Putney Craft Tour celebrates 40th anniversary

Craft Tour
Ken Pick drawing on a bench. Photo provided.


PUTNEY, Vt. – The 40th annual Putney Craft Tour, the oldest continuing craft tour in the country, coincides with Thanksgiving and holiday shopping. The tour takes place Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 23, 24, and 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The 40-year tradition did not spring up out of the blue, but from the happy confluence of a number of trends including the back-to-the-land movement and the rise of American craft.

One of the founders is potter Ken Pick who arrived in Putney in 1969. “There are still five or six of us here who were here from the beginning,” Pick said. “We banded together in one location before we evolved the tour concept.”

This year there will be 25 studios participating in the tour. The Putney Craft Tour is great entertainment. Driving the back roads and finding the studios is an adventure in itself although the studios are well marked and maps provide clear directions.

The tour includes wine and cheese tastings as well as demos. Visitors may start at The Gleanery Restaurant, 133 Main Street, Putney for information, maps, and a preview exhibition of the artisans’ works.

Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of contemporary bluegrass and folk music with The Lonely Heartstring Band and The Stockwell Brothers Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney, Vt. For more information, call 802-387-0102.

Sandglass Theatre will present, “When I Put On Your Glove,” a puppetry, dance, and spoken word piece that explores a daughter’s relationship to her father’s work. The show addresses universal questions of belonging, childhood, fear of loss, death, and the complicated nature of navigating generational artistic legacy. Performances are Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Sandglass Theater in Putney, Vt. Reservations in advance are recommended and can be made by calling 802-387-4051 or email info@sandglasstheater.org.

Lead sponsors include Basketville, Four Columns Inn & Artisan Restaurant, Hidden Springs Maple, Putney food co-op, and the Putney General Store. For more information, go to www.putneycrafts.com.

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