River Valley Artisans host self-guided tour


WALPOLE, N.H. >> On Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, three local wineries will join forces with local artists for the an Art & Wine Tour. Hosted by River Valley Artisans, a New Hampshire based not-for profit aimed at helping Connecticut River valley artists to get their work shown, the event will feature 20 artists all of various trades.

Originally a studio tour, River Valley Artisans decided to ask Poocham Hill Winery and Summit Winery, both in Westmoreland, and Walpole Mountain View Winery at Barnett Hill Vineyard to become part of the event. The two-day tour will include art, wine tasting, food, and fun.

This self-guided tour that includes three stops, all within a 19 mile radius, will feature unique wines from each winery as well as different artists and artisans. Attendees will be able to sip wine, each unique to their own winery, as they stroll amongst various offerings.

Among the crafts will be oil paintings, water colors, fine art photography, hand crafted jewelry, wooden ware, and fiber arts. Not only will there be plentiful art to look at and take in, each artisan will also be selling one-of-a-kind items.

At Summit Winery, Asbury Church of Chesterfield will be hosting a food tent. They will be offering gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, pulled pork pitas, chicken kabobs, pasta salad, and more. In addition to the delectable menu, the church will be providing art themed activities for children to enjoy.

Come for the wine tasting and stay for the art. Grab lunch and a gift for a loved one. Handmade earrings featuring Westmoreland fluorite, a bottle of wine grown and produced locally, a beautifully hand-turned wooden bowl, or a photograph, the Art & Wine tour will have something for everyone.

The tour will be held rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maps can be found at all of the tour stops. The Asbury Church will be serving food Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

For more information or an online copy of the tour guide head over to www.rivervalleyartisans.com.

Michelle Stephens can be contacted at juiceboxconfession@gmail.com.


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