New Fall Workshop!

The Highland Arts Academy Announces a New Fall Workshop



An Intro to Appalachian Broom-making

Saturday October 17th from 10am-4pm

Monterey Presbyterian Church Pavilion




Join us for this introduction on making Appalachian style brooms out of broomcorn (sorghum vulgare).We will discuss a bit of history and plan to make both cobweb brooms and turkey wing whisk brooms.

Moderate hand and upper body strengths are helpful in this craft.

Please bring a lunch, a pair of scissors, a sharp knife, and a positive attitude! This workshop will be an outdoor event with social distancing and mask wearing observed. Dress appropriately for the weather but we will enjoy the warmth of the fireplace hearth in the Pavilion.

The workshop will be taught by Emily Bell who resides in Asheville, NC but whose family roots are in Pendleton County, WV. Emily Bell has chosen to reclaim her ties to her heritage through a craft of hand tied brooms. She views her work as practical art: one that embodies beauty, simplicity, heritage, and functionality. She feels when we truly belong to ourselves and to a place, we find grace and rhythm in the day to day tasks.  Emily’s handmade brooms are an invitation to the beauty of presence in the everyday.

Workshop fee is $50 for Highland Arts Council members and $75 for nonmembers with $25 of this fee applied to a year’s membership in the Council. Size is limited so register early. To register visit

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