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Cotton Mill Open Studio celebrates 20th Anniversary with free shuttle from downtown Brattleboro

“Brattlebassador” on hand to share town highlights and encourage local shopping.

BRATTLEBORO—Celebrating its 20th year, Cotton Mill artisans open their studios for a weekend, inviting the public to look behind the scenes of creative local businesses and meet the people behind them.

In addition, the weekend-long Cotton Mill Open Studio and Holiday Sale event showcases seasoned and emerging artists from Windham County offering exquisite handmade products from jam, to fine arts, to functional crafts.

This year, a free shuttle between the Cotton Mill, two downtown Brattleboro locations, and free parking at Brattleboro Union High School are offered as a part of a partnership with Downtown Brattleboro Alliance (DBA) to encourage event-goers to experience everything that downtown Brattleboro.

Alongside holiday shopping, the event features live performances from the renowned Vermont Jazz Center, circus arts from New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), Sandglass Theater puppetry, local music, and kids activities.

Café areas are also offered with Vermont Gelato, Vermont Crepes and Saxtons River Distillery, alongside an array of locally-produced artisan food items. Tito’s Taqueria will be located onsite as well.

Cotton Mill Open Studio welcomes visitors Friday, Dec. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro. For more information and detailed event schedule, visit

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Originally published in The Commons issue #489 (Wednesday, December 12, 2018).

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