37th annual Putney Craft slated for Thanksgiving weekend

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PUTNEY >> The Putney Craft Tour invites visitors to this craft rich area of Vermont to meet the 23 makers on this year's tour including blacksmiths, glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, woodworkers — even artisan cheesemakers. This year the tour features a "Craft, Culinary & Stage" Weekend with a performance at Sandglass Theater and food specials in participating restaurants highlighted by the 37th Putney Craft Tour. The tour traditionally takes place on the long Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 27, 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and gives shoppers, visitors and collectors another reason to be thankful.

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. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and follow the artisans' process. There will be demonstrations at some studios and many of the studios will have locally produced snacks for the road.

On Saturday night, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Sandglass Theater will showcase Finn Campman's Company of Strangers in "Of Bread and Paper." "Of Bread and Paper" is the story of a poor refugee trying to find his way home. His exile is self imposed but enforced by the struggles of the world: poverty, conflict, indecision, and love. The show is played with paper figures, light and shadows.Tickets $16 general / $13 students and seniors. Sandglasstheater.org

Participating restaurants offering specials include Burdicks in Walpole, NH; Popolo in Bellows Falls; The Gleanery in Putney, The Putney General Store; J.D. McCliments Pub in Putney; Katy's Great Food in Putney; Putney Food Coop; The Saxtons River Inn and the Putney Diner. In addition, the tour will be helping to raise funds for the Putney Foodshelf for the second year.

"The Putney Craft Tour is more than a once a year event. Many of the studios are open year round, some by appointment, and the tour wants to be a resource for the community in ways that it can. Using our art to support our neighbors and young people in need is a way for us to give something back," says Nancy Calicchio, artist on the tour who spearheaded the collaboration with the Putney Food Shelf. Each studio on the Putney Craft Tour will showcase an object for sale with the proceeds going to the Foodshelf.

For the second year in a row, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce has named the Annual Putney Craft Tour as a Top Ten Winter Event (2015/16). Visitors may start at The Gleanery Restaurant, 133 Main St., Putney and/or at the Putney General Store for maps, and a preview exhibition of the artisans' works visit www.putneycrafts.com


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