Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts

The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts is located in Ludlow, VT, just a few minutes from our comfortable B&B. This Vermont craft school offers classes and workshops throughout the year taught by talented instructors. During the summer, book a reservation to stay with us during Fletcher Farm’s craft festivals, featuring almost 100 New England artisans. Don’t consider yourself an artists? Think crafts are a thing of the past? A visit to Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts will make you think twice! Instructors welcome students of all levels – and for those who are just passing through there is always the craft shop to visit.


Summer 2014 at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts

For talented artisans and wannabe craftspeople alike, Fletcher Farm School is the perfect place to dip your toes into something new.  Golden Stage Inn is just two miles down the road from their arts campus, and often offers multi-night stay discounts for Fletcher Farm students. Their summer schedule is jam packed with classes and workshops.  You can register online when you look at their schedule, or call the Fletcher Farm office at (802) 228-8770.  

 

I wish I could give a description of every class, but there are just so many!  Below you’ll find a schedule to peruse, and you can visit Fletcher Farm School’s website to read more about each individual class.

 

Arts & Crafts Classes July 2014

At Fletcher Farm School, Ludlow VT

July 11-13   Drawing for Beginners fletcher farm painting

July 11-13   Enameled Bowls

July 12-13   Painting in Acrylics

July 12-13   Scottish Jewelry

July 12-13   Contemporary Rug Hooking

July 12-18   Quilter’s Choice

July 12-18   Bobbin Lace

July 14-18   Silver Fabrication

July 14-18   Punch Needle Rug Hooking

July 16-17    Beadweaving

July 18-20   Digital Macro Photography with Camera, iPad or iPhone

July 19        Plein Air Felting

July 19        Hypertufa for the Garden

July 20       Trellises for the Gardenfletcher farm clay metal

July 19-20   Sweater Decoration

July 19-20   Classic American Baskets

July 21-22   Fused Glass

July 21-25   Reverse Painting on Glass

July 22-23   Warping the Loom

July 23-24   Precious Metal Clay

July 24-28   Intro to Weaving

July 25-27   Penwork Boxes

July 26-27   How to Paint Watercolor Landscapesfletcher farm nature drawing

July 26-27   Shaker Oval Boxes Basics

July 26-27   Digital Imaging

July 26-27   Glass Fusing Plus

July 26-28   Nature Drawing and Journaling

July 28-30   Hand Building Wheel Throwing Clay

July 28-31   Inter/Advanced Shaker Oval Boxes

July 28-August 1   Brides Box

July 28-August 1   Still Life Painting in Oils

July 29-August 2   “Not Your Grandmother’s Pot Holders” – Rags to Multi-Harness Riches

 

Happy crafting!

Happy Independence Day from Golden Stage Inn

From all of us at the Golden Stage Inn B&B, Happy Independence Day!

Well, technically the 4th of July just passed, but the weekend has just begun and the festivities aren’t over.  Vermont is the perfect place to spend Independence Day, and while yesterday (the real 4th of July) was a bit rainy, there is a bluebird sky today with clear breezes and temperatures in the 70s.  Vermont vacation-ers certainly won’t have to worry about ‘beating the heat’ this weekend!!

 

Image courtesy Celebration Fireworks of Vermont

Image courtesy Celebration Fireworks of Vermont

 

Spending the 4th of July in Southern Vermont

Last night, I’d planned to see fireworks in Ludlow, VT but was thwarted by the rain!  Luckily, Saxton’s River still had fireworks going off and the drizzle stopped just in time.  I stood in line for cotton candy, watched glowsticks being catapulted through the air by excited children, and enjoyed the fireworks.  It was a spectacular show.  If the day hadn’t been so grey, I may have spent my entire 4th of July in Saxton’s River -watching the morning parade, eating a lunch of Thai or Middle Eastern cuisine, and then dancing to fiddler’s tunes at the Rec Area in the evening.

If you’re thinking of spending next 4th of July in Vermont, consider visiting the Calvin Coolidge historic site or Billings Farm, which both have historical Independence Day events and activities.  Far from being antiquated, these events appeal to all ages and there is something for everyone.  Billings Farm & Museum hosts ‘An Old Vermont 4th‘ every year from 10 am – 5 pm in Woodstock VT.  The organization puts on historic orations and music all day long, hosts old time-y crafts, and serves up some farmhouse fare including homemade ice cream.  Kids (and adults!) can participate in a gunny sack race, spelling bees and  visits to the farm animals.

Calvin Coolidge was the only American president born on July 4th, and is one of two presidents born in Vermont.  The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation always puts on a great celebration for Independence Day to commemorate the birth of the USA and of President Coolidge.  This year’s diverse events all sounded like a lot of fun.  History buffs enjoyed attending a group reading of Coolidge’s autobiography and seeing the recent reproduction of the Coolidge family’s woolen blanket.  Foodies munched on chicken BBQ at the Wilder House restaurant and sampled wine and cheese at the Plymouth Artisan Cheese Factory.  Kids and families took a ride on horse-drawn wagons.  Don’t miss this event next year, and remember that you can tour the Coolidge homestead and historic site year-round.  After all, the site is just a short drive away from the Golden Stage Inn, and makes a great day trip!

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(Image courtesy coolidgefoundation.org)

Extending your Freedom – July 5th Events

The fun doesn’t stop today, and there are tons of events happening within driving distance from Golden Stage Bed and Breakfast.  If you’re looking for the excitement of fireworks tonight, look no further than Magic Mountain or Stratton Mountain, both in Londonderry, VT.  At 6 pm, Magic Mountain will proudly introduce The Butties, Vermont’s premier Beatles cover band.  Stratton Mountain will have activities all afternoon long into the evening including face painting, dance demonstrations, live music, caricatures, hay rides, eating contests, and gondola rides.  See the full schedule of events here, and don’t miss the grand opening of Green Apron, a brand new VT farm-to-table restaurant near the golf course.

Want to stay a little closer to your home away from home? (Golden Stage Inn, that is!)  Check out Fletcher Farm’s Annual Arts and Crafts Festival, today from 10 am – 4 pm.  Over 90 artisans from across New England will have their high quality, original work on display.  Stop by to check out everything from paintings to dolls clothes, dried flowers to wood carving, glasswork to food…

Okemo Mountain hosts the Great American Party today, and while there are no fireworks here, you’ll certainly have plenty of other things to keep you busy from 1-8 pm.  Barbeque, two free concerts, a waterslide, dunk tank, eating contest, midway games, and adventure zone will fill your day with fun.

Don’t let the fire die…Fireworks in Ludlow on July 6th!

Although the rain last night caused the Ludlow fireworks to be cancelled, never fear because they have been rescheduled for Sunday, July 6th.  Fireworks are sponsored by Ludlow Streetscapes at West Hill Park.  The Chris Kleeman Band will entertain Vermonters and vacation-ers alike with fantastic rhythm and blues music, with fireworks slated to go off at dark around 9 pm.  You can stop for dinner first at one of Ludlow’s many restaurants – Mr. Darcy’s, the Killarney, Sam’s Steakhouse, the Stemwinder, Downtown Grocery or DJ’s.  If you want to enjoy Chris Kleeman’s music, create yourself a picnic basket with treats from Wine & Cheese Depot and Singleton’s General Store.  You might also ask Julie about Rex’s Outrageous Road Crew Crunch available at Golden Stage Inn…

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Classes at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts: March 2014

While waiting out this final stretch of winter, make use of your indoor time with classes at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts. Though the snow may keep you inside, you can keep your hands and mind active and create something beautiful and useful. March classes at Fletcher Farm School range across a number of topics, including felting, basketry, weaving and printing. Classes are usually welcoming to every level, so that the “What is felting?!” beginners like me can have just as much fun as experienced print-makers and weavers who are looking for something new. All classes at Fletcher Farm School are from 9 am to 4 pm with a half hour lunch break at noon.

Learn to weave miniature baskets at a Vermont crafts school! There are many classes at Fletcher Farm School to choose from.

March 15-16: Felt a Flying Owl with Sue Carey

Using wool primarily sourced from Vermont sheep, create your own realistic owl (6-8 inch wingspan). Combining the techniques of wet felting and needle felting, beginning and intermediate felters will leave the class with a beautiful ornament. In addition, the class provides you with a felting needle which you may take home for future felt projects, and a valuable source of knowledge and information regarding various needle and wool types.

March 22: Weave Miniature Baskets with Judy Nevin

Adorable baskets can add to your decor or hold small objects at your desk. Carve the handles and rims yourself before weaving together an Aztec-inspired basket an a Cathead Oval basket. I can imagine my ten-year-old self loving these baskets for my stuffed animals and dolls!

March 23: Weave a Landscape with Carolyn Scott

I had no idea you could weave a landscape – or anything framed and picturesque – until reading about the March offerings for classes at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts. Even beginning crafters can design a landscape using simple knotting, embroidery and weaving skills. Ready to hang on the wall the minute you leave!

Weave a gorgeous and strong chair seat using old neckties! Just one of many classes at Fletcher Farm School in VT

March 29-30: Weave a Necktie Chair Seat with Joyce Fuller

That’s right – re-purpose those old neckties into a gorgeous and innovative piece of furniture! Basic sewing skills are required for this class. You will create a strong seat cushion with your own hands, giving new life to both those old neckties and a chair or rocker whose woven or rush seat has been busted. If you need extra ties they will be available for purchase.

 

Solarplate printmaking is one of the classes at Fletcher Farm School offered this March.

March 29-30: Solarplate Printmaking with Roger Hyndman

Transform original images into high-quality etchings. Using the sun’s UV light and no acids at all, you can develop these plates in tap water! The only other tools involved will be your creativity and images and basic tools of the printmaker. Participate in critiques and learn a variety of techniques. Use an Intaglio Press to create limited edition etchings. This class appeals to students of all levels, and artists involved in any media!

Stay at the Golden Stage Inn for your arts and crafts travel weekends, and try out the classes at Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts for a uniquely creative way to stay busy this March!