5-9-2022 – The Chronicle visits Billings Farm & Museum, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the Woodstock Inn & Resort.
5-9-2022 – The Chronicle visits Billings Farm & Museum, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and the Woodstock Inn & Resort.
Since his field trip to Billings Farm & Museum over the summer, your preschooler hasn’t stopped talking about all the cool cows and chickens. Keep the fun going at home with Kristina Rodanas’ Moooo! A Billings Farm Alphabet. Her watercolor and colored pencil illustrations are rich in detail and oh-so-Vermonty. $18.95 at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. View the original article
Farm animals, outdoor activities, crafts, holiday observances,
sleigh rides, films & more!
Woodstock, Vermont… Enjoy scenic winter landscapes among the barns and pastures of Billings Farm & Museum in January. Open each Saturday & Sunday from 10am-4pm, visitors of all ages will enjoy engaging activities indoors and out.
Farm Animals & Winter Fun Visit the cows, sheep, chickens and goats all cozy in the Animal Barns. Learn what winter farm work entailed in 1890 in the Winter on the Farm program offered each day at 12 & 2pm.
Don snowshoes – bring your own or rent from the nearby Woodstock Inn & Resort Nordic Center – and venture through the picturesque snow-covered farm fields and along the Ottauquechee River.
Bring your sled to speed down the small hill next to the orchard.
Gather round the fire pit and warm up with hot chocolate and s’mores, available for purchase on site.
Families can enjoy making a dove of peace paper craft, hunt for the snowmen in the Farm Life Exhibits and follow the StoryWalk along the pasture fence, featuring “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend (Jan. 15-17)
Horse-drawn sleigh rides are offered on Friday-Sunday from 11am-3pm. Reservations for rides will be taken upon arrival at the Ticket Desk, on a first come, first served basis. The cost is $5 per person in addition to the purchase of a general admission ticket. In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, A Time for Justice, the 38- minute award-winning documentary film by Charles Guggenheim that captures the spirit of the civil rights movement will be shown throughout each day in the museum’s theater. Guests will also enjoy samples of Billings Farm cheeses.
Billings Backyard Workshops on January 8 and January 22
Have some good clean fun as we bring back the popular Making Felted Soap on Saturday, Jan. 8 from 10-11:30am onsite at Billings Farm. Using locally made soaps and wool from our own Billings Farm & Museum sheep, Fiber Artist Tiana St. James will walk participants through the processes of both wet felting and needle felting to make a charming and sustainable product. Register by January 7 to reserve a spot.
Expand your knowledge and skill in the kitchen and follow along with Chef Emery as she leads our next cooking workshop, Kimchi, Kraut, and More!, Saturday, Jan. 22 on Zoom from 10-11:30am. In this class Chef Emery will demonstrate how to make your own sauerkraut and kimchi. Learn about other “lacto-fermented” foods, and how they can be used in unique and delicious ways in your everyday kitchen as you make a multi-purpose sauce using Kombucha! Register by January 19 to receive advance instructions, recipes and preparation details. Registered participants will receive a recording following the live presentation. Learn more about the Billings Backyard Workshops and register at billingsfarm.org.
Woodstock Vermont Film Series
The 12th Annual Film Series returns to the Billings Farm Theater with two showings on Saturdays, at 3:00 & 5:30pm. Viewers will enjoy select documentary films that reflect the museum’s vision to share place-based stories of people near and far, to engage our audiences, and to inspire conversations that increase connections with each other and our world.
January Film Series Schedule
Jan. 1 Kedi
Jan. 8 Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street
Jan. 15 The Loneliest Whale
Jan. 22 Try Harder
Reservations are strongly recommended for film series showings as seating is limited. Online and phone ticket sales close at noon on the Friday before the showing. Tickets may be available for purchase at the Ticket Desk on the day of the film if seating allows. Filmgoers must show proof of vaccination to enter and are required to wear a mask during a film viewing. Learn more and purchase tickets at billingsfarm.org/filmseries or call 802.457.5303.
Torchlight Snowshoe Events at Billings Farm
On January 14 from 4:30-6:30PM, snowshoe or walk the Billings Farm trail by torchlight as evening light begins. Gather around the fire pit and warm up with complimentary s’mores and hot drinks. Learn about the wildlife here and the history of the land, guided by National Park rangers. Tickets must be purchased to attend. Adults $10/Youth (4-15) $5; BFM Members $5/Member Youth Free. Children 3 & under are free.
A Torchlight Snowshoe for Billings Farm & Museum members will take place on January 29 from 4:30-6:30PM. As a thank you to members there is no fee to attend. Pre-registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reserve a Sleigh Ride Billings Farm & Museum offers private horse-drawn sleigh rides to families throughout the winter. Reservations and payment are required in advance. Reserve online at billingsfarm.org or call 802-457-2355.
Visiting safely. For the continued safety of our staff and guests, all guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces. All guests must wear masks when around people and unable to maintain 6’ physical distances outdoors. No entry is permitted without a face covering. Visit billingsfarm.org/safety for details.
Billings Farm & Museum, now in its 39th season, is open weekends Nov – Feb 10AM-4PM, and daily, 10AM-5PM April – October. Find the Special Events Calendar, daily schedules, admission pricing and membership information at billingsfarm.org. Celebrate Billings Farm’s 150th Anniversary with a visit this season and support its education mission at billingsfarm.org/donate.
Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution. Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing educational opportunities and experiences to our visitors, whether here in Woodstock, Vermont or at home wherever you are through our online resources at Billings Farm at Home. Visit us on billingsfarm.org, and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/BillingsFarmMuseum/ and Instagram at instagram.com/billingsfarm/.
WOODSTOCK, VERMONT . . . Billings Farm & Museum will feature its annual autumn Wagon Ride Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 & 26, from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Capture the beauty of a Vermont autumn on a ride around the farm fields.
Enjoy different views of the farm’s scenic landscape with a 10-minute tractor-drawn wagon ride through the pastures offered from 11:00am-4:00pm, or a 10-minute horse-drawn wagon ride offered from 11:00am-2:00pm. Hop aboard a narrated 20-minute tractor-drawn wagon ride from 10:30am-4:30pm and learn more about the landscape and the farm’s history. Each wagon ride features a different route – ride one or ride all three! No reservations are necessary; however, visitors are required to wear masks on the wagon and in the boarding line.
Additional hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages are offered on both days:
As part of their visit, guests can tour the barns and meet our farm animals, and take a self-guided tour of the 1890 Farm Manager’s House. Guests can also learn about the Vermont’s rural history in the Farm Life exhibits.
A bonus for event attendees is Voices from the Land, a photography exhibition by Jim Westphalen hosted by Billings Farm & Museum and on display through October 20. Traveling through Vermont, we might assume rural beauty to be commonplace. But what do we “see” when we pass an old barn or outbuilding? In this exhibition of 22 stunning, large-format photographs by celebrated Vermont photographer Jim Westphalen, each picture tells a story, through indelible images of rural structures and landscapes of Vermont.
Enjoy hot and cold local cider and cider donuts for sale at the Dairy Bar as well as Vermont made ice cream, snacks, and Billings Farm cheddar.
On Sunday, Trail Break Taps and Tacos, from White River Junction, Vermont, will be on site with their food truck from 11 AM – 4:30 PM serving a variety of tacos, chips and salsa, and Jarritos Mexican sodas. Guests will also enjoy the beer garden featuring draft beer and margaritas. Admission to Billings Farm & Museum is required.
Visiting safely. For the continued safety of our staff and guests, all guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces. For outdoor spaces, mask wearing is optional for fully-vaccinated persons; unvaccinated persons must wear masks when around people and unable to maintain 6’ physical distances. No entry is permitted without a face covering. Visit billingsfarm.org/safety for details.
Woodstock, Vermont… Enjoy scenic winter landscapes among the barns and pastures of Billings Farm & Museum in January. Open each Saturday & Sunday from 10am-4pm, plus Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18, with engaging activities indoors and out for visitors of all ages.
Farm Animals & Winter Fun Visit the sheep, chickens and goats all cozy in the Small Animal Barn. Don snowshoes – bring your own or rent from the nearby Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Activity Center or the Nordic Center – and venture through the picturesque snow-covered farm fields and along the Ottauquechee River. Bring your sled to speed down the small hill next to the orchard. Gather round the fire pit and warm up with hot cider. Families can also enjoy a Story Walk along the pasture fence featuring “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.
Take a Sleigh Ride Billings Farm & Museum offers horse-drawn sleigh rides to families (socially distanced) January 16, 17 and 18 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for a fee in addition to general admission. Private sleigh rides are also available by reservation. Call 802-457-2355 for more information and to schedule your ride.
Vermont’s Rural History Explore the Farm Life Exhibits to see what life on the farm was like in the 1890’s and find the snowpeople hidden within the exhibits. Learn about the families and history of Billings Farm in our Upon This Land Exhibit. A Place in the Land, the Academy Award® – nominee film which chronicles the development of Billings Farm is shown throughout the day in the Visitor Center Theater. Guests are invited to view re-creations of both the Sitting and Dining Rooms from the 1890 Farm Manager’s House within the Activity Barn.
Virtual Classes & Films Join Billings Farm’s Chef Emery Gray for a fun, interactive, Pickling Class on Zoom, Jan. 23. Follow along in your home kitchen to add flare to heavy winter dishes and international favorites by making quick pickled fruits and veggies! Cozy up at home as the Woodstock Vermont Film Series features four online films in January, including John Lewis: Good Trouble over Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend (Jan. 14-17). Other films include: The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (Dec. 31-Jan 3), Moynihan (Jan. 7-10) and Made You Look: The True Story About Fake Art (Jan. 21-24). Find links to tickets and reservations.
Virtual Education Programs Students can now visit Billings Farm from anywhere! Teachers and schools register now for Virtual Field Trips for students in grades K-5+. Slots available January 4-29. Winter Then & Now is also available as a Virtual Homeschool Program on Jan. 26 and 28.
No sleigh rides until more snow falls at the farm. Please check the website and Social Media for further updates.
Take a safe, outdoor holiday outing with your family, filled with holiday cheer! Christmas at the Farm will be featured daily through Jan. 3, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (excluding Christmas Day).
Victorian traditions begin with a horse-drawn sleigh ride (socially distanced and conditions permitting) available from Dec. 26-Jan. 1. An additional fee of $5 per person and preregistration is required. Spaces are limited. Reservation information is available on our website. Call 802-457-2355 to schedule your ride beginning Dec. 21.
Victorian Christmas traditions are on display in our authentically decorated farmhouse parlor exhibit. Remember your visit with family pictures in front of our festive, 10-foot Christmas tree. Enjoy holiday stories and cooking demonstrations of holiday foods. Vote for your favorite gingerbread house crafted by Billings Farm staff!
See Billings Farm decorated in festive lights and toast s’mores by our fire pit. Meet a calf in the Activity Barn and learn about the Billings Farm dairy farm. Stroll by the pastures on a poetic Story Walk featuring Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
New this year! Explore the scenic winter landscapes with take a snowshoe trek around the farm fields. Bring your own snowshoes or rent from the Nordic Center or the Activity Center at the Woodstock Inn & Resort.
Stop by the Museum Gift Shop for Vermont-made products: Billings Farm cheeses, games and stuffies, honey, maple syrup, and much more.
Visiting safely Billings Farm & Museum enforces safety standards in compliance with Vermont State guidelines. We take the safety of our staff, animals, and our guests seriously. Each person must answer health screening questions including if they have quarantined according to Vermont guidelines. Contact tracing information and temperatures are taken for each visitor. Face coverings must be worn by all guests over the age of 2 everywhere on the site, including the outdoors. For more about visiting Billings Farm safely, updates on our site capacity, and to learn which spaces are open, visit billingsfarm.org/safety.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution. Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing educational opportunities and experiences to our visitors, whether here in Woodstock, Vermont or at home wherever you are through our online resources at Billings Farm at Home. Visit us on billingsfarm.org, and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/BillingsFarmMuseum/ and Instagram at instagram.com/billingsfarm/.
Marti started quilting over 30 years ago when she wanted to make a quilt for her older son who she was expecting at the time. She became a prolific quilt maker around 2003 when she was able to travel less for work and her two sons were growing up.
After retiring from a 39 year career at IBM as a programmer and project manager, she found her dream job working at Yankee Pride Quilts in Essex Junction. She loves helping people select fabric and work through design questions they may have. After having volunteered for many years, Marti joined the Vermont Quilt Festival board as the Contest chair. She is now the chair of Vermont Quilt Festival. Marti loves that she is able to devote so much more time to quilting.
Her late husband bought a long arm for her in 2012–he was probably tired of hearing her ooooh and aaaaah over all the machines when she would come home from a quilt show. Having her own machine, she could long arm her own work and have a small business long arming and making quilts on commission for others. Marti doesn’t focus on any one quilt genre and enjoys designing her own patterns. She loves thread painting, paper piecing, and making quilts with many small pieces. “Maybe that’s the programmer in me that still loves the challenge of putting something intricate together,” Marti remarks.