Art events abound this weekend

Oct 07, 2012
Photo by: Donated photo Famed storyteller Donald Davis will do a benefit show for the Friends of the Smokies at 3 p.m. this Sunday at Lake Junaluska's Stuart Auditorium.

Despite what every teenager probably says, there is a lot going on in Haywood County — and perhaps never more so than this weekend. From craft shows to storytelling to a chance to help make molasses, the range of upcoming events is surprisingly broad.

Below is a cheat sheet for several of these arty events that are happening this weekend only.

Church Street Art and Craft Show

When: 10 to 5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Main Street, Waynesville
Admission: free
More info: 456-3517 or www.downtownwaynesville.com
Why go? Not only is this juried show the gold standard of arty festivals around here, but this year will feature such regional stars as Whitewater Bluegrass Co., the Southern Appalachian Cloggers and The Freight Hoppers.

Now in its 29th year, there’s a reason why Church Street has stood the test of time, and it’s probably the mixture of fine art and craft with entertainment meant to knock people’s socks off. Stroll through the show’s 100-plus booths or watch one of its many musicians or cloggers playing on two stages all day.

Courthouse Stage
(with stage band The Freight Hoppers performing throughout the day)
10:45 a.m. — Fines Creek Flatfooters
11:45 a.m. — Ashegrove Garland and Morris Men Dancers
12:15 p.m. — Southern Appalachian Cloggers
1:15 p.m. — Dixie Darlin’s Cloggers
1:45 to 2:30 p.m. — Honey Holler
3 p.m. — Montreat Pipes and Drums
4:15 p.m. — Green Valley Cloggers

Town Hall Stage
(With Whitewater Bluegrass Co. performing throughout the day)
10:15 a.m. — Fines Creek Flatfooters
10:45 a.m. — Ashegrove Garland and Morris Men Dancers
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. — Honey Holler
12:30 p.m. — Dixie Darlin’s Cloggers
1:15 p.m. — Southern Appalachian Cloggers
3:15 p.m. — Green Valley Cloggers
All-day performances include The Living Statue at Miller and Main streets, Mr. Tom’s Balloon Twisting in front of police department and FunShine Faces face painting in the mini park at Depot and Main streets.

Jammin’ at the Millpond

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Haywood Community College’s millpond
Admission: free
More info: 627-6008 (car show), 627-4544 (general info)
Why go? With so many fascinating, old-time events — from molasses making to wildlife calling — why not?

It’s not called “Jammin’” for nothing — as musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments to this all-day celebration of HCC programs and Appalachian heritage. But even if music making isn’t your thing, surely there will be something to tickle your fancy at this low-key festival. Appalachian heritage events will be plentiful — including blacksmithing, corn milling, corn shelling and more —  as will chances to see antique tractors, go on a hay ride or peruse the car show, many vendors or demos given by HCC students.

For kiddos, there will be crafts and a host of old-fashioned games, including corn hole, horseshoes, sack races and hula hooping.
There will also be a wildlife calling competition, HCC Woodsmen’s Team demonstration and fishing clinic. The HCC Book Club is pleased to announce that local writer and history buff Michael Beadle will present at 1 p.m. In addition, local author Mary Messer will be selling her book, “The Moonshiner’s Daughter,” and will also be signing autographs.

October Leaves Craft Show

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Maggie Valley Festival Grounds
Admission: free
More info: www.maggievalleycraftshows.com
Why go? Start Christmas shopping early — and grab a funnel cake and kettle corn while you’re at it.

This busy, popular craft fair is nothing short of a Maggie Valley tradition, with dozens of artisans and crafters from across the Southeast showing off wares that run the gamut from classic to quirky. Works of art will include, but are not be limited to, deerskin clothing and accessories, pottery, photographs, stained glass, jewelry, dichroic glass, floral arrangements, woodwork, crocheted and knitted items, homemade jams and jellies, kitchen accessories, quilts of all sizes, soy candles and soaps, and so much more.

Also expect gospel bands, piped music and a whole host of tasty festival food, including kettle corn, funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue.

Storyteller Donald Davis

When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lake Junaluska’s Harrell Center
More info: 452-0720 or www.friendsofthesmokies.org
Why go? This is your chance to see the acclaimed storyteller completely in his element — and telling tales of this area to boot.

Not many who are spellbound by Davis’ stories have the opportunity to do so in the very setting where the events take place.  
Davis was born in the shadows of Great Smoky Mountains National Parkoutside of Waynesville.  His family has lived in Haywood County since before it was even a county, holding land that eventually became part of the park when it was founded in the 1930s.

Davis grew up “absorbing” local stories told by family and neighbors. These stories along with his childhood experiences are the basis for his sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, and always captivating stories.

High Country Quilters Show

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
Where: Maggie Valley Town Hall
More information: 456-3021
Why go?  Even if quilting isn’t your thing, this huge show — a local tradition — is sure to wow you.

Dubbed “Bear Foot In the Mountains,” this year’s quilt show will include a craft room, vendor area, food court, bake sale — and more quilts than can be described here.
This year’s theme quilt is a bear paw design of fall colors. Tickets for the quilt have been on sale for several months at various events and will also be for sale at the show. The drawing will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday. The winner does not have to be present. In addition to the theme quilt, each year’s show also includes a challenge quilt contest. This year’s challenge theme is the poem “All Things Bright and Beautiful” by Cecil F. Alexander, in Hymns for Little Children, 1848.

Each member selected two color crayons and used those colors as the focus colors in the quilt. The quilt size is a minimum of 20 inches for the shortest side and a maximum of 36 inches for the longest side. The challenge quilts will be on display at the show and may be voted on for Viewer’s Choice.

Lake Junaluska Singers Fall Concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium
More information: 456-2881
Why go? Hear locally themed tunes sung by a venerable, fun chorus.

The Lake Junaluska Singers, well-known since 1954, will perform “Music in the Mountains” as they ring in the fall.

Expect selections of Celtic choral music, Appalachian folk arrangements, and a multi-media Americana extravaganza.

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