This is truly off the beaten path but if you want a unique and fun experience hop in the car and drive to Riverton, CT to make your own glass art. Peter Greenwood offers glassblowing workshops Tues-Sat from 9am – 5pm. Depending on your level of interest (and pocketbook) you can make a single glass object like a paperweight, decorative flower or ornament for $30-$45 or you can go whole hog and sign up for a glass blowing workshop which runs $200/per person. Prices as of 2009.
My husband and I signed up for the workshop - it was 2 hours in length and just the 2 of us. We had a great time as we selected the colors and made: 1 flower, 2 paperweights and a vase. It was a once in a lifetime experience and we now appreciate how much skill and effort go into glass work. Our pieces will never win any awards but they're pretty, make us happy & remind us of our time in Connecticut.
Peter Greenwood was knowledgeable, friendly and very patient; he really made it a wonderful experience. For a few extra dollars we saved ourselves some hassle and had our pieces shipped home since they take hours to cool and trying to transport glass in our luggage would not have been fun. I would recommend this workshop to anyone, it was the best thing we did in Connecticut.
Official info at: http://www.petergreenwood.com/
BTW - Riverton is a pleasant 50 minute drive from Hartford but don’t let that deter you. The Cat Nip Mouse Tea Room down the street is excellent for lunch - the Turkey Yammy Sandwich and the BLT soup are to die for and well worth the drive.
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