Here in Western North Carolina, we love nature, we love apples (the North Carolina Apple Festival was just a few days ago, in fact) and we love art of all kinds. So, I'm happy to let you know that you'll have the opportunity to start loving the arts in Asheville over the next couple of weekends with the Southern Highland Craft Guild's Heritage Weekend, Art in Autumn street festival, Heritage Craft Weekend at the NC Arboretum and the Pisgah Mountain Craft Show.
Heritage Weekend - September 17-18, 2011
Folk Art Center (Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway), 11am to 5pm. Cost: FREE. In addition to the many heritage craft demonstrations, there will be live traditional mountain music and dancing, including clogging. Local experts will be on hand to teach you how to whittle, create pottery, beekeeping techniques, basket weaving, wood carving, quilting, blacksmithing and much more. There are plenty of nice grassy areas to have a beautiful family picnic. You definitely don't want to miss the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition being held on Saturday from 2pm to 3pm. The Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle is an Appalachian stick toy. Parking is free, too. For more information, please call 828-298-7928.
Art in Autumn - September 17, 2011
Main Street, Downtown Weaverville, 10am to 5pm. Cost: FREE. For the fifth year in a row, downtown Weaverville plays host to more than 100 local artisans showing off their talents. But that's not all! There will be live bluegrass music (traditional to the great Smoky Mountains) as well as fantastic food to enjoy. For more info on this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heritage Craft Weekend - September 24, 2011
North Carolina Arboretum (100 Frederick Law Olmstead Way), 11am to 4pm. Arts and crafts created from a wide variety of mediums will be available to view, including those made from local, natural materials as well as recycled materials. Learn the art of basket making, spinning and weaving as well as enjoy live music.
Pisgah Mountain Craft Show - September 24-25, 2011
Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 410), Pisgah Inn, 10am to 6pm. Cost: FREE. Live glassblowing demos, painting and jewelry are just some of what you can expect from 70 of the area's best and brightest artists and crafts people.
So, if you enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains and all they have to offer, learn more about what inspires local artists and even become one yourself by attending one of these fun arts and crafts events. Pretty soon, you'll be loving the arts in Asheville, too!