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Pentangle Arts presents its Annual Holiday House Tour for the 17th straight year on Saturday

Dec 07, 2018 02:16PM ● By Kevin
Pentangle Arts presents its Annual Holiday House Tour for the 17th straight year on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Wassail Weekend favorite, guests are invited to the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre to take part in the quintessential holiday tradition.

“Experience the warm hospitality of old New England,” the event website says, as you wander about the most charming houses, all decked out for the holiday season, featuring floral decorations by Birds of a Flower and the Woodstock Garden Club. Docents are stationed at each location to provide historical information and answer questions. The last stop of the tour is a reception hosted by the Prince and the Pauper Restaurant, which takes place between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are currently $45, which includes Vermont’s 6 percent sales tax and can be purchased at pentanglearts.org or by calling 802-457-3981. Kids 17 and under are admitted for free.

Pentangle Arts is a nonprofit arts organization that presents programming educates, entertains and inspires audiences of all ages.  A group of friends, local business owners and artists sat down in Polly Billings’ living room to discuss what this community could do to promote the arts in our area more than 40 years ago. Pentangle Arts was born that day.

Backed by the recently founded Vermont Council on the Arts, Pentangle has created arts and cultural experiences that foster creativity within the community through the presentation of live performances of music, theatre, and dance; screenings of films; the visual arts; and other special arts programs.

Starting Dec. 7, Woodstock transforms into a holiday wonderland, combining the efforts of many businesses and organizations across the community, and culminating into Wassail Weekend. Filled with twinkling lights, historic decorated homes, breakfast with Santa, and so much more, there is something for people of all ages to enjoy through Dec. 9.

Complete with sleigh bells during the Wassail Parade and holiday decorations at Billings Farm that highlight its 19th-century charm, Wassail Weekend kicks off for the 34th time – this year with something completely new. Starting at 10 a.m., visitors can peruse 23 Elm Street’s, Artisan Market. Vendors at the market, which goes on until 5 p.m. that evening, include: Ambrosia Confections, Laura White Pottery, ArtistinJune, Pretty Pillowcase, Depalo Coffee, Silo Distillery, Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co., New England Hot Fudge, Erin Kaukas Designs, and Fiona Davis & Veronica DeLay. The market continues on both of the remaining days of the annual festival.

Other featured places to visit throughout the weekend include: Billings Farm, Normal Williams Public Library, the Woodstock History Center, the Little Theatre, St. James Church, the Masonic Lodge, Wassail Café on the Green, the village green, the Historic Congregational Church, the Woodstock Inn, North Chapel Universalist Society, Yankee Bookshop, Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church.

The last event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.

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