Memorial Day Weekend In and Around Woodstock

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Woodstock is a happening place. Most people would agree that Memorial Day Weekend is the kick off to the Summer Season full of activities, events, barbeques, and life outdoors. If you haven't been to Woodstock, Vermont because you have an overwhelming fear of the cold, snow, or winter in general, this is a GREAT! weekend to change your mind.

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Memorial Day became a national US holiday in 1971, originally called Decoration Day. Over the years this holiday has shifted in meaning to celebrate the fallen soldiers of the Civil War, growing to include all who have died in military duty. (History Link) The holiday is meant to be an uplifting celebration of life for those who have fallen in war. Many communities host parades to show a display of remembrance.

Woodstock host's its annual parade this Saturday, May 26 at 1030am. The parade will boast around the town center, "The Green". People will line the downtown streets and gather inside "The Green" to view the veterans marching, the clowns swerving on their tricycles, firefighters and riders throwing candy to spectators, the high school band marching along to the traditional tunes, as well as the revolutionary war re-enactors who fire off their antique guns in salute. When I was younger,  I remember feeling so honored to play "Taps" on the trumpet for our in-school celebration, as I have family buried in military cemeteries. (Woodstock Memorial Day Parade 2018) (Link to 2017 Parade)

Photo Courtesy of Rick Russel of the Vermont Standard via Google

This weekend in Woodstock will be beautiful as many of the Crabapple Trees and Lilacs are in bloom, daffodils and pansies have been planted and gardens have been revived with fresh mulch and new annuals. Outside of the traditional ceremonies and rituals common to this federal holiday, there are a number of other activities and traditions the Woodstock Area has come to know this Memorial Day Weekend.

Photo Courtesy of Marcus Pascale

The Village of Woodstock hosts a 2-day sidewalk sale. The Woodstock Inn is hosting a gardening class. The Woodstock Garden Club is having their annual plant sale.  Billings Farm and Museum is going to be teaching a class on sheep shearing and herding. Pentangle Council on the Arts located at the Town Hall Theater is hosting The Jesse Colin Young Band Friday evening and will be showing the Avengers Movie the other nights. Farm House Pottery is having a huge tent sale. The Prosper Community House hosts its annual Rummage Sale and Quilt Raffle. Norman Williams Public Library is hosting a toddler story time. The Thompson Senior Center is hosting a journaling course. The Mount Tom Farmers Market is back up and running again on Saturday mornings. The Barnard Inn is hosting a wicked awesome pop-up event with tastings and live music. Artistree in Pomfret is hosting a jazz concert. You may even see some rare antique cars!

These are just a few of the key events you will find this weekend in and around the Woodstock communities. Come join us to celebrate old an new traditions for this Memorial Day Weekend in lovely Woodstock, Vermont.

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