Top of Virginia Artisan Trail Open Door Tour Event- November 4th

All across the county, our trail sites are featuring a diverse collection of special events, artist classes, workshops, exclusive open studio experiences, special package rates for lodging, culinary highlights, wonderful wines and more!

As all these sites are on our Artisan Trail, you can click their links below to be directed to more information on what they do and their activities year ‘round.  And, be sure to pick up a trail map/brochure the minute you hit the region!

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Here’s what you’ll find on Saturday, November 4, 2017:

Center Ring Design Studio – Trail Site #1 (325 S. Church Street, Berryville, VA 22611)

Open Door Tour – We love to play with clay! Stop in and see how Diane turns a soft piece of ‘mud’ on the wheel into a beautiful and functional piece for your home. Russ will be demonstrating his hand building and sculpture techniques to create art pieces for your home. FREE. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm


P.H. Miller Studio, frame makers – Trail Site #10 (1 East Main Street Berryville, VA 22611)

Open Door Tour – Stop by the studio. See what is new and what is being restored. Also take some time to explore the work of 8 other Northern Virginia Wood Artisans: furniture, Sculpture and wood turning in addition to hand made frames, mirrors and other home decor items for sale just in time for Holiday Gift Giving FREE. 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Modern Mercantile – Trail Site #19 (13 S Church St, Berryville, VA 22611 )

Necklace Design Workshop with Christy Dunkle – Design your own zodiac charm or initial necklace with Christy Dunkle at Modern Mercantile. You will have your choice of charms and gemstones to personalize a necklace just for you. If you plan to participate please email and let us know what zodiac sign/letter charm you would like. $ Cost varies based on necklace design. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Modern Mercantile – Trail Site #19 (13 S Church St, Berryville, VA 22611 )

Cookie Pop Up Shop – The Sweet Elephant Bake Shop’s baked goods are made in small batches locally in Berryville. There is something for everyone’s sweet tooth! Cookies will be available for sample and for sale. $ Cost varies. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm


Fire House Gallery – Trail Site #15 (23 E. Main Street Berryville, VA 22611)

Open Door Tour – Fire House Gallery and Shop is unique in its focus carrying exceptional local and area art, local foods, music and literature. The Gallery carries works created by over 65 local artists—fine art and functional art ranging from original paintings in a variety of media to pottery, jewelry, home goods, child and baby gifts, prints, photography, amazing gift cards, woodwork, glasswork and fiber (scarves, quilts, table runners). In our agri-art section, we offer a selection of Virginia craft beers and wines, local soaps, honeys, chocolates and beauty products. 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Winchester Book Gallery – Trail Site #73 (185 North Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)

Book Signing: Gerard Gawalt – Elizabeth House Trist. An Undaunted Women’s Journey Through Jefferson’s World is the story of a strong woman with few legal rights, no political rights and few economic opportunities who conquered the challenges of life in Jeffersonian America. Fortunately, Elizabeth left us written testimonies of her struggles including the earliest extant journal by a woman traveling from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and then by flatboat own the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to Natchez and New Orleans. Elizabeth’s life brought her from a boarding house in Philadelphia, through an early marriage to a British officer in 1774, overland to Pittsburgh, down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to join her husband near Natchez in 1783-1784, and then finding out she had been widowed back to Philadelphia via New Orleans and Havana.And Elizabeth still had forty-three years of adventures and tribulations in front of her. This book is important, not because she held high office, not because she authored famous books and not because she was a celebrity. No. It is precisely because Elizabeth had none of those accomplishments and advantages that she is a worthy subject for a book. Elizabeth was basically a working class, widowed mother, who parlayed connections with the Jeffersons, Madisons and Monroes and an indomitable, resilient, irrepressible personality into a survival story worth knowing. FREE. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Barns of Rose Hill – Trail Site #76 (95 Chalmers Court, Berryville, VA22611)

National Park Quilt Exhibit  – “Inspired By” Quilters have done it again! – A collection of 177 original art quilts depicting the widely-varying landscapes, flora, and fauna of our national parks will be exhibited throughout the Barns. There are three quilts from each of the 59 National Parks – one flora, one fauna, and one landscape. Free.  12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Barns Coffeehouse: BITWC-Imagine That!! Readers Theatre  –  “Brooklyn Boy” by Donald Marguiles. The story unfolds reminding us that nobody’s journey through life can be made without some bad decisions. It has sensitivity, great humor and naturalistic dialogue. There is a suggested donation of $8.00 per person for this production. Doors open at 12:30 and show starts at 1:00 PM. After the performance there will be auditions held to determine the cast of the next performance. Auditions start at 3:30, and are open to anyone.

Althouse Studio Gallery – Trail Site #82 (1320 Chilly Hollow Road, CITY, STATE )

Open Door Tour – Althouse Pottery is a working studio / gallery where you can come to see how pottery goes from raw clay, to form, to bisque, to a finished glazed piece as well as shop the many shelves of pottery, jewelry, wood works and paintings. FREE. 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Barns of Rose Hill – Trail Site #76 (95 Chalmers Court, Berryville, VA22611)

Presents Hard Swimmin’ Fish  –  Hard Swimmin’ Fish is an ensemble deeply rooted in the traditions of American music. Our down home roots sound pilfers from the best that early American music has to offer including blues, jazz, funk, and swing, and churn it all up into a spicy brew that is familiar yet uniquely our own. The musical influences and instrumentation of the band seamlessly combine tradition and modernity. Demian Lewis (guitar/vocals) and Waverly Milor (harmonica/vocals) are steeped in blues traditions of the American south. Conjuring the wails of Howlin’ Wolf, RL Burnside, and Bukka White, they pen original compositions that harken to an old time blues show. Rooting the ensemble on upright and electric bass is Randy Ball whose unyielding pursuance of the groove has led him to study with luminaries Chuck Rainey and Victor Wooten. The rhythmic engine of the band is Jason Walker. His knowledge of mWFusical traditions from Africa, its extension into the Caribbean, and their culmination in New Orleans in the American drum set, rumbles, growls and speaks in tongues through his cajon (box drum) based contraption set. Hard Swimmin’ Fish shows are an infectious, danceable, roots music throwdown. Grab your dancing shoes and a partner. We’ll see you on the dance floor! Doors open at 7:00 PM. Show starts at 8:00 PM. $15 in advance | $20 at the door | 12 and under accompanied by an adult free. For more information please call Barns of Rose Hill, 540-955-2004 or visit


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