Artisans and home crafts people interested in becoming part of the Somervell Meander tour of studios and homes have until April 15 to submit all artwork and information for a trail map.

The first Somervell Meander is scheduled to take place the third weekend in May if all goes as planned, said Joyce Shelby, vice president of the Barnard’s Mill Art League, which is working on the project.

Interested arts and crafts people met last week to discuss plans for the meander. They were asked to submit artwork, photographs and information – such as address, telephone numbers, Web site address and times they will be open – for a map that the Glen Rose Convention & Visitors Bureau plans to publish.

Visitors can follow the maps to see where artists and crafts people work and buy their wares.

The meeting drew 14 people who make jewelry, paint, crochet, sell fossils and rocks and make artisanal soap and hand lotions.

“I’m excited,” Selby said after the meeting. “The more people hear about this, the more they will get excited and jump in.”

    The Somervell Meander was one of the ideas hatched by the Somervell County/Glen Rose Networking Group. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. and the third Tuesday at 9 a.m. All meetings are held at the Holiday Inn Express on U.S. 67. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

    “We want people to come to Glen Rose and spend their dollars here and visit all the attractions,” said Ymke Molly Condy of the networking group. “They will stay overnight if we offer all these things to do. All of our people making things will benefit.”

    During the meeting, networking group member and downtown preservationist Karen Richardson also reported that plans are underway to get pole banners placed along Barnard Street, from the mill to Oakdale park. They will highlight area attractions such as the Fossil Rim Wildlife Park, Dinosaur Valley State Park and different events.

    Multiple partners could be involved in such a project to develop a walking trail with signage, she added.

    “Much of this could be walking downtown,” Richardson said. “Walking is a big pastime for citizens and tourists.”

    Anyone who would like to participate in the Somervell Meander can contact Selby at 897-3081 for more information.