EDOM/BEN WHEELER — The 279 Artisans Trail’s Second Saturday Art Jam October 8 will feature the works of artists, craft demonstrations, live music, Oktoberfest, a Scarecrow Trail, and more.
The event takes place along a 20-mile stretch of Farm Road 279 in and around Ben Wheeler and Edom beginning at 10 a.m. with some activities going until 11 p.m.
A list of participants includes Antiques & Texas Heritage, Arbor Castle Birdhouses, Blue Moon Gardens, The Blue Moose, Edom Ranch Art, Essential Massage, Flying Fish Gallery, Harrison & Son Knifesmith, Jeffrey Lance Photography, Ken Carpenter Jewelry, Lambs Antiques, Potters Brown, Prairie Outfitters Gallery, Rave Art Gallery, Scoots ‘n Scoops, Secret Garden Embroidered Art & Gifts, Shiloh Acres Plant Farm, Studio Metals, Whimzee, and several restaurants including Edom Bakery & Grill and The Shed Café in Edom and Moore’s Store and The Forge in Ben Wheeler.
In addition to the local artists demonstrations here are a few highlights of other activities visitors will see:
• Oktoberfest takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Beer Garden behind The Forge in Ben Wheeler featuring German food and drink and music by polka band Jaksedo.
• Merchants and residents along the 279 Artisans Trail are displaying special-made scarecrows.
• Edom Jam Stage presents Brandon Elliott from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Caitlyn Brette from 10:30 a.m. NOON, Lisa Byrn from Noon to 3 p.m. and the Edom Jam All Star Band from 3-5 p.m.
• Flying Fish Gallery showcases guest artist Anup Bhandari who is regularly exhibited at the Longview Museum of Art as well as other museums in Japan and Nepal.
• Blue Moon Gardens hold their annual Fall Festival with an extensive display of scarecrows, refreshments, and programs about outdoor living.
The shopkeepers open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. or later. Evening music includes Heather Little and Drew Hall at The Forge beginning at 7 p.m. and country dance band Darc Thirty at Moore’s Store from 8-11 p.m.
Admission to the artisans’ fest is free. It’s from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 903.780.7336 or 903.571.7631 and visit www.279ArtisansTrail.com and www.facebook.com/279ArtisansTrail.