'Celebration 2000' to celebrate the arts at Craft Center

Check out live demonstrations of artists trained in the crafts of glass, fiber, metal, wood and clay while listening to jazz music and West African drumming on April 1 as part of a day-long event to celebrate the Appalachian Center for Crafts.

"Celebration 2000" is planned as an all day event to honor supporters and patrons of the nationally acclaimed Craft Center located in Smithville. Organized by the Friends of the Appalachian Center for Crafts of Tennessee (FACCT) in cooperation with TTU, the day-long event Ð with no admission -- starts at 11 a.m. and finishes up at 5 p.m., promising fun-filled activities including live music and craft demonstrations.

A special recognition ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. honoring the late State Sen. Tommy Burks and also Dr. Sumner Griffin and there will also be the dedication of a nature trail to William Stacey.

There will be many craft booths set up, food booths and a bandstand area that will feature musicians such as Dr. Jazz, Rick Stanley (bluegrass), the Dan Dowling Trio (jazz and blues) and TTU's Abusua, the West African drumming and dancing ensemble.

Craft demonstrations in glass, fibers, metals, clay, wood and metals will also be taking place all day in the various studios as well as outside. Each studio will also have prize drawings.

There will be plenty for kids to do, too. They can choose from glass bead making, macrame lessons, rubber stamping, making god's eyes, clay wheel throwing, clay sculpture and making necklaces.

A silent auction will also be held in the Craft Center with participants having the opportunity to bid on items donated by local artists as well as those from around the country.

And what's a celebration without food? FACCT will have its own booth, selling drinks and popcorn and there will also be hot dogs for sale.

Proceeds benefit FACCT, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Craft Center and its arts in the schools program.

The event is funded, in part, by the Upper Cumberland Development District under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Celebration 2000 will be held rain or shine. For more information, call the Craft Center at (931) 372-3051.