Get a jump on hol­i­day gifts

at this week­end’s shows

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - OUT & ABOUT - BY SU­SAN PIERCE STAFF WRITER

As the hol­i­day sea­son ap­proaches, coun­try fairs show­cas­ing hand­made work are evolv­ing into gift mar­kets. And that’s the case this week­end, with the ex­cep­tion of New Echota Her­itage Day, which cel­e­brates Chero­kee cul­ture, and WTCI’s an­nual Fam­ily Day.

New Echota is a her­itage fes­ti­val that is fun, as well as ed­u­ca­tional, for chil­dren who may have never seen demon­stra­tions in the dy­ing arts of weav­ing, mak­ing blow­guns or spin­ning wool. Vis­i­tors will see a news­pa­per printed both in Chero­kee and English, a Chero­kee home­stead, a smoke­house and they can hear sto­ry­teller Sonny Led­ford.

The works of bowl carver Bill Rad­ford, moc­casin maker Shar­lene Brooks, herbal­ist Cindy Quay and bas­ket weaver Dan Gilliland Bright will be dis­played. Cindy Steel Tucker will demon­strate old- style knit­ting; Bear Brooks mak­ing bows and blow­guns.

It’s a day-trip back into the 19th cen­tury.

› Head up I-24 to catch Nashville’s big Christ­mas Vil­lage and the Foothills Christ­mas Arts and Crafts Fes­ti­val in Manch­ester, Tenn., on the way.

Christ­mas Vil­lage has more than 200 ven­dors with hand­made wares and man­u­fac­tured gift items for sale. They’re spread out through six build­ings at the old Ten­nessee Fair­grounds site, so wear com­fort­able shoes be­cause it’s a lot of walk­ing.

› The an­nual Gin­ger­bread Shoppe opens in Christ United Methodist Church on Fri­day and Satur­day. This show of hand­made work is one year shy of its 30th an­niver­sary since its found­ing by three East Brain­erd homemak­ers.

Or­ga­nizer Red Dueker says there will be more than 30 crafters on-site along with a sale of baked goods and a chili din­ner.

Con­tact Su­san Pierce at spierce@ times­freep­ress. com or 423-757-6284.


Vann Tav­ern at New Echota His­toric Site in Cal­houn, Ga., is one of the sites vis­i­tors will see at New Echota Her­itage Day.

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