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Included in the July 30th issue...
WELCOME TO THE 58TH ANNUAL MT. MITCHELL CRAFTS FAIR
Special Section -- includes fair schedule and events for the weekend!
In Yancey Times Journal July 30, 2014
Crafts Fair this weekend, town road closing times
The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair is this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2, with booths set up around Town Square, up North Main to Avery Street and along West Main to the crosswalk near the Visitor Center. The Town Square and North Main will be closed to parking and traffic at 2 p.m. on Thursday and East Main will be closed at 2:45 p.m. West Main will be closed at 4:45 p.m. All vendors enter on South Main to set up for the Fair. Town Square will feature the Entertainment Stage, Heritage Hollow tent with ongoing demonstrations, and the Chamber information booth. Crafts Fair information section begins on page 11 of the Times Journal, with booth layout and vendor listings on page 20.
Lightning strikes home during Sunday storm
Severe thunderstorms accompanied by a tornado watch and a spectacular lightning show rumbled across the region Sunday night leaving isolated damage and spotty power outages. An attached apartment at a home off McKinney Branch Road was hit by lightning and gutted by fire.
Historic Nu-Wray Inn for sale at reduced price
Founded in 1833, the oldest surviving inn in Western North Carolina is in search of a new owner. And the price is listed at $849,000, well below the appraised value of $1.1 million. The owners, who have made extensive repairs to the historic 16,000-sq. ft. inn adjacent to Burnsville’s Town Square, have placed the inn on the market because they need to relocate closer to family.
Restaurant to open in prime downtown spot
Julie Leford, owner of Blue Flame Grill in Marshall, is preparing to open a Blue Flame Grill in Burnsville in the building once occupied by Hilltop Restaurant and more recently by Bootleg, a bar and grill. Plans are to be open by September. The restaurant is advertising in the classified section this week to hire at least six employees.
*Yancey’s Board of Elections director reminds voters of upcoming dates regarding the November 4 General Election. Requested absentee ballots start going our 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).
*Toe River Project Access get s Duke Endowment grant to to assist low-income, uninsured residents through a collaborative effort between area physicians, optometrists, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Toe River Health District, and Mitchell and Yancey Departments of Social Services.
*Newspaper deadline this week for the Aug. 6 issue is noon Thursday and the office will be closed on Friday due to street closures for the Crafts Fair.
THINGS TO DO and ENTERTAINMENT
*58th Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, one of the largest and longest-running crafts fairs in the Blue Ridge, with some 200 crafters, music and food takes place Aug. 1-2, on Burnsville Town Square.
*Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild show is July 31-Aug. 3 in Burnsville Town Center with more than 60 quilts. Admission of $3 supports charitable work by the group. Raffle tickets available. Call 6780221
*Parkway Playhouse presents Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical The King & I on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2 and Aug. 8 and 9, at 7:30. Matinee on Sunday Aug. 3 at 3 p.m. For information or tickets, see website at parkwayplayhouse.com or call 682-4285.
*Burnsville Wine hosts a special fundraising wine tasting event with food and music ($10 donation) this Friday, Aug. 1, from 4-7 p.m. at 525 W. Main. Call 682-3456.
*Kirkwood’s Café presents Marshall Ballew, Appalachian singer/ songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, instructor and music historian, on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 7-9 with $5 cover. Call 678-9362 for reservations. Thursday Songwriter’s Gathering 6-9 p.m. Open mic Fridays 7-9, Friday noon-2 bluegrass/traditonal by Typical Mountain Boys. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffet 10:30-2. 114 E. Main in Burnsville.
*Yancey Theatre’s continues for a second week with “Hercules,” an action-adventure film with The Rock. All seats $5. Call 678-3322 for show times and dates.
*Pickin’ on the Porch hosted by Ron & Minnie Powell returns in August to the 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.
*Young's Mountain Music presents traditional, bluegrass and country music in a family-friendly setting every Saturday night off Hwy 19E at Mitchell/Yancey line. Call 675-4790 or 675-4365.
*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 Friday banquet. 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.
*Yancey Farmers Market (closed this Saturday due to Crafts Fair) but is normally open every Saturday, 8:30 –12:30 behind Burnsville Town Center, local produce, pork and beef, eggs, goat cheese, baked goods, plants, crafts and more.
*TRAC’s Burnsville Gallery exhibit through Aug. 1 features Steve Buettner’s series of black and white photographs, and to add a bit of color is work by three book artists. Gift show features work of many 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 store 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 Aug. 7-Sept. 20 with reception on Aug. 16 from 5-7 p.m. at 269 Oak Avenue.
*Super Saturdays children’s Appalachian Heritage program at the Orchard at Altapass thru Aug. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, different heritage activity weekly for ages 6-12.
*Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville opens two shows, Alternative Firings and A Response to Place, on Aug. 2, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Call 828-688-3599 or see crimsonlaurelgallery.com.
*Mica Gallery exhibit of sculptures by Raven Tata made from recycled materials. This Bakersville 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