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.

The Orchard at Altapass – Sound Traveler @ The Orchard at Altapass
Sep 5 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Sound Traveler @ The Orchard at Altapass

Bob & Patty Tatum, play acoustic vocal and instrumental renditions of popular classics from genres as diverse as classic rock & pop, folk, classy standards, country, blues, light jazz, and gospel on guitar, trumpet, bass, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, concertina, and percussion.  What a time.  FREE

Sep
6
Fri
2019
Sacred Heart Spaghetti Day @ Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Sep 6 all-day
  • Spaghetti Day at Sacred Heart Catholic Church located at 20 Summit Street on Friday, Sept. 6. Lunch (take out only) is at 11am – 1pm. For in town delivery (lunch only) contact Kathleen at 319-0001. Dinner (eat in or take out) 4:30pm – 6:30pm (no delivery for dinner). The cost is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12 and kids under age five are free. Tickets available at the door. Homemade spaghetti sauce, meatballs, salad, garlic knots, dessert, and ice tea and coffee.
The Orchart at Altapass – Debbie Young @ The Orchard at Altapass
Sep 6 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
The Orchart at Altapass - Debbie Young @ The Orchard at Altapass

She sings solo and as lead and tenor, playing rhythm guitar, mandolin and harmonica in Tru Blu.  Always a favorite.  FREE

Sep
7
Sat
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – Dollar Brothers / Bearwallow @ The Orchard at Altapass
Sep 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Dollar Brothers / Bearwallow @ The Orchard at Altapass

1pm: Dollar Brothers:  Growing up in the Meat Camp community of Watauga County in a musical family, brothers Darrell, Barry, and Wade, have been playing bluegrass music together and performing at local venues for more than 20 years, continuing their traditional bluegrass style.

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

Sep
8
Sun
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – Slight Departure / Tru Blu @ The Orchard at Altapass
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Slight Departure / Tru Blu @ The Orchard at Altapass

1pm: Slight Departure:  A WNC based Folk/Americana/Old Time quintet, and it’s 5-part harmonies and instruments indigenous to North Carolina, make this group a must-see act.

3pm: Tru Blu:  They have been a work in progress for years, playing bluegrass, classic country, gospel, original songs, and golden oldies – all to enthusiastic audiences.

FREE

Sep
11
Wed
2019
“Around the World, A Retrospective” Through the Lens of H. Allen Benowitz @ Yancey County Public Library
Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
"Around the World, A Retrospective" Through the Lens of H. Allen Benowitz @ Yancey County Public Library

A lecture and slide show presentation of the photography and travels of H. Allen Benowitz.

Sep
12
Thu
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – Jack Vaughn @ The Orchard at Altapass
Sep 12 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Jack Vaughn @ The Orchard at Altapass | Spruce Pine | North Carolina | United States

Come enjoy the great songs of this talented artist.  FREE

Sep
13
Fri
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – Terry McKinney @ The Orchard at Altapass
Sep 13 @ 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - Terry McKinney @ The Orchard at Altapass

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.  FREE

Sep
14
Sat
2019
The Orchard at Altapass – True Grass / Crossfire @ The Orchard at Altapass
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Orchard at Altapass - True Grass / Crossfire @ The Orchard at Altapass | Spruce Pine | North Carolina | United States

1pm: True Grass:  They hail from Burnsville, NC, and have been playing truegrass, newgrass, and gospel since 1994.  Band members include Anthony Allen, Jeff Allen, Daniel Cook, Daniel Norton, and Jacob Carroll.

3pm: Crossfire Bluegrass Band:  From Sparta, NC, play great bluegrass renditions from band members Joe Willey, Jerel Willey, Justin Willey, and Bill Paul.

FREE