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Friday Night Concert – Don Pedi

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Don Pedi is a Traditional Mountain Musician who started playing the dulcimer in 1968.  He shares songs, tunes and stories in a warm, often humorous and always entertaining manner.  Don is known for developing a playing style for the fretted mountain dulcimer that can match a fiddle, note for note, while maintaining the rhythms and characteristics of traditional music. Over the decades, he’s been recognized and honored for collecting, preserving and performing Traditional Appalachian music. 

Contra/Square Dance at John C. Campbell Folk School

February 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Dancing is fun! And it is an integral part of life at the Folk School. Whether you come to a community dance or sign up for a weekend or week-long dance class, join us in the joy of moving to music!

Scholars & Scones: Toys and Times of Willard Watson

February 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

For generations Appalachian people found their livelihoods in the forest. My family, the Watsons of Deep Gap, North Carolina, are no exception. In this talk, I will investigate the toy making style of my great-grandfather Willard Cline Watson, and show how he used creativity in a traditional art form to validate his youth. Watson was: a mountaineer, toy carver, dancer, banjo picker, moonshiner, raconteur, and a man that “can’t hardly be whipped by a piece of wood.”  This lecture will…

Friday Night Concert – Tina & Her Pony

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

TINA & HER PONY Collins and Jordan are classically trained musicians who first toured together as part of five piece band, Over Under Yonder. Collins composed most of the songs that appear on their album, Journey Onward, as she thru-hiked from Maine to Georgia on the Appalachian Trail in 2006. When Over Under Yonder finished touring in 2010, Collins and Jordan, recognizing an obvious synergy, split off as Tina & Her Pony. The duo spent the next two years writing…

Concerts at the Rock – The Hogslop String Band

March 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Old Rock School in Valdese, North Carolina has become well-known throughout the nation for its outstanding bluegrass concerts. The 500 seat auditorium is the perfect place to hear all of your favorites.  All of us at the Old Rock School are very excited about the 2018-2019 season and are happy to bring it to you. The handicap entrance is located at the side of the building (elevator).

ASAP’s CSA Fair

March 14 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) Fair is an opportunity to meet local farmers face-to-face and learn more about their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs. CSA subscribers receive a weekly box of fresh, locally grown produce or meats throughout the growing season. You can sign up to learn more from farmers or bring your checkbook to subscribe on the spot! Groups from workplaces and religious congregations are encouraged to attend—many farms will deliver directly to these locations if there is sufficient…

Darren Nicholson Performance

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Folkmoot is hosting local legend Darren Nicholson for an evening of local hospitality with food, beer and music. Darren is a Grammy Award Nominee, recipient of 5 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Awards and a born and raised Haywood County local. Currently, he records and tours as a full time, founding member of Balsam Range with all sorts of collaborative efforts each year.        

Southern Storyteller Series – Bob Plott

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Folkmoot, Blue Ridge Books and the Haywood County Public Library are continuing to bring The Southern Storytellers Supper Series, bringing southern culture and our region’s authors and musicians together for a unique night of food, fun and discussion.   Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner is served at 6:00pm. Authors and Blue Ridge Books will be on hand to offer books for purchase.  The March 28, 2019 Southern Storytellers Supper will feature local author and storyteller Bob Plott.      

Opening Day Appalachian Folkways Celebration

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Opening Day at the Cradle of Forestry celebrates Appalachian culture and heritage from the days of the Biltmore Forest School. Journey back in time and visit a small 1900’s mountain community. Explore how people of the day worked and played along our historic Biltmore Campus Trail. Interact with demonstrators that will be bringing the community to life with working draft horses, open hearth cooking, laundry, blacksmithing, traditional music and games. 

In Search Of Blue Ghosts Twilight Tour

May 14 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Once a year for a short duration, blue ghost fireflies hover the forest floor with a lingering bluish glow. Seek alongside naturalists on paved trails as to why this small firefly has been the focus of generations worth of folklore and myths. The fame of blue ghost fireflies in western North Carolina has increasingly threatened their natural habitat. Thousands of people annually trek off the trails in May and June to find the wooded niche where these small beetles can…

In Search of Blue Ghosts Twilight Tour

May 15 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Once a year for a short duration, blue ghost fireflies hover the forest floor with a lingering bluish glow. Seek alongside naturalists on paved trails as to why this small firefly has been the focus of generations worth of folklore and myths. The fame of blue ghost fireflies in western North Carolina has increasingly threatened their natural habitat. Thousands of people annually trek off the trails in May and June to find the wooded niche where these small beetles can…

In Search of Blue Ghosts Twilight Tour

May 16 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Once a year for a short duration, blue ghost fireflies hover the forest floor with a lingering bluish glow. Seek alongside naturalists on paved trails as to why this small firefly has been the focus of generations worth of folklore and myths. The fame of blue ghost fireflies in western North Carolina has increasingly threatened their natural habitat. Thousands of people annually trek off the trails in May and June to find the wooded niche where these small beetles can…

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