Special Events

Thursday, July 25th

7:30 PM ~ ~ Homage to Mary Oliver in Dance & Poetry

Artistree

Following the death of beloved New England poet, Mary Oliver, in January of this year, choreographer and poet Peggy Brightman invited the Woodstock Poetry Workshop to join with the Moving Spirit Dancers, and a cast of five readers, to collaborate on a tribute to Mary Oliver. This unique tapestry of dance and poetry incorporates favorite poems by Mary Oliver, three dances choreographed by Brightman, and poetic tributes by WPW members

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Friday, July 26th

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ~ ~ Huge Used Book Sale

Under the tent on the Green

Thousands of books on all topics for sale at great prices. This year due to a special donation there is a large selection of art books. Cash only.

1:00 – 4:00 PM ~ ~ Terry Osborne, Nature Writing Workshop

Marsh Billings Rockefeller Education Center

When writing about nature, we often overlook two important influences on our work: our perception of ourselves, and our assumed relationship with nature. In this workshop we will explore those influences with “awareness walks” in the woods, and we will unpack those walks with indoor writing exercises.

Limit: 12 participants. Pre-registration required: 802-457-3368 ext. 222 

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5:30 – 7:00 PM ~ ~ Opening Reception: UNBOUND VOL. IX

Artistree

A juried show of artists from the northeast looking to explore “the book” as concept, object and format. The broad theme of “UNBOUND VOL. IX” encompasses all of the possibilities of what we may think, or may not think a “book” is.

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7:00 PM ~ ~ All Ages Anything Goes Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt

Artistree (Barn Hay Loft)

All Ages Anything Goes Poetry Slam with Geof Hewitt Not just poets, and not just original work: Comedians, Musicians, Magicians, Martial Artists, Choral Groups invited!  Performers of all ages have 5 minutes at the mic to wow the judges chosen at random from the audience.

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Saturday, July 27th

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ~ ~ Huge Used Book Sale

Under the tent on the Green

Thousands of books on all topics for sale at great prices. This year due to a special donation there is a large selection of art books. Cash only.

10:00 AM ~ ~ Marcelo Gleiser, The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected

Town Hall Theater

Marcelo Gleiser is the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. He obtained his Ph.D. from King’s College London and received the 1994 Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House. Dr. Gleiser will reflect on the limits of what we can know about the world and ourselves and how the sciences and the humanities may together shed some light on the mystery of who we are. He will borrow from some of his ideas in his books The Island of Knowledge and The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected.

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11:00 AM – 2:00 PM ~ ~ Hire a Poet

On the Green

Benjamin Aleshire is an artist based in New Orleans. His writing has recently been published in The Times of London, Boston Review, Iowa Review, and Smartish Pace. He makes his living as a poet for hire in the French Quarter, writing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter, and touring widely. Ben will write a poem for you. Pay him what you wish.

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111:30 AM – 12:15 PM ~ ~ Conversation With Carolyn Forché

Unitarian Chapel

The renowned poet, anthologist, memoirist and activist will give a talk about life and work and worldly engagement, then address questions from the audience. Author of four collections of poems, Forché’s most recent book is What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Random House, 2019), a visionary memoir about a young woman’s choice to travel to El Salvador during that country’s darkest era.

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10:00 – 3:00 PM ~ ~ Woodstock Union High School and Middle School Virtual Reality Demonstration

On the Green

Students from the Computer Science program at Woodstock Union High School and Middle School have curated a selection of virtual reality worlds – some created by the students themselves and some created by professionals – for you to experience at Bookstock.

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6:30 PM ~ ~ Ballet at Billings Farm

Billings Farm

An early evening, full-length ballet performance at Billings Farm! The colorful program reinterprets classical ballet pieces to tell the story of three seasons on a Vermont farm – accompanied by a live string sextet playing Vivaldi. Advance ticket purchase: $20; children 12 & under are free. At the Door/Day of: Adults $25; children $10. Tickets are available through Billings Farm & Museum’s website or by telephone: 802-457-2355.

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7:30 PM ~ ~ SAY’S YOU comes to Woodstock

Town Hall Auditorium

SAYS YOU! is a word game quiz show that airs weekly in the   United States on public radio stations. Richard Sher created the   show in 1996 with the guiding philosophy: “It’s not important to KNOW   the answers: it’s important to LIKE the answers.” Recorded in front of   live audiences in theaters around the United States, the show is   produced in Boston, Massachusetts. Its format, emphasis on witty   repartee, and its tagline – “a game of bluff and bluster, words and   whimsy” – are reminiscent of the similarly long-running BBC   program, My Word! (1956-1990). Following the death of Richard   Sher on February 9, 2015, original panelist Barry Nolan took over   as host for two years. In 2017, Nolan returned to his seat as a   panelist and Gregg Porter of Seattle’s KUOW-FM was named host. 

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Sunday, July 28th

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM ~ ~ Huge Used Book Sale

Under the tent on the Green

Thousands of books on all topics for sale at great prices. This year due to a special donation there is a large selection of art books. Cash only. Non-profit groups may take books for free after 1:00 on Sunday.

10:00 AM ~ ~ Tracey Medeiros, The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook

Daily Catch Restaurant

Culinary Bookstock is extra-special this year, as we will be joined by Tracey Medeiros, the author of The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook, The Connecticut Farm Table Cookbook,  the Vermont Farm Table Cookbook, and Dishing Up Vermont.

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3:00 PM ~ ~ Charlotte’s Web

Grange Theater

The classic story of loyalty, trust, and sacrifice comes to life in this live-action film adaptation. Charlotte’s Web is a 2006 American comedy-drama film, based on the 1952 children’s novel of the same name by E. B. White.

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