Chattanooga Times Free Press

Fests fea­ture art, crafts, baked goods

- BY LISA DEN­TON STAFF WRITER Email Lisa Den­ton at lden­ton@times­freep­ress.com. Arts · Georgia · Chatsworth · Tennessee · Dayton, Tennessee · Chattanooga · Eton, Georgia · Murray County · Cleveland

They were rained out last week­end, but the crafters and bak­ers of Cloud Springs Bap­tist Church in North Ge­or­gia ex­pect to have their goods ready to go on Satur­day.

Down the road in Chatsworth, Ge­or­gia, the Chatsworth- Eton- Mur­ray County Cham­ber of Com­merce is set­ting up in a new lo­ca­tion for the Black Bear Fes­ti­val.

In Day­ton, Ten­nessee, mem­bers of the Day­ton Arts League are putting fin­ish­ing touches on works in­cluded in the Har­vest of Art sale, also in a new lo­ca­tion this year.

Theirs are among a half dozen fall fes­ti­vals hap­pen­ing or re­cur­ring this week­end in the tri-state re­gion. An­other, the Bird & Barn Sale ben­e­fit­ing Project Free 2 Fly in Cleve­land, Ten­nessee, opens with a pre­view party Wed­nes­day.

Dianne Knap­pen, owner of ArtCrafter­s Gallery, said she’s ex­pect­ing a va­ri­ety of paint­ings from the Day­ton Arts League. The artists have pre­vi­ously dis­played their fall art show at the Day­ton Cham­ber of Com­merce, but hours are lim­ited there be­cause of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Knap­pen said the artists work in a va­ri­ety of me­dia. In ad­di­tion to the main se­lec­tion of framed, hang­ing paint­ings, there will be a $10 ta­ble with un­framed, orig­i­nal 5x7 works for sale. A two- hour mee­tand­greet with the artists is sched­uled next Satur­day, Oct. 24. “But they won’t have the big spread of food like they usu­ally do,” said Knap­pen.

Like­wise, the Chatsworth­E­ton- Mur­ray County Cham­ber of Com­merce is mak­ing sev­eral coro­n­avirus ac­com­mo­da­tions for the Black Bear Fes­ti­val, which has moved this year to the old Mur­ray County Rec Depart­ment. Only food ven­dors with prepack­aged items will be al­lowed, and there will be no in­flat­a­bles or face paint­ing in the Kids Korner, of­fi­cials said.

In Chat­tanooga, vot­ing con­tin­ues in a scare­crow con­test at Crab­tree Farms, and pump­kin carv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties will be avail­able Fri­day and Satur­day af­ter­noon for reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants. Melissa Astin, the farm’s di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity out­reach and engagement, said these events should be es­pe­cially ben­e­fi­cial to fam­i­lies with young chil­dren.

“That way they can make a mess at the farm versus the house,” she said.

Ticket sales con­tinue for next week’s Bird & Barn Sale. The main event is Thurs­day with a $10 ad­mis­sion. Tick­ets are $40 for a Wed­nes­day VIP pre­view party. Those tick­ets may be used for re­turn vis­its on Thurs­day.

 ?? STAFF FILE PHOTO ?? Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants can carve pump­kins at Crab­tree Farms on Fri­day or Satur­day af­ter­noon. Cost is $15 for one pump­kin, $10 for any ad­di­tional pump­kin.
STAFF FILE PHOTO Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants can carve pump­kins at Crab­tree Farms on Fri­day or Satur­day af­ter­noon. Cost is $15 for one pump­kin, $10 for any ad­di­tional pump­kin.

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