RADFORD – This Saturday, Oct. 16, the grounds of Glencoe Mansion and Museum will welcome the return of Craft & Draft, a free day of live music, handmade arts, food, and craft beer.
This year, dozens of vendors — 35 at last count — from Southwest Virginia and North Carolina will be on hand selling original art, jewelry, letterpress cards and decorations, soy wax candles, goat milk soaps, and accessories.
“These handcrafted and one-of-a-kind works, ranging from traditional arts to trending modern styles, are a good way to support local artisans and get a jump on holiday shopping,” said MountainTrotter Arts in announcing the event.
The Craft & Draft merchandise tent will also be selling official event swag, including reusable metal tumblers and an artful 2021 T-shirt designed by local artist Main Squeeze Press. Food vendors will be offering a variety of fare, including hamburgers, tacos, and sandwich wraps.
The festival will also include musical performances throughout the day. JoJo Stockton & Soulacoustix, a soulful musical act out of Roanoke, will bring fun, entertainment, and soul to the stage beginning at 11 a.m. Gate 10, a full array of bluegrass musicians, will break the barriers of traditional bluegrass and country music beginning at 1 p.m. And finally, Flannel Jukebox, a Southwest Virginia classic and grunge rock cover band, will bring their full band’s energy to the stage starting at 4 p.m.
Craft beer and cider will be on tap for purchase. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own 16-ounce metal tumbler cups to help reduce plastic waste. Donations and tips will benefit MountainTrotter Arts’s programming, including Craft and Draft, West End Wednesdays, the Radford Farmers Market, holiday pop-up markets, and specialty events and activities.
Visit the Craft & Draft website or the Facebook page or event for more details.
Craft & Draft is presented by MountainTrotter Arts, a Radford based non-profit organization dedicated to providing artistic opportunities in the local area. The event is made possible by its partnerships with Ballpark Signs and New River Valley Rent-All, as well as the support of local business sponsors and volunteers and the donations of event visitors.