5th Annual Fine Furniture
and Woodworking Festival
By Sara Widness



Vermont makes it easy to source genuinely hand-crafted and “green” – without sacrificing style. This is especially true when it comes to furniture, examples of which will be showcased again this year at the 5th annual Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival, September 27-28 at Woodstock, Vermont’s Union Arena.

In addition to furniture, available for sale from the artists-in-wood-themselves, will be the presentation of the “greenest” building in the National Park system.

This weekend heralds the debut of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park’s brand-new Forest Center that is a virtual showpiece of what it takes to become “green” in today’s world.

A free shuttle runs between the exhibitions of fine furniture to the Park. At both locations there will be wood and forest-related demonstrations and live music. Admission at the Arena is $7 (18 and up); Park activities are free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

This very popular annual show was singled out this year as one of the top 10 fall events in Vermont by the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce. Attendance has grown from 800 to over 2,300 in a three-year period.

"Enthusiasm" to be part of this show is especially high this year,” says Kathleen Wanner, Executive Director of the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Assn. “When exhibitors are selling pieces of furniture, valued in the thousands from the Festival floor, something special is happening.”

Guests new to the region can arrange for both private and public woodland tours of managed and other forests, and visit the workshops of over 51 woodworking artisans depicted in the Vermont Woodshop & Forest Tours Guidebook www.vermontforestheritage.org.

For more opportunities see: www.vtstateparks.com to select parks with nature trails and other visitor attractions.
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