By DUSTEN RADER
Fulton County Express
NORTHVILLE — The 9th annual Northville Rotary Woodworking and Fine Arts Weekend began Friday with nearly 60 regional artists gathering at the Town Park and Bradt Municipal Building to share their work.
The event brings hundreds of visitors to support the arts, local business and the rotary, which uses funds raised during the event to make donations to various causes.
Scott Hook, whose business American Horse WOOD Designs was selected as a juried artist for the firs time this year, said he was happy to have the opportunity to show his chainsaw carvings. A native of Northville, Hook has lived elsewhere for many years and decided to come back because of “how nice and warm” people are.
“There’s something special here,” Hook said.
George and Theresa Olsen of GTO Woodturning from Richmondville, said they have been part of the festival since its inception. Their hand crafted salt and pepper grinders and other items do well enough each year to make it worth coming back. They are also always impressed with the level of professionalism the rotary offers for the event.
“The rotary is very proactive in letting people know about this, they are good to the vendors and customers and it’s a wonderful location,” Theresa said. “Even though we work hard at this, it’s kind of a vacation and something we smile at every year.”
According to Rotary Club Secretary and Event Chair Susan Owens, the festival is an opportunity to find something unique that can’t be found in a store.
“We’re a small town doing big things,” Owens said.
The event will be held rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.