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Nov. 18, 2018, 11:28 a.m.

December Fun!


Why visit the Blue Ridge in December? I can think of hundreds of reasons, however, I'll share a few of my favorites.  A local tradition, the Appalachian Potters' Market!  It's always hosted on the first Saturday in December, with 66 North Carolina clay artists, taking place inside Marion's McDowell High School Gym and brought to you by the McDowell Arts Council!  

Second, shopping!  Find unique, affordable, and fun items when you shop with Marion's Shuck's Pearls Holiday House, the Blue Ridge Artisan Show and Sale inside Marion's McDowell Arts Council Gallery & Gift Shop, and all of the retailers located within a 3/10 mile section of the downtown Marion Main Street neighborhood.  Ask for a map!

Continue shopping in Old Fort at the Arrowhead Gallery and Studios.  This gallery is filled with a variety of specialty pieces ranging in price from $2.00 to hundreds of dollars.  There is always something for everyone, including a gift card to be used for shopping or art classes.  Old Fort's Mountain Gateway Museum's Friends Shop features a variety of locally made crafts and books.  It's an affordable stop!  K&R Antiques' vendor spaces will surprise you.  Stocking stuffer ideas?  Socks!  The Parker Sock Outlet has you affordably covered.

Check our event calendar for additional events and details, including the Marion Annual New Year's Eve Gold Nugget Drop!