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The connection between Scotland and North Carolina dates back to the 17th century, when immigrants settled in the smoky mountains, far away from their home land. Making America “home” was made easier by the Scots bringing to the region their music style, craft making and storytelling, all of which have had a profound influence on the Appalachian culture. Celebrating Scotland, Folkmoot will host a Folkmoot will host a Scottish Friendship Dinner on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Folkmoot Friendship Center.
Scottish Friendship Dinner night begins at 6:00 p.m. with a traditional Scottish meal catered by Absolutely Yummy Catering and will feature Scottish meat pie, neeps and tatties and a dessert. During dinner, a whiskey tasting will be available from Elevated Mountain Distillery. At 7:00 p.m., guests will move to the Sam Love Queen Auditorium to learn about the history of Scottish immigration into the Appalachia. Students and children are welcome to stay in the cafeteria to learn a Scottish dance, a song in Gaelic, and how to put on a kelt; participants are then invited to perform the Scottish dance for the audience in the auditorium.
Tickets for this event are $15 for adult $10 for students and can be purchased at Folkmoot.org or by calling 828-452-2997. Limited seating is available so please purchase your tickets in advance. Parking is available in the back of the Folkmoot building for year-round events.
This day-long event features both urban and rural displays, antique and modern farm equipment, tools, live music, square dancing, clogging, arts and crafts, children’s activities, old-timey games, wagon rides, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and plenty of food. Animal lovers will enjoy the petting zoo. The old-timey games include an egg toss, sack race and corn shucking. Regional bands, dancers and singers perform throughout the day.
The festival highlights the dependency of farm people and city people on each other for products and services essential to modern living. Whether you’re city folks or country folks, Farm City Day is fun for the whole family.
Since 1978, this quirky, world-famous festival has been used to predict the upcoming winter weather for the North Carolina High Country.
According to legend, the 13 bands on the woolly worm (woolly bear caterpillar) represent the 13 weeks of winter. Brown bands indicate a mild week, black bands indicate a cold, snowy week. Since every woolly worm has different colors, the Woolly Worm festival holds races to determine which worm is used to make the forecast. The owner of the winning worm receives $1,000!
Festival also includes about 175 craft vendors, food, live entertainment and rides. This two-day family event annually draws more than 20,000 attendees.