The 2013 Killington Hay Festival kicks off this weekend and runs through Columbus Day. This event even includes an educational scavenger hunt to intrigue even the youngest visitors. Photo from Killington Hay Festival 2012.
Nancy Nutile-McMenemy Photos
As the summer comes to a close and children return to school, there is one final holiday of summer to celebrate. Besides barbecues and get-togethers, there are a number of events happening this weekend.
There will be a ‘Stand up Shakespeare!’ performance at the Calvin Coolidge Historical Site in Plymouth. It begins at 12 p.m. at the 100 year old Union Christian Church on the Calvin Coolidge Historical Site.
Martin Sexton, one the most talked-about arrivals on the “new folk” acoustic music scene, performs in Killington for the Cooler in the Mountain Concert Series on Aug. 31 at 3:30 p.m. There will be giveaways, a barbeque and beer garden at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars.
“Art,” the French language play by Yasmina Reza, will be performed at the King Farm Barn on Aug. 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. and Sept.1 at 2 p.m.
More than 50 quilts, made exclusively in Windsor County, will be on display at the Billings Farm and Museum the 27th annual Quilt Exhibition on Sept. 1 at 10 a.m.
Killington’s Hay Festival will feature a collection of 30 giant hay animals on display at businesses throughout town. There will also be a handcrafted hay maze and a family-friendly scavenger hunt. It opens Sept. 2 and continues for five weeks.
Plymouth’s ninth annual Folk and Blues Festival features nationally known musicians and Vermont artists. There will be wagon rides on Aug. 31 and children’s crafts and face paining Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the Calvin Coolidge Historic Site.
The Killington Classic, the largest motorcycle touring rally in New England, takes place this weekend in Killington. It features a pig roast, bike show and grand parade to the Vermont State Parade in Rutland.
There will be a three-hour Appalachian Trails and Tales Hike with a ranger to explore a section of the AT and the history that shaped its landscape. The three-mile hike begins Aug 31 at 10:30 a.m. at the Billings Farm and Museum Visitor Center.
Jamie Townsend, a Vermont artist, will be featured at the opening of Sculpture Fest at the King Farm on Aug. 31 at 4 p.m.
Labor and Leisure Day, featuring wagon rides, building a split rail fence, making ice cream and doing laundry with a washboard and wringer, will be Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m at Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock.
A Civil War Tour, offering a deeper understanding of the far-reaching effects of the Civil War on the role of women, the meaning of citizenship and the beginnings of land conservation, takes place Sept.1 at 2 p.m. at the Billings Farm and Museum Visitor center. It’s an hour-long tour.
And finally at Foodway Fridays, you can see how Billings Farm and Museum uses seasonal vegetable herbs from their heirloom garden in historic recipes Aug. 30 at 10 a.m.