate, and entertain.

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See The Fall Foliage Spectacular at Quechee Gorge!

September 15, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Quechee Gorge Fall FoliageAutumn is just around the corner and with it comes leaf-peeping season. Vermont is known for its gorgeous fall foliage. That’s no truer anywhere in the state than at Quechee Gorge State Park.

Is there anything more gorgeous than autumn In Vermont? Stunning reds, golds, browns, oranges, and every other iteration of tone in between interspersed with green. Add quiet country roads, quaint covered bridges, and good, earnest people and you’ve got a fall foliage lover’s paradise.

There are an endless number of Vermont drives, hikes, and bike trails a person could explore during this (or virtually any) time of year but one of the first that comes to mind is Quechee Gorge.

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Get Set for the 2017 Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival!

August 11, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival 2017The lively, two-day, Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival returns to Plymouth Notch and the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site this Labor Day Weekend – September 2nd and 3rd, 2017.

The Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival is one of the top ten fall events here in the Woodstock area. The festival, which celebrates its 13th year in 2017, has become a local Labor Day Weekend tradition.

Plymouth’s annual folk and blues festival always attracts some of the best regional and even national talent. This year’s festival line-up includes Hungrytown, Dupont Brothers, Bow Thayer, Eric French, Alastair Moock, Danielle Miraglia, and Jay Ottaway. People come from all around every year to enjoy live roots music in the pure country air of historic Plymouth Notch. You should, too!

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Guided Hikes In Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park

July 28, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National ParkDid you know that Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park has 600 acres of forest trails to hike and explore? June through October of every year, the park also offers a variety of free, fun, and informative guided hikes.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park, northwest of Woodstock village, is the oldest professionally-managed forest in the country. It’s also the only national park to focus on conservation history and the evolving nature of land stewardship in America (you can learn more about the park’s history here).

The park is crisscrossed with over 20 miles of trails and carriage roads, which are open year-round, dawn to dusk, for hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. A good portion of the trails are also open to horseback riding. Throughout the summer, the park service spices things up with a number of guided hikes and rambles.

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Woodstock Vermont’s 9th Annual Bookstock Literary Festival!

July 8, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Bookstock Literary Festival 2017Bookstock Literary Festival is three days of workshops, readings, book sales, live entertainment, and much more! July 28 – 30, 2017 in Woodstock, Vermont.

The 9th annual Bookstock Literary Festival once again brings a host of poets, novelists, historians, journalists, memoirists, and other writers to our historic village for a weekend of literary appreciation. Nationally recognized authors will give presentations, workshops, and readings throughout the event.

The list of participating writers for 2017 reads like a who’s who of the literary world. Poets Benjamin Aleshire, Laura Foley, Pamela Harrison, April Ossmann, and Elizabeth Powell will be on hand. So, too will fiction writers Jean Hanff Korenlitz and Roland Merullo. Nonfiction writers Jabari Asim, Bruce Coffin, and Sarah Prager will also be in attendance – but that’s hardly the full compliment!

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The 2017 Cooler in the Mountains Summer Concert Series

June 19, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Cooler in the Mountains 2017 The Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series is 8 free outdoor concerts held throughout the summer at the Killington Resort Snowshed Base Area. The series regularly features big names from the national music scene and this year is no exception. July 15th through September 2nd, 2017.

Nothing says summer in the Woodstock, VT area like the Cooler In the Mountains concert series. 8 summer Saturdays of free top national acts on an outdoor stage at beautiful Killington Resort. Who could ask for more?

Concerts are scheduled to begin at 3:30pm and often run concurrently with other major events. The first concert, for example, occurs on July 16 in conjunction with the Killington Wine Festival.

Cooler in the Mountains concerts are free, festive, family-friendly events that draw thousands to the area. People come from all over to enjoy the festive atmosphere, great music, great weather, and happy crowds. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the show.

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