Spring for Art: 50 More Reasons to Visit Millerton
In the past two years, RI has given you a baker’s dozen of good reasons to visit Millerton, NY:
1. Harney Tea Bar After shopping for tea in the tasting room, you can have a civilized lunch at the adjacent tea bar.
2. HunterBee Jonathan Bee and Kent Hunter are clever curators of folk art and flea market finds, and their antiques store has become one of the village’s social hubs (as well as a not-so-secret source for exuberant vintage clothing.)
3. Little Gates & Co. Wine Merchants Andrew Gates and his staff always make you feel like you’re stumbled into a wonderful cocktail party when you’re shopping at their store.
4. Manna Dew This restaurant with live music, outdoor seating, a great burger and folks playing chess at the bar is a great hangout.
5. Motorworks How can you not love a garage that rebuilds vintage sports cars, repairs ten-year-old Subarus, and hosts art exhbitions?
6. Nest With three owners and three overlapping points of view, this home furnishings shop is sure to have something that would perk up your house.
7. Oblong Books & Music Every week, we seem to highlight a reading or signing at Oblong (or its branch in Rhinebeck.) Every day, it offers a broad selection and literate customer service.
8. Parlour At her quirky dress shop, Mimi Harney offers fashionable clothes and shoe that are appropriate for city or country life.
9. No. 9 Restaurant Since Day One, chef Tim Cocheo (late of the Bottle Tree Grocery) has been wowing locals with sophisticated cooking in a soothing setting.
10. Saperstein’s Selling work boots, jeans, socks and slickers since 1946, Saperstein’s is the store that time (thankfully) forgot.
11. Shandell’s Susan Schneider cannot only make you a custom shade to fit a lamp of any style, she can wire almost any found object and turn it into a lamp as well.
12. Taro’s This red-sauce pizza-and-pasta joint has enormous portions and a big-hearted staff that encourages you to take home doggie bags.
13. The Moviehouse Besides offering indie flicks on three screens and exhibits by local artists, The Moviehouse is a good neighbor that hosts screenings to benefit all sorts of charities.
In the next year, we’ll no doubt tell you another dozen good reasons to visit Millerton (including Gilmor Glass, Herrington’s, the Rail Trail, and Terni’s), but right now we can give you more than 50 good reason to visit Millertom this weekend when 50 artists will exhibit their work at more than 30 local businesses.
Millerton and neighboring villages are home to many artists and currently there is only one dedicated art gallery in town (Hanback Gallery), which led to Fall for Art in October, which was an overwhelming success despite one of the stormiest nights of the season. “It really brought the artists who live here together,” says Moira Kelly, who lives in Amenia, and will be showing her Byzantine-style paintings of hip-hop heros in the windows of Saperstein’s this weekend. “Now we have a group called the 14th Colony Artists—the tri-state region has been called the 14th colony—that meets once a month to offer support and discuss issues relating to being artists who live in rural communities.” Several members of the group will be showing their work in the vacant David Gavin Salon (near Harney Tea) that they have borrowed for the weekend.
All of the participating businesses will be serving wine and hors d’oeuveres, and since one of the goals of Spring for Art is to generate foot-traffic in stores, there’s an incentive to visit many of them: If you get your Spring for Art Passport (available at Simmon’s Way Inn) stamped by at least eight different participating businesses, you can enter a raffle to win gift baskets from local merchants. “We like to think of Millerton as the town that combines art and business,” says retailer and Spring for Art organizer Jonathan Bee.
Spring for Art
May 1; 5 - 8 p.m.