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In Yancey Times Journal August 13, 2014


Madison man dies in logging accident

A Madison County man died Friday morning, Aug. 8, from injuries sustained when a tree fell on him at a logging operation in the Prices Creek area of Yancey County.

Town Square is NC’s greatest public place

Ben Hitchings (left), president of the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association, came Burnsville to present the Great Places in North Carolina Award to Mayor Theresa Coletta and Planning Committee Chairman Dean Gates during the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair. Burnsville’s Town Square won the honor through online voting, beating out much larger towns across the state.

Two groups forge creative and meaningful partnership

The Shortbus Studio and Quilt Trails of Western North Carolina found a way to help each other by building a collaboration that has benefited the agency that serves adults with special needs and the volunteer quilt trails project in ways they never imagined.

Cougar football gets its first test this Friday

A trip to Swain County this Friday for their only pre-season scrimmage will answer a lot of questions the Heritage coaching staff may have about their young team that enters the new season with only three starters back on offense and four returning on the defensive side of the football.

Important dates to remember for Nov. election

Yancey Board of Elections reminds voters of upcoming dates for the November 4 General Election. Requested absentee ballots start going out Sept. 5 and the last day to request an absentee is Oct. 28. Registration books close Oct. 5 to register if you are not already registered, and to change your address or provide information if you have had a name change. One-stop voting is Oct. 23 – Nov. 1 (hours to be announced). The office is now located at 6 South Main in Burnsville Town Center (Area C facing the highway). Call BOE at 682-3950.



*St. Thomas Episcopal Church hosts the final in its series of Sunday concerts Aug. 17, with a more formal affair featuring the Bob Early Jazz Quartet. Cost is $35 per person, which covers great music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting. Call 682-0037.

*Burnsville’s own Hot Duck Soup will have a CD Release party for their new recording, “Eat This”, at the Pizza Shop and Dry County Brewing in Spruce Pine, this Saturday, August 16, from 7-9 p.m. For reservations, call 765-4583.

*Taro Ohta-Weir, graduate of UNC School of the Arts with a concentration in classical guitar, performs in a public concert at First Baptist Church on Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Works by Scarlatti, Brouwer, Regondi, and more. He will be attending Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Free admission but donations appreciated to help pay for tuition at Eastman.

*Burnsville Wine hosts a wine tasting this Friday, Aug. 15, from 4-7 p.m. at 525 W. Main. Call 682-3456.

*Kirkwood’s Café presents Typical Mountain Boys on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 7-9 with $5 cover. Thursday Songwriter’s Gathering 6-9 p.m. Open mic Fridays 7-9, Friday noon-2 live bluegrass/traditional music. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch buffet 10:30-2. 114 E. Main in Burnsville. Call 678-9362 for reservations.

*Yancey Theatre’s final showing of Disney’s “Planes” is Thursday, Aug. 14. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” opens this Friday, Aug. 15. All seats $5. Call 678-3322 for show times and dates.

*Riley Henry, who compiled and edited David Parker’s (husband of daughter of Frankie and Charlie Silver of the famed 1833 murder case) Civil War letters, speaks Aug. 19 at Burnsville Town Center. Hosted by the Col. John B. Palmer Camp 1946, Sons of Confederate Veterans. Light refreshments at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7 p.m. Everyone welcome. Books available for purchase.

*Judy Alexander performs “Cabaret at the Orchard” Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Orchard at Altapass. Tickets $10 available at door. For information, call 828-765-9531.

*Bradshaw Fire Department presents comedy/bluegrass act The Moron Brothers from Kentucky on Friday, Aug. 15 with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Catered barbecue dinner $10. Donations appreciated for fire department.

*Yancey Farmers Market's Tomato Fest this Saturday. 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.

*Pickin’ on the Porch hosted by Ron & Minnie Powell at Proffitt-Cousins cabin on the Yancey History Association museum grounds on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. Bring your instrument and play or come and be entertained.

*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.

*Parkway Playhouse presents the swashbuckling adventure Treasure Island, opening Aug. 23 and continuing through Sept. 6 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. For information or tickets, see parkwayplayhouse.com or call 682-4285.

*Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, multiple award-winning bluegrass group, coming to Burnsville Town Center on Saturday, August 23, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $18 adults, $12 children 12 to 18, and children under 12 free. Call 682-7209.

*The deadline to submit applications for the Toe River Arts Council Holiday Studio Tour, Dec. 5-7 is Friday, August 22, 2014 at 5 p.m.

*Old Timey Fall Festival sponsored by Yancey History Association Sept. 27 on Town Square is seeking crafters and artists to exhibit with special incentives for those who demonstrate their crafts. Antique vehicle/tractor parade and many fun activities at this popular event. For more information, contact Dean Gates at (704) 756-3321 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

*Free ukulele jam every Monday at The Music Box on West Main from 12:30 – 1:30. Bring your ukulele and a chair and join the fun. Call 678-9596 for more information.

*Carolina Mountain Literary Festival’s 9th event is Sept. 5-6 with dozens of authors and noted poet and performer Glenis Redmond for Saturday banquet. Free presentation of “Ivy Rowe” Friday night. Workshop slots still available. See details and public workshop schedule at cmlitfest.org.

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

*TRAC’s Burnsville Gallery and Gift Shop features work by many fine local artists. 102 West Main Street. Hours 10:30-5, Tues-Sat. See toeriverarts.org, or call 682-7215.

*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.

*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.

*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.

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

*TRAC’s Spruce Pine Gallery features a 50-year retrospective of the work of legendary weaver Edwina Bringle Aug. 7-Sept. 20 with reception on Aug. 16 from 5-7 p.m. at 269 Oak Avenue.

*Crimson Laurel Gallery in Bakersville opens two shows, Alternative Firings and A Response to Place. Call 828-688-3599 or see crimsonlaurelgallery.com.

*Mica Gallery features fine crafts. Call 828-688-6422, facebook/micagallerync, micagallerync.com.

*The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center on Penland School campus. Call 828-765-6211 or penland.org/gallery


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