Aug
24
Sat
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – Terry McKinney / Bearwallow @ The Orchard at Altapass
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Terry McKinney / Bearwallow @ The Orchard at Altapass

1pm: Terry McKinney:  He grew up in Mitchell and McDowell counties surrounded by traditional mountain music, and he has been singing and playing gospel, mountain, bluegrass, or classic country music most of his life.  To Terry music is his first love and the audiences love him.

3pm: Bearwallow: Morganton, NC, based Bearwallow performs a unique blend of progressive bluegrass, old-timey folk, and classic country.  They constantly look to reach new heights and audiences as they continue on their musical adventure.

FREE

Aug
25
Sun
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – Smokey Joe / Amantha Mill @ The Orchard at Altapass
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Smokey Joe / Amantha Mill @ The Orchard at Altapass

1pm: Smokey Joe:  During Smokey Joe’s 35-year career, he has played as the house band for a live radio show, was nominated for string band of the year while playing with the Wisteria String Band and won the Charlotte Music Awards “Country Show Case” with The Smokey Joe Show in 2008.

3pm: Amantha Mill: A community-oriented folk/bluegrass act with one foot rooted firmly in our heritage and the other planted in exploring new acoustic sounds.

FREE

TRACTOR Farm to Fork Dinner @ Burnsville Town Center
Aug 25 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
TRACTOR Farm to Fork Dinner @ Burnsville Town Center

4th Annual TRACTOR Farm to Fork Dinner in Burnsville, North Carolina.  On Sunday, August 25th from 5-9pm.  This year’s featured chef is Taylor Montgomery from Mountain Air Country Club.  Spirits & Hors D’Oeuvres on South Main  Street from 5-6pm, dining in the Town Center from 6-9 pm.  Live entertainment by The 42nd Street Jazz Band.

Aug
26
Mon
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – Gospel/Bluegrass Concert @ The Orchard at Altapass
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Gospel/Bluegrass Concert @ The Orchard at Altapass

One night only, by hundreds of requests, an evening concert of Gospel and Bluegrass.  A great line-up engaged and an evening anticipated

Aug
29
Thu
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – Jack Vaughn @ The Orchard at Altapass
Aug 29 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Jack Vaughn @ The Orchard at Altapass

Come enjoy the great songs of this talented artist. FREE

Aug
30
Fri
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – Tom Sparks @ The Orchard at Altapass
Aug 30 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Tom Sparks @ The Orchard at Altapass

An all-time Orchard favorite.  FREE

Aug
31
Sat
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – The Grass Catchers / Southbound @ The Orchard at Altapass
Aug 31 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - The Grass Catchers / Southbound @ The Orchard at Altapass

1pm:  The Grass Catchers:  Enjoy their “catchy” renditions of this Orchard favorite group.

3pm: Southbound:  A progressive team of musicians from Monroe County, in rural southwestern Tennessee, who continue the true spirit of classic country music with their own southern style.

FREE

Sep
1
Sun
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – Sam McKinney / Roan Mountain Moonshiners @ The Orchard at Altapass
Sep 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Sam McKinney / Roan Mountain Moonshiners @ The Orchard at Altapass

1pm: Sam McKinney:  A talented young local singer and guitarist from Spruce Pine, whose repertoire includes a dynamic mix of traditional and contemporary music.  His captivating voice and guitar styles immediately engage the audience and leave them wanting more.

3pm: Roan Mountain Moonshiners:  T.V. Barnett and his band play nothing but east Tennessee style oldtime mountain music, they way it’s been played in these parts for hundreds of years.

FREE

Sep
2
Mon
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – Labor Day Picnic @ The Orchard at Altapass
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Labor Day Picnic @ The Orchard at Altapass

Music, dancing, food and lots of fun.

Sep
5
Thu
2019
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival @ Burnsville Town Center
Sep 5 – Sep 7 all-day
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival @ Burnsville Town Center

Register soon for the Friday night Banquet and the Saturday night Keynote. Spaces fill quickly.
The 14th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is on September 5-7, 2019 in Burnsville, NC. All day on Friday and Saturday authors give free readings and discussions reflecting this year’s theme- On The Move-stories of migration, immigration and travel. There are also evening events.
The Festival begins on Thursday night at 7:00 with a performance by Red Herring Puppets. “My Grandfather’s Prayers” is a multi-media theatrical performance based on the life of Cantor Izso Glickstein (1889-1947), a fourth-generation cantor, child prodigy, and operatic tenor. Izso toured Europe with the Hungarian Opera, was Uber- Cantor at Europe’s largest synagogue, recorded for Victor and RCA records, and mentored the young Leonard Bernstein. His story is one of survival despite the adversity of the Russian pogroms, Hungary’s White Terror, and two World Wars. He settled in Boston
where his powerful  voice expressed the passion and determination of a people holding on to faith and tradition. His story is enacted by his granddaughter, professional puppeteer Lisa Sturz, using scrolling scenery, shadow puppets, marionettes, digital compositing, poetic text, and visual metaphor, while exploring her own ancestry, artistry, and spirituality. This performance is recommended for adults and mature teens. You can watch a preview of this live performance on the Festival website.
Friday night features a locally sourced, catered banquet and a talk by Andrew Lawler, author of The Secret Token- Myth, Obsession and Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke.  In 1587, men, women, and children crossed the Atlantic, landing on Roanoke Island along what is now the North Carolina Coast. By the time a resupply mission arrived three years later, they had utterly vanished. But it was not until the nineteenth century that the story of the settlers grew into unsolved mystery and widely popular myths. Come hear how this strange tale is relevant to today’s struggle to define what it means to be American. Registration is required $35 BYOB.
The Festival will end on Saturday night with Charles Frazier in Conversation with author, Elaine Neil Orr. They will discuss how the themes of this year’s festival, travel, migration and immigration apply to Frazier’s novels. Inman’s long and difficult journey home In Cold Mountain, the forced removal of the Cherokee in Thirteen Moons and Varina Davis’ flight during Reconstruction in Varina will be the focus. Registration is required $25.
An attendee said, “ I put ‘Registration begins July 1’ on my calendar now. One year I kept putting it off and everything was sold out.” So, register now.
Go to our website cmlitfest.org to see the full schedule, read author bios and register for required events.