Calendar

2016

 

NEW FARM CHORES PROGRAM

Children 12 and younger are invited to experience Hildene Farm and Goat Dairy in a new farm chores program. Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:00am, a family with children ages 3 through 12 can register for “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, this promises to be 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 through September and possibly further into the fall, as weather permits.  Pre-registration is required.  $10/Hildene member family, $20/non-member family.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or email stephanie@hildene.org.

 

JANUARY

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.

17 President Lincoln's Second Innaugural
Talk by Hildene President, Seth Bongartz, 2:00 to 3:00pm, Welcome Center Beckwith Room, $5 admission for non-members. Free for members.

 

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 5:00 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:
Why do you think racism persists in America: what factors contribute to its persistence and how can these factors be addressed in order to move the country toward a more perfect union?

Application packets can be downloaded from our website: http://www.hildene.org/schools.htm

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, 8:00am, Free.

 

MARCH

5 The Battenkill Valley; Reading the Natural Landscape Series - The Rocks
Hildene presents a four part series focusing on the natural landscape of the Battenkill Valley. Vermonters are surrounded by beautiful mountains, forests, streams and farmland, but the landscape has not always looked this way. This series will bring to life the valley’s fascinating evolution. Join Burr and Burton Academy instructor, Dave Curtis for the first talk of a four part series. Dave will focus on geology. 10:00 to 11:00am. Welcome Center Beckwith Room, $5 admission for non-members. Free for members.

12 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.

19 The Battenkill Valley; Reading the Natural Landscape Series - The Water
Join geologist Steve Revell for the second talk of a four part series. Steve will focus on the impact of water on the natural landscape. 10:00 to 11:00am. Welcome Center Beckwith Room, $5 admission for non-members. Free for members.

19 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. 

27 HILDENE IS CLOSED FOR EASTER

 

APRIL

2 The Battenkill Valley; Reading the Natural Landscape Series - The Forests
Join forester Alan Calfee for the third talk of a four part series. Alan will focus on the forested landscape. 10:00 to 11:00am. Welcome Center Beckwith Room, $5 admission for non-members. Free for members.

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.

16 The Battenkill Valley; Reading the Natural Landscape Series - The Soil
Join Hildene, horticulturist, Andrea Luchini for the fourth and final talk of a four part series. Andrea will focus on soil composition. 10:00 to 11:00am. Welcome Center Beckwith Room, $5 admission for non-members. Free for members.

29 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.


MAY

1 Arbor Day

14 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.

15 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. Click here for more information.

21 Wild Edibles Walk and Talk THIS PROGRAM IS FULL BUT YOU CAN CLICK HERE TO BE PUT ON THE WAIT LIST
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.   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 the last time Mr. Cohen was here.)  The event is $15 per person/$10 for Hildene members.  1:00 to 4:30 pm, starting in the Beckwith Room in Hildene’s Welcome Center.  Please RSVP by May 18, to Stephanie at stephanie@hildene.org or 802-367-7960.

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.

28 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.


JUNE

12 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, Rowland Agricultural Center at Hildene Farm, and about twelve miles of scenic woodland and meadow 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.

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, 7:00am, Free.

 

JULY

14 Eco Tour of the Dene
Hildene’s horticulturist, education director and Dene Farm manager lead a program on the ecology of Hildene’s lower meadows and wetland. Andrea Luchini will discuss the issue of invasive plants. Diane Newton will lead the group into the wetland for a hands-on activity to gain an understanding of the ecosystem and its ecological importance. Brooke Decker will complete the tour with a visit to the adjacent 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 9:30am. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Shuttle will return to the Welcome Center by noon. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants. 9:30am to Noon. $10 for Hildene members, $15 for non-members (Rain date: Thursday, July 21, from 9:30am to noon)
For more information and to register, contact Stephanie at 802.367.7960 or stephanie@hildene.org.


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, 7:00am, Free.


AUGUST

20 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

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, 8:00am, Free.


OCTOBER

8 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

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, 8:00am, Free.

24 HILDENE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

 

DECEMBER


Robert and Mary's home is decorated throughout the month as they might have done when they stayed at Hildene through the holidays in the early 1900's.


3 & 4 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.


10 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

 

 




 

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