Vermont Business Magazine The Putney Craft Tour, a Top Ten Vermont Winter Event, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the oldest continuing crafts studio tour in North America and has served as a model for the Vermont Crafts Council when it put together its own statewide tours.
“Governor Scott’s recognition of the Putney Craft Tour is a testament to the importance of the arts and crafts industry in Vermont. Quality craftsmanship, local talent, and artist entrepreneurship exist in abundance throughout our rural communities and we couldn’t be happier to receive this recognition," said Pick. The 25 working studios include glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, painters, woodworkers, photographers – even artisan cheesemakers, winemakers and custom bicycle makers –discover, ask questions, sip hot cider and buy that one-of-a-kind gift direct from the artisan who made it.
L-R Vermont State Representative Mike Mrowicki and several of the Putney Craft Tour founders — potter, David Mischke; glassblower, Bob Burch; potter, Ken Pick and painter, Judy Hawkins — accept proclamation by Governor Philip B. Scott declaring Thanksgiving Weekend, November 23, 24, 25 as Putney Craft Tour Weekend in the State of Vermont.
The tour includes wine and cheese tastings as well as demos. Next Stage Arts and Sandglass Theater have performances at night. Visitors may start at The Gleanery Restaurant, 133 Main Street, Putney for info, maps, and a preview exhibition of the artisans’ works. Lead sponsors include Basketville, Four Columns Inn & Artisan Restaurant, Hidden Springs Maple, Putney food co-op, and the Putney General Store.