If you haven’t come to see us at our shop yet, this weekend would be a great time to make the trip. There are two events happening in town that would make for a really fun visit:

Beacon Open Studios

Beacon is a town full of artists. And though you can see their work sporadically in local galleries, or local shops, you can sometimes forget just how many of them there are. So we love that the Beacon Open Studios event puts them all in the spotlight. On Saturday and Sunday September 25th and 26th, eighty artists will open their studios up to the public and show off completed and in-progress works. It’s a great way to see a huge diversity of artwork, and to get to talk to the artists themselves. A Kickoff Exhibition, showing off work from a number of the participating artists, is already up at Hudson Beach Glass, 162 Main Street (kitty-corner from Clay Wood & Cotton!). And the Kickoff Party will take place there on Friday September 24th from 7 to 10pm.

Beacon Open Studio’s website has information on all of the artists participating, plus a map of the studios. Be sure to look up two of our very own Clay Wood & Cotton artists, Virginia Piazza and Erica Hauser!

The Spirit of Beacon Day Parade

Who doesn’t love a parade?  This Sunday, September 26th, we’ll have one making its way down Main Street, right past our shop. The Spirit of Beacon Day parade was conceived in the late 70s as a way to bring the town together and build community spirit. Every year there is a theme chosen, and people interpret it in their floats and costumes. Local organizations, youth groups, marching bands, and whoever else wants to join in marches down Main Street while music plays and firetrucks wail their sirens. In short, it’s everything a parade should be: loud, fun, and a little chaotic. *This is the first post in our new little blog series of Things We Like, which may include Things Around Our Town, Things We See Online, Things We Eat….just about anyThing that catches our fancy!