By Madison Fisler Lewis
Oct. 7, 2014. The annual Festival of the Frescoes is a traditional country fair that lasts all day and is fun for all ages. There will be art, crafts and baked goods available. The event takes place each year on the grounds of the Mission House across the street from the Holy Trinity Church in Glendale Springs.
From the Ashe County Frescoes Foundation:
During the 1970s, internationally renowned fresco artist Ben Long created magnificent enduring works in two small antique churches in Ashe County. Each is significant to the Christian community. His first frescoes were done in Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church on the southwestern edge of West Jefferson. There you can see his images Mary Great with Child, John the Baptist, and The Mystery of Faith. This was followed a few years later with a life-size depiction of The Last Supper at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Glendale Springs.
The annual Festival of the Frescoes is put on each year by the Episcopal Church Women, and this year it will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. This year, the event will have even more food, vendors and activities than ever before.
Craft vendors will feature items like handmade wooden items, Christmas items, jewelry, folk art, lawn ornaments and much more. In addition to the great shopping, many dining options will be available for hungry festival-goers. Chili, chicken, barbecue and hot dogs will be available as well as baked goods and pastries.
“This festival has grown in size and entertainment value over the years,” read a press release. “There will be activities for children and a silent auction. A raffle drawing for a beautiful banjo will be held. All proceeds are used for local outreach.”
For more information about Ben Long and his frescoes, click here. For more information about the Festival of the Frescoes, call Christine Franklin at 336-877-3607.