The first installment is geared for the artistically minded. Windsor, Vermont is actually right in the heart of what was once a thriving artistic community known as the Cornish Colony.
Within walking distance from the Snapdragon is the Cornish Colony Museum. In 2007, the museum received the Editor’s Choice award from Yankee Magazine as a site they felt their readers would not want to miss. Exhibits change from time to time and you can refer to the website for a highlight of the current exhibit. One of the artists involved in the Cornish Colony, Maxfield Parrish, happens to be a favorite of mine, and there is a great biography on the website.
If sculpture is your cup of tea, then you will surely want to visit Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire. Just 10 minutes from Windsor, this site is a tribute to sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens. Formerly the home of the artist and his family, you can view over 100 of his works in the gallery, enjoy a concert in the gardens, or take a sculpting class.
If you enjoy arts festivals, there is plenty to choose from each year. Here are links to just a few. Typically arts festivals are held in summer and include artists selling everything from art glass to oil paintings. Great music and food aren’t hard to find as well.
Vermont Festival of the Arts
Middlebury Festival on the Green