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Parkway Craft Center

Parkway Craft Center at the Moses Cone Manor

Milepost 294 Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, NC

Open seasonally:  March 15 - November 30, 9am - 5pm daily

(828) 295-7938

 

Glass and fiber

Jewelry

Pottery

Prints

 

On March 15th, Parkway Craft Center, located at Milepost 294 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, will open its doors to begin the 61st season at Moses Cone Manor.  Visitors enjoy a marriage of spectacular views, Georgian Revival architecture and stunning handmade crafts at the Manor House.  Parkway Craft Center is one of five shops of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and features work from over 300 Southern Appalachian craftspeople.  Work on display includes clay, glass, leather, fiber, jewelry, wood, natural materials, paper and metal.   Whether visitors are looking for a special accent piece for the home or a unique gift for a special occasion, they will find the perfect selection.

Everyone knows about the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but the Boone-Blowing Rock area is especially fortunate to have the Moses Cone Memorial Park.  With 3600 acres of pristine mountain terrain and the Manor House, a wide variety of activities is available at no cost to the public. 

The Moses Cone Manor house, completed in 1901, is an impressive piece of period architecture popping out of the mountain landscape.  The walk down the steps provides a breath-taking view of Bass Lake below and the surrounding mountains accented by the always changing sky.  The combination of the architecture, landscape and the beauty of the regional crafts available at Parkway Craft Center offer something for everyone.

A visit to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and Parkway Craft Center is a great way to kick off spring in the mountains.  Consider this unique way to spend a day:  beautiful scenery, skillfully made crafts, educational demonstrations and 25 miles of hiking trails. The entrance is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 294 between the entrances at US 321 and US 221. 


The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to bring together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.   

 2014 Craft Demonstrations

June 10
Pam Etheredge (natural materials; pine needle baskets)

June 13 - 15
David Crandall (wood; dovetail box construction)

June 16 - 22
Judi Harwood (mixed media; drum making)

June 28 - 30
Jay Pfeil (paper; etching)

July 1 - 2
Ellie Kirby (paper; block printing & book design)
Sandy Adair (fiber; tapestry)

July 3 - 6
Barbara Miller (fiber; weaving)
Deb Schillo (fiber; spinning

July 7 - 10
Ronnie McMahan (wood; carving)

July 11 - 14
Lee Entrekin (wood; Native American flutes)
Tom Turner (wood; carving)

July 16 - 20
Jack Rogers (wood; wood turning)

July 21 - 23
Mary Carol Koester (paper; book making)

July 24 - 27
Allen Davis (wood; wood turning)

July 28 - August 1
Lynn Jenkins (clay; raku)

August 2 - 3
Anne Freels (natural materials; corn shuck dolls)
Frank Brannon (mixed media; paper and book making)

August 4 - 5
Charlie Patricolo  (fiber; doll making)

August 6 - 7
Jay Pfeil (paper; etching)

August 8 - 10
Sandy Adair (fiber; tapestry)
Betty Fair (fiber; quilting)

August 11 - 12
Nancy Graham (clay; hand built clay)

August 15 - 19
Lee Entrekin (wood; Native American flutes)

August 20 - 26
Lynn Jenkins (clay; raku)

August 27 - 28
Sue Grier (clay; functional pottery)

August 29 - September 1
David Crandall (wood; dovetail boxes)

September 4 - 7
Lee Entrekin (wood; Native American flutes)

September 8 - 14
Judi Harwood (mixed media; drum making)

September 13 - 19
Lynn Jenkins (clay; raku)

September 20 - 23
Tom Gow (wood; cottonwood bark carving)

September 24 - 26
Jeff Neil (wood; shaker box construction)

September 27 - 29
Bill & Tina Collison (wood; turning and surface design)

October 2 - 5
Allen Davis (wood; wood carving)

October 6 - 8
Marc Tickle (glass; kaleidoscopes)

October 6 - 10
Jeff McKinley (glass; glass blowing)

October 11 - 16
Jack Rogers (wood; wood turning)

October 17 - 19
David Crandall (wood; dovetail boxes)

October 20 - 21
Lee Entrekin (wood; Native American flutes)

October 22 - 27
Lin Oglesby (fiber; yarn plying, knitting, crocheting)

October 25 - 26
Sandy Adair (fiber; tapestry weaving)

November
November 25: Closed for Thanksgiving Day
November 30: Last day of the season - reopening March 15, 2015