September 9, 2016

Kedron debuts Artisan’s Market

Noella May Pickett Photo

From left, Allison Cioffi-Brown, owner of the South Woodstock Country Store, smiles for the camera with South Woodstock resident Beverly Humpstone at the Kedron Valley Inn’s new Artisan’s Market recently.

SOUTH WOODSTOCK — In an effort to celebrate the remaining days of summer and a strong sense of community, the Kedron Valley Inn in South Woodstock is now offering an Artisan’s Market on Sundays and live music on Mondays.

“Our Artisan’s Market is held from 12-3 p.m. on Sundays, and our live music is featured from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays,” said Laura Jennings-Ryll, food and beverage manager and events coordinator.

The Artisan’s Market, which first began Sunday, Aug. 28, was initially advertised as a Farmers Market. However, the name has changed to “Artisan’s Market” due to the eclectic mixture of vendors that have participated in the market.

“Our permit allows for eight vendors to participate each week. The artisans that have showcased their crafts have all been very unique. The different offerings we’ve had include: handmade jewelry, painted wine bottle art, crocheted items, handmade firewood bags, produce, and more,” said Luke Underwood, general manager and innkeeper.

The outdoor market will run through Columbus Day, and possibly longer if weather permits. “It’s both weather driven and people driven,” Underwood said. The live music night will also be driven by public feedback, and will hopefully be a permanent addition to the inn and community.

Vendor Lori Laplante of Reading showcased her primitive crafts at the market, which included signs and decorative bottles.

“My bottles make great vases and a great gift. They are painted and decorated; I offer several that are decorated for both fall and thanksgiving,” Laplante said.

Allison Cioffi-Brown, owner of the South Woodstock Country Store, has also had a stand at the market offering local produce, fresh homemade pastries and other merchandise from her store.

“We do not charge the vendors. We want to attract more business to South Woodstock, invigorate the community, get them out and bring them together. We feel that this is a genuine way to get people together — it’s inclusive,” Underwood said.

The market is a great place to buy gifts, to meet new people, and to see what else the quaint village of South Woodstock has to offer.

“We want to bring the community together — to build friendships and business relationships within the area,” Jennings-Ryll said.

Pretty soon the grand fireplace within the inn’s tavern will be crackling next to the musician hosting the Monday night live music night, setting a cozy transition into the chilly fall nights ahead. Furthermore, alongside intimate ambiance, guests can enjoy the inn’s farm-to-table menu with a local craft beer.

“Our vision with offering live music was to bring the guests, locals and community together — while creating a homey environment,” Jennings-Ryll said.

The Kedron Valley Inn is located at 10671 South Road in South Woodstock. For more information, hours of operation, or to participate in the weekly Artisan’s Market, the inn can be reached at 457-1473 or

After Thanksgiving the restaurant and tavern is closed on Mondays through the winter, and therefore, live music night will take place Sunday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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