The “Best in Virginia” Juried Arts and Crafts show will once again set up on the beautiful Barter Square at Barter Stage II. Browse the booths and get inspired at this Pinterest-worthy show, running Friday, July 27 to August 5, 2018 from 10 AM – 6 PM.
Artisans come primarily from Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina to showcase their crafts. Guests can browse, shop, enjoy the Festival’s live craft demos, and find one-of-a-kind items for themselves or as gifts. Vendors may sign up for the first five days, the last five days or the whole ten days, so check the Festival website for up-to-date information. The show is open rain or shine under tents.
Returning after a nearly 2-decade hiatus is the Crafts Demonstration Tent. “The Demonstration Tent hasn’t been around for nearly sixteen years, and we’re very excited to be bringing it back to the Festival!” said Juried Arts and Crafts co-chair Nancy Harte. A number of talented people are lined up to demonstrate their talents and are listed below:
July 27-29 from 10am to 5pm – Margaret Crouch: Overshot Weaving and Daniel Scott: Marquetry
July 30-31 from 10am to 5pm – Michele Howe: Fine Art executed in Wood Burning
August 1 from 10am to 5pm – John Pulchak: Indigo Dyeing
August 1-2 from 10am to 5pm – Fiona Zahnke with Spinning
August 3-5 from 10am to 5pm – Kathy Shearer, Donna Akers, Frank Kilgore: Southwest Virginia Appalachian History Days with a special appearance by Joe Tennis on August 5.
In addition to the Demonstration Tent, the Festival has heard and answered the call for a better food experience. An artisanal culinary corner will be set up in the lower parking lot behind the artists’ tents with unique packaged goods and festival dining. This year’s Food Court:
Hillbilly Soda-Specialty Drinks
Creamy Cup-Ice Cream
Mason Joe’s Coffee-Specialty Coffee
Karley’s Kettle Corn
Kilgore Korner-Hamburger & Hotdogs
Mac’s Fine Foods-Lemonade, Philly Cheese Dogs, & Gyros
Crepe Food Truck (Sweet and Savory)
Seven Barrels-Gourmet Oils To-Go
The Festival is pleased to partner with the following events also taking place throughout Abingdon:
Quilt Show – Holston Mountain Artisans presents a display of new and vintage quilts from Southwest Virginia and upper East Tennessee featuring work by the Wolf Hills Quilters.
Friday July 27 to August 4 – 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Admission is free.
4th Annual Sawdust Festival – The 4th annual Sawdust Festival will be held at the Holston Mountain Artisans Craft Shop. Enjoy live demonstrations of Appalachian arts with a focus on woodcrafters. Admission is free. Enter for a chance to win raffle items from artisan vendors.
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10:00am to 4:00pm
Round the Region: Southwest Virginia’s Arts, Crafts, and Music – Embark on a creative trip ‘Round the Region! Drop by Heartwood on Saturday, August 4 from 10am-5pm. Enjoy artisan demos, kids crafts, and live music from Southwest Virginia! Get to know your local artisans and musicians! This is an event for all ages.
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free.There are no upcoming events at this time.