The arts and culture scene is thriving in Hendricks County. Since the Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail officially launched in 2010, it has been such a success that it extended earlier this year to include special opportunities on the second Saturday of each month. Rural Routes to Main Street is a self-paced, self-directed driving tour of some of the finest cultural locations in Hendricks County. Along this cultural trail, you’ll find fine arts, handmade crafts, value-added foods and products, historical attractions and agricultural businesses. With Second Saturdays, you can visit five extra sites that aren’t ordinarily open to the public. I couldn’t wait to start visiting myself! I started this month with a trip to Sally Ann’s Ceramics in Pittsboro, Ind. While the shop focuses on ceramics, Sally Suiter and her team of instructors are also skilled in a number of other handmade crafts — you’re sure to find something that interests you. From “muddy” clay sculpting and ceramic glazing to handmade jewelry, wire wrapping and fusing glass, people of all ages can try a new, hands-on activity and maybe discover a new passion. A group of women greeted me when I arrived, and even though they’ve been creating pieces at Sally’s for years (decades, even), they instantly made this newcomer feel welcome and at home. After hearing the list of options, I chose to try my hand at creating a fused-glass cabochon that would become a one-of-a-kind necklace pendant. Julie Stanley, my personal teacher for the day, made a fused-glass piece alongside me, and another of Sally’s devotees gamely jumped in and said she’d make one with us, too. Also at the shop that day was Jenna, a 16-year-old local student who has been coming to Sally Ann’s Ceramics since her first year in Mini 4-H as a first-grader. She showed me some of her completed pieces — hand-sculpted and painted clay owls — and other works in progress. I’m hooked, to say the least. This Second Saturday visit introduced me to a local gem that inspired me, gave me an opportunity to try my hands at many new crafts, and made me feel at home. I can’t wait to go back — and I’m looking forward to visiting another Second Saturday site soon! Start planning your trip on the Rural Routes to Main Street website. The next Second Saturday event will be Sept. 8. Be sure to check out Sally Ann’s Ceramics and the other four Second Saturday destinations: See you on the trail!