Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
The annual Maryville College Harvest Crafts Festival and Bake Sale will be held on Sat., Oct. 20 in the main building of the Clayton Center for the Arts.
Approximately 50 vendors will be set up from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and wares are expected to include paintings, photography, handmade jewelry pieces, pottery, quilts, embroidery, soap, seasonal decorations and wood crafts. Baked goods will be available for sale on the balcony level of the Clayton Center, as well as in the Atrium of Bartlett Hall.
Organized by the Blount County chapter of the Maryville College Alumni Association, the event is a fundraiser for the chapter’s scholarship program, which provides scholarships for Blount County students enrolled at the College. The festival and bake sales are part of a two-day Homecoming celebration that takes place Oct. 19-20.
This year’s event offers a unique variety of items. Andrew Henry from Chinle, Ariz., will sell Navajo jewelry; Harriett Schneider of Loudon will sell gourd art; Judy Abner of Clinton will have Mexican “artesanias” crafts; and Hui Malkowski of Knoxville will sell handmade jewelry made from freshwater pearls.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.