May 2018 Events

May 4, 2018

  • The Moon and You, John  C. Campbell Folk School, Community Room, Keith House, 7:00-8:00 pm. This soul band is based in Asheville, NC that tours the Eastern US and Western Europe.  Donations are appreciated.

May 5, 2018

  • Horizon Bistro Welcomes Award-Winning Author S.E. Smith  S.E. ‘Susan’ Smith, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, will appear on stage at the Horizon Bistro, 3:00 pm. The Bistro is located at 38 S. Main Street, Sparta, NC, in the historic Smithey Building. In her inspirational talk, “From Lemons to Lemonade,” Susan brings to life her true tale of overcoming challenges and fears to become a bestselling author of science-fiction, paranormal, and romance stories with a national and international following.  Smith’s appearance in Sparta was organized by Alleghany Writers and is part of the new schedule of first Saturday performances on the Horizon Bistro stage.  770-309-3611
  • Spring Fling, Swannonoa Valley Montessori School Event Benefit, 4:00-7:00 pm, Live Music, Dancing, Food & Drinks, Raffles, Silent Auction and More! In the barn at Montreat. Advance tickets: $20/adult $10/child   Click on link for additional information and tickets.
  • World Migratory Bird Day Celebration at the Cradle of Forestry, 11250 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768, 9:00 am-4:00 pm.  Spring forests and fields are alive with song resulting from the bustle of migratory birds. Bird day celebrates their return from tropical winter homes to summer habitats in our NC mountains. Join the Cradle of Forestry in honoring this amazing annual phenomenon of nature.  Click on the link for fees and information.  828-877-3130
  • Flying Wild Workshop at the Cradle of Forestry, 9:00 am-4:30 pm, Free.  Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus.  Targeted for the middle-school audience, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history.  Project-based classroom applications, service learning and community involvement are encouraged through sections of the guide dedicated to the planning and implementation of birding festivals.
  • Bluegrass to Bach Concert Series, 7:00-9:30 pm,  Michael Jefry Stevens and Paula Hanke. Stevens is a talented & versatile pianist, composer & “Steinway Artist”". He has performed extensively in Europe, N. America & Latin America.  Hanke is an energetic, mesmerizing vocalist, who has toured worldwide. She recently self-produced “Torch Singer a Tribute to Linda Ronstadt”.  Unitarian Universalist Felowship of Hendersonville, 2021 Kanuga Road.  Tickets $15, 828-693-3157  

May 10-11, 2018

  • L.E.A.F. (Lake Eden Arts Festival) 377 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. For 23 years, each May & October an intergenerational family of 12,000 people join together upon the beautiful Lake Eden grounds to experience the power music, art and culture has to transform lives, strengthen community, and foster unity. LEAF Festival takes place on the site of the old Historic Black Mountain College with a stunning array of rolling hills, lakes, streams, and mountain beauty on hundreds of acres of comfortable camping grounds. For schedule lineup & tickets: 828-686-8742 Advance tickets required.

May 11, 2018

  • Lee Knight at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Community Room, Keith House, 7:00 pm. He was introduced to traditional Southern Appalachian music while attending Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. He performs in community concerts, schools, camps, elderhostels and libraries around the country accompanying himself on dulcimer, guitar and banjo.  Donations are appreciated.
  • Outdoor Movie Night Featuring: The Incredibles.  Free Event.  Food Vendors on Site. Fun and games will begin at 7pm.  Movie will begin at Dusk at Lake Tomahawk Park. Rain location: Grey Eagle Arena, 17 White Pine Dr. Presented by Black Mountain Recreation & Parks.

May 11-13, 2018

  • Front Porch Theater: Love, Loss and What I Wore, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. By Nora Ephron and Deliah Ephron based on the book by Ilene Beckerman.  At Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Advance tickets $20 

May 12, 2018

  • Cherokee Heritage Day: Anisgvti (Planting 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.
  • Museum Event, "Tea with Harriett", “Tea with Harriet” Celebrates Spring and Honors a Unique WNC Woman Who: Swannanoa Valley Museum. Seatings at 2:00pm and 5:00pm, at the  Historic Whitemont Lodge, near Warren Wilson College, fundraising event in support of the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center in Black Mountain.  Tickets: $35 members/$45 nonmembers; Table discounts available.  Click on link for tickets.
  • World Bonsai Day at the North Carolina Arboretum, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Bonsai Exhibition Garden, the NC Arboretum will celebrate World Bonsai Day by fully displaying its outdoor bonsai exhibit.  Parking fee applies.  828-665-2492 or click on link for information. 

May 12-13, 2018

  • Southern Highland Craft Guild's Fiber Weekend at the Folk Art Center in Asheville.  10:00 am-4:00 pm.  This year more than two dozen Guild members and friends will be demonstrating a variety of techniques from 10am-4pm. Sunday will host the 20th and final Fiber Wearables Fashion Shows with member Liz Spear at 1pm and 3pm. This free event for the community invites visitors to get a close-up look at how fiber products are made and the stories of these makers.  There will be several activities for children of all ages. Haywood Community College will be demonstrating the dye process, with Professor and Guild member, Amy Putansu.  Lorraine Cathey will be passing on her knowledge of needle felting as a way to continue sharing fiber traditions.  Much more, click on link for additional information.  828-298-7928

May 17, 2018

  • Brasstown Ringers at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Community Room, Keith House, 7:00-8:00 pm.  Spring is bursting forth all around us in the mountains, and Brasstown Ringers has gathered some of the season's energy and vitality to create a musical Springtime Season Concert. Donations are appreciated.
  • Rhythm & Brews Concert: Tellico, 5:00-9:00 pm, the Rhythm & Brews concerts series offers a variety of music, food, beer, wine and cider from local companies, and a children’s area with games and activities. The concerts begin at 5:00 pm with the singer-songwriter showcase, followed by the Opening Act at 6:00 pm and Headliners follow at 7:00 pm.  Downtown Hendersonville, NC, Main Street between Allen & Caswell Streets.  828-233-3216

May 18, 2018

  • Whitewater Bluegrass Company Concert at Blue Ridge Community College, 7:00-9:00 pm.  The Whitewater Bluegrass Company was founded on the banks of the Nantahala River. Their special blend of BLUEGRASS, COUNTRY BALLADS, MOUNTAIN SWING and down-home humor has captivated audiences for over 30 years. The concert begins with the Jere Brittain Band performing his songs of the Mills River.  Bo Thomas Auditorium, College Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731.  Tickets $15.

May 18-20, 2018

  • Front Porch Theater: Love, Loss and What I Wore, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, by Nora Ephron and Deliah Ephron based on the book by Ilene Beckerman.  At Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Advance tickets $20  

May 19, 2018

  • David Holt and the Lightening Bolts, Montford Music & Arts Festival, Located on the main street of the Historic Montford neighborhood.  Festival begins at 10:00 AM and continues till 7:00.  Performance Time for David and the Lightning Bolts: 4:30 PM.  Click on link for additional information.
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper at Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center, 51 Cowee School Road, Franklin, NC 28734, Tickets $15 Adults; $7.50 Child.  7:00 pm, click on link for additioal information.

May 19-21, 2018

  • Asheville Fine Art Show, at WNC Ag. Center, Davis Event Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC.  $10-$13. A high-quality, juried fine art and fine craft show where all art is original and personally handmade by the artist who is present at the show. All discipline of art are for sale to the public including sculpture, painting, clay, glass, photography, jewelry, fiber, wood, mixed media and more.  Visit the Youth Art Competition booth for grades K-8 or ages 5-13. Students are encouraged to enter his/her original and personally handmade art that is publicly displayed in the art show the entire weekend. On Sunday at 3pm, a presentation with $250 in youth art awards is made.  

May 20, 2018

  • The Page Brothers Quintet at the Chapel of Rest Preservation Society, Playing the music of Django Reinhardt, 4:00 pm, Chapel of Rest – 1964 Highway 268, Lenoir, NC 28645.  Tickets $15
  • Music by the Lake: Jim Sharkey, Blue Ridge Community College, 180 W. Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC, Free, 5:00-7:00 pmThis free Sunday evening concert and features a wide range of musical and vocal groups. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and picnics to enjoy the music by the lake.  A food truck will be available on site. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the Patton Building.

May 23-June 16, 2018

May 25, 2018

  • Emily Schaad at John C. Campbell Folk School, Festival Barn, 7:00 pm. With a background in classical music and public-school music education, she first came to North Carolina to learn from well-known fiddle masters and to earn an MA in Appalachian studies. She is known for a complex and powerful fiddling style, and has taken first place in numerous stringband and fiddle contests, including the Appalachian Stringband Festival in Clifftop.  Donations are appreciated.

May 25-27, 2018

  • White Squirrel Festival, Brevard, NC.  Music, food, activities, and much more.  Click on link for information and activities schedule.

May 26, 2018

  • Art in the Park, Park Avenue, Downtown Blowing Rock, NC.  Free, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Art in the Park was created in 1962 by a handful of area artists and craftspeople to showcase local talent. Today, Art in the Park is host to 90 artisans at each show. Some of the best local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their handcrafted jewelry, pottery, fiber, glass, photography, painting and more.  Free parking downtown on the street and in the parking decks on Wallingford St. and at BRAHM.  Free trolley to and from parking areas at Tanger Outlets and Food Lion, all day, looping every 20 minutes.  828-295-7851 

May 26-28, 2018

  • MineFest at Emerald Village, Little Switzerland, NC.  Celebrate the gem and mineral heritage of the mountains in the spectacular home of 12 historic mines! Soggy Bottom Farms will be serving delicious Hot Dogs & Barbeque. Gem mining, mine tours, gold panning and mineral collecting will be available (for a fee) all three days from 9:00 AM till 6:00 PM.  

May 28, 2018

  • David Holt and Josh GoforthCarl Sandburg Home, NHS 81 Carl Sandburg Lane, Flat Rock NC 28731, 2:00PM.  Click on link for additional information.

May 29, 2018

  • WNC Wildflowers with Scott Dean, Introduction to the amazing wildflowers and other hidden treasures you can find in our beautiful mountains.  At the Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston Ave, Swannanoa. Call for more info 828-250-6486




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