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Sport of Kings Day

Sport of Kings

September 22 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lords and Ladies all are invited to celebrate the Sport of Kings—Falconry! Experience the history, language, and traditions of this 3000-year old practice of hunting alongside a trained raptor. Join us for our flighted raptor demonstrations, learn about animal tracking on a forest hike, explore the medicinal plants growing in our meadow, and try your hand at archery. You’ll even meet some modern-day Vermont falconers from New England Falconry in Woodstock. Costumes are encouraged!

Schedule of Events
10:30 am – 11:30 am: Scales & Serpents
11:30 am – 2:00 pm: Archery Demo
11:30 am – 3:30 pm: New England Falconry exhibit
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm: Raptor Chats with the Master of the Mews
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Skill Challenges in the Field
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Raptor Feeding
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Falconry: Sport of Kings
ALL DAY: Pelt and Skull Station
ALL DAY: Tools of Falconry Station
ALL DAY: Craft a Catapult
ALL DAY: Fairy Houses in the Forest

First-Day-of-Issue Dedication Ceremony
Birds in Winter Stamps

11:00 am – 11:30 am
The U.S. Postal Service celebrates four of winter’s winged beauties with the Birds in Winter Forever stamps. The stamps feature the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus), the northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) and the red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus).

RSVP online at usps.com/birdsinwinter to attend the ceremony.*
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*Registration is encouraged for this event. Walk-ins welcome.