First Weekend of Fall: My Top Picks

The "Grannies" lead an orientation for the Royal Frog Ballet's roving surrealist cabaret. Photo by Seth Butler

The area is always ripe with so many opportunities to engage with the arts, from theater, to music, to visual arts and more. This list is by no means complete, but just a sampling of some of the things on my radar. 

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1. The Royal Frog Ballet: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:00, at Feast and Field in Barnard

 The Royal Frog Ballet is performing their roving surrealist cabaret this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Feast and Field with dinner by Fable Farm available after. This is one of the most zany, beautiful and powerful things I've seen in my life.  Tickets and more info at theroyalfrogballet.com Read my article about them last year here.

photo by Seth Butler

2.The Sable Project hosts Food and Art Dinner: Friday, September 21st 5:30-8:30

Installation by Otto Pierce.

The Sable Project is a mountaintop farm and woods-based residency in Stockbridge Vermont.  The residents are gone by now, but the second to last gathering is being held this Friday hosted by Sable founder Otto Pierce. Explore the installations in the woods, stroll the gardens, meet interesting people, eat pizza out of a dragon oven. I only made it once this summer but it is always inspiring to see how things evolve each year as the group gets more established and dialed in.

And pizza from a dragon oven = magically delicious. 

 Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged. Address and more info here.

3. Woodstock Historical Society Old Time Fair:

Saturday, September 22nd from 1 PM- 4PM, back lawn of Woodstock Historical Society

A fun family-friendly activity, it might as well be free, because entry is just 25 cents, as are all the items/activities for sale- from an old-time photo-booth to hot dogs and sweet treats. Lots of kids games and old fashioned fun. Oh, and my band, Trifolium (Justin Park, Andy Mueller and me, Chloe Powell) will be performing some tunes to create an old-timey feel for the fair. Come check it out. 

Fun in the old-time booth. Above: Trifolium, Below: Heartwood Farm's Park Family

4. Americana in the Valley, Briggs Opera House, White River Jct.

Friday, September 21nd at 7:30


Singer and songwriter Jes Raymond, an Upper Valley native, recently returned to the Upper Valley with husband and bandmate Jacob Breitbach. She's a natural songwriter, and he's a fiddle wizard, and together this duo add some great richness to our musical community. Since landing back in Wilder, they've teamed up with some other great local musicians from Reckless Breakfast and Etna Old Time who will be opening for their concert at the Briggs Opera House on Saturday. There's talent in the valley. Have a listen above, and get your tickets here

5. Thursday, Feast and Field with Jeremiah McLane, Owen Marshall, and Corey DiMario

Start your weekend early at Barnard's outdoor farmers' market with BarnArts Music Series. Read more about it here, and see the rest of the line-up for fall. There are 5 weeks to go. 

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