Sponsored by the Pine Log United Methodist men, the Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In its 33rd year, the offering will feature free guided tours of the site, about 60 arts and crafts vendors — selling their wares on the church’s grounds, underneath the open-air tabernacle and on the porches of camp meeting cabins — entertainment and food.
“The Pine Log setting, of course, I would dare say there’s very few festivals in Georgia that have such a uniquely historic setting,” said Regina Wheeler, deputy director for the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Certainly Pine Log is one of the oldest churches in Bartow County, one of the very few with an existing tabernacle — could possibly be the only one that I’m aware of — and then the camp meeting cabins. A lot of people outside of the Methodist faith may not have really experienced that camp meeting atmosphere.
“So it’s just really neat that they use the full grounds for this festival and [there is] always wonderful quality arts and crafts that are found there and it is a fundraiser for the church. So you can come out and enjoy a good time and then feel good about giving back to the community and to things that the church does.”
Referring to the tours as “informative,” Mary Lou Wilson — the event’s coordinator and member of Pine Log UMC — said participants will gain valuable insight, such as the church at 3497 Pine Log Road in Rydal is widely known for events surrounding a South Carolina earthquake on Aug. 31, 1886. At the end of the camp meeting service, the Rev. J.N. Sullivan prayed out loud, “Lord, if it takes it to enter the hearts of these people, shake the grounds on which this old building stands,” according to www.pinelogumc.com.
Immediately following the prayer, the congregation felt the effects from the earthquake originating in Charleston, S.C. With the church family physically and emotionally moved by the incident, they became motivated to rebuild their burned down tabernacle, completing the project within two years.
“We always [offer] the free history tours,” Wilson said, adding the tours provide background on the church, cemetery and grounds. “... We’re always interested in people learning about the history of the area. There’s a lot of new people around in the area and surprisingly we have people from sometimes a long ways away that come that have ties to Pine Log and they’re always interested in hearing about those kinds of things.”
Expected to draw about 3,500 people, the Pine Log Arts and Crafts Fair primarily attracts people from Bartow and its surrounding counties. This year, the juried art show will feature a wide array of items for sale, ranging from pottery from fabric crafts.
While children 12 and younger will be admitted at no cost, adults will be charged $3. For more information about the event, call 770-607-5350 or 770-608-1285 or visit www.pinelogumc.com.