On Saturday April 27, 2019 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Roanoke County’s Explore Park will host the first of three Artisan Saturdays in 2019. This event is FREE and fun for all ages. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at milepost 115, the Visitor Center and Gift Shop will have local artisans on hand to demonstrate a number of uniquely different crafts and skills.
The Fifth Annual Artisan Saturday will once again include artisans from The Blue Ridge Potters Guild who will be on hand to help guests create one of a kind pottery. Artisan, Barbara Manuel from Pebble Pieces will be joining us for the first time at Artisans Saturday. Returning favorites are artisans who create fused glass, paint, and make dulcimers and flutes. A flower craft will be available for children along with outside games and inside puzzles for all kinds of educational fun. Live music and a local food vendor will add to the day’s appeal.
Rhythm, Blues, and Soul Musician, Hoppie Vaughan will be performing between the hours of 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. In addition, the Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers will be performing at 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM.
Stop by the National Parks Service information booth and visit with Stephanie McCullough, their Parks as Classroom Coordinator. Stick around for her guided hike at 2:30 PM. You can also learn more about our native solitary Mason Bees from the Roanoke Valley Master Naturalists! Children (of all ages) can learn how to make a simple mason bee nursery craft to take home with them. Everyone can protect our pollinators and use native plants; learn how and why!
Don’t miss the Camping Open House also at Explore Park on April 27 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM! Get an exclusive look inside Explore Park’s new overnight accommodations, Meet our vendor operators and catch a sneak peek at all of the new amenities this season! Visit the new cabins, yurts, tents, canopy camping platforms, primitive Campsites, RV sites and new bathhouse.
This year additional Artisan Saturdays are scheduled for June 8 and August 11. Each Saturday may be a bit different; the day could include different book signings, a variety of live music performers, line dance instruction and many interesting and informative presentations. Artisans from Southwest Virginia whose work reflects both creativity and quality craftsmanship are always available for questions during their demonstrations. To complement the demonstrations, their original pieces of work will be for sale.
Make a whole day of it, take advantage of Explore Park’s hiking and biking trails, and learn about some of our new amenities at the park. Bring the fishing gear and fishing license to spend an hour or two on the Roanoke River or visit the museum located in the Visitor Center. Explore Park’s Visitor Center is open every day year round. For more information on Artisan Saturdays please call (540) 427.1800 or visit us on the web at www.RoanokeCountyParks.com.