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The Spirits Still Move Them – Moonshining in the Mountains

June 20 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Center’s newest documentary film focuses on the iconic moonshiners.  Rather than the stereotypes of lazy, drunken mountaineers, moonshiners were some of the most entrepreneurial and creative farmers in a community who not only provided a public service but helped to put food on the table for themselves and their communities.  The stories are both heart-rending, funny and moving and open a window into the soul of the Southern Appalachian world that’s rapidly vanishing.

All screenings include live music by Apple Country Bluegrass Band or Bandana Rhythm as well as a talk with the director and local moonshiners. The screening at North River Farms is a drive in theater event with a food truck with refreshments.

This is a general admission event.  Tickets vary by venue in order to maintain social distancing and in some cases require “pod seating” so to keep connected groups together.  As social distancing rules change, we will update this site which may make more (or even less) seats available.  Right now, each site has limited capacity and tickets are expected to sell out quickly.  As a special offer for our ticket buyers, if you purchase the DVD along with your tickets, you get $5 off the DVD price and save the additional $5 shipping and handling.  See venue information below for more details. This is a ticket-less event.  Your name will be at the reservations table at the door at the time of the event.  Outside venues are subject to weather dates if necessary.  Your tickets are automatically good for these weather dates should the event not go on for the original date.  All sales are final and tickets are non-refundable once purchased.

Please Note: Given that the pandemic is still here, masks are required at all venues. Thanks for your understanding!

Register now before these shows are sold out! For more information, contact us at (828) 692-8062. Tickets are a donation of $20 per person. Table seating of up to 6 is also available for $110 per table.  (Weather date is June 27.)

World Premieres:

Thursday, June 17- 7:00 PM. The Orange Peel

Friday, June 18 – 8:00 PM. North River Farms

Sunday, June 20 – 8:00 PM. Southern Appalachian Brewery

Thursday, June 24 – 7:30 PM Livestream Event

This film was made in part thanks to a grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.

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June 20
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Center for Cultural Preservation


Southern Appalachian Brewery
822 Locust Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792 United States
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