May Story Time Programs

It’s a great time to enroll your kids (or grandkids) in Billings Farm & Museum’s Programs for Preschoolers, taking place Wednesday mornings in May, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Each Preschool 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).

Scroll down for our enrollment form and details on each program:

John and Tom.  Wed., May 2.  When John has an accident while cutting logs in the woods, Tom, the Morgan horse uses his strengths to rescue him. Learn about this friendship between a boy and his horse. We’ll visit our own Draft Horses and Working Steers, create a horse project to take home and share a tasty treat with friends.

The Great Pig Escape.  Wed., May 9.  Farmers Bert & Ethel have a long drive to market, and when they arrive, the pigs they planned on selling have mysteriously disappeared. Where have these crafty pigs gone to?  We will visit our pigs, make a pompom craft and enjoy a snack together.

Big Chickens Fly the Coop.  Wed., May 16.  Four big chickens, who are afraid of everything, want to fly the coop and see the world. Where will this adventure take them? Visit our new chicks, make a chicken for your collection and share a snack with your friends.

The Sheep Over.  Wed., May 23.  Sweet Pea the sheep has been sick. To celebrate her recovery, she has a sleepover in the greenhouse with her farm friends. Come hear about the farm friends celebration. We’ll visit our sheep and lambs, create a sheep like Sweet Pea and enjoy a delicious celebration snack!

Miss Maple’s SeedsWed., May 30.  Miss Maple adopts lost seeds that haven’t yet found a place to sprout. She nurtures them and helps them learn about being a seed. We will visit our gardens, plant some seeds and share a veggie treat.

 

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

 

 

 

Where the Rivers Flow North & Howard Frank Mosher Tribute Tour

Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven is hitting the road this fall for an extended series of film screenings and personal reflections to pay tribute to his 30-year collaborator, Northeast Kingdom writer, Howard Frank Mosher. Craven will screen his film Where the Rivers Flow North and present reflections on his work with Mosher at the Billings Farm & Museum on Sunday, November 12 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Admission is by contribution to the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund. 

“After a successful summer tour, we’re extending our tribute events into the fall,” said Craven. “Howard Mosher died pretty unexpectedly in late January. And many Vermonters already miss him for his laugh-out-loud humor and fertile imagination of our place.  Writers miss him, too, because no one was more generous with his time and support.”

Craven will open the evening with prepared and off-the-cuff reflections that explore his long collaboration with Mosher. He will then present a 25th Anniversary screening of his first Mosher feature film, Where the Rivers Flow North, starring Academy Award® nominee Rip Torn, Native American actress Tantoo Cardinal (Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall), and Michael J. Fox.

“Howard was much more than a source for our film stories and characters,” said Craven. “He was also a constant ally, a ready source of laughs, and a steadying influence in times of strain. This was especially crucial during our struggles with headstrong actor Rip Torn on the filming of “Rivers.” I will tell a few tales that have not been publically shared before—because they capture a rarely seen side of Howard and his work.”

Set in 1927 in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, “Where the Rivers Flow North” tells the story of an old logger, Noel Lord, and his Native American mate, Bangor, who face the extinction of their way of life when the local power company plans to build a giant hydro dam that will flood them off their land. Lord and Bangor face emotional and physical challenges as they struggle with the power company, Vermont’s unforgiving terrain, and their own thorny relationship.

Where the Rivers Flow North played more than 30 festival dates including Sundance, Seattle, Avignon, Vienna, and Vancouver. The picture was also one of three U.S. finalists for Cannes International Film Festival’s Critics Week.

Admission to the screening of Where the Rivers Flow North and the Howard Frank Mosher Tribute Tour is by contribution to the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund. Reservations are strongly suggested:  802-457-2355 or www.billingsfarm.org.

The Mosher Tribute tour is produced by Hotel Vermont and Kingdom County Productions with sponsorship support from Vermont Public Radio.

2017 People’s Choice Quilt Awards Announced

Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, announces the results of the 2017 “People’s Choice” awards for the 31st Annual Quilt Exhibition, held July 29–September 17, 2017.

Over 15,000 visitors viewed the exhibition and nearly 1,000 ballots were cast for favorite quilts. The results: Full size quilts:  First place: Logs in Black & White – Sandra S. Palmer, Hartland; Second Place: Milk Hill, 12 August, 2001 – Joanne Shapp, North Pomfret; Third Place: Eye of the Storm in 3-D – Mary Croft, East Barnard. Small/Medium size quilts: First: Ella’s Garden– Carie Good, Woodstock; Second: Coming and Going – Lynne Croswell, Ludlow; Third: (Election Year) Star Spangled Banner – Sonya Stover, Woodstock.

At the exhibition opening, the Jurors’Choice Awards were presented to: Mary Guntz of Hartford for Indian Summer’s Flying Geese, by juror Colleen O’Neil; Star Spangled Banner, made by Sonya Stover of Woodstock, selected by juror Nola Forbes; Joanne Shapp of North Pomfret, selected by juror Kathie Beltz for Milk Hill, 12 August, 2001. The Billings Farm & Museum Staff Choice was awarded to Mary Croft of East Barnard, for her quilt Eye of the Storm.

 

Logs in Black & White by Sandra Palmer, Hartland, VT
Milk Hill, 12 August, 2001 by Joanne Shapp, North Pomfret, VT
Eye of the Storm in 3-D by Mary Croft, East Barnard, VT
Ella’s Garden by Carie Good, Woodstock, VT
Coming and Going by Lynne Croswell, Ludlow, VT
(Election Year) Star Spangled Banner by Sonya Stover, Woodstock, VT

31st Annual Quilt Exhibition Awards Announced

Congratulations Juror’s Choice- and Staff Choice Award-winners, announced at the 31st Annual Quilt Exhibition opening reception on July 28th. The exhibit is open daily through September 17 and features 47 exquisite quilts made by quilters living in Windsor County, Vermont.

The Quilt Exhibition is a juried show and each of the exhibition’s three jurors selected a quilt they thought most deserving of recognition. Mary Guntz of Hartford, VT, was recognized for her quilt, Indian Summer’s Flying Geese, by juror Colleen O’Neill; Star Spangled Banner, made by Sonya Stover of Woodstock, VT, was selected by juror Nola Forbes; Joanne Shapp of North Pomfret, VT, was selected by juror Christine Fries-Ureel for her quilt Milk Hill, 12 August, 2001. The Billings Farm & Museum Staff Choice was awarded to Mary Croft of East Barnard, VT, for her quilt Eye of the Storm in 3-D.

The Quilt Exhibition features a colorful display of quilts, daily activities, and programs. Admission includes the operating dairy farm, orientation and farm life exhibits, the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House, plus daily programs and activities.

Indian Summer’s Flying Geese, by Mary Guntz

Star Spangled Banner, by Sonya Stover

Milk Hill, 12 August, 2001 by Joanne Shapp

Eye of the Storm in 3-D by Mary Croft