This is not surprising to the artisans on the 39th annual Putney Craft Tour that takes place Thanksgiving weekend, November 24 through 26, from 10 am to 5 pm. The tour is the oldest continuous craft studio tour in North America, offering a unique opportunity to spend time with many of Vermont’s most powerfully creative voices and to experience the artists’ stories and their work up close.
Bob Burch, a founding member of the Putney Craft Tour, agrees that the demand for handmade items is growing. Consumers are looking for the authentic and unique, and they want to purchase items that represent some form of history plus have profound stories to tell.
Local residents, tour-goers, and tourists are invited to celebrate the love of food in addition to the love of cultural activities. Visitors can visit the studios during the day, enjoy Putney Craft Tour specials at participating restaurants, and enjoy a performance at night.
Putney is a wonderfully craft-rich area, and the tour is an opportunity to meet the 24 working artists and buy that special one-of-a-kind gift directly from the artist who made it. Visitors can observe and engage with glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, and woodworkers, as well as with artisan cheesemakers, a custom bicycle-maker, winemakers, encaustic artists, farm-art artists, and one artist who makes drums, rattles, lidded containers, masks and more from gourds. All of the artists will be demonstrating during the tour.
Tour-goers are invited to take photos with their phone as they visit the studios for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate and a night at the Four Columns Inn.
Visitors may start at The Gleanery Restaurant, 133 Main Street, for information, maps, and a preview exhibition of the artisans’ works. For all the details visit www.putneycrafts.com.