TTU Craft Center's Holiday Festival is the Friday, Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again for a trip over the river and through the woods to the Appalachian Center for Craft’s annual Holiday Festival, set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23, 24 and 25.

Admission to the event is free, and visitors will be able to enjoy numerous craft demonstrations, showcase exhibitions, live music by acoustic guitarist Rob Ring and, of course, shopping among a wide range of contemporary and traditional craft, including blown glass, jewelry, pottery, wall hangings, scarves, wraps and more available in The Gallery.

Tennessee Tech University employees receive a 10 percent discount for purchases in the Craft Center’s gallery during the festival — and throughout the year — with a valid Eagle Card identification.

The walkway café at the Craft Center will be open during the festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be serving homemade soups, hearty deli sandwiches, baked goods, fresh salads, homemade sorbet and gelato, and gourmet coffee.

“The Craft Center’s Holiday Festival is a perfect way to kick off the season,” said Gail Looper, gallery manager. “We’ve had an overwhelming response from Craft Center-affiliated artists far and wide whose work will be for sale in Gallery Two.

“And this year, we’re also featuring an exhibition of exceptional functional and sculptural woodwork by the Craft Center’s wood studio in Gallery One,” she continued.

Various craft demonstrations are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the festival. Friday’s will include woodturning, Windsor chair making, glass bead making and weaving. Saturday’s will include glass blowing, bird carving, paper batik, woodturning, pine needle basketry and glass bead making, and set for Sunday are hand-carved wood bowls, paper batik, glass bead making and woodturning.

“The Holiday Festival is a truly unique shopping experience and day trip,” said Jane Dudney Roberts, promotions manager at the Craft Center. “Visitors can enjoy the scenic drive to our facility, with ample parking in a relaxing atmosphere, and find one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone on their holiday list.”

Even visitors and shoppers who can’t make it to the Holiday Festival will still have opportunities to browse and shop. The Craft Center’s gallery and exhibitions are open until 5 p.m. on Dec. 23.

The Craft Center is located approximately six miles from Interstate 40 at Exit 273 (Smithville/McMinnville). Go south on Highway 56 and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge. This drive leads to the Craft Center.

For more information about the Holiday Festival, call or e-mail Looper at 931/372-3051 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit TTU’s web site at

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