The fall installment of the Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival is spilling over the rim with regional artisans. Close to 100 vendors are participating, plus a dozen food outlets (both trucks and booths) and two full days of live music. A handful of painters and photographers will display their wares, but mostly this is a showcase for classic, handmade Appalachian mediums: fiber, wood, metal, jewelry, leather, soap and candles, glass and mosaics, and clay.
Twenty textile artists are featured, among them Christa Waterhouse, whose chunky crocheted knits (arm and leg warmers, scarves, slouch hats and beanies, even coffee-mug cozies) exhibit a lush softness done up in au courant colors and styles.
The festival typically draws 4,000 visitors and is held twice a year, in late May and in mid October. Forecast for Lake Lure for Saturday and Sunday is what we’ll call “stunny” — low 60s, zero chance of rain, and views for miles.
Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 10am-5pm, Arcade Plaza, free. www.lakelureartsandcraftsfestivals.com. 828-625-4683.