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In Yancey Times Journal August 20, 2014
$1.3 million grant for afterschool programming
Yancey County Schools received notification that the system has been awarded a four-year $1,360,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This funding will provide free afterschool programming at all eight district elementary and middle schools. The grant also allows for free summer programs.
Sheriff’s Office gets car with NASCAR connection
The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased a car through Burnsville Chevrolet that was driven by NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon in a Pepsi Max commercial. The commercial can be viewed on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRIgmKGDqFM or go to You Tube then search Jeff Gordon Test Drive 2 Pepsi Max Prank. You can also watch the original Jeff Gordon Test Drive Pepsi Max Prank.
Summer Food Program makes final delivery to Yancey families
The Summer Food Program has been a collaborative effort of several community agencies and volunteers to deliver boxes of food staples, fresh produce, healthy recipes and children’s books to families in need throughout the summer. The program fills the gap for these families when the children are out of school and don’t have access to school meals. This final delivery made a total of 500 boxes of food distributed to Yancey County families.
Crafters/artisans needed for Old Timey Day Sept. 27
Plans are underway for Burnsville’s fall celebration of our heritage – the annual Old Timey Days Fall Festival. The festival, which is second only to the Crafts Fair in attendance, takes place on Burnsville Town Square on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This annual event, a favorite with locals and visitors, is sponsored by Yancey History Association.
Important dates to remember for Nov. election
Yancey Board of Elections reminds voters of upcoming dates for the November 4 General Election. Requested absentee ballots start going out Sept. 5 and the last day to request an absentee is Oct. 28. Registration books close Oct. 5 to register if you are not already registered, and to change your address or provide information if you have had a name change. One-stop voting is Oct. 23 – Nov. 1 (hours to be announced). The office is now located at 6 South Main in Burnsville Town Center (Area C facing the highway). Call BOE at 682-3950.
THINGS TO DO and ENTERTAINMENT
*Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, multiple award-winning bluegrass group, coming to Burnsville Town Center on Saturday, August 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $18 adults, $12 children 12 to 18, and children under 12 free. Call 682-7209.
*Parkway Playhouse presents the swashbuckling adventure Treasure Island, opening Aug. 23 and continuing through Sept. 6 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. For information or tickets, see parkwayplayhouse.com or call 682-4285.
*Kirkwood’s Café presents Thistle Dew and their mixture of mountain old-time and Celtic folk music on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 7-9 with $5 cover. Thursday Songwriter’s Gathering 6-9 p.m. Open mic Fridays 7-9, Friday noon-2 live bluegrass/traditional music. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffet 10:30-2. 114 E. Main in Burnsville. Call 678-9362 for reservations.
*Yancey Theatre opens “Guardians of the Galaxy” this Friday, Aug. 22. All seats $5. Call 678-3322 for show times and dates.
*Burnsville Wine hosts “Thirsty Thursday” on Aug. 21 from 4-6 p.m. featuring some nice summer beers from Next Generation Beer representative. Regular wine tasting this Friday, Aug. 22, from 4-7 p.m. at 525 W. Main. Call 682-3456.
*Yancey Farmers Market's every Saturday, 8:30 –12:30 behind Burnsville Town Center, local produce, pork and beef, eggs, goat cheese, baked goods, plants, crafts and more.
*Pickin’ on the Porch hosted by Ron & Minnie Powell at Proffitt-Cousins cabin on the Yancey History Association museum grounds on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. Bring your instrument and play or come and be entertained.
*Penland School of Crafts hosts an auction of student and instructor work on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Northlight building on the Penland campus. For directions and map visit penland.org. For more information, call 828-765-2359.
*Young's Mountain Music presents a special show with Johnny Ellis and Chet Cutshaw on Friday, Aug. 29 from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5. Family-friendly setting with live music every Saturday night off Hwy 19E at Mitchell/Yancey line. Call 675-4790 or 675-4365.
*The deadline to submit applications for the Toe River Arts Council Holiday Studio Tour, Dec. 5-7 is Friday, August 22, 2014 at 5 p.m.
*Free ukulele jam every Monday at The Music Box on West Main from 12:30 – 1:30. Bring your ukulele and a chair and join the fun. Call 678-9596 for more information.
*Carolina Mountain Literary Festival’s 9th event is Sept. 5-6 with dozens of authors and noted poet and performer Glenis Redmond for Saturday banquet. Free presentation of “Ivy Rowe” Friday night. Workshop slots still available. See details and public workshop schedule at cmlitfest.org.
*Skating at Riverside Roller Rink on Saturdays, from 7-11 p.m. Available Mon-Fri for private parties. Questions, call 682-2651.
*TRAC’s Burnsville Gallery and Gift Shop features work by many fine local artists. 102 West Main Street. Hours 10:30-5, Tues-Sat. See toeriverarts.org, or call 682-7215.
*OOAK Gallery features fine, folk, funky art and crafts in historic country store at 573 Micaville Loop 4 miles east of Burnsville off Hwy 19. Tues-Sat 10-5:30, Sun. noon-4. Call 675-0690.
*Toe River Crafts 40th season as an artists’ cooperative of some of the region’s best. Located at 6274 Highway 80 South, 7 miles south of Micaville.
*The Design Gallery presents “The Flowers and the Trees” featuring the work of Carol Wallace Bailey through Aug. 23. South Main across from Town Center, 678-9869 or the-design-gallery.com.
*Off the Beaten Path bookstore and antique shop located downstairs at 19 W. Main in Burnsville.
*TRAC’s Spruce Pine Gallery features a 50-year retrospective of the work of legendary weaver Edwina Bringle through Sept. 20 at 269 Oak Avenue.
*Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville opens two shows, Alternative Firings and A Response to Place. Call 828-688-3599 or see crimsonlaurelgallery.com.
*Mica Gallery features fine crafts. Call 828-688-6422, facebook/micagallerync, micagallerync.com.
*The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center on Penland School campus. Call 828-765-6211 or penland.org/gallery.