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.

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.

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.

Woodstock Vermont Film Series Announces Summer Schedule -and Curator Jay Craven

The Billings Farm & Museum is pleased to announce plans for its first-ever Woodstock Vermont Summer Film Series and the appointment of award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven as its Film Series curator and director.

The Summer Film Series will start May 18th and 19th with special screenings of legendary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s acclaimed new documentary, EX LIBRIS – The New York Public Library.

EX LIBRIS does more than go behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest knowledge institutions. It shows its role as a center of community and an exemplar of morality, accessibility, democracy and calm – even as it welcomes diverse people and ideas. The film won top honors at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival and was named to the official shortlist for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Due to the length of this film, showtime is 6:00 p.m. All other films will screen on Saturday nights at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

On Saturday, June 30th, the series will screen Peter and the Farm by second-time director Tony Stone. The film provides an intimately detailed portrait of southern Vermont dairyman and organic farmer Peter Dunning, a rugged individualist, hard-drinking loner and former artist who has burned bridges with his wives and children and whose only company, even on harsh winter nights, are the sheep, cows, and pigs he tends on his farm. Dunning is one of the most complicated, sympathetic documentary subjects to come along in some time. Imbued with an aching tenderness, Stone’s documentary is both haunting and heartbreaking, a mosaic of its singular subject’s transitory memories and reflections—however funny, tragic, or angry they may be. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the Philadelphia Film Festival and was selected as a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

Alexandra Dean’s documentary, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story will screen on Saturday, July 28th. The film tells the story of this iconic Hollywood star who secretly devised groundbreaking WWII technologies that contributed to the later development of cell phones, WIFI, and Bluetooth technology. This riveting film weaves interviews and clips with never-before-heard audiotapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life. And it follows the actress/inventor’s retreat, during her later years, when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten. The film was selected as a New York Times “Best Films of the Year – Critic’s Pick” and was named New York Film Critics’ “Best Documentary Feature” for 2017.

On Saturday, August 11th the series will screen Menashe. The film follows a kind but hapless grocery store clerk trying to keep custody of his son Rieven after his wife, Lea, passes away. But they live in a tradition-bound culture that requires a mother to be present in every home, so Rieven is supposed to be adopted by the boy’s strict, married uncle. Menashe’s Rabbi grants him one week to spend with Rieven prior to Lea’s memorial. Their time together creates an emotional moment of father/son bonding and offers Menashe a final chance to prove to his skeptical community that he can be a capable parent. Shot in secret entirely within Brooklyn’s Hasidic community depicted in the film, “Menashe” is a warm, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between father and son that also sheds unusual light on a notoriously private community. Jacob Weinstein’s film won top honors from the National Board of Review and was nominated for the prestigious Gotham Award, the independent film world’s highest honor. It also played as an Official selection at the Sundance Film Festival.

On Saturday, September 22nd, the Summer Film Series will conclude with a screening of Doug Nichol’s entertaining documentary, California Typewriter, a loving and sometimes humorous portrait of artists, writers, and collectors who remain steadfastly loyal to the typewriter as a tool and muse. Among the typewriter devotees profiled: actor Tom Hanks, musician John Mayer, historian David McCullough, and playwright Sam Shepard. The picture also movingly documents the struggles of California Typewriter, one of the last repair shops in America dedicated to keeping the aging machines clicking. In the process, the film delivers a thought-provoking meditation on the changing dynamic between humans and machines. California Typewriter was an Official Selection at the prestigious and carefully curated Telluride Film Festival.

Each film is screened in the museum theater with high definition digital projection and Dolby® surround-sound. Complimentary refreshments are included. Tickets prices: $11 adults (16 & up); $6 children (under 16). BF&M members receive discounted prices.  Purchase tickets online or 802-457-2355.

The Billings Farm and Museum is also pleased to announce the appointment of award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven as its Woodstock Film Series director and curator. Craven has programmed the new summer series and is already planning screenings and events into the next year. He brings with him a wealth of experience as a respected filmmaker, teacher, and producer of hundreds of Vermont film and performing arts events.

Craven is the recipient of Vermont’s celebrated Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. He has made nine feature films, five documentaries, and a New England Emmy-winning comedy series, “Windy Acres,” for public television. He teaches screenwriting and directing at Sarah Lawrence College, after having led the Marlboro College film program for twenty years. Craven directs Kingdom County Productions, with Bess O’Brien, and established St. Johnsbury’s Catamount Arts organization in 1975, initially as a travelling film series. His own films have played at festivals and special screenings including Sundance, Lincoln Center, The Smithsonian, Harvard Film Archives, The Cinémathèque Française, The Constitutional Court of Johannesburg, and the Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela.