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2014 Events

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August


1 - September 21: 28th Annual Quilt Exhibition - This juried exhibition of colorful quilts made exclusively in Windsor County will celebrate 28 years of quilting excellence at the Billings Farm. Quilting demonstrations, programs and activities for children and adults.

1, 8, 15, 22 & 29: Foodways Fridays - Discover how we use seasonal vegetable and herbs from our heirloom garden in historic recipes. Different take-home recipes each week! Through October 17.

3: Antique Tractor Day - Tractors made between 1930 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. View the schedule here.

5, 12, & 19: 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!

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 24.

16 & 17: Heritage Chicken Days - We'll feature a variety of heritage chicken breeds to learn about their unique traits. Fun facts about chickens and eggs, plus the egg toss and games.

31: 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.

September

1 - 21: 28th Annual Quilt Exhibition - This juried exhibition of colorful quilts made exclusively in Windsor County will celebrate 28 years of quilting excellence at the Billings Farm. Quilting demonstrations, programs and activities for children and adults.

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

3, 10, 17, & 24: Programs for Preschoolers - Offered on Wednesdays in September, 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.

5, 12, 19, & 26: Foodways Fridays - Discover how we use seasonal vegetable and herbs from our heirloom garden in historic recipes. Different take-home recipes each week! Through October 17.

6, 13, 20, & 27: Traditional Craft Saturdays Explore traditional crafts and learn more about their history, process, and use from experienced crafters.

October

3, 10, & 17: Foodways Fridays - Discover how we use seasonal vegetable and herbs from our heirloom garden in historic recipes. Different take-home recipes each week!

4 & 5: 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.

11& 12: 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.

18 & 19: Autumn Wagon Ride Weekend - Narrated horse-drawn wagon rides around the Billings' fields during the height of fall foliage; farm programs and activities.

26: 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

1 & 2; 8 & 9; 15 & 16; 22 & 23: 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.

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; cider pressing and harvest and food preservation activities for every age. Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride and a homemade treat. 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.

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.