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Fiddlers Grove celebrates its second Christmas in July

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 31, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Visitors to Fiddlers Grove stepped back in time recently to enjoy a summertime treat as they visited local artisans who presented their handcrafted wares for sale.  

The second annual Fiddlers Grove Christmas in July on July 15-17 presented a craft event that featured artwork from local artisans. Organizers hope to develop it into a larger event so artisans in the area can showcase their work.  

Fiddlers Grove coordinator Gwen Scott said last year she borrowed the theme “Christmas in July” from other events happening in July. It makes perfect sense to start shopping early and buy unique items you can’t find elsewhere, she said.  

This year, the number of vendors had doubled compared to last year, and she hopes it will double again next year. The committee is already working on next year’s event.  Scott said she hopes people will not only come to see what the vendors have for sale, but also support them while enjoying the beautiful scenery at Fiddlers Grove. 

Scott said there’s a grist mill, cobbler’s shop, model train exhibit and more to see during a visit Fiddlers Grove.  

“Fiddlers Grove is fast becoming a great place to network with other artists and learn from each other,” Scott said. “Several artisan groups meet each week to share their crafts or hobbies.” 

She said the blacksmiths meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, the woodcarvers meet on Tuesday evenings, and the model train club meets on certain Thursday nights. There’s a new group of fiber artists that have organized, and they learn about all stages of fiber art from each other.  

“If you are interested in Wilson County history, Fiddlers Grove is the place to visit and learn,” Scott said. “If you are interested in learning a craft or trade, why not join one of the groups, and perhaps you can be a vendor at next year’s Christmas in July.”

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