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open studios tours and

updated tue 12 dec 06


Maggie Jones on mon 11 dec 06

Where are you located?
NC has an Agritourism Association and as of this yr a law has become
efective that makes such good sense.
I have signs posted stating:
Under North Carolina law, there is no liability for an injury to or death
of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism
location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the
agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include,
among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals,
as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may
contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of
participating in this agritourism activity.’

Simplified this states....and the tourism director stated this
herself..."if you do something stupid that causes injury to yourself it
ain't my fault."


Maggie and Freeman Jones
Turtle Island Pottery
Black Mountain, NC trustee

On Sun, 10 Dec 2006 18:51:35 EST Megan Mason writes:
> There is presently a signup for publicity to start an ''open studio
> tour ''
> for the public to drop in for specific days and hours during the
> holiday
> season. I have never been in on one of these since I am not open to
> the public
> and have little parking. I asked if the program had and possible
> liability
> insurance in case someone on an artists property, while visiting,
> which I doubt
> they have even considered from the reaction when I inquired.
> Am I being a spoilsport? Am I being too cautious, I don't know but
> here is
> why I ask.
> My neighbor was sued when a neighbor child fell off their rail
> fence while
> playing with the owner's children.
> I gave pottery classes in my garage to neighbor children, for
> little more
> than the cost of materials, when my daughter was young and one
> neighbor's
> child, who's dad was a lawyer, mentioned to me that his dad told him
> to have fun
> but if he got hurt I would be working for them the rest of my
> productive
> life. I ended classes at home. The same family repeatedly
> solicited my
> pottery as donations for all their silent auctions but I politely
> declined.
> I would love to welcome them in, but I am out in the country and the
> terrain
> of my place could harbor hazards I may not have considered. I do
> not need a
> lawsuit to take what little retirement moneys we have saved.If the
> group
> sponsors had gotten an umbrella policy to cover the event, even
> if we had to
> share cost, it then would interest me.
> How do others deal with this sort of issue?
> Meg
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