Wednesday, November 21, 2012

34th Annual Putney Crafts Tour November 23rd-25th, 2012

Escape the hustle and bustle of traditional holiday shopping and experience a one-of-a-kind back country roads shopping adventure. With more than  two dozen top-notch craftspeople offering demonstrations and unique one-of-a-kind gifts, the  34th Annual Putney, Vermont Crafts Tour stands out among art excursions. This eclectic collection of artists and their studios are tucked in the hills and valleys of this quaint New England village and offer something for everyone on this year's holiday shopping list.

Glass blowers, woodworkers, weavers, potters, jewelry designers, metalworkers and even cheese makers open their studios for this three day weekend and welcome visitors in to explore the art of making art. Visits as few or as many as you like following the map or clearly defined directional signs located throughout Putney. There's so much to see that it's difficult to visit all the participants even over the course of the long weekend. Participants also change from year-to-year so there's always something new to see and explore on this annual event. We ourselves try and visit a few of our favorite artists as well as a few new ones each year and they never dissappoint. Hours are 10am-5pm daily.

Another one of our favorites going on simultaneously this Thanksgiving weekend is the 10th Annual Walpole Artisan Tour featuring artist demonstrations in studios throughout the Walpole area. The tour starts at the Walpole Artists Cooperative, a gallery founded by local artists located at 52 Main Street across from Burdick Chocolates in beautiful downtown Walpole, NH. Maps are available at the co-op and raffles will be drawn for two - $25 gift certificates good for merchandise available at the art cooperative.

Both of these events offer great opportunities to be a local hero and shop local this holiday season - giving a gift to our communities as well as your loved one all while helping you meet the challenge to shift 10% (or more!) of your shopping to local this holiday season.

Hope to see you in Walpole this weekend!

Jackie, Innkeeper

Monday, November 19, 2012

Celebrate the Holidays with Plaid Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Does the idea of crowds and long holiday shopping lines make you cringe? Well, here's an idea who's time has come. There's a movement afoot called Plaid Friday aimed at taking back Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) from the corporate conglomerates. Why plaid you ask? Plaid is a design consisting of multiple colors woven together into a larger pattern which in this case symbolizes the diversity of local businesses that make up a strong local economy. Organizers of the day are encouraging shoppers to wear plaid as they shop as a visual support for our local businesses, many of which are offering discounts and specials to those that indeed wear plaid. Shopping in locally owned businesses as opposed to the "big box" is not only a  more relaxing and unique shopping experience, but one that strengthens relationships and supports our local economy by keeping your hard earned dollar in our community.

There will be locally owned businesses throughout the Monadnock Region acting as "hubs" this Friday, November 23rd to answer questions about Plaid Friday and Monadnock Buy Local. Sign up to be entered to win one of dozens of great "Plaid Friday" prizes donated by local businesses in our community that will be raffled off throughout the day. We'll be participating as a Plaid Friday hub in the Monadnock Region and as such handing out our famous homemade cookies to hungry shoppers in plaid passing through Walpole.

Plaid Friday is also the kick off event for the 2012 Shift Your Shopping campaign, a nationwide effort to get citizens to spend 10% (or more!) of their holiday gift budget at locally owned businesses and organizations.

Gift certificates make a great gift for any number of important people on your list. The Inn will be offering 10% off gift certificates of any denomination purchased Friday, November 23rd as part of the Plaid Friday celebration. Be sure to also check out our offerings of new farm t-shirts designed by local artist Virginia Allyn for both children and adults, and selection of maple syrup, handmade soaps, organic lotions, and mugs. In addition to its regular hours, the Walpole Valley Farms farm store will also be open on Plaid Friday and is filled with our 100% grass fed beef and lamb, pasture raised heritage pork, turkey, chicken, eggs, farm t-shirts, maple syrup, food related books, gift certificates for meat and farm tours, and more.

Shake up Black Friday, skip the crowds and long lines, shop local on November 23rd and support your local economy! And don't forget your plaid!

Jackie, Innkeeper

P.S.: Yes, that's my brother Chris and his wife Caitlin modeling suggested Plaid Friday attire at Stonewall Farm's Thanksgiving Farm Fare.