The Crown & Pumpkin is a Thanksgiving Feast of fine art, fine craft and fine food in the Clayton and Almonte areas. There will be over 55 participating artists and artisans at 20 enticing stops. We have a fantastic range of creators including painters, potters, jewelers, glass artists, photographers, creators of upcycled and unique home décor, fibre artists, woodworkers, creators of natural skin products, and authors; a pewtersmith, women’s clothing designer, printmaker, sculptor, mask maker, milliner, and creator of garden art; edible artists with craft ales, award winning handmade chocolate, HFT donuts, maple syrup, sweet & savoury preserves and solar roasted coffee; a traditional general store, gourmet & artisan lunch stops and even a musician.
The unique Crown and Pumpkin stops were chosen to showcase the creative environment of artists with boats hanging from rafters, entranceways encrusted with beads and buttons, a “castle” gallery, heritage buildings, beautiful gardens; or places where the “magic” happens such as brewing craft ales, furniture making, coffee roasting and much more. Many of these locations are open to the public but once a year and by careful placement of the right guest artists at each host stop, we have created an exciting and rich visitor experience that only happens during Crown & Pumpkin.
Each stop is also accessible along an easy driving route that takes you past historical buildings and breathtaking fall scenery. You can cycle all or part of the tour as larger purchases will be delivered within a 70 km radius. You can also enjoy walking portions of the tour.
The tour starts at the historic 161 year old Union Hall with Chris’ hot glass art, Joanne’s wire wrap jewelry, Laurette’s photography, Colin, one of the few remaining pewtersmiths in Canada, Clement’s pottery and Clare’s handmade soap. Just around the corner is Culandubh Studio with Laurel’s animal portraiture, Nadine’s miniature quilts, Deb’s natural skin products, Ross’ maple syrup and Meg and Jeff’s sweet & savoury preserves.
Then head into Clayton to Woolly Things Studio with Karen’s weaving and photography, Peter’s books (readings at 1 and 3 pm daily), Dave’s woodcarvings, Sarah’s paintings, Kevin and Sandra’s flamework and fused glass, Jill’s painting and art wear, and also Jodi’s Heart and Soul Café Lunch Stop.
The tour then takes you to the “ Beyond Clayton” stops, which are the hidden gems in the tour and are well worth the drive (and it is such a beautiful drive). Visit Fluid Coffee with Lorraine’s solar roasted coffee and Bill’s renewable energy books, Kat’s wire crochet jewelry, Barcha’s garden art and the Jolly Hog Gourmet Food Lunch Stop. For your added enjoyment, Tara will be giving live musical performances throughout each day. Then travel out to Sumack Loft for Auni’s and Liam’s paintings, Kristina’s handcrafted home décor, Virginia’s masks and Colin’s fantastic woodturned pens and bowls. One concession farther is twofourtree Studio with Eric’s woodworking and furniture and Chrissie’s pottery and creative freelance. And just a small drive past is Lynn and Paula’s Artcore Décor with upcycled home décor.
Returning to the “Clayton” cluster you will find the traditional Clayton General Store which has been in continuous operation for 175 years (and is also a convenient ATM and gas stop), Moondance Gallery with Barbara’s jewelry and Robert’s hats and quilts, and Saskia and Sietze’s pottery at their heritage home Clayworks.
Continue travelling along Bellamy Rd to Willowcreek Studio featuring Kaiija’s well known paintings and enjoy her exceptional gardens.
Then head back to the “Historic Downtown Almonte” where you will find the Almonte Potter’ Guild, Jean’s painting studio, Diana’s sculpture studio, Mary and Lynn’s painting studio, Michaela’s designer jewelry stop, and Carriageway Studios with Dawn’s printmaking, Megan’s designer clothing, Jeremy’s pottery, Chriss’ fibre art, Marie-France’s weaving and Jessica’s Traditional Syrian Food Lunch Stop. Also, on Sat only, from 11 am to 2 pm, the Mississippi Mills Youth Center will be serving artisan pizzas cooked in the Community Oven at the Almonte Public Library.
Finish off your tour at our “East Almonte Foodie” cluster with Hummingbird Chocolate hosting Anita’s photography, HFT donuts with Gary’s handcrafted walking sticks and canes and finally, a cold brew at Crooked Mile Brewery featuring Richard’s paintings and local author Sandra’s mystery novels.