Schartner Farms has a history that stretches even longer than its annual corn maze. After immigrating to the United States in 1902, the Schartner family settled in Bolton and opened a farm. For the next century, multiple generations of the family milked cows and filled the soil with seeds to grow fruits, vegetables, and cheeseburgers. The farm became something of a local landmark, and in 2006, the town of Bolton and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts designated it an Agricultural Preservation Restriction Farm.
Today, the fourth generation of Schartners runs the farm. Aside from the signature corn maze, they invite visitors to pick apples, ride ponies, and relax on hayrides, which wind past the property's forests, fields, and ponds.
The word “bead” has multiple meanings at Bead Fiesta The Shoppe. It can mean—among other things—tiny seed beads, handmade glass beads, wooden beads, pearls, crystals, gemstones, and silver trinkets. Housed in the rustic 19th-century Cider Mill Building, the shop also stocks jewelry-making supplies, which are now considered highly valuable to pirates. To complement its wares, the venue hosts a variety of jewelry-making classes, on topics from working with precious metal clay to forging accessories from ice resin.
Serendipity stocks a huge selection of both practical and enchanting gifts. Pick up a pair of adorably tiny baby shoes by Kaya's Kloset ($22), or finger through autumn-themed gemstone jewelry ($15–$65). Other handmade items include sweetly aromatic bath and body products from Backyard Soaps ($8–$15) and funky hair accessories from the Sassy Mermaid ($6–$15). This deal is also good towards any of Serendipity's weekly jewelry-making workshops. The fused- glass workshop ($28–$48) on October 21 shows crafters how to concoct their own bowl, nightlight, or dish commemorating David Duchovny's career, and the Gingerbread Friends necklace workshop ($20) on December 11 shows children how to make a cookie-themed gift for the holiday season.
The staff at Sunrise Boutique curates an eclectic compilation of jewelry, clothing, and fair-trade items from around the world, and the boutique also houses a collection of more than 200 cultural artifacts in the Gallery of African Art for visitors to view. Customers can slide feet into a pair of slippers ($12+) or don a scarf ($13.95–$22.95) that keep necks as warm as cookies taken straight from a dragon's mouth. The alpaca merino wools of Dahlgren sport-specific socks ($18.95 for hiking socks; $19.95 for backpacking socks) are woven with recycled polyester and keep toes dry during active enterprises. Tarnish-resistant, hypoallergenic metal-blends create unique settings for Alaya Bar's limited edition beaded earrings ($48–$115) and colorful crosses ($45–$72).
At Giggi’s Boutique I want brides to experience the same special treatment they would expect at a high end bridal boutique without the high price tag. You will find an array of Formalwear - from wedding gowns, Mother gowns, Bridesmaid, Flower girl to flirty cocktail dresses. Many dresses/Gowns to even buy off the rack.
The Tinker's Cart fills homes with Irish gifts and special-occasion accessories sourced directly from the Emerald Isle. Official Irish dirt ($9.95) from the ground of County Tipperary helps local green thumbs nourish plants, grow shamrocks from official Irish shamrock seeds ($2.95), or cultivate the ball skills of a sprouting Boston Celtic. Irish license plates ($24.95) make roadsides appear greener, and popular Inis cologne spruces the auras of both men and women. While an Irish Claddagh wedding-cake topper ($23.95) celebrates true love, Red Socks and Patriots paraphernalia celebrates a birthright. The Irish gift store also offers caps and hats ($11.95+), jewelry such as pendants, rings, and bracelets, and hosts an in-house embroidery business where apparel can get custom stitches in Irish logos and designs.