Craft Center Holiday Festival offers demonstrations, food, music Nov. 28-30

tart the holiday in a more genteel way than hitting the shopping malls by visiting the Appalachian Center for Crafts instead where you'll find one-of-a-kind gifts handcrafted by well-known artists, fine food and music during the center's Holiday Festival.

The annual event, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, Nov. 28-30, has become a holiday fixture for its galleries brimming with art, traditional Christmas tree dripping with handmade ornaments, daily craft demonstrations, holiday music and, this year, seasonal offerings at the Walkway Café.

This year, the galleries feature exhibits of work by members of the East Tennessee chapter of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists and invited guests, as well as glass jewelry by Teresa Brittain and a B.F.A. senior clay show by Jennie Roles. The sales gallery will also be open during the festival.

Students in Tennessee Tech University’s music therapy program will be playing seasonal music daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby area, which will feature the traditional Christmas tree, decorated this year with hand-turned wooden ornaments by Darlene and Everette Elkins.

Just off the lobby is the new Walkway Café, where the special holiday menu includes Jamaican pumpkin soup, alpine cheese soup, wild rice salad, marinated veggie kebabs, apricot chicken skewers, citrus rosemary pork skewers and assorted cakes, breads and other baked goods. All items are a la carte, and parties of six or more should call 615-597-EATS for reservations. Café hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

During the Holiday Festival, there will be daily craft demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: glass beadmaking by Teresa Brittain on Friday, glass blowing by Curtiss Brock and paper making by Claudia Lee on Saturday, and handweaving by Cheryl Ludwig and wood turning by Kim Winkle on Sunday.

Admission is free, and the public is invited. For more information, call the Craft Center at 931-372-3051.
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