Sketchbook Crafts & Smoke Signals
September 19th from 5 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
The Marshall High Studios, Marshall, NC
Rain or Shine. Open to the public. Pay what you can.
5 P.M. to 6 P.M.
Open studio sale and glögg (mulled wine) at Sketchbook Crafts
6 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.
Smorgasbord meal under the pavilion on Blannahassett Island
7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P. M.
Artist talks by Amber Jensen and Tara Jensen + outdoor theater by West of Roan
Join us for a Fall Equinox feast - celebrating the mill, the loom and modern movements in craft and food. Blannahassett Island nestled in the French Broad River (one of the oldest rivers in the world), will provide the setting for Jensen & Jensen to reinterpret their Scandinavian heritage in a decidedly Appalachian landscape. The evening will consist of a Sketchbook Crafts open studio sale, a Smoke Signals Smorgasboard style dinner, brief artist talks and theater by West of Roan. “The night promises to warm both the body and spirit as we explore the connections between wool and rye, weaver and baker and the natural world around us,” says Tara Jensen of Smoke Signals.
The event will begin inside the Marshall High Studios with a studio sale and glögg in the workshop of Amber Jensen. Participants will be able to view a working loom and purchase one-of-a-kind backpacks, textiles and other unique goods handcrafted by Jensen. Recently featured in Oprah magazine, Jensen’s work is a testament to classic design with careful attention to detail, color and texture. Alongside of items in the studio, Jensen will be creating an exclusive line of napkins and other table top wovens to commemorate this special evening, also available for purchase.
Moving from the studios to the outdoor pavilion located in the adjacent park, we'll feast upon a recreation of the traditional Scandanvian buffet known as Smorgasbord. Catered by Smoke Signals wood-fire bakery, this family style meal will showcase the versatility of Nordic grains. The distinct flavors of rye and barley in cold salads, breads and crisps will be paired with various seasonal vegetables, pickles, mustard and cured meats. Jensen’s apple pie, featured in Food and Wine magazine, will be served with coffee for dessert.
The evening will close with brief artist talks from both Jensen and Jensen, followed by and an outdoor performance from local singers and puppeteers West of Roan. They will be showcasing songs and images from traditional Scandinavian ballads. The celebration of the decent into Fall promises to delight both your eyes and mouths.
This is the second in a four-part exploration of baking, craft and solar cycles hosted by Smoke Signals.
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*MENU ~ all food is buffet style & pay what you can~ subject to minor changes & additions
Cold barley salad with shaved fennel & apples / Roasted roots
Flat-breads, and Rugbrod (Danish rye bread) paired with red onion, capers, dill, mustard, pickles, boiled eggs, butter, sauerkraut, cheese, radishes and various charcuterie.
Apple pie & Rye cake
B.Y.O.B. There is no drinking on the Island, except inside the Marshall High Studios.
Bring a blanket for the evening! There is limited seating under the pavilion.
The Smorgasbord buffet will be based on "pay what you can/suggested donation." Please consider having some cash on hand for contribution.
If you'd like to bring a dish to contribute to the table here are a few suggestions: pickles, sauerkraut, soft boiled eggs, jams, preserves, cold cuts.