Footnotes from the Foothills

On the Foothills Artists' Tour: Hobbit House Pottery

On the Foothills Artists’ Tour: Hobbit House Pottery

By Karen Hendricks

“Over the river and through the wood,” begins the beloved holiday poem about Thanksgiving travels. It could also apply to the adventuresome Adams County tour known as the Foothills Artists’ Studio Tour, always held the weekend before Thanksgiving. This year’s 10th annual tour, Nov. 19-20, links the homes and studios of about 10 artists dotting the picturesque landscape of western Adams County.

In the shadow of South Mountain— the northernmost Appalachian Mountains—the tour is more of an experience than an artist tour, mixing all genres of art with historic homes, unique studios, winding back roads, countryside vistas, conversations, and demonstrations with talented artists. Just as you travel “over the river and through the wood” to go home for the holidays, traveling on the Foothills Artists’ Studio Tour takes you into warm, welcoming homes, with an artistic twist.

Click here to read my latest article for Celebrate Gettysburg magazine: In the Shadow of South Mountain

Behind-the-Scenes:

Last fall, I spent a crisp but sunny Saturday exploring the back roads of Adams County on the Foothills Artists’ Studio Tour, in preparation for this article. Take the journey with me, through my snapshots captured along the way: (Click on any photo to arrow through the collection.)

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