Church Street Art & Craft Show celebrates 30th year

Oct 08, 2013
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With its church steeples, shade trees, benches, brick sidewalks and beautiful galleries and shops, downtown Waynesville captures the best of the old fashioned small town and a thriving 21st century arts community.

It's a town where you can choose fine dining, a sandwich on the patio, gourmet coffee, sip a cola at the general store, or enjoy sweets from the chocolate shop. Waynesville has been a destination for travelers for more 200 years. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway, downtown Waynesville has breath-taking views of the mountains.

Held during the height of the fall color season and always the second weekend in October, the Church Street Art & Craft Show attracts more than 20,000 visitors. More than 120 artists, crafters and food vendors from throughout the southeast will line Waynesville's Main Street to help celebrate the 30th year of the festival.

What began as a small gathering of artists and crafters has grown into one of the finest one day shows in Western North Carolina. A juried show, the 30th annual Church Street Art & Craft Show will showcase two and three-dimensional art. All items must be designed and created by the artist.

It is a reflection of the art and craft culture found in our mountains. The juried art includes paintings in colored-pencil, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels; porcelain; sculpture; pottery; woodworking; weaving; basketry; quilting; handmade jewelry, glass art and wearable art and many will be demonstrating.

Local musicians and dancers perform, adding to the festive atmosphere and the mountains provide a dramatic backdrop. This year Balsam Range and Whitewater Bluegrass Company will be performing. The event will also feature local and international food, cloggers, The Living Statue, Montreat Pipes & Drums and the Ashegrove Garland Dancers.

Children can enjoy face painting and Mr. Tom the Balloon Man. Local and international food booths include Polish, Greek and Mid-Eastern dishes; hot dogs, baked goods, barbecue, funnel cakes, kettle corn, cinnamon glazed nuts, fresh squeezed lemonade and more.

Founded in 1983 by artist 
Teresa Pennington and Richard Miller, the Church Street Art & Craft Show is now sponsored by the Downtown Waynesville Association.

The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 on Main Street in Waynesville. No animals are allowed at downtown Waynesville events.


Entertainment Schedule


Courthouse Stage

10:15-11:15     Balsam Range

10:45   J Creek Cloggers

11:45   Ashgrove Garland & Morris Men Dancers

12:15-1:15       Balsam Range

12:30   Southern Appalachian Cloggers

1:45-2:45         Balsam Range

1:45     Dixis Darlin's Cloggers

3:00     Montreat Pipes & Drums

3:45-4:45         Balsam Range

4:15     Green Valley Cloggers


Town Hall Stage

10:15   J Creek Cloggers

10:45   Ashgrove Garland & Morris Men Dancers

11:30-12:30     The Ross Brothers

1:00     Dixie Darlin's Cloggers

1:45     Southern Appalachian Cloggers

3:15     Green Valley Cloggers

All Day Performances

The Living Statue - Miller & Main St

Mr. Tom's Balloon Twisting - in front of Police Dept.

Funshine Faces - Depot & Main St in the Mini Park