Hickory Rotarian Lisë Swensson, Director of the Hickory Museum of Art, introduced speakers, Robert Eades (M), Linda Greenwell (L) and Cindy Lundy (R) who spoke to the club about Hickory Museum of Art’s 5th Annual Lake Norman Folk Art Festival. Linda and Cindy serve on the Hickory Museum of Art’s Board of Trustees and are Co-Chairs of the festival. They have been instrumental in developing a vision for the festival and growing it from 1,000 attendees in 2009 to the anticipated 7,000 attendees for 2013.
This year’s festival will be held Saturday, October 5th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 3630 Drum Campground Road off Highway 150 on beautiful, wooded, lakefront property in Sherrills Ford, NC. The event is free to the public.
Over 50 Southern contemporary folk artists will staff artist booths with a variety of crafts for sale. Live music will be provided by Still Pickin’ bluegrass and country band. Food vendors will offer barbeque, hamburgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, breakfast biscuits, Creole and Southern fare, desserts, ice cream, popcorn, soft drinks, water, beer and wine in the Picnic Place.
Every year the festival arranges for artists to be in area school classrooms working with students. The festival values its responsibility of being an educational outreach for the Hickory Museum of Art. This year, for the first time, there are three artists who will be in area schools:
- Minnie Adkins of Isonville, KY (Claremont Elementary School)
- Wanda Clark of Statesville, NC (Viewmont Elementary in Hickory, NC)
- Sarah Rakes of Clarkesville, GA (Coddle Creek Elementary)
On site conveniences will include:
- ATM on location
- Free parking
- Free shuttle service to and from parking areas
- Free Festival maps (or download your pdf map here) will be available at the shuttle stops and Festival entrance
Visitors can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win an antique quilt from the early 1900’s Before the festival, the quilt will be on display at the Hickory Museum of Art’s Galleria Store. Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase before the festival at HMA and at the festival on the 5th. The quilt will be on display at the festival. The drawing will be held at 3 PM at the festival. You do not need to be present to win.
In case of rain, the indoor location will be the Green Barn at Camp Dogwood, 7050 Camp Dogwood Drive in Sherrills Ford, NC.
For more information visit www.lakenormanfolkartfestival.com, or call the Hickory Art Museum at (828) 327-8576.