Second Boone Heritage Festival Celebrates Appalachian Traditions at Hickory Ridge Today: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Published Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

Orville spins some tales at last year’s inaugural Boone Heritage Festival. Photo by Jesse Wood

By Jesse Wood

Oct. 3, 2012. The outdoor Boone Heritage Festival takes place on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 35-acre wooded setting of the Hickory Ridge Living Museum on Horn in the West Drive.

The festival, which focuses on Appalachian traditions, history and heritage, as well as contemporary Appalachian life, is presented by the Southern Appalachian Historical Association and the Town of Boone and is now in its second year that features even more demonstrations and performers than last year.

The Boone Heritage Festival includes musical performances, storytellers, historical demonstrations from the colonial/Revolutionary time period, vendors, regional crafts, children’s activities, food and a raffle. (See below for lineup of scheduled performers.)

“[These performers] represent some of the finest local and regional traditional musicians and storytellers,” Mark Freed, folklorist for the Watauga Arts Council, said. “There will be lots of good local music played and sung and stories shared that have been passed in this community for many generations.”

In his workshop in Beech Creek, Charlie Glenn plays a banjo he built. Photo by Jesse Wood

Skilled craftsmen will demonstrate 18th century techniques in blacksmithing, candle dipping, candlewick needlework, apple butter making, cornhusk crafts, flintknapping, flintlock rifles, hearthside cooking, leatherwork, spinning and carding, tatting, colonial trading and tomahawk throwing.

Vendors will display and sell baked goods, books, jewelry, woodworking, handmade soaps, kettle corn, fresh-pressed apple cider, hand-knitted Alpaca wool items, cornhusk crafts and more.

The focus of the event is Appalachian traditions, history, and heritage as well as contemporary Appalachian life. The Hickory Ridge Living History Museum preserves and showcases eight log cabins and log outbuildings and highlights 18th century living.

Admission to the Boone Heritage Festival is free.

The Lineup of Performers

Cabin Stage:
9 a.m. – Mary Greene w/ kids folk songs
10 a.m. – Tunes and Flatfoot dancing with Robert Dotson, Gordy Hinners, John Turner and more
11 a.m. – Beech Mountain celebration with Rick Ward, Lonnie Ward and Charlie Glenn
12 p.m. – Stories with Orville Hicks, Glenn Bolick and Charlotte Ross
1 p.m. – Elkville String Band (old-time string band)
2 p.m. – Kay and Patrick Crouch (old-time duet)
3 p.m. – The Sheets Family (family old-time band)

Jamming Area (Bring An Instrument):
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – led by Brandon Holder and Adam Jarrell
12 to 2 p.m. – led by Cecil Gurganus and JAM kids
2 to 4 p.m. – led by Steve Kruger w/ flatfoot dancer, Tori Cox

Liar’s Bench:
11 a.m. – Charlotte Ross
12 p.m. – Robert Dotson
1 p.m. – Orville Hicks
2 p.m. – Glenn Bolick

For more information, click to www.booneheritagefestival.com.

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