PUTNEY -- The 34th annual Putney Craft Tour returns Nov. 23-25 and features 28 artists and craftspeople, including some new to the tour or returning after absences, who open their studios to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day.
A new feature this year is the welcome center at The Putney Inn, where visitors can stop to get maps, directions and to view the participating artists’ work, which will be on exhibit at the Inn.
Weaver Dena Gartenstein Moses, an organizer who has been part of the tour for many years, says, "We have over 25 artists participating and realize that even if someone takes the whole weekend, it will be hard for them to see and do everything."
Veteran tour-goers, she says, "often have their favorites, but we wanted to give new participants an easy way to get a sense of what is being made and shown on the different stops to help them decide how to plan their time."
There will be someone on hand to provide information about the tour, the artists and about Putney and places to stay and dine. Maps, coffee and restrooms will be available. Every artisan on the tour will have at least one piece exhibited at the inn, a preview of what’s in store at the studios.
As always, the annual Putney Craft Tour, held during the long Thanksgiving weekend, gives shoppers, visitors and collectors another reason to be thankful. Blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodworkers -- even artisan cheesemakers -- invite visitors to come in, discover, ask questions, sip hot cider and find that one-of-a-kind gift.
Part of the fun is meandering through the beautiful Vermont countryside, following the map to find these prominent craftspeople and view the works where they are conceived and created; in some cases, the settings showcase how to incorporate original pieces into a home.
For more information on the craftspeople, a map and links to accommodations and restaurants, visit putneycrafts.com.