August 2016
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Mount Mitchell Celebrates Centennial
Visit the Heritage Walk at the Mountain State Fair
Wilkes Quilt Event Benefits Children, the Elderly
Labor Day Weekend is Loaded with Events!
Mount Mitchell Celebrates Centennial
North Carolina State Parks is hosting a signature Centennial Celebration Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28 at Mount Mitchell State Park, located on the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. 
 
The event will include music, mountain crafts, storytelling, history, and environmental and recreational activities. The park will have limited access for private vehicles during the Saturday event, but there will be free shuttles from Asheville, Black Mountain, Marion, and Burnsville. Read more and reserve your free shuttle seat
 
Mount Mitchell opened as the first state park in March 1916, and it will more than double in size this year with the addition of  2,744 acres purchased by the Conservancy Fund.
 
Photo by Jerry Nelson.
Visit the Heritage Walk at the Mountain State Fair
 The North Carolina Mountain State Fair, September 9-18, 2016 at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher, celebrates the people, agriculture, art and traditions of our region. In addition to the customary exhibits, contests and rides, the Heritage Walk, located in the Virginia Boone building and adjacent area at gate 5, gives visitors the opportunity to see craft artisans demonstrating many of the living traditions of the area that were necessary for the livelihood of early settlers.
 
The Heritage Walk brings together a collection of working crafters who, dressed in period clothing, will explain, demonstrate and answer questions about history and the importance of their craft to the daily lives of the early settlers in Western North Carolina. Most will have items for sale.
 
Hand crafted wares, often made on site, include brooms, baskets, pottery, artwork, dolls, handspun yarn, weavings, jewelry, wood carving, items from the blacksmith, and braided rugs are a few of the items available. New to the area this year will be open fire cooking, a chuck wagon, a flint napper, a fleece to shawl demonstration, a salt maker, a mountain still, a gold miner, a weaver weaving handspun yarn into Linsey Woolsey fabric, pine needle baskets and numerous other crafts.
Wilkes Quilt Event Benefits Children, the Elderly
Quilters and those who appreciate this traditional craft won’t want to miss the annual Wilkes County Quilters "Quilts Warm the World" quilt show on Sept. 9-10 at the Stone Center, 613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro, NC. 
 
Quilts created by 75 guild members will be on display and up for judging. There will be daily door prize drawings by vendors (must be present to win), and a big Grand Prize Drawing (valued at $1000)--a computerized Janome sewing machine, carrying case and 175 fat quarters.  Additional tickets for the Grand Prize drawing will be given for each $10 spent at vendor booths and the guild's boutique.  (Need not be present to win). In addition, raffle tickets will be available to win a blue and white Churn Dash queen size quilt. The raffle quilt winner is chosen in December at the guild's annual Christmas party.
 
This quilt show is the guild’s one fundraiser a year. Admission is $4, and children under 12 are free. Admission includes one raffle ticket and one grand prize ticket. The proceeds are used to buy fabric to make quilts for babies in the hospital, veterans, area nursing homes, and the Ebenezer House children's home.
 
Pictured here is last year’s first place winner, Brenda Willis (on right) with Ally Johnson of Gloria Sews Quilt Shop who quilted the piece for her.

Labor Day Weekend is Loaded with Events!
Labor Day Weekend in the North Carolina mountains and foothills is loaded with events that kick off the fantastic fall season. Here are just a few highlights:
 
Smoky Mountain Folk Festival at Lake Junaluska
The 46th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, September 2-3, 2016 at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center, will offer two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region. Both nights will include a rich variety of the region's finest fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dance teams as well as the marvelous sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws, and folk ensembles. Learn more at  Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC.
 
NC Apple Festival, Hendersonville
The 69th Annual North Carolina Apple Festival, September 2-5, features a street fair in honor of North Carolina Apples. You’ll find continuous live musical entertainment, arts and crafts, apple growers selling apple products, and more on Historic Main Street, and on Labor Day, enjoy the King Apple Parade.
 
Happy Valley Fiddlers' Convention, Jones Farm near Lenoir
On Labor Day weekend each year visitors pay homage to the legends and stories of the Yadkin River Valley at the Historic  Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, an annual music festival that highlights traditional old-time and bluegrass music and rural traditions. Learn more at BlueRidgeMusicNC.com.
 
110th Labor Day Festival, Canton
The 110th Canton Labor Day Festival is the oldest celebration of its kind in the south. Festivities will be held at Sorrells Street Park in downtown Canton on September 4-5. These two days include FREE music featuring fifteen bands from across the region. Food trucks, a Buy Haywood farmers market, Papertown Kids Village, car show, gospel show, parade, and handmade craft expo will round out the festival.
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