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All four seasons in Vermont are glorious in their own right and Vermonter's are used to sharing every season with thousands of visitors from around the world.  There are many reasons why.  But just to name a few - have you ever experienced natural beauty from the basket of a hot-air balloon?  Lift-off from the backyard of the Inn at Clearwater Pond and gently soar above and then gracefully descend into the bottom of the Quechee Gorge.  How about an easy hike to the summit of Mt. Tom where you will enjoy the expansive and scenic overlook?  Should you wish to slow down the pace, hop in your vehicle and drive our beautiful back roads, where each bend will surprise you with an amazing view. Visit our quaint towns; each one displaying their unique personalities. Shop for that special treasure in our country stores. Chat with our friendly villagers.  Or simply kick back, enjoy a glass of your favorite beverage and relax at our beautiful Inn, where you will have a front-row seat should a hot-air balloon lift-off or land (and this happens quite frequently)...

  But whatever your preferences may be and no matter which road you travel, you will witness year-round spectacular scenery!  

Here's a quick look at just some of the past, present, future events and happenings in our area:

"FLY ME TO THE MOON"
  (1954 Artist Frank Sinatra, Composer Bart Howard)

A BACKYARD LIFT-OFF WITH BALLOONS OF VERMONT

  With the Gorge located directly behind our property, it provides the ultimate location for a spectacular flight.  Under the supervision of our pilot, Darrek, ground spectators and passengers helped inflate the envelope (fabric).  Once fully inflated with passengers on-board, spectators watched in amazement as the massive balloon gracefully ascended and floated sky-bound.  The balloon soared above the Gorge and then slowly descended to its bottom.  Darrek maneuvered the basket onto large boulders as the river trickled in between.  It then popped up and continued its journey over ponds, fields, pastures,  finally setting down near the ski trails at Killington Mountain.  The chase crew arrived soon thereafter and passengers enjoyed a "celebration" with pilot and crew.  All were treated to delicious hors d'oeuvres and their choice of champagne or sparkling cider,  followed by the Balloonist's Prayer.  Recommendation:  put this thrilling experience on the top of your bucket-list - you'll be talking about this and reliving memories for a long, long time...and remember, our pilot flies year round - yes, even in winter...http://www.balloonsofvermont.com/

"SHE THINKS MY TRACTOR'S SEXY"
( 1999 Artist Kenny Chesney, Composed by Jim Collins and Paul Overstreet)

Gateway To Vermont’s Rural Heritage - Billings Farm

Billings Farm & Museum is just a scenic stroll from the village center of Woodstock, Vermont, and is regarded as one of the finest outdoor history museums in the country. Combining a fully-operating Jersey dairy farm with educational exhibitsand interactive programs and events, Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing education and enjoyment to visitors of all ages.

From meeting our award-winning Jersey dairy cowsdraft horses, and sheep, to exploring the carefully restored 1890 Farm House, sampling Billings Farm cheddar, and taking part in hands-on activities, there really is something for everyone.

Billings Farm History

Billings Farm was established in 1871 by Frederick Billings, a native Vermonter known for his work as a lawyer, railroad builder, and pioneer in scientific farm management and reforestation. Billings set out to make his 270-acre farm a model dairy operation for farmers in the region, founded on the principles of efficiency, sustainability, and responsible land use.

In 1884 Frederick Billings hired George Aitken, an innovative and successful professional farm manager to oversee his Woodstock operation. Aitken imported cows from the Isle of Jersey, hundreds of Southdown sheep, Berkshire hogs, and other livestock. By 1890, the year that Frederick Billings died, the Billings Farm had grown to nearly 1,000 acres and was widely acknowledged for the superior genetics of its premier Jersey herd as well as an extensive butter-making operation that produced 5,000 pounds of high-quality butter annually. Three years later, at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, cows from the Billings herd took top honors in the dairy division, with Lily Garfield designated “Champion Heifer of the World.”

The herd’s performance in Chicago was the victorious culmination of Billings Farm’s early years. Following George Aitken’s sudden death in 1910, the farm experienced several periods of change, including a successful commercial dairy operation beginning in the 1948. In the mid-1970s, the farm resumed breeding championship-caliber Jersey cows. A string of regional show winnings throughout the 1970s and ’80s culminated when Billings Top Rosanne won top honors in both American and Canadian competitions, designating her the finest Jersey in North America.

Owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a non-profit educational institution founded by Laurance and Mary Rockefeller in 1968, the Billings Farm & Museum was established in 1983 to preserve the historic Billings Farm as well as the character and heritage of rural Vermont.

 

"APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE"

(1967 Artist Jay and the Techniques, Composer Maurice Irby, Jr.)

 

Pumpkin and Apple Celebration at Billings Farm

Woodstock, VT - September 27 and 28, 2019

Hands-on programs highlights two essential fall crops - pumpkins and apples.  Activities and events include apple tasting, cider pressing, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string, making pumpkin and apple ice cream and cooking apple butter in the farmhouse.  This is a fun event for adults and children.  Horse drawn wagon rides through the field are offered, as well.  Mark this on your calendar for 2019!

"100 BOTTLES OF BEER ON THE WALL" 100 bottles of beer.  Take one down and pass it around, 99 bottles of beer....

(Mid-20th Century Folk Song, Artist Jimmie Vestal)

THE VERMONT BREWERS FESTIVAL AND GOLF TOURNAMENT

KILLINGTON, VT - SEPTEMBER 27 AND 28

Wet your whistle with a backdrop of 4,241 feet of Vermont's finest autumn foliage and enjoy live music, many fabulous food offerings and over 80 of the finest craft beers in the region. Brewfest is one of Killington’s most distinctive annual celebrations. We've expanded to include Snowshed & Ramshead Base Lodges, allowing more activities, beer and food. Participants must be at least 21 years of age.  There will be shuttles and taxi services available.

I FOUND MY THRILL ON "BLUEBERRY HILL"

(1956 Artist Fats Domino, Composer Al Lewis, Larry Stock, Vincent Rose)

47TH ANNUAL WOODSTOCK APPLES AND CRAFTS ARTISANS FAIR
OCTOBER 12 and 13, 2019 - COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND

Located on Route 4 at Bailey's Meadow, just outside of Woodstock Village 

Leaf season gets its own celebration during the Woodstock Apples and Crafts Artisans Fair. Shop with over 100 vendors and purveyors of Vermont crafts and food.

More than 100 juried craftspeople  and specialty food producers. Admission $4.00 per person. Children 12 & under are free.  Bus groups are welcome.

Don't miss this fun weekend - make your plans for October 2019!

 

THEY DID THE MASH, IT CAUGHT ON IN A FLASH.  THEY DID THE MASH

THEY DID THE "MONSTER MASH"

(1962 Artist Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Composer Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Gary Paxton, Lenny Capizzi)

 

As she climbed the staircase, "it" was no more than a chill in the air. Then a shadowy form appeared above her..........Was this just a figment of her imagination? She closed her eyes;  then quickly opened them, hoping the eerie apparition was gone.  The shadow remained.  Could this really be some mischievous spirit that was quietly floating above her now-trembling body?  It appeared to be a man, wearing torn overalls and large, dirty work boots.  And now this phantom seemed to be drifting closer.  She could feel his presence and tightly closed her eyes once again.  When she had the courage to open them, it appeared that the spirit had simply slithered into the walls.  

Listen, my friends, and you shall hear - chilling tales of ghosts to fear

Tewksbury......

Visit us around Halloween 2019 and listen to true and chilling tales of his antics and ghostly apparitions. 

"TAKE IT ON THE RUN"

(1980 Artist REO Speedwagon, Composer lead guitarist, Gary Richrath)

 

 

"WE ARE FAMILY"

(1979 Artist Sister Sledge, Composer Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards)

Thanksgiving Weekend at Billings Farm

November 2019

Discover how Thanksgiving was observed in the 1890 Farm House at the Billings Farm – preparations, menu, and entertainment. Holiday programs and activities; wagon rides.  We hope you will join us in 2019!

"LONG TRAIN RUNNIN' "

(1973 Artist The Doobie Brothers, Composer Tom Johnston)

All Aboard!
THE HARTFORD, VT POLAR EXPRESS
Come and celebrate our 13th year with us in December 7 and 8, 2019

Join us for an exciting train ride along a meandering river to the North Pole. Children of all ages will enjoy The Polar Express Story and Holiday Sing-Along while sipping Hot Cocoa with a Homemade Cookie.

Santa will board to greet each child and to hand out the first gift of the season - The Polar Express Bell.

You can enter a raffle to win an original LIONEL Polar Express Train Set. Raffle Tickets will be available at the station.

Please arrive between 30 minutes ahead of your boarding time to allow for parking, ticketing, restroom visits and some holiday fun for the little ones.

Mark your calendars!

"HERE WE COME A-WASSALING"

(1850 Artist Unknown, Recorded by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers)

 

Woodstock, Vermont's 35th Annual Wassail Weekend - December 13 - 15, 2019

Filled with twinkling lights, Historic decorated homes, Breakfast with Santa, Billings Farm Decorated in 19th century holiday spirit and Sleigh bells, our annual Wassail Weekend is not to be missed!  The horse parade through the village of Woodstock is a weekend highlight.  This weekend appeals to all ages.  It's festive and fun and a great way to kick off the holiday season.

Visitors come from all over to celebrate one of "Vermont's Top Ten Winter Events" at our country inn.  We are located only a few miles from the village center so come enjoy our elegant accommodations and warm hospitality.  Now, you ask, just what is "wassail"?  Let us give you a little history lesson.  The term "wassail" has its roots in medieval England and refers to the Norse, "ves heill", meaning "to drink to the health".  Ale, brewed with spiced apples and sugar, was the warm drink given to people who went singing from door to door during the solstice, the darkest days of the year.  Thus Christmas became interwoven with these celebrations during the Winter Solstice.  The Inn at Clearwater Pond brewed its own Wassail.  If you missed 2018, be sure to put it on your 2019 December calendar. VES HEILL!

Be sure to make your bed and breakfast reservations early.  The Inn at Clearwater Pond will be geared up and ready to welcome guests to our home.  We will be brewing our own recipe for Wassail - and it is delicious and perfect for this festive holiday weekend.  We are conveniently located under 15 minutes from the village center.  Mark your calendars for December 2019!

MAYBE IT'S MUCH TOO EARLY IN THE GAME...AH, BUT I THOUGHT I'D ASK YOU JUST THE SAME...

"WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR'S, NEW YEAR'S EVE?"

(1947 Artist Ella Fitzgerald, Composer Frank Loesser)

Come join us as we pop a bottle of bubbly, sing a song or two, toast friendship and new beginnings.  We always celebrate in style.  Maybe we'll roast marshmallows on a campfire by the pond or loop around the backyard on a snowmobile, light up a giant bonfire, ice skate on our pond or simply kick back in front of a warm and cozy fire.  It's New Year's Eve and most anything goes.  Give us a call - 802-295-0606 - and reserve your room of choice for 2019!
"LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW"
(1945 Artist Dean Martin, Composer Sammy Cohn, Jule Styne)

Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival

February 2020 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am
 - 10:00 pm

Presented by Pentangle Arts & ArtisTree Community Arts Center
Woodstock Village Green

Presidents Day Weekend

This event is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled on short notice.

Over Presidents Day Weekend, the Woodstock Village Green was transformed into a celebration of winter and the visual arts.  Visitors cheered on professional snow sculpting teams as they competed to create large, stunning sculptures, and were amazed as these works of art came to life over a three-day period.  Visitors voted for their for your favorite “Peoples’ Choice” pick.

Free and open to the public.  Come join us in 2020!

This event is part of Vermont Arts 2020, a celebration of the stunning array of arts events — concerts, festivals, exhibits, and openings — that take place all across the state

C'MON BABY, "LIGHT MY FIRE"...

(1966 Artist The Doors, Composer Jim Morrison, Robby Krueger, John Densmore)

The Torchlight Parade and Fireworks!

Suicide Six Ski Mountain - The skiiers did a fabulous job and the mountain was ablaze with glowing red torches as the skiiers slowly ventured down the mountain - then onto the chairlift for a second run.  Our guests were able to enjoy a second torchlight parade and fireworks at the Quechee Club the following night.  Be sure to join us in 2020 for these two fun events. 

Suicide Six - Pomfret, VT and the Quechee Club - Quechee, VT   

February 2020

BRIGHT ARE THE STARS THAT SHINE - DARK IS THE SKY - I KNOW THIS LOVE OF MINE - WILL NEVER DIE "AND I LOVE HER" (or HIM) 

(1964 Artist The Beatles, Composer Paul McCartney)

 

VALENTINE'S DAY AND PRESIDENTS' DAY at our INN - join us in 2020!

This Valentine’s Day you probably either sent or received a valentine from someone. More than a billion were expected to be given away in the United States alone. But just like many of our holidays, there’s a lot more behind it than just cards and gifts. There’s a true-life story. It’s a story that teaches us a lot about love, sacrifice, and commitment—the true meaning of Valentine’s Day.

In the third century, the Roman Empire was ruled by Emperor Claudius II Gothicus. He was nicknamed Claudius the Cruel because of his harsh leadership and his tendency for getting into wars and abusing his people. In fact, he was getting into so many wars during the third century that he was having a difficult time recruiting enough soldiers.

Claudius believed that recruitment for the army was down because Roman men did not want to leave their loves or families behind, so he canceled all marriages and engagements in Rome. Thousands of couples saw their hopes of matrimony dashed by the single act of a tyrant. And no one seemed interested in standing up to the emperor.

But a simple Christian priest named Valentine did come forward and stood up for love. He began to secretly marry soldiers before they went off to war, despite the emperor’s orders. In 269 A.D., Emperor Claudius found out about the secret ceremonies. He had Valentine thrown into prison and deemed that he would be put to death.

As Valentine was awaiting execution, he fell in love with a blind girl who happened to be the jailer’s daughter. On the eve of his execution, with no writing instruments available, Valentine is said to have written her a sonnet in ink that he squeezed from violets. Legend has it that his words made the blind woman see again. It was a brief romance because the next day Valentine was clubbed to death by Roman executioners.

St. Valentine gave his life so that young couples could be bonded together in holy matrimony. They may have killed the man, but not his spirit. Even centuries after his death, the story of Valentine’s self-sacrificing commitment to love was legendary in Rome. Eventually, he was granted sainthood and the Catholic Church decided to create a feast in his honor. They picked February 14 as the day of celebration because of the ancient belief that birds (particularly lovebirds, but also owls and doves) began to mate on that very day.

And so, on this next Valentine's Day 2020 what are you doing to keep the love-light burning?  Well - The Inn at Clearwater Pond is just the place to celebrate and we know how to do it up just right.  Think ROMANCE and give us a call or send us an email and we'll reserve a room for you - February 14, 2020

"FROSTY THE SNOWMAN" was a jolly happy soul

With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal
(1950 Gene Autry, Composer Walter Rollins, Steve Nelson)

During the 2019 winter storm Harper, The Weather Channel's, Meteorologist Jim Cantore, spent two days with us here in Woodstock.  Jim is originally from our area and along with his brother, owns our best local pizza restaurant;  named, of course, Cantore's.  It was obvious that Jim holds a special place in his heart for our beautiful town.  His camera man followed him to several places in Woodstock while Jim shared some of his fondest boyhood memories for all local Weather Channel viewers to enjoy.  Our resident hot-air balloon pilot, Darrek, is not only an excellent pilot but also a clown at heart.  It didn't take Darrek long to figure out that a visit to Woodstock and Jim would be just the thing to do during the snowy weather.  Never owning up to an ounce of shyness, Darrek drove into Woodstock and introduced himself to Jim and the two became "buds" - just gotta love our local boys.....

 

SLEIGH BELLS RING, ARE YOU LISTENING?  IN THE LANE SNOW IS GLISTENING.  A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT, WE'RE HAPPY TONIGHT, WALKING IN A "WINTER WONDERLAND

(1958 Artist Johnny Mathis, Composer 1934 Richard B. Smith)

All of Vermont = Serious Skiing, X-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Fishing, Ice Skating, Dog-Sledding, Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides, Over 5000 miles of Snowmobiling Trails!

EXPERIENCE A THRILLING WINTER ADVENTURE IN 2020

It’s a special time to be in Vermont. With 20 alpine ski resorts, 30 cross-country touring centers and 7,300 acres of alpine terrain, this is a skier’s paradise. Even if you don’t ski or ride, there’s plenty to do to keep the family together and having fun.

Snowshoeing is a perfect substitute for enjoying the outdoors while getting in a good work-out. Find a Vermont State Park that meets your needs. For you thrillseekers, try snowmobiling. For those that are new to this recreational form of transportation, there is nothing like the adrenaline you get from maneuvering a 600-pound machine through turns, around trees, and over the terrain.

Ice fishing is another hot activity during the cold months. Fishing over frozen bodies of water gives the angler a unique advantage of fishing off-shore without a boat. With many of Vermont's waters open for ice fishing season, the choices are abundant.

If winter is not your favorite season for being outside, that’s ok. You’re not alone. Add some warmth to your winter with music, theater, and dance performances or treat yourself at one of Vermont’s award-winning spas. You deserve this.

No matter which activity you choose to take part in this winter, warm your soul and clear your thoughts by connecting with the natural world around you in Vermont.

Can't decide what to choose?  Give us a call or send us an email and we'll help out!

802-295-0606 or innatclearwaterpond@gmail.com

https://www.vermontvacation.com/seasons/winter

COME ON, IT'S LOVELY WEATHER FOR A "SLEIGH RIDE" TOGETHER WITH YOU...

(1948 Artist Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Composer Leroy Anderson)

Winter At The Farm - Billings Farm - Woodstock, Vermont - 2020

Visit the farmhouse and the dairy farm for interactive programs. Don’t miss a winter visit to the farm in 2020!

Horse-drawn sleigh or Wagon rides

69 Old River Road, Woodstock

Sleigh rides also available through Kedron Valley Stables and Sugarbush Farm

"SUGAR, SUGAR"

(1969 Artist The Archies, Composer Andy Kim, Jeff Barry)

MAPLE OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND 

Vermont's sugar makers welcome you in 2020

Maple Open House Weekend is Vermont’s most anticipated spring event and a celebration of the current season’s crop. When visiting sugar houses in March, visitors can expect warm welcomes from their sugar maker hosts, eager to educate and share with the public the process of making maple syrup from sap – an inside look at the hard work that goes into producing each jug of syrup. Traditional Open House activities include sampling syrup; tours of the woods; pancake breakfasts; horse-drawn sleigh rides; sugar-on-snow parties; and plenty of maple products to taste including maple donuts, maple cotton candy and maple creemees.

Event weekend visitors can also expect to be impressed by the diversity of maple as an ingredient as showcased by our Maple Partner businesses. Each Partner capitalizes on the flavor qualities of maple as a key component of recipes and menu items appearing throughout the weekend. As visitors tour the state, they'll be treated to unique maple experiences around every corner, including a hard cider, the "Tree Tapper", made with maple syrup; a distillery featuring a full line-up of distilled spirits, all made using local Vermont maple syrup; a brewery serving up their Ale Maple Ice Cream Floats made with Lake Champlain Chocolate's vanilla ice cream and a maple syrup drizzle; and a Vermont brewery that always has their Maple Breakfast Stout on tap. For a full menu of maple, visitors can dine at partner restaurants who are featuring special maple appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages.

Visitors are encouraged to travel the state to see how widely maple is produced and discover how maple has expanded its traditional uses as a breakfast topper to become the natural sweetener and flavor of choice as demonstrated by partnering businesses such as the Inn at Clearwater Pond in Quechee, Vermont.

If you missed 2019, be sure to visit in 2020!

Maple!  It's in our roots....

When the nights are cold and the days are warm, Vermont maple producers across the state know sugaring season is upon us. Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup. Producing nearly 2 million gallons of syrup in 2018, Vermont generates 47 percent of the country’s maple syrup. Some are thinking, “Wow, that’s a lot for such a small state!” but keep in mind, that’s coming from more than 1,500 sugarhouses statewide.  In addition to sugaring season, March brought back what November took away - yes, daylight savings time!  So, as the amount of daylight slowly increases with each day and our spring birds hungrily fly back and forth to the feeder, we know that spring weather is a-comin'.

Sugar-season is now over for the 2019 but plan to visit us next year.  The Inn at Clearwater Pond makes our own maple syrup.  Come stay with us and enjoy this delicious syrup with your breakfasts.  We bottle as well, so be sure to take some home with you!

"TAKE IT ON THE RUN"

(1981 Artist REO Speedwagon, Composer Gary Richrath)

Road To The Pogue Race - Saturday - May 2020 - 7 a.m - Duration 8 hours

The 6.1 mile course is described as "challenging but beautiful" and is located on the grounds of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.  The 2019 course was very similar to the past three years. The start and finish was at the Forest Center. The course travels along the scenic vistas and soft carriage trails in the National Park, over a pine needle path through a stand of red spruce trees with views to Mount Ascutney, a loop around the Pogue (14 acre pond) and a run to the south peak of Mount Tom overlooking historic Woodstock Village. The 1.8 mile gentle downhill to the finish is popular among the runners.  The finish area is accessible to families and friends hoping to share in the experience of the race.

Registration required and additional information: Road to the Pogue website

►Parking Area: Parking for the race is in the overflow parking area of Billings Farm & Museum on River Road,  just off Route 12 North, in Woodstock, Vermont.

►Transportation to Start Area: The first bus loads at 7:00am, the last bus at 8:00am. Don't miss it!

The Inn at Clearwater Pond has availability for 2020 - book your room directly with us, mention that you are a runner or spectator and receive a special discount - 802-295-0606

We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

"BORN IN THE USA"
(1984 Artist and Composer Bruce Springsteen)

Memorial Day Weekend in Woodstock/Quechee, Vermont

Spend the weekend here with us in 2020 and enjoy a festive Memorial Day Weekend and also the kick-off to summer!  

Saturday 8 - 1pm - Sidewalk Sale Days

 Woodstock Garden Club Plant Sale 

Saturday at 10:30 am - the Woodstock Memorial Day Weekend Parade

DATES & TIMES

Memorial Day Weekend 2020
"GO YOUR OWN WAY"
(1976 Artist Fleetwood Mac, Composer Lindsey Buckingham)

HANOVER — In a speech that emphasized the transcendent power of the arts, world renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma urged students to use their influence wisely.  He then performed a short cello piece for the crowd of 11,000 that gathered on the Dartmouth College green on Sunday for the school’s annual commencement ceremony.

“Each one of you sitting out there today is going to be powerful,” said Ma, a 19-time Grammy winner whose work has focused on music as a means of bridging divides. “Promise yourself that when you find your power, you will use it thoughtfully, with restraint, and with good intention. ...Do not abuse your power ever.”

“Culture resists reduction and constantly reminds us of the beautiful complexities that humans are made of, both individually and collectively,” said Ma, who also received an honorary doctor of arts degree during the ceremony. “The stories we tell, the music we make, the experiments and buildings we design, everything that helps us to understand ourselves, to understand one another, to understand our environment: Culture. ... It’s culture that inspires deep learning and curiosity, that makes us want to seek the universal principles that drive everything.”

Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon reiterated on the theme of the arts in his valedictory address to the 1,900 students earning graduate and undergraduate degrees.

“The arts have been alive at Dartmouth since the very first days of the college,” Hanlon said.  “Never relinquish your paint brush … or any other creative tool at your disposal."

In a welcome speech, two students representing the Native American population graduating from the college this year also emphasized the value of culture.

Congratulations to the Dartmouth College 2019 Graduates!  And to the future 2020 Graduates, please let your families, relatives, friends know that it's important for them to reserve local accommodations as soon as possible!

"BORN TO RUN"
(1975 Artist and Composer Bruce Springsteen)

 

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The 27th Annual Covered Bridges Half-Marathon - The Best 13.1 Miles in New England - took place June 2nd, 2019 and 1,937 runners enjoyed perfect running weather the entire day.  The race began at Suicide Six Ski Mountain in Promfret and ended up at the finish line by the Quechee Polo Field.  The 2020 Race is June 7th!

The Inn at Clearwater Pond hosted 3 runners this year.  Joe Reilly of Brookline, MA finished in 19th Place in the Male Division, time 1:25:01.  Jason Brown of West Roxbury, MA finished in 1:37 and Sarah Reilly of Brookline, MA finished in 2:13:05 in the Female Division.  Congratulations to all 1,937 runners and especially to our special 3 - well done!

Also, congratulations to Tanner Cook of Johnson City, TN who finished in #1 in the Male Division at 1:09:23 and Laura Dziana of Wellesley, MA who finished #1 in the Female Division at 1:29:17!

Next year's race is on June 7, 2020 at 8:15 a.m.  Registration for this race opens up on December 2, 2019 at 7 p.m. ET.  If you plan to run in next year's race, make sure to be at your computer before 7 p.m. on December 2nd!  This year's race sold out in 6 minutes!

Put this on your travel/to-do list.  Our spectacular and very scenic Vermont countryside gives rise to a beautiful course.  Along the way, spectators hoot and holler.  And much to the delight of the runners, many of our locals sing and play instruments as runners pass by.  Our Vermont communities are extremely supportive and encouraging.  This is a great day, not only for runners but all onlookers, as well.  Don't miss out on 2020!

 

"UP, UP AND AWAY..."

(1967 Artist The 5th Dimension, Composer Jimmy Webb)

Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival - Father's Day Weekend - June 2020

Once again, the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire were filled with hot air balloons, ushering in the annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music Festival, the longest running hot air balloon festival in New England.  Our festival grounds welcomed many, many guests, some who travelled great distances to attend.  All enjoyed continuous music and entertainment for all ages and over 60 craft artisans and commercial vendors.  There were activities for children and of course, festival food with local healthy options, a beer and wine garden and much more.

The Inn at Clearwater Pond backs up to the Quechee Gorge.  All balloon pilots navigate towards the gorge.  And when air currents cooperate, they fly over and descend into the gorge - truly a spectacular flight! We are located only 1-1/2 miles from the festival grounds.  If you missed this fun weekend in 2019, be sure to mark your calendars for 2020.  And remember - this fun and very colorful weekend takes place here in Quechee every Fathers' Day Weekend.  We suggest you book as soon as possible as we fill up quickly.  If you have questions, please email or give us a call

 802-295-0606

innatclearwaterpond@gmail.com

"THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC"

(1977 Artist ABBA, Composer Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus)

Join the VSO in their Summer Festival Tour for a night under the stars next July 2020 in Pomfret, Vermont - Suicide Six Ski Mountain

Pack a picnic basket and celebrate the sound of summer in Vermont with the VSO! This year’s program, “Strike Up the Orchestra!” was crafted by guest conductor Sharon Lavery, making her VSO debut. The orchestra showcased the composers who set America to music: Gershwin, Joplin, Bernstein, Copland, and the foremost film composer of our generation, John Williams. VSO Principal Clarinet Kelli O’Connor was the featured soloist in a jazzy concerto written by Artie Shaw. Each concert closes with a dazzling fireworks display accompanying Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture and the beloved marches of John Philip Sousa.

Be sure to attend this gala event in 2020!

"TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS"

(1971 Artist John Denver, Composer Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, John Denver)

MUSIC BY THE RIVER - THE GREEN MOUNTAIN PLAYBOYS IN WOODSTOCK 2020

High Energy Cajun

The Green Mountain Playboysplay high energy Cajun music made for dancing. Based in the traditional Cajun style of southwest Louisiana, the Playboys feature twin fiddles, accordion, electric guitar, bass, and drums. They play two-steps, blues, and waltzes with a fresh, modern approach to time-tested songs of love, heartbreak, and intrigue. The band is a confluence of accomplished musicians whose single goal is to bring you hot dance music. They have shared a stage with Cajun greats such as Steve Riley, the Revelers, Dewey Balfa, Jesse Lege, Tracy Schwarz and many others.

We will let you know the date and time for 2020

THE LONELY NIGHT DISCLOSES JUST A PASSING BREEZE FILLED WITH MEMORIES OF THE GOLDEN SMILE THAT INTRODUCED ME TO
"THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES" AND YOU...

(1962 Artist Andy Williams, Composer Henry Mancini)

The Killington Wine Festival has earned a reputation for being one of the Killington region’s signature summer events. Over the years, the festival has grown immensely and now features more than 500 wines from a collection of over 40 vineyards around the world.  Enjoy a nice July weekend tasting fine wines with Killington Peak and the Green Mountains of Vermont serving as a scenic backdrop.

Killington, Vermont - July 2020

Reserve your accommodations now at the Inn at Clearwater Pond in Quechee, just a few minutes east of Woodstock

RIDING ALONG "ON A CAROUSEL" TRYING TO CATCH UP TO YOU..

(1967 Artist The Hollies, Composer Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, Tony Hicks)

The St. James Annual Fair

The 95th Annual Fair will be held mid-July 2020

in the center of Woodstock Village

The annual St. James fair is the highlight of the summer for many who live, or visit Woodstock.

Held every summer since the 1920s, the St. James Fair is a time honored Woodstock tradition. The fair provides excellent shopping opportunities with bargains on antiques, art, linens, knick-knacks, toys, books and a large selection of white elephant items. With crowds of shoppers on the green, live music on the steps of the church and yummy culinary delights, the fair has the feel of a festival.

After months of planning, almost every member of St. James - as well as friends of the parish, near and far - come together to work on the fair. For three weeks  prior, volunteers work together to sort, price, and finally sell the vast array of donated goods that we receive. The one-day sale begins with the ringing of the church bell and provides bargains galore.

"SWEET SOUL MUSIC"

(1967 Artist and Composer Arthur Conley)

 

MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES

For 36 years, internationally renowned musicians have performed in the Music in the Mountains, a chamber music series with the beauty of the Green Mountains as a backdrop. These distinguished artists also spend the summer at Killington teaching and mentoring young musicians who perform in the Young Artist Concerts Series.  Concerts are every Saturday, beginning June 29 - through July 2020 at the Ramshead Lodge, Killington - mark these dates on your next year's calendar

"IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND"

(1970 Artist and Composer Gordon Lightfoot)

Bookstock Literary Festival

Woodstock's annual literary festival celebrated its 11th consecutive year with a superlative array of prominent authors, artists, performers, and teachers.

Besides its 30+ presenters, Bookstock included a huge used book sale and a vintage book sale. Publishers and authors gathered in a spacious area, displayed their publications and spoke with participants about their work.

Be sure to attend next year - July 2020

"COME ON DOWN TO MY BOAT, BABY"...

(1967 Artist Every Mother's Son, Composer Jerry Goldstein, Wes Farrel)

LOBSTERS ON THE GREEN - WOODSTOCK, VT - JULY 2020

Once again the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce partnered with The Woodstock Rotary Club for the annual "Lobsters on The Green".  There was live music, cash bar and of course, lobster!  The town green was packed with locals and visitors and everyone ate, drank, listened to music, danced and enjoyed a wonderful evening under the stars. Be sure to mark this event on your calendar for next July 2020

Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is "BLOWIN' IN THE WIND"
The answer is blowin' in the wind

(1963 Bob Dylan)

Woodstock Music & Arts Fair brought people together during a time of great social turmoil. This 3 day celebration of peace, love and music proved that it is possible to live together in harmony and with compassion. Live with only our best selves represented. It gave people around the world hope.  Their intention holds firm.  To deliver a first-class original, once-in-a-lifetime festival to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock.  To honor a cultural icon that changed the way we think about music and togetherness - and it all happened again in 2019 - August 16, 17, 18 - Watkins Glen, NY

For Woodstock 50, people supported causes that represent the issues of our times…but their call to action is timeless. Stand with us. Make a difference. Help heal the planet and the people living on it. That’s what Woodstock is all about.

"GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME"

(1965 Artist Porter Wagoner, Composer Claude "Curly" Putman)

ANTIQUE TRACTOR DAY

Tractors made between the 1920s and 1970s were displayed by the proud and talented folks who restored them.

There was a tractor parade, Tractor-drawn wagon rides and tractor activities for everyone. Pedal tractor pulls for kids!

DATES & TIMES to be announced for next year 2020

August 2020 at Billings Farm in Woodstock, VT

"A TASTE OF HONEY"

(1965 Artist The Beatles, Composer Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott)

 

11TH ANNUAL TASTE OF WOODSTOCK

Elm Street in Woodstock Village

August 2020

Packed with local flavor, Taste of Woodstock is a sample of everything the Woodstock community is known for. In partnership with Artistree and Purple Crayon Productions, over 50 vendors filled the center of Woodstock Village with favorite Vermont provisions, wine, beer, spirits, music, entertainment, arts, crafts and an activity tent for children.

 

SHOULD OLD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND.  WE'LL TAKE A CUP O'KINDNESS YET AND DAYS OF "AULD LANG SYNE"

(1788 a Scots Poem by Robert Burns, Recorded 1890 by Emile Berliner)

2020 Scottish Festival and Competition in Quechee, Vermont...will take place in August at the Quechee Polo Field (only 3 miles from the Inn at Clearwater Pond)

Activities and Events include Open Stone Throw (similar to the Shot Put) - Caber Toss - Sheaf Toss - Weight Over The Bar - Pipe Band - Solo Piping - Solo Drumming - Highland Dance - Scottish/Celtic Vendors - Clan Village - Sheepdog Trials - Food Vendors and a Beer and Wine Tent

Be sure to mark your calendars for August 2020 - this is an entertaining and fun event!

OK - so about the song itself....

Historians call it “the song that nobody knows.” And yet, we’ve all tried to sing it...  

The Scottish poem, written by Robert Burns in the 1700s, translates to “old long since” and means “times gone by”.  At the end of each year we find ourselves singing the song while drinking champagne and finding someone to kiss. As you watch the ball drop from Times Square in New York City you will probably start out singing strong ‘Should auld acquaintance be forgot’ and then just end up mumbling for the next solid minute.  You won't be alone....

Here’s the thing, “Auld Lang Syne,” wasn’t really supposed to be associated with New Years. Bandleader Guy Lombardo is credited with popularizing the song and making it a New Year’s tradition. Lombardo heard the song as a youth in his hometown of London, Ontario and over the years it became a signature of his famous band – Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians.

They played the song at midnight on New Year’s at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929 and every year since where they held the slot at the “Roosevelt Grill” from 1929-1959. They went on to perform the tune at the Waldorf Astoria on New Year’s Eve from 1966-1976. Auld Lang Syne became an American tradition but is generally known as one of the most popular songs where nobody knows the lyrics or anything about the Auld Lang Syne meaning.

But again about that Auld Lang Syne meaning?

In a nutshell, “Auld Lang Syne,” is basically about remembering friends from the past.  When good people come and go in your life, it is worth it to take a moment of time, raise a glass and remember those that should never be forgotten.

"OL' MAN RIVER" that ol' man river, he don't say nothing but he must know something
cause he just keeps rolling, he keeps rolling along...

(1927 Artist Paul Robeson, Composer Oscar Hammerstein II, from the Musical "Showboat")

The Longest Float Trip In Vermont Will Bring Your Summer Tubing Dreams To Life

There’s no better way to spend a lazy summer day than floating down a beautiful river with your friends. If that sounds appealing, you need to check out this amazing tubing trip that will take you all day… in a good way. River tubing in Vermont is an adventurous and fun way to spend a day!

(1957 Artist Jimmie Rogers, Composer The Weavers)

A Dining Experience In The Quechee/Woodstock Area

The objective at Mangalitsa is to offer a complete dining experience where hospitality and cuisine work hand in hand. Their standard for sourcing the many ingredients that find their home on their menu is simple: local. By relying on their extensive network of small producers in the Upper Valley and cultivating relationships, they can offer an ever-changing, seasonal variety of small plates and shared entrees, served a la carte or prefix and accompanied by a unique wine and beer list and house cocktails.

"THAT'S AMORE"
(1953 Artist Dean Martin, Composer Harry Warren, Jack Brooks)

The Daily Catch Woodstock

Woodstock's newest restaurant offers New England's finest seafood and pasta and we welcome them to our town. This smaller 35 seat restaurant offers diners the same great flavors and quality as its Boston-based counterparts.  Welcome, The Daily Catch, to Woodstock!

 

"DOWN IN THE BOONDOCKS"

(1965 Artist Billy Joe Royal, Composer Joe South)

14th Annual Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival

Labor Day Weekend 2020

Plymouth's favorite fall tradition will continue with music and fun from across Vermont.

.Wagon rides on Saturday; children's crafts and face painting both days. Selected as a "Top 10 Fall Event" by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce.

President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site  |  Plymouth Notch, VT

WILL I SEE YOU TONIGHT ON A "DOWNTOWN TRAIN"

(1989 Artist Rod Stewart, Composer Tom Waits)

28th Annual - September 2020

“Glory Days Festival”

Glory Days Festival will celebrate its 28th year as a family oriented, fun-filled, two day festival of the railroading and transportation modes of the past, present & future. Free Admission.

Festival events include: excursion train rides($15), model train show admission ($), Saturday evening photo shoot($10), children games and activities ($), mini stream engine, a roaming train($), live musical entertainment, food vendors, street vendors and engine displays.

Saturday excursions offer a 45 minute ride departing on the hour beginning at 10:30 AM and Sunday a 90 minute ride departing at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM.

Excursion tickets: Purchase tickets the day of at the festival or you can purchase tickets online by visiting – www.hartfordrec.com

This event is produced by the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department.

Visit our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/vtglorydaysfestival/

"MUSTANG SALLY"

(1965 Artist Wilson Pickett, Composer Mack Rice)

Green Mountain Horse Association - GMHA - FALL HUNTER JUMPER SHOW
SEPTEMBER 2020

Join us in 2020 for the Green Mountain Horse Association for a weekend of hunter jumper competitions set among Vermont’s stunning fall foliage. Watch or compete in one of the most exciting disciplines of horseback riding.

NEHC & VHJA Affiliated

"LIFE IS A HIGHWAY".  I want to ride it all night long.  If you're going my way.

I want to drive it all night long.

(1991 Artist Tom Cochrane, Composer Thomas William Cochrane)

Woodstock Triple Crown 

September 2020 - Suicide Six - 247 Stage Road - South Pomfret, VT - 10 am to 2 pm

A fun event highlighting 3 awesome mountain bike networks in the Woodstock area! Join fellow riders for this enduro-style race featuring a course that begins with a set loop at the Aqueduct Trails, followed by a pedal to the Mt. Peg Trail Network and a loop there, then a pedal to the final destination, the Suicide Six Bike Park, and a final epic up and downhill loop there! Awards and food to follow at the Suicide Six Bike Park. Stay tuned for sign up and more at www.suicide6.com

The Suicide Six Bike Park is the most recent addition to outdoor recreation in the area! Shred our downhill tracks with berms and jumps, learn new tricks in our skills area and get the little ones out to the strider park on our complimentary bikes.  Excellent coaches and world-class rentals will have everyone feeling confident and smiling all day long!

Suicide Six is Vermont's most family friendly resort, offering a world class ski and ride school (the longest continually operating program in the country), and diverse terrain with excellent snow-making and grooming. Make yourself at home in our inviting lodge with fresh farm-to-table fare and hyper-local brews.  We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Keep checking back with us as we continue to post upcoming local events...and there will be plenty

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inn at Clearwater Pond
984 Quechee-Hartland Road
Quechee, Vermont
802-295-0606

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