March 2017
IN THIS ISSUE
Greening Up the Mountains
Plan Ahead for a Season of Real-Deal Experiences
David Holt's State of Music Season 2 Premieres
Visit Pioneer Day at Mountain Gateway Museum
Greening Up the Mountains
It happens every year. When spring finally makes its way into the North Carolina mountains and foothills, you can actually see its progress as the greening of the trees slowly crawls its way up to the higher elevations.
 
It's that special time when the dogwoods peep through the forest in bright whites and pinks, the creeks gurgle with snow-melted waters, and the people come outdoors to play. Here are some early spring opportunities for you to come and experience this Southern Appalachian phenomenon.
 
  • Greening Up the Mountains spring festival, April 22. Downtown Sylva. 10 am to 4 pm. Three full music stages featuring Jackson County bands, children’s performances, heritage dance and more. 
  • Old Time Plowing and Folkways. April 8. Opening Day at the Cradle of Forestry celebrates Appalachian heritage during the days of the Biltmore Forest School as well as early springtime in Pisgah National Forest.        9 am-5 pm. 
  • Annual Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival welcomes a new growing season with wine, craft beer, food and live music in downtown Mount Airy, May 6 from noon to 6 pm.
  • "Roots in the Guild: 9 Women Artists Today,” Southern Highland Craft Guild, Folk Art Center, Asheville. April 15, 1-3 pm. Nine female makers, early members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, will be hosting an opening reception for their ongoing exhibition in the Folk Art Center's focus gallery.
  • Gadugi Earth Day, April 21 from 10 am to 5 pm, Acquoni Expo Center, Cherokee. Celebrate Earth Day in  Cherokee tradition with Earth-friendly experiences and learning opportunities for the whole family
Plan Ahead for a Season of Real-Deal Experiences
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The mountains and foothills of Western North Carolina offer many "real-deal" experiences for families, outdoor enthusiasts, music afficianados, beer-lovers and foodies, crafty folks, and heritage tourists. 
 
The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area's (BRNHA) Festival and Events listings will give you a sampling of most of the major happenings in the region. And visit BlueRidgeMusicNC.com or BlueRidgeHeritageTrail.com for music and heritage stories throughout the region. The main BRNHA website is a treasure trove of background information on hundreds of natural and cultural sites that together comprise an area so unique and important to the history of the United States and North Carolina that it has held the Congressional designation of National Heritage Area since 2003. 
 
Whether you're after white water adventure, hiking, biking, traditional mountain music by renowned artists and up-and-coming young ones, amazing craft beers and local award-winning wines, fresh culinary experiences, scenic views, the two most visited National Parks in America, even America's largest home--it's all here. 
 
Download brochures for BRNHA, the Blue Ridge Music Trails and Blue Ridge Heritage Trail wayside interpretive exhibits and other travel resources. At BlueRidgeHeritage.com you'll also find links to almost a hundred museums in our region, Cherokee history and links to Cherokee attractions, national and state parks, and much, much more. 
David Holt's State of Music Season 2 Premieres
The new season of David Holt’s State of Music premieres on UNC-TV’s NC Channel on Saturday, April 8, at 9 pm and airs in that time slot for 8 weeks. Also, a 30-minute episode from Season 1 will air just afterward in the 9:30 pm slot for the first three weeks of the Season 2 run. Season 2 will then air on UNC-TV’s main channel in early summer.
 
Season 2 of "David Holt's State of Music" showcases top acoustic performers of traditional music filmed on location in the Southern mountains. Featured artists include the Steep Canyon Rangers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Kruger Brothers, Mipso, Laurelyn Dossett, Dom Flemons, Amythyst Kiah, Rayna Gellert, Alice Gerrard, and the St. John AME Zion Unity Choir. The season finale, recorded live onstage, features Rhiannon Giddens, Dirk Powell, Jason Sypher, Balsam Range, Josh Goforth, and The Branchettes. Musical styles include traditional ballad singing, blues, old-time string band, African-American gospel, bluegrass, three-fingered banjo, slide guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, mouth bow and even stump fiddle.
 
"David Holt's State of Music" is produced by the Will & Deni McIntyre Foundation and presented by UNC Center for Public TV. It was supported by a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Learn more at davidholttv.org.
Visit Pioneer Day at Mountain Gateway Museum
 
A visit to the Annual Pioneer Day, on Saturday, April 29, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort will take you back in time. The event is free and open to the public.
 
View Revolutionary War and Civil War re-enactors, and demonstrations of blacksmithing, gun making, and domestic skills such as making apple butter, spinning, weaving, and woodcarving. Enjoy live traditional mountain music in the amphitheater. Pony rides will be available for children, and wagon rides for the whole family.
 
The Mountain Gateway Museum is a NC State Museum located near what once was the westernmost frontier of North Carolina. In addition to exhibits that tell part of the story of the settlement of the NC mountains, the grounds also feature two authentic cabins that have been relocated there, and an amphitheater. 
 
Old Fort also hosts a railroad exhibit in the renovated depot, and numerous murals decorate the buildings in town. Nearby is a replica of Davidson's Fort that before the Revolutionary War served to protect early settlers on the far frontier of North Carolina. Click here for more information about Old Fort.
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