Arts & crafts by the lake

Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival continues through Memorial Day
May. 26, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

"It's such a beautiful day and we've been blessed with wonderful weather," said Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach volunteer Nancy Wait, as she gazed across the vendors and crowd of festival-goers at the Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival Saturday afternoon.

Members of the community as well as visitors to Lake Lure will have the opportunity to enjoy local foods, unique arts and handmade crafts, live music and entertainment, and family fun outdoors in downtown Lake Lure through Memorial Day at the Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival.

This year's festival includes more than 90 vendors, offering everything from pottery, jewelry and textiles to cotton candy, kettle corn and oven-fired treats.

"Some of the vendors here have been coming to this festival every year, plus we have a few new vendors this year as well," said Linda Ratschan, a volunteer with the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach. "Many of them are local, but others come from as far away as Charlotte and South Carolina."

Loyd Bailey, a woodworker from Brevard, is one of the vendors at the festival. He has showcased his 20-year hobby at several festivals, selling handmade walking sticks, birdhouses and tables.

"I enjoy seeing and meeting the people at the festival, and explaining all of the wood items to them," Bailey said.

Vendors Carolyn Munn and April Carder are participating in the Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival for their first year. At their booth is a variety of terrariums ranging from glasses small enough to sit on a table to containers large enough to plant in the ground.

"We've been getting a lot of positive feedback on our fairy garden terrarium that has a little house and stepping stones, as well as our terrariums with orchids," said Carder, who is a landscape designer with In-Site Out Design in Black Mountain.

Also at the festival are Mike and Beth Merritt, vendors out of Travelers Rest, S.C. and operators of Mike Merritt Artworks. During the past four years, artist Mike Merritt has crafted birdhouses, many of which he sells nationally through his website.

"We are enjoying interacting with people and networking with other artists at the festival," Beth Merritt said. "It is fun showcasing art to others, especially the little kids who come up and just connect with the birdhouses."

All funds raised during the Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival will go back into Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach's emergency food program.

Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach is a non-profit organization providing food pantry and outreach services to low-income families in the Hickory Nut Gorge community.

"It is great seeing all the people come out and enjoy the festival," Ratschan said. "We enjoy meeting a lot of the people and seeing where they're from."

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WHAT: Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival

WHERE: Downtown Lake Lure, across from the beach

WHEN: Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.