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2016 Events

May

25: Programs for Preschoolers - Offered on Wednesdays in May, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Each program features a different farm theme with a story, special visit to the farm, hands-on activity, and snack. Designed for children ages 3 and up. Fee and preregistration required.

20 & 27: Foodways Fridays - Every Friday discover how we use seasonal vegetables and herbs from our heirloom garden in historic recipes. Different take-home recipes each week! Through Oct. 28.

28 & 29: Cheese & Dairy Celebration - Celebrate Vermont's distinctive dairy heritage during a weekend of sampling delicious New England cheeses and dairy products and meeting local cheese makers; dairy education programs and making cheese, ice cream, and butter.
**View the schedule of activities here.

June

3, 10, 17, 24: Foodways Fridays - Every Friday discover how we use seasonal vegetables and herbs from our heirloom garden in historic recipes. Different take-home recipes each week! Through Oct. 28.

5, 12, 19, & 26: Ice Cream Sundays - June is Dairy Month! Lend a hand making and sampling delicious ice cream at 12:00 & 2:00 p.m. while learning the history and science of this dairy treat. June 19: playing historic base ball.

20 - 24: Junior Farm Vet. Camp - for ages 10-15. Participants will work alongside a large animal veterinarian and learn the anatomy, physiology, and basic nutrition and the care of cows, horses, and sheep, and much more! Fee and preregistration required.

July

1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Foodways Fridays - Every Friday discover how we use seasonal vegetables and herbs from our heirloom garden in historic recipes. Different take-home recipes each week! Through Oct. 28.

4: Old Vermont 4th - A patriotic family celebration featuring the reading of the Declaration of Independence, a historic debate, wagon rides, making 1890 flags, spelling bees, sack races, playing historic base ball, and lots more.

5, 12, 19, 26: Time Travel Tuesdays - Every Tuesday experience late 19th century chores and pastimes in the farmhouse firsthand, and stay as long as you like. There's plenty of work and fun for every age! Through August 23.

6, 13, 20, 27: Wagon Ride Wednesdays - Horse-drawn wagon rides featured each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Through September 28.

6, 13, 20, 27: Programs for Preschoolers - Offered on Wednesdays in July, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Each program features a different farm theme with a story, special visit to the farm, hands-on activity, and snack. Designed for children ages 3 and up. Fee and preregistration required.

11 - 15: Almanzo's Week at Billings Farm Camp - for ages 10-15. Five days of adventures and activities on the book Farmer Boy, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Fee and preregistration required.

17: National Ice Cream Day - Help make and sample four flavors of ice cream as we celebrate the great American dessert. Horse-drawn wagon rides and playing historic base ball.

18 - 22: Junior Farm Vet. Camp - for ages 10-15. Participants will work alongside a large animal veterinarian and learn the anatomy, physiology, and basic nutrition and the care of cows, horses, and sheep, and much more! Fee and preregistration required.

24: Hay Day - Spend a summer day with us in the farm fields, where you'll see traditional haying techniques, including cutting, raking, and tedding with the farm's draft horses and equipment. Quench your thirst with a sample of switchel, the haymaker's drink. Especially for families: penny-in-the-haystack, making scarecrows, puppets, and clothespin horses; horse-drawn wagon rides, farm programs, and activities.

30 – September 18: 30th Annual Quilt Exhibition - This juried exhibition of colorful quilts made exclusively in Windsor County will celebrate 30 years of quilting excellence at the Billings Farm. Quilting demonstrations, programs and activities for children and adults.

August

Daily through September 18: 30th Annual Quilt Exhibition - This juried exhibition of colorful quilts made exclusively in Windsor County will celebrate 30 years of quilting excellence at the Billings Farm. Quilting demonstrations, programs and activities for children and adults.

2, 9, 16, 23: Time Travel Tuesdays - Every Tuesday experience late 19th century chores and pastimes in the farmhouse firsthand, and stay as long as you like. There's plenty of work and fun for every age!

3, 10, 17, 24: Wagon Ride Wednesdays - Horse-drawn wagon rides featured each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Through September 28.

5, 12, 19, 26: Foodways Fridays - Every Friday discover how we use seasonal vegetables and herbs from our heirloom garden in historic recipes. Different take-home recipes each week! Through Oct. 28.

7: Antique Tractor Day - Tractors made between the 1920s and 1960s will be displayed from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. by the proud and talented folks who restored them. The tractor parade at 1:00 p.m. includes restoration details and historical information. Tractor-drawn wagon rides and tractor activities for children, including the popular tractor sandbox.

8 - 12: Almanzo's Week at Billings Farm Camp - for ages 8-12. Five days of adventures and activities on the book Farmer Boy, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Fee and preregistration required.

September

Daily through September 18: 30th Annual Quilt Exhibition - This juried exhibition of colorful quilts made exclusively in Windsor County will celebrate 30 years of quilting excellence at the Billings Farm. Quilting demonstrations, programs and activities for children and adults.

2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Foodways Fridays - Every Friday discover how we use seasonal vegetables and herbs from our heirloom garden in historic recipes. Different take-home recipes each week! Through Oct. 28.

3: Labor & Leisure Day - Work and fun on the farm! Wagon rides, building a split rail fence, ice cream making, playing historic base ball, and laundry – using a washboard and wringer.

3, 10, & 17: Traditional Craft Saturdays - Explore traditional crafts and learn more about their history, process, and use from experienced crafters.

7, 14, 21, 28: Wagon Ride Wednesdays - Horse-drawn wagon rides featured each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

24 & 25: Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival - Furniture makers and wood artisans will display their wood products; demonstrations and activities.

October

1 & 2: Pumpkin & Apple Celebration - Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Event! Hands-on programs will highlight these two essential fall crops, including apple tasting, cider pressing, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, making pumpkin and apple ice cream, cooking apple butter in the farmhouse, and wagon rides.

7, 14, 21, 28: Foodways Fridays - Every Friday discover how we use seasonal vegetables and herbs from our heirloom garden in historic recipes. Different take-home recipes each week! Through Oct. 28.

8 & 9: Harvest Weekend - Join us for a traditional Vermont harvest celebration with a husking bee and barn dance; cider pressing, harvesting root vegetables, “putting food by,” and more; spiced cider and homemade doughnuts.

15 & 16: Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend - Narrated horse-drawn wagon rides around the Billings' fields during the height of fall foliage; farm programs and activities.

30: A Family Halloween - Halloween fun for all ages! Doughnuts-on-a-string, pumpkin carving, Halloween tales, wagon rides, and lots more. Costume parades at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. Children in costume admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

November

5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20: Wagon Ride Weekends - Take a horse-drawn wagon ride and enjoy the dairy farm, farmhouse, and farm life exhibits during the 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.

25 – 27: Thanksgiving Weekend - The tradition of celebratory feasts for a bountiful harvest spans cultures, continents, and millennia. Discover how Thanksgiving was observed in the 1890 Farm House at the Billings Farm – preparations, menu, and entertainment – and the critical and demanding work of harvesting crops each fall. The “History of Thanksgiving” programs will be presented in the parlor; holiday food programs and activities. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride. Last weekend of the season to visit the farm life exhibits. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

December

December Weekends & Dec. 24 – Jan. 1 (excluding Christmas Day): Christmas at the Farm - Learn how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger in the cozy kitchen as treats are baked in the woodstove. Holiday programs and making historic ornaments. Don't miss a winter visit to the farm. Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides (weather permitting). 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

9, 10, & 11: Wassail Weekend - You'll be welcomed to tour the festively decorated 1890 Farm House; make a historic ornament as a memento of your visit. Sunday: horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides (weather permitting). 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.