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2014 Events

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November

28 - 30: 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; harvest and food preservation activities for every age. 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

6 & 7: 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. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

12, 13, & 14: 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.

20 - Jan. 1: 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.

2015 Winter Events

January

1: 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. Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides (weather permitting). 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Weekends: Fredrick Douglass Exhibit - Each Saturday and Sunday in January and Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend (Saturday – Monday). This small exhibition explores his life, in Douglass' own words, and his escape to freedom. The exhibit is included with regular admission to the Farm & Museum. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

3 & 4, 10 & 11, 24 & 25, 31: - Visit the Jersey herd, draft horses, oxen, and sheep – inside for the winter – and tour the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House. A Place in the Land, our Academy Award®-nominee film is shown every hour in the theater. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

17 - 19: Sleigh Ride Weekend – Horse-drawn sleigh rides, jack jumper sledding; dairy farm and restored farmhouse; in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend showing of a film. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

February

1, 7 & 8, 28: - Visit the Jersey herd, draft horses, oxen, and sheep – inside for the winter – and tour the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House. A Place in the Land, our Academy Award®-nominee film is shown every hour in the theater. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

14 - 22: Sleigh Ride Week - Sleigh rides, sledding with jack jumpers; tour the dairy farm and farmhouse; programs and hands-on activities; presidential cookie favorites and spiced cider. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

April

4 : Baby Animal Day - Meet the farm's newest additions during family-centered programs with our lambs, chicks, and calves; wagon rides and heirloom seed programs; 1890 Farm House open for tours & the Dairy Bar open. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

May

1: Opening Day – 33rd Season! Horse-drawn wagon rides and free ice cream.

2 & 3: Sheep Shearing & Herding with Border Collies - Opening weekend devoted to our Southdown sheep and their Border Collie friends. Watch the spring shearing of the farm's ewes and demonstrations of Border Collies herding sheep in the farm fields. Admission includes a children's art show and the 30th annual spring commemorative button.

23 & 24: Cheese & Dairy Celebration - Celebrate Vermont's distinctive dairy heritage during a weekend of sampling delicious New England cheeses & dairy products and meeting local cheese makers; dairy education programs, making cheese, ice cream, and butter.

June

7, 14, 21 & 28: Ice Cream Sundays - June is Dairy Month! Lend a hand making and sampling delicious ice cream at 12:15 & 2:15 p.m. while learning the history and science of this dairy treat.

July

1 – September 30: Wagon Ride Wednesdays - Horse-drawn wagon rides featured each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

7 - August 18: Time Travel Tuesdays - 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!

10 – October 16: Foodways Fridays - Discover how we use seasonal vegetable and herbs from our heirloom garden in historic recipes. Different take-home recipes each week!

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

26: 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, & clothespin horses; horse-drawn wagon rides, farm programs, and activities.

August

1 - September 20: 29th Annual Quilt Exhibition - This juried exhibition of colorful quilts made exclusively in Windsor County will celebrate 29 years of quilting excellence at the Billings Farm. Quilting demonstrations, programs and activities for children and adults.

2: Antique Tractor Day - Tractors made between 1920s and the 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.

15 & 16: Heritage Chicken Days - Featuring a variety of heritage chicken breeds to learn about their unique traits. Fun facts about chickens and eggs. Children's games and crafts.

September

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

5, 12, 19, & 26: Traditional Craft Saturdays - Explore traditional crafts and learn more about their history, process, and use from experienced crafters: Sept. 5: Woodworking with Ross Morgan; Sept. 12: Basket & Chair Seat Making; Sept. 19: Leather Tanning with Mark Humpal; Sept. 26 – Toothbrush Rugs with Karen Bushey.

October

3 & 4: Pumpkin & Apple Celebration - Hands-on programs will highlight these two essential fall crops, including apple tasting, cider pressing, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, making pumpkin & apple ice cream, cooking apple butter in the farmhouse, and wagon rides.

10 & 11: Harvest Weekend - VT Chamber of Commerce 2014 Top 10 Fall Event! 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.

17 & 18: Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend - Narrated horse-drawn wagon rides around the Billings' fields during the height of fall foliage; farm programs and activities.

25: 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.