Woodworking Festival is ON

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Support Vermont and attend the 8th Annual Vermont Woodworking Festival

WOODSTOCK – In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, everyone is wondering what foliage season will bring. Will your favorite event still be held? Will you able to get there? Will the landscape still offer the same stunning array of color? The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association answers all three with a resounding, “Yes, Yes, and Yes!” The Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival will be held at the Union Arena in Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. Reports are that Route 4, the major east/west corridor, will be open end-to-end before then and progress on all roads and bridges is moving at a remarkable pace. And, the forested landscape will be as glorious a backdrop as ever.

The spirit of Vermont is resilient and Vermonters are tied to this land in inexplicable ways. Woodworking is a legacy industry with a centuries-long tradition. Actually, since Vermont became a state in 1791, its people have used the abundant resources of the land to create both beautiful and functional items from wood. This tradition continues today with our wood artisans and crafters relying on the skills passed down through the generations.

Scores of artisans will be at the Festival with the fruits of their labors – woodenware, furniture and accessories, toys and games, and more. Some will be exhibiting their craft through hands-on demonstration of carving, turning, or cutting.

Vermont’s only national park in Woodstock, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, is fully open for business so that you can experience our forests in walking tours, demonstrations, and presentations.

The free shuttle that transports visitors between locations will be provided by Vermont Backroad Tours and running on its usual schedule.

So, if you regularly attend the Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival, or if you’ve never attended before, be sure to put it in your calendar of events for fall and plan to come support an industry that’s been fundamental to Vermont for centuries. Experience the flavor of traditional craftsmanship, local food, local music, and local heart and soul as all will be waiting for you.

And, in case you hadn’t heard, national celebrity Stephen Saint-Onge will be waiting for you too. Stephen is Family Circle’s new contributing home editor and author of the book No Place Like Home.

This Vermont Top 10 Fall Event will be held at the Union Arena at 496 Woodstock Road (Route 4), Woodstock, VT 05091. Show hours are Saturday from 9-6pm and Sunday from 10-4pm. Admission is $10 for ages 18 and over. Visit www.vermontwoodfestival.org for a list of exhibitors, directions, and activities. You can also contact the VWMA office at 802-747-7900 or info@vermontwoodfestival.org for more information. View the amazing foliage and support our wood artisans by attending the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival on September 24-25, 2011 in Woodstock, VT.  

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