Countryside Artisans' Holiday Studio Tour
Tucked away in the hills around Sugarloaf Mountain are the Countryside Artisans, 14 art studios that will be open to the public this weekend and next for free self-guided tours. These painters, potters, sculptors, soap makers, woodworkers, glassblowers, printers and weavers will give demonstrations and provide a peek inside their lives. About a third live in working farmhouses, and some raise livestock. Annie Kelley of Kiparoo Farm (3511 Bussard Rd., Middletown) sells yarn spun from the wool of her sheep; Claire Howard of Claire Howard Studio (20415 Westerly Rd., Poolesville) works in a renovated chicken coop. For a tour map, visit http:/
-- Emily Langer
Friday-Sunday and Dec. 11-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Twelve studios in Montgomery County, one in Howard County and one in Frederick County. 800-639-6979. Free.