April 2017 Events

March thru May

  • Shelter on the Mountain: Barns and Building Traditions of the Southern HighlandsRural Heritage Museum at Mars Hill University. Overview of the unique built environment of the peoples of the Southern Appalachians. Open daily except Mondays, 11 am - 5 pm.

March 27 through May 6

  • "Mentors and Heroes" Photography Exhibit by David HoltLocated in the N.C. Dept. of Natural & Cultural Resources Western Office, 175 Riceville Road, Asheville.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.

April 5, 2018

April 7

  • The Black Mountain Center for the Arts: Artist Julia C. Burr opening reception on April 7 at 6:00 pm.  The show runs through May 12 and is free to the public Monday through Friday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.  Location is 225 W. State Street in Black Mountain.
  • Opening Day Old Time Plowing & Folkway at the Cradle of Forestry, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Celebrate Appalachian heritage during the days of the Biltmore Forest School as well as early springtime in Pisgah National Forest.  

April 8

  • Old Time Plowing and Folkways. 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. $5 for ages 16 and older, free for youth and passholders.
  • "A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories", hosted by Connie Regan-Blake and featuring her "Taking the Stage" storytelling workshop participants.  7:30 pm at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Admission: $10 advance; $15 at the door. 

April 10

  • Empty Bowls Fundraiser, Sparta United Methodist Church, Sparta. 8th annual event for Solid Rock Food Closet for hunger relief.

April 13, 2018

  • The Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, John C. Campbell Folk School, Community Room, Keith House, 7:00 pm.  Founded in the fall of 1999 to give Berea College students with background or potential in bluegrass music an opportunity to play in a "working" bluegrass band with weekly rehearsals, performances, travel, etc. Members are selected by audition, and typically remain with the group until they graduate from Berea College.  Donations are appreciated.

April 14, 2018

  • Cherokee Heritage Day: Kuwoni (Flower Moon), at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.  Family-friendly fun day of free cultural activities including traditional dancing, storytelling, cultural arts demonstrations, genealogy workshops, hands-on craft workshops and more. Traditional food is available on-site, weather permitting.  The Cherokee Friends offer workshops on traditional dancing and cultural arts demonstrations including wampum belt making, moccasin making, stickball stick making, wood carving, fire making, and more. Hands-on workshops are taught by members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and often include making a clay medallion or a traditional Cherokee pot stamped with wooden paddles carved with designs. Every month includes activities related to that month’s theme.  Activities are sponsored by the Museum, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Regular prices apply to food and to admission to Museum exhibits. 

April 15

  • Legacy Motown Review, Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville. 7 pm. The Legacy takes you back to the days of The Drifters, Coasters, Temptations, 4 Tops, Jackson 5 and many more legendary icons. Adults $30; Students $20.
  • "Roots in the Guild: 9 Women Artists Today,” Southern Highland Craft Guild, Folk Art Center, Asheville.  1-3 pm, Nine female makers of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be hosting an opening reception for their ongoing exhibition in theFolk Art Center's focus gallery. The reception is free and open to the public. Each of the members will share work,as well as discuss the influence of Guild membership in their creative journeys.

April 22

  • Apple Country Cider Jam, 201 South Main St., Hendersonville. 1 - 6 pm. This ticketed event is a chance to taste the different hard cideries from across North Carolina that use apples grown in Henderson County. Balsam Range will be the headliner of the musical entertainment. 800-828-4244.
  • Greening Up the Mountains spring festival, Downtown Sylva. 10 am to 4 pm. Three full music stages featuring Jackson County bands, children’s performances, heritage dance and more. 

April 29

  • International Migratory Bird Day Celebration, Cradle of Forestry, 10 am-4 pm. $5 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. The spring forests and fields are alive with song as migratory birds arrive from their tropical winter homes to summer habitats in our mountains. 
  • Artrageous: An Interactive Art & Music Experience, John W. Bardo Fine Arts Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, 7:30 pm. Giant artworks jump to life with amazing speed unveiling larger than life art in just moments. Enjoy a continued interaction with the performers as they leave the theatre. 
  • Tour de Cashiers bicycle ride through Jackson, Macon and Transylvania Counties.
  • Annual Pioneer Day, Mountain Gateway Museum, Old Fort. 10 am until 5 pm. Free. View Revolutionary War and Civil War re-enactors, demonstrations, live traditional mountain music. 

April 30

  • Tales from the Front Porch: British, Greek, Jewish, and African-American traditions from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Folk Art Center, Asheville, 2 pm.  Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Local tellers will share stories from the cultural traditions of our mountains.



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