Guilford artisans hold their annual Holiday Studio Sale

Thursday November 15, 2012

GUILFORD -- A drive down the Green River Road in mid-November has become a tradition for many area folks. The reason is the annual Holiday Studio Sale at Carol Schnabel’s weaving studio.

This year, the Holiday Studio Open House will take place on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 410 Green River Road.

For this event, Joining Schnabel to sell their wares are other area artisans. The Holiday Sale is an opportunity to mingle with friends and neighbors, eat free snacks, and start the holiday shopping season buying local products directly from their creators.

Returning this year are Josh and Marta Bernbaum, glass artists who live in West Brattleboro. They produce a varied line of blown and torched glass items. At this sale the Bernbaums will be selling blown glass ornaments.

The Franklin Farm, a certified organic diversified family farm return. David and Mary Ellen Franklin and their son John are member/owners of the Organic Valley Cooperative. They milk 59 cows as well as produce maple syrup. Mary Ellen will once again feature her famous "Zesty Blend" salad dressing along with an array of maple products. For more information, visit

Lois Pancake is another resident of the Green River Road. She is a photographer whose work mainly features the local fauna and flora. She will have photo cards and calendars and gift cards available.

Carol Schnabel has been weaving for more than 35 years. This year she will have a selection of her chenille scarves and shawls, as well as tencel scarves, cotton shawls, cotton placemats and braided baskets. New this year are gift items woven from recycled newspapers.

Walter Slowinski of Orchard Street Pottery is new to the group this year. He has been making pots for 40 years, and built his wood-fired kiln in West Brattleboro 14 years ago. He will be selling teapots, jars, bowls, pitchers, mugs and vases.

Judy Sopenski has been farming in Guilford for about 10 years. She raises chickens, ducks and lamb the old-fashioned way. She will be featuring merino yarn from her sheep along with knitting patterns and kits to make scarves, hats and vests. She has added a line of felted wool products, which include potholders and hot-water bottle covers.

Unfortunately the studio is not handicapped-accessible.

For information, call 802-257-1894.


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