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Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft will hold its annual Holiday Festival from Friday, Nov. 25, to Sunday, Nov. 27.

The festival will feature opportunities to shop the gallery and special exhibitions, participate in mini workshops and dine on holiday cuisine in the Redbud Cafe prepared by award-winning chef Chad Combs. The cafe will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the festival.

All works available for purchase, located in Gallery Two, are products of Craft Center and other regional artists.

The festival's mini workshops are sponsored by the Friends of the Appalachian Center for Craft, with proceeds benefitting the FACCT's educational outreach programs. These programs enable fifth through 12th grade students to come to the Craft Center to participate in hands-on classes and demonstrations.

The mini workshops, priced at $20 each, are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day of the festival. Seating is limited, and all materials are included in the class prices.

Artists will give live demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily during the festival. Acoustic guitarist Rob Ring will perform for festival patrons.

The gallery and exhibitions will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 23. The gallery will reopen after the holiday season on Tuesday, Jan. 3.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located six miles off Highway 56 (Interstate 40, Exit 273) near Smithville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Visit or call 931-372-3051 for more information.

TTU Arts Roundup:

Appalachian Center for Craft
  • The 2011 Focus on Fibers ACC fiber students and artists in residence fiber exhibit continues until Monday, Nov. 28.
  • Tracey Williams-Young's clay exhibit, Cold War, Hot Tea, runs from Wednesday, Nov. 22, to Monday, Nov. 28, with a gallery reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27.

Joan Derryberry Art Gallery

  • TTU's Art faculty's multi-media exhibition runs until Wednesday, Nov. 30.

TTU Music

  • TTU's Jazz Bands, directed by Chris McCormick, perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17.
  • The TTU All-Star Instrumental Symposium, performed by the TTU wind ensemble and directed by Joseph Hermann, is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18.
  • Emily Loboda's senior saxophone recital is at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20.
  • Trombones at Tech, a trombone studio recital, is at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20.
  • Patrick Sewell's senior percussion recital is at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.
  • Natalie Raymond's senior recital is at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.
  • Trombones at Tech, the Trombone Choir performs at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
  • William Harvey's guest violin recital is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22.

The Appalachian Center for Craft is located six miles off Highway 56 (Interstate 20, Exit 273) near Smithville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Joan Derryberry Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Roaden University Center and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Backdoor Playhouse is located in Jere Whitson Memorial Building. For more information, call 9131-372-6595. Unless noted otherwise, all concerts are free and take place in the Bryan Fine Arts Building. The concert schedule is subject to change. For more information, call 931-372-3161.