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. But at this particular moment, I sit here in my office, alone. The stillness of the Inn seems surreal. I step outside, take a deep breath and enjoy calming views of the Quechee Gorge hillsides and my backyard. It's early afternoon and there's not a soul inside or outside. I miss the energy and camaraderie of my guests.
My heart goes out to all people affected by this tragic health crisis and to all of those who have been on the firewall of this epidemic caring for, feeding, and helping the rest of us.
My heart goes out to all of businesses affected by this unprecedented time and I wish everyone strength and perseverance.
The future remains uncertain and I'm sure difficult times lay ahead for all but I am looking forward to the day I am able to re-open.
In the meantime, let's look forward to happier times. A walk or a drive along Vermont's scenic back roads will lift one's spirits with its ever present roar of water from summer rains and surface runoff. As the water continues its journey, it will encounter obstacles - fallen trees, eroded banks, nature’s congestion at every bend and turn. Yet, just as the water will find its way to navigate over, under, around and through these obstacles, so will we find a way to navigate the obstacles that have been thrown at us the past few months. And just like the water, we, too, will continue on our purposeful paths.
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? 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:
"GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME"
(1965 Artist Porter Wagoner, Composer Claude "Curly" Putman)
ANTIQUE TRACTOR DAY IN AUGUST 2020
There will be a tractor parade, tractor-drawn wagon rides and tractor activities for everyone. Pedal tractor pulls for kids!
Sunday, August 2nd at Billings Farm in Woodstock, VT
"A TASTE OF HONEY"
(1965 Artist The Beatles, Composer Ric Marlow, Bobby Scott)
11TH ANNUAL TASTE OF WOODSTOCK 2020
Elm Street in Woodstock Village
August 8th - 10 am to 6 pm
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
Quechee, Vermont...will take place August 22 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 22nd - 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
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.
The Daily Catch Woodstock
One of Woodstock's newer restaurants, The Daily Catch offers New England's finest seafood and pasta. This smaller 35 seat restaurant offers diners the same great flavors and quality as its Boston-based counterparts.
(1965 Artist Wilson Pickett, Composer Mack Rice)
Green Mountain Horse Association - GMHA - AUGUST 2020 HUNTER JUMPER SHOW
AUGUST 14, 15, 16
NEHC “B” Rated
VHJA, & CDHJC Affiliated
Join us for a great weekend of hunter jumper competition in the beautiful location of South Woodstock, VT. The Hunter and Equitation Derbies will take place Saturday on the Jump Field.
Plus, our regular offerings of hunter, jumper and equitation classes for all ages and abilities. This weekend is not to be missed!
DERBY DAY-Saturday August 15th
2’6″ Jr/Adult Am. Equitation Derby
$500 2’6″ Jr/Adult Am. Hunter Derby – NEHC “AA” Rated
$300 3′ Jr/Adult Am. Equitation Derby
$500 3′ Hunter Derby
WILL I SEE YOU TONIGHT ON A "DOWNTOWN TRAIN"
(1989 Artist Rod Stewart, Composer Tom Waits)
28th Annual - September 12, 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.
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Do you smile to tempt a lover "MONA LISA"?
Or is this your way to hide a broken heart?
(1961 Artist Nat King Cole, Composers Ray Evans and Jay Livingston)
The Woodstock Art Festival - September 12 and 13
The Art Festival is sponsored by the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce and is a weekend-long event of fine art, music, spirits and food! Over 30 New England artists offer landscapes, portraits, photography and more! Always held on the weekend following Labor Day, Woodstock becomes an art-lovers mecca.
"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 2020
(exact dates to be determined)
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.
"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!
"APPLES, PEACHES, PUMPKIN PIE"
(1967 Artist Jay and the Techniques, Composer Maurice Irby, Jr.)
Harvest Celebration at Billings Farm
Woodstock, VT - October 10th
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.
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 10 and 11 - COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND 2020 - 10 am to 5 pm
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 2020!
THE FALLING LEAVES DRIFT BY THE WINDOW
THE "AUTUMN LEAVES" OF RED AND GOLD
(1953 Artist Nat King Cole, Composers Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prevert)
AUTUMN FOLIAGE AT ITS VERY BEST IN VERMONT
Autumn 2019 arrived and our foliage was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking! If you were unable to visit in 2019 and witness one of earth's most spectacular transformations, be sure to mark your calendars for this year. So, what is the science behind autumn foliage and why do so many people travel from around the world to witness Vermont's almost-magical transformation? During the spring and summer, the leaves are where most of the foods necessary for the tree’s growth are manufactured. Leaves start out yellow when they bloom in spring. Chlorophyll, the chemical responsible for giving leaves their green appearance and converting light to energy during photosynthesis, dominates the landscape in the spring and summer. But when temperatures change and daylight shortens, the chlorophyll breaks down and reveals the yellow or orange chemicals, known as carotene's, that were there all along.
Other leaves produce chemicals called anthocyanins from built-up sugars. These chemicals produce a red pigment that can combine with green pigments left from chlorophyll and display different shades of red.
The leaves changing color is tied to environmental cues, day length, and weather. You’ll see the leaves change first in the north and at higher elevations, and then the colors work their way south down into the lower elevations.”
It also reminds us how lucky we are that Vermont has been stewarded by forests and farm owners all these years. We need to give it up for the trees and the people who have stewarded this landscape and kept Vermont forests strong. That’s why Vermont looks the way it does.”
Vermont is one of the most heavily forested states in the country and has the highest proportion of maple trees. Vermont is 75 percent forested with 4.46 million acres of forest.
"FLY ME TO THE MOON"
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!
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 cows, draft 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 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.
The red maple is a favorite among foliage seekers, as is the sugar maple. Other trees that put on a nice show during the fall include ash trees, as well as birch, cherry, aspen, tamarack, sumac and red oak.
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
Visit us anytime around Halloween 2020 and listen to true and chilling tales of his antics and ghostly apparitions.
"Come, ye thankful people, come"
Raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin"
(A hymn written in 1844 by Henry Alford, Melody "St. George's Windsor" by George Job Elvey)
Learn about late 19th century Thanksgiving traditions as the Farm & Museum celebrates Thanksgiving Weekend 2020. Discover how Thanksgiving was observed at the Billings Farm with festivity preparations, menu, entertainment, and the demanding work of the harvest. The event will feature costumed staff demonstrating cooking traditional Thanksgiving fare in the farmhouse, holiday programs, milking the herd, and horse-drawn wagon rides. The operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and the tours of the farm manager’s house – along with all programs and activities - are included in the entrance fee.
Billings Farm is an operating Jersey dairy farm that continues a 146-year tradition of agricultural excellence and offers farm programs and historical exhibits that explore Vermont’s rural heritage and values. The Farm & Museum has served as a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage for over 1.7 million visitors and 340,000 of the region’s school children. Open daily April 1 through October 31, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weekends Nov. – Feb., and Christmas & Presidents’ weeks, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12.
"TAKE IT ON THE RUN"
(1980 Artist REO Speedwagon, Composer lead guitarist, Gary Richrath)
THANKSGIVING DAY TURKEY TROT 2020
Put this special event on your November 2020 calendar
The 14th Annual Thanksgiving Day Zack's Place Turkey Trot
A 5K Walk or Run which begins and ends at Woodstock Elementary School
Awards Ceremony immediately following on the Woodstock Green
"LONG TRAIN RUNNIN' "
(1973 Artist The Doobie Brothers, Composer Tom Johnston)
THE HARTFORD, VERMONT POLAR EXPRESS
Come and celebrate our 14th year with us in December 12-13, 2020
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 for December 2020!
"HERE WE COME A-WASSALING"
(1850 Artist Unknown, Recorded by the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers)
Woodstock, Vermont's 35th Annual Wassail Weekend - December 11-13, 2020
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 2019, be sure to put it on your 2020 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
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR'S, NEW YEAR'S EVE?"
(1947 Artist Ella Fitzgerald, Composer Frank Loesser)
Vermont Flurry: Woodstock Snow Sculpture Festival
Presented by Pentangle Arts & ArtisTree Community Arts Center
Woodstock Village Green
Presidents Day Weekend 2021
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 2021
This event is part of the Vermont Art Council, in celebration of the stunning array of arts events — concerts, festivals, exhibits, and openings — that take place all across the state
(1966 Artist The Doors, Composer Jim Morrison, Robby Krueger, John Densmore)
The Torchlight Parade and Fireworks 2021
Suicide Six Ski Mountain - The mountain will be ablaze with glowing red torches and the skiers will impress us as they slowly venture down the mountain - then onto the chairlift for a second run. Spectators will also be able to enjoy a second torchlight parade and fireworks at the Quechee Club the following night. Be sure to join us for these two fun events.
Suicide Six - Pomfret, VT and the Quechee Club - Quechee, VT
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 February 2021
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 the next Valentine's Day 2021, 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, 2021
"Bicycle Built For Two"
(1963 Artist Nat King Cole, Composed by Harry Dacre in 1892)
FAT TIRE BIKING and then some....
Fat tire biking is a relatively newer sport that has taken cold weather areas of the country by storm as a winter sport, but it’s not just for the colder months.
You might have seen these bikes on the local trails or roads. Equipped with wide tires between 4” and 5”, fat tire bikes make an impression (most mountain bike tires are in the 2” range). Unlike a regular mountain bike, the low tire pressure allows them to float on surfaces, like snow, where a normal bike would sink.
Interested in trying it? Be prepared for a challenging workout. According to an article from bicyling.com, you can burn up to 1500 calories an hour doing it, and it will test both your balance and core strength.
While the sport is a game changer for avid cyclists, who can now get their workout in outdoors rather than being stuck on a stationary bike, it has also seen many converts from Nordic skiing, particularly here in New England where good snow conditions aren't always guaranteed. If there isn’t enough snow for cross-country skiing, it will still be excellent conditions for a fat tire bike ride. Snow isn’t a requirement for fat biking. With the fat tire bike you can ride a wider range of terrain - from snow covered groomed trails to muddy river crossings or even paved roads.
So instead of hitting the bike at the gym to break a sweat, breathe in the fresh air and go for a scenic ride outdoors. Here in Woodstock, the Woodstock Inn’s Tubbs Snowshoes & Nordic Adventure Center offers fat tire bike rentals and 25km of groomed trails on Mt. Peg. Open daily from 9 am - 4 pm through April 1st. Try this biking adventure winter of 2021
JIM CANTORE VISITS WOODSTOCK/QUECHEE VERMONT 2019
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!
COME EXPERIENCE A THRILLING WINTER ADVENTURE IN 2021
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 you plan for next year 2021!
802-295-0606 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - 2021
Visit the farmhouse and the dairy farm for interactive programs. Don’t miss a winter visit to the farm winter of 2021
Horse-drawn sleigh or Wagon rides
69 Old River Road, Woodstock
Sleigh rides also available through Kedron Valley Stables and Sugarbush Farm
(1969 Artist The Archies, Composer Andy Kim, Jeff Barry)
MAPLE OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
Vermont's sugar makers welcome you March 2021
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.
Locally, we have two farms in very close proximity to our Inn - Sugarbush Farm and the King Farm
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.
Come join us in 2021
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 2020, 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 sugar-houses 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'.
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!
I want to get drunk, I'm gonna make it real clear, I want
"ONE BOURBON, ONE SCOTCH AND ONE BEER"
(1977 George Thorogood and the Destroyers)
Vermont Brewers Festival at Bear Mountain in Killington VT - March 2021
Enjoy exclusive beers created in collaboration by our Vermont brewers. Over 100 beers offered with 30 exclusive brews created for this festival. Embrace the elements with this all outdoor winter themed festival at the base area of Bear Mountain at Killington Resort. Sit by the fire pits with the brewers who host this event while enjoying the option of a 3, 6, or 9 oz sample of beer.
For the last 25 years, the Association has been running a successful event on the waterfront in Burlington, VT. Now, we have brought a second festival to a picturesque mountain setting.
"TAKE IT ON THE RUN"
(1981 Artist REO Speedwagon, Composer Gary Richrath)
Road To The Pogue Race - May 2021 - 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.
►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 am - the last bus at 8 am
The Inn at Clearwater Pond has availability for 2021 - book your room directly with us, mention that you are a runner or spectator and receive a special discount - 802-295-0606
The 2020 race has been postponed until next year, 2021 - we look forward to hostessing you then!
The 30th Annual Covered Bridges Half-Marathon - The Best 13.1 Miles in New England - will take place June 6, 2021
Due to the COVID virus, the 2020 race has been postponed until 2021. BUT, for those runners who were entered into this 2020 race, here's the most recent update. You WILL NOT be automatically entered into the 2021 race. You will be emailed a coupon link for the 2021 race registration in NOVEMBER. You will have until Dec. 6, 2020 at 7 PM ET to USE that coupon to get yourself registered.
This is required in case any of your information changes - address, contact information, etc.
BUT a spot will be there for you to GRAB BEFORE race registration opens on Dec. 7, 2020
And to my 2020 guests with reservations at my Inn, I will hold your room(s) for you for 2021. But please confirm with me that you will be running in the 2021 race. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, keep smiling and keep runnin'!
The Inn at Clearwater Pond hosted 3 runners in 2019. 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!
Registration for the now cancelled 2020 race sold out in 6 MINUTES! Registration for the 2021 Race opens up online December 7, 2020. I have been told that YES there will be a few race spots OPEN for some NEW runners not previously registered for the 2020 race and a few spots for our non-profit partners too. So, for all the new runners, be sure to be at your computer on December 7, 2020 and hopefully, you will be able to win a spot for 2021 - good luck!
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. Whether you're a runner or spectator, don't miss out on 2021
HANOVER 2019 — 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! Unfortunately, the 2020 graduation ceremonies were cancelled due to COVID-19. BUT - to the future 2021 Graduates, please let your families, relatives, friends know that it's important for them to reserve local accommodations as soon as possible!
"THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC"
(1977 Artist ABBA, Composer Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus)
JOIN THE VSO IN THEIR SUMMER FESTIVAL TOUR 2021 FOR A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS
June 2021 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.
Unfortunately, the festival was cancelled in 2020 but be sure to attend this gala event June of 2021
"SLOOP JOHN B"
(1966 Artist The Beach Boys, Composer Brian Wilson)
THE ANNUAL BRIDGEWATER VERMONT RAFT RACE
An earth-shaking BOOM from a cannon sent costumed competitors on a mad dash towards the river and their themed, decorative rafts. And, so began the 2020 Annual Bridgewater Raft Race. Above the river, spectators lined the bridge, then slowly made their way down the road, following these creative and colorful rafts. For decades this popular Bridgewater race has been the traditional kick-off to spring. All rafts must be handmade and self-propelled. The waters of the Ottaquechee River are still icy this time of year but the gutsy rafters don't seem to mind. Their goal is to finish first! The race course sends these rafters on a three-mile journey as spectators cheer them on. Some rafts, lacking enough seaworthiness, fall apart and even sink. This brings on even more whooping and hollering from the crowds. Come join us in 2021!
(1967 Artist The 5th Dimension, Composer Jimmy Webb)
Once again, the skies over Quechee and the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire were filled with hot air balloons, ushering in the 2019 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 traveled 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. Unfortunately, the 2020 festival had to be cancelled due to the Corona Virus.
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 past years, be sure to mark your calendars for June 2021. And remember - this fun and very colorful weekend takes place here in Quechee every year. We suggest you book as soon as possible as we fill up quickly. If you have questions, please email or give us a call.
"BORN IN THE USA"
(1982 Artist and Composer Bruce Springsteen)
4TH OF JULY 2021 10 am to 5 pm
As summer heats up, revel in patriotic events throughout Woodstock. From traditional fireworks shows and BBQ's to historic activities and games, come see how Woodstock celebrates Independence Day.
A traditional Billings Farm July 4th guarantees fun for all ages! Join us for a patriotic family celebration featuring wagon rides, sack races, flag making, historic speeches and debates, the reading of the Declaration of Independence at noon, and a rousing game of base ball.
(1971 Artist John Denver, Composer Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, John Denver)
MUSIC BY THE RIVER - THE GREEN MOUNTAIN PLAYBOYS IN WOODSTOCK 2021
The Green Mountain Playboys play 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 2021
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)
KILLINGTON WINE FESTIVAL
This 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 2021
Reserve your accommodations now at the Inn at Clearwater Pond in Quechee, just a few minutes east of Woodstock
"SWEET SOUL MUSIC"
(1967 Artist and Composer Arthur Conley)
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS
CLASSICAL CONCERT SERIES in 2021
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 27 through July 25 at the Ramshead Lodge, Killington 2021
"IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND"
(1970 Artist and Composer Gordon Lightfoot)
Bookstock Literary Festival - July 2021
Woodstock's annual literary festival will celebrate its 13th consecutive year with a superlative array of prominent authors, artists, performers, and teachers throughout New England.
Besides its 30+ presenters, Bookstock will include a huge used book sale and a vintage book sale. Publishers and authors will gather in a spacious area, display their publications and speak with participants about their work.
Enjoy 3 days of public readings, poetry slams, art exhibits, live music, creative workshops and a huge book sale!
Be sure to attend in 2021
(1967 Artist Every Mother's Son, Composer Jerry Goldstein, Wes Farrel)
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. The exact date to be announced later.
Memorial Day Weekend in Woodstock/Quechee, Vermont 2021
Saturday 8am - 1pm - Sidewalk Sale Days
Woodstock Garden Club Plant Sale
"DOWN IN THE BOONDOCKS"
(1965 Artist Billy Joe Royal, Composer Joe South)
14th Annual Plymouth Folk & Blues Festival
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
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