By June Pugh and David Knox
The 24th annual Spring in the Hollow, a celebration of the sights, sounds and smells of another glorious Lynchburg spring, will be Saturday, May 4.
The event begins at 8 a.m. on the Lynchburg historic town square.
Stroll around the Square and visit vendors selling plants and other spring related items. Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency’s Flintville Fish Hatchery will have a trailer filled with interesting and educational displays. Representatives from Lavender Farms will give you tips you need to know to grow organic vegetables.
For several years, a highlight of Spring in the Hollow has been the Chamber of Commerce Birdhouse and Plant Auction. Coordinated this year by Linda Wolaver, the 2019 auction will be held in the Gazebo at 10 a.m. The birdhouses were built by Moore County FFA students under the direction of instructor Jordin Hockaday. A portion of the houses were painted by Moore County Art students under the instruction of Mallorey Garrett. The Chamber of Commerce will make a donation to both of these organizations in appreciation for their contributions. The remainder of the birdhouses to be auctioned were painted by citizens. Wood was donated by local business owner, Bradley Dye with B Double H Woodworks. Bring a lawn chair and money and prepare to take home a prize that is uniquely Lynchburg.
There are really two separate events occurring, said Mayor Bonnie Lewis.
A “Live in Color” art event, funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, will be held in the Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Event Center on the south side of the square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Garrett, the art teacher from Moore County High School and Whitney Ferris, the art teacher from Lynchburg Elementary School, will assist all ages in making a Tie-Dye towel that is theirs to take home when they’re done.
Assisting them will be art students from Moore County schools including Taylor Harper and Noah Rogers, who were recently chosen to represent MCHS at Governor’s School.
“We are also excited to feature Nashville artist Susan Eaddy who will demonstrate how she makes her Claythings,” said Lewis.
Eaddy writes picture books and, in her words, “plays with clay.” Her clay critters critters inhabit pizza boxes in her attic studio and she’s “pretty sure they play while the humans sleep.”
Her “Clay Things” were featured on Tennessee Crossroads. Her books include “My Love for You is the Sun, Papa Fish’s Lullaby, Poppy’s Best Paper, Poppy’s Best Babies and the upcoming “Eenie Meenie Halloweenie.”
She was an Art Director for fifteen years, has been a judge for the Audio Book Awards for 11 years, and has won international 3D illustration awards and a Grammy nomination.
She looks forward to meeting budding artists in Lynchburg next weekend.
Attendees to the events will also have a chance to opportunity to support Moore County nonprofit organizations. The local Boy Scouts will be selling food. Friends of Animals will be selling T-shirts and accepting donations for their important work of finding families for homeless animals.
There will be music, too. Jonny Hill of Igniter Productions presents Cold Water Express and Vending Machine Bandits, country and bluegrass artists, who will be performing in the Gazebo.