More History in the Making

At their Sept. 10 meeting, the members of The  Jelly Bean Tree Cooperative voted unanimously to change the cooperative’s name to The River Artisans Cooperative.

The Jelly Bean Tree Cooperative, founded in 1975, is Vermont’s oldest Crafts Cooperative. They recently moved their shop to a new location at 26B Main Street after three decades in the Saxtons River’s Main Street Arts Building.

“The Jelly Bean Tree has grown over the decades, it was time for a change.” Joan Lester, the coop’s president said. “The recent move was a catalyst for this decision. We were changing, our membership growing, it has been a rebirth of sorts.”

After approving their name change, the group began planning workshops to begin in the fall. Beginning Knitting and Beginning Calligraphy classes will be scheduled for October and in November a Make Your Own Ornament class to learn basic decorative painting techniques.

Craft get-togethers were also discussed. A regular daytime Knitting/Crochet group and a Projects Half Done group may get underway for the winter.

For more information on these classes and groups, keep checking our facebook page and this website for updates. Stop into the shop, call the shop at 802-869-2099 or e-mail us at riverartisans@gmail.com to put on the preliminary list for the classes or gatherings.

New members are always welcome. Get in touch with us by phone, email or our Contact page.

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