The 18thAnnual Winterfest arts and crafts festival will run this Friday, November 30 from 5-8pm and Saturday, December 1 from 10am-5pm. Featuring local artists and artisans, local music, holiday craft activities for kids and a special café for the festival, Winterfest is the center’s oldest annual event.
Participating artists, artisans, and businesses include: Michelle Bankey and Jeff Kimball – Mountain High Tie Dye offering tie dyed clothing; Eric Bolling offering pottery; Ricky Boyd – Boyd Wood Crafts featuring handcrafted wood cutting boards, bowls and utensils; Carly Burke – Mountain Light Jewelry with her handmade copper, silver and vintage fabric jewelry; Laura Byler – World on a String also featuring her handmade glass bead and crystal jewelry along with wearable fiber art; Naomi Crews, Lara Davis, Katie May, Lara Miller and Sam Steffins (Mountain Song Herbals) from the Floyd Market Collective who will feature herbal products, wired jewelry, natural fiber wearable art, and handmade children accessories; Wilma and Jess Edwards offering crystal and leather jewelry and paper crafts; Nancy Fox – Appalachian Ties featuring wearable art; Nell Fredericksen – Sugar Grove Studio offering fine art jewelry and functional pottery; Mary Hadden featuring whimsical, handbuilt clay work; Linda Hearn – Golden Morning Gardens offering hypertufa planters and wooden vases; Hope Hollingsworth with her repurposed wool crafts; Joanna Huff – Flashy Glass Creations featuring stained glass and jewelry; Sidra Kaluszka with fine art and ceramics; Adam Lake – Pangea featuring ceramics and pottery along with art by the late LaurelSong; Penny Lane – Woodland Wonders who makes natural fungi jewelry; Aislinn Lowry – Aislinn Lowry Fine Art featuring her mixed media; Holly Moore – Wild Rose Creations with handcrafter leather and wood products; Tara Orlando – Green Deva offering body care products and Christmas ornaments; Pat Sharkey – Earth Dance Jewelry featuring gem jewelry; Lennon Strain – Painting Turtle with visionary art; Ron and Susan Sutterer -Frog Hollow Pottery offering pottery; Aven, Tanner with clay and mixed media; Kirsten and Dan Vest – Locust Grove Farm featuring local honey & handcrafted beeswax candles; Rhonda Withington – The Mischievous Carrot Farm with repurposed wool crafts and StarRoot – Starroot Art and Music featuring fine folk art.
Winterfest at the Jax continues to feature live, local performances beginning on Friday evening with Bob Grubel and Cliff Dumais performing on the stage in the center’s community room. Front Porch Swing Duo featuring Scott Perry follows on Saturday morning, with other local favorites, Bernie Coveney and Andrea Marshall performing together in the afternoon and The Unapolegetics, featuring Erika Joy, John Wilson and Emily Williamson will be the final group on Saturday. CD’s featuring the Winterfest performers will be available for sale.
Liz Stucki, “Mama Liz”, will lead the volunteers staffing The Jax Café, which will offer sandwiches with homemade bread along with soups and baked treats made by center volunteers, hot pretzels and other refreshments. The Floyd County Human Society will again have a booth close to the Café with holiday items for pets, including edible treats. Children can participate in the free, supervised children’s holiday arts and crafts activities offered in the Center’s pottery studio. Admission is free.