If youâ€™re looking for something, free, fun and family friendly, then head out to the fourth annual Art on the Avenue this Saturday.
The event is being put on by the Hickory Museum of Art through the sponsorship of Wachovia bank. It will be held on the grounds and inside of the Catawba Valley Arts and Science Center located on the SALT Block on 3rd Ave. NE. It begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m.
The street festival will feature local artisan who will give demonstrations and sell art. Food, dancers, gymnasts and costumed horses and their riders will also be present.
Live music will include â€œAutumn in August,â€ featuring local guitarist and singer Hedi Sidelinker.
There will also be hands-on activities for children such as making whirly gigs, paper bag hats and wire sculptures. Kids can also participate in tie dying, sidewalk chalk art and more.
Since the event is held on the grounds of the Hickory Museum of Art, families are encouraged to view the latest exhibits.
â€œHandmade and Homegrown: Selected Works from the Huffman Collection of Southern Contemporary Folk and Outside Artâ€ is still on view on the museumâ€™s second floor.
Also on exhibit is â€œElephant Footprints: Preserving the Hmong Art and Culture.â€
For more information about Art on the Avenue, call (704) 327-8576 ext. 205.
The following events are also happening within the week:
Â· The Charlotte Museum of Historyâ€™s annual summer craft series for adults begins this Saturday with a session on the process of spinning wool. The event lasts from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sessions cost $25 and all supplies are included. For more information call (704) 568-1774.
Â· The Gaston County Public Library will host â€œMarsh Madness,â€ a reading and discussion of the new mystery novel written by the Caroline Cousins, on Thursday at 3 p.m. Following the authorâ€™s presentation, copies of â€œMarsh Madnessâ€ and their earlier mystery â€œFiddle-Dee-Deathâ€ will be available for purchase and signing. For more information call (704) 868-2164.
by Sarah Grano