Just on the other side of the Labor Day Weekend, it feels like fall is fast approaching. The autumn months feature some of Vermont’s most highly rated events and experiences! This weekend, visit Burlington for the South End Art Hop. Plan ahead for Oktoberfest at Mount Snow. Next month, peruse fine antiques and collectibles at the Weston Antique Show. There’s so much to do, see and experience in the Green Mountain State this season.
In late September (9/28 & 29) the town of Woodstock and Vermont Wood Products will host the 10th Annual Woodworking & Fine Furniture Festival. A Vermont ‘Top Ten Fall Event’ for three years running, the festival celebrates our forests, working landscapes and handcrafted products. Visit with the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, ask questions and seek inspiration for your own home design projects. Enjoy live music, local foods and cast your vote in the 2013 Fine Furniture & Wood Product Design Competition. This is a unique opportunity to experience the work of many artists at once and to learn about Vermont’s current projects and initiatives in the forest and wood products sector.
Visiting with the kids? Take the complimentary shuttle down the street to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park for woodworking and sawmill demonstrations, horse drawn wagon rides, forest walks and other family activities and events. Check out www.vermontwoodfestival.org for full itinerary, directions and admission information.
Did you know Vermont ranks 4 of all 50 states in working artists per capita? Most artists and craftspeople have studios and workshops near their homes that may or may not be open to the general public on an everyday basis. Fall Open Studio weekend, sponsored by the Vermont Craft Council and featuring 120+ participating artists, is an incredible treat for fans and collectors of handcraft and fine art, and those interested in the creative process, original design and the working landscape. Bookmark the dates, October 5 & 6.
Visiting a studio is a great opportunity to get in touch or reconnect with the artists in your community. It’s also a wonderful excuse to explore Vermont! Download the Craft Council map or pick up a booklet. Start with studios in your neighborhood or pick a location you’ve always wanted to visit and tack on a general store, local restaurant or historic site.
Get on the road this month and next. Take in the sights and the foliage while supporting Vermont’s craft culture and our tradition of fine handcrafted furniture. And if you do get to attend, we hope you’ll share your experiences with us!
For Inspiration and Member Work: www.vermontfurnituremakers.com