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Special Events

Heritage Weekend

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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Will Hines
Diana Gates
Asheville Free Event, Craft Demonstrations, Spinning
Mary Nichols
Diana Gates
Traditional music
Traditional music
is always a highlight of Heritage Weekend at the Folk Art Center.
Stewart Stokes
Dana Hatheway, Free Asheville Festival, Craft Demonstration, woodworking
Dana Hatheway
Diana Gates
Apple Chill Cloggers
Apple Chill Cloggers
delight the crowd during Heritage Weekend.
Stewart Stokes
Whimmy Diddle
Whimmy Diddle
A whimmy diddle is an Appalachian mountain toy made of two wood sticks.

Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle, Asheville Free Festival

Contestants prepare for the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition.

Diana Gates

World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Comeptition, Asheville Free Festival, Heritage Weekend

Judges look on as contestants compete for the Whimmy Diddle championship.

Stewart Stokes


 

 

 

 


The 34th Annual Heritage Weekend will be held September 20 - 21 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 34th Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday, 2:00-3:00pm. Joe “Colonel Buncombe” Bly will emcee the competition.

 

During Heritage Weekend, learn from area experts about beekeeping, rifle making, coopering, heritage toy making, natural dyeing, spinning, quilting, whittling, print making and furniture making.  Other highlights include sheep shearing demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday.  The entertainment schedule is jam-packed with regional musicians on both days. Check back for the complete listing of participants and activities.

 

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.


What is a Whimmy Diddle?

A whimmy diddle is an Appalachian mountain toy made from two sticks of wood. 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 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.

The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center is the ideal place for Heritage Weekend with plenty of 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 call 828-298-7928.

Entertainment Schedule 2014

Saturday, September 20

          11am – Southern Crescent Bluegrass

12pm - Split Rail

1pm – Firefly

2pm – 34th Annual Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition

3pm – J Creek Cloggers and the Ross Brothers

 

Sunday, September 21

          12pm – Level Ground Gospel

          1pm – Carol Rifkin

          2pm – Cole Mountain Cloggers with Carol Rifkin

          2:30pm – Gospel Grass

          3:30pm – Buncombe Turnpike

 


 

Click here for a video about Heritage Weekend.

 

 

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