Woodstock, the most famous small town in America, offers visitors lots of artsy activities as well as cute little shops to explore.
A great way to spend a weekend afternoon!
The Center for Photography features work by contemporary photographers and offers workshops and lectures year round. The workshops are run by expert photographers. The center is open Weds-Sun from noon to 5 pm. Admission is free. Courses average $200 to $300.
The Woodstock Artists Association is housed in a downtown historic landmark and showcases the work of area artists. The association, which dates from 1920, also holds artist meet-and-greets, poetry readings and musical performances. The museum is open Friday & Saturday, noon to 6 pm, Sunday, Monday – Thursday, noon to 5 pm. Admission is free ($5 suggested donation). It is closed for the month of Jan.
Woodstock’s eclectic downtown stores offer hours of entertainment. Here are a few of our favourites:
- Candlestock sells hand-crafted beeswax and drip candles. In the back room, there’s a mountainous drip candle that has grown since 1970 into a more than 6-foot mound of coloured wax. Great for gifts.
- The Golden Notebook is a valued independent bookstore. In a town full of writers, artists, musicians the emphasis is on quality literature. They also play host to many book readings.
- Pondicherry sells handicrafts and a selection of yoga props, books, music and videos, and organic cotton and hemp yoga clothing.
- Catskill Art & Supply offers quality art materials, office supplies, greeting cards, novelty gifts, maps and carefully selected accessories as well as services like custom picture framing & graphic design.