A celebration of southern Appalachian culture33rd Annual Heritage Weekend
ASHEVILLE — The 33rd Annual Heritage Weekend will be held Sept. 21 and 22 at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center.
This free festival sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild features traditional music, dancing and heritage craft demonstrations. A highlight of the weekend is the 33rd Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Joe “Colonel Buncombe” Bly will emcee the competition. A whimmy diddle is an Appalachian mountain toy traditionally made from two sticks of rhododendron. Notches are carved into one stick and a propeller is attached to the end. The other stick is rubbed against the notches, causing the propeller to spin either gee (to the right) or haw (to the left).
During the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition contestants are judged on the number of rotations between gee and haw they can complete during a given time. They may also have to switch hands during the competition or whimmy diddle behind their backs.
There are three divisions of competition: childrens, adults and professional. Sign up throughout the day to compete. Winners receive a trophy, Heritage Weekend poster designed by Hand-Cranked Letterpress, T-shirt, a Moon Pie, and bragging rights.
During Heritage Weekend, learn from area experts about beekeeping, rifle making, coopering, heritage toy making, natural dyeing, spinning, broom making and furniture making. Hands-on activities related to traditional crafts will be provided for children. Other highlights include sheep shearing demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday, and border collie demonstrations on Sunday.
The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center is the ideal place for Heritage Weekend with free parking, access to hiking trails and grassy areas for a picnic. Spend an early autumn weekend in WNC honoring and learning about crafts of yesteryear while enjoying the beauty of the region. For more information, including a list of participating craftspeople and musicians, call 828-298-7928 or visit www.craftguild.org.
HERITAGE ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE 2013:
Saturday, Sept. 21
11 a.m. Southern Crescent Bluegrass
Noon Split Rail
1 p.m. Firefly
1:30 p.m. Apple Chill Cloggers with Firefly
2 p.m. 33rd Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition
3 p.m. J Creek Cloggers and the Ross Brothers
Sunday, Sept. 22
Noon Level Ground Gospel
1 p.m. Carol Rifkin and Paul’s Creek
2 p.m. Cole Mountain Cloggers with Paul’s Creek
2:30 p.m. Gospel Grass
3:30 p.m. Buncombe Turnpike