40TH Anniversary of Putney Craft Tour
celebrated as Craft, Culinary and Performance Weekend
November 23, 24, 25
Thanksgiving weekend is a big cultural draw to Putney, Vermont thanks to the collaboration of The Putney Craft Tour, Next Stage Arts Project and Sandglass Theater that have joined forces for the last four years to present a Thanksgiving Weekend of the Arts dubbed “Putney Craft Tour’s Craft, Culinary and Performance Weekend”. Local restaurants offer Putney Craft Tour specials and the craft tour includes wine and cheese tastings as well as demos at the studios.
“People love it,” says Ken Pick one of the founders of the tour. “While we are the oldest continuing crafts tour in the country, and a Top Ten Vermont Winter event, we’re always looking to give shoppers, visitors and collectors another reason to come to Putney and go on the tour during the long Thanksgiving weekend (Nov 23, 24, 25, 10-5p).”
Glass blowers, potters, jewelers, weavers, painters, woodworkers, photographers – even artisan cheesemakers, winemakers and custom bicycle makers – invite visitors to come in to their studios, discover, ask questions, sip hot cider and buy that one-of-a-kind gift direct from the artisan who made it. Part of the fun is meandering through the beautiful Vermont countryside, following the map to find these prominent craftspeople and view the works where they are conceived and created. Visitors may start at The Gleanery Restaurant, 133 Main Street, Putney for info, maps, and a preview exhibition of the artisans’ works. www.putneycrafts.com
This year as part of the Putney Craft Tour Sandglass Theater is pleased to present When I Put on Your Glove, A piece about belonging, memory and inter-generational dialogue. This piece is performed and created by Shoshana Bass based on a signature work of her father, Eric Bass.
When I Put On Your Glove is a puppetry, dance and spoken word piece that explores a daughter’s relationship to her father’s work building upon a premise that puppets are containers of memory. In it, a daughter explores what it means for her to slip into her father’s art – and not just the form, but the actual pieces. This work addresses universal questions of belonging, childhood, fear of loss, death and the complicated nature of navigating generational artistic legacy. The passing of these puppets into new hands marks a pivotal moment of generational transition for Sandglass Theater. It is an engagement with what legacy means in the field of puppetry; how an art form endures and transforms as it is handed to the next generation; meeting the voice of the past with the voice of the present, and singing it into the future.
Performances are Saturday and Sunday November 23 and 24 at 7:30 pm at Sandglass Theater in Putney, Vermont. Tickets are $16 students/seniors and $18 general. Reservations in advance are recommended and can be made by calling (802) 387 – 4051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Shoshana’s enactment of her inheritance is technically and artistically assured, a faithful replica that honors the original while placing the young performer’s own creative stamp on it. The show as a whole is a kind of coming-of-age, as the daughter comes into her own as an artist and as the father, rather than simply retiring the show and the handmade, love-made puppets, passes his glove to the next generation.”
-Chris Rohmann, The Valley Advocate
This project is supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and donations from all those who generously contributed to the GoFundMe Campaign.
Video by Willow O’ Feral