Emerald Village Black Light Mine Tour @ Emerald Village
Aug 31 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Emerald Village Black Light Mine Tour @ Emerald Village

Looking for an experience that’s “out of this world”? Emerald Village offers night-time underground mine tours that unlock vibrant hidden colors available only under ultraviolet light, commonly called black light. The brilliant coatings in the Bon Ami Mine are largely deposits of Hyalite Opal, a true form of opal found in this area. Under shortwave ultraviolet light, these coatings fluoresce or glow a vivid lime green. The effect, underground at night, is stunning!

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.


Parkway Playhouse presents “The Humans” @ Parkway Playhouse
Sep 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Parkway Playhouse presents "The Humans" @ Parkway Playhouse

Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night and the heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed.

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.

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 to see the full schedule, read author bios and register for required events.