The holidays are right around the corner and Tennessee Tech’s Appalachian Center for Craft is preparing for its annual Holiday Festival.
During the weekend of November 18-19, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Craft Center will open its doors for hands-on crafts, discounts and holiday-inspired cuisine.
“We are excited to host this annual event and showcase the incredibly talented artists from this region” said Gail Looper, Appalachian Center for Craft gallery coordinator. “Not only can shoppers get discounts on the artists’ work, but several artists will be on hand to present demonstrations and talk about their craft. This is a wonderful opportunity to buy one-of-a-kind items for that special someone on your list!”
Regional artists will lead a series of hands-on workshops throughout Saturday and Sunday. Participants will have opportunities to create steel hooks in blacksmithing, cast pewter ornaments, dye silk scarves, hand-bind books, blow glass ornaments, fuse glass and cut out and decorate clay ornaments. Activities are suitable for true beginners and a variety of age groups. Pre-registration is recommended and available with detailed descriptions on the Craft Center’s website.
During this family-friendly event, kids can visit with jolly old St. Nick and take part in additional, free, craft activities. Tech’s School of Art, Craft & Design students will lead the little ones in creating stamped cards with metallic inks, holiday character plates and cups, and thumb-print art. All materials are included and completed projects may be taken home.
Those shopping for unique, handcrafted items and looking for a relaxing atmosphere in which to do so will receive a 20 percent discount that Saturday and Sunday on all items in the Craft Center Gallery, including functional and ornamental glass and ceramics, furniture, jewelry, paintings, scarves and more. A 25 percent discount is offered during the Holiday Festival preview event Friday, Nov. 17, 6 – 9 p.m.
Also during the preview sale, Friday evening 6 – 9 p.m., the Blue Water Grille on the Hill will feature holiday-inspired cuisine. Menu choices include 12-ounce prime rib, coconut-encrusted grouper and herb-roasted chicken au jus. Reservations are required for one of two seatings at 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. The Grille will also offer treats, snacks and meals throughout the weekend.
The Craft Center is located in Smithville – take I-40 west to exit 273, head south on Highway 56 for 6 miles and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge.For more information or to register for hands-on workshops or the preview dinner, visit www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/specialevents/holiday, email Gail Gentry at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 931-372-3051.