Join us from 10 am-4 pm for a celebration of Southern Appalachian culture on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This festival has old-time music and demonstrations of the crafts of yesteryear.
ACTIVITIES: Chairmaking, quilting, heirloom apples, sheep shearing, cornshuck dolls, woodcarving, blacksmithing, weaving, stone carving, soap making, crocheting, knitting, spinning, rifle making, natural dyeing, basketry.
Martha Owen- Spinning, Angora rabbits, storytelling, and music
Barbara Miller- Weaving…she’s a legend
Dede Styles- Natural Dyeing and a natural way of life
Lyle Wheeler- Chairmaking
Tony Dills- Birds created from carved wood. He learned from two area legends: Phil Brown and Edsel Martin
Ronnie McMahan- Woodcarver specializing in cardinals. He is a fine teacher for children and adults alike
Rita de Maintenon- Crochet Lace
Mary Nichols- Spinning
Cassie Dickson- Woven coverlets
Marlow Gates of Friendswood Brooms- He learned to make brooms from his Dad
Sandra Rowland and Nora Mosrie- Children’s Projects
Connie Brown- Quilts- she makes them, she appraises them, she teaches about them
Tom Godleski- He makes walking sticks, many with snakes circling around. Musician (his band is Buncombe Turnpike) award winning playwright and storyteller
Anthony Cole- Sheep Shearing
John Dickens- Woodcarver. Each carver creates work that is very distinctive.
Peter Werner- Broom making
Collene Karcher- Stone carving. She is inspired by nature and lives close to the land.
Rodney Leftwich- A virtual treasure trove of knowledge on mountain pottery traditions. He makes a wide variety of clay forms, has written a highly informative book on the history of pottery in the Asheville area.
10:00 Janet Wiseman and The Highlights
11:00 Newfound Gap
12:00 Blue Eyed Girl
1:00 Buncombe Turnpike
2:00 43rd Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition
3:00 Spilt Rail
Storytelling by Ashton Woody
At the front entrance of the FAC throughout the day