The following travel guide for Broome Art Trail 2022 was written by Connie Barnes, Artisan Gallery Manager and Broome Art Trail Site Coordinator
A Sunday Drive with Shawna to the new Broome Art Trail sites
SITE 16: Redfeather Retreat, 5608 Rt. 79, Port Crane, NY
On Sunday we took a ride to visit some of the sites new to the Broome Art Trail. We decided to drive out to the farthest reach on the Broome Art Trail – which turns out to be a blip on the map of county lines. Redfeather Retreat is our newest addition to the trail. We headed out Route 88 to the Port Crane exit and turned left onto 369. From that exit we drove about 7.4 miles, past Chenango Valley State Park through North Fenton (where the road changes from 369 to 79) to the Chenango County line when almost immediately it becomes Broome County again! And there was our destination on the left, Redfeather Retreat. We met with the proprietor Saraann Delafield who welcomed us with a tour of the (extensive) grounds. Throughout the beautifully and naturally maintained grounds, we were treated to a different site at every turn. The plan is to have an activity at each site on the property. Everywhere you look are fields, trees, ponds and the foliage is sure to be gorgeous! Saraann and her helpers will host several places to express yourself creatively with a final visit to the classroom/gallery/store. WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES! Once you’ve toured the grounds you may want to come back or check them out online (redfeatherretreat.com) to sign up for some very interesting classes and workshops. (You could easily become a regular!) We left refreshed – knowing that we would return.
SITE 15: Artfarm Giftshop and Studio, 220 Prentice Rd. Binghamton, NY
At this juncture, you may decide to head to the Artfarm Giftshop and Studio at 200 Prentice Road by heading 4 miles west on 79W and then catching NY Rte 12S for about 4 miles where you’ll find the Artfarm with its beautiful barn and grounds. The barn holds the gift/art shop and studio, laden with sparkling glass creations and more! Michael Schnurbusch will be demonstrating stained glass techniques throughout the day. (Again, another place you’ll want to spend some time and enjoy Fall in all of its glory! Plan to return for holiday shopping!)
SITE 24: Stantoia, 2204 Jenkins St. Endicott, NY
We could have added Crocker Hill Woodworks to this trip (432 Crocker Hill Road) at this point but we had decided earlier to visit just new sites on this tour. Another new location on the Art Trail is The Creative Hive, 783 Chenango Street in Port Dickinson. Look for the Art Trail signs and drive around to the back of this series of contemporary buildings. You’ll find Creative Hive’s entrance there. It’s a fabulous art space where classes and workshops are held. Artists Danielle White (also proprietor) and Erica Hasselbach will be featured. We headed to Endicott by catching 88 and then 17W, taking the Endicott exit, north on McKinley Ave, right onto Jenkins and found Stantoia at 2204 Jenkins Street, situated high on a hill overlooking Endicott. It’s a lovely brick home surrounded by beautiful gardens. The artists represented there are Melanie Stanton, Gina Minoia and Amy Evans.
After we finished our tour of new sites and because we were in Endicott, we treated ourselves to some fresh cider and donuts at the Cider Mill. Yum!
Johnson City has added two new sites as well – Sole City Coffee, 250 Main St. is hosting two artists, Natalie Dadamio and Merri Markovitch. They are also hosting two musicians. Next door is Jupiter Games, 240 Main St. hosting 4 artists. While you’re in JC, be sure to check out the new murals downtown from the iDistricts Murals and Mosaics project by Ivan Roque, Steven Teller, and J Muzacz!
Note: There are several ways to enjoy the Broome Art Trail! Check out our travelogue from last year’s Trail on our website. Most venues and studios have returned to the Broome Art Trail this year loaded with new and fabulous art! There are demonstrations scheduled at many sites and music as well. Each site will have a poster listing all of the music and demonstration sites or you can check those listings on our website. We hope you’ll make a plan for each day. There are maps located at all sites and in several businesses, etc. throughout the county!
At closing time on Sunday, head on out to the Beer Tree in Port Crane where we can all gather to celebrate another successful Broome Art Trail and 15% of your food purchase will be donated to the Broome County Arts Council. These donations will ensure that we can continue to develop community programming like the Broome Art Trail, First Friday and more!
This write-up is a continuation of the following reviews from 2020! Some of this year’s locations are mentioned below, so be sure to check it out to help plan your Broome Art Trail adventure this year!