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Springtime means more than just budding trees and blooming flowers at the Appalachian Center for Craft, a satellite campus of Tennessee Tech University.

It also means it’s time for the annual Celebration of Craft, a free event open to the public Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. The ninth annual event offers visitors a chance to see demonstrations in the Craft Center studios, including glass blowing, wood-working, weaving, blacksmithing, ceramics and metals.

“There are always great works of art to be found in the TTU Visual Art Society tent and in the silent auction,” said Gail Gentry, the Craft Center’s workshop and event coordinator. “Take advantage of discounts in the Gallery. Purchase commemorative event t-shirts and other merchandise in the Friends of the Craft Center tent, in support of the Craft Center’s educational outreach programs.”

In addition to the studio experiences, enjoy live music by the Cluster Pluckers, Two Mandolins and Live Music in America. Children can participate in hands-on craft activities including clay, photograms, copper lanterns and more.

All proceeds from the Celebration of Craft directly support the Craft Center’s educational outreach programs, serving more than 3,500 school children in the Upper Cumberland region each year.

Celebration 2007 is a project funded in part under an agreement with the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Craft Center is located off Interstate 40 at exit 273. Turn south toward Smithville on Highway 56, go about six miles and turn left immediately after crossing Hurricane Bridge.

For more information, contact Gentry at 931/372-3051 or at Information about the event is also available online at