Tryon Arts and Crafts School open house, March 22 and 23

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Tryon Arts and Crafts School open house, March 22 and 23

The 6th annual Harmon Field Heritage Days are scheduled for Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23.
Located in the midst of the recreation area, Tryon Arts and Crafts School will have an Open House during the event. Local artisans and instructors will be demonstrating some of the crafts that are offered in the facility as classes and workshops.

The Open House hours at Tryon Arts and Crafts School are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 22. Two speakers familiar with the history of the region have been scheduled to speak in the Heritage Crafts Gallery.

Marilyn McMinn McCredie, speaking at 11:00 am isn’t from the mountains. She is of the mountains. As a performer, lecturer, and teacher she has become a leading exponent of the rich cultural heritage in which she was raised. Born in the Hooper’s Creek section of Henderson County, North Carolina, of a family which had held land there since land grant days, she grew up steeped in Appalachian folkways and tradition. This, plus her own rich personal experience, is the basis for most of her storytelling materials: ghost stories, Indian legends, tall tales, hand-me-down stories of “that’s how it happened” and her own world – all this is grist to her mill. She sings the “old songs” and new ones as well, all with the same integrity of style and content.

Anna Pack Conner, speaking at 12:00 noon, is well known as the current president of the Polk County Historical Association. Anna was born in the old St Luke’s hospital in Tryon, grew up in Columbus, attended Stearns Elementary School and graduated from Tryon High School. After graduating from UNC Greensboro, she taught high school business education for 30 years and served on many boards in Polk County. She has published 2 books: “Tryon: An Illustrated History” and “To Seem or To Be”, a collection of short stories.

The public is invited to visit Tryon Arts and Crafts School to hear the two invited speakers . This is a free event and light refreshments will be served.


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