October 11th, 2009


Poem for Sunday

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We spent Saturday enjoying the Countryside Artisans October Studio Tour, when Sugarloaf Mountain artists host open houses and demonstrate their crafts, plus many of them have cider, homemade baked goods, and Halloween treats. We started at Something Earthy Pottery, which is new to the tour and which has wonderful, useful serving pieces, where we bought an owl garlic keeper. There was also a lot of lovely, inexpensive jewelry for sale, plus several goats and a pony outside. Then we went to Art of Fire, the glass studio which gives demonstrations -- they are also the glassblowers at the Maryland Renfaire. My kids love that one both because they get to watch projects from molten glass till they go into the oven to be annealed, plus there are several cats on the premises. From there, we went to Iron Antler Forge, a metalworking shop, where Daniel Stuart was demonstrating fairly traditional blacksmith techniques but whose fabulous sculptures, tables, and fantasy art were on display next door.

Since we were right near Little Bennett Regional Park, we decided to go hike a bit in the woods -- the leaves upcounty are changing more quickly than down here, so it was very pretty outdoors. Then we stopped at Dusty Road Pottery, a pretty studio in an old dairy barn, and A Paca Fun Farm, which was not in fact on the studio tour although they do sell wool and woven crafts, but they had signs on the road announcing that they were open for visitors and we can never resist because they have more than a hundred alpacas plus two huge sheepdogs that visitors are allowed to pet if the animals permit. We ended up at Sugarloaf Studio and Dancing Leaf Farm, which are next door to one another, the former the studio of a painter and sculptor who has beautiful watercolors of local scenery as well as drawings and paintings of nature from all over the world, the latter a farm that sells hand-dyed yarns, some made from the sheep grazing outside.

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We had a late dinner of leftovers, watched Due South's "Easy Money," and now I must go to bed because we promised to take the kids back to the Renfaire Sunday since it's likely the last free day everyone has before it closes! sparowe, I will take photos for you!