“Rooted in the Mountains,” a conference that explores the intersection of Western and native traditions that’s now in its eighth year, will take place at Western Carolina University on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28-29, and includes a trip to the sacred site of Kituwah, the Cherokee “mother town.”
In 1916, British folklorist Cecil Sharp journeyed to the mountains of Madison County to document the area’s unique ballads. His collection of these historic songs has helped usher the oral tradition into modern culture.
Hot Springs Resort and Spa hosts the free, daylong Bluff Mountain Festival on Saturday, June 11.
The weather’s getting nippy, but it’s still a great time to get out and check out some events that won’t break the (piggy) bank. From winter gardening and holiday shopping to local authors and uplifting musical performances, this weekend’s got everything you need to lure you out of the house on the cheap. And as always, leave us a comment if you’ve got any more low-cost events you’d like to share.