Events for March 27, 2021 – May 12, 2018 › Museum › – NC Blue Ridge

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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.

Appalachian Spring Tea with Harriet

Whitemont Lodge

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, history lovers, nature enthusiasts, and those who appreciate the tasty sweet and savory foods offered at a formal tea will gather at Whitemont Lodge for a special celebration of spring and one of the Swannanoa Valley’s most honored women, Harriet Styles. The pre-Mothers’ Day tea will be offered in two […]

$35 – $45

Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends Day

Swannanoa Valley Museum

Shop all things Beacon Blankets while visiting the Museum's exhibit about the textile mill in Swannanoa that was once the largest in the world! Jerry and Kathy Brownstein will be signing and selling copies of their book, "Beacon Blankets Make Warm Friends," which relates the history of the company and highlights their collectible blankets, robes, […]

Free

Waterfall Hike at Grove Stone and Sand Quarry

Swannanoa Valley Museum

Enjoy visiting the small, but beautiful, waterfall on Falls Branch, located within the boundaries of Grove Stone and Sand Quarry. This loop hike will ramble through parts of the quarry closed to the general public as well as portions of the quarry’s nature preserve set up by their resource managers.The hike will be led by […]

$25 – $35

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Lit Cafe

Western North Carolina Historical Association

Has the quarantined and socially distanced lifestyle sent you searching for good books? Would you like to discuss them and catch up with other avid readers and authors in the process? We at Western North Carolina Historical Association invite you to join us for our Lit-Café, a book discussion group with a purpose. We will […]

Free for WNCHA Members

Online SVM Book Club Discussion: Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout

Swannanoa Valley Museum

Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum for an online book club discussion of award-winning songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler’s autobiography “Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout.” Registrants will receive a Zoom link before the event starts.

Free

History Explorers for Kids: Quilts- Colors, Patterns and Symbols

Swannanoa Valley Museum

In this program, children will get to view different historic, hand made quilts and learn to recognize quilt patterns. They will finish with an activity in which they color their own quilt patterns, combining squares to reveal a full quilt design. Designed for Kindergarten thru 2nd grade. This event will be held at the shaded lot […]

$5

History Explorers for Kids: Quilts- Colors, Patterns and Symbols

Swannanoa Valley Museum

In this program, children will get to view different historic, hand made quilts and learn to recognize quilt patterns. They will finish with an activity in which they color their own quilt patterns, combining squares to reveal a full quilt design. Designed for Kindergarten thru 2nd grade. This event will be held at the shaded lot […]

$5

Recurring

Lit Cafe

Western North Carolina Historical Association

Has the quarantined and socially distanced lifestyle sent you searching for good books? Would you like to discuss them and catch up with other avid readers and authors in the process? We at Western North Carolina Historical Association invite you to join us for our Lit-Café, a book discussion group with a purpose. We will […]

Free for WNCHA Members

SVM Book Club: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Online

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with an online discussion of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. The discussion will be facilitated by Delesslin George-Warren and Kassidy Maeghan Plyler of the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project. Registrants will receive a Zoom invite before the event begins. From the Publisher: “The first history of the United States […]

Free

History Explorers for Kids: Ancient American Indian Artifacts

Black Mountain United Methodist Church

This program will encourage children to be “history detectives” as they use their observation skills to infer the uses of ancient American Indian tools and contemporary crafts made by Cherokee artisans. Children will also learn how to play the butter bean game, a historic Cherokee counting game. The program will include a blowgun and atlatl […]

$5

History Explorers for Kids: Ancient American Indian Artifacts

Black Mountain United Methodist Church

This program will encourage children to be “history detectives” as they use their observation skills to infer the uses of ancient American Indian tools and contemporary crafts made by Cherokee artisans. Children will also learn how to play the butter bean game, a historic Cherokee counting game. The program will include a blowgun and atlatl […]

$5

History Cafe: “You Have to Start a Thing” Early Women in North Carolina Governance

Online

In 1894, Asheville became the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement in North Carolina when Helen Morris Lewis formed the Equal Suffrage Association of North Carolina, the first of its kind in the state. In this online talk via Zoom, Catherine Amos and Katherine Cutshall will explore how Helen Morris Lewis, Lillian Exum Clement Stafford, […]

$2.50 – $5

The Haunted Valley Rally Driving Tour

Swannanoa Valley Museum

Take a driving tour through the myths and legends of the Swannanoa Valley. This approximately two hour tour will take you to some of the most haunted, historical and mythological places in the Valley. Learn about the ghosts who haunt the windows of Black Mountain homes, the mystery skeleton of the McKoy Building, the Spanish […]

$125 – $150

Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – West

Black Mountain Savings Bank

Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the west side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. The caravan will stop for participants to view the impressive chimney that was once part of a large boarding house where travelers on their way to Mt. Mitchell […]

$200

Webinar: Trade, Recruitment and Rebellion- Native Mediation of Spanish Colonization

Online

How did Native peoples receive and interact with Spanish conquistadors in the mid-16th century? Contrary to popular narratives, Native peoples were not passive victims of Spanish colonization. Instead, Native leaders mediated encounters with the Spanish towards their own goals, from soliciting trade, recruiting the Spanish for military expeditions, and even exterminating them when they posed […]

$5 – $10

Webinar: Crisis in Catawba Territory: Catawba Indian Women’s Interactions with Catawba and Non-Catawba Men, 1789-1828

Online

In this online event, Brooke Bauer will examine Catawba women’s interactions with the men in their world during a period of crisis. She will expand on our understanding of the roles and responsibilities that Catawba women held within their society concerning Catawba land. Oral history, combined with written sources, enhance our knowledge of Catawba women’s […]

$5 – $10

Swannanoa Valley Museum’s Holiday Open House

Swannanoa Valley Museum

Come celebrate the holiday season at the Swannanoa Valley Museum’s Holiday Open House! This event will be an opportunity to enjoy our nine-foot tall Christmas tree, listen to holiday music and enjoy our exhibits! As part of the Monte Vista Hotel’s “Deck the Trees” event, our Christmas tree will be richly decorated with the theme […]

FREE but can register online.

Winter Workshop 2 (online): Mountain Songs for the Soul

Online

“Mountain Songs for the Soul” comes from the idea that singing traditional ballads and folk songs can strengthen us for hard times as well as help us celebrate the good times. Rooted in Southern Appalachian song traditions, musician Susan Pepper will pick from some of her favorites, explore where they come from —and teach them […]

$8 – $12

Historic North Fork Valley Tour of the Asheville Watershed – East

Swannanoa Valley Museum

Join us on this exclusive historic driving tour of the east side of the Burnett Reservoir to explore part of the once thriving North Fork Valley community. The trip stops at Sunalee Lodge, then to the home place of Champ Burnett. From there, we will drive to Colonel John Connally’s home site which has extensive […]

$150