Tracy K. Smith Keynote Address (April 1st, 2019)

Date: Apr 01 2019
Time: 07:30 PM – 09:30 PM

Ashe Civic Center
962 Mt Jefferson Rd
West Jefferson, NC 28694

Currently serving as the 52nd Poet Laureate of the United States, Smith is the author of four volumes of poetry and a memoir Tracy K. Smith’s 2011 collection, Life on Mars, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and her 2015 book, Ordinary Life: A Memoir, about race, faith, and her growing realization that poetry would be her chosen language, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. As Poet Laureate, she takes poetry on the road around the country, primarily to rural areas. She hopes to make poetry part of a common language, and she encourages people to use poetry to “rehumanize” themselves in a technological world. A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University, Smith is the Roger S. Berlind Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, where she is the director and a professor of creative writing. She became interested in poetry at an early age, reading Emily Dickinson and Mark Twain in elementary school, wrote her first poem when she was in fifth grade.

Tracy Smith was scheduled to be the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual On the Same Page Literary Festival last September but was cancelled due to weather.

The Literary Festival, the Arts Council and the Ashe Library are very excited that Ms. Smith was able to re-schedule her visit.

This event is free and seating is first come and first serve.

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Gem Valley LLC

High Gravity Adventures

Open May thru October

Our operation hours will be Thursday through Monday, 9:00 AM EST to 3:00 PM EST.*

We will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Admission into the park and access to the flume mines starts at $10.00. Please visit our Flume Mining page for detailed information on available buckets!

*Please note that no new miners will be admitted after 2:00 PM.

Note of Interest: This year we have been digging in an area that has turned up many Native American artifacts so there is a chance to find much more in your gem pails than just great gems, and we have also discovered some amazing aquamarine and tourmaline this year. We have expanded the rock shop and added more ore to go through. We hope to see YOU this season!!!

Gem Valley NC LLC
2489 Little Peak Creek Road
Jefferson, NC 28640

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Writing with Miles Tager (March 30th, 2019)

March 30, 2019
10 am til 3 pm
Cost $60

All Levels

This workshop examines the intimate connection between Person and Place and how to bring it in to sharper focus through the written word.

We will highlight the Southern Mountains and its culture but also address the larger context of how where you live affects how you live.

And, how you express yourself.

Click here for more details.

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Ola Bella Reed Songwriter’s Retreat (April 12th thru April 14th 2019)

The Ashe County Arts Council welcomes the weekend retreat of songwriting, making music, and celebrating the work of Ola Belle Reed with the Song Writer’s Retreat. The workshop will be held at the Ashe Civic Center Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14, 2019. It is open to songwriters of all genres and styles, and all accompaniment instruments are welcomed. Instructors include Cathy Fink, Alice Gerrard, Sam Gleaves, Claire Lynch and Marcy Marxer.

Workshop space is limited, purchase online below ($250 adults; $150 students). Tuition assistance and limited partial scholarships available.

Click here for additional details.

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Barn Quilt Square with Renee Brooks (March 22nd & 23rd, 2019)

March 22nd & March 23rd, 2019, 9 am til 3 pm.
Cost $135

All Levels
All Materials Provided
3’x3′ Quilt Square

At one time quilts were born of necessity- keeping families warm and comfortable on cold nights. As time passed and more materials were available, the quilts became cherished heirlooms. Barn Quilts are much the same- they are a statement, a symbol of identity whethere you are a traditionalist or prefer a more modern twist. Join Renee in recreating a 3’x3′ Quilt Square of your own. Day two (10 am – 1 pm) is an open studio time for those that need to finish their quilts.

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Paint with Raney (March 21st, 2019)

March 21, 2019
6 pm til 8 pm
Cost $35

All Levels
All Materials Provided

Raney will jump start your creative juices with lots of laughter, and artistic tips. She will lead you step-by-step and keep you entertained along the way. Join Raney and experience what being an artist can do for your spirit, your stress level and your sense of accomplishment! All materials provided. All levels Age 13+

March’s painting is pictured above. Art Party paintings are designed by Raney specifically for the events.
With Raney in charge, it’s GUARANTEED to be an evening of fun! We hope you’ll join us!

*You are encouraged to bring along your favorite wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage to sip as you paint. In accordance with North Carolina law, you must be 21 years of age to consume alcoholic beverages. If there is a question about your age, you may be asked to provide identification documenting that you are of age.

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B J Thomas at Saloon Studios (May 25th, 2019)

BJ Thomas live at Saloon Studios

Saloon Studios Live is thrilled to kick off its 2019 Legends series with B.J. Thomas on Saturday, May 25! With over 70 million records sold and five Grammys, B.J. Thomas has one of the most recognizable and respected voices in American music. Hear his signature hits, including the Oscar-winning “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” and “Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” in an unparalleled concert setting!

Ticket Purchase includes:

● Ultimate Five Hour VIP Experience – it’s not just a concert, it’s a party with the band!
● Meet & Greet with B.J. Thomas
● Exclusive Saloon Studios Live Bandana
● Explore our Old West Town
● Food & Beverage Included
● Quick, Carefree Parking

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Frontier Day at Saloon Studios (May 4th, 2019)

Saloon Studios

Frontier Day – May 4, 2019

Load up the family in the wagon and join us for our first Frontier Day on Saturday, May 4. Come spend the day and step back in time to another era, where cowboys roamed the streets and settlers relied on extensive knowledge and artisanal skills for survival. Learn from the experts and see lost arts in action, while also enjoying food truck fare, live music, and more!

Adults age 13+ $20
Kids 12 & under free

Click here for more details

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Florence Thomas Art School

Florence Art School

Florence Thomas Art School | 10 S. Jefferson Ave. | P.O. Box 865 | West Jefferson, NC 28694 | 336-846-FTAS (3827) | TUES-SAT, 10am-4pm

The mission of the Florence Art School is to provide resources for instruction, exhibition and experience in the fine arts and heritage crafts for Ashe County and the region.

We strive to support our mission and vision through:

  • Offering education in all media of the fine arts
  • Preserving the cultural heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains through offering workshops and demonstrations in the heritage crafts
  • Engaging underserved youths and adults with meaningful arts experiences through our Outreach Programs
  • Promoting and preserving the Florence Thomas legacy
  • Providing exhibition space
  • Fostering an environment for creative thought and artistic expression.
  • Posted by Superman23 in Local Arts and Crafts

    Rosebud Bakery & Diner

    The Rosebud Bakery & Diner

    What we offer: Breakfast and Lunch Menu along with our from scratch freshly made breads, pies, cakes, donuts and more!

    We will have local favorite breads and treats daily and will have many differant special breads and treats randomly available by request or season.

    We will be serving breakfast and lunch specials daily that you can either dine in or take with you. Delivery for local schools and business available with a 30 minute lead time. Contact us for more information.

    We always strive to find the freshest ingredients in our area. We make sure our foods are regional and we love working with our local farmers. In this way we bring you as many farm fresh products as we find available all to support our local farms.

    The Rosebud Bakery & Diner

    102 N Jefferson Ave
    West Jefferson, NC 28694
    Phone: 336-846-3333


    Monday – Wednesday: Closed
    Thursday – Saturday 8:00AM – 6:00PM
    Sunday 10:00AM – 2:00PM

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