This popular event, which is free to the public, is the premier indoor/outdoor festival in the Tri-Cities. New to the event this year will be a food court set up for brunch in the morning by Eureka Bites, afternoon snacks provided by Main Street Café and Catering, as well as other vendors with beverages and food available.
Adding to the artistry is the line-up of musical talent which will be playing acoustic sets throughout the day. Johnathan Edens will be playing acoustic guitar starting at 10:30am, the Green Rumors will be featured starting at 1:30pm, and the Sweetwater Troubadours will wrap up the evening starting at 5:30 pm.
All wares will be for sale. Visitors can look forward to a rich tapestry of mediums, ranging from painting to photography, glasswork, mosaics, woodworking, jewelry, knife making, pottery and more. A stringent selection policy focusing on quality assures the event to have the highest caliber of regional artwork on display and for sale. The juried show will be featuring the following artists: Teresa Tilley, Barbara Powell, Suzanne McKinney, Stacy Larsen, Brenden Bohannon, Wendy Ritchey, Barbara Cara, Carolyn McLaney, Bonnie Kelley, Little Blackberry Creek Pottery, Jonathan Reynolds, Chocolate Elegance, Olive Oil Divine, Beverly Thomas Jenkins, Karen Hitchcock, Carol McCreary, Richie Hayward, Janet Renfro, Tony Shipley, Anita Lindsley, Becky Hope Mallory, Linda McCulley, Barbara Badenhope, Kerry Porche, Veronica Salfi, Rob Scaffe, Sarah Saunders, Carolyn Tomko, Curtis Buchanan, Lance Ellis, Doniqua Joyner, Linore Huss, Rhonda Miller, Laura Feit, Fredda Roberts, Jeri Landers, and Wendy Westlein.
Awards for artists will be selected by a panel of judges and presented on Saturday at 10am. Best in Show honor will receive $750, while second place will be awarded $300, and third place $100. The Best New Artist award will be given a free booth space for next year, Honorable mentions and Best in Tasting ribbons will also be given out. Ribbons will be displayed on the artist’s tents or tables which will be viewable through the weekend.
Artists and other Town organizations will also be demonstrating their skills throughout the day. Come see the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre perform selections from their upcoming show, Momma Mia. The Heritage Alliance will be doing a short play starting at 3:30pm. Donna Bird, Chasidy Hathorn, and Eric Cannizzaro will also be demonstrating in the back Courtyard.
If you are an artist who would like to participate there are still spaces available on the lawn of the Storytelling Center. Please contact the McKinney Center for details.
For more information, go online at mckinneycenter.com or call the McKinney Center at 423-753-0562.