Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Triathletes Compete in the Lake Logan Multisport Festival

August 4-5  Lake Logan Multisport Festival   This multisport event has become one of the most popular race weekends in the Southeast. It attracts elite and regular triathletes from across the U.S. for the international distance triathlon, now in its 7th year,  on Saturday and the sprint triathlon and aquathon (swim/run) on Sunday.

The cooler mountain temperatures add to the popularity of the event for those tired of the heat and humidity of the southern summer.
Lake Logan may be the most beautiful triathlon venue in the country.  The swim in this pristine mountain lake has a unique course starting near the main docks but finishing under the highway bridge in the mouth of the river.  The bike course is unusual for the mountains in that it is mostly flat and very fast.

Lake Logan is located in Canton NC, in between Asheville and Waynesville.

Get a link for the Multisport Festival and other NC mountain August events on the NC Events Calendar.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mount Mitchell Craft Fair now in its 56th Year

August 3-4    Mount Mitchell Craft Fair  Hundreds of art and craft exhibitors and thousands of visitors will participate in the 56th Annual Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. The event takes place on the Town Square and surrounding streets. Handcrafters from all over the United States come to sell their wares including baskets, candles, kettle corn, pottery, stained glass, and so much more. 

In addition to the variety of exhibitors, the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair includes live entertainment and a food court showcasing such Southern staples as barbecue and homemade ice cream.

The event is free to the public with entertainment throughout the day. Get a link for the Mount Mitchell Craft Fair, Burnsville cabins and other local information on the Burnsville NC Visitor Guide

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stories of Mountain Folk for 7/28/12

July 28 -  This week's podcast of Stories of Mountain Folk, produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia:

 Amy tells a story about the House Finches and Mourning Doves on her porch…."Sitting on the Front Porch of Life." 

Creative Corner:  Doreyl's guest is Ray Carpenter once more, from Graham County, who tells about the honey bee.  Music: "Thank You for Your Blessings"by the Cockman Family.

Stories of Mountain Folk:  Amy's guest is Betty Maney, who shares her Cherokee heritage and how to make an oak splint basket.  Music:  "The Dance of the Nun Ne Hi" by Eddie Bushyhead.

Apple Butter:
  Krista's guest is Cola Williamson from Bryson City. Cola talks about his background and love of music.   Music: "Goin to New Orleans" by Dave McGill, Karen Barnes & Ron Smith.

Down Another Road:
  Judy spends time with Larry Norton, guitarist, from Madison County. Larry plays and discusses a couple of songs, "Black Mountain Rag," and "Little Water Boy."

Closing song:  "Uncle Pen" by The Log Cabin Boys

Folkmoot USA 2012 Concludes Today at Lake Junaluska

July 29  : Folkmoot USA A Candlelight Closing for North Carolina's International Festival is held in Syuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Grandfather Mountain Director of Education Honored with National Award

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation has announced that Director of Education and Natural Resources Jesse Pope has been selected as a member of "Forty for the Future," travel's leading talent project by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The purpose of the award is to recognize the top 40 professionals under the age of forty in the tourism industry from across the country.  The goal is to highlight young leaders whose work and commitment to travel and tourism have made a positive impact in the industry.

Jesse Pope came to Grandfather in 2002 as a wildlife keeper and backcountry ranger. In 2004, Pope’s extraordinary knowledge and friendly demeanor led management to ask him to develop a Naturalist program for Grandfather Mountain.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Chimney Rock Park Music on the Mountain Concerts

Music on the Mountain will feature some of Western North Carolina’s most talented bluegrass and string musicians at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. The concerts will be held at the Pavilion, an intimate covered venue in the Meadows, and are  limited to only 300 tickets each.

Sunday, August 12, 3:30-7:30pm – Balsam Range from Haywood County, IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nominees in 2010 Nd 2011, headline with The Harris Brothers from Lenoir, NC.

Sunday, Sept. 16, 3:30-7:30pm – Features Asheville’s Town Mountain, 2011 Official Showcase Artists at IBMA, and Darin & Brooke Aldridge, the “Sweethearts of Bluegrass” from Cherryville, NC, nominated IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and SPBGMA gospel group, album, song and female vocalist of the year.

TICKET SALES: Advance tickets for Annual Passholders on sale July 24; non-passholder tickets on sale August 1. Tickets on sale online, by phone at 800-277-9611 and in-person at the Ticket Plaza. Cost per ticket: $22 advance, $25 at gate; youth (ages 6-15): $12 advance, $15 at gate. Both concerts (adults): $40. Includes a complimentary one-day Park admission.  Annual Passholders: $12 advance, $15 at gate, Both concerts (adults): $20; Grady’s Kids Club Members: $7. A portion of every concert ticket will be donated to the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park. Event will be held rain or shine.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is a developing international tourist attraction located 25 miles southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, NC.  (800) 277-9611

Learn more about Chimney Rock on the Chimney Rock NC Visitor Guide

Thursday, July 26, 2012

This Weekend at The Brevard Music Center

This is an active weekend at The Brevard Msic Center:

Dialogues of the Carmelites returns to the Porter Center this week for two more matinee performances on Thursday, July 26 and Saturday, July 28 at 2:00pm. Thursday’s performance has only a few tickets left, and Saturday’s performance is already sold out. Don’t miss your last chance to see Poulenc’s beautiful and tragic opera performed in the intimate setting of Morrison Playhouse.

Friday at 7:30 is your opportunity to see not one, but two outstanding pianists play alongside the Brevard Music Center Orchestra as Robert Blocker and Bruce Murray perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos. Conductor David Stewart Wiley will lead the concert which also includes Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Sibelius beloved Symphony No. 2. 

Saturday at 7:30 Maestro Wiley will return to the podium to lead the Brevard Sinfonia in an evening of unparalleled beauty as they perform Strauss’s exquisite tone poem Death and Transfiguration. Saturday’s concert will also include Hovhaness’s Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain” and Ravel’s Suite No. 2 from Daphnis et Chloé.

On Sunday, BMC students will take center stage in two special performances and at two venues. At 3:00pm in Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Carol Nies will lead the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in Soloists of Tomorrow featuring the winners of the 2012 Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition. Then at 7:00pm at Scott Concert Hall, the BMC Piano Competition Finals, sponsored by The Zimmerli Family Opera Endowment, will finish out the day. Join us as some of our most talented young pianists compete live on stage. 

Call the box office at (828) 862-2105 or purchase tickets online.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Grandfather Mountain Offers a Unique Camping Opportunity

July 27-29   The Grandfather Campout   A special opportunity to camp in MacRae Meadows and take part in day and night activities led by Grandfather’s naturalists and interpretive rangers. Additional cost, reservations required. On-line registration begins May 1. For more information and registration details: 828-733-4326.

The weekend begins with a welcome campfire, roasted marshmallows and smores while listening to some local story telling, music, and lively conversation with naturalists, interpretive rangers, and other campers. Activities continue with night adventures, hikes, behind-the-scene tours, climate and weather programs, bees and butterfly workshops and a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the mile high swinging bridge.

Learn more about Grandfather Mountain and get a link on the NC Parks Guide.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Asheville's Bele Chere Festival - largest FREE Outdoor Street Festival in the Southeast

July 27-29   Bele Chere Festival This lively Asheville weekend event is the largest free outdoor street festival in the Southeast. The three-day festival on the streets of Downtown Asheville features live, original music all day and night for 200,000 festival-goers.

Bele Chere means "beautiful living" and comes from an ancient Scottish dialect. Bele Chere offers the unique opportunity to see, taste and hear some of the region's finest art, cuisine and music.

 Visual arts at the festival are displayed at the Art Park as well as throughout the Festival grounds.  The Arts Park features some of the best artists of Bele Chere, exhibiting jewelry, photography, pottery, woodwork, paintings, and metalwork. All items sold in the Arts Park are handmade. Visit the selected artists in the Drhumor and Asheville Savings Bank lots on Patton Avenue between Church Street and Lexington Avenue.

This year's musical line-up includes Antique Firearms, an indie rock band;  ArtOfficial, eschewing the simple magic of beat machines and samples for the irreplaceable warmth of organic instrumentation, and a meticulous care for crafting music with soul;  Baby Rattlesnakes, equal parts soulful jazz, appalachian folk, and catchy pop;  Balsalm Range, a blend of jazz - bluegrass - country and gospel;  and dozens of other original and renowned musicians.

Food and Beverages at the Festival go WAY beyond the usual over-warmed wieners. Experience Foodtopia at the Taste of Asheville in Pack Square. The Taste of Asheville features local restaurants, showcasing a sampling of some of the best cuisine in Asheville, from The Corner Kitchen and the Lobster Trap to Ultimate Ice Cream and Glam Ham Pork Rinds. Pritchard Park Food Court Vendors offer both traditional festival fare along with taste treats from the Amish Baking Co., Party in a Pita, Sherri's Crab Cakes, Steak Boys Inc., Tropical Delights and dozens more.  Beverage booths are located throughout the festival for a pause to refresh with water, soft drinks, beer and wine as well as microbrews from most of Asheville's acclaimed craft brewers.

Additional Bele Chere Festival activities include: The Purina Air Dogs;  The Kids area with a a mix of crafts, rides, and performances;  Easel Rider - Asheville’s Mobile Art Lab;  Nonprofit Booths such as Hats for Humanity;  KISS Country Karaoke to sing your favorite country song; The 33rd Bele Chere 5K hosted by the Asheville Track Club;  Asheville's Urban Trail and Public Art.

The Annual Macon County Gemboree Sparkles in Franklin this Weekend

July 26 - 29   47th Annual Macon County Gemboree  The Second oldest gem and mineral show in the Southeast features dealers from across the United States. You'll find rough and cut gemstones, minerals, lapidary equipment and much more. The event is sponsored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin.

The event offers an unmatched selection of fine jewelry, rough and cut gems and minerals, a wide variety of beads, lapidary equipment and fossils. Visitors will even be able to observe the fine art of faceting stones and an other techniques thorough demonstrations. Hourly door prizes will also be given away throughout the run of the Gemboree.

Hours are 10 AM. to 5 PM Thursday through Saturday and 11AM to 4 PM. on Sunday. Daily admission is $3 for adults with those ages 12 and under admitted free. A 3-day pass is also available for only $5 and will allow you admission to the event all four days for one low price.

Get local information on the Franklin NC Visitor Guide.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Flat Rock Playhouse Production of Guys and Dolls Opens This Week

July 25 - August 19  "Guys and Dolls" at the Flat Rock Playhouse   This is a classic Broadway musical fable set in a mythical New York City. The oddball romantic comedy, considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces a cast of vivid characters who have become legendary. 

Join Sky Masterson, Sarah Brown, Nathan Detroit and Adelaide, as they sing and dance their way through a timeless, groundbreaking score. Performances are Wed-Sat evenings, Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun Matinees.

Get a link to learn more about the Flat Rock Playhouse and other Flat events and attractions on the Flat Rock NC Visitor Guide.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Stories of Mountain Folk for 7-21-12

July 21, 2012 Stories of Mountain Folk from Catch the Spirit fo Appalachia:
Storytelling:  Amy talks about a fascinating story she heard years ago in her college years…."Diana of the Dunes." Music: The old Guitar.
Creative Corner:  Doreyl's guest is Ray Carpenter from Graham County who recounts stories about his aunt.  Music: "Somebody Touched Me" by Red Smiley.
Stories of Mountain Folk:  Carrie Sue Wood, originally from Old Savannah talks about how she grew up.  Music:  "Whoa Mule" by The Rye Holler Boys.
Black Roots of Appalachia:  Victoria's guest is Ella Mae Rogers from Sylva who shares some of her memories.   Music: "I've Got That Joy" by The Butterpats.
Down Another Road:  Judy talks with Randy Hughes and his guitar repair business, and the music he loves.  Music:  "Love Is" by Randy Hughes.
Closing song:  "Lee Highway Blues" by Vance Trull from Stecoah in Graham County.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Historic Flat Rock Designer Showhouse Begins Today

July 21 - August 5   Historic Flat Rock Designer Showhouse    Historic Flat Rock, Inc.'s Designer Showhouse, is the beautiful French-inspired country house "Interlude", located on the western edge Flat Rock's historic district. The home offers 7,300 sq.ft. which will be professionally designed by some of the south's most talented interior designers. Tour the gardens designed Ed Lastein, shop in the boutique and dine under the tent at the Cafe on the Veranda (from A Day In The Country).

The Showhouse will be open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Saturday and 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Sundays with the last entry at 3:00 PM.

Learn more about Flat Rock NC on the Visitor Guide

Friday, July 20, 2012

Annual River House Winefest this Saturday

July 21   Winefest  The Annual River House Winefest includes a Winefest wine glass, tastings from all the wineries, lots of music, and, of course, great River House food. The highlight of the festival will be wine samplings from nine North Carolina wineries: Biltmore, Brushy Mountain, Grassy Creek, Hanover Park, McRitchie, RagApple Lassie, RayLen and Round Peak. The musical lineup features: Tim and Debbie Yates of Acoustic Heritage (bluegrass), Clay Lundsford Jazz Band, Martha Bassett Band (sultry Southern swing) and The Ardmores (soft rock and blues).

The River House is located at
1896 Old Field Creek Road in Grassy Creek NC - just outside West Jefferson

Get a link for Winefest and other NC Weekend events on the NC Events Calendar

RiverLink Calls for Volunteers

submitted by Dave Russell, Director of Volunteer Services for RiverLink
RiverFest and RiverMUSIC -- Good times by the River, but only possible with your help   

If you haven't been to one of our RiverMUSIC events, you should consider it whether you do a volunteer shift or not. We've had a great time both nights so far, and still have three concerts to go. You can read all about the series by clicking here. We still need volunteers for the events on August 3, 24 and September 14. Please let me know if you are interested.

RiverFest 2012 takes place on Saturday, August 11, from 1:00 p.m. until 7 p.m. this year. It's just around the corner and coming up quickly. We're looking for enough volunteers so that we only ask for three-hour shifts, though we encourage everyone to stay longer and join in the fun.We'll have beer from Sierra Nevada (volunteers get a free one) and some great music. Read about the musical acts by clicking here.

We need about 120 people to make it work. 

Please let me know if you are available and interested in helping out. We need folks for everything from parking lot patrol to recycling station help to pulling rafts out of the River.  

Call me or e-mail me or drop by and say "Hi" (free coffee!) and then I promise not to bother you again until ... I get desperate.


Dave Russell, RiverLink
Director of Volunteer Services
(828) 252-8474, ext. 11
Cell: (828) 545-9099

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bikes, Brews and Views Beer Festival and USAC Bike Nationals on Beech Mountain

July 21   2nd Annual Bikes, Brews and Views Beer Festival   This Festival is held in conjunction with the 2012 USAC Gravity Nationals . Enjoy craft brews while watching professionals defy gravity. This year;s Festival will feature 40 different beers, including choices from Kind Beers, Natty Greene, Aviator Brewing, Sweet Josie, RJ Rockers, Faddie Maddie, Lone Rider, Southern Tier, Shock Top, Blue Point Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery.

There will also be live music, food vendors and lawn games throughout the afternoon. Shuttles will be provided throughout Beech Mountain. Purchase tickets in advance to save $5 off the gate price and $5 in parking.

July 18 - 22   USAC Mountain Bike Gravity Nationals  Events include both Downhill and Dual Slalom. Competitors from across the nation will be present. Beech Mountain is the first resort in the South to host the event. No admission for spectators.

Get a link for more details about The Bikes, Brews and Views Beer Festival and the USAC Mountain Gravity Nationals on the Beech Mountain NC Visitor Guide.

Alleghany Fiddler's Convention

July 20 - 21  Alleghany Fiddler's Convention  Traditional mountain music that is sure to get your toes tappin’. 40 to 60 bands and over 200 individual compete each year, The convention is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the Alleghany County Fairgrounds with sites available for camping. The convention is held every year on the weekend of the third Saturday in July.

Get a link for the Fiddler's Convention and local information
on the Sparta NC Visitor's Guide


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mountain Heritage comes to life at the Franklin Folk Festival

July 21  9th Annual Franklin Folk Festival   More than 100 living exhibits and demonstrations allow visitors to experience what mountain life was like way back when. These folks learned at their parents’ knee woodcarving, moon shining, basket making, weaving and spinning, and all the many other things they’ll be demonstrating.

Exhibits include everything from quilting and moonshinin' to Civil War reenactors. Activities get underway at 9:00 AM and conclude with Pickin' on the Square in the evening.

This year
a special event, the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Franklin Fire Department, will held in collaboration with the festival and will feature booths, speakers, games, and vintage trucks, equipment and memorabilia. There will be antique Fire Engines on Display along the west end of Main Street plus an old fashioned bucket brigade challenge and other games & contests for all ages. The Fire Department Celebration area will kick off at 11:00 AM. in front of Macon Bank with greetings from the NC State Fire Marshal, Wayne Goodwin.

Get a link for more details about the Franklin Folk Festival and Franklin cabin rentals, restaurants and attractions on the Franklin NC Visitor Guide.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Folkmoot USA Begins This Week

July 18 - 29   Folkmoot USA  - the International Festival of North Carolina, is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer in a variety of locations across the mountains of Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, a parade and workshops by up to 350 performers from about ten countries.

Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music. During its 28-year history, over 200 folk groups from more than 100 countries have shared their heritage and culture at the Folkmoot Festival.

Highlights of this year's festival include:
  • The Parade of Nations and Folkmoot at First Friday Street dance in downtown Waynesville on July 20
  • The Grand Opening at the Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley on July 20
  • Haywood County Arts Council’s International Festival Day on  Main Street in Waynesille on July 21
  • World Friendship Day held in the  Stuart Auditorium at  Lake Junaluska on July 22
  • Performances in towns across Western North Carolina including: Canton, Burnsville, Bryson City, Asheville, Flat Rock, Cullowhee, Franklin, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Cherokee, Clyde and Lake Junaluska
  • Extravaganza Matinee and evening performances at the Stompin’ Ground in Maggie Valley on July 27
  • Candlelight Closing at Stuart Auditorium in Lake Junaluska on July 29.

Get a link for details and a schedule of Folkmoot USA
on the NC Event Calendar

Monday, July 16, 2012

2012 Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge

Once again, generous supporters have pledged to match up to $20,000 in gifts made during this once-a-year Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge, which ends August 31. The von Drehle Corporation, Crescent Resources and an anonymous individual donor have made these special challenge pledges possible.
A special gift by you to the 2012 Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge will be matched dollar-for-dollar and will help the Foothills Conservancy reach the challenge goal of $40,000 in support of the important protection work to be done we do this year and future generations.

Make a gift TODAY online at www.foothillsconservancy.org
Mail your gift designated to the 2012 Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge to:Foothills Conservancy, PO Box 3023 Morganton, NC 28680  or call  828-437-9930.

Southern Highlands Craft Fair this Week in Asheville

July 19 - 22    65th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands   Over 200 exhibitors, craft demonstrations, and live regional music and entertainment bring Asheville's downtown Civic Center (US Cellular Center) alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. Both levels of the Center are filled with artisans exhibiting and selling works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry. 

The Fair showcases the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild with members living in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama. Having been accepted into the Guild through a rigorous jury process, these craftspeople are the best of the best in the Appalachian region. 

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit, educational organization established in 1930 to bring together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands for the benefit of shared resources, education, marketing and conservation. The Craft Fairs are one of the ways in which the Guild fulfills its mission.

Get additional details about the Southern Highland Craft Fair and Asheville art and crafts on the Asheville NC Visitors Guide.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown Presents "Proof"

July 18 - August 5   Flat Rock Playhouse presents "Proof"    Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof is a wonderfully funny, ambitiously constructed work. On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions and the discovery of a mysterious notebook that draws her into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father's madness–or genius–will she inherit. An instant American classic.

The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown is located
125 South Main Street in historic downtown Hendersonville NC.  Evenings Wed-Sat 8:00 PM, Matinees Wed, Thurs, Sat and Sun 2:00 PM

Get a link for the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown
and other Hendersonville attractions on the
Hendersonville NC Visitor Guide

Saturday, July 14, 2012

16th Annual Chalk it Up all Day in Hendersonville

July 14   Chalk It Up   The sidewalks of Historic Downtown Hendersonville become the canvas for some outstanding works of art. The event is free and open to five age categories from age 5 and under to age 21 and over. This is an all day event.

Get a link for Chalk it Up on the
Hendersonville NC Visitor Guide

Friday, July 13, 2012

What to do in the Mountains this Weekend

Mountain Music:

July 13
Event:      Brevard Music Center Concert: MAHLER Symphony No. 6 in A minor
. The Summer Music Festival continues with a 7:30 PM concert with Julian Kuerti, conducting the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. Ticket holders are invited to attend the Pre-Concert Talk at Thomas Hall one hour before this event.   Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 13
Event:     River Music Concert Series 
  Dance under the stars next to the beautiful French Broad River at Asheville's new summer concert series hosted by New Belgium Brewing and RiverLink.  There will be New Belgium beer, a variety of good eats provided by your favorite Asheville food trucks and the waters of the beautiful French Broad flowing right by the stage. Best of all, these events are FREE to the public. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the view of the French Broad River.  Get a link for this and other NC Events
July 13
Event:     Summer Tracks Concert Series at Rogers Park
  This concert features the Russ Wilson Swing Orchestra. The annual concert series offers amazing performers under beautiful, starry skies.  The concert is free, however, a voluntary donation at the gate is encouraged. The donations combined with generous sponsorships provided by local businesses make the shows possible. Food and beverage are sold at the event.  7 PM - 10 PM.  Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 13
Event:     Music on Main Street 
  The 14th annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June 8 through August 17, 2012. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.  Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 14
Event:    Shindig on the Green   
  Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, this FREE event  was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun eight summer Saturdays.   Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 14
NC City:  Just north of Boone in Galax VA
Event:     Appalachian Songsmiths: 
Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time / Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road perform at The Blue Ridge Music Center.  Most well-known for his hit song “Murder on Music Row,” eastern Kentucky native Larry Cordle Bluegrass musician concerts, workshops and bluegrass jam sessions in VA knows how to masterfully weave his mountain upbringing and the virtues and vices of the common man into a song.   Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 15 
Maggie Valley Concert Series  Live outdoor concert by the Haywood Community Band. Bring a blanket or a chair, picnic supper and enjoy the beautiful Maggie Valley sunset. Free and open to the public.   Get a link for this and other NC Events

NC Art and Crafts:

July 13
Event:     West Jefferson Gallery Crawl 
  Stroll the streets of an historic mountain town, enjoy the cool mountain breeze while listening to the sounds of street musicians and "popping" in and out of West Jefferson's many galleries. Open House in more than 15 art galleries and studios.  Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 14
Event: Art in the Park

A juried arts & craft show featuring 90 artists held in the picturesque downtown park once a month from May to October. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more. Prices for objects, from a handmade postcard to a large piece of furniture, range from $5 to $5,000.  Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 14
Event:     River Arts District Second Saturday  
Asheville’s River Arts District Artists open their studios for a day of family friendly fun, educational experiences, live demonstrations and to share their creations. Visit dozens of artists working in all types of media, available for viewing or purchase.  Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 14
Event:     Chalk It Up 
  The sidewalks of Historic Downtown Hendersonville become the canvas for some outstanding works of art. The event is free and open to five age categories from age 5 and under to age 21 and over. This is an all day event.   Get a link for this and other NC Events

Weekend Festivals:

July 13 - 14
Event:     Carolina Mountain Ribfest 
  World Class professional barbecue rib vendors from across the country, plus live entertainment, amusement rides, arts and crafts and more. Enjoy mouth watering, award winning BBQ Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork and Chicken, with all the traditional side dishes.   Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 13 - 14
Event:        8th Annual Festival of Native Peoples    The Festival of Native Peoples earned a spot in the top 20 events of the Southeast Tourism Society in 2009. Performer and exhibits includes  pole flyers, dancers, singing, storytelling and art. Members of indigenous tribes from across North and South America captivate audiences with their traditional and contemporary dance, song and celebration. In addition to the unique displays of Native cultures from across the continents, visit the Art Market to barter or buy your favorite handmade Native art.   Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 13 - 15
Event:     Mid-Summer Trout Fishing Tournament
   $10,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Cherokee Reservation (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch and release waters) Hundreds of specially tagged fish will be stocked in the Cherokee public fishing waters. When a tagged fish is caught it can be redeemed for cash prizes ranging from $20 to $500 based on the color of the tag. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize.  Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 13 - 15
14th Annual Mountains in Bloom Garden Festival   Over 1,000 garden and nature lovers from across the US come together to celebrate. The event features a tour of majestic mountain gardens in the Ravenel community, a flower show that includes flower arrangement, horticulture and photography divisions, an exclusive Benefactor tour of the Southern Highlands Reserve and the always elegant Benefactor Party. Proceeds support The Bascom, a nonprofit visual arts center. Friday-Saturday July 13th -14th Flower Show, Garden Tours, and Luncheon. Sunday July 15th Southern Highlands Reserve Tour and Benefactor Party--For Benefactor Donors Only.  Get a link for this and other NC Events

July 13 - 15
Event:    Highlands Motoring Festival
  The festival kicks off Friday night at the   Highlands Historical Society with a wine and cheese reception featuring entertainment and attractions relating to the history of the Town of Highlands. Saturday will feature two events: the car show and the Ladies Poker Run. Over thirty awards will be presented to automobiles selected by participant judging. The car show begins at 10:00 AM, and will conclude at approximately 4:00 PM, following the awards presentations. Food and beverages will be available on site at all times. Sunday begins with the annual road rally at 9:30 AM featuring a competitive contest (trivia; not timing) and a beautiful drive thru the mountains.  Get a link for this and other NC Events

June 14-15
Event:     Hunger Games Fan Tour 
 Explore DuPont State Forest and see The Hunger Games movie locations. Learn basic survival skills: orienteering, camouflage, and shelter building. Lunch will be provided in Hunger Games style.  Shuttle service, DuPont State Recreational Forest permit, light Hunger Games lunch and guides provided. Pre-registration required. Cost is $79 per person.  Get a link for this and other NC Events

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Special puppet Performances at The Diana Wortham Theatre

July 13, 11 AM and 1 PM at the Diana Wortham Theatre  -  Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets present "Animalia",  Special summer performances open to the public.  The magical world of animals comes to life when  award-winning puppeteer Hobey Ford and his Golden Rod Puppets present "Animalia"  in two performances. A few tickets remain for the 11:00 AM show, and 90 seats are currently available for the 1:00 PM show.

The entire theatre becomes the stage as animals swoop over the audience with realistic movement. Children of all ages love the engrossing interaction and playfulness of the animals. $7 per person for individuals and groups of 10 or less;  $6 per person for groups of 11 or more.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Slow Food Asheville Hosts FEAST

July 14, 4 PM to 8 PM at Highland Brewery, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville NC -  Slow Food Asheville teams up with Beer, BBQ, and You to support FEAST.   Support FEAST while enjoying a beer from Highland, BBQ and sides donated from local Asheville restaurants. There will be plenty to please vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike.

Groove to live music from the Galen Kipar Project and enjoy a dunking booth with a chance to dunk 98.1 DJ Heather Anders, Mountain Xpress food writer Mackensey Lunsford, Slow Food President Nan Kramer, Gypsy Queen Suzy Phillips, or Bob Bowles of Asheville Chef's Challenge fame. Door prizes include tickets to Navitat and tickets to the Asheville Food and Wine Festival!!

Tickets will be $25 in advance and $30 at the door - buy tickets at http://feastasheville.eventbrite.com/
All the Food and the price of one beer are included in the ticket price

Slow Food Asheville’s FEAST program empowers school age children to make healthy eating decisions through free cooking classes.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July Live Music at The Purple Onion

JULY 12 - TOM FISCH   Warm vocals, pure & seamless acoustic instrumentation, outstanding songwriting that draws from traditional folk & country

JULY 14 - GARY SEGAL and THE CRYPTIC CHOICE  soulful singing, acoustic guitar and harmonica

JULY 15 - SHANE PRUITT BAND - POSEM CONCERT   Lead man Shane Pruitt hails from Spartanburg, SC, where the musical roots of the blues and southern rock have been living and breathing for years on end. See more info below.

JULY 19 - TAYLOR MOORE BAND   Caribbean journalist turned full time guitar slinger, singer and bandleader

JULY 21 - FAYSSSOUX & COMPANY   Fayssoux's beguiling voice was an integral element in some of the finest country music recordings of our time. She is joined by guitar virtuoso Brandon Turner

JULY 26 - SWAYBACK SISTERS   this trio of beautiful women and great players are always welcome here

JULY 28 - UPTOWN JAZZ QUARTET   jazz just the way we like it

Sunday Brunch at The Purple Onion:  11-3 enjoy a  Tuscan inspired brunch menu featuring Eggs Florentine, breakfast panini, tailgate market frittatas and eggs insalata in addition to our usual pizza, salads, sandwiches, homemade soups and desserts. Check out the website for the latest menu.

The Purple Onion is located at 16 Main Street in historic downtown Saluda NC.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 57th Year

July 12-15 The 57th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering O' Scottish Clans Join 1000s of Scots in 85 clans decked out in their finest plaid for the annual celebration of Scottish heritage. Live Celtic music, tradition heritage events and Highlands games. New this year is a Saturday night Celtic Rock Concert.

Opening day events include The Bear: Assault on Grandfather, a five-mile footrace climbing 1,568 feet in elevation from the town of Linville to the summit of Grandfather mountain. Over 800 runners will start up the Old Yonahlossee Road from Linville at 7 PM, circle the Highland Games track around 7:15, and head up the Grandfather Mountain summit road.

Throughout the weekend activities include: traditional Celtic music, sheep herding, athletic competitions, music and dance exhibits, History & Genealogy Studies, Children's Tent and Field Activities, harp workshops and more.

On Sunday there will be a 9 AM Scottish Worship Service Outside main gate. Bring a folding chair. The service ncludes Kirkin' of the Tartans. The day continues with the Children's Border Collie Demonstration on the main field and Celtic Grove Entertainment begins.

Guests of Honor and Distinguished Guests are introduced as all members of the sponsoring clans are invited to march in the Parade of Tartans behind the massed pipe bands. Additional events for the afternoon are: the Scottish Fiddling Competition and the Atlantic International Highland Dance Championship Competition.

Competitions take place throughout the Games for Scottish athletic events, sheep herding, kilted miles, children's events, Scottish country dancing, Scottish harps and Clan Tugs-of-War.

Get a link for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and other things to do in the NC mountains on the NC Events Calendar

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Shane Pruitt Band Performs Live at The Purple Onion

July 15, 7:00 PM at The Purple Onion, 16 Main Street in historic  Downtown Saluda NC -  the Shane Pruitt Band performs as part of the Purple Onion Sunday Evening Music (POSEM) series. Seating is limited, so reserve your seats early by calling the Purple Onion (828-749-1179) during normal business hours. Admission is $10. Doors open at 6:00 PM with light fare on the patio.

Spartanburg's instrumentalist of the year for the past 8 years, Shane Pruitt is a staple of the local music scene. Touring relentlessly with The Shane Pruitt Band performs as a feature artist with such acts as The Marshall Tucker Band, The Lee Boys, Flannel Church featuring Duane Trucks, Jeff Sipe, Ike Stubblefield, Yonrico Scott and many more.  Shane Pruitt has earned his mark as "THE" up-and-coming guitarist in the southeast in part through his undeniable hard work.

The Shane Pruitt Band has released two studio albums since 2005, which have received such honors as Blue Breaker of the Week on The House of Blues Radio Hour, #3 top Blues release of 2010 as voted by fans on 88.7 WNCW (behind Derek Trucks and Buddy Guy) and #2 Regional release, also voted by fans on 88.7
WNCW. SPB has been seen supporting such acts as Robert Cray, Robert Randolph, Johnny Winter, Gary Hoey and many many more

Get a link for The Purple Onion and other Saluda NC attractions on the 
Saluda NC Visitor Guide

NC Poet and Artist Terry Michelsen at City Lights Bookstore

July 13, 6:30 PM at City Lights Bookstore, 3 East Jackson Street in Sylva NC.  Local poet and artist Terry Michelsen will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from her collection of poetry, Soaring on Wings of Word,  a compilation of six previously published chapbooks.

Describing Michelsen’s work Kathryn Byer said, “Terry Michelsen knows that to write a poem, she must take her gloves off ‘...because bare hands do a better job.’  She brings a lively wit, as well as a keen attentiveness to every encounter.  Light and shadow live here, and she brings the reader to both.” 

A discussion and book signing will follow the reading.  To reserve a copy please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Stories of Mountain Folk for 7-7-12

Stories of Mountain Folk is a weekly podcast produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.
July 7, 2012
Storytelling: Memories of the "Upper Room of the Canhouse" is the story shared by Amy in this program. Music: "Friends" by Keith Shuler.

Creative Corner: Doreyl's guest is Larry Barnett from Bryson City. They talk about learning to play many instruments & teaching youth through the JAM program. Music: "Ragtime Annie" by the Leftovers Band.

Stories of Mountain Folk: Junetta Pell from Webster is Amy's guest, who gives some history of her local heritage and work in crafts. Music: "Are You From Dixie" by the Valley River Boys.

Apple Butter: Krista interviews Ashley Claxton, who tells stories of growing up riding with the Western North Carolina Wagon Train. Music: "Let Them Heavy Wagons Roll" by Ashley Claxton & "Thinkin' About Runnin'" by Paul Cataldo.

Down Another Road: Judy shares some of her original poetry. Music: "Across the Blue Mountains" by the Asheville Muses.

Closing song: "The Promise" by the Cockman Family 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

It's Christmas in July this Weekend in West Jefferson

July 6-7  26th Annual Christmas in July Festival  Visit historic downtown West Jefferson in beautiful Ashe County for the 26th Annual Christmas in July Festival. Friday night, July 6, finds live music featuring the best in bluegrass, old time, gospel and country music from The Buck Haggard Band and Wolf Creek Band, street dance and food vendors from 6-10 PM.

Saturday brings the full festival to life with art and crafts, music acts featured all day long, civil war reenactments, food and fun, fun, fun from 9 AM - 7 PM.  Christmas in July is a FREE event featuring the very best in traditional mountain music and handmade crafts from throughout the northwest mountains of North Carolina.

Get a link for Christmas in July and other West Jefferson events and attractions on the West Jefferson NC Visitor Guide.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Favorite NC Tailgate Markets: Saluda Tailgate Market

Saluda Tailgate Market on July 6, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM, located in Saluda’s public parking lot on West Main Street. Grab your basket, put on your hat, and join the friendly folks in downtown Saluda NC to support the local growers and get the best local products in the area.

Plan your menus around summer fruits and veggies, eggs, chicken, beef, lamb and the incredible goodies from the  Wildflour Bakery. You'll also find locally grown plants to enhance your own garden. Eat fresh, support local, and enjoy the community atmosphere
Featured producer:   Rose's Best Jams, Jellies and More
Rose has been making jams and jellies for family and friends for over thirty years. Her recipes come from many different sources. Some she creates herself while others are passed along from friends she has made over the years. Rose's husband John has been a member of a worldwide travel organization for over thirty years and she and John have attended World Congresses in many places around the world during those years. As a result, Rose has an international group of friends who provide her with recipes unique to their part of the world. For example, her Chili Cherry Tomato Jam is a New Zealand recipe and her Red Onion Jelly is a French Canadian recipe.

Two things are inherent to Rose's success. First, every jam and jelly is packed with an abundance of fruit or vegetables, far more than you will find in a commercially produced product. Second, every jam and jelly is infused with an enthusiasm for and a love of what she does. These truly are Rose's Best.

This year, Rose has expanded her product line with the addition of quiches. These have proven to be very popular and she is now receiving orders for quiches from regular customers. She takes a few to each market and usually sells out quickly.

Market NEWS:

Blueberries made their first appearance in two booths last week, Red Rooster Farm and new vendor J P Ruth. Randy Case rolled in with the season's first truck load of corn. Only an abundance of ripe tomatoes could make it more perfect. At this time of year you can shop for the entire week, every meal, at the market. 
  • Piece O'Cake - yummy pound cakes, dark chocolate brownies and sugar-free apple buns. Call Kerry and John for special orders 828-817-4900
  • Organic greens, long cucumbers, and crazy summer squashes from Lee Mink of Leap Farm
  • Rainbow Trout, Saluda raised Lamb and Poulon Rouge Chicken from Tom DeKay, Camp Creek Farm 
  • Wylie's lemonade
  • Pork sausage, zucchini, and yellow squash from Charlene's garden
  • Deerwood Farms is always there with chicken, pork, and summer veggies
  • Lisa Laughter from Shepherd's Flock Farm had peaches last week and sometimes she has goat cheese from Pyrwood Farm as well- ask 
  • Bee Log honey is harvesting lavender and sour wood honeys
  • Dan and Marti Wells have Saluda grown peaches, plums, and a variety of veggies
  • Decatur has purple potaotes, squash, and sunflowers
  • Randy Case has corn, cabbage, potatoes, and onions
  • Wells Sheely promises to show up with Three Arrows Farm beef
  • Wildflour bakery has pizza crust, granola, pockets and treats.  
  • Claire's beautiful zinnia bouquets 
  • And eggs, eggs, eggs.
Saluda Tailfate Market favorite Recipe:
Anticipating the season's first green beans and tomatoes--
a salad recipe from Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Cooking

1/2 pound green beans
cook until tender in salted boiling water, drain, and spread on sheet pan to cool
stem and cut in half 1/2 pound cherry tomatoes
stir together in a large bowl:
1 small shallot, diced fine
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
salt and fresh-ground black pepper, let sit, taste and  
whisk in 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
toss it all together and add 6 basil leaves cut into chiffonade

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hendersonville Music on Main Street

July 6  Music on Main Street   The 14th annual Music On Main Street concert series will be held every Friday evening from June 8 through August 17, 2012. Music On Main Street showcases a diverse lineup of musical talents, from jazz, pop, oldies, rock, to contemporary music. Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 7 PM - 9 PM. Admission is FREE.

Get a link for Music on Main Street and other local events, restaurants and lodging on the Hendersonville NC Visitor Guide

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day 4th of July Fireworks!

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Andy Griffith: June 1, 1926 - July 3, 2012

Andy Griffith, renowned actor,  musician and "homeboy" to Mount Airy NC, passed away today at his home on Roanoke Island in North Carolina. He was 86. 

 Many of us were first charmed by Griffith in his break-through role in "No Time for Sergeants" and continued the admiration through the predictable, but addictive Mattlock episodes. His talents were not always appreciated as evidenced by the lack of awards for his incredible performance in "Face in The Crowd". But his 1996 gospel album, “I Love to Tell the Story: 25 Timeless Hymns”  went platinum and won a Grammy.

Andrew Samuel Griffith was a complex man with a lifelong down-to-earth fortitude
that persisted throughout his life. He will be well and long remembered by those of us who had the pleasure to have known him either in person and on screen.  

4th of July Event: Freedom Train and Fireworks in Bryson City

July 4    Freedom Train - The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad   Celebrate Independence Day on the Freedom Train at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Ride the Fireworks Freedom Train and view one of the largest and most spectacular fireworks displays in Western North Carolina.
The Freedom Train is a special event hosted by The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad with a departure at 8 PM heading to Dillsboro NC. Tour the quaint town with unique after hours shopping and get a front row seat for one of the area's favorite fireworks displays.

Get a link for the Freedom Fireworks Train, The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and other local attractions on the Bryson City NC Visitor Guide