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Calendar

2017

 

FARM CHORES PROGRAM

Children 12 and younger are invited to experience the Goat Dairy at Hildene Farm in our farm chores program. June 20 through August 12, Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 to 11:00, a family with children ages 3 through 12 can register for one morning of “Farm Chores at the Dairy.”  From feeding and grooming the goats to pitching their pens and cleaning their feeders to having fun exploring the hay mow, children experience an up-close and personal encounter with the farm, the friendly Nubian goats in residence and the farm staff who care for them.  This program will be offered as weather permits.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  $20/Hildene member family, $30/non-member for  families of four. Each additional person is $5.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register please call 802.379.0519 or email to email farm@hildene.org.


MAY

13 Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 7:00am, Free.

21 Lincoln Essay Competition Awards and Luncheon
Winners of the competition for Vermont State 8th graders will read their essays and be awarded their checks at a celebratory luncheon at Hildene. The competition is sponsored by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Spiral Press Cafe. The public is welcome to attend the luncheon for $20 per person. Please RSVP by May 12 to Stephanie at stephanie@hildene.org or 802-367-7960. Click here for more information on the competition.

27 Wild Edibles Walk and Talk
Naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen will lead workshop participants on a tour through Hildene’s varied habitat and extensive grounds identifying edible plants, discussing the conditions that each plant needs to thrive, and demonstrating responsible and safe harvesting practices.   Mr. Cohen will also focus on how to use and prepare wild plants to make “wild dishes.”  Participants will have an opportunity to sample food and beverages made from wild plants.
This workshop will emphasize the value of caring for the natural world and sustainable living and is in keeping with the missions of both Hildene and Transition Town Manchester. Mr. Cohen’s book, Wild Plants I Have Knownand Eaten, will be available for purchase and the author will be available to sign them.  
Registration is required as class size is limited.  (This program sold out for both of Mr. Cohen's previous workshops.)  The event is $10 for Hildene members and $15 for non-members.  1:00 to 4:30 pm, starting in the Beckwith Room in Hildene’s Welcome Center.  Please RSVP by May 25, to Stephanie at stephanie@hildene.org or 802-367-7960.

27 Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 7:00am, Free..

Celebration of Peonies
Traditionally the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June when the Formal Garden signals the beginning of the season with 1,000's of peony blooms; many of them from the original 1907 plants.


JUNE

4 Hot Water Bath Canning 101
Participate in a how-to-begin hot water bath canning workshop. Jane and Ken Moriarty, who have been doing their own canning for years, will show participants how to make a rhubarb conserve - starting with how to prepare the rhubarb to the finished Mason jar, participants will learn about supplies and techniques that make canning fun and easy. All participants will taste a sample and go home with a jar of rhubarb conserve. Workshop limited to 8 participants and registration is required. For more information and to register Please contact Stephanie at stephanie@hildene.org or 802-367-7960.


11 Community Day
Discover all Hildene has to offer free of charge today.  Guests are encouraged to bring walking shoes so they can visit the many venues The Lincoln Family Home has to offer:  home and gardens, Welcome Center and The Museum Store, Pullman car Sunbeam, the goat dairy at Hildene Farm, the floating boardwalk and Dene farm and about miles of scenic woodland and meadowwalking trails. All visitors must check in at the Welcome Center to receive a sticker.  All are encouraged to bring a picnic, stay for an hour or spend the day.  This is Hildene’s way of thanking the community. 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Free.

17 Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 7:00am, Free.

22 Comparing Lincoln and FDR
Harold Holzer and Craig Symonds are two of America’s foremost historians. Holzer has written extensively about Abraham Lincoln, including, among other titles, Lincoln at Cooper Union and Lincoln, President Elect. Symonds spent many years teaching naval history at Annapolis. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, Midway. Holzer and Symonds will compare and contrast the styles, judgment and character of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt, America’s most important wartime presidents. Having these great writers and speakers together is a rare treat. The lessons of leadership they will help to illuminate are just as important today as they were when these two presidents, each in their time, saved the country. Welcome Center, 5:30 to 7:00pm, $5 for Hildene members, $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required: contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or stephanie@hildene.org.

 

JULY

14 Ecology of the Dene Walk & Talk: Forests, Wetlands, Meadows
Hildene’s horticulturist, education director and Dene Farm manager lead a program on the ecology of Hildene’s lower 200 acres. Andrea Luchini will discuss the importance of messy forests and the issue of invasive plants. Diane Newton will lead the group into the wetland for an activity to gain an understanding of its ecosystem and ecological importance. Brooke Decker will complete the tour with a visit to the bird sanctuary where she will talk about meadow ecology and efforts to encourage bobolinks and other pollinators.
All parking must be at Hildene’s Welcome Center parking lot and Hildene will provide all transportation to and from the lower Dene. Bus will leave the parking lot promptly at 2:00pm. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Shuttle will return to the Welcome Center by 4:30pm. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. 2:00pm to 4:30pm. $5 for Hildene members, $10 for non-members (Rain date: Friday, July 21, from 2:00pm to 4:30pm)
For more information and to register, contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or stephanie@hildene.org.


15 Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 7:00am, Free.


16 Goat Care 101
Led by the goat dairy staff at Hildene Farm, Misty Hosley and Kimberly Pinsonneault; a workshop for people considering raising a goat; 1:00 to 2:30. $10 for members, $15 for non-members; limited to 15 participants.  Preregistration is required - contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or stephanie@hildene.org.

21 Rain Date Ecology of the Dene Walk & Talk: Forests, Wetlands, Meadows
Hildene’s horticulturist, education director and Dene Farm manager lead a program on the ecology of Hildene’s lower 200 acres. Andrea Luchini will discuss the importance of messy forests and the issue of invasive plants. Diane Newton will lead the group into the wetland for an activity to gain an understanding of its ecosystem and ecological importance. Brooke Decker will complete the tour with a visit to the bird sanctuary where she will talk about meadow ecology and efforts to encourage bobolinks and other pollinators.
All parking must be at Hildene’s Welcome Center parking lot and Hildene will provide all transportation to and from the lower Dene. Bus will leave the parking lot promptly at 2:00pm. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Shuttle will return to the Welcome Center by 4:30pm. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. 2:00pm to 4:30pm. $5 for Hildene members, $10 for non-members (Rain date: Friday, July 21, from 2:00pm to 4:30pm)
For more information and to register, contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or stephanie@hildene.org.


AUGUST

9 Pollinator Haven: Rethinking Your Lawnscape
Workshop presenters, Andrea Luchini and Diane Newton, include a presentation and discussion on native pollinators, the perils they face, and what to do to enhance their numbers in our own backyards. Following the presentation, participants explore Hildene’s grounds and gardens to observe native pollinators and see how the simple principles of pollinator conservation can be implemented in any landscape. 5:00 to 6:30pm. Registration is required: $5 for Hildene members, $10 for non-members. For more information and to register, contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or stephanie@hildene.org.

19 Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 7:00am, Free.


SEPTEMBER

16 Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 8:00am, Free.


OCTOBER

7 Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 8:00am, Free.

 

NOVEMBER

18 Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 8:00am, Free.

23 HILDENE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

 

DECEMBER


Robert and Mary's home is decorated for Christmas throughout the month as they might have done when they stayed at Hildene through the holidays in 1912. Musicians will play the Lincolns' 1908 Aeolian organ and Steinway piano. Schedule TBD.

2 & 3 Our House for the Holidays?
The Museum Store Welcomes Neighbors & New Friends. Dressed in holiday finery, the spirit of the season abounds in our 100 year old Carriage Barn! Apple cider, Vermont tastings & fresh cider doughnuts. The crisp fragrance of pine boughs & sounds of the season.
All conspire to create a unique Holiday Shopping experience. Distinctive items for Holiday Gift Giving sure to please young & old. Lincoln, Gilded Age, Gardens, History, Nature and Vermont.
Bring a copy of this page with you and our gift to you will be 20% off purchase.


9 Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 8:00am, Free.

24, 25 & 26 HILDENE CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS

 

2018

 

JANUARY

TBD Music at the House

TBD Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 8:00am, Free.

 

FEBRUARY

12 Lincoln Essay Competition Submission Deadline
All essays submitted for the Lincoln Essay Competition are due to Hildene on or before February 12, at 4:30 pm. Entries may be dropped off by hand at the Welcome Center. For more information or to receive a packet of materials, call Stephanie Moffett Hynds at 367-7960 or email her. Download an application packet here. Sponsored by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Spiral Press Cafe.
This year’s topic to be announced in early December 2017

TBD Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 8:00am, Free.

 

MARCH

TBD Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 8:00am, Free.

TBD Apple Tree Pruning Workshop
Join Joe Blair for a demonstration of apple tree pruning on the grounds at Hildene. Blair will focus on two forms of pruning:  corrective pruning for ornamentals and pruning to increase productivity for apple-bearing trees.  The arborist will demonstrate these techniques on the Lincolns’ historic apple trees.  There will be time for questions and answers throughout.  12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. This Hildene horticultural program is free and open to the public.  Check in is at the Welcome Center.

 

APRIL

1 HILDENE IS CLOSED FOR EASTER

TBD Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 8:00am, Free.

TBD Bird Walk
The Vermont Bird and Sky Watch and local birders meet to conduct a survey of the wild birds present on the grounds of Hildene. For more information, please contact Randy Schmidt at 802. 362.2270 or at randy@thevermontbirdplace.com. Meet in the Welcome Center parking lot, 7:00am, Free.

27 Arbor Day

 

 

 

 

 




 

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