Sequatchie Valley Institute will hold its annual Holiday Open House and Crafts Sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Saturday, Dec. 8.
The nonprofit, sustainable-living center is surrounded by 400 acres of forest 45 minutes outside Chattanooga. Visitors can gather around the fireplaces for nature-based games and crafts for all ages, as well as hot spiced cider and holiday snacks.
Gifts by local artists will be available for purchase (cash or check), including Carol's Sassy Shadows Pottery bird feeders, mugs, dishes and wall hangings, all with impressions of forest leaves, flowers and herbs. Also featured will be Nature of Reaction jewelry, marbles and kaleidoscopes by Patrick Ironwood. Some of SVI's favorite books on sustainable building, food, gardens and kid activities will be available.
Visitors are welcome to wear their hiking boots and explore the mountain trails. There also will be tours of the gardens and hand-crafted buildings, which are made of rocks, logs, clay and straw and powered by the sun.
SVI is at 1233 Cartwright Loop in the Cartwright community off Highway 28 halfway between Dunlap and Whitwell. To help with the head count, visitors are asked to call 423-949-4598, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit svionline.org. They also ask that pets be left at home.