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Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

July 2014 Craft Fair Demonstrations and Music Schedule

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Celebrate the Art of Craft at the
67th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
US Cellular Center, Asheville, NC
July 17 - 20 Craft Demonstrations


Craft demonstrations are a highlight at the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands.  Watching and interacting with highly skilled craftspeople as they create is entertaining and educational.  Throughout the show, visitors will have the opportunity to observe works by over 200 members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and to learn about their inspiration and methods.  There are also scheduled demonstrations to enhance the experience. 

July Schedule of Demonstrations

Rita deMaintenon:
heritage lace.  Rita deMaintenon of Fletcher, NC, will .  She has been a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild since 2004.   

Carla Fillipelli:
random weave baskets.  Carla Fillipelli of  Asheville, NC, will demonstrate .  Carla has been a member of the SHCG since 1983.

Ronnie McMahan: woodcarving. 
Ronnie McMahan of Black Mountain, NC will demonstrate  has been a member of the SHCG since 2012.

Lenny Moore:  blacksmithing. 
Guest craftsperson Lenny Moore will be outside the U.S. Cellular Center at the forge greeting Fair-goers while demonstrating the craft of using heat to transform metal into art.

Sandra Rowland:  sunprinting. 
Sandra Rowland of Murphy, NC will demonstrate the process of using sunprint paint, found materials such as leaves, and sunlight to create unique patterns and designs on fabric.  Sandra has been a member of the SHCG since 1993.

Ikebana International, Asheville Chapter will host an exhibition of ikebana displays on the Arena Level during the Craft Fair, using handmade containers many of which have been made by SHCG members. Ikebana International in Asheville serves individuals and groups in Western North Carolina through the study of the Japanese art of flower design and culture by providing and participating in educational programs, exhibitions, and events.

Arts for Life:  children’s activities.  Arts For Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting children and young adults facing serious illnesses.  They have been invited to share their mission with fair-goers while providing an opportunity for kids (and adults) to experience hands-on craft activities.  


Hear Music of the Mountains at the
67th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
US Cellular Center, Asheville NC
July 18-20 Entertainment Schedule


Friday, July 18
11amRic Ledford & Reems Creek Incident. An Asheville, NC based bluegrass band that specializes in a wide variety of traditional, not-so-traditional and original bluegrass music.  
1pm – Cane Creek Bluegrass Band. Musicians from Upstate South Carolina specializing in bluegrass and bluegrass gospel.   
3pm – Hot Duck Soup. Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare yourselves for a jolt to your funny bones; the Hot Duck Soup Novelty Vintage Jazz Band is about to assault your senses with wild and zany tunes from the teens, twenties, and thirties!
Saturday, July 19
11am – Southern Crescent Bluegrass
.  Southern Crescent Bluegrass has been together now for over seven years. They play traditional bluegrass and occasionally country or rock song with a bluegrass touch, with some originals as well. They are a six piece band, with four members native to WNC.  
1pm – Split Rail. Split Rail provides a great continuity of sound that can only be achieved from years of playing together.  Strong vocal harmony is their trademark.
3pm – Carol Rifkin and Friends. Carol Rifkin and friends play original and traditional mountain music, their fine harmonies blending in an old timey style heavily influenced by the elders of the region, family, friends and diverse interests.

Sunday, July 20
11am – Mountain Friends
. This group plays high energy American swing-grass.  This is a strong team that combines fine musicianship and pure joy, giving audiences a highly entertaining show. 
1pm – Buncombe Turnpike. Buncombe Turnpike plays a variety of heartfelt tunes ranging from traditional and contemporary bluegrass to gospel and Buncombe Turnpike originals. With their crowd pleasing demeanor, seasoned musicianship, and powerful vocals, the band has made a name for themselves among traditional and contemporary listeners alike.
3pm – Moore Brothers Band. Trio of musicians from Hickory, NC that play Americana, Blues, Newgrass, Grass, Country, Jazz & Gospel Flavors.