DJR Open Studio

March 16, 2019
Conway, Massachusetts

Come on over!

I am opening up my studio on March 16, and it is my pleasure to invite you to the woods of Western Mass for an informal hangout filled with fun, fonts, flora, and fauna. Feel free to just stop by on Saturday afternoon, or to make a weekend out of it!

Activities include...

Work on something cool: Give yourself an excuse to work on a side project and chat about it with other fonty people.
Mini-presentations: Attendees are welcome (but not required!) to give a 20-minute presentation on a subject of particular typographic interest.
Type specimens: Find inspiration by browsing type specimen books, both old and new.
Letterpress printing: Bring your own plates or type and print on a 8×12 Chandler & Price platen press.
Hiking: Get some fresh air and explore the trails. Take a 35 minute walk down to Baker’s, the General Store in town, to get a cup of coffee and a sweet.
Sugar shack: Visit a local maple syrup producer, see how it is made, and taste the good stuff.

The Venue

The venue is my home studio on Scenic Route 116 in the small town of Conway, Massachusetts. Formerly occupied by a landscape design school, the building is perched on a ridge above town and surrounded by acres of forest for you to explore, with farms, pastures, and wetlands nearby. But bring your waterproof boots and microspikes if you have ’em...there’s no pavement up here, and they call it mud season for a reason!

The Schedule

The main event is happening Saturday afternoon/evening, but you’re welcome to come and go as you please.

Friday, March 15

Peter Pan Bus arrives in Northampton from Boston
Amtrak arrives in Northampton from NYC
Pizza and drinks (at the Conway Inn?)

Saturday, March 16

Coffee, tea, light breakfast (provided)
Hike to sugar shack
Open studio time
Drinks and hangout

Sunday, March 17

Coffee, tea, light breakfast (provided)
Amtrak departs for NYC
Peter Pan Bus departs for Boston

Getting Here

If you have a car, there is plenty of parking at the venue. It’s about a 3–4 hour drive from New York, 2–2.5 hours from Boston, and 45 minutes from Springfield. If road conditions are icy near the venue, you can park at the bottom of the ridge and take the 10 minute stroll to the top. Note that the map above gives directions to the center of town; I will send you detailed directions to my house after you sign up.
There is no public transit in Conway. I know. The closest cities are Northampton and Greenfield, both of which are serviced by Peter Pan Bus (from Boston and New York) and the once-daily Amtrak Vermonter Line (only New York). I’ll be able to take a carful of people to and from the venue, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to give everyone a ride.

Staying Here

If you want to use this as an excuse to spend a weekend in the country, I’m happy to help you make that happen!

The closest hotel is the Red Roof Inn Plus in Deerfield, and there are a handful of other inns and airbnbs in the surrounding towns. I also recommend the Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat if you’re looking for something unique.

For those prefer to stay at the venue and save a little cash, I can probably have up to eight people crash here at the house, especially if you’re willing to bring a sleeping bag or stay on a couch. Two to a room, first come, first serve. Be warned: accommodations will be rustic!


I should say right off the bat that I don’t know the first thing about event planning. I envision that this will be fairly unstructured weekend, with attendees largely determining what they do and work on. I hope it is a fun time, but this is the first time I’m doing something like this so there is a possibility it might suck as well. I’m nervously excited to see what happens!
Some of the more nature-related activities are more fun in nice weather and miserable in not-nice weather. It’s March in New England, so schedules may change accordingly.
Let it be known that there is only one shower on site. But I think we can be organized about it!
Who knows what my wifi will be like with more than one person using it...might be a good idea to download big files in advance, and to take advantage of mobile data!
I have two dogs who are super friendly but also a bit may get barked at a little, and you will probably get dog hair all over your clothes.

And Also...

Food & drink: I will provide light snacks and drinks throughout the day. Feel free to let me know if you’re looking for anything in particular, or to BYOB if you plan to stay into the evening. If you’ll be around during mealtime, we can order in from somewhere depending on how many people are around.

Accessibility: The first floor of the house is surprisingly wheelchair accessible for a New England home, with an accessible restroom but no shower. All hiking activities are optional, and I will do my best to adapt the event to meet your needs.

Code of conduct: Even though this isn’t really a conference, I still feel it is important to have a code of conduct that ensures that all are treated with respect. This stuff should be obvious, but it should not go unstated. By attending, you agree to abide by this code of conduct.

Sign me up!