Attend a lively musical performance, go dancing at one of the many street festivals planned throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, explore regional gem mines, sample your way across a food and wine festival, or explore a new art exhibit. There’s no shortage of cool things to do here in Western North Carolina. Here’s a list of some of the best events taking place this month.
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Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
September 7, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Downtown Burnsville becomes a destination for authors and readers to share ideas as the 12th annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival returns.
The event begins with a free concert on Thursday night. On Friday and Saturday, approximately 50 readings, workshops and discussions take place throughout town, and each day ends with an evening keynote. This years theme is Old Ways, New Ways: Change & Tradition.
Saturday nights keynote speaker is James Reston, Jr. He is the author of 17 books, three plays and numerous national magazine articles. His newest book, A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial, will be released the week of the festival. Restons appearance is timely for the Burnsville community with the October arrival of The Wall That Heals a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Burnsville resident Ronni Lundy will speak at Friday nights banquet. Lundy is the author of 10 books about Appalachian culture and food. Her latest book, Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes, won two 2017 James Beard Foundation Book Awards.
The Thursday night concert celebrates the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council. Led by local musician Bruce Greene and N.C. Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson, 15 musicians from Yancey and Mitchell counties will perform a variety of musical styles including blues, ballads, Tin Pan Alley, country, rock and gospel.
The festival is headquartered at Burnsville Town Center, and workshops, readings, lectures, discussions and signings take place at downtown galleries, businesses, churches and public spaces.
Malaprops, an independent bookstore in Asheville, will sell books by participating authors at Burnsville Town Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Most events are free and open to the public. Five workshops, the Friday night banquet and the Saturday night keynote require registration and a fee.