Cultivate! Belfast Area Farm and Arts Trail Tour 2013 offers Free open studio and farm tours with workshops and demonstrations!
|All around Waldo County|
|14 Main Street|
|Oct 12, 2013|
|10:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
This Columbus Day Weekend, October 12 & 13, from 10-4pm, Cultivate will have a free, open studio and farm tour with special workshops and demonstrations. Visit farms, artists working in their studios, see a forging demonstration, or learn how they make yarn, soap or cheese!
Great family fun, and art lovers will get a chance to visit some of the area’s best artists and artisans and watch how they work. Also the tour is active and includes extensive hiking and bike trail system that runs throughout the Belfast area and Waldo County.
Below are some suggested routes or you can create your own by visiting BelfastArtsandCulture.org/cultivate for full descriptions and dozens of locations with their hours and images plus a downloadable map. Brochures and printed maps are also available at the Belfast Chamber Visitor Center at 14 Main Street in downtown Belfast.
Liberty Area Suggested Tour: Pagett “Tent & Breakfast” Farm (13 m. west of Belfast) is an organic farm with overnight accommodations in unique platform tent or yurts. After a hearty country breakfast, visit Alan Curry at his handmade forge. Visit area pottery studios, canoe or kayak on Lake St. George and savor handmade ice cream (blackberries and cream is a favorite) at John’s Ice Cream Factory
Unity Area Suggested Tour: Scenic views of mountains, farms and charming villages await you on this drive. Start you visit at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) in Unity, home of the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country and home to the famous Common Ground Fair every fall. MOFGA offers a wealth of knowledge and resources for the entire family. Nearby, visit the Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm to learn about these fascinating creatures. A few miles away, the New Beat Farm invites you to learn why they cultivate using Belgian draft horses instead of tractors. Later grab a bite at the Crosstrax Neighborhood Café & Deli, which features both locally produce food and art.
Coastal Area Suggested Tour: At Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs, get a feel for how the Maine coast has inspired artist for decades. This waterfront park contains the ruins of an 18th-century fort, a working lighthouse and lots of shore-side picnic tables. Adjacent to the park, visit Sister Betty Edl at Hermitage Fiberart; her unique way of weaving and way of life are food for the soul. At Purple Fleece, knitters will delight in unique yarns and fleeces. Finally, don’t miss the Penobscot Marine Museum campus and galleries, bringing our seafaring heritage alive
Belfast Area Suggested Tours: Just outside the center of town is another world at 3-Streams Farm where you can try fresh and sweet milk from wild-grazed goats. Back downtown is the Farmland Trust Art Gallery, where they use art to promote the saving of farmland for the future, representing many artist included Dahlov Ipcar. On the top floor of the Post Office check out the view of the bay from the Belfast Bay Shade Company. Artist Dina Petrillo has repurposed hand made prints into light shades. Head down Pierce Street to visit the in-home studio of award-winning, abstract expressionist, David Estey, a Maine native and a graduate of RISD and GWU. From there it’s only a few steps down to Belfast’s beautifully restored foot bridge across the “Passy”. Walk back via the new Belfast Harbor Walk to the Belfast Coop for some farm fresh, local, organic from their café. In the afternoon, visit some of Belfast’s 20 galleries.