Upcoming Events

Gus and Lulu

The 2018  Bedlam Farm Open House is Columbus Day Weekend,  Saturday and Sunday, October 6th and 7th, from 11AM – 4PM.

In 2018 we’re only having one Bedlam Farm Open House on Columbus Day weekend.  I don’ t have a list of artist and events that will be happening but when I do, I’ll be listing them here.

There are some things that you can count on at the Open House, an Art Show in my School House Gallery, Sheep herding with Jon, Red, Fate and Gus, and visits with the donkeys and other animals.  Sheep shearing has become a staple of the Open House too and we’ll do our best to get Jim McRae back again next year.

Jon’s next book should be published by then and I also know that both Mary Kellogg and Jackie Thorne are working on new poetry books.

So there will be some new and some familiar things happening next October at the Bedlam Farm Open House.

Below is a sample of went on at the Farm in 2017….


The kids from the   RISSE Bedlam Farm Warriors (the soccer team) will be coming and so will some of the residents from The Mansion.

I’ll be selling copies of  “Tales From The Mansion”, the book of stories from some of the people who live a The Mansion that Jon helped compile.   It has some of Jon’s photos in it and he’ll be happy to sign it and any of this other books.  I’ll be selling Jon’s latest book “Talking To Animals” and a selection of his other books too.   The books I don’t have, you can get from Connie at Battenkill Books, just five minutes away in town.

Here are most, but not all, of the artist’s whose work I’ll be showing and selling  in my School House Gallery.

“Storm Coming” By Rachel Barlow.  This is one of Rachel’s notecards

Vermont artist  Rachel Barlow is back at my School House Gallery with everything from  original water colors to her printed note cards.  Rachel doesn’t stand still when it comes to her work.  I can see the changes and progress from one season to the next.

Rachel paints the world around her and inside of her.   You can see her own emotional landscape present in the landscapes  that she paints whether they’re of her home town of Vermont or as far away as Iceland.

Rachel is also a poignant and humorous writer and cartoonist. You can see more of her work here on her blog Rachel Barlow Art and Illustration.

Mare and Foal, Hand painted silk scarf by Carol Conklin

Batik artist, Carol Law Conklin has become a regular in my School House Gallery. And I’m so happy to have her back again.  It’s always great to have Carol in the Gallery for the weekend.  She loves to talk about and answer questions about her work and her life as a farmer.

Carols makes her work available in  many different forms.  She reproduces her original Batiks onto so many different items, as well as selling the originals,  there’s a way for almost anyone to own and enjoy a piece of Carol’s art.

You can see  Carol’s  work including her original batiks here on her website Amity Farm Batiks.



By Kitty Farnham

This the Kitty Farnham’s first time in the Bedlam Farm Open House.  Kitty is one of the founding members of Bennington Beledi Tribal Bellydance.  She introduced me to Belly Dancing.  Over the years Kitty has sent me many of her note cards with prints of her original paintings on them.  I’ve saved every one of them.  I’ve wanted Kitty’s work in the Open House for a while, and this year she finally agreed.

Kitty’s paintings are small in size (5″x 5″) but big in content and artistry.  Each small piece holds a world and a story as big as life.

One of Suzy’s Shawls.   The grey wool in it comes from my sheep Griselle.

Like last October, Suzy Fatzinger will have her spinning wheel at the Bedlam Farm Open House demonstrating one part of the long process of how she creates.

Some of Suzy’s wool comes from her own goats and bunnies, but she’s always experimenting and combining wool from many sources.  In the past Suzy has sold fingerless gloves along with shawls.

This years she’s focusing mostly on shawls, so there will  be a nice variety to choose from.

Flowers Ed Gulley

The Bedlam Farm Open House wouldn’t be the same without artist and farmer, Ed Gulley.  And he’ll be back again this year with his wind chimes and found object sculptures.  But he’s also planning on having a display of his work at Bejosh Farm.  We’re still working out the details, but Ed and his wife Carol are planning on having people visit their farm on Saturday after the Open House.  There you can meet some of the animals you read about on their blog Bejosh Farm Journal and see and buy more of Ed’s Art.

I’ll keep you all updated on the details when I know them.  Until then, you can read and see what it’s like to be an Artist and  Dairy Farmer  here on Ed and Carol’s blog Bejosh Farm Journal.


Karen Heenan’s Find Your Tribe Dolls

I’ve been trying to have some of Karen Heenan’s work in the Open House for a while.  It worked once when I sold some of her kids dresses, but every other time something happened to keep  her work from getting here.

So we’re trying it again and I have a feeling this time it’s going to work.  Because I think the Open House really needs Karen’s “Find Your Tribe” dolls.

I find them a wonderful affirmation of women and girls at a time when there can’t be enough of that.   I think these dolls are perfect for little girls, but also great for us women too.

Karen is always  working hard at making her business a success and always coming up with new ways to make that happen.  You can find out more about Karen and see what she’s up to here on her blog  By The Seat Of My Pants.

“The Blue Heron” By Jon Katz

I’ll be selling signed prints of Jon’s photos.  We sold out of the limited edition of the Blue Heron, but are having some smaller open edition prints of it made.  We’ll also have his Yellow Barn,  Sheep in the Mist, Farm on Rt 67 and Gus on Fanny’s Back. Along with Jon’s photos I’ll have some of his books including Talking to Animals and Stories From The Mansion for sale.

Kim McMillan and her needle punch pillow

Kim will be back with something new this Fall.  She’s working on her second needle punch pillow, this one of a cat.  She’ll also be selling some of her aprons and is working on a shawl made from scarves and hankies.  Kim always does beautiful, original and wonderfully crafted work.  She’ll also be helping me at the register on Sunday, so you can spend time talking to her about her work and how it’s done.

I’ll be selling Jon’s limited Edition Print “The Blue Heron” at the Open House.  You can read more about Jon’s photograph here and here.

Jane McMillen’s Pincushions

Jane McMillen and her soft sculpture Pin Cushions are coming back to the Open House.  Jane told me she’s working on making some Owl pincushions for the Open House.   You can read about about Jane and her work here on her blog Little House Home Arts. 


Fabric Necklaces by Kris Gregson Moss

I like having some jewelry at in my School House Gallery and this October Kris Gregson Moss is making some of her beaded fabric necklaces special for the weekend.  Kristy’s necklaces are  organic in design and soft in feeling.  But they stand out, demanding attention, reaching out and pulling the viewer in for a closer look a the intricate details.  Each necklace is an original and unique work of art.

Scarf by Sue Smith

Sue Smith has been weaving, knitting, writing and doing so many other creative things for so many years.  And now she’s going to be selling some of her hand knitted scarves at the Open House.  You may have met Susan last year a the Open House.  She was sitting with Suzy Fatzinger under the canopy in front of the barn knitting.

This October she’ll be back selling her beautiful work.

Some of my work that I’ll be selling at the Open House.

Well, you know all about me, and if you don’t you can read about me and my work right here on my blog.  I’ll have a bunch of Little Window Potholders for sale along with some Ogg Winter Scarves and who knows what else.  I won’t know for sure until a week or so before the Open House…..

And since I just got a shipment of House of Hearts potholders and tote bags from India,I’ll be selling them too!

Bedlam Farm is located 5 minutes north of the Town of Cambridge  at 2502 State Route 22 Cambridge NY 12816.   You can email me at [email protected] if you have any questions.

While you’re here, visit the town of Cambridge NY, just 5 minutes away there are some special things going on in town.   You can visit Connie and Marilyn at Battenkill Books     You can stop into the Round House Cafe for breakfast, lunch or coffee and baked goods. And  don’t miss Heather at the bead shop, Over the Moon Beads,  where she sell her wonderfully colorful socks and other magical things.  There’s also a new brewery in town.  The Argyle Brewery is in the old Train Depot building  on Main Street.

You can visit   The Valley Artisan’s Market    right on Main Street  (In the Hubbard Hall Building).

And if you like Consignment shopping don’t forget to visit Nikki at NV Unique Boutique and Consignments  they are now across the street from the Cambridge Food Co-op. Also visit Jacks Out Back Antiques and the other Antique shops in the same building.  You can also have breakfast or lunch at Country Girls Diner  and dinner at Salvano’s on Main Street and get good food and snacks at the Cambridge Co-op.  It’s all within a few blocks, easy walking.

There’s plenty of places to stay nearby from B&B’s to hotels.

Here’s some of them.

Motel Cambridge
51 South Park St
Off Route 22
Cambridge NY 12816


1847 Guest House
Cambridge NY
518 677-3427

Bunker Hill Inn
412 Bunker Hill Road,
Salem, New York 12865
(518) 854-9339
E Mail: [email protected]

The Laughing Rabbit
60 Dickensen Road
Buskirk, New York 12028

518 686-0175
(Dot and David will take good care of you)

Hopkins House Farm B&B
Hopkins House Farm
6603 State Route 22
Salem, NY 12865

(Say hi to Charlie and Aggie,
the Inn Keepers, for me)

Redgate Lodging
72 Redgate Lane
Shushan, NY 12873
(518) 854 – 7350

Black Creek Farm House Inn
Jill Fronhofer
1084 Country Rte 30
Salem, NY  12865
Phone: 518.854.7620
[email protected]

The Kings Inn
575 Burton Road
Greenwich, NY 12834

Eddington House Inn
Bennington, VT

Lake Lauderdale Campground
Rt 61 Cambridge NY
518 677-8855

Battenkill River Sports and Camping
935 State Route 313
Cambridge NY
518 677-8868

Log Village and Grist Mill Campground
5499 County Route 30
Granville, NY 12832

White Oak House
5 Eddy Road
Buskirk, NY 12028
(518) 686-7514
[email protected]


All the camp grounds have rustic cabins and or yurts
to stay in as well as camping.

Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Lodging
A list of places to stay in nearby Greenwich and Salem