Smart Bets: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

ASHEVILLE N.C.— After a successful July weekend event to celebrate its 70th year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns for its fall edition. Along with a range of traditional and contemporary craft booths, the three-day showcase features demonstrations by Brandy Clements (chair caning), Ronnie McMahan (woodcarving), Valerie Berlage (painted wood and construction), Cassie Dickson (flax-to-linen processing) and Connie Brown (quilting and sewing). The fair also includes Appalachian music from such local acts as Cary Fridley & Haywood County Ramblers, Smoky Mountain Rhythm and Buncombe Turnpike. It all takes place at the U.S. Cellular Center on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8 general admission/$12 weekend pass/free for children younger than 12. Photo of Clements from Silver River Center for Chair Caning courtesy of the Southern Highland Craft Guild


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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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