Craft Center's annual holiday festival set for weekend after Thanksgiving

Holiday shoppers can trade the hustle and bustle of department stores and shopping malls for the charm of the Appalachian Center for Craft on the weekend after Thanksgiving.

The Craft Center, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University, is hosting its annual Holiday Festival art and fine craft sale in its Gallery from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26 — 28.

“The Holiday Festival is my favorite time of the year because we have such a wonderful time meeting all the visitors,” said Gail Looper, gallery manager. “There really is something for everyone, from the traditional Appalachian crafts to more contemporary work in all craft media.”

This year’s merchandise includes fine jewelry, decorative ironwork, hand-blown glass, pottery, children’s toys and puppets, wearable art, hand-made quilts, mirrors, lamps, stained glass and other unique gifts for any budget.

Work in the Craft Center’s other exhibits will also be for sale and includes fine jewelry by Sarah McClary, functional and decorative craft by the Highland Rim Chapter of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists and wearable, woven art by Paula Bowers Hotvedt, who will attend the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

In addition, the festival will feature craft demonstrations, live music and food available at the walkway cafe.

Craft demonstrations are set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day and include Jim Sullivan’s ceramics in the lobby on Friday and Saturday, Curt Brock and his team in the glass studio on Saturday and Cheryl Ludwig’s weaving in the lobby on Sunday.

Acoustic guitarist Jim Olsen will perform a selection of seasonal music in the Gallery each day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

While the festival runs just three days, last minute shopping is available through 23 at the Craft Center. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The exhibit of wearable art by Paula Bowers Hotvedt will be on display through Jan. 3, while work by the Highland Rim Chapter of TACA will be on display through Jan. 4. McClary’s jewelry exhibit closes Nov. 30. The Craft Center will close for holiday break at 5 p.m. on Dec. 23 and reopen on Jan. 3.

The Craft Center is located six miles off Interstate 40 at Exit 273. To get there, take Highway 56 toward Smithville to Hurricane Bridge and take an immediate left.

For more information about the Holiday Festival or other exhibits, call the Craft Center at 931/372-3051 or 615/597-6801, send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or check out TTU’s homepage at