The 41st annual Putney Craft Tour

PUTNEY, Vt. – The 41st annual Putney Craft Tour, Nov 29, 30, and Dec 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the oldest continuous craft tour in the country and a Top 10 Vermont Winter event, offers visitors a chance to meet the artists in the setting where it all happens. Thanksgiving weekend is the start of the gift-buying season and the Putney Craft Tour offers a unique chance to find the perfect gifts.

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Fiona Morehouse hosts one of the open studios along the Putney Craft Tour. Photo provided

This year, the tour celebrates Parish Hill Creamery cheesemakers of Westminster, who were among seven Vermont cheesemakers who took home a collective 19 medals at this fall’s World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy. In its first foray outside Vermont, Putney Mountain Winery’s Vermont Cassis received Double Gold and Best in Show for liqueurs in the 2019 New York World Spirits competition. The winery offers tastings of a variety of its wines, liqueurs, and ciders.

Stained-glass artisan Julia Brandis and her husband have spent the past four years building a studio, which they’re excited to premiere this year. Award-winning handcrafted furniture maker Peter Maynard recently received his first international commission. Peter and his wife Marcie Maynard, whose work includes oil paintings, pastels, and monotype prints, enjoy adjacent studios on the tour. Dena Gartenstein Moses is known for her colorful and visually stunning wearables.

Glassblower Bob Burch, one of the founding members of the tour, is known for inspiring others with his mantra for life to “love what you do.” For Burch the tour is a family affair with daughter Caitlin, a glassblower and jewelry maker, and son Ryan, who makes functional ceramics. Find all three artists in their studios along the tour as well as many other unique studios.

On Saturday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music will be featuring contemporary folk, singer-songwriters Antje Duvekot and Marr Nakoa. For tickets and details, please go to www.nextstagearts.org.

Sandglass Theater will be offering a piece about belonging, memory, and intergenerational dialogue. “When I put on Your Glove,” is a puppetry, dance, and spoken word piece that explores a daughter’s relationship with her father’s work and how an art form endures and transforms as it is handed to the next generation. Performed and created by Shoshana Bass, daughter of the founders of Sandglass Theater. Performances are Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Sandglass Theater in Putney. For tickets and more information, please go to www.sandglasstheater.org.

Visitors can start at The Gleanery Restaurant, 133 Main Street, for information, maps, and a preview exhibition of artisans’ works. Lead sponsors include Four Columns Inn & Artisan Restaurant, Hidden Springs Maple, Putney Diner, Putney Food Co-op, and the Putney General Store. For more information, go to www.putneycrafts.com where you can also download a map.

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