On Saturday June 9 from 10:00AM – 3:00PM Roanoke County’s Explore Park will host the first of three Artisan Saturdays in 2018. 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 fourth 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. Returning favorites are artists who create fused glass, paint, and make dulcimers and flutes. New artisan, DancinDee will be joining us for leather craft demonstrations. A dragonfly 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.
New to the event this year is professional chef, Dominic DiFrancesco. Come out and meet Chef Dominic as he whips up some tasty treats and get a preview of what he will be offering in his cooking courses. A graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute and an alumni of the reality show “Hell’s Kitchen”, he will be offering seven cooking classes this summer through Roanoke County’s Parks, Recreation & Tourism. Also joining us for the first time at Artisan Saturday from 1pm-3pm, will be the S.W. Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke. They will be presenting “Where the Wild Things Are”, a wild animal show that gets you up close with creatures including screech owls and red-tailed hawks.
This year additional Artisan Saturdays are scheduled for August 11 and November 3. The November event will include local high school students who will exhibit and sell their unique craft. Each Saturday may be a bit different; the day could include different book signings, a variety of live music performers, line dance instruction and informative presentations. Artisans from Southwest Virginia whose work reflects both creativity and quality craftsmanship will be 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 and 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 Gift Shop is open every day from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. For more information on Artisan Saturdays please call (540) 427.1800 or visit us on the web at www.RoanokeCountyParks.com