The festival will feature an extensive variety of crafted products, from walking sticks and wooden puzzles to Christmas ornaments, soft sculpture, pencil drawings and llama fiber products. Other crafts include scrollsaw wood art, dolls, baby items, tobacco stick art and signs, polymer jewelry, lotions and soap, quilts, needlework, baskets, stained glass, crochet items, bath and body products, handmade ironworks and dulcimers, gourds, rustic art, herbs, handprints, photography, bows, scarves and purses.
“We are expecting a wide variety of artists, including painters, craftsmen and sculptors, whose work will be available for purchase. Arts will include pottery, woodcrafts and folk art,” said David Price, festival coordinator and director of music at Tusculum College.
Demonstrations will also be conducted in pottery, blacksmithing and carving by the Evergreen Woodcarvers.
Musician Sharon Babb will be hosting mountain dulcimer workshops each day of the festival. Babb has been teaching dulcimer for many years, and there is no fee to attend the workshops. The workshop schedule will be Friday, April 17, 2-3:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 18, 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 19, 2-3:30 p.m. She will be teaching traditional and modern songs, with some in-between. Babb also builds mountain dulcimers, which she will have available for purchase at the festival.
If you have a dulcimer in need of strings or minor repair, stop by the blacksmith/dulcimer booth before class. There will be a small fee for repairs and strings. If you do not have a dulcimer, you may sign up to borrow one for class. Supply is limited. If you have questions, call Babb at 865-919-7214.