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.
Chairmaking, quilting, heirloom apples, sheep shearing, cornshuck dolls, woodcarving, blacksmithing, weaving, stone carving, soap making, crocheting, knitting, spinning, rifle making, natural dyeing, basketry.
List of Participants:
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 Maintenan- Crochet
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.
Entertainment Schedule includes Ashton Woody- Jack Tales, Music: Blue Eyed Girl, Janet Wiseman, Split Rail Bluegrass, Buncombe Turnpike,
Don’t Miss the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition at 2:00 pm!!