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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Toe River Arts Holiday Studio Tour
December 6, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
One event on December 7, 2019 at 10:00 am
One event on December 8, 2019 at 10:00 am
Whether you’re shopping for stylish home decor, a statement piece to add to your wardrobe or something functional for the kitchen, you’ll find it at the Toe River Arts Holiday Studio Tour.
The tour includes more than 100 artists in a variety of media. Potters, painters, glassblowers, textile artists, jewelry makers, blacksmiths, sculptors, carvers and mixed-media artists throughout Yancey and Mitchell counties open their studios for the three-day weekend. Guests are invited to meet the artists, see where they create, learn more about their work and purchase items.
The studios are grouped into different geographical regions: Bakersville, Burnsville, Celo, Penland and Spruce Pine. As attendees travel from one studio to the next, they encounter area scenery and landmarks including downtown Burnsville’s Town Square, the Mount Mitchell Scenic Byway, the Quilt Trails of WNC and the organization’s namesake Toe River Valley. The renowned Penland School of Crafts attracts many artists to the area, but the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and small-town hospitality encourage them to stay.
The tour is free and self-guided. Guidebooks with a list of participating artists, photos of each artist’s work and maps to the studios are available at the Toe River Arts Council galleries in Burnsville and Spruce Pine, participating studios and area businesses. Digital versions of the guides are available for download at www.ToeRiverArts.org.
For more information about Burnsville, including lodging and dining options for the weekend, go to www.YanceyChamber.com or call (828) 682-7413.