Don't miss 'An Appalachian Evening', our summer concert series offering an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists. Ten Saturday evenings Late June - late August.
Each Saturday before 'An Appalachian Evening' concerts, we'll feature a different Stecoah artisan in the Gallery. Be sure to come early to meet the artists and view their work.
From 6 - 7:30 pm, prior to each Saturday performance box dinners are available. Feel free to enjoy your meal in the Cafe, on the deck or anywhere on the grounds. No reservations are needed. The fixed-menu dinners feature smoked chicken with two sides and a biscuit.
Other cafe offerings include BBQ sandwich, hot dogs, Yellow Branch cheese and fruit plate, ice cream, homemade desserts, snacks and assorted drinks.
Prior to each Saturday 'An Appalachian Evening' performance, ten people will have the privilege of enjoying a 5:30 pm private dinner with the band following the band's sound check. Tickets are $35 per person. Show tickets sold separately. Seat cushions are included with purchase.
Tickets must be purchased online or in the Gallery at least three days prior to the Saturday concert, and the ticket receipt must be presented in the Gallery on Saturday before the dinner.
Your group (25 or more) can attend 'An Appalachian Evening' concert at special group rates for dinner and admission. Contact the Center for group rates.
Saturday, July 30
Balsam Range: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. Enjoy the acoustic bluegrass "dream team", a perennial favorite on the Grand Old Stage. All the fellows - Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson and Marc Pruett - grew up steeped in traditions of The Grand Ole Opry ...as well as the important influences of the Scotch-Irish settlers of the Southern Mountains, English ballads, and Western songs. 2015 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winner and 2015 IBMA Song of the Year: Moon over Memphis. Band Website
SOLD OUT Adults $25; Students (K-12) $10. . All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Dinner served in the Schoolhouse Cafe beginning at 6 pm. Featured artisan Francis Chicoine.
Saturday, August 6
Stecoah School Reunion. 10 am - 3 pm.
Saturday, August 6
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper: Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation and, with ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt, he is the most awarded and celebrated fiddler in the history of Bluegrass music.
Cleveland plays with such fire, drive and virtuosity that audiences are often left sharing their heads in amazement. Together with his band Flamekeeper (four-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year award winners) Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find.
Adults $20; Students (K-12) $10. Purchase Tickets. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Dinner served in the Schoolhouse Cafe beginning at 6 pm. Featured artisan Bob Lawson.
Saturday, August 13
The Walking Roots Band: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. Mixing a variety of musical tastes and influences, The Walking Roots Band has settled into a roots-music sound, with instrumentation including different combinations of guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, violin, acoustic bass, and accordion. A love of rhymes, lyrics, and wordplay manifest themselves in some clever, lyrically-driven folk songs, as well as the pioneering of the up-and-coming genre "folk-rap." Band Website
Adults $15; Students (K-12) $10. Purchase Tickets. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Dinner served in the Schoolhouse Cafe beginning at 6 pm. Featured artisans Joanna Lengle and Liz Anderson.
Saturday, August 20
The Jeff Little Trio: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception – and a remarkable one. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flatpicked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. Band Website
Adults $25; Students (K-12) $10. Purchase Tickets. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Dinner served in the Schoolhouse Cafe beginning at 6 pm. Featured artisan Alma Sutton.
Saturday, August 27
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. Frank Solivan has built a reputation as a monster mandolinist and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. Solivan, with banjoist Mike Munford, 2013 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, award winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton, simmer a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills. 2015 GRAMMY Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. 2014 IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year. Band Website
Adults $20; Students (K-12) $10. Purchase Tickets. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Dinner served in the Schoolhouse Cafe beginning at 6 pm. Featured artisan Doreyl Ammons Cain.
Saturday - Sunday, October 14-16: Harvest Festival
A 3-day festival celebrating all things Fall with music, food, art & crafts vendors, country fair, quilt show, artisan demonstrations. Learn more.
Friday Night – Enjoy the evening campfire and storytelling.
Saturday - 11 am - 5 pm. Music, food, art & crafts vendors, demonstrations and much more.
7:30 pm - Concert featuring The Claire Lynch Band in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She is a perennial nominee and winner of IBMA awards and her band features award-winning musicians blending tradition and innovation. Band Website
Adults $25; Students (K-12) $10. Purchase Tickets.
Sunday – 2:30 pm. Gospel singing featuring area groups.
Friday & Saturday, November 25-26
Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour — 10 am - 5 pm both days. A free self-guided driving tour of the galleries and working studios of Graham and Swain County. On the tour you will meet some of the artists that make Western North Carolina famous for our handcrafted arts and crafts. Brochures that include the map and information for the driving tour are available at all studios on the tour. The Schoolhouse Café will be open for lunch and light snacks both days of the tour. Learn more
Saturday, December 3
Breakfast with Santa – 9 - 11 am. Join us for breakfast with Santa and enjoy delicious pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. After breakfast Santa will be available for photos and wish lists. Bring your camera to capture this special event. $5 per person. Reservations preferred.
Saturday, December 3
Christmas in the Mountains. 10 am - 5 pm. Indoor art and craft show and sale with visiting artisans just in time for holiday giving. The Schoolhouse Cafe will be open all day.
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