This is the final weekend of the area's festival season, with the exception of Chattanooga Market's Holiday Markets that begin Nov. 30.
Three of four events are located in the East Brainerd/Collegedale area, making them doable in a day. The fourth is a holiday trunk show in Athens, Tenn., sponsored by The Arts Center.
Pat Armstrong, Athens Arts Center director, said 21 artists and craftspeople will be exhibiting in the holiday gift market. A percentage of sales will benefit the center.
"We'll have pottery, handmade goat-milk soaps and lotions, handpainted and hand-dyed scarves and shawls, lots of jewelry, glass items, turned wood bowls, quilts, copper-plate etchings, art gourds, paintings and all kinds of ornaments from glass to wood to paper," she said.
FESTIVALS THIS WEEKEND
* Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Fair: Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church fellowship hall, 4829 College Drive East, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Show sponsored by Adventist Retired Workers Club offers china painting, dolls and homemade toys, photography, embroidery and other merchandise. Free. 706-965-2425.
* Eastwood Baptist Craft Show: Eastwood Baptist Church, 4300 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Free. 396-2177.
* Holiday Trunk Show: Athens Arts Center, 320 N. White St., Athens, Tenn. Fine art/craft show with work by East Tennessee artists, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Free. 423-745-8781.
* Walker Farms Pioneer Days: Audubon Acres, 900 N. Sanctuary Road, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 17-18. Living-history demonstrations of pioneer skills. Free. 892-1499.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...