Feb
15
Sat
Bryan Koontz: Life Along the Blue Ridge @ Grovewood Gallery Tickets
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm
Bryan Koontz: Life Along the Blue Ridge @ Grovewood Gallery

Grovewood Gallery in Asheville will present Life Along the Blue Ridge, featuring landscape oil paintings by Bryan Koontz, on view from February 15 through April 5, 2020. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist in attendance on Saturday, February 15 from 2-5pm. Koontz will return to the gallery on February 21 and 22 to demonstrate traditional oil painting techniques from 11am-5pm on both days. The reception and live demos are free to attend and open to the public.

Mar
27
Fri
50th Annual Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Show @ Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau Tickets
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm
50th Annual Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Show @ Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau

The show will feature vendors selling gems, minerals, jewelry and fossils. There will also be demonstrations – faceting, cabochon cutting and tumblings.

Free admission for children 12 and under, Scouts, military in uniform, law enforcement, approved youth groups and organized senior groups.

Hours: Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Mar
28
Sat
23rd Annual Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival @ Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau Tickets
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
23rd Annual Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival @ Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau

The Festival will include potters from across North Carolina and the southern United States.  There will also be dealers offering historical pottery and antiques, providing a context for understanding the history and use of pottery in the South. In all, there will be more than 110 vendors exhibiting antique and contemporary southern traditional pottery, antiques, furniture, textiles and folk art.

Along with the festival, Saturday includes special programming featuring pottery videos, demonstrations and an annual lecture “Clay Walls: Daniel Johnston’s Massive Installations” by Daniel Johnston and Henry Glassie. There will also be demonstrations & educational videos.

Apr
4
Sat
6th Annual Artisan Saturday at Explore Park @ Roanoke County's Explore Park Tickets
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th Annual Artisan Saturday at Explore Park @ Roanoke County's Explore Park

On April 4, 2020 10:00AM – 3:00PM Roanoke County’s Explore Park will host the sixth annual Artisan Saturday event. 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. Gourd work, jewelry making, plein air painting, fiber art, and woodworking are just a few of the demonstrations that will be showcased during the Artisan Saturdays season. The day may also include book signings, live music, food vendors, and informative presentations. Artisans from Southwest Virginia whose work reflects both creativity and quality craftsmanship will be available for questions during the demonstrations. Additionally, their original pieces of work will be for sale.
Educational and fun craft activities for children will be available along with all the amenities that the park has to offer. Make a whole day of it and take advantage of Explore Park’s hiking and biking trails and view the historical buildings at the park. Bring the fishing gear and fishing license to spend an hour or two on the Roanoke River or visit the museum located in the Visitor Center. Explore Park’s Visitor Center Gift Shop is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM for all refreshment needs. The gift shop is home to a variety of local artisan wares that are available for sale along with Explore Park memorabilia, t-Shirts and fun items for the children.

Apr
25
Sat
Lavender Academy @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm
Lavender Academy @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

If you have ever wanted to grow lavender, this 2-day workshop is for you! Join us for a 2-day intensive workshop which covers Lavender 101 and Beyond. The first day will be informational, including how to pick your varieties, grow, plant and harvest as well as learning how to prune and rejuvenate plants with hands-on activities in the gardens.

The second day will be value-added with recipes and hands-on classes including soap making, lotion bars, bath bombs and lots more. Two lunches, snacks and drinks are included. Registration is limited, so sign up early!

April 25 9 am – 3 pm, April 26 10 am – 3 pm

May
23
Sat
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock Tickets
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock

Outdoor arts & crafts show featuring 90+ juried artisans in a wide variety of mediums. Meet artists and buy art at any of a series of six shows throughout the summer. Free parking, shuttle and admission. Rain or shine, since 1962!

Jun
6
Sat
6th Annual Artisan Saturday at Explore Park @ Roanoke County's Explore Park Tickets
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th Annual Artisan Saturday at Explore Park @ Roanoke County's Explore Park

On June 6, 2020 from 10:00AM – 3:00PM Roanoke County’s Explore Park will host the sixth annual Artisan Saturday event. 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. Gourd work, jewelry making, plein air painting, fiber art, and woodworking are just a few of the demonstrations that will be showcased during the Artisan Saturdays season. The day may also include book signings, live music, food vendors, and informative presentations. Artisans from Southwest Virginia whose work reflects both creativity and quality craftsmanship will be available for questions during the demonstrations. Additionally, their original pieces of work will be for sale.
Educational and fun craft activities for children will be available along with the amenities that the park has to offer. Make a whole day of it and take advantage of Explore Park’s hiking and biking trails and view the historical buildings at the park. Bring the fishing gear and fishing license to spend an hour or two on the Roanoke River or visit the museum located in the Visitor Center. Explore Park’s Visitor Center Gift Shop is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM for all refreshment needs. The gift shop is home to a variety of local artisan wares that are available for sale along with Explore Park memorabilia, t-Shirts and fun items for the children.

Lavender Wands and Baskets @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
Jun 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lavender Wands and Baskets @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Lavender season is time for wand-making and with a bit of a twist you can make that wand into a petite lavender basket! Cut your own lavender from our U Pick area and we will provide the materials for you to make a couple wands and a basket to take home with you. Learn which variety of lavender works best for these beauties and how to best preserve them. Their scent will last for years and they make a wonderful gift, too.

You can only make wands when the lavender is fresh so we only provide this class at this time of year. Sign up early so you won’t miss this opportunity!

Jun
13
Sat
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock Tickets
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock

Outdoor arts & crafts show featuring 90+ juried artisans in a wide variety of mediums. Meet artists and buy art at any of a series of six shows throughout the summer. Free parking, shuttle and admission. Rain or shine, since 1962!

Jul
11
Sat
Make an Edible and Fresh Herb Wreath @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
Jul 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Make an Edible and Fresh Herb Wreath @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Why not enjoy your herbs fresh and dried? Come learn how to collect, prepare and arrange your herbs by making a wreath of fresh herbs to use. As they dry throughout the summer, you can still use them! We will include edible flowers and herbs that will last a long time and be usable for months. Harvest your herbs from our gardens, choosing the herbs you use at home and feel free to bring special herbs from your own garden if you choose.