• Hendricks County Cultural Trail makes additions

    April 27, 2012 No comments

    The popular Hendricks County Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail will incorporate five new locations with special offerings the second Saturday of every month beginning in May. 

    The Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail is a self-paced, self-directed driving tour through the heart of Hendricks County featuring 13 local artisans and their shops and studios. However, five locations that fit the essence of the trail but lack the regular hours needed to be a year-round participant will enhance the experience through a new Second Saturday series.

    “We are excited to expand the trail and showcase some amazing private studios and other historical sites to our residents and visitors,” said Jaime Bohler Smith, associate director of the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “These Second Saturday Sites will complement what is already offered on the Cultural Trail and create an extension of the product that will encourage additional overnight stays.”

    The five Second Saturday locations include:

    • Hendricks County Historical Museum — Built in 1866, this eight-room Victorian sheriff’s residence and former county jail in Danville has been preserved from a bygone era. Artifacts, exhibits and one-of-a-kind tours make this a must-see attraction.
    • Hot Blown Glass, Ltd. — Visitors to this studio can discover how glass can be transformed into colorful sculptures and even try their hand at making their own creation under the tutelage of glass artist Lisa Pelo.
    • Pittsboro One Room School — This interactive history lesson, usually open to school and tour groups only, will now demonstrate life as a student in 1892 for all to see and experience.
    • Sally Ann’s Ceramics — International Ceramic Association-certified artist Sally Ann Suiter demonstrates the art of clay ceramics and her amazing custom glass and wire jewelry creations at her Pittsboro studio.
    • Whispering Pines Designs Rug Hooking Studio — Visitors can view hand-hooked rugs made from wool fabric and other materials and learn how to create their own in a residence that was the first to have electricity in Hendricks County.

    Held the second Saturday of every month beginning May 12, these sites will not only be open, but will showcase special activities for visitors such as candle making, scavenger hunts, create-your-own art workshops and more. Some of the locations on the regular Cultural Trail will also join the fun offering activities and demonstrations as well.

    “Ideally, becoming a Second Saturday participant will fulfill requests I’ve had from the community to have a certain day and time when my studio is open,” said Lisa Pelo, owner of Hot Blown Glass, Ltd. “This will be a good introduction for me and an opportunity for residents and first-time visitors to see what I have to offer.”

    For more information about the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail including maps, driving directions and special opportunities such as the Second Saturday series, go online to www.RuralRoutestoMainStreet.com or visit the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau office, 8 W. Main St., Danville, for a free brochure.

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