Stop by the Waterrock Knob Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville at mile marker 451.2 from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturday, August 6 for a special event, Blue Ridge Parkway: Celebrating Heritage and Communities. There will be a variety of free, ongoing craft demonstrations throughout the day as well as Cherokee Dancers, Appalachian story tellers, old time and bluegrass bands, and clogging. The Visitor Center and Eastern National gift shop will be open as usual from 10 am to 5 pm. Come and enjoy a day of family fun on the southern end of the Parkway. This event is outside and may have to be canceled if inclement weather arises.
10:00 Old Time Appalachian Music: The Ross Brothers
11:00 The J Creek Cloggers
11:30 & 1:00 The Cherokee Friends Dancers
12:00 Ammon Sisters Mountain Storytelling
2:00 Old Time Appalachian Music: The Boys from Tuckaseegee
Park Rangers will be giving short Interpretive Talks between performers.
Demonstrators will include Mud Dabbers Pottery, Cherokee Friends, Ron Yount-woodcarver, Pyrwood Dairy-goat cheese, Fiddlehead Farms-spinning, Nannie the Plott Hound accompanied by David Brewin, Susan Roper & Mandy Haughn-quilting, The Appalachian Women’s Museum, Woven Memories-David Ammons-chair caning, Sweet Pea Knitters-knitting, Fellowfeel Farms-fiber arts, and Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society.
Authors include Bob Plott-Strike and Stay, David and Anne M. Whisnant-When the Parkway Came & Super Scenic Motorway, The Ammon Sisters will have books and prints. Food will be available for purchase from Big Mountain BBQ.
Waterrock Knob (6,292 feet) is the 16th highest mountain in the Eastern United States. There are fantastic views both east and west from the parking area. It’s about 60 miles from Asheville, North Carolina.