Smart bets: Heritage Weekend

This September marks the 34th year for Heritage Weekend, a free festival that explores traditional Appalachian customs like beekeeping, coopering, heritage toy making, broom and furniture making, spinning and natural dyeing, all sponsored by the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Both Saturday and Sunday offer a full lineup of crafts, dance and mountain-inspired music with fare from Granny’s Country Kitchen food truck. But the real action happens at 2 p.m. on Saturday with the Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition — a rivalrous game that tests competitors’ prowess at spinning two notched rhododendron sticks. The stakes are high, with winners snagging a Moon Pie to accompany their bragging rights. The Folk Art Center (located at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 382) houses the festival on Saturday, Sept. 20 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), and Sunday, Sept. 21 (12-5 p.m.). craftguild.org. Photo of Jim McGie by Diana Gates

SHARE
About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.