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Community Suppers? Tractor Parades? Dorset hosts it all…

Local Events

The Dorset Green hosts all sorts of wonderful events, art installations and special occasions. Dorset residents come out for their friends and neighbors and welcome all to join. Photo by Ramiro Garay


Upcomming Events

The Tortoise Versus The Hare

Jan 25 2020 • For the Family and Theater & Arts

Dorset Players welcome the Missoula Children's Theatre for a special performance of The Tortoise Versus The Hare. Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year – the annual race between arch enemies, the Mammals and the Reptiles. As the race progresses, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of...

Full Snow Moon Hike

Feb 8 2020 • Recreation & Fitness

Explore Merck Forest & Farmland Center at this staff-guided Full Snow Moon Hike/Snowshoe across the winter landscape (snow cover dependent). If the sky is clear, the trails will be moon-lit, but the evening air will be cold so warm dress is required. Bring your micro-spikes and snowshoes, water and snacks, and a headlamp or flashlight. The Full Snow Moon Hike...

Nor’easter Merck Forest Ultra

Mar 1 2020 • Recreation & Fitness

Do you have what it takes to finish the toughest sanctioned snowshoe race in the world? The Nor'easter Merck Forest Ultra presented by Dion Snowshoes will begin March 1 at Merck Forest & Farmland Center in Rupert. The event includes 25k or 50k options, or a walker-friendly option with an 8-hour cutoff. Find more information and register for the Nor'easter...

On Golden Pond

Mar 6 2020 • Theater & Arts

On Golden Pond, a live performance presented by Dorset Players, tells the story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, an aging couple who are spending the summer at their home on Golden Pond. Ethel and Norman are visited by their daughter Chelsea, her fiancé Billy Ray, and his son Billy Ray Jr. The play explores the often turbulent relationship that Chelsea...

Full Worm Moon Hike

Mar 14 2020 • Recreation & Fitness

Explore Merck Forest & Farmland Center at this month's Full Worm Moon Hike. The earth is stirring beneath our feet this time of year, but there still might be enough snow to snowshoe. This will be a moderate-level staff-guided hike over (potentially) moonlit trails. Dress for any weather contingency, and bring water and snacks. This hike begins at 4 p.m....

Maple Madness for Children

Mar 14 2020 • Recreation & Fitness

Find out what sugaring and maple trees are all about at Maple Madness for Children! This sap-to-syrup program includes games and storytelling, a tapping demonstration, a sap house tour, and a tasting to savor the sweet product of Merck Forest & Farmland Center's maple trees! This program runs from 1-3 p.m. Because part of the program is held outdoors,  come...

Maple Celebration & Pancake Breakfast

Mar 21 2020 • Maple Sugaring

For an entire weekend, Merck Forest & Farmland Center celebrates all things maple! The Maple Celebration includes a fabulous pancake breakfast, featuring their own pasture-raised pork sausage and certified organic maple syrup. Visitors can also enjoy tractor-drawn wagon rides and tapping and sugaring demonstrations. The Maple Celebration & Pancake Breakfast will go from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on both Saturday, March...

17th Annual One Act Festival

Apr 3 2020 • Theater & Arts

Now in its 17th year, the Dorset Players One Act Festival offers new directors and actors an opportunity to try their hand at directing or acting in short plays without the commitment of a larger production. The evening, produced by Lynne Worth, consists of several 15-20 minute plays. Showtimes April 3-4, 7:30 p.m. April 5, 2 p.m. Tickets $18 adults,...

Second Saturday Hike

Apr 11 2020 • Recreation & Fitness

This staff-guided Second Saturday Hike at Merck Forest & Farmland Center is a tossup. Will wintry conditions prevail, or will balmy breezes wake up the sleeping earth? Free your winter-bound spirit with this moderate-level hike. The hike will begin at 2 p.m. and will last two hours. The cost is $5 per person. Register for Merck Forest & Farmland Center's...

Meet the Lambs

May 16 2020 • For the Family

Have your little lambs meet the little lambs at Merck Forest & Farmland Center in Rupert. This family-friendly event is popular event with children who are just learning about farm animals and prefer them pint-sized. There will be other activities for all ages, including pond explorations and horse-drawn wagon rides. Suggested donation is $3 per person.