Sunday, September 30, 2012

Overmountain Victory Trail Encampment Stops in Marion

October 1-2   Overmountain Victory Trail Encampment   Part of the National Historic Trail marking march from Abingdon, VA to Kings Mountain, SC during the Revolutionary Way. The Encampment features period clothing and historical re-enactments.

Each year, since 1975, the OVTA has held an annual re-enactment march to commemorate the Campaign to the Battle of Kings Mountain.  In the early years of the Commemorative March,  the OVTA walked every step of the 228 miles of the trail from Abingdon, VA to Kings Mountain, SC. As time has passed and as development and traffic has restricted walking, today's walk includes that portion of the trail that is historically significant and safe for participants.

Programs are given to schools and community groups along the trail to educate people about the significance of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail and the contribution the Overmountain Men made in winning America’s Independence.

Participants will camp and offer presentations near Marion NC. Get a link for the Overmountain Victory Trail Encampment on the Marion NC Visitor Guide

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Last Minute October Vacation Rental

Leatherwood Mountain Log Cabin rental - 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, sleeps 6. Cover and open decks with rockers, gas grill, gas fireplace, game room with ping pong, WIFI. Gated community amenities: trails, horseback riding, tennis. Located between Boone and Wilkesboro NC.  $175 - $195 night. 

See cabin photos, details and rental availability

Get local information on the Boone NC Visitor Guide

Brevard Music Center First Monday Concert Series Season Opener

October 1   First Monday Concerts at Brevard College   The Brevard Music Center, in partnership with Brevard College, presents free concerts to the public on the first Monday of each month from October through May. The concerts begin at 12:30 PM and are performed at The Porter Center of Brevard College. This month's concert features Dilshad Posnock, flute; Eric Ohlsson, oboe; and Deloise Lima, piano.

The Program includes:

Johann Joachim Quantz Sonata in C minor for Flute, Oboe, and Basso continuo
Eugene Goossens Pastorale et Arlequinade, for Flute, Oboe and Piano, Op. 41
Madeleine Dring Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano

Flutist Dilshad Posnock is originally from Bombay, India. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts and festivals across the United States, England, Puerto Rico and India. She has also been featured on BBC TV and BBC World Service Radio. Ms. Posnock has performance degrees from the Royal College of Music, London, and Carnegie Mellon University. While in Pittsburgh, she performed regularly with ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pittsburgh Ballet and Pittsburgh Opera. Ms. Posnock served as Artist Lecturer in Flute, and Director of the Artist Diploma Program at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. In addition to her role as Assistant Director of the Jeanne Baxtresser International Master Class, she has also worked on publication projects with world renowned flutists, Jeanne Baxtresser and Sir James Galway. Now based in Brevard, NC, Ms. Posnock performs with the Asheville Choral Society and has appeared as Guest Principal Flute with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.

Eric Ohlsson is the Charles O. DeLaney Professor of Music in Oboe at the Florida State University, and was previously Assistant Professor of Oboe and Assistant Director of the School of Music at the University of South Carolina. His orchestral roles have have included principal positions with the Columbus Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic, in addition to serving as guest principal with the Florida Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony. Currently, Mr. Ohlsson holds the positions of Principal Oboe of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and the Tallahassee Symphony. He was appointed to the Artist Faculty of the Brevard Music Center as principal oboist of the BMC Orchestra in 1994. As a soloist and chamber musician, Ohlsson has performed throughout the US and in Europe, South America, and Canada. His teachers include John Mack, William Baker, James Caldwell, Ben Wright, and Travis Cox.

Deloise Chagas Lima, collaborative pianist, was born in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Piano, Organ, and Music Education at the School of Music and Fine Arts of Parana, where she received the First Prize Award of her graduation class. Following her graduation she moved to England where she completed a Performance Certificate in piano from Trinity College of Music. Dr. Lima is also an Associate of the Royal College of Music in organ performance. She received her Master of Music degree in piano performance and Literature at the University of Notre Dame, and the Doctor of Music degree in Piano Accompanying from the Florida State University.

In Brazil, Dr. Lima was on the faculty of the School of Music and Fine Arts of Parana for nearly twenty years. A sought-after accompanist and chamber musician, she has performed extensively throughout Brazil with many recognized singers and instrumentalists. She was also the pianist of the Minas Gerais Symphony for two seasons, and was a soloist with that orchestra and the Curitiba Chamber Orchestra. Her performances as an accompanist have taken her to Europe, the United States, and South America.

Deloise Lima was named Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano at the College of Music of Florida State University in 2005.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Leaf Season Events: The Corn Mazes are OPEN!

It's Cornfusion Time in the NC Mountains! The coming of fall in the mountains means it's time for a fun family tradition: Corn Mazes. Local farms turn their harvested corn fields into acres of puzzles along with special events and Halloween Happenings.

Eliada's Fields of Fun in Asheville lets you “Get Lost” in three huge corn mazes over 12 acres of twisting trails! Eliada's includes activities for kids of all ages, like corn cannons, slack line challenge, haybale maze, cow train, corn box, pedal carts and this year's new giant spider web perfest for climbing by those little "spidies".

The Blue Ridge Corn Maze
in Brevard offers 6 Acres of "corn~fusion" where you can lose it and it's all right! The Ashe County Corn Maze in the West Jefferson Area takes anywhere from 25 minutes to 45 minutes to hours! There are six "stations" in the maze to explore. The Hickory Nut Gap Farm in the Asheville area lets you wind your way through the corn maze, pick your own pumpkin, fill your bag with organic apples, hold a baby chick, visit the animals and enjoy a day with your family.

The Maze at Seasonal Produce Farm in Canton includes special events such as a professional lumberjack competition, haunted house and Hospice Day.

Darnell Farms in Bryson City is a true "Agritourism" farm with horseback riding, wagon rides, camping, bluegrass music, educational tours, pick-your-own seasonal produce and an 8+ acre corn maze that opens in mid August!

Get links for the NC Corn Mazes and other things to do in the mountains on the NC Attractions Guide.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Blue Ridge FIber Show Opens this Weekend at the North Carolina Arboretum

Kathe Todd
September 29 - January 2   Blue Ridge Fiber Show: Into the Gardens at the North Carolina Arboretum. An international, biennial celebration of fiberarts Sponsored by The Western North Carolina Fibers/ Handweavers Guild, Inc. Opening Reception October 2 in the Education Center 2nd Floor Gallery

The North Carolina Arboretum
offers magnificent gardens and miles of woodland trails plus continual special events and touring shows. Just as our experience of nature is intimate, visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum connect with plants in personal ways that are as diverse and rich as the land itself. Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, exploring exhibits, enriching your mind or hiking and biking, the Arboretum offers activities for all ages. Located in  Asheville NC

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Inaugural Harvest Half Marathon this Weekend in Cherokee

September 29  Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K   The inaugural Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon will begin at 8 AM. The venue will be the former Cherokee High School on Acquoni Road in Cherokee NC.

Runners will start at the Expo Center and finish inside the stadium. The half marathon course will tour all of Cherokee and will be relatively flat except for one climb at the 6 mile mark. The 5K course will stay predominantly in town and is mostly flat. Military organizations, businesses, and non-profit clubs and organizations may receive a group discount.

Get a link for details about the Harvest Half Marathon and other Smoky Mountain events on the Cherokee NC Visitor Guide.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Flock to the Rock and watch the Birdies at Chimney Rock Park

September 29-30   Flock to the Rock   is Western North Carolina’s premier fall migration birding event. Birds flock to Chimney Rock Park, an official site on the NC Birding Trail with 130-plus species spotted. Families, kids and couples will love our live Birds of Prey programs.
All weekend, there will be free guided walks with expert area ornithologists, workshops and bird/nature photography, along with fun activities and bird-related vendors. Attendees may be able to spot dozens of Broadwing hawks flying overhead to southern wintering grounds during this prime annual hawk migration time.

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

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mountain Heritage Day at Western Carolina University

September 29   Mountain Heritage Day   This NC heritage event,  held at Western Carolina University (WCU),  is a combination old fashioned mountain Fair and festive showcase for authentic Southern Appalachian folk arts.

Mountain Heritage Day also offers a variety of fun contests and demonstrations of authentic mountain folk arts and skills. Visitors are encouraged to visit the university’s museum of Appalachian culture and history, the Mountain Heritage Center and to view its exhibits and displays, including the “Journey Stories” traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Fall Leaf Season Event: The Shadow of the Bear in Cashiers NC

CASHIERS NC - One of the most unique leaf-looking experiences in the United States will soon be lumbering into view.
The "Shadow of the Bear," located in southern Jackson County near Cashiers, is visible for about 30 minutes daily between 5:30 and 6 PM. from mid October through early November. During this brief period, the bear-like shadow comes out of hibernation as the autumnal sun begins to set behind Whiteside Mountain.

With an elevation of 4,930 feet, Whiteside Mountain boasts sheer rock cliffs that are among the highest in the eastern United States. The well-know Cashiers' landmark provides a splendid backdrop for viewing leaves throughout autumn, especially during the emergence of the bear.

Tourists and photographers come from near and far to catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon, which can best be viewed from the Rhodes Big View Overlook on U.S. Hwy. 64, approximately 4.5 miles west of Cashiers.

photo by Jerry Jaynes
More information about the Shadow of the Bear and other local Leaf Season Events is available at The Jackson County Visitors Center, 773 W. Main St. in Sylva NC (800-962-1911).

The shadow also occurs in late winter from mid February through early March.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Art on the Mountain Today in West Jefferson

September 22   Art on the Mountain   Pottery, paintings, photography, quilting, knife making, leather crafts, barn quilts, jewelry, baskets, fiber, knitting, felting, spinning, rug hooking and more! Unique art for sale and Artist demonstrations. Door prize drawings each hour.

Hear it all LIVE - The Gary Poe Show (580 AM, WSKS) will broadcast in real time  from the Arts Center, featuring the Garden Variety String Band.

Find more local information on the West Jefferson NC Visitor Guide.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Vance Birthday Celebrates Pioneer Days and Frontier Militia Muster

September 22-23     Pioneer Days and Frontier Militia Muster  at the Vance Birthday Historic NC Site.   The Catawba Militia recreates the sights and sounds of a post colonial citizens militia muster. Demonstrations of everyday life on a Southern Appalachian farmstead in the early 1800's will be ongoing throughout the weekend.

See an 18th century citizen's militia muster with small arms drills, camplife activities. There will be hands-on kids' activities. FREE event, donations welcome.

Learn more about Weaverville attractions and events on the Weaverville NC Visitor Guide

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Andrew's Geyser Celebrates 100 Years in Old Fort

September 22  100 Years Anniversary of Andrew's Geyser  An all day festival commemorating this important, Old Fort landmark. Andrews Geyser is part of a public park owned and maintained by the town of Old Fort. Learn the history of this landmark from the late 1800's, how it came to be and join in the celebration.

Andrew's Geyser will be re-dedicated at 10:30 AM in a ceremony including the music of McDowell High School Band, presentation of the flag by the McDowell High School NJROTC color guard, introduction by Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center Director Terrell Finley, and keynote address by local historian, author and City of Marion Mayor Stephen Little.

Old Fort Railroad Day will also take place on September 22 with events from 10 AM to 4 PM including model train vendors and demonstrators, live music on three venues, kids' activities and art and crafts booths.
Find more weekend events in the NC mountains on the NC Events Calendar.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Purple Onion hosts Italian Wine Tasting

September 24,  6:30 PM  The Purple Onion, 16 Mine Street in Saluda NC -  Enjoy an Italian Wine Tasting and  the early fall on the patio of the Purple Onion for a sampling of seven wines from Italy and a delicious selection of Italian inspired appetizers and small plates. The focus for the evening will be wines from the Tommasi family, one of the most important quality producers in the Veneto.

The family run estate was founded in 1902 by Giacomo Tommasi in the village of Pedemonte, which lies in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico region. In addition to 6 Tommasi wines there will also be a tasting of Chianti from the Tuscan estate, Il Palagio owned by Sting and his producer, philanthropist wife Trudie Styler.

Bill O'Friel and Jeb Boyd from Tryon Distributing will be on hand to offer their expertise. The price for the tasting is $45 and includes a taste of seven wines and several hors d'oeuvres and small plates chosen to pair well with the wines. Reservations can be made by calling the Purple Onion at 828-749-1179. Visa and mastercard are accepted. Call early as seating is limited.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chimney Rock Guided Hikes Explore the Changing Seasons

September 22   Saturdays at Four Seasons Guided Hikes at Chimney Rock Park   Enjoy a complimentary guided hike (with paid Park admission) on the Four Seasons trail at Chimney Rock Park. You will witness nature’s changing seasons on this 0.6-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike which starts at the Meadows and climbs 400 feet of elevation to the top parking lot. This hike is NOT recommended for children under 12.

The trail winds through hardwood trees and past thickets of Carolina Rhododendron, mountain laurel, abundant wildflowers and indigenous plants. Sign-up is the same day at Cliff Dwellers and is limited to 20 people. Meet for the hike near the climbing tower on the Meadows at 1 PM.

Get a link and details for the Four Seasons Hike at Chimney Rock Park and other NC hikes and trails on the
NC Hiking and Mountain Trails Guide.

Hendersonville Artists Hold Open Studio Tours

September 22-23:   Open Studio Tour   This free self-guided tour features fine art and craft studios throughout Henderson County. Artist’s studios will be open for visits with plenty of new artwork to view and purchase.

Several studios and galleries will have guest artists as well. Original works in paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, metal arts, woodworking and glass will be offered by 40 participating artists. The Art League of Henderson County is the Tour sponsor.

Get a link for more details about the Studio Tour on the Hendersonville NC Visitor Guide.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Farm Tour 2012 a Family Fun Event

Mulberry Gap Farm
September 22-23   Farm Tour 2012  The Family Fun Farm Tours continue with 35 participating farms this year. Activities and experiences vary from farm to farm, so check the website for specifics.

Tours including everything from farm-grown wines to micro-farming and hydroponic techniques, to organic gardening. See Angora goats, cows, baby calves, pigs, baby chicks, and learn about grassfed beef and other meats. Visit a hops and Berry farm and explore a butterfly flight house. See a trout farm or pick-your-own at an apple orchard.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Music on the Mountain today at Chimney Rock Park

September 16, 3:30 - 7:30  Music on the Mountain Concert Series will feature some of Western North Carolina’s most talented bluegrass and string musicians at Chimney Rock State Park. The concerts are held at the Pavilion, an intimate covered venue in the Meadows, and are limited to only 300 tickets each.

This concert 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.

Complimentary Park Admission Included with Your Ticket! Come early to check out the Park’s 75-mile panoramic views, scenic trails, ancient geological features and rock climbing. Featured in The Last of the Mohicans, the Park’s 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River. Concert tickets are valid for Park admission on the concert date. Non-passholders can return any day this year and enjoy a complimentary one-day Park admission by showing their used concert ticket. One complimentary admission per ticket; expires December 31, 2012.

Ticket Prices: $22 advance, $25 at gate; youth (ages 6-15): $12 advance, $15 at gate. Includes a complimentary one-day Park admission. Event will be held rain or shine; no refunds.
Annual Passholders: $12 advance, $15 at gate. Grady’s Kids Club Members: $7.

Get a link for Music on the Mountain details and other Chimney Rock Park information on the Chimney Rock Visitor Guide.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Car Show Today in Old Fort

September 15   Classic Car Cruise-in   is held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle. Downtown Old Fort, 3-5 PM. A  free Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers.

Route 70 Cruisers is a group of car enthusiasts who come together with a common goal: To cruise, enjoy special  cars and being with family, friends and cruisers with the same common interest. They believe that classic cars were made to be driven and enjoyed and include fundraising for local charities in their events.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Guided Hike this weekend at Chimney Rock Park

September 15   Saturdays at Four Seasons Guided Hikes at Chimney Rock Park A complimentary guided hike (with paid Park admission) on the Four Seasons trail. Witness nature’s changing seasons on this 0.6-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike starts at the Meadows and climbs 400 feet of elevation to the top parking lot.

This hike is not recommended for children under 12. This trail winds through hardwood trees and past thickets of Carolina Rhododendron, mountain laurel, abundant wildflowers and indigenous plants. Same-day signup at Cliff Dwellers; limited to 20 people. Meet for the hike near the climbing tower on the Meadows at 1 PM.

Get a link and learn more about Chimney Rock Park hikes on the Chimney Rock NC Visitor Guide.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bob Timberlake Weekend in Blowing Rock

September 14-16  A Weekend with Bob Timberlake   An event presented by UNC-TV. celebrating seven decades of art and design with  Bob Timberlake, acclaimed North Carolina realist painter, designer, author and sportsman. Get a link for the Bob Timberlake Weekend on the Blowing Rock NC Visitor Guide.

Special entertainment will be provided by David Holt. Event participation is available through lodging and event packages, which include a Gala reception at Timberlake's exhibition at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, accommodations, and special gift from Bob Timberlake.

the lake at Chetola Resort Chetola Mountain Resort - 42 guest units at the Lodge, Chetola Condos or Bob Timberlake Inn. Rooms, suites, 1-4 bedrooms condos. Spa services, Wellness and recreation, golf, restaurant and Pub. Located on 83 acres in the heart of Blowing Rock.
                         Get packages and availability

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mountain Heritage Pow Wow Preserves Indian Culture

September 14-16   Mountain Heritage Pow Wow  The 7th annual event held this year at the Mountain Heritage Expo Center (621 Micaville Loop) in Burnsville NC. An exceptional opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the Native American People. 

Activities include dancing, drumming, singing, a lodge, demonstrators, story tellers, music, hand made craft vendors, and Native American food. Hours are Friday 8 AM - 9 PM, Saturday 9 AM - 9 PM and Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM. Admission is $5 for Adults and $2 for Children. Friday is Kids Day and children are FREE with their schools.

The purpose of the Pow Wows is to preserve and celebrate Native American heritage. Pow wows emerged in late 19th Century North America as a way to
reclaim, practice, celebrate, and pass on to the next generation important elements of the Native American peoples' cultural heritage. Most pow wows have some common features that the public can expect to enjoy when they attend. These include "grand entry" parades and ceremonies that start the formal programming once or twice a day. Everything at a pow wow, as in all aspects of Native life, is laid out and performed in circles, to honor the cycle of life and maintain harmony with the forces of nature.

Learn more about the Mountain Heritage Pow Wow and other local events and attractions on the Burnsville NC Visitor Guide

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Flat Rock Playhouse Presents Almost Main

September 13-23  Almost Maine at The Flat Rock Playhouse  On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night's dream. What a way to end the summer.

Evenings Wed-Sat 8:00PM, Matinees Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun 2:00PM

Learn more and get a link for the Flat Rock Playhouse on the Flat Rock NC Visitor Guide.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Stories of Mountain Folk for 9/8/12

September 8 - Stories of Mountain Folk is a weekly podcast produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia and archived at Western Carolina University.

Storytelling:  Amy talks about drinking “Cool, Clear Water” in her youth from her grandparent’s and her own family’s springs.  Music: "Cool, Clear Water" by Gary Clawson.

Creative Corner:
  Doreyl's guest is Susan Lingg from Caney Fork, a local visual artist who paints the mountains.  Music: “Thank You for Your Blessings” by the Cockman Family.

Stories of Mountain Folk:  Amy's guest is Rose Beck from Cherokee, who tells about growing up in Cullowhee.  Music:  "The Old Wood-Burning Stove" by Home Delivery.

Apple Butter:  Nicole’s guest is Shenna Kohlmeyer, who gives details about illustrating a children’s book.   Music: "This Little Light of Mine" by a young Mountain Faith from Sylva.

Down Another Road:  Judy's guest is once again storyteller Ted White, who shares stories about  Thomas Wolfe from Asheville.   Music"Moose"  by Banjo Mania.

Closing song:  "Old Slewfoot" by the McDowell Family from Canton

CLICK HERE to listen to current
or past episodes of  Stories of Mountain Folk

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Grandfather Mountain Hosts KidFest Today

September 8, 2012   KidFest at Grandfather Mountain A day designed to get kids excited about the nature and culture of the North Carolina Mountains through fun and entertaining activities. Guided hikes, games, storytellers, music and fun. The events are free with park admission.

Get links for current Grandfather Mountain events on the Linville NC Visitor Guide or the Blowing Rock Visitor Guide

Grandfather Mountain is the highest mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountain range at an elevation of 5,964 feet. The Mountain is owned by a nonprofit Stewardship Foundation and is operated as a scenic travel attraction and a world-class nature preserve.

The Mile High Swinging Bridge was one of the original features of the attraction giving visitors easy access to the breath-taking view from Grandfather Mountain's Linville Peak. Today, there are dozens of of things to do and events offered including walking and hiking trails; Naturalist programs; the Nature Museum; birding and geology; wildlife habitats; Mildred's Grill and The Fudge Shop. Grandfather Mountain is located at 2050 Blowing Rock Highway in Linville NC.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre Presents Palenque Rojo this Weekend

September 8-9   Palenque Rojo performs at Diana Wortham Theatre   A unique historical and theatrical experience featuring choreography and a cast of 20 actors directed by Hernan Galindo (multiple national prized play writer), elaborately costumed by Javier Alarcon (credits include "Dances with Wolves" and "The Last of the Mohicans") and with a musical score based on actual pre-hispanic instruments played live.

Find details on this and other things to do in Asheville this Weekend on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Weekend Events and Festivals in the NC Mountains

NC Art and Crafts:
September 7    WAYNESVILLE   Art After Dark   Downtown galleries and studios remain open until 9 PM.  The evening features special openings, demonstrations, artist receptions, and music.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

September 7   MURPHY    Murphy Art Walk First Fridays from May through November,  5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Stroll through historic downtown Murphy for an exquisite visual, culinary, and performing arts experience with more than 20 businesses participating. Enjoy Art Galleries, Music,  Fine Dining,  Live Demonstrations and Performances.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

September 7-8  LENOIR    27th Annual Sculpture Celebration   The 27th Annual Sculpture Celebration features a Blue Jeans Preview Party Friday evening and a competition Saturday featuring sculptors from several states east of the Mississippi River.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

September 8    BLOWING ROCK     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 details on the NC Events Calendar

Mountain Music:
September 7-8    BREVARD     7th Annual Mountain Song Festival held in the beautiful covered, open-air auditorium by the lake at Brevard Music Center. This foot-stomping, banjo-picking celebration of bluegrass and newgrass music will feature The David Grisman Sextet, Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Kruger Brothers, Shannon Whitworth, Colin Hay and Della Mae. The event supports the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County and has become a premier southeastern festival drawing 5000 music lovers annually.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

September 7-8    LANSING      Greater L.A. Festival    An annual events featuring live gospel and folk music and  great down-home food. The Festival  also welcomes  children of all ages, offering hayrides, face painting and  inflatable attractions.   Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

September 8    WEST JEFFERSON     Tickling the Ivories   The Annual Tickling the Ivories concert featuring local pianists with a varied repertoire covering the classics, Show Tunes, sacred and old fashion standards. Held at the Ashe Civic Center beginning 7 PM.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

September 8    FLAT ROCK     Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert  A  70-piece professional orchestra entertains with music from the movies. Guest conductor Richard Kaufman and concertmaster Thomas Joiner lead an evening of music from the silver screen featuring two of the greatest composers to write for film—Franz Waxman and John Williams. Highlights include musical excepts from blockbusters and Prince Valiant, Sunset Boulevard, Spirit of St. Louis, Jaws, Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Hook Star Wars.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

Outdoor Events:

September 7-9   CHEROKEE     End of 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. Redemption location and times to be announced. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

September 7-9   BRYSON CITY     ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cup   Called the X-Games for whitewater, this event offers  spins, flips, turns and tricks of freestyle snowboarders, surfers and skaters with freestyle kayaking! The ICF World Cup is held every two years, and the final event of this series for 2012 will be held on the Nantahala River near Bryson City.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

September 7-16    FLETCHER (Asheville suburb)     North Carolina Mountain State Fair  Held at the WNC Agricultural Center, this is the third largest fair in North Carolina, and it celebrates the heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including agriculture, music, crafts, art, food, entertainment, display of livestock, competitions, and midway amusement rides.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

September 8-9   BLOWING ROCK     Railroad Heritage Weekend   A unique weekend celebrating the history of the ET&WNC Railroad and Tweetsie Railroad. Enjoy two steam engines at their finest; see historic railway films and much more. Special weekend pass required for selected events. Cherokee dance and demonstrations for all park guests. Open 9 am to 6 pm.   Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

Hikes and NC Park Events:
September 8    CHIMNEY ROCK     Saturdays at Four Seasons Guided Hikes at Chimney Rock Park  A complimentary guided hike (with paid Park admission) on the Four Seasons trail. Witness nature’s changing seasons on this 0.6-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike starts at the Meadows and climbs 400 feet of elevation to the top parking lot. Not recommended for children under 12. This trail winds through hardwood trees and past thickets of Carolina Rhododendron, mountain laurel, abundant wildflowers and indigenous plants. Same-day signup at Cliff Dwellers; limited to 20 people. Meet  for the hike near the climbing tower on the Meadows at 1 PM.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

September 8   LINVILLE     KidFest at Grandfather Mountain   A day designed to get kids excited about the nature and culture of the North Carolina Mountains through fun and entertaining activities. Guided hikes, games, storytellers, music and fun. The events are free with park admission.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

September 8-9   CHIMNEY ROCK     Grandparents Day   Treat your grandparents to a fun-filled day at Chimney Rock Park. When you purchase one regularly-priced adult admission, receive one youth admission free. Click here to download this special coupon. Coupon must be presented to the Ticket Plaza at the time of purchase. Valid September 8 and 9, 2012.  Get a link for details on the NC Events Calendar

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Trout Fishing Tournament in Cherokee

September 7-9   End of 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. Redemption location and times to be announced. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Registration necessary to redeem cash prize. 

$11 entry fee - available everywhere Cherokee fishing permits are sold

Learn more about Trout Fishing in Cherokee on the Cherokee NC Visitor Guide.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Stories of Mountain Folk for 9/1/12

September 1  - This week's Stories of Mountain Folk from Catch the Spirit of Appalachia:
Storytelling: Come with Amy, and share memories of the Golden Farm in Tuckasegee with "The Chicken-Killing Rock."  Music: "Down to the River to Pray" by the Asheville Muses.

Creative Corner: Doreyl's guest is Dominick DePalo, a visual artist from Waynesville, who has painted the great Roy Rogers and more.  Music: "Happy Trails to You" by the Paul Sullivan.

Stories of Mountain Folk: Amy's guest is 91-year old Bertie Elizabeth Parris from Alarka, who tells about her very interesting life.  Music: "When We All Get to Heaven" by Mountain Faith.

Black Roots of Appalachia: Victoria's guest is Edith Callahan, teacher of the year for Smoky Mountain High School.  Music: "There is a Fountain"-Southern Gospel.

Down Another Road: Judy's guest is Shelia Kay Adams from Madison County. They talk about the writing process.  Music: "Hangin' by a Thread"" by the Clover.

Closing song: "Under the Double Eagle"" by Lee Moore.

Listen to the podcast of Stories of Mountain Folk HERE.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The History of Labor Day in America

Labor Day, held on the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883. 

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. 

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement. 

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television. 

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation's strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

This information provided by the US Department of Labor. More information, including videos, is available at

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Event: 10th Annual New River Blues Festival

September 2   10th Annual New River Blues Festival   A day devoted to world-class blues. The setting is wonderfully scenic with a glorious mountain meadow on the edge of the lively river..Dancing in the green grass to the music of living legends. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas ( held rain or shine). Food, mixed and soft drinks, beer and wine are available for purchase. Gates open at noon with tickets available for $18. Get a link for details about the Blues Festival on the Jefferson NC Visitor Guide.

This year's legendary Blues Artists include:

JOHN DEE HOLEMAN - Patriarch of Piedmont Blues, Holeman began playing Piedmont blues in the mid-1930's and holds the preeminent position of keeper-of-the-flame. Mr. Holeman's spellbinding talents as a guitarist, singer and buck dancer have taken him far from the dusty roads of Orange County, North Carolina to European stages, the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall.

CHICK WILLIS - Willis' life is one that has been steeped in the flavors of true Southern blues.From rural Georgia,he got his start with his cousin, the legendary Chuck Willis (King of The Stroll). He recorded his first record in 1956. Chick went on to tour and record with Guitar Slim, Elmore James, Ray Charles and many other luminaries.

MAC ARNOLD - Arnold's long and illustrious blues journey began in rural South Carolina in the 1930's when he fashioned a guitar out of a gas can. Early on he teamed up with a young James Brown. In 1966 he began his stint as bass player in the monumental Muddy Waters band. During this time Mac played with the who's who of blues.

SANDRA HALL - This dazzling singer and phenomenal performer, Empress of The Blues has been the featured artist at many of the world's premier venues including the Montreaux Jazz Festival. She has performed in the capitals of Europe --London, Paris, Rome--and in numerous countries (even Russia!) always to wild acclaim.

THE KING BEES - Celebrating their 25th year of stingin' and swingin',The King Bees have traveled over this country and many others with their rootsy, rollicking sound. They have performed on European festival stages, in Mississippi juke joints and several times at the prestigious Lincoln Center.

The Blues Festival is held at the River House Inn in Grassy Creek, just north of Jefferson NC. River House is a restored Bed and Breakfast nestled on 140 acres including 1 mile of riverfront. The onsite
restaurant offers exquisite regional cuisine, an international wine list, and a full-service bar with all ABC permits.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Event: Asheville's LAAFF

September 1-2      LAAFF  (Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival)   Once a year Lexington Ave in downtown Asheville is shut down for this all day, all local, all original street fair that has grown to be the largest independent street fest in the southeast.

The Pre-LAAFF-A-Thon Pub Crawl is Saturday from 5 PM  - 2 AM. Tickets are available at the event for $25 and you must be 21 or over to purchase.

On Sunday LAAFF is a jam-packed day is filled with wild street performers, unique artwork, a wide variety of music and just about everyone who wants to have some fun and celebrate in the streets of Asheville.

LAAFF is a program of the arts non-profit organization, Arts 2 People. Proceeds from the fun day of creative expression will support  many projects local arts programs. . Arts 2 People is devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of the culture by serving the entire community through arts outreach, bringing the arts to those in need, supporting the careers of artists, and through community cultural development.

Get a link for LAAFF and other Asheville Labor Day Weekend Events on the Asheville NC Visitor Guide