Archive for March, 2013

Go “Wild” on Your Family Spring Break at Chimney Rock April 1-5

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Get in touch with your wild side by escaping to this family-friendly vacation spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll have a chance to explore a variety of outdoor adventures at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, from scenic hiking to free family nature programs with live critters on April 1-5. See spring’s first wildflowers blooming, enjoy an ice cream cone on the Sky Lounge patio and savor the stunning 75-mile views from the Chimney overlooking Lake Lure. Programs are no additional cost with paid Park admission, which is $12 adult, $6 youth (ages 5-15) and free for kids under 5.

Wild Critter Nature Programs.  Wondering what the wild critters that roam our forests are up to these first few weeks of spring? They’re certainly not on “break!” Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends daily at 2-2:30 p.m. on April 1-5 to discover what they’re doing to get ready for a busy season.  The 30-minute nature programs on wildlife are great for kids and families. Meet a Park naturalist at the new Outdoor Classroom by the pavilion at 2pm. In case of rain, programs will be moved indoors to the Classroom on the Meadows.

Afterward, meet more of Grady’s friends at the Animal Discovery Den on the Meadows. Then take a stroll along the Great Woodland Adventure trail to learn more about these interesting critters at 13 interactive discovery stations.

What’s Blooming Now. Chimney Rock typically features an abundance of spectacular wildflowers in spring and fall with more than 550 species of vascular plants. Currently in bloom are the cut-leaf toothwort, bloodroot and Little Sweet Betsy Trillium at lower elevations in the Park.  Phacelia, violets, redbud, spicebush and more trillium often appear in early April. Typical flowering trees and shrubs include magnolias, black locust, dogwood, and later in April, Carolina rhododendron. For more details on guided wildflower walks and the latest report on what’s blooming, visit chimneyrockpark.com or Chimney Rock’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChimneyRockParkNC.

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has been one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. Beyond its stunning 75-mile views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge, Chimney Rock offers scenic hiking, rock climbing, animal habitats and educational events year-round. The Park’s 404-foot waterfall was featured in The Last of the Mohicans’ final 17 minutes.  Chimney Rock is located only 40 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.

Tailgate Tents Going Up: Area Farmers Markets Open Outdoors this April

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Yes, it is spring. One way to know for sure, even with the confusing cold and snow? Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the harvest season. At spring tailgates, expect fresh greens, spring onions and asparagus; meats, cheeses, baked goods, value-added farm items like preserves, and a wide selection of plant starts. Produce offerings will differ from market to market based on the location of vendor farms—microclimates vary greatly in the region. Last winter was also much warmer, so early April markets won’t have the exact same offerings as they did in 2012.

Find a list of spring tailgate opening days below. Markets listed are all members of the Mountain Tailgate Market Association (MTMA), a collaborative group of farmer- and vendor-only area markets. For a complete list of the 90+ tailgates in the region, including their season start dates (a new feature for 2013!), visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2013 print guide hits stands in late April.

MTMA Opening Dates

Asheville City Market: April 6, Saturdays

8 am-1 pm

Asheville City Market South: April 3, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Bakersville Farmers Market: May 25, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 4, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 17, Fridays 3-6 pm

Flat Rock Tailgate Market: May 2, Thursdays 3-6 pm

French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: April 3, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 20, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Henderson County Tailgate Market: early spring TBA, Saturdays 7 am-12 pm

Historic Marion Tailgate Market: May 14, Tuesdays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

Leicester Farmers Market: March 30, Saturdays 9 am-2 pm

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: April 6, Saturdays 9 am-1 pm

Mills River Farmers Market: May 4, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Montford Farmers Market: May 1, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 13, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Oakley Farmers Market: May 9, Thursdays 3:30-6:30 pm

Spruce Pine Farmers Market: May 1, Wednesdays 2-5 pm

Transylvania Tailgate Market: April 20, Saturdays 8 am-12:30 pm

Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 15, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 10, Wednesdays 2:30-6:30 pm

West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 9, Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 pm

Yancey County Farmers Market: April 20, Saturdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Tedeschi Trucks Band Performs Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on May 2

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Grammy winning 11-member blues-rock group led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, have proven to be one of the hottest, most uplifting acts on the road today. The band, currently touring while also working on its next album, have recently announced its Asheville debut at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on May 2 – the band’s first trip to the area since they headlined Merlefest last year.

Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.com or in person at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium box office: Reserved $39, $49 and $75. $1 of each ticket will benefit MANNA FoodBank.

For Trucks and Tedeschi, this will be an opportunity to showcase the full force of TTB — as their fans know them — to a community they have long ties with.  Both have performed in Asheville several times over the years with their respective solo bands – from early years when a teenaged Trucks played small local venues, to Bele Chere performances in 2005, and multiple appearances at Christmas Jam to support friend, and Trucks’ Allman Brothers Bandmate, Warren Haynes. The band’s management is also located in town.

Though Tedeschi Trucks Band has not played live in Asheville before, the band’s music has been popular with the local community with both of its albums placing highly on the WNCW Top 100 list (Revelator #6 and Everybody’s Talkin’ #11). Fans will also get to enjoy local musician Jeff Sipe, whose trio will open the show. Sipe is a longtime musical friend to both Tedeschi and Trucks.

The upcoming show is a chance for the band to help raise awareness about the issue of hunger that affects Western North Carolina. TTB is working with local organization FATE (Funding America Through Entertainment) and Oskar Blues Brewery (Brevard, NC and Colorado) to support MANNA FoodBank.

“We have long loved Asheville and been supported by the wonderful community here. With close friends and members of the TTB family living here, we wanted to do something to give back to the area,” says Tedeschi. “When you realize that just $1 can provide three meals for someone, you understand how even a small gesture can make a big difference” she adds.

In addition to the band’s donation of $1 for every ticket sold to MANNA, Oskar Blues Brewery will donate $2,000 to MANNA FoodBank. Fans are also encouraged to participate by bringingnon-perishable food items to be collected at the venue on show day. “Oskar Blues is thrilled to help eradicate food scarcity in our new home in Western North Carolina,” says Anne-Fitten Glenn, Oskar Blues Brewery spokesperson. Doing so by partnering with Tedeschi Trucks Band and our friend Jeff Sipe is a bonus.”

Formed in 2010 when Derek (currently #16 on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time) and Susan (a six-time Grammy nominee, including a 2000 nod for Best New Artist) decided to set aside their successful solo careers and join forces, Tedeschi Trucks Band has since been touring the globe – and accruing fans and accolades in the process. Fronted by Trucks’ signature slide-guitar sound and Tedeschi’s pliant, honey-to-husk voice, the band delivers a roots-rich blend of blues, soul, jazz, rock, and world music. Their dynamic energy on stage, and overflowing musical talent, have helped Tedeschi Trucks Band reach pinnacles of accomplishment that most bands spend a career trying to reach.

In February 2012, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s debut album Revelator — praised as a “4-star masterpiece” by Rolling Stone — won the Grammy for Best Blues Album of the Year, while Trucks himself, was also honored with a lifetime Grammy for his longstanding membership in The Allman Brothers Band. TTB also dominated the 2012 Blues Music Awards with 4 trophies including Album of the Year, Band of the Year, Gibson Guitar Award (Derek) and Contemporary Blues Female Artist (Susan).

 

2012 also saw Trucks and Tedeschi honored with invitations to perform at the White House for a PBS special, joining Mick Jagger, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy to celebrate the blues — at the Apollo Theater, joining Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and a host of blues guitar heavyweights in an all-star tribute to bluesman Hubert Sumlin — at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where Trucks helped to posthumously induct blues legend Freddie King — and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, joining Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder and others to celebrate the first annual International Jazz Day.

A favorite band at many festivals, Tedeschi Trucks Band was invited to headline at Merlefest 2012 – and was well-received by fans for their show-stopping performance and sit ins with Sam Bush and the Wayback’s Hillside Album hour.  Just two weeks later they released their first live album Everybody’s Talkin’ – a double CD set of originals and vibrant covers that showcased the band’s dynamic energy on stage. TTB toured on the album’s release throughout the US and Canada for the balance of 2012, including a run of dates with B.B. King that brought the band to Red Rocks and the Hollywood Bowl for the first time, a headlining spot at Newport Jazz Festival and an outstanding three-night run at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. 2013 kicked off with the band in the studio, working on their next album that is slated for release this fall.

“(TTB is)…a traditionalist’s dream come true: a traveling gang of superb, seasoned players who animate classic blues and rock material and their own strong compositions with energy, sensitivity and onstage camaraderie. If you love rock and electric blues, you just might leave the theater with your faith in live music renewed.”   – NEWARK STAR LEDGER

Sensational Celtic Band Performs April 25 at Diana Wortham Theatre

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Known for its intense drive and top-notch technical skill, Comas performs at Diana Wortham Theatre on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 8:00p.m. With a name meaning “power” in Gaelic and a sound influenced by its members’ diverse musical backgrounds, the band forges a unique blend of traditional Irish music and lively original compositions. Eleanor Robinson of the Celtic Roots Festival attests, “There are many great musicians and then there are Masters of their instrument. Comas are Masters.” Comas’s performance at Diana Wortham Theatre is presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College.

Hailed by The Irish Post as “one of Europe’s most sensational Celtic bands,” Comas’s four members come from diverse cultural backgrounds (Ireland, Brittany, United States, and Belgium), some of the most exciting musicians of their generation and each having toured individually before coming together in 2003. Within months of Comas’ formation, the group was playing major festivals across Europe. Irish writer and singer Tom Acton describes Comas as “a band firmly rooted in Irish music, but with enough space to allow in original compositions. [Being] Open to new influences but with a respectful eye on the past is what brings Comas to the forefront of what traditional music is about today.”

Comas’s Asheville performance is presented in partnership with The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and is made possible by Celtic Series Sponsors Don & Nancy Ackermann Cole, with additional support from Media Sponsor WNCW 88.7FM.

The Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place is located in the same complex as the Asheville Art Museum and the Colburn Earth Science Museum and is within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The intimate theatre seats just over 500 and boasts exceptional acoustics and sightlines, making it the premier performance space in all of Western North Carolina. The Mainstage Series is supported by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency. The Mainstage Series 2012/2013 Season Sponsors are the Asheville Citizen-Times, Creative Energy, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet-to-go, the North Carolina Arts Council, and Asheville Renaissance Hotel. To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

Return of Dillsboro Train Would Mean $26 Million for Local Economy

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – An economic impact study conducted by professors in Western Carolina University’s College of Business estimates that the return of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to the town of Dillsboro would inject nearly $26 million annually into the local economy.

The study also estimates that the resumption of steam-engine train service in and out of Dillsboro would create or maintain about 314 jobs and generate more than $4 million in local, state and federal tax revenue.

Results of the economic impact report were shared with the Jackson County Board of Commissioners by Betty Famer, WCU professor of communication and special assistant to the chancellor for university partnerships with Dillsboro, during a work session Monday, March 18.

The study was conducted by Inhyuck “Steve” Ha, associate professor of economics and director of WCU’s master’s degree program in business administration, and Sandra Grunwell, associate professor and director of the program in hospitality and tourism management.

Jackson County commissioners are considering whether to approve a loan of $700,000 to help the operators of the railroad company construct a turntable and spur, reopen its depot in Dillsboro, and to once again originate steam-engine service from the town. During its heyday, the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad attracted about 60,000 visitors annually to Dillsboro before its operations in the town were shut down in 2008.

The board will hold a public hearing during its next scheduled meeting April 1, and is expected to vote on the proposal following the hearing.

In addition to the estimated economic impact resulting from the resumption of the scenic railway service, construction of the turntable and a spur track also would have an extra one-time economic impact of more than $1 million, and create or maintain about 11 jobs, the study found.

The study examining the economic impact of the return of the train to Dillsboro is part of an ongoing Dillsboro/WCU partnership, a university-wide effort designed to match WCU expertise and resources with Dillsboro’s challenges and opportunities. Initiated in 2009 at the request of Dillsboro leaders seeking assistance in difficult economic times, the project involves dozens of WCU faculty and staff and hundreds of students across numerous disciplines.

“We are glad to continue to share faculty, staff and student expertise with our neighbors in Dillsboro and across Western North Carolina,” Farmer said. “Initiatives such as the ongoing WCU partnership with Dillsboro are an integral part of the university’s core mission as a regionally engaged institution of higher education. Building partnerships for economic and community development is part of the university’s strategic plan.”

For more information about the economic impact study or WCU’s partnership with Dillboro, contact Betty Farmer at 828-227-3804 or [email protected].

 

You Spot it, We Fix it: City Launches Asheville App

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The City of Asheville is excited to announce the launch of the Asheville App, an easy-to-use online tool that allows users to notify the city about issues like water line leaks, potholes, or illegal dumping that need the city’s attention via smart phone or computer, then track the results.

“This is the kind of technology that really enhances connectivity in the city,” says Project Manager Eric LaRue. “We are always exploring ways to make it easy and efficient for people to interact with city government.”

Here’s how it works: Asheville App users who spot a problem submit a service request atwww.ashevillenc.gov/ashevilleapp or on their smart phone using the downloadable app. Users can submit their location and even a picture of the problem spot. The Asheville App then sends the service request to the relevant city department personnel so they can quickly resolve the issue. A tracking tool allows users to monitor progress on the repair, and City employees can even communicate directly with users if they need further information. The app notifies the resident when the repair request has been completed.

The City of Asheville strives to provide excellent service in a timely and efficient manner, and the Asheville App will play an important role in fulfilling that goal.

“The ease of use of the Asheville App will not only give people more ways to relay information to us, it will also streamline our ability to respond to customer service needs,” says Customer Services Division Superintendent Florie Presnell.

The City of Asheville enlisted the services of PublicStuff (www.publicstuff.com), an innovative CRM software company, to create the app and digital communications solution. “We are excited to add Asheville to the PublicStuff family” Founder and CEO of PublicStuff Lily Liu said. “Asheville is a city with a rich cultural heritage and PublicStuff aims to work to provide an easy way for residents to stay in touch with their local government.”

The Asheville App can be found and downloaded at www.ashevillenc.gov/ashevilleapp.

Biltmore Blooms: Springtime Celebration

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – From March 21 through May, Biltmore Blooms promises varying degrees of gorgeous as the estate awakes from winter with a steady progression of floral color and a succession of blooms. Starting on the first day of spring, Biltmore celebrates the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted and his final project – George Vanderbilt’s magnificent Biltmore gardens.

This festival of flowers begins with the bright golden yellow of daffodils and forsythia in the gardens, coinciding with an opulent display of potted tropical plants and lavish flowers inside Biltmore House. The season continues with a massive tulip bloom across the estate, multi-colored azaleas, rhododendron and roses in the Historic Rose Garden.

Something new
As an added treat, a new guest experience will be introduced inside Biltmore House. Visitors will be able to step into the Winter Garden, normally roped off, to enjoy a display of exotic orchids, just as George and Edith Vanderbilt’s guests might have. Some of the plants will be the same species plants that were planned for the Biltmore Conservatory in 1894.

The Winter Garden’s existing tropical foliage will be enhanced, creating a lush green background. Unusual and beautiful orchid specimens will be displayed on tiered plant stands, in urns and on pedestals with fine leafed ferns and other foliage.

“Orchids will typically experience their peak bloom during this time frame, so we wanted to give our guests a chance to see these unusual and colorful blooms in the same way the Vanderbilts enjoyed them – in the Winter Garden,” said Cathy Barnhardt, Biltmore’s Floral Displays Manager.

Floral displays throughout the House will repeat the rich jewel tones found in the orchids. Foliage will be showcased in glass domed cloches and reproduction Wardian Cases, which look like miniature greenhouses. The Winter Garden will close to guest traffic on April 7.

Designer and expert presentations
Guests can see how green their thumbs can be as Biltmore’s gardening experts lend tips, tricks and techniques. Weekend “Ask a Gardener” stations in the Walled Garden allow guests to talk with Biltmore’s horticulture experts. Daily seminars will be held in A Gardener’s Place at the Conservatory on the following topics: Smell-Good Plants, 1 p.m.; Terrariums: Gardening Under Glass, 2 p.m.; and Organic Fertilizing, 3 p.m.

Entertainment
Live music will be offered daily in the Conservatory and Biltmore House. Weekends will feature bands in Antler Hill Village starting on April 1.

The Winery will offer daily tastings of its Biltmore Spring Seasonal Wine (a rose? of Pinot Grigio) and wine seminars. An exhibition, “The Vanderbilts At Home and Abroad,” featuring rarely seen objects in the Vanderbilt collection continues in the Biltmore Legacy Building in Antler Hill Village. Spring is the perfect time to take advantage of Biltmore’s mountain surroundings with outdoor activities such as sport clay shooting, Segway tours, horseback riding, carriage rides, fly-fishing, biking, float trips along the French Broad River and the Land Rover Driving Experience.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The estate’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Easter Sunday, March 31, on the front lawn of Biltmore House. Enjoy children’s music and stories, magic shows, games and take photos with the Easter Rabbit. Hunts begin at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Registration begins two hours before each hunt, and closes 15 minutes before each hunt.

Spring savings

From March 21 through May, youth estate admission is half the price of adult admission. Purchase estate admission tickets seven days in advance of your visit and receive $15 off; $10 off if purchased one to six days in advance. In addition to Biltmore House and gardens, estate admission includes entry to the Winery, Antler Hill Village, Antler Hill Farm and Barnyard, specialty gift shops and restaurants. The four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate is offering special pricing, including mid-week rates starting at $179.

About Biltmore

Located in Asheville, N.C., Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore includes Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; and Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.

April in Asheville Fundraising Gala April 4

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech Culinary Arts graduate and the “2012 Best Young Chef in the World” Daniel Gorman will showcase his culinary skills during the College’s third annual fundraising gala. April in Asheville will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 4 at the Brumit Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality at the College’s Asheville campus.

This year’s event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Community College System and the many milestones of A-B Tech.  A variety of interactive food stations, created by the nationally-recognized Culinary Arts and Hospitality Department, will provide guests with an opportunity to taste the talents of and speak with Culinary, Baking and Pastry Arts, Hospitality Management and other A-B Tech students.

Proceeds from the event go to the A-B Tech Foundation’s scholarship programs and the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Department. A silent auction featuring the skills and talents of A-B Tech students, faculty, staff, graduates and supporters of the College will be included.

Tickets are $125 per person for the general public and $100 per person for all A-B Tech employees, retirees, students and alumni. Tickets are also available for the event plus a pre-event President’s Reception for $150 per person.  For more information or tickets, call 398-7567 or email [email protected].

“Get Your Book Published” Workshop April 7 at UNC Asheville

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The Great Smokies Writing Program presents a two-hour workshop, “Get Your Book Published: Which way to go and how to get there,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7 in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum.

Cynn Chadwick, author of five published books including the “Cat Rising” series, and lecturer in creative writing at UNC Asheville, will lead the workshop. She will share experiences in bringing her works to the market, both through traditional and self-publishing channels.

A tax-deductible donation at the door of $25 to the Great Smokies Writing Program is suggested. To reserve a spot or make an inquiry, send your name, email address, phone number, and topic of interest or question to Marie Hefley, managing editor of the Great Smokies Review, at [email protected].

Asheville’s Shindig on the Green and Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The Folk Heritage Committee announces the summer 2013 dates for two celebrated mountain traditions in Asheville, North Carolina: 47th Annual Shindig on the Green and the 86th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Both events feature long-standing as well as the newest generation of traditional and mountain string bands, ballad singers, and big circle mountain dancers and cloggers, resulting in fun-filled and authentic evenings enjoyed by kith and kin of all ages.

The 47th Shindig on the Green, a free event in the heart of downtown Asheville, with a stage show and informal jam sessions, takes place on Saturday evenings. Kicking off on June 29th this year, Shindig on the Green will be held on June 29; July 6, 13, 20; and August 10, 17, 24, and 31. Shindig returns again to the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green. The stage show takes place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Locals and visitors alike gather “along about sundown,” or at seven o’clock for those who wear a watch, for Shindig on the Green. Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1966, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.

The 86th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk and Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville, takes place at 7:00p.m. nightly, Thursday through Saturday, August 1, 2 and 3, 2013. The sister event to Shindig on the Green, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928. The nation’s longest running folk festival, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival showcases the best of the region’s mountain musicians and dancers during its three evenings of indoor performances.

The non-profit, all-volunteer Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to preserve and present the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains to audiences from throughout the region and world, for entertainment and education, by producing the annual Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival events.

For more info about the 47th Annual Shindig on the Green or the 86th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828.258-6101 x345.