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Workshops highlight use for unpopular vine

Learn to weave kudzu baskets

POSTED: September 10, 2012 12:30 a.m.

Two kudzu basket weaving workshop sessions will be offered at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve on Saturday through the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department.

The classes are being presented in conjunction with the youth division of the Cumming Garden Club’s HomeCumming on the Mountain show, which is Friday and Saturday.

The youth division exhibits, which will be on display at the visitor center, were designed to honor the mountain’s namesake, Cherokee Chief Sawnee.

Artist Joleen Oh, a Cherokee from Mountain City, will guide the two sessions, including a morning workshop for youth ages 9 to 14 and an afternoon one for ages 15 and older.

The first class will be limited to 12 participants and the second can accommodate 10.

Pre-registration is available at any of the county’s three recreation centers, as well as by fax, mail and online.

The Saturday sessions are the first time this activity has been offered by Forsyth County parks and recreation.

“We always enjoy offering new and interesting classes for residents to participate in,” director Jerry Kinsey said. “Learning to weave a kudzu basket is not only a fun activity, but also offers the chance to create something truly unique while gaining a skill that could be used again and again.”


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