Birchwood arts and crafts show coming up Saturday

UPSTATE — The change of location that growth demanded, for this Seventh Annual Birchwood Arts and Crafts Fair,will not take the show out of themountains, nor the mountains out of the show.

The large and lively gathering of fine and traditional arts and crafts that has become an early autumn standard, in the Upstate, has simply moved next door from its familiar Table Rock State Park setting to the broad expanse of the Table Rock Wesleyan Camp, next door to the park, on West Gate Road, off SC Scenic Highway 11. West Gate Road is a loop with two entrances off Highway 11, near the state park.

The date is Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Should it be a rainy day, there are three large buildings on the site that will accommodate exhibits and shoppers.

More than 60 exhibitors are signed up this year, with an ever-larger variety of wares. Nationally-known wildlife illustrator Bruce Bunch will display and sell his highly-popular illustrations of birds, fish and animals. Quilting expert and author Laurel Horton will bring her unique quilted potholders. Gloria and Joe Williams, of Lucky Acres Farms will offer oh-so-soft creations and yarn from their alpaca farm.

And these are just the beginning of the treasures of handiwork to be available in that vast meadow of bright blooming tents.

Artists in many mediums will display and sell their work. There will be potters, woodworkers, basket makers, chair caners, fabric artists with their smocking, knitting, crocheting, felting, weaving and spinning, stunning photography, cards, goat milk soap and fudge, birdhouses, porch furniture — including swings; chests, gourd arts, and jewelry almost beyond imagination — including the wood jewelry collection by David Tillinghast. All this just for starters.

Traditional music of the region will recall the favorites of the early settlers, and legions who came after. Performers will include Emerald Road, from 10 a.m. till noon, and Michael Ellison and Six Chickens and a Beer, from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 pm.

A food wagon from the Yoders of Meece Mill will offer sandwiches and their baked goods specialties, and drinks.

The show is co-sponsored by Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife and the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, and is funded with the help of Pickens County’s Accommodations Tax. Admission is free to all visitors, and everyone is invited.

For more information contact the show’s director, Linda Bowie, at (864) 878-9269, or Birchwood Center at (864)878-7579.