Past Events – 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.

Winter Workshop 3 (online): Art from your Yard- Natural Pigment Tempera Paint and Smash Flower Art

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

In this winter workshop, museum director LeAnne Johnson will teach how to make natural pigment tempera paint using egg yolk and pigments made right from your own yard. Grass for green, rock for gray, daisies for yellow- the colors are infinite! In the second half of the workshop, she’ll show attendees how to unwind with […]

$8 – $12

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

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

“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

Winter Workshop 1 (online): Fermentation Made Easy!

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

In this workshop we will talk about why humans ferment food (hint: flavor, preservation, & health), we will discuss some of the history and culture of different fermentations, we will make a small batch of sauerkraut (you can follow along from home if you have a head of cabbage, salt, knife & cutting board, and […]

$8 – $12

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

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

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

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

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

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

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

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

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

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

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

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

AbsenTea Fundraiser

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

A zoom fundraiser for the Swannanoa Valley Museum, including tea trivia, competitions, an interview with the director, and a raffle. Celebrate the culture of tea and support the Swannanoa Valley Museum at this fun and (of course) highly cultured evening event!

$55

Webinar: Preserving Family Heirlooms- Working with Photos, Letters and Textiles

Online Swannanoa Valley Museum, Black Mountain, NC

In this Swannanoa Valley Museum webinar, museum director LeAnne Johnson will explore simple tips and tricks that can aid in preserving family artifacts at home. From old photographs and handwritten letters to flashy hats and army uniforms, Ms. Johnson will discuss how to preserve and safely store items using basic household resources.

$5 – $10