Folks interested in creative arts and crafts should mark their calendars for Saturday, March 17. On that day, the Appalachian Artisans Guild will present its 15th annual “Cabin Fever Arts Festival” in the Patriot Center on the Hillsboro campus of Southern State Community College.

Admission is free and open to the public, and doors will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The event showcases handcrafted traditional folk art and unique fine art by juried artists. Over 60 booths will offer an array of quality work, including quilts, jewelry, pottery, clothing, paintings, metal and woodworking items, toys, foods and more.

Most items are for sale, giving visitors an opportunity to obtain one-of-a-kind pieces of art not available in stores. Visitors can also watch some of the artisans create work in their booths, and all of the artists are happy to answer questions and discuss details of their particular craft.

Come and visit with Highland County artists, including two Guild members. Leesburg resident Brenda Armstrong turns vintage wallpapers, buttons and other treasures into bandboxes and wearable art. In her skillful hands, old coats find new life as adorable teddy bears.

New Vienna resident Elaine Balsley will also host a demonstration in her booth. She enjoys painting a wide variety of subjects on canvas and other surfaces. Balsley also enjoys handmade crafts, quilting, creating purses out of denim jeans and making prints and note cards from her original art. She also gives acrylic art lessons upon request.

Adding to the festivities will be live music, with Family and Friends, Sue Frump and Friends, Sandy Payne and Steve Free scheduled to perform. Delicious lunch items can be purchased from Steve’s Ridge Top BBQ food truck.

Shake off the last vestiges of Old Man Winter, get out of the house and enjoy “Cabin Fever” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 17. For more information, visit or email at