Annual Artisan Saturdays to begin June 10 at Explore Park | Botetourt View

On June 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Roanoke County’s Explore Park will host the first of three Artisan Saturdays in 2017. This event is free and fun for all ages. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at milepost 115, the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and Gift Shop will have local artisans on hand to demonstrate a number of uniquely different crafts and skills.

The third annual Artisan Saturday will include artisan Jack Ferguson of Appalachian Flutes and Dulcimers, who will be demonstrating the reproduction of musical instruments used by early Appalachian settlers. The Blue Ridge Potters Guild will be on hand to help guests create one of a kind pottery. Additional artisans will provide demonstrations on water-color and plein-air painting, jewelry making and woodworking. Come out and meet local authors, Carolyn Tyree Feagans and Joseph Turner. New to the event this year will be an exciting and educational experience for guests, Sadler Shells, Scales and Tails Reptile Show (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) presented by Woody Sadler. Children’s Headband and Bracelet Bandana making along with dream catcher crafting will round off a day that will provide creative and educational fun for the entire family! Chef Ace, with Lette’s Eat foodie truck will be available for guests to purchase tasty creations for lunch.

Additional Artisan Saturdays are scheduled for Aug. 12 and Nov. 4. Each Saturday may be a bit different; the day may also include different book signings, live music performers, line dance instruction and informative presentations. Artisans from Southwest Virginia whose work reflects both creativity and quality craftsmanship will be available for questions during the demonstrations. To complement the demonstrations, their original pieces of work will be for sale.

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