OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE 2nd Annual Family Farm Fest – April School Vacation Week
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2016 TO SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016
Young and old are invited to celebrate spring with the arrival of baby animals and the prepping of our fields at Old Sturbridge Village. Meet the Village’s cuddly, heritage breed newborns up-close and experience first-hand the responsibilities of raising animals on a farm in 1830. At the Freeman Farm, families will learn about 19th century agriculture practices and tools, as well as learn how they are applicable to today’s farmers and even backyard gardeners. Kids will even have a chance to try their hand at seasonal chores!
Visit with a variety of animals including cattle, lambs, goats, chicks, bunnies and piglets. Compete in our Farm Yard Games, check out some antique tractors, and listen to bluegrass music. Visit with Teamsters from around New England, meet their Oxen, and learn about the animals that powered 19th century agriculture. Laura Ingalls Wilder will also be with us on select days!
Enjoy expanded hands-on and interactive activities throughout the Village, along with family-friendly performances and entertainment, including music and storytelling. Meet the new arrivals at the farm (every day) and on Monday (Patriots’ Day), take part in martial activities.
2. OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE Patriots’ Day
MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016 www.osv.org
Patriots’ Day observances at Old Sturbridge will resound with the peal of bells, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of the fife, as the Sturbridge Militia musters on the common on Monday, April 18th. Special programs and activities throughout the day will invite visitors to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors, reacting with hasty alarm to action at Lexington and Concord
Men hasten from their farms, homes and families to march to the aid of those already engaged in the initial battle of the American Revolution against King George’s tyranny. Housewives cook and entertain in their kitchens and parlors, watching from a window or doorstep perhaps, as the men march off to war. Then, young visitors are invited to become minutemen and women, wielding muskets and swords, learning to drill and march, flags flying, in the manner of the boys of ’76. “Muskets” are provided for this ever-popular exercise in leadership, bravery, and derring-do for small patriots. Witness the making of real musket balls in the small house; in the museum’s craft center you may make your own Revolutionary War cartridge, using paper, ball and “powder”. Thrill to the songs sung during and of those perilous times; observe the uniformed splendor of the Emerick brothers as they provide, with correct military music, background for the day’s events. This year they will present a special fife and drum program, contrasting and comparing military tunes of the American Revolution with what our American soldiers would hear thirty-six years later, in our 1812 second war with Great Britain.
Not all Americans fought against the British crown; many sided with and pledged their allegiance to the king. They called themselves loyalists; to them, our patriots were rebels. On the 21st, you are invited to meet one of those loyalists; he will tell you of his side of the conflict, oft times at the cost of hardship and heartache to him and his family.
This year, it is our pleasure and privilege to present yet another aspect of our nation’s military history. Two hundred years ago, our still-young country was fighting another war with Great Britain, the War of 1812, in which the plucky “Old Ironsides” played so notable a part. The U.S.S. Constitution’s surgeon will be present, wearing full 1812 naval regalia, to describe life and the practice of medicine aboard the historic vessel.
And, as ever, the life of our village swirls and eddies about us. The sheep, pigs, cows and oxen, the chickens and turkeys go about their busy work and play throughout the village, offering occasional photo ops, as do youngsters enjoying the games of yesteryear. The housewives and their families, though war threatens their young country, are observing the rites of spring. Important business is conducted among tradesmen and craftsmen. Textiles and fashions and clothing offer a history lesson of their own. Enjoy the harmony of historic purpose and achievement in our splendid springtime nineteenth century setting.
How did the news of Lexington and Concord affect a small New England community? For a day of history, entertainment and discovery, visit Old Sturbridge Village on April 18th as we celebrate our nation’s beginning and continuing perseverance, in war and in peace.
3. STAGELOFT REPERTORY THEATRE
MAY 6-MAY 22 www.stageloft.org
Bridget and her Grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet Grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area!
Will Bridget be able to handle all the excitement? Will her Nana get arrested – or worse! – evicted?
4. BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE SHOW MAY 10-15
The Brimfield Antiques Show began in the 1950’s and has become the largest and best-known outdoor antiques show in the country. Running along Rt. 20 for a distance of perhaps a half-mile and perhaps 500′ or more, back on each side of the highway, the Brimfield Show is a huge, vast undertaking, filled with thousands of dealers dealers over the course of the week, selling everything from the finest antiques to ‘yard junk’, requiring a day or two to see everything there is to see. Food courts and rest facilities abound, and the Shows are filled with hidden treasures and the ‘right kind of people’, creating a safe and fun environment for everyone, children included.
5. BRUSH IT OFF PAINT AND SIP BAR
Walk in any Wednesday through Sunday. Please see calendar for hours (give yourself at least 2+ hours before closing times).
STURBRIDGE’S NEW VENU! Join us as one of our professional artists walk you STEP-BY-STEP to paint the featured painting. Fun for Gals night out, Group outing, ward off the rainy day blues, Date night or just something new to do! Come one, come all, ages 8 and up. Join us as we paint & Sip to GREAT music, laughter and conversation. We supply everything you need to paint so come on in, strap on an apron, grab a cold brew, glass of wine or non alcoholic beverage and get ready to create your MASTERPIECE! Pre register from the Calendar page of our web site where you will see ALL the different painting throughout each month, click on the image you want and pay for your class right on line. OH and did I mention the BONUS!! So, in 2 1/2 – 3 hrs. of painting time you get to take home your very own masterpiece that YOU created! Acrylic paints will dry fast. NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED.
6. RAPSCALLION BREWERY & TAP ROOM
CRAFT BEER, BREWERY TOURS, LIVE MUSIC AND EVENTS ON AN ORCHARD WITH A DISC GOLF COURSE.
Drinkrapscallion.com. 195 Arnold Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01518 Located on the grounds of the Hyland Orchards just off Rt. 20 in Fiskdale, Rapscallion Brewery offers weekend tours and operates an adjoining tap room which is open 6 days a week, often with live music and other events. A casual, family-friendly establishment, it’s a great destination for a weeknight or weekend, complemented by Hyland Orchards’ apple-picking and events, and an on-site disc golf course.
— April 20: Yoga then Beer (one hour yoga class followed by round of pints
— April 23: Iza Jane (folk, blues, classic country
— April 23: Old Glory Games (kanjam, spike ball, cornhole. Cash prizes)
— April 28: Trivia
— April 30: Hop Head Fest (guest breweries, live music, food truck!)
Check back for more events: http://drinkrapscallion.com/events-live-music/
7. WEST BROOKFIELD ASPARAGUS AND FLOWER HERITAGE FESTIVAL:
MAY 18, 10AM TO 4 PM. West Brookfield Common, Routes 9 & 67, West Brookfield, Ma, MA 01585
Picture more than one hundred local growers, artisans and countryside businesses gathered on one of New England’s most picturesque village greens, displaying items artistic, artisanal and of the earth, where everyone seems to be smiling at everyone else. Add music, a may pole dance, frog jumping contest, and food, wonderful, glorious food, all gathered in the name of one Dederick Leertouwer and his favorite food – asparagus. In 1790, the Dutch diplomat traveled from his native Holland, sent by his government to promote trade in Massachusetts and New England. He settled in West Brookfield, but missed the scrumptious, delicately flavored green harbinger of spring. … The maypole dance will be performed at 1:00 p.m; the frog jumping contest follows at 1:30 p.m. Free activities and games for children will take place all day. Strolling magician Ed the Wizard will perform throughout the day. Asparagus Alley offers the now-famous asparagus chowder and numerous other lunchtime selections; you won’t want to miss the pies.
8. ROCK HOUSE RESERVATION, RTE 9 W. BROOKFIELD
EXPLORE THE JUMBLE OF BOULDERS THAT FORMS THIS “HOUSE” NEAR A SERENE POND year-round, sunrise to sunset
Built by the glacier and blessed by indigenous tribes who hunted and worshiped here, the cave-like shelter and its surroundings are an intriguing blend of geologic and human history. Nature lovers can enjoy expanses of wildflowers, hardwood forests and pine groves, while watching for a wide variety of animals, from wild turkeys to painted turtles.
9. QUINEBAUG RIVER WATER TRAIL – GRAB A CANOE AND FOLLOW THE QUINEBAUG RIVER FROM LAKE SIOG TO E. BRIMFIELD LAKE
10. YOGI BEAR’S JELLYSTONE PARK, STURBRIDGE
April 22-24: Ranger Smith’s Cleanup Weekend. Help us do our spring cleaning and stay for FREE. Bingo, Pot Luck Supper, Movie, FREE Pancake Breakfast.
May Days April 29-June 5. The May Days Special is a GREAT deal including Yogi Bear’s Birthday Party, Mothers’ Day Weekend and Memorial Day Weekend. Tack on Ranger Smith’s Cleanup Weekend for free.
Check out our activities calendar http://www.jellystonesturbridge.com/calendar/ for schedule of live entertainment and activities.