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Music & Makers Craft Festival

August 7, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Music & Makers 

When: August 7, 2021 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: William King Museum of Art

Cost: Admission to the event and concert are free. Beer and food must be purchased separately.

Celebrate regional craft with WKMA’s “Music & Makers” festival! Join us at William King Museum of Art for a full day of fun. This family friendly event will feature music, beer, food, demos, vendors and more. Admission to the event and concert are free. Beer and food must be purchased separately.

From 12:00pm – 3:00pm, join artisans such as Gene Blevins, Melinda Fritts, Audra Rasnake and Michael Dees for demos on flint knapping, wheel throwing, paper piecing and chair caning. Living History Interpreter, Michael Henningsen, will be presenting William King Living History at 12:00pm. 

Next, sit in on our panel discussion “Furniture Design and Function; 19th Century – Now” from 1:30pm – 2:30pm. Panelists include Amber (Clawson) Albert, Manager of Community and Academic Learning at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Curtis Buchanan, historic chairmaker from Jonesborough, TN, and Annie Evelyn, contemporary furniture maker and co-founder of Crafting the Future, a collective of artists working together to provide equitable opportunities in the arts. 

Music, presented by Middlefork Records, starts at 3:00pm with Ron Short and the Possum Playboys, followed by Fritz & Co. Enjoy the bands or check out our staff-led tours of the galleries. Current exhibitions include “Tennessee Fancy: Decorative Arts of Northeast Tennessee 1780 – 1940,” “A Painting Tradition,” “Mastering Craft: Contemporary Concepts from Regional Makers,” and our permanent gallery, the “Betsy K. White Cultural Heritage Gallery.” Food and vendors will be present throughout the day.

No tickets required! Admission to the event and concert are free. Beer and food must be purchased separately. Call (276) 628 5005 x113 for more information.



Music & Makers Sponsored by

The Town of Abingdon, Virginia




Presenting Sponsor:

Janet Woolwine and A Likely Yarn, 213 Pecan ST SE, Abingdon, VA, (276) 628-2143.

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Additional sponsorship provided by First bank & Trust Co., West Main Street, Abingdon, VA. 


Mountain Munch Company

Sweet Bee Cupcakery

Polar Express “Shaved Ice”

Tumbling Creek Cider




Ron Short & The Possum Playboys

Ron Short & The Possum Playboys celebrate all the vibrant American folk music forms that have created a landscape of American culture unlike any other place on the planet! “The Playboys” are keeping alive and vibrant the tradition of bands that once traveled the roads of Appalachia and America, playing music that pleases and satisfies the eternal human longing for dance and fun. Featuring fiddle and “Cajun” accordion, “The Playboys” play a lively mix of Appalachian jam band music from “swamp to swing” that sets feet tapping, hips swinging, and people singing! While the musical traditions may be familiar, the songs and interpretations are fresh and new.

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Fritz & Co.


Based out of the Tri-Cities region in Southwest Virginia, rock and roll outfit Fritz & Co. consists of members Logan Fritz, Neal Reid, Tyler Mullins, and Matt Mulilns. During the four years since the group’s inception, Fritz & Co. has performed extensively across the Southeast region with notable performances including numerous appearances at Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots reunion as well as shows with artists such as Brent Cobb, Whiskey Foxtrot, Folk Soul Revival, Annabelle’s Curse, 49 Winchester, and many more.

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August 7, 2021
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm


William King Museum of Art
415 Academy Dr NW
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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(276) 628-5005
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