Open Studio

Memorial Day Weekend might be my most favorite weekend of the year. All over Vermont, craftspeople open their studios to the public for two days. We've been visiting studios for five years now and have met blacksmiths, woodworkers, rug hookers, sculptors, painters, and many others. It is so fun to follow the signs up winding dirt roads, down long driveways, to discover little studios like this one.

Sometimes the studios are massive post and beam barns that house glassblowers. Sometimes they are little sheds tucked away by a beaver pond. It is fun to see how these various artists are inspired by their surroundings both inside and out. We hear amazing stories as well. Once we ended up in the living room of a woman who had escaped Nazi Germany and was hooking her story into a rug. We stayed and listened to her talk for a long time.

We have driven all over Vermont. We stop along the way for yard sales and library book sales--it's opening weekend for these events as well.

We stop when we see something interesting such as this marble quarry--the first in the United States. There were actually people diving in. BRR.

It's a lot of driving, but we all love it. We pack a picnic. The girls usually bring along a walkman and book on tape. I knit. N drives. Odin sleeps and barks. The girls have an "Open-Studio Journal Kit" they created which includes glue sticks, scissors, pens, and a journal which they've been keeping for years now. It's basically a scrapbook of business cards from the various artists. It keeps them busy and interested even when the studio is a furniture shop--LOL.

Occasionally they will pick up a tidbit of yarn, a shaving of wood, or a splint scrap from a basket to glue in. Sometimes they pack knitting needles, thread, and needles in case they get inspired to make something from materials they buy. That didn't happen this year, though.

So, if you're ever looking for something to do on Memorial Day Weekend and you love craft, come up to Vermont. We'll see you on the road.

Tara  – (May 27, 2008 at 8:40 AM)  

That sounds really fun! Lots of parades and memorial services here... no studio open houses, though.

Yarrow  – (May 27, 2008 at 9:57 AM)  

That sounds so fun and interesting. I would love it if there was something like that down here. Thanks for sharing your photos and the scrapbooks are terrific!

Dawn  – (May 27, 2008 at 10:06 AM)  

Vermont sounds like such a great place to live. I'm glad you had a wonderful weekend.

Michelle  – (May 27, 2008 at 10:11 AM)  

What a great experience that would be. Fantastic!

Lisa Anne  – (May 27, 2008 at 2:03 PM)  

Sounds like a great time on the road with your family, I love Vermont. The garden finally dried up, so we worked all weekend, but lots of out of town city-slickers stopped by to get their yearly dose of farm life!

Anonymous –   – (May 27, 2008 at 3:21 PM)  

hi sarah! we saw those signs everwhere but had too much to do in our two brief days... next time. we've been swimming in that quarry before, adam jumped off the highest cliff. crazy!! it was sad to leave vermont as always. what a lovely time of year up there right now. :)

Lisa  – (May 27, 2008 at 5:25 PM)  

Sounds like great fun, nothing like that in UK. I would just love to go to a yard sale! Something we think the whole of America does every weekend LOL!


Tracy  – (May 28, 2008 at 10:06 PM)  

I've never heard of anything like that before - how interesting!

That quarry reminds me of a scene from a Billy and Blaze book . . .

Gypsy  – (May 29, 2008 at 2:46 PM)  

Wow that looks so beautiful and so 'real' - real people doing their thing! I love the craft folder for your kids, great idea.

denise  – (May 29, 2008 at 4:49 PM)  

Oh, that is awesome. I love finding craftspeople of all types. Very cool.

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