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Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, announces the 6th Annual Cheese & Dairy Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Celebrate Vermont’s rich dairy heritage during this two-day event: Meet New England cheesemakers, sample their delicious artisan cheeses & dairy products, and take part in engaging dairy education programs.

The Cheese & Dairy Celebration will showcase many of New England’s artisan cheesemakers, who will offer cheese samples, discuss their products, and have cheese on hand for purchase. Visitors can Judge Jerseys with the farm manager to improve their bovine knowledge, participate in a dairy scavenger hunt, “name the calf” contest, Inside-Out Cow (have fun learning the body parts of a cow) and Cow Make-Over (learn what it takes to groom a cow in preparation for being judged in a show). Especially for the children: cranking fresh ice cream and making dairy headbands and moo masks.

The operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and the restored and furnished farmhouse are included in the entrance fee. Admission: adults: $14.00; over 62: $13.00; children 5-15: $8.00; 3-4: $4.00; under 3: free.

For more information, visit their website.

Sleigh

Did you miss out during January’s Sleigh Ride Weekend? Now is your chance!

Take a trip to Vermont’s famous Billings Farm & Museum for a fun-filled day with the family.

Climb aboard the Billings Farm sleigh for a ride through the frosty farm fields. On the weekends, sled with jack jumpers and in commemoration of Presidents’ Day, sample favorite cookies of the Presidents, including Grover Cleveland Snickerdoddles, Ulysses Grant Lemon Drops, James Monroe Waverly Jumbals and Harry Truman Coconut Cookies. Hands–on activities on the weekends will include making presidential silhouettes and presidential trivia.

In the barns, discover Vermont dairying – past and present – and learn about the development of the Billings Farm, still one of the best Jersey farms in America. The horse barn, calf nursery, milk room, cow barn, and sheep barn are stops along the self-guided tour. Up-close programs with the livestock will be offered including An Introduction to Milking and Milking the Herd programs at 3:15 p.m. each day.

The restored and furnished 1890 Farm House will be open for touring, featuring the farm office, family living quarters, creamery, and ice house.

Sleigh Ride Week admission includes sleigh or wagon rides, jack jumper sledding, the farm, farm house, and activities, plus A Place in the Land, an Academy Award® nominee film.

Learn more: http://www.billingsfarm.org/programs-events/special_events/sleighride.html

Bundle up and head to Billings Farm for this winter treat!

For just one weekend in January, there will be Horse-drawn sleigh rides, sledding with jack jumper sleds, and programs and activities for all ages plus the award-winning documentary, A Time For Justice.

Climb aboard the horse-drawn sleigh and enjoy a scenic ride through the frosty farm fields. Warm up with a visit to the operating dairy farm and learn more about the Jersey herd and calves, draft horses, oxen, and Southdown sheep including An Introduction to Milking and Milking the Herd at 3:15 p.m. each day. In the Visitor Center, enjoy a cup of hot cider.

For more information: http://www.billingsfarm.org/programs-events/special_events/jansleighride.html

Wagon

 

November Weekend Wagon Rides at Billings Farm & Museum

 

Wagon Ride Weekends – Take a horse-drawn wagon ride and enjoy the dairy farm, farmhouse, and farm life exhibits during late fall – when the brilliance of foliage has softened and the weather is still pleasant; daily programs and activities. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

November 1 & 2; 8 & 9; 15 & 16; 22 & 23

 

Learn more at: www.billingsfarm.org

halloween

21st Annual Family Halloween at Billings Farm & Museum

Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, will host the 21st Annual Family Halloween on Sunday, October 26, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Children in costume will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult (adults pay the regular admission fee).

Pumpkin carving, doughnuts-on-a-string, wagon rides, cranking pumpkin ice cream, plus “not-too-scary” Halloween stories, pumpkin games, and animal programs will be featured. Costume parades at 12:00 & 2:00 p.m., will be led by the Billings Farm’s friendly steers-in-training, George & Marsh, and all children will receive a ribbon.

Admission to A Family Halloween includes all programs and activities, plus the working dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and farm house.

Pumpkins

Celebrate the start of fall at Billings Farm and Museum!

Voted by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as a Top 10 Fall Event for 2014, the weekend features hands-on activities and programs, plus pumpkin and apple displays highlighting these two important fall crops, their historical importance, and many uses. Horse-drawn wagon rides are included with admission.

Take the apple taste test and vote for your favorite! Lend a hand pressing cider, making pumpkin or apple ice cream, and peeling apples for drying. Join in the “pumpkin and apple fun” with apple races, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, sampling pumpkin bread and pumpkin Legos®. See apple butter being made in the farmhouse kitchen and take home a recipe for “Pumpion Pye.”

Festivities take place Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 from 10am to 5pm.

Admission: adults: $14.00; 62 and over: $13.00; children 5-15: $8.00; 3-4: $4.00; under 3: free.

Learn more at: www.billingsfarm.org/programs-events/special_events/pumpkin_apple.html

Well you already know all about the fantastic skiing, snowboarding, sledding and tubing in Woodstock & Killington. Did you know that the Union Arena in Woodstock (less than 5 minutes drive from us) has a large indoor public ice skating rink? Check out www.unionarena.org; rental skates are available.

Billings Farm is open every weekend this month where you can visit the animals in their indoor homes, tour the historic home, and go see the display on “Emancipation and its Legacies.”  January 18-20 is sleigh ride weekend where horse drawn sleighs will take you around the farmstead.  For more information visit www.billingsfarm.org.  There is also a winter film festival at Billings with two critically acclaimed movies scheduled this month – January 11 “The Lives of Others”  (Germany, 2006) and January 25 “The Singing Revolution” (USA, 2006).  For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.billingsfarm.org/filmfest.

Pentangle’s January schedule includes two showings of “The Habit of Art,” part of the National Theatre Live from London celebration.  This 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett’s acclaimed play stars Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour.  See the best of British Theatre from the London Stage here in Woodstock.  Visit www.pentanglearts.org for tickets and more information.  The Worthy Kitchen, Woodstock’s trendy new restaurant, will be serving small plates, and a selection of beer and wine at the theater during these shows.

Speaking of restaurants, a new place to eat is the Salt Ash Pub where Chef Brad’s Fireside is serving up comfort foods on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 – 10:00 PM and Sunday brunch from 11:30 – 2:30.  Check out the menu at saltashinnvt.com; reservations are recommended.