I know it looks like her eye is open, but when I took this picture, Frieda was snoring. I guess even when she’s sleeping, Frieda’s keeping an eye on things.
Which is just what she’ll be doing when we have our first Bedlam Farm Open House. Since we moved to the New Bedlam Farm, I’ve been trying to figure out how to have an art show, like the ones we had at the old Bedlam Farm. My solutions all had to do with building a new gallery or fixing up the one barn we have and making it into a gallery. Unfortunately, the money isn’t there for a new building and we need the barn that is there to be a barn. (to store our hay, lawnmower, gardening tools, barn cats, extra dog crates, etc.).
So instead of trying to replicate what we did before, Jon and I decided to try something new. On Sunday July 21st and September 1st between 12 noon and 4 PM, we’re going to have an Open House. I don’t have all the detail yet, but here’s what we’re thinking. Jon and Red will do sheep herding demos. You can meet the donkeys (I’m sure Simon will be braying all day) and the dogs (well, Lenore and Red for sure) and any of the other animals who decide to show up. I’ll have my studio open and will be selling some potholders and what ever else I can come up. And, since there’s no gallery, (my studio is too small to show a lot of art) we’ll have writers reading their work instead. Jon and his students from his Writers Workshop have agreed to do a reading. (And I’ll do my best to get the poet Mary Kellogg there too). And in between the reading and herding and open studio you can have lunch or dinner at Momma’s or visit the quaint Upstate NY village of Cambridge. There you can see Connie at Battenkill Books (Jon will also be signing books at the farm) and eat or have coffee at the Round House Cafe and Bakery, visit the Valley Artisan’s Market, Farmers Market and a bunch of Antique stores and other shops.
So if you live nearby, or are looking for an excuse to take a road trip remember July 21st and September 1st.
I’ll have more detail in the next week or so and I’ll be sure to let you know just exactly what’s happening when, as soon as I can.