July Story Activity Time for Preschoolers

Story Activity Time for Preschoolers will be offered Wednesday mornings in July, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Each program will feature a story, special visit to the farm, hands-on activity, and a snack.  The cost is $3.00 per person for Billings Farm & Museum members, and $5.00 per person for non-members (includes admission to the Farm & Museum).

July 3: The Night Before the Fourth of July.  “Twas the night before July 4th and all across the USA, Americans were gearing up for Independence Day.” Share in the excitement of this celebration as we read the story, play games, paint our own fireworks and share a snack of watermelon and blueberries.

July 10: Piney the Goat Nanny. Piney, a rescued pig, wants a job of his own. He tries to help with many jobs on the farm, but he can’t find something that he is good at. Find out what job Piney learns is the most important job of all. We will meet the goats, make a goat craft and enjoy a snack together.

July 17: The Ice Cream King. What is better on a warm summer day in July than ice cream? Teddy loves ice cream and dreams of a magical world filled with this yummy treat and all the toppings! Visit our cows and calves and learn how they help to make this treat, then share some ice cream with friends.

July 24: Mowing. Nora and her grandfather use horses and a mower to mow the fields of grass. What do they find while out in the field? Meet our draft horses and watch them get harnessed before setting out on a wagon ride. We will make horse finger puppets and snack on apples and milk.

July 31: Farmer’s Garden. “Corn, Corn, how do you grow?” This rhyming book will take us on a tour of the gardens. We will harvest a healthy snack of vegetables from the gardens and make a bunny craft to take home.

To register for Story Activity Time, please call 802/457-2355, weekdays, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each program has limited enrollment, and advance registration is required.

We are a Blue Star Museum

Billings Farm & Museum announces its participation in the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day (May 18) through Labor Day (September 2), 2019.

As a Blue Star Museum, free admission is offered to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members.)  Active duty military include:  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members.

“We’ve seen the tremendous impact the Blue Star Museums program brings to our military families, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating a decade of support,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families. “Not only are museums fun to explore but are also great for making memories and strengthening military families as a whole.”

Military personnel and military family members who have questions about the program may contact Blue Star Families at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

 

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

 

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org.

Junior Farmer Camp

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a farmer? Junior Farmer Camp, is designed to help kids discover for themselves by stepping into a farmer’s shoes for a week.

Campers will have the opportunity to be up close and personal with the farm’s cows, horses, pigs, chickens, and sheep while learning the work that goes into the food that they eat. In addition to daily chores and activities, each day we will explore a different farming topic like dairy, gardening, tractors, and draft animals. On Friday, campers will prepare an animal of their choice for a show and presentation to their families.

Other exciting activities include:

• Tie-dying shirts with plant-based dyes

• Taking a hay ride through the farm fields

• Milking a cow by hand and machine

• Participating in scavenger hunts around the farm

• Building scarecrows for our gardens

• Making delicious dairy treats like ice cream & butter

And much more!

Join us for a week of fun-filled farm festivities!

Designed for ages 8-12.

Three sessions to choose from:
June 24-28, July 15-19, and July 29-Aug. 2, 2019
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fee: $300 members/$340 non-members
Need-based scholarships available.

Enrollment is limited!  Use the form below or call 802-457-2355, .

Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England

A hurricane will never surprise us again. But that’s what happened to the people of New England on September 21, 1938. Without any warning, the most destructive weather event ever to hit the Northeast pummeled the coast and blasted its way to Vermont and New Hampshire with torrential rain, flooding, and sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

In his book, ThirtyEight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England, Stephen Long tells the story of New England’s Katrina. A journalist and co-founder of Northern Woodlands magazine, Long focuses on the devastation to the region’s forests and the daunting challenge facing New Englanders still in the throes of the Great Depression. His presentation is richly illustrated with archival photos of storm damage and the unprecedented recovery operation.

Refreshments served. Stephen’s book is available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

Sponsored by Ottauquechee Natural Resources Conservation District.

Antique Tractor Day 2018

Wow, what a great event. Last Sunday here at Billings Farm & Museum we celebrated our annual Antique Tractor Day, featuring over thirty beautifully-restored tractors from the 1920s through to the 70s. Showcasing many iconic names in the history of tractor design, from John Deere and Farmall to Cubcadet and even Porche, this was the perfect experience for petrol-heads of all ages. Our annual Antique Tractor parade drew a huge crowd to watch these amazing machines circle the farm fields, and as a special highlight, the talented folks who restored their tractors were on hand to answer questions and share insights and advice. For younger visitors, there were some great craft projects on offer, as well as an adorable pedal tractor pull and tractor-drawn wagon rides.

Check out these great photos from Antique Tractor Day 2018, and make sure to check our website regularly to see all the other great events coming up here in Woodstock, Vermont…

Programs for Preschoolers in September

Programs for Preschoolers will be offered Wednesday mornings in September, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Each program will feature a story, visit to the farm, hands-on activity, and snack.  The cost is $3.00 per person for Billings Farm & Museum members, and $5.00 per person for non-members (includes admission to the Farm & Museum).

 Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf.   Wednesday, September 5.  In the fall, the trees put on a spectacular art show for us! We’ll read Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, then  travel across the road to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and look for signs of fall. We will make crowns with colored leaves and enjoy maple cookies for a snack.

The Boy and His Quilt.  Wednesday, September 12. Making a quilt may be easy, or at least fun; sometimes though it might seem like a chore. Collecting scraps, cutting patches—and that’s just the beginning!  Discover the steps a young boy goes through in making his very own quilt as we read The Boy and His Quilt.  We’ll visit the quilt hall to see this year’s quilts, enjoy a snack with friends, and make your own paper quilt pattern.

Ten Red Apples.   Wednesday, September 19.  Ten red apples hang on the tree. Horse, cow, pig and the other farm animals each eat an apple, will there be enough for everyone? Join us for a trip to our orchard to see if there are any red apples on the trees. Enjoy an apple for a snack with friends. An apple tree craft will complete your visit.

Pumpkin Jack.  Wednesday, September 26.   Have you ever wondered what happens to your pumpkin after it has been carved? Follow the story of Tim and his pumpkin named “Jack” as they discover Jack’s new world. We’ll visit the pumpkin patch, make a pumpkin craft, and enjoy a pumpkin treat.

To register for Programs for Preschoolers, please call 802/457-2355, week-  days, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each program has limited enrollment, and advance registration is required.

Cheese & Dairy Celebration 2018

Last weekend was our annual Cheese & Dairy Celebration here at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Vermont. Thank you to everyone who came out to sample Vermont dairy products, meet our award-winning dairy cows, and watch local students compete in the first Billings Farm Youth Invitational Show. The weather was beautiful and showed Vermont at its best, with clear blue skies and a light breeze.

On Saturday, visitors were treated to a wide range of dairy-themed activities and events, including the chance to meet our farm manager and learn more about what it takes to look after our Jersey cows, help make their own hand-cranked ice cream, and sample amazing cheese and other delicacies from Cabot and Fat Toad Farm, as well as our own Billings Farm cheddar (now available online). As a special treat, newly arrived Nigerian Dwarf and Alpine goats, visiting for the summer from One Chicken at a Time Farm, were on hand to greet people.

Down at the new Show Barn, visitors were able to meet kids from local 4-H groups and watch them prepare their calves and heifers for Sunday’s show. Seeing these amazing young people hard at work washing, clipping, and feeding their calves and heifers was a particular highlight.

On Sunday, there was 1800’s Base Ball out in the farm fields, with visitors and staff alike stepping up to the plate. However, the main event was the Billings Farm Youth Invitational Show, which saw the students competing for both general showmanship and breed-specific awards. The participants did a wonderful job showing, with many entering the ring for the first time and demonstrating a remarkable amount of responsibility, poise, and knowledge about their animals. Congratulations to everyone who took part!

Next up here at B.F.M., we have our 35th Anniversary Celebration taking place on Sunday the 24th, (with FREE ADMISSION to the public and loads of great events planned), and many more events planned throughout the summer… Make sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our daily schedule to stay up to date on what’s going on.

35th Anniversary Celebration!

Billings Farm & Museum invites you to our 35th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

ADMISSION IS FREE for the entire day!

Join us from 10-5 for a fun day of activities and programs for all ages including a farm animal parade, live music, 1860s base ball , guest speakers, ice cream making, historic games, gourmet cheese sandwiches from the Woodstock Inn, 19th-century magic shows, and more.

Here’s the schedule of events:

10:30   Huck’s Way Home
Learn the true-life story of young oxen “Huck” who comes to Billings Farm to live, escapes on his first day, has a series of adventures throughout the town of Woodstock, and returns the following morning to settle in. Meet Huck and his partner, Finn, and hear the story as told by author and artist Kristina Rodanas.

11:00  19th Century Magic Show
Enjoy the early-19th-century magic of New England magician Richard Potter, as performed by Robert Olson.

11:00 – 1:00  Gourmet Cheese Sandwiches
Made from Billings Farm Cheese and prepared by the culinary staff of the Woodstock Inn. Yum!

11:45  Making Ice Cream
Visitors can participate in making and sampling hand-cranked ice cream.

12:00 – 3:00   Music from David Carpenter and Tom McKenzie
Enjoy the sounds of the banjo, fiddle, and dulcimer.

12:30  Huck’s Way Home
Learn the true-life story of young oxen “Huck” who comes to Billings Farm to live, escapes on his first day, has a series of adventures throughout the town of Woodstock, and returns the following morning to settle in. Meet Huck and his partner, Finn, and hear the story as told by author and artist Kristina Rodanas.

1:00  Parade of Farm Animals

1:30  Historic Base Ball in the Farm Fields
Join in or enjoy the game as spectators.

3:00  35th Anniversary Program: Remarks and Remembrances under the tent

Guest Speakers will include Anson Tebbetts, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Wendy Knight, Vermont Tourism Commissioner, Vermont State Representative Charlie Kimbell, Woodstock Foundation president, David Donath and Master of Ceremonies Phil Camp of the Vermont Standard.

3:45  Milk-Off
Cheer on Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts as he is challenged to a milking competition by Billings Farm Executive Director David Simmons.

4:00  19th Century Magic Show
Enjoy the early-19th-century magic of New England magician Richard Potter, as performed by Robert Olson.

Activities Throughout the Day:

Name the Calf Contest!

Visit with our Animal Ambassadors – a new animal every hour!

Selfie Photo Opportunity with one of our award-winning Jersey cows.

Make and Take Crafts for children.

Meet the Gardeners and lend a hand weeding and watering.

Enjoy a birthday cookie and a cup of ice cold lemonade!

Tastes of our brand new Billings Farm Smoked Cheddar Cheese.

 

 

July Programs for Preschoolers

Programs for Preschoolers will be offered Wednesday mornings in July, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Each program will feature a story, special visit to the farm, hands-on activity, and a snack.  The cost is $3.00 per person for Billings Farm & Museum members, and $5.00 per person for non-members (includes admission to the Farm & Museum).

     The Ice Cream Shop.  Wed., July 11. Steve really wants an ice cream cone, but he can’t figure out how to get one…until Wessley comes to his rescue. Join their silly adventure, see the ice cream parlor at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and enjoy an ice cream treat with friends.

     How to Speak Moo.  Wed., July 18Cows have a language all of their own and this is your chance to learn “how to speak moo.” After practicing our moos we will visit with the Billings Farm Jersey cows and make a “moo”velous cow craft, followed by a delicious dairy snack.

     Otis. Wed., July 25. Otis is a fun-loving tractor who loves his farm and his farmer, and he loves his new friend, a little calf. When a new tractor comes to the farm, what will happen to Otis? Visit our tractors, and our calves. Are they friends too? We will make a tractor print and enjoy a tractor-shaped snack.

To register for Programs for Preschoolers, please call 802/457-2355, weekdays, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each program has limited enrollment, and advance registration is required.

Billings Farm & Museum to Participate in Blue Star Museums

Billings Farm & Museum announces its participation in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day (May 18) through Labor Day (September 2), 2019.

As a Blue Star Museum, free admission is offered to active-duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members.)  Active duty military include:  Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members.

“We’ve seen the tremendous impact the Blue Star Museums program brings to our military families, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating a decade of support,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families. “Not only are museums fun to explore but are also great for making memories and strengthening military families as a whole.”

Military personnel and military family members who have questions about the program may contact Blue Star Families at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

 

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

 

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org.