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Blue Ridge Fiber Festival

June 7 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Relax in the mountains of western North Carolina; slip over the border to southwest Virginia.  Take a class, enjoy the ambiance of all the area has to offer; your fiber-cation!   Come on in and look around.  The festival is being held at the Alleghany County (NC) Fairgrounds, located at 1375 US Highway 21N, Sparta, NC    A celebration of the fiber arts from the farmers and their flocks to the artisans that create with all things natural.

Blue Ridge Fiber Festival

June 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Relax in the mountains of western North Carolina; slip over the border to southwest Virginia.  Take a class, enjoy the ambiance of all the area has to offer; your fiber-cation!   Come on in and look around.  The festival is being held at the Alleghany County (NC) Fairgrounds, located at 1375 US Highway 21N, Sparta, NC    A celebration of the fiber arts from the farmers and their flocks to the artisans that create with all things natural.

Bluff Mountain Music Festival

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Bluff Mountain Music Festival was first produced in 1996 by the Bluff Mountain Coalition, an informal group of community folks, hunters, environmentalists and business people from the Hot Springs area.  The Coalition held the first three festivals (‘96-’98) as part of their successful grassroots effort to raise funds and awareness and save beautiful Bluff Mountain (part of the Pisgah National Forest) from a destructive logging and road-building plan.  Musicians, artists and the community of Hot Springs pulled together to…

1st Annual Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend Craft Trail

June 22

The Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend (BRHW) Craft Fair will be located just 3 blocks from downtown Waynesville (a popular tourist destination) on the grounds of the Shelton Campus. The campus includes the Historic Shelton House and it's Museum of NC Handicrafts; the Haywood's Historic Farmers Market; and the prestigious HART theatre, all of whom are involved in this weekend event.  On Saturday, Shelton House will host the juried Craft Fair, a quilt exhibit in the barn, and a Museum Open…

1st Annual Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend Craft Fair

June 23

The Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend (BRHW) Craft Fair will be located just 3 blocks from downtown Waynesville (a popular tourist destination) on the grounds of the Shelton Campus. The campus includes the Historic Shelton House and it's Museum of NC Handicrafts; the Haywood's Historic Farmers Market; and the prestigious HART theatre, all of whom are involved in this weekend event.  On Saturday, Shelton House will host the juried Craft Fair, a quilt exhibit in the barn, and a Museum Open…

Crafting with the Southern Highland Craft Guild: Shibori Silk Scarves

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Shibori is the sophisticated Japanese ancestor of tie-dyeing, and students will shibori-dye three pre-hemmed silk scarves to take, wear, and enjoy. We will use simple techniques of clamping, tying, stitching, and wrapping resists on the scarves, then immerse them in vibrant dye baths to layer rich colors and gorgeous patterns. (materials fee includes 3 silk scarves).  

Hometown Appalachian Heritage Festival

July 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Nearly 50 live demonstrations will be showcased and will feature the essence of life in Appalachia. You'll see quilters, wood carvers, canoe builders and even a live, working gem mining flume. They will all be setup on the sidewalks and in front of businesses giving everyone easy access to them. Many other events are planned including a firetruck display and face painting for the kids, Plus with it being a celebration of Appalachia, you'll be hearing a lot of music…

Ashe County Studio Tour

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Here’s the picture: the sweep of mountains as a backdrop, a tiny valley with a charming lane enticing you to follow it around a turn…the roadways of Ashe County are great for daytripping! And what better destination can you envision than visiting the artists whose studios are part of the Ashe County Studio Tour. There are art studios located all over the county: in and around West Jefferson, Jefferson, Crumpler, Laurel Springs, Todd, Creston, Warrensville, and Lansing. Most studios are…

Ashe County Studio Tour

August 4 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Here’s the picture: the sweep of mountains as a backdrop, a tiny valley with a charming lane enticing you to follow it around a turn…the roadways of Ashe County are great for daytripping! And what better destination can you envision than visiting the artists whose studios are part of the Ashe County Studio Tour. There are art studios located all over the county: in and around West Jefferson, Jefferson, Crumpler, Laurel Springs, Todd, Creston, Warrensville, and Lansing. Most studios are…

Crafting with the Southern Highland Craft Guild: Little Fairy Mermaid

September 14 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us to make a Little Fairy Mermaid from cloth to hang on a wall. Parts will be pre-stitched for you so you can just come in and play! We will assemble parts, do a face and embellish with beads. The instructor, Charlie Patricolo, has been making dolls for over 50 years and teaching for 20 all over the place! Cost: BRAHM Members $65/Nonmembers $75 (includes kit) Limited seating available.  Appropriate for ages 12+.

Art on the Mountain

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Over forty artists and craft persons will set up their creative wares on the grounds of the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson. Holiday gift ideas, fall theme items, unique art pieces, crafts and more will be for sale. Several artists will be demonstrating their artwork including basket weaving, quilting and wood-working.

Fall Festival at John C. Campbell Folk School

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the rich heritage of the Appalachians at our 45th Fall Festival, featuring over 200 craftspeople, continuous live music and dance, craft demonstrations, good food, and much more!   

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