Festival Returns to Village for 31st Year
Each crisp autumn, the streets of Pinehurst unfurl for a one-day celebration of homemade crafts and goods. The 31st Holly Arts and Crafts Festival, which has always drawn a crowd of local folks, as well as visitors from nearby cities and towns, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.
Nearly 200 vendors, crafters and artists of the unusual will open their booths to the public beginning at 10 a.m. throughout the historic village. Food selections will dot the landscape as well, combining the scents of barbecue with the sights of every color of the rainbow in the marketplace center.
Steve Aldridge, of Belmont, is a regular participant at the festival and will be selling his unique children's play furniture. A selection of arts and crafts will be on display throughout the festival. And Carol Allred, of Southern Pines, has already baked up a storm to offer cookies and snacks along the route.
"We strive to adhere to one steadfast vendor rule," says Patrick Barry, president of the Pinehurst Business Guild. "No manufactured goods may be sold. These are true artisans, who work from their basements and kitchen tables to offer unique items."
Handcrafted birdhouses and handbags, candles and decorative garden displays have been among the more popular spots. Jewelry, holiday decorations and clothing offer unique gift alternatives for the Christmas season.
Several nonprofit groups will be on hand to tell visitors about their organizations and raise money for their causes.
The shops in the village will remain open for shopping, dining and exploring.
"We love this annual event," said one of the Pinehurst Business Guild members. It is a great way to spend the afternoon, exploring the village and seeing what's new. We're anticipating a huge turnout."
Entrance to the Holly Arts and Crafts Festival is free and open to the public. Parking is available through the village streets and designated lots. Many vendors accept checks and credit cards. Handicap parking is available in front of the Theatre Building.
"The vendors love coming here every fall," says Barry. "The unique setting of the village is a special place to highlight their treasures. We encourage everyone to come early for the best steals of the show."
The Holly Arts and Crafts Festival is presented by the Pinehurst Business Guild and sponsored by Our State Magazine.
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