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Mountain Heritage Day ‘A Gathering In’ Food Competition

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – This year’s 40th annual celebration of Mountain Heritage Day again will feature the traditional foods competition “A Gathering In,” where baked goods, canned and dried foods and – this year – sweet potato recipes will vie for ribbons on Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Western Carolina University campus.

The “Best in the West Sweet Potato Recipe” will highlight the importance of sweet potatoes in the Western North Carolina region. “The recipe does not have to be original, but the entry must be made from scratch and must include sweet potatoes,” said Peter Koch, education associate at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.

The foods contest is coordinated jointly by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s Jackson County Center, WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center and the Department of Health Sciences. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries in youth and adult divisions. A grand champion will be selected from each of the divisions of canned goods, baked goods, heritage foods conservation and vegetables.

“The Mountain Heritage Day foods contest reflects the diversity of Appalachian food origins and traditions,” the event‘s food contest coordinator, Emily Baker, said. “It is always exciting to see what kinds of recipes the contestants create.”

The weeks ahead provide plenty of time to prepare preserved entries and plan winning recipes. Food entries will be accepted at the Mountain Heritage Center at specific times during the week leading up to the festival, always the last Saturday in September.

Canned goods and heritage foods may be dropped off at the Cordelia Camp Building on campus between 7:30 a.m. and 5p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24; baked goods and the Best in the West Sweet Potato dishes (along with their respective recipes) on Friday, Sept. 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information about the foods contest or to obtain a contest guideline booklet, contact Shirley Peeler of the Jackson County Center at 828-586-4009, Peter Koch at the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129, or Emily Baker at [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>.  Visit www.mountainheritageday.com<http://www.mountainheritageday.com> for a downloadable booklet and entry form at the “Contests” link.

Competitors to Make History at WCU’s 40th Mountain Heritage Day

Monday, July 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – You can make history as a competitor at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day, Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Western Carolina University campus.

This year’s festival celebrates its 40th anniversary, along with the university’s 125th, with a number of contests, from whisker-growing to old-fashioned costumes and home-canned goods contests, a chainsaw competition, antique auto show and the Mountain Heritage Day 5K. Your name can go down in history as a winner at this milestone-year event.

Artists and craftspeople will even be in juried competition for cash and ribbon recognition of their products and booths. Applications are still being accepted (available online at www.mountainheritageday.com<http://www.mountainheritageday.com>), and are especially sought for vendors of baskets and weaving, glassblowing, cornshuck art, woven rugs, leather goods and handmade ceramic tiles.

There is no entry fee for any of the contests except the arts/crafts vendor booths and the 5K.

Planned and coordinated by students in WCU’s Sport Management Association, the 5K race usually begins at 8 a.m. and winds its way through the campus, with registration beginning an hour before. Proceeds from the entry fee support a WCU scholarship fund. Full race details, pre-registration forms and costs will be posted online at http://claws.wcu.edu/sma/5K/.

Baked goods as well as home-canned and preserved foods will be judged in the festival’s “A Gathering In” traditional foods competition. An adult and a youth winner also will be declared for the “Best in the West Sweet Potato Recipe Contest.” Winners will receive ribbons in a number of categories, all described in the booklet linked to the “Contests” page at www.mountainheritageday.com<http://www.mountainheritageday.com>. For more information, contact Peter Koch at [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> or 828-227-7129.

Children and adults are welcome to compete in the traditional clothing contest, sporting the fashions of pioneer days through the turn-of-the-19th-to-20th century. Audience members participate in the judging after competitors model their outfits on stage.

Trophies will be awarded in the different classes of the chainsaw contest to be held the morning of Mountain Heritage Day.

Owners of antique and classic automobiles also are invited to polish them up and compete for awards by participating in the festival’s all-day car show.

Teams are scheduled to square off in traditional Cherokee stickball, as well as the traditional courting game called “fish.” Though there are no contests among festival food vendors, cloggers, musical performers, shape-note singers, or living history demonstrators, you will find many old and new favorites.

Admission and parking still will be free at WCU’s daylong celebration of Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and history.

Mountain Heritage Day and its many competitions are only weeks away – always the last Saturday in September. There’s plenty of time to start growing, sewing and canning; and to practice chopping, polishing and jogging.

For more information about Mountain Heritage Day contests, call WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129. You can also keep up with developments leading up to the festival on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MountainHeritageDay or by following @WCU on Twitter.

Mountain Heritage Day Arts and Crafts Vendor

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Artists and craftspeople are being sought to participate in the 40th annual Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture.

Mountain Heritage Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, on the WCU campus in Cullowhee – always the last Saturday of the month. The festival typically attracts more than 20,000 visitors who come to enjoy three stages of continuous music and dance, exhibitions of Cherokee stickball and shape-note singing, a midway of juried arts and crafts, and a variety of festival food.

This year, the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary in conjunction with the university’s 125th year.

The festival arts and crafts are judged for quality of workmanship, booth display and design. Cash awards will be presented to the vendors with the best works. All applicants are juried except the previous year’s winners of the arts and crafts awards.

Applications and instructions for arts and crafts vendors are available on the festival website, www.mountainheritageday.com<http://www.mountainheritageday.com>. Arts and crafts applications must be postmarked by May 9; later applications are not advisable because of the expected response, and the entry fee is greater.

To learn more about Mountain Heritage Day, call WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.

The Audience Takes the Stage at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – A new platform will join the three performers’ stages at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, Saturday, Sept. 28, on the campus in Cullowhee – right in front of the Balsam Stage, created for audience members to share their dance skills while the bands play on.

WCU’s free celebration of Appalachian culture also will feature a full schedule of mountain music, fun activities, about 100 booths of the region’s finest arts and crafts, and 28 vendors offering ethnic, heritage and festival food.

The 39th Mountain Heritage Day will have attendees kicking up their heels between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., preceded by the 5-K foot race at 8 a.m. Parking and festival admission are free.

Balsam and Blue Ridge stages and the Circle Tent will offer continuous mountain music, clogging and storytelling. Musical performers will include Buncombe Turnpike, Whitewater Bluegrass Company, Sons of Ralph, the Queen Family, Jeff Little Trio, Wild Hog Band, Blind Pig Gang, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, Mountain Faith and others. Some will accompany the Bailey Mountain Cloggers, Fines Creek Flatfooters and J Creek Cloggers.

The Circle Tent will feature a banjo circle, sacred and spiritual music, ballads of crime and punishment and a discussion about Jackson County’s listings on the National Register of Historic Places. Sites such as the Jarrett House in Dillsboro, Judaculla Rock on Caney Fork and the Mordecai Zachary-Tolbert House in Cashiers will be discussed at 10 a.m. by Janice Blanton, Gerald Green, Jane Nardy, Tim Osment, Joe Rhinehart and others.

Other areas will be active with demonstrations of Cherokee blowguns, stickball and the Cherokee courtship game “Fish,” Sacred Harp singing and an antique auto show. The Children’s Tent will provide entertaining activities for younger visitors throughout the day, and kids also will enjoy free wagon rides and hayrides.

Mountain Heritage Day also offers a variety of demonstrations and contests centered on authentic mountain folk arts and skills: competitions for best beards and mustaches, period costumes, canned and baked goods, and chainsaw woodcutting. A stroll through other areas will feature 19th-century wood furniture carpentry, black powder shooting, blacksmithing, harnessing draft animals, weaving, natural color fabric dyeing, corn shuck crafts and broom-making. In addition, the Mountain Heritage Center’s exhibits of Appalachian culture and history will be open all day, and storyteller Gary Carden will spin tales of mythical beasts in three sessions at its auditorium.

Rain or shine, the festival will bring history to life and fun to thousands. Though pets are not allowed on festival grounds, service animals are welcome. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets for comfortable seating; and hats and sunblock as needed. Shuttles will operate throughout the day, with stops at designated parking and attraction locations.

Whether sitting, standing, riding, strolling or dancing, visitors will be able to pack a few centuries’ worth of learning and entertainment into a single day on Saturday, Sept. 28.

For more information, go online to www.MountainHeritageDay.com or call 828-227-7129.

Competitions at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day

Monday, August 26th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Horace Kephart had a bushy mustache. So did Robert Lee Madison. Yet it’s hard to know how either the patron of Great Smoky Mountains National Park or the first president of Western Carolina University would fare in the mustache and beard competition at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day, Saturday, Sept. 28 on the WCU campus.

Aspiring competitors have just about enough time to begin growing those whiskers now – as well as preparing entries for the old-fashioned costumes and home-canned goods contests, practicing skills for the chainsaw competition and training for the Mountain Heritage Day 5K.

There is no entry fee for any of the contests except the 5K, and admission and parking is free at WCU’s daylong celebration of Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song.

Planned and coordinated by students in WCU’s Sport Management Association, the 5K race begins at 8 a.m. and winds its way through the campus, recalling a time when one of the fastest ways to get around in the mountains was on foot. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Full race details, pre-registration forms and costs will be posted online at http://claws.wcu.edu/sma/5K/.

Baked goods as well as home-canned and preserved foods will be jury-weighted in the annual “A Gathering In” traditional foods competition. An adult and a youth winner also will be declared for the “Best in the West Apple Recipe Contest.” Winners will be given ribbons in a number of categories, all described in the booklet linked to the “Contests” page at www.mountainheritageday.com. For more information, contact Peter Koch at [email protected] or 828-227-7129.

Children and adults are welcome to compete in the traditional clothing contest, sporting the fashions of pioneer days through the turn-of-the-19th-to-20th century. Audience members participate in the judging after competitors model their outfits on stage.

Trophies will be awarded in the different classes of the chainsaw contest to be held the morning of Mountain Heritage Day.

Owners of antique and classic automobiles also are invited to compete for awards by participating in the festival’s all-day car show.

Mountain Heritage Day and its many competitions are only weeks away – always the last Saturday in September.

It’s time to start growing, sewing, canning, chopping and jogging.

For more general information about Mountain Heritage Day contests, call WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129. You can also keep up with developments leading up to the festival on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MountainHeritageDay or by following @WCU on Twitter.

Mountain Heritage Day at WCU

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Two shows by the bluegrass headliner Balsam Range and the opening of a Smithsonian exhibit highlight a full schedule of activities for Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, coming up Saturday, Sept. 29, on the campus in Cullowhee.

WCU’s free festival of Appalachian culture also will include 100 booths of the region’s finest arts and crafts and 30 vendors selling tempting festival food.

Activities at the 38th Mountain Heritage Day will take place between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for the 5-K foot race, which is set for 8 a.m. Admission and parking are free.

The festival offers three stages of continuous mountain music and clogging, demonstrations of Cherokee stickball and other Cherokee games, shape-note singing and an antique auto show. The Children’s Tent will provide entertaining activities for younger visitors throughout the day, and kids also will enjoy free wagon rides and hayrides.

Mountain Heritage Day also offers a variety of fun contests and demonstrations of authentic mountain folk arts and skills. Visitors are encouraged to visit the university’s museum of Appalachian culture and history, the Mountain Heritage Center, to view its exhibits and displays, including the “Journey Stories” traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution.

The festival goes on, rain or shine. Pets are not allowed on festival grounds, but service animals are welcome. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. Shuttles operate throughout the day, with stops at designated locations.

For more information, go to www.MountainHeritageDay.com on the Web or call 828-227-7129.

Artists Sought for WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day Festival

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Arts and crafts vendors are being sought to participate in Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture.

This year’s Mountain Heritage Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, on the WCU campus in Cullowhee. The festival typically attracts more than 20,000 visitors who come to enjoy three stages of continuous music and dance, exhibitions of Cherokee stickball and shape-note singing, and more than 150 booths of food and juried arts and crafts.

Arts and crafts are judged for quality of workmanship, booth display and design. The festival gives out cash awards to artists for “best in show,” first place and second place.

Applications for arts and crafts vendors are available at the festival website, www.mountainheritageday.com, or by calling WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129. The deadline for submitting arts and crafts applications is Friday, March 30.

For more general information about Mountain Heritage Day, contact festival coordinator Trina Royar at the number listed above.

WCU’s 37th Annual Mountain Heritage Day Sept. 24

Monday, September 19th, 2011

CULLOWHEE, NC – The traditional folkways of the Southern Appalachian Mountains will once again take center stage as the Western Carolina University community presents the 37th annual Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 24.

WCU’s fall festival features a variety of arts and crafts, music, clogging, folk arts, contests and activities that is hard to find in a one-day event, said festival coordinator Trina Royar of WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center.

All Mountain Heritage Day activities, including stage performances, will take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., with the exception of registration for the woodcutting contest, which starts at 9 a.m. This year’s festival will be held on fields behind the Cordelia Camp Building, in parking lots and grassy areas around the Camp Building, and in the nearby Mountain Heritage Center, which is located on the ground floor of H.F. Robinson Administration Building.

ARTS, CRAFTS AND FOOD

Visitors at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day will find nearly 100 booths of juried arts and crafts, providing a perfect opportunity for local residents to get in some early holiday shopping, Royar said. Items for sale will include basketry, ceramics, fiber work, glasswork, jewelry, metalwork, paintings, pottery and woodwork.

About 25 food vendors also are signed up to participate in the festival, offering products ranging from barbecue, hamburgers and chicken-on-a-stick to fried pickles, chocolate-dipped cheesecake and Cherokee frybread.

STICKBALL AND OTHER CHEROKEE GAMES

The traditional Cherokee game of stickball has been a favorite attraction for festival visitors in recent years, and the Snowbird Stickball Team from Graham County will make its second appearance at Mountain Heritage Day to demonstrate that ancient sport at 11 a.m.

Another Native American tradition will be featured at 1 p.m., when team members will join with their female associates in playing the courtship game of “Fish.” The team also will demonstrate the use of Cherokee blowguns at 3 p.m.

TRADITIONAL MUSIC AND THREE CLOGGING GROUPS

For fans of traditional music and clogging, life doesn’t get much better than the two main stages of Mountain Heritage Day, which will offer continuous free entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The newly renamed Balsam and Blue Ridge stages will present many types of traditional music ranging from traditional and contemporary bluegrass to old-time, gospel and folk music.

The high-energy performances by local clogging teams are always a crowd favorite.The high-energy performances by local clogging teams are always a crowd favorite.

Clogging fans will want to check out performances by the Blue Ridge Hi-Steppers, Fines Creek Flatfooters and Dixie Darlins, plus this year’s festival will present an audience participation clogging demonstration led by well-known clogging instructor Bill Nichols and his daughter, Simone Nichols Pace, at 2:45 p.m. on the Blue Ridge Stage.

Festival music won’t be limited to the two stages. Visitors will have an opportunity to see some rapid-fire picking up close and personal at the Circle Tent, which will provide a music workshop type of experience. An 11 a.m. Fiddle Circle will feature John Duncan and Summer McMahan, and a 1:30 p.m. Banjo Circle will show off the picking talents of Annie Fain Liden, Steve Sutton and Charles Wood.

Other Circle Tent activities include a 10 a.m. presentation on “Jackson County People and Places” by the Jackson County Historical Society, a 12:30 p.m. Poetry Circle featuring local writers Thomas Rain Crowe, Barbara Duncan and Brent Martin, and a 3 p.m. Ballad Circle with the Deitz Family, Gaye Johnson and Jeanette Queen Schrock.

Other musical performances that have been a part of every Mountain Heritage Day will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., when singers from around the region will gather to demonstrate the sacred mountain tradition of shaped-note singing. The singing will take place in the gymnasium adjacent to the Camp Building, with participants singing from the “Sacred Harp” and “Christian Harmony” hymnals.

“LIARS BENCH” SHOW

WCU’s museum of Appalachian culture, the Mountain Heritage Center, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mountain Heritage Day to allow festival visitors to view its exhibits and displays. The museum also will host a free performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

“The Liars Bench” was founded by Sylva writer and storyteller Gary Carden in June 2010.  The inspiration for the show came from Carden’s own childhood in Sylva, when he was one of many children who were entertained by listening to the town elders’ tall tales and jokes at the local “liars bench.”

“I started ‘The Liars Bench’ because I saw the culture and tradition that I’d grown up with slipping away,” Carden said. “It bothered me because I thought that a lot of the things were disappearing that contained the most significant facts about who we were as a people, and so I decided that I could at least showcase it, maybe keep it alive a little bit, maybe develop an appreciation for it from people who’d never experienced it.”

For its first year, the shows were presented in Sylva, but recently the cast has moved “The Liars Bench” to the Mountain Heritage Center auditorium for its monthly presentations.

The Mountain Heritage Day show will include Carden telling stories and reading excerpts from his plays, Cherokee gospel singer Garfield Long and three Liars Bench regulars – claw-hammer guitarist Paul Iarussi, singer-songwriter Barbara Duncan and singer-humorist Dave Waldrop.

“‘The Liars Bench’ is a unique blend of culturally accurate mountain Americana with traditional Southern Appalachian entertainment for everyone,” Carden said. “We attempt to treat Appalachian culture with integrity and authenticity, and to be an accurate reflection of the southern highlanders and their ways.”

CHILDREN’S TENT

Mountain Heritage Day organizers continue their emphasis on providing activities for children, and the festival Children’s Tent will provide fun and educational sessions all day.

Youngsters can learn to make old-fashioned toys and take part in other heritage activities beginning at 10 a.m., and then at 11:40 a.m., Franklin bagpiper Jean Hayes will present an introduction to bagpipe playing, then lead a procession to the Blue Ridge Stage for a 12:10 p.m. awards ceremony.

Musical activities geared toward children will be held through the afternoon and will feature the Whitewater Bluegrass Co., the Deitz Family, Phil and Gaye Johnson, Ellie Grace and Carol Rifkin.

FOLK ARTS DEMONSTRATIONS

Throughout its history, Mountain Heritage Day always has been a showcase for the authentic folk arts and skills of the mountain region. This year will be no exception, with demonstrations ranging from Cherokee doll-making to sorghum molasses-making from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As part of festival activities, Peter Koch, educational associate at the Mountain Heritage Center, will demonstrate the loading and firing of a black powder flintlock rifle at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

A folk arts demonstration of draft horses and mules at work will be presented by Curtis Allison of Webster and Dwayne Franks of the Little Canada community in Jackson County. As part of that demonstration, Allison and Franks will be offering wagon rides to children attending the festival.

AUTO SHOW, FUN CONTESTS AND AWARDS

Area residents who own vintage automobiles will be driving them to Mountain Heritage Day to show them off in the festival auto show, which will begin at 10 a.m.

Some festival attendees will arrive on the WCU campus dressed in their best traditional mountain outfits with plans to enter traditional attire contests held for both children and adults, while some of the male visitors who have been dodging the razor for a while will want to enter the beard and moustache competition. Those contests will begin about 12:20 p.m. on the Blue Ridge Stage.

Always a spectator favorite at Mountain Heritage Day, the woodcutting contest, with chain saws and crosscut saws, will begin at 10 a.m. in a grassy area at the corner of Centennial Drive and University Way.

Entries from the festival traditional foods contest will be on display all day, with the winners recognized at 11:30 a.m. on the Balsam Stage, along with the winning vendors from the festival arts and crafts competition.

Also, as is the custom at every Mountain Heritage Day, WCU will present its Mountain Heritage Awards for 2011 to one individual and one organization in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the preservation or interpretation of the history and culture of Southern Appalachia. That presentation will take place at 12:10 p.m. on the Blue Ridge Stage.

FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING

Mountain Heritage Day goes on, rain or shine, and admission and parking are free. Pets are not allowed on festival grounds, but service animals are welcome. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating. Shuttles operate throughout the day, with stops at designated locations.

For more information about Mountain Heritage Day, go to MountainHeritageDay.com on the Web or call 828-227-7129.

MOUNTAIN HERITAGE DAY SCHEDULES

GENERAL EVENTS

9 a.m. – Registration begins for woodcutting contest

10 a.m. – Woodcutting contest begins; festival booths open, offering arts, crafts and food; antique auto show begins; demonstrations of folk arts and skills begin; Mountain Heritage Center opens

10:30 a.m. – Exhibition of black-powder shooting and “Sacred Harp” shaped-note sing begin

11 a.m. – Exhibition of Cherokee stickball begins

11:30 a.m. – Recognition of arts and crafts awards, and food contest winners, at Balsam Stage

12:10 p.m. – Presentation of Mountain Heritage Awards, traditional attire contests for children and adults, and beard and moustache contest, all on Blue Ridge Stage

1 p.m. – Exhibition of Cherokee courtship game “Fish” begins

1:30 p.m. – “Christian Harmony” shaped-note sing begins; presentation of “The Liars Bench” show begins in the Mountain Heritage Center

2:30 p.m. – Exhibition of black-powder shooting

3 p.m. – Exhibition of Cherokee blowguns begins

4 p.m. – Mountain Heritage Center closes

5 p.m. – Festival closes

 BALSAM STAGE

(Rodney Sutton, master of ceremonies)

10 a.m. – Hawk Tawodi Brown

10:30 a.m. – Cherokee Traditional Dance Group

10:40 a.m. – Hominy Valley Boys

11:10 a.m. – Blue Ridge Hi-Steppers (clogging)

11:30 a.m. – Recognition of arts and crafts awards, and food contest winners

11:40 a.m. – Deitz Family

12:15 p.m. – Jerry and Paul Wilson

12:55 p.m. – Spring Chickens

1:15 p.m. – Fines Creek Flatfooters (clogging)

1:40 p.m. – Queen Family

2:20 p.m. – Woolly Jumpers

3 p.m. – Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent winners

3:45 p.m. – Blue Eyed Girl

4:20 p.m. – Sweet Tater Band

MOUNTAIN HERITAGE CENTER EXHIBITS

(10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

“Migration of the Scotch-Irish People” – Permanent exhibit focusing on some of the first settlers to the mountains. A new exhibit update explores the tension between religion and lawbreaking as expressed by the temperance movement and moonshining.

“Qualla Arts and Crafts”Celebrates the 65th anniversary of this craft co-op in Cherokee. This exhibit features the skill and craftsmanship of Cherokee artisans.

“The Carolina Mountains: Photography of Margaret Morley” Sixty compelling images reveal glimpses of life in western North Carolina in the early 1900s.

“Progress of an Idea” Permanent exhibit on the development of Western Carolina University, its local origins and evolving mission, with a special focus on music at WCU.

“Jesse Stalcup: Craftsman and Builder” – Exhibit of handcrafted furniture from the early 1900s.

BLUE RIDGE STAGE

(Bill Nichols, master of ceremonies)

10 a.m. – Mountain Faith

10:30 a.m. – Stoney Creek Boys

10:45 a.m. – Dixie Darlins (clogging)

11 a.m. – Whitewater Bluegrass Co.

11:45 a.m. – Anne Lough

12:10 p.m. – Presentation of Mountain Heritage Awards, traditional attire contests for children and adults, and beard and moustache contest

12:30 p.m. – Phil and Gaye Johnson

1 p.m. – Buncombe Turnpike

1:45 p.m. – Tried Stone Gospel Choir

2:15 p.m. – Stoney Creek Boys

2:30 p.m. – Blue Ridge Hi-Steppers (clogging)

2:45 p.m. – Clogging demonstration with Bill Nichols and Simone Nichols Pace

3 p.m. – Wild Hog Band

3:30 p.m. – Five O’Clock Shadows

4 p.m. – Paul’s Creek

 FOLK ARTS AND SKILLS DEMONSTRATIONS

(10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Curtis Allison and Dwayne Franks – horses and mules

Lori and Chuck Anderson – corn shuck crafts and broom-making

Cassie Dickson – spinning and flax culture

Nancy, John Henry and Johnnie Ruth Maney – Cherokee pottery, beadwork and doll-making

William Rogers – blacksmithing

Larry Stout – sorghum molasses-making

R.O. Wilson – logging skills

Max Woody – chair-making

 CIRCLE TENT

(Phil Jamison, moderator for musical circles)

10 a.m. – Presentation on “Jackson County People and Places” by the Jackson County Historical Society

11 a.m. – Fiddle Circle with John Duncan and Summer McMahan

12:30 p.m. – Poetry Circle with Thomas Rain Crowe, Barbara Duncan and Brent Martin

1:30 p.m. – Banjo Circle with Annie Fain Liden, Steve Sutton and Charles Wood

3 p.m. – Ballad Circle with the Deitz Family, Gaye Johnson and Jeanette Queen Schrock

 CHILDREN’S TENT

10 a.m. – Heritage toys and activities

11:40 a.m. – Jean Hayes with an introduction to bagpipes and parade

12:30 p.m. – Whitewater Bluegrass Co. presents play party games

1 p.m. – Deitz Family

1:30 p.m. – Phil and Gaye Johnson

2 p.m. – Ellie Grace

2:30 p.m. – Carol Rifkin

3 p.m. – Heritage toys and activities

Mountain Heritage Day will include two demonstrations of black-powder shooting.Mountain Heritage Day will include two demonstrations of black-powder shooting

 

WCU’s Mountain Heritage Day to Include Food Competitions

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Local residents are invited to enter their honey and home food products in “A Gathering In,” the traditional foods competition held annually at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day.

The 37th annual festival on Saturday, Sept. 24, will feature contests for canned goods, baked goods and “heritage foods,” the Best in the West Berry Recipe contest, and a competition for extracted honey with categories in light, dark, and comb.

The recipe contest will highlight the importance of berries in the regional diet, said Peter Koch, education associate at the museum. “The recipe does not have to be original, but the entry must be made from scratch and must include berries,” he said.

The foods contest is coordinated jointly by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s Jackson County Center and the Mountain Heritage Center.  Ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries in youth and adult divisions, and a grand champion will be selected from each of the divisions of canned goods, baked goods, heritage foods conservation, and honey.

Food entries will be accepted at the Mountain Heritage Center at specific times during the week leading up to the festival. Canned goods, honey, and heritage foods can be dropped off at the museum between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Baked goods and berry recipe contest entries should be brought to the Mountain Heritage Center between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23.

Winners will be announced at Mountain Heritage Day. All entries must be picked up from the Mountain Heritage Center by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

For more information about the foods contest or to obtain a contest guideline booklet, call Cheryl Beck at the Jackson County Center at (828) 586-4009 or Peter Koch at the Mountain Heritage Center at (828) 227-7129, or visit www.MountainHeritageDay.com for a downloadable booklet and entry form.