About Kelsey Eaton

Kelsey Eaton
Kelsey is a Green Mountain College alumni, currently pursuing her Masters degree in Internet Marketing at Full Sail University. She is skilled in graphic design, social media, content creation, and photography! Friends might call her a marketing maven by day, and a tribal bellydancer by night!

By Heather Barrett

VTDaysHere at Vermont Woods Studios, we deeply appreciate our outdoor playground that is the Green Mountain State. Our terrain allows us to partake in a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, biking, fishing, and relaxing in the shade of large trees. Vermont is home to 284 lakes, over 7,000 miles of streams, and 52 state parks.

The State of Vermont has created an annual event known as "Vermont Days," that provides a weekend of opportunities for Vermonters and visitors to explore the vast outdoor recreational activities Vermont has to offer. Vermont Days is opening up State Park day areas, state-owned historic sites, and the Vermont History Museum, for a free of charge weekend.

One event of the weekend includes joining Governor Peter Shumlin for the grand opening of the interactive, multi-media exhibit at the Calvin Coolidge Museum & Historic Site on Saturday, June 9. Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President of the United States, and grew up in rural Plymouth Notch, Vermont. The event will begin with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and will continue with a day-long celebration. Activities include free tours of the museum, cheese & wine tasting at the Plymouth Cheese Factory, old-time country music, and much, much more.

Also on the weekend agenda is Vermont's Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 9. This is a once a year chance for Vermont residents and visitors to discover Vermont's high quality fresh water fishing on our pristine lakes, rives, and streams without a fishing license.

Join me in begging Mother Nature for a beautiful Vermont weekend!

 

Heather Barrett is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont's finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

By Heather Barrett

StrollingoftheHeifersCalling all fun-lovers! One of Southern Vermont's largest annual events is happening this weekend!  It's the Strolling of the Heifers parade and festival.  Each year, tens of thousands of people stroll into Brattleboro, Vermont, to watch future farmers and their animals proudly strut side-by-side down historic Main Street.  The Strolling of the Heifers parade is a quirky spoof of Pamplona, Spain's "Running of the Bulls."  This is a celebration of the deep cultural identity and heritage of New England agriculture. 

This Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Summer Event is something you won't want to miss. 

Gallery Walk and a Street Festival will kick off the festivities on Friday evening.  Gallery Walk is a first Friday of the month tradition in Brattleboro.  Over 50 art exhibit locations, including restaurants and businesses, open their doors to display local art.  Additionally, in celebration of the Heifers, Main Street will be a block party/street fair with food and entertainment!

The parade starts at 10am on Saturday morning, but we suggest getting there around 9 to secure a good spot!

Scroll the stroll by heading over to the Strolling of the Heifers website to see a full list of events.

See you there!

 

Heather Barrett is a Marketing Assistant at Vermont Woods Studios, an online furniture gallery which showcases Vermont's finest wood furniture. Follow our blog to learn about Vermont fine furniture, Vermont happenings, our mission, and our team.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

By Dennis Shanoff

Customers and fans of Vermont Woods Studios know us not only for our heirloom quality wood furniture but also for our unique artisan furniture offerings. And while we feel our mainstay traditional craftsman make the very best “everyday” wood furniture, there is also an extremely talented “one of a kind” wood furniture artisan population in Vermont that we also represent and showcase. Here is where art meets function.

So a few weeks ago I took a scenic trip up to Dorset, Vermont to pay a visit to Steve Holman, one of our custom artisans to check in and see first hand what he has been up to lately. And while “business travel” can be a chore or hassle this trip was considered a pleasure! Even though it’s a 2 hour drive, traveling via country roads through farms and forests is much better then having to hop on a major interstate and count exits! And it’s hard to beat the ride up Route 30 from Brattleboro towards Manchester for its scenic beauty and interesting stops. Plus Dorset is just a quick 6 or so miles north of Manchester, VT a worthy destination in itself.

DSCN3964 Well Steve’s home and workshop is just a bit down a dirt road right off of Route 30 and when I rolled into Steve’s driveway I was instantly envious of his “workplace”! Steve has a beautiful home and a great detached barn for a workshop. Not to mention the beautiful grounds these structures are sighted on. It’s a tranquil, beautiful setting with a 50 foot walk to work each day for Steve. Hard not to like his “nine to five”!

Steve is ever busy but always gracious with his time. I was able to get the full tour and learn more about his journey to this point. Seems Steve skipped joining the family’s very successful luxury car business and followed the path of his instincts and passion. You have to admire his forgoing the likely ensured success route and braving into the unknown waters of custom and artistic work. And when Steve says he never builds the same piece of furniture twice, he is not kidding. And we are not talking about subtle variations across one style here. His work is eclectic indeed, from traditional to ultra modern. You can put 10 of his furniture pieces in one room and most would think it was made by 10 different craftsmen. But what is consistent across his work however is the uniqueness, beauty, and impeccable craftsmanship.

This day I found Steve working on a custom vanity destined for a high end home.  After Steve succinctly chronicled the past 30 years and showed me around his workshop we headed over to the attached gallery. Steve keeps some of his showpieces and built on spec pieces here. And it just so happens that his wife Georgine MacGarvey is a fine artist as well but she works in oils and pastels. Her paintings are on display here as well as in a Dorset Village gallery. Here I got to see and put my hands on some truly unique and beautiful furniture pieces.

Come see for yourself. Steve welcomes visitors and many of his clients like to stop in and see their commissioned work in progress. For those that are unable to make the trek, Steve takes plenty of pictures for them throughout the build process. But if you do make the trek, leave yourself plenty of extra time. There is so much to see and do in this part of Vermont that you don’t want to wish you left more time for exploration.

DSCN3954 Steve_custom_dresser This is very special furniture indeed. It is your piece alone, no one else will have the same. Perhaps you are the type where it’s important to have a special attachment to or story surrounding some of your possessions. If so and you are in search of a really special furniture piece this is a great place to start

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

By Guest Blogger, Dennis Shanoff

The way we shop is certainly changing. Shopping via the internet has provided us greater variety & access to products. In a physical or regional shopping experience you have the chance to at least drive by or poke in and see what the business is about. Meet the people, get a feel for the product or service, and develop trust and confidence in the business. You know, feel good about spending your money there.

So with almost every product or service you seek you have many choices as to where to purchase it. And it’s your decision who gets your hard earned money, right?

So why is it that there are a number of web stores that reveal so little about themselves? At the very least you should be able to find in one click from the home page where they are located, how long the have been in business, and as many ways to contact them as possible. And of course it wouldn’t hurt to learn more about the people behind the scenes. And are they truly experts in this product field or just capitalizing on a trend or popular product? It’s not hard to build a website that simply collects orders and transfers the order fulfillment via drop shipping? In that case have they ever seen or used the product before? Do they know how to use it, maintain it, properly size it, etc? Can they speak from experience about a products satisfaction, performance or reliability?

It just gives me the impression that they want you to just buy online and they not be bothered. Some even tempt buyers in with unusually low prices? Are they marking up list price just to mark it down? Or it makes you wonder how they might cut corners to sell for so low or how they can run perpetual sales? When buying something sight unseen online you want to feel confident that you will get exactly what you expect and that if something does indeed go wrong there is an expert ready and willing to help with an easy resolution.

So you may want to do what I do. When you find a few web sites offering what you want, take the time and poke deeper into each site. It should be easy to uncover the web business that not only has the best expertise but is working hardest for your business and appreciates it the most!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.