September 2013 Events in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

 

September 2

  • 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships, Nantahala Gorge, Bryson City, NC. Runs through Sept. 8th. This freestyle kayaking championship brings competitors from around the world to the Nantahala River. This ultimate whitewater event features top freestyle athletes, as well as plenty of activities, competitions and events for spectators and fans. Live music, arts and crafts, and a festival atmosphere with Appalachian flair round out the weekend.

September 5

  • Sounds of Silvermont, Brevard, NC. Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
  • Thursday Jam: Old-Time Music Heritage Hall,  EARLE Theatre, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. 7 - 8:30 pm. Year round, free. Surry Arts Council, 336-786-7998.
  • Bluegrass Music Jam every Thursday night at The Marion Depot, Marion. 7 pm. 
  • Live music at Zuma's, Main Street, Downtown Marshall. 828-649-1647.

September 6

  • 32nd Annual Historic Monrganton Festival, Morganton, NC. Runs through September 7th. Come and enjoy the everything that makes the Historic Morganton Festival the exciting event it is. Friends, food, fun, crafts,and free entertainment. This year’s festival will include music from national acts such as Kip Moore and Jerrod Niemann.
  • Mountain State Fair, Western North Carolina Agriculture Center, Asheville, NC. Runs through September 15th. The third largest fair in North Carolina, celebrates the heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including agriculture, music, crafts, art, food, entertainment, display of livestock, competitions, & midway amusement rides. 
  • Woodys Original Mountain Music, Marion, NC. Free bluegrass jam each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop!
  • Wilkes County Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show, North Wilkesboro, NC. 9 AM - 6 PM. Handmade quilts display made by guild members. Special exhibits and vendors mall. Quilt challenge, Vintage Quilt Bed Turning and more.
  • Valdese Free Summer Concert Series, Wells Fargo Parking Lot, Valdese, NC. 7PM.
  • Old Fort Mountain Music. 7 pm; Rockett Building, Main Street in downtown Old Fort. 888-233-6111.
  • Pickin' Up the Pace, Lake Toxaway Community Center, Lake Toxaway, NC. A short ride out of Brevard and a suggested eight dollar donation buys you dinner, music, dancing and a part of a cultural tradition that dates back almost as far as the old mountain ballad the fiddler loves to play. Dinner: 6-7 PM/Music: 7-10 PM. 828-966-4060.

September 7

  • Bed Turning, Shelton House Barn, Waynesville, NC. Enjoy Learning about the history of quilting from expert Suzanne McDowell with special featured Shelton House Quilts. A light lunch will be served. Also, receive information on how to identify and care for your treasured quilts and coverlets.
  • Saturday Jam:  EARLE Theater, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. Year round. 9 - 11 am.  Surry Arts Council, 336-786-7998.
  • Merry-Go-Round:  EARLE Theater, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. 11 am -1:30 pm.  WPAQ hosts the second longest running live radio broadcast in the nation, different guests each week. Year round, . Surry Arts Council. 336-786-7998.
  • Davidson's Fort Historic Park, Old Fort. Open to the public Saturdays from 10 am -4 pm. A replica is being constructed of the original Revolutionary War-era fort built in 1776.

September 8

  • Dulcimer Concert with Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves, Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City, NC. There will be featured selections from Southern Appalachia and Celtic, Cajun, Hawaiian, Blues and World Music played on the dulcimer. Immediately following the concert, there will be light refreshments in the lobby so you'll have a chance to meet and talk with the musicians and the 20 Western NC artists with artwork on exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts.

September 12

  • Sounds of Silvermont, Brevard, NC. Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
  • Thursday Jam: Old-Time Music Heritage Hall,  EARLE Theatre, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. 7 - 8:30 pm. Year round, free. Surry Arts Council, 336-786-7998.
  • Bluegrass Music Jam every Thursday night at The Marion Depot, Marion. 7 pm. 
  • Live music at Zuma's, Main Street, Downtown Marshall. 828-649-1647.

September 13

  • Woodys Original Mountain Music, Marion, NC. Free bluegrass jam each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop!
  • Mountain Song Festival, Brevad Music Center, Brevard, NC. Runs through September 14th. Hosted by the Steep Canyon Rangers the festival is a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of Translyvania County. Tickets. 828-243-3496.
  • Valdese Free Summer Concert Series, Wells Fargo Parking Lot, Valdese, NC. 7PM.
  • Old Fort Mountain Music. 7 pm; Rockett Building, Main Street in downtown Old Fort. 888-233-6111.
  • Pickin' Up the Pace, Lake Toxaway Community Center, Lake Toxaway, NC. A short ride out of Brevard and a suggested eight dollar donation buys you dinner, music, dancing and a part of a cultural tradition that dates back almost as far as the old mountain ballad the fiddler loves to play. Dinner: 6-7 PM/Music: 7-10 PM. 828-966-4060.

September 14

  • "The Thorny Truth and Their Civil War": Poetry Reading and Book Singing, Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville, NC. Author Karen Kay has researched the Trull and Meece families for serval years producing a poerty collection abou the Cvil War in Western North Carolina. 
  • Afternoon Tea with Llama, Cradle of Forestry in America, Pisgah National Forest, NC. Two sessions begin at 11 AM and 2 PM. Children and adults can learn about the special adaptations of these fascinating pack animals, then lead a llama on a 2 mile trail walk along a paved trail. The group will picnic along the trail, so bring a lunch or snacks for the llamas to carry; iced tea provided. Free for children and pass holders; $5 for adults. Call 828-877-3130 for more information.
  • Saturday Jam:  EARLE Theater, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. Year round. 9 - 11 am.  Surry Arts Council, 336-786-7998.
  • Merry-Go-Round:  EARLE Theater, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. 11 am -1:30 pm.  WPAQ hosts the second longest running live radio broadcast in the nation, different guests each week. Year round, . Surry Arts Council. 336-786-7998.
  • Davidson's Fort Historic Park, Old Fort. Open to the public Saturdays from 10 am -4 pm. A replica is being constructed of the original Revolutionary War-era fort built in 1776.

September 16

  • Ride Like the Wind, Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race, Translyvania County, NC. Runs through the 23rd. As an unmatched sampler of the some of the best single-track in the country, the course runs 195 miles, tallies over 28,000 feet of climbing and features plenty of thrills, chills and almost certainly spills. The route traverses some of the most beautiful landscapes imaginable decked out in vivid fall color so you might be forgiven for getting distracted along the way.

September 19

  • Sounds of Silvermont, Brevard, NC. Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
  • Thursday Jam: Old-Time Music Heritage Hall,  EARLE Theatre, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. 7 - 8:30 pm. Year round, free. Surry Arts Council, 336-786-7998.
  • Bluegrass Music Jam every Thursday night at The Marion Depot, Marion. 7 pm. 
  • Live music at Zuma's, Main Street, Downtown Marshall. 828-649-1647.

September 20

  • Woodys Original Mountain Music, Marion, NC. Free bluegrass jam each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop!
  • Valdese Free Summer Concert Series, Wells Fargo Parking Lot, Valdese, NC. 7PM.
  • Old Fort Mountain Music. 7 pm; Rockett Building, Main Street in downtown Old Fort. 888-233-6111.
  • Pickin' Up the Pace, Lake Toxaway Community Center, Lake Toxaway, NC. A short ride out of Brevard and a suggested eight dollar donation buys you dinner, music, dancing and a part of a cultural tradition that dates back almost as far as the old mountain ballad the fiddler loves to play. Dinner: 6-7 PM/Music: 7-10 PM. 828-966-4060.

September 21

  • Open Studio Tour of Henderson County, NC. Runs through August 22. 10 AM to 5 PM daily. This free self-guided tour features fine art and craft studios throughout Henderson County.   Artist’s studios will be open with their latest artwork to view and purchase; many studios and galleries will feature guest artists. 828-698-8775.
  • Saturday Jam:  EARLE Theater, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. Year round. 9 - 11 am.  Surry Arts Council, 336-786-7998.
  • Merry-Go-Round:  EARLE Theater, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. 11 am -1:30 pm.  WPAQ hosts the second longest running live radio broadcast in the nation, different guests each week. Year round, . Surry Arts Council. 336-786-7998.
  • Davidson's Fort Historic Park, Old Fort. Open to the public Saturdays from 10 am -4 pm. A replica is being constructed of the original Revolutionary War-era fort built in 1776.

September 22

  • Bring Back the MonarchsCradle of Forestry in America, Pisgah National Forest, NC. 9:30 AM - 1 PM. Free admission is offered for all visitors on this special day! Celebrate our national forests, conservation, and the outdoors at the Cradle of Forestry. Visitors can enjoy exhibits in the Forest Discovery Center, guided walks on our historic and nature trails, gardening for biodiversity, and service projects. For more information or to bring a volunteer group for a service project, call 828-877-3130.

September 26

  • Sounds of Silvermont, Brevard, NC. Local musicians in a jam session playing bluegrass, country, gospel and more.
  • Thursday Jam: Old-Time Music Heritage Hall,  EARLE Theatre, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. 7 - 8:30 pm. Year round, free. Surry Arts Council, 336-786-7998.
  • Bluegrass Music Jam every Thursday night at The Marion Depot, Marion. 7 pm. 
  • Live music at Zuma's, Main Street, Downtown Marshall. 828-649-1647.

September 27

  • Woodys Original Mountain Music, Marion, NC. Free bluegrass jam each Friday evening with an ever changing line up of musicians and musical styles! Join the fun along with Max Woody and friends beginning at 7:00 pm. The location is directly across the street from Max Woody’s Chair Shop!
  • Valdese Free Summer Concert Series, Wells Fargo Parking Lot, Valdese, NC. 7PM.
  • Old Fort Mountain Music. 7 pm; Rockett Building, Main Street in downtown Old Fort. 888-233-6111.
  • Pickin' Up the Pace, Lake Toxaway Community Center, Lake Toxaway, NC. A short ride out of Brevard and a suggested eight dollar donation buys you dinner, music, dancing and a part of a cultural tradition that dates back almost as far as the old mountain ballad the fiddler loves to play. Dinner: 6-7 PM/Music: 7-10 PM. 828-966-4060.

September 28

  • Grand Reopening - Rural Life Museum, Mars Hill Univserity, Mars Hill, NC. 2 - 5 PM. Includes music, refreshments, a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m., and an opportunity to view the exhibition, “Interwoven:  Coverlets, Ballads, and America’s Discovery of Madison County Folklife.”
  • National Public Lands Day, Cradle of Forestry in America, Pisgah National Forest, NC. 9 AM - 5 PM. More than 80 traditional crafters, exhibitors, forestry students, and entertainers gather at the Cradle of Forestry to celebrate our forest heritage. Highlights include wood carvers, weavers, a blacksmith, and old-time musicians. The Festival also hosts an intercollegiate lumberjack competition. $6 for adults; $3 for children and pass holders. Call 828-877-3130 for more information.
  • Saturday Jam:  EARLE Theater, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. Year round. 9 - 11 am.  Surry Arts Council, 336-786-7998.
  • Merry-Go-Round:  EARLE Theater, 142 N Main Street, Mount Airy, NC. 11 am -1:30 pm.  WPAQ hosts the second longest running live radio broadcast in the nation, different guests each week. Year round, . Surry Arts Council. 336-786-7998.
  • Davidson's Fort Historic Park, Old Fort. Open to the public Saturdays from 10 am -4 pm. A replica is being constructed of the original Revolutionary War-era fort built in 1776.

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