Crafty Colrain: Beauty indoors and out set for this weekend
Sarah Schoedel's woven baskets are a new addition to Crafts of Colrain this year.
Elfin hats from Rag Hill Farm, one stop on this weekend's Crafts of Colrain tour.
COLRAIN — The 11th annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided tour this weekend offers visitors passage into at least 16 working artists’ studios, along scenic country roads.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the town’s artists and crafters will hold open houses, selling and demonstrating craft techniques ranging from fiber arts and jewelry-making to metal-smithing, painting and furniture-making.
The tour begins on Shelburne Line Road with the quilt-like woodwork of Al Ladd, who creates stunning wood inlays on jewelry boxes, cabinets and cutting boards. His wife, Marilyn Beal, produces hand-dyed silk scarves using carved stamps and Japanese-resist techniques.
Cartoon artist Suzanne Conway, on Foundry Village Road, has a great line sketch of Bob Dylan in concert, along with dozens of colorful cartoons and illustrations for children’s books. Cynthia Herbert and Bob Ramirez of Keldaby Farm raise Angora goats, so you can see the goats and fine hand-dyed yarns, throws and wearables.
Sarah Schoedel of Thompson Road makes handwoven baskets as well as colorful kids’ clothing.
Brewer Justin Korby of Stetson Brothers Road opens his new Stoneman Brewery this weekend, as part of the events. There will be sampling of his beers, made mostly with western Massachusetts-grown ingredients. Korby has created a Community Supported Agriculture brewery, which will make beer for its share-holders.
Lunch and snacks will be available at partnering restaurants: Pine Hill Orchards will provide a full daily lunch. Hager’s Farm Market in Shelburne offers lunch, local products and fried dough with maple cream. Bakers Oven Bistro and Bakery in Shelburne Falls will offer discounts to tour members after the daily tour is over. The Colrain Elementary School will also offer lunch on Saturday.
For complete information, and a map of the artists’ studios, go online to: www.craftsofcolrain.com