Still working to finish your holiday shopping? You’re not alone. But you are in luck, because nearly 30 local shops in Hendricks and Morgan counties will open their doors Dec. 6-8 for the special Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail Holiday Open House. In its third year in Hendricks County, the Holiday Open House will add a new loop by welcoming ten additional locations in Morgan County this year. Even if you’re done with your shopping, many of these artisans will offer hands-on learning and participation opportunities inside their local shops and studios. Some of the activities include (You can view a brochure of all the activities by clicking on the image below):
  • Rug-hooking demonstrations at Whispering Pines Designs Rug-Hooking Studio in Clayton.
  • Jewelry-making demonstrations and a chocolate tasting party at Gallery on the Square in Danville.
  • High tea at the Porch in Danville.
  • Florist-style bow-making and pet photos at Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg.
  • Porcelain/china ornaments at Sally Ann's Ceramics in Pittsboro.
  • Art demonstrations inside an old Morgan County church-turned-art studio.
  • Candy cane-making demonstrations at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen.
And it doesn’t end there. The best part is most of the options are free or charge a minimal fee for supplies. Even better, many of the locations are both child- and family-friendly, though this kind of event is perfect for a holiday-season girlfriend getaway, too. It’s retail therapy at its finest, and you can go to as many or as few as you wish at your own pace throughout the three-day event! If you are just too busy to make it to this event, I have more good news. You can experience the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail year-round from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. But if you have the time, this Holiday Open House provides so much more to see and do than a typical weekend on the trail. Be sure to visit the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail website for more information. See you on the trail!