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In Yancey Times Journal July 23, 2014


Bill Baker honored with naming at Mayland’s Anspach School

The naming of the William A. and Sharla Baker Conference Room at the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School on Mayland Community College’s Yancey Learning Center campus was announced recently. Baker has been a tireless fundraiser for the $3.5 million project, which was initiated by Mayland with a generous contribution from Yancey resident Dr. William Anspach. The school will provide training in basic and advanced machining, computerized control, design, robotics, automation, welding and other programs, along with a two-year engineering degree. The advanced training, combined with the fastest broadband in North Carolina, makes Yancey and Mitchell counties attractive for recruiting business and industry.


Town gateways and economic enhancements begin;

Burnsville, county, TRAC implement SmART Initiative

In 2012, the communities of Burnsville, Durham, Greensboro, Wilson and Winston-Salem were selected for pilot projects for the SmART Initiative, a program of NC Arts Council. After much planning, the project is off and running as state officials from DOT, Cultural Resources and local organizations and government meet with Jack Mackie, a public artist and urban planner from Seattle, Washington, who will work with them and local artists to design gateways into the town and other enhancements.


TRAC gets national grant to enhance economic impact of arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has recognized the impact of the arts in Yancey and Mitchell counties by awarding a $75,000 grant to Toe River Arts Council through the Our Town program. With upward of 500 artists working in the two counties, the grant will lead to additional funding for implementing a broad plan to promote the arts as a major industry.


*Helping Hands of Yancey County is accepting donations for its big Fun Flea sale the first weekend in October. A back-to-school clothing-only sale will be held Aug. 8-9 from 10 to 4, so please donate. The October event will benefit Yancey Hospice and Family Violence Coalition. Drop-off Wednesday and Saturday 10-3 at 70 E Hwy 19 E (across from Glen Raven). Will pick up large items, or entire household of items, call Pat at 208-2797 or Sandy at 678-9111.

*Musicians are invited to gather from 2-5 p.m. on Town Square each Sunday in July for some friendly “Pickin’ on the Square” hosted by Larry Howell and Dean Gates. Come and listen.



*Folkmoot USA, the spectacular festival featuring folk performers from around the world, brings performers from Russia and Trinidad to Burnsville Town Center on Thursday, July 24, at 2 p.m.  Adult tickets are $16 and this year, kids 12 and under get in free. Call 682-7209.

*Brian Gurl & Company presents a final spectacular, big-stage musical production at Burnsville Town Center on Friday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. “A Century of Piano Entertainment” with three voices, three pianos: Brian, Russian pianist Katherine Alexandra, and local songstress/pianist Roberta Whiteside. Special guest appearances and a fantastic band. Always a full house and thrilled audience for Brian’s shows. Tickets are $30 for reserved seats and $20 for general admission. Call 682-7209.

*Three outstanding concerts, three nights: “Pop, Rock & Jazz” Friday, July 25, 7:30 p.m. at Higgins Family Life Center; “Sigmund Floyd – Pink Floyd Tribute Show” (back by popular demand) at Parkway Playhouse on Sunday, July 27, and Monday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. Mat Sigmon, Debbie and Emily Sigmon, Brandon Bailey, and other powerhouse musicians. Donations go toward Mat’s expenses to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston.

*Parkway Playhouse presents Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical The King & I opening Saturday, July 26. Shows July 26, Aug. 1 and 2, and Aug. 8 and 9 at 7:30. Sundays on July 27 and Aug. 3 at 3 p.m. For information or tickets, see website at parkwayplayhouse.com or call 682-4285.

*Kirkwood’s Café presents Them Travelin’ Birds, American and traditional, on Saturday, July 26, from 7-9 with $5 cover. Call 678-9362 for reservations. Thursday Songwriter’s Gathering 6-9 p.m. Open mic Fridays 7-9, Friday noon-2 music by Typical Mountain Boys. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffet 10:30-2. 114 E. Main in Burnsville.

*Yancey Theatre’s final showing of the new hit comedy “Tammy” is Thursday at 7. Coming Friday is “Hercules,” an action adventure film with The Rock. All seats $5. Call 678-3322 for show times and dates.

*Outdoors concert by Thistle Dew of “Celtalachian,” a mixture of mountain old-time and Celtic folk music on Sunday, July 27, at 5 p.m. on St. Thomas Episcopal grounds for a donation of $10 a person or $25 a family to benefit Reconciliation House and the Family Violence Coalition. Bring own chairs - and picnic supper if you like. On Reservoir Road, up the hill behind CVS. In case of rain, will move inside the church. Call 682-0037.

*Young's Mountain Music presents traditional, bluegrass and country music in a family-friendly setting every Saturday night off Hwy 19E at Mitchell/Yancey line. Call 675-4790 or 675-4365.

*Burnsville Wine’s regular weekly wine tasting this Friday, July 25, from 4-7 and open this Sunday, July 27, from 2-5 at 525 W. Main. Call 682-3456.

*58th Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, one of the largest and longest-running crafts fairs in the Blue Ridge, with some 200 crafters, music and food takes place Aug. 1-2, on Burnsville Town Square.

*Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild show is July 31-Aug. 3 in Burnsville Town Center with more than 60 quilts. Admission of $3 supports charitable work by the group. Raffle tickets available. Call 6780221.

*The Design Gallery presents “The Flowers and the Trees” featuring the work of Carol Wallace Bailey through Aug. 23. South Main across from Town Center, 678-9869 or the-design-gallery.com.

*Skating at Riverside Roller Rink on Saturdays, from 7-11 p.m. Available Mon-Fri for private parties. Questions, call 682-2651.

*OOAK Gallery features fine, folk, funky art and crafts in historic country store at 573 Micaville Loop 4 miles east of Burnsville off Hwy 19. Tues-Sat 10-5:30, Sun. noon-4. Call 675-0690.

*TRAC’s Burnsville Gallery exhibit through Aug. 1 features Steve Buettner’s series of black and white photographs, and to add a bit of color is work by three book artists. 102 West Main Street. Hours 10:30-5, Tues-Sat. See toeriverarts.org, or call 682-7215.

*Super Saturdays children’s Appalachian Heritage program at the Orchard at Altapass thru Aug. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, different heritage activity weekly for ages 6-12.

*Yancey Farmers Market open every Saturday, 8:30 –12:30 behind Burnsville Town Center, local produce, pork and beef, eggs, goat cheese, baked goods, plants, crafts and more.

*Toe River Crafts 40th season as an artists’ cooperative of some of the region’s best. Located at 6274 Highway 80 South, 7 miles south of Micaville.

*Off the Beaten Path bookstore and antique store located downstairs at 19 W. Main in Burnsville.

*The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center presents a collection of sculptural and functional iron by Nathan Blank through July 27. Penland School campus. Call 828-765-6211 or penland.org/gallery

*Mica Gallery exhibit of sculptures by Raven Tata made from recycled materials. This Bakersville gallery features fine crafts. Call 828-688-6422, facebook/micagallerync, micagallerync.com.

*Carolina Mountain Literary Festival’s 9th event is Sept. 5-6 with dozens of authors and noted poet and performer Glenis Redmond for Friday banquet. See details and public workshop schedule at cmlitfest.org.

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