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Handmade Parade and Fireworks!

The famous Handmade Parade! After a 2-year hiatus and a 1-day postponement, we were so happy to bring it back, in style!

The Penland upper clay studio “Kiln’ It” team won the glass award for Most Industrious/Inventive!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated:

Ledger Fire Department, Mitchell Medics, Penland Facilities and Grounds “F & G Bang Bang”, Penland Upper Clay Studio “Kiln’ It”, Treats Studios, Lower Clay “Donkey Lady,” “Mushroom Stilt Walker,” 2D, Penland Lower Metals Studio “Sad Girls,” and “Animal Parade.” We were also very pleased to welcome Pelican’s SnoBalls with some sweet treats.

Of course, the evening would not have been complete without Penland’s beloved, over-the-top fireworks show! Our facilities and grounds team did an amazing job this year, with a lot of new folks running the show since the last time we produced this event in 2019. There were many hours of training and hard work, as well as frequent checks of the forecast. Special thanks to Jim Berkoben, Director of Facilities & Grounds, and Grounds Manager Casara Logan for their stellar leadership and to the entire Facilities and Grounds crew for pulling off a jaw-dropping display much to our joy and delight.


The rain cleared out just in time for the event!


Treats Studios took home a “Most Industrious/Inventive” award.


What cute marshmallows (Treats Studios)! The Donkey Lady won an award for “Sweetest.”


Everyone loved the Mushroom Stilt Walker. She won the prize for “Most Far Out.”


Amazing display by Georgina Treviño’s lower metals workshop!


Penland lower metals studio Sad Girls won “Most Studio Spirit.”


Such a sweet entry! The Animal Parade won “Most Poppin.”


Representing 4 studios! The 2D”team won the award for “Cheesiest.”


The Penland facilities and grounds crew won “Loudest/Most Successfully Annoying.” And yes, this is a gorgeous display of bottle rockets in the shape of a dinosaur and a chicken!


Getting ready for those long-awaited fireworks!


Boom! Such a wonderful evening!