Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gourd Gala Group Getting Geared Up

The third annual Gourd Gala, sponsored by the Upper Cumberland Arts Alliance, will be held on Saturday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cumberland Art Society, located at 186 A South Walnut Avenue in Cookeville. Organizers say there will be seeds available and instructions for planting gourds, as well as raw gourds, decorated gourds, demonstrations of cleaning, dying, painting, and decorating gourds. The people who put together the event say that generations ago the gourd was grown in only one or two shapes. They were primarily used for a very functional dipper such as drinking water from a stream or a bucket. Now, there are hundreds of different kind of seeds to make different shapes and sizes. Some gourd lovers use the gourd as an edible vegetable as well as making them into birdhouses or other decorative items. The admission to the gourd gala is free.