Annual Frescoe festival arrives with new meditation path

Wil Petty Staff Writer

October 3, 2013

The Festival of the Frescoes has been a long-time tradition for those in the Glendale Springs community, but this year will be the first where the church has a meditation path in honor of one of its parishioners.

Pat’s Meditation Path, which is open to the public, was the brainchild of Pat Franklin, who passed away while the path was being built.

“(The path) was done through volunteer labor from the church,” said Barbara Sears, president of the Ashe County Frescoes Foundation. “The meditative thoughts were written by a committee and another committee chose the commemorative plaques.”

Signs for the path start near the Mission House which then guides walkers into the woods. Numerous benches line the quarter-mile path, each with a verse from the story of creation complete with a meditation exercise.

Sears said the bridge and benches along the path were purchased by members who also wished to pay tribute to their loved ones.

“(Franklin) was a very inspirational woman with lots of energy and dedication given to the church and children,” she said.

Sears said the path was completed in May of this year.

The “Festival of the Frescoes” got its official start in 1988. Beforehand, the event was a rummage sale.

“(The festival) is a fall celebration held on the grounds of the Mission House,” Sears said.

This year, the festival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Admission to the festival is free.

Not only will the path be open to the public, but those who want to see the frescoes from the Holy Trinity Church will be able to as well.

Sears said the festival raises between $4,000 and $7,000 yearly and all of the money goes to outreach in the community.

There will be numerous items for sale with vendors offering jewelry, pottery, candles and fall decorations. Also, the church will be running the “Granny’s Attic” rummage sale, and will be selling homemade baked goods.

“(Visitors) can expect a fall atmosphere with fall decorations,” she said. “There will be wonderful photo opportunities with the leaves changing. Enjoy a fall afternoon in the mountains.”