Today’s Club Creative Studio “Two-Cent Tuesday” post is a prompt to look closer within your own community for a new creative view. Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy outdoor festivals and gatherings. Most craft-fairs and fall festivals do not have an entrance fee so it makes the creative views even more appealing. Are there events you can explore in your area this weekend?
If you happen to find a different place to be other than your local backyard, you may discover highlights from around a new town to enjoy and appreciate. This was the case when I recently visited another state. Unaware of the annual festivities focused around the region, we enjoyed what was called “Mountain Heritage Day” in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Held on the grounds of Western Carolina University.
Mountain Heritage Day celebrates the traditions of rich southern Appalachian Music, Dance, Arts, and Folklore. There were 100 plus, Juried Handmade Arts and Crafts Booths, with Three Traditional Music Stages, a Kid’s Area, Cherokee Stickball Games, Workshops, Heritage Demonstration sand Exhibit Areas, Living History Area, Canning and Baking Contests, an Antique Car Show, Chainsaw Competition and plenty of Festival Food. You gotta love that “fried pie”.
The pride of the mountains is reflected in the arts during this day-long festival. This celebration was the 30th annual celebration. It proudly showcased some of the finest arts, crafts, music and dance of the southeast since 1974. It has been named one of the top 200 craft events in the United States. I hope you run across a great fall festival in your area soon.
I hope that you have the time to discover something that expresses and appreciates the arts like a good-old-fashioned fall festival.