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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
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, coopering, heritage toy making, natural dyeing, spinning, whittling, weaving and furniture making. Other highlights include sheep shearing demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday, and border collie demonstrations on Sunday. 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. Granny's Country Kitchen food trucky will be set up on the grounds of the Folk Art Center both days. For more information, 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.
David Crandall, hand dovetailing, wood boxes
Rodney Leftwich, cameo pottery
Hugh Bailey, hand built pottery
David Grant, pottery, wheel throwing
Peggy Whitted, weaving
Barbara Miller, weaving
Mary Nichols, spinning
Leniavell Trivette, colonial knotting
Rita deMaintenon, crochet and heritage lace
Bill Henry, whittling
Will Hines, coopering, heritage toy making
Lyle Wheeler, furniture, heritage toy making
Don Duncan, treenware
Ed Lampert, wood carving
Collene Karcher, stone carving
Marlow Gates, broom making
Cassie Dickson, flax to linen
Brandy Clements, chair caning
Dana Hatheway, Windsor chairs
Karen Collis, corn shuck dolls
Scott Woody, chair making
Pam Etheredge, pine needle baskets
Donata Jones, tatting
Dede Styles, natural dyeing
Blue Ridge Community College, blacksmithing
Sandra Rowland, hands-on heritage craft activities
Connie Brown, beekeeping
Anthony Cole, sheep shearing (Saturday)
Joe Parham, border collie demonstrations (Sunday)
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