Marshall readies for Art on the Island

Dreaming of an island getaway but stuck in the mountains? Look no further than Marshall for its annual Art on the Island Festival located on Blannahassett Island, just over the bridge from Main Street. 

“Last year was our first year to organize our arts festival on the island here in Marshall,” says Laura Boosinger, executive director of the Madison County Arts Council. “Artists and visitors alike loved the park-like setting.”

This year’s festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m.. The event will feature potters, fiber artists, wood turners, food and music. A tree-lined picnic area overlooking the French Broad will give folks a place to take a quick snack break. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

Few towns can boast an island like Blannahassett, a tiny land mass bordered on all sides by the French Broad River, which runs through the heart of Marshall. According to town folklore, Marshall is “a mile long, a street wide, sky high and hell deep.” The town has seen a rebirth as artists, cafés, galleries, homemade pot pies and ice cream shops move in. 

For more information visit or call 649-1301. From Madison County Arts Council

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