Month: March 2019

Ashe Civic Center

Ashe Civic Center

The Ashe Civic Center offers both quality entertainment and rental facilities featuring:

*A 282-seat theatre/auditorium
*Annual season of concerts featuring a variety of family friendly events including music, theatre, dance, and more
*Various community events throughout the year including dance recitals, benefits and fundraisers
*Home of the Ashe County Little Theatre
*Easy ticket ordering over the phone at 336-846-2787
*Convenient location off Highway 221 between Jefferson and West Jefferson
*Plenty of free parking


Click here to get directions from Nation’s Inn to Ashe Civic Center.

Posted by Superman23 in Local Arts and Crafts

Acrylic Pouring with Lisa Reavis Drum (April 5th 2019)

April 5th, 2019
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$35 Cost

First Friday Workshop
All Levels
All Materials Provided

Ready to learn an amazing & addictive art process? Acrylic Paint Pouring is not only fun and fast, but also incredibly beautiful. Your instructor will demonstrate 3 acrylic paint pouring techniques: Dirty Pour, Swipe, and String techniques. Then you will create three 8” x 10” art pieces, using each of the techniques you just learned!

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Beginner Acrylic Pet Portraits with Lisa Drum (April 6th, 2019)

April 6th, 2019
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
$115 Cost

Beginner Workshop
All Materials Provided

Who doesn’t want a portrait of their favorite furry friend? Absolutely no experience or special talent required!

Whether you are a novice or a more experienced artist, you will come away from this session with a completed 11” x 14” acrylic pet portrait (honest!). Instructor will sketch a head & shoulder outline of your pet on the canvas and create a color palette just for you and your pet. You will learn acrylic techniques for fur and eyes, plus receive color mixing guidance. Pet photos are due no later than on week prior to class.

Tips on Submitting photos:

Clear, non-flash photos in natural light are the best.
Your portrait will only be as good as the photo you submit.
Feel free to submit several photos and we will select the best photo to use.

If you have no experience, head and shoulder shots are the easiest to paint!

Click here for more details.

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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

Opening May 2nd 2019 for 2019 Season
Will be 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

Click here to get directions from Nation’s Inn to Gem Valley.

Posted by Superman23 in Local Parks and Recreation

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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