Second Saturdays provide new component to Cultural Trail
Friday, April 27, 2012 11:00 PM by Debby Rodney
Were you able to attend the recent ArtsGo! event in Hendricks County? It featured over 40 artisans in nine locations showing, demonstrating, and selling their artwork. It was a great opportunity to see some of the many talented artists we have in Hendricks County. If you missed it or want to experience even more cultural locations in Hendricks County, then plan a trip along our 56-mile Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail. The trail includes 13 sites that are open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. But this year, I'm personally excited about Second Saturday Sites, a new addition to Hendricks County's Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail. Five locations, primarily historical sites or private studios, that are not regularly open to the public will become an extension of the trail from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month beginning May 12. These new Second Saturday Sites include the Pittsboro One Room School in Pittsboro, Ind., which has hosted many school field trips and now will be open to the general public so they can experience a school setting in 1892. If Schoolmarm Doris Martin is there, you might even get to wear the Dunce cap! Another Second Saturday Site, Sally Ann's Ceramics, is also located in Pittsboro. But this studio has much more than ceramics! You can “get muddy” in clay and paint a ceramic piece, or you can also design your own jewelry. Do you Raku? They do! It is just fun to watch Sally fire up the mini-kiln and see the pieces of glass fuse together. Her special activity on May 12 will give kids an opportunity to create a magnet for their teacher at an affordable cost to pay for materials. What FUN! From there, head south to Danville, Ind., to the Hendricks County Historical Museum. It was originally the county jail and sheriff’s residence. The jail, which was built in 1866, was in use until the 1970s, and you can actually enter the jail cells. The eight rooms are decorated in period style from the 1900s to the 1950s and offer a great look into early home life. Outside Danville on your way to Cartersburg, you can visit another Second Saturday Site - Hot Blown Glass, Ltd. Lisa Pelo, a juried Indiana Artisan, has her hot and cold studios where beautiful and delicate glass creations are made. She will even let you try your hand at it, but you might want to call first! I've seen this firsthand and was memorized by the experience! Continue south on Cartersburg Road to Whispering Pines Designs Rug Hooking Studio, across from Martha’s Orchard. Bev Stewart has been rug hooking for 17 years and her studio has beautiful rugs, wall hangings and other hooked items on display and for sale. She teaches classes and sells kits and other supplies. I must note though, that her studio is in the basement, which is not handicapped accessible. You may need to take a couple days to travel the trail, but it is worth it, especially with this added bonus every second Saturday! But don't stop there. In addition to the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail, Hendricks County has many other cultural gems just waiting to be discovered!