How can a picture postcard, handcrafted North Carolina community fit so much into one day?
To find out, attend the free Overlook Brasstown Music and Arts Fest, coming alive on Saturday,
Overlook Brasstown is the sister community to Overlook Martins Creek.
This first-ever family event will run from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Jason Mason Road, about
three miles from the world famous John Campbell Folk School.
Event coordinator Jamie Keener said, “This family-style fun day will feature not only incredible
food, live music by the fabulous Barker Bothers and breathtaking work by local artists and
crafters, but by artisans from as far away as Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia.
“There are no vendor entry fees. Generous donations from local and area businesses that
recognize the value of the arts in our busy lives will help defer expenses,” Keener continued.
Classifications include painting, jewelry, photography, wood carving, small furniture, pottery,
scrimshaw, gourd art and glass art.
Arts Fest committee officials have named art glass creator David Goldhagen honored guest; he
will display his world-renowned works. His genius - from small scale sculptured glass to tables,
candlesticks, Menorahs and ornamental glass - is shown in many private collections as well as in
corporate collections, museums and foundations.
Goldhagen said, “This first-of-a-kind event is most exciting and surely portends more festivals
in the years ahead. I feel fortunate to be included in this initial Fest, and am especially delighted
to know the recipients of the day will be Cherokee and Clay County Food Banks.”
Area developer Blake Twedt, creator of Overlook Brasstown, conceived the idea of a Music and
Arts Fest in support of his devotion to the ecology of the land, and in order to return to nature
some of what the community has been given.
As Twedt said, “Local businesses and arts-interested residents have caught hold of the vision to
launch this day-long homage to artists, musicians and craftsmen of this area and beyond.
Proceeds from this inaugural Music and Arts Fest will be primarily donated to Cherokee and
Clay Counties’ Food Banks as well as other charities. Since admittance to the Fest is free,
visitors are urged to bring some extra canned goods from their grocery list as a donation. Ingle’s
Food Store also is cooperating as a collection point.
For more information please visit http://www.overlookmartinscreek.com