The Sawmill Center is home to a number of festivals and special events including the outdoor Herb & Fiber Festival and Cook Forest Chainsaw Carvers' Round-up. These events celebrate traditional art forms in a festive setting, complete with food vendors and live entertainment.
The Sawmill Theater offers live stage productions every weekend during the summer months. Local community theater groups perform a variety of plays and musicals, ranging from comedies to mysteries.
Pandemic restrictions have severely limited the ability for our theater groups to perform. We implore you to support these group any way possible. We will continue to update our theater page as we have information to share.
Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts
The Sawmill Center is named for the historic building that we call home. In the 1970's Verna Leith had a vision to turn the mill into a facility for local artisans and craftspeople to display and sell their handcrafted masterpieces and also where people could learn and practice traditional arts. A few years later a theater in the round was constructed as a venue for community theater groups to perform.