The McCreary Mountain Craft Center is the place to be this weekend, October 21st thru 23rd! The second Annual Craft Blast is going to be busy and entertaining!
Craft demos start Friday, with a demonstration of cement leaf casting, showing how to turn your favorite green leaves into wonderful permanent sculptures in cement for a beautiful accent for the home, porch or garden.
Saturday is a busy line up for the entire day starting from 10 am – 5pm with a Genealogical Workshop by the McCreary County Historical & Genealogical Society in our little log cabin next to the center.
While that workshop is continuing, we’ll have musicians on the porch of the Craft Center from 11 am thru 5pm. The gospel group, Oasis from Stearns will be sharing lively Gospel Music with us at 1:00 pm. The harmony of this group of local musicians is so very delightful, engaging and moving. We’ll have a canopy set up on the blacktop along with chairs to relax and enjoy the music as long as you like.
At 2:30 pm we’ll enjoy Henry York along with the Sorghum Sisters. Henry has been known for his guitar and singing skills since before most of us can remember. He also has been a dancer, and teacher of dance. He has played the bass guitar and backed up just about everyone. Henry plays traditional and classic country songs.
The Sorghum Sisters, Marlene Petersen and Mary Ann Callarman have been singing together since 2005. They met as newcomers to Somerset, Kentucky. Marlene is from Montana, Mary Ann from Illinois. When they teamed up as a duet, Larry Petersen said they sounded sweet as molasses. From then on, they took the name Sorghum Sisters. They have performed locally on stage at Pisgah Schoolhouse, the Carnegie Arts Center, Stearns KY, Center for Rural Development, Nashville Connection TN, and Renfro Valley. Mary Ann has also performed in Branson MO. and many years performing with Sweet Adelines International. They sing a kaleidoscope including country, blue grass and gospel as well as old standards and rock. Oh yes, be ready for a little comedy thrown in.
If all this is not enough to keep you interested all day, we’ll have Carol Skaggs demonstrating the entire process of cleaning, preparing and decorating gourds.
Did we mention there will be complimentary snacks available in the picnic shelter out back throughout the three days of celebration?
Sunday is still more music, food and art. Our own Sarah Patrick, singer, song writer, and all around McCreary County girl will share her own brand of wonderful country music with us for an hour on Sunday at 1:00 here on the craft center porch. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy this rising young star.
There will be other local musicians and singers who will be sharing their gifts with us on both Saturday and Sunday still to be scheduled as we confirm our plans for the event. But we certainly have a rich variety of musical talent from our region.
Along with the entertainment, workshop and demos, you’ll have an opportunity to visit with the association members and browse the wonderful collection of art and crafts in our historic log building.
We’ve truly enjoyed partnering with the McCreary County Historical & Genealogical Society this year. We value their contributions of sharing and educating all of us about the rich history of our region. Earlier this year, Author, Sam Perry lead a writing workshop in the log cabin which was well attended and much appreciated.
The Center is here for the community to enjoy and our goal this year has been to bring as much of the art, history and music of our region together to share with all who will take the time to stop for a visit.
From Corbin or Williamsburg, drive Rt 25 to Hwy 90 west. We’re located four and a half miles west of Cumberland Falls just past Ron’s Market. From Somerset, take Rt 27 South past Greenwood to the junction of Hwy 90 East. We’re only 5 and half miles East on Hwy 90. We’ll have plenty of parking out back as well as the driveway. We hope to see you this weekend.