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Things to do in Burnsville/Yancey County As of March 27, 2018

Things to do in Burnsville/Yancey County, North Carolina


MARCH 27, 2018


"Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons." ~ Lillian Gordy Carter

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1513 - Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition first sight Florida.

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Asheville, NC



Thanks for your continued membership:

Gerald Presnell



For a "Gem" of a time bring the family for a visit. Great fun for all ages. Located at 331 McKinney Mine Road, Spruce Pine. Call 828-765-6463 or visit the WEBSITE

Annual Spring Cleanup Set for March 30 & 31


Please join High Peaks for our annual Spring Cleanup around Black Mountain Campground that will take place Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. We will be starting each day at 9:30 a.m. and will finish no later than 3 p.m. Come for one or both days or just a half day. Meet crew leader John Whitehouse (682-3217) at the kiosk across from Black Mountain Campground at 9:30. If you need to arrive later call or e-mail (trails@nchighpeaks.org) John and he will arrange for someone to meet you. Our objective will be to clear the trails around the campground in preparation for the opening on April 13. We will be removing downed trees, limbs and sticks from the trail and lopping anything that has grown into the trail. No experience necessary! We will have tools for all volunteers.  In addition we need volunteers to help cleanup overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Friday. Disposable gloves, trash bags and trash “picker uppers” will be provided.

On Saturday we will wrap up a bit early to prepare for our annual cookout at the campground. As part of the celebration we will be honoring long-time trail worker Eloise Kaeck and wishing her “bon voyage” to her next adventure in sunny California. All High Peaks members and their guests are invited (whether you work on the trail or not). 

The cookout will begin by 3 p.m. High Peaks will grill hamburgers and hot dogs and supply buns and condiments as well. Guests are asked to bring a side dish if possible also the beverage of their choice and lawn chairs. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we’ll have an idea of how much food to buy. Contact Sandy Whitehouse at trails@nchighpeaks.org or 682-3217 to RSVP before 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. If you plan to bring a side dish please let Sandy know as well.

We have had a wild March weather-wise but we plan to go ahead rain or shine. However if the weather looks particularly bad (thunderstorms or snow) we may have to postpone. Check our website www.nchighpeaks.org or our Facebook page for the latest details.


Conveniently located between Asheville, Boone and Hickory, NC, and just 20 miles from I-40 and 2 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, find treasures that will last a lifetime and have an experience to match.

Visit Gem Mountain and share the history, the tradition, and excitement of gem mining.

Located at 13780 Hwy 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC. Call 828-765-6130 or visit WEBSITE

Happy Spring! I'm excited to announce a full slate of outings, naturalist walks, and classes for this spring.

Spring Ephemeral Classes are scheduled for every Thursday morning in April, 9:30-noon. Over the course of 4 weeks, we will visit at least 3 different Appalachian Rich Coves in Yancey County. Individual walks are $25, but you can register for all 4 Thursday classes for $20/each.  The following offerings are also available through May: Custom Half-Day Outings, Custom Spring Ephemeral Walks, Orchid Walks, and more. As always, if you are interested in something that is not offered on the website, please email to arrange an affordable custom outing. 

For more information see our WEBSITE.

April 7 Sideline Concert @7pm

April 21 Burnsville Vintage Market 9am - 2pm

April 21 Kat Williams with the Richard Shulman Trio @ 7pm

May 12 Burnsville Handcrafted Marketplace 9am - 2pm

May 26 Chosen Road @ 7pm


6 South Main Street, Burnsville. Call 682-7209 or visit WEBSITE



3/27 @ 7pm: Songwriters Forum Pt 1

3/28 @ 4-9pm: Benefit for Dig In! with food by Pig & Grits

3/31@ 7pm: Original Music by Bryce Robertson

Hours: Tues-Thurs 4-9pm; Fri 2-11pm; Sat 2-10pm; Sun 2-7 pm. 

Located at 6 South Main, Burnsville. WEBSITE


OOAK: Fine, Folk, Funky Local Art!! Mon - Sat 10am – 5:30pm; Sun 12:00 (Noon) – 5pm

MAPLES: The Sweet Spot Next Door serving fine coffee, tea and bakery items. Mon-Fri 8am – 4pm, Sat. 9am – 3pm



Thursday 3/28: “Pine Blue” starts at 7:00 pm

Micaville Music Jam at 10:00 am every Saturday


Stop by Burnsville Wine for their Customer Appreciation Days on March 29-31. Many more wines and beers will be put on sale to make room for new arrivals. Make a purchase, and select a grab bag as a way of thanking you for your support. We’ll be here Thursday-Saturday 11-6. This is our final week of winter hours. Be sure to join us on Friday, April 6th for our first official wine tasting of the season! We’ll have new wines for you to try. We are located at 525 West Main, across from TD Bank. There is ample parking behind the shop or the bank parking lot. Like and share us on Facebook, and check our WEBSITEfor up to date information or call 682-3456 or email joyce@burnsvillewine.com.

TRACTOR has beef! Local pasture-raised cows in WNC. Cuts and ground available at our warehouse in Burnsville. Call (828)-536-0126 for more info!

TRACTOR is located at 54 Ferguson Hill Road, Burnsville, NC.



High school aged students can now apply for Parkway Playhouse’s High School Apprentice Program. The deadline for applying is Friday, April 6th. Information on how to apply can be found on Parkway Playhouse WEBSITE or by contacting Mea Johnson, Education Coordinator, at mjohnson@parkwayplayhouse.com.

High School Apprentices work in all aspects of theatre production - scenery, props, lighting/sound, and costumes during the summer. In addition, they qualify for discounts on classes and camps offered by Parkway Playhouse Junior - which is Parkway Playhouse’s nationally recognized performing arts education program. Apprentices are encouraged to spend 80 hours over the summer working backstage on the various productions and special events.



Become a member of the Parkway Playhouse Volunteer Guild. Volunteer to usher, bake a cake, cook a casserole, lend a truck or your muscles. However you want to plug in, we can use you. By becoming a member of the Guild you make the continued success of Parkway Playhouse and Parkway Playhouse Junior a reality, but you also get great incentives. You can earn a free ticket for every nine hours you volunteer. The biggest bonus is the family you will be joining and the fun and satisfaction you will get working with your new friends.

On Tuesday March 27 at 6:30pm, Parkway Playhouse will hold its first Usher Orientation. The event is free, and approximately 60 minutes in length and participants will learn about Parkway Playhouse’s season as well as how performances work. Participants who complete the course will be able to sign up as ushers for the 2018 Season and attend performances for free when they are volunteering, as well as acquire additional complimentary tickets to other Parkway Playhouse performances. (Please note that if you were an usher in 2017, you need to take the class each year to stay up to date.)  Ushers need to be at least 16 years of age.

Next on April 7, from 10am-2pm, Parkway Playhouse will have its Annual Spring Work Day. During the course of the event, volunteers will work with Parkway Playhouse staff and board to open up the theatre building after being shuttered for the winter. Activities for the day range from landscaping and yard work, to maintenance and repairs throughout the building. It is a great way to explore and learn about one of Burnsville’s most iconic landmarks and cultural attractions, as volunteers will be working in every area of the building inside and out. Participants who work for four hours will receive a complimentary ticket to a 2018 Parkway Playhouse Mainstage performance. All are encouraged to wear “work clothes” and bring a pair of work gloves. This activity is suitable for kids aged 12 and up. For more information call 682-4285 or visit the WEBSITE.


The Toe River Arts Council maintains the freshness of art for sale in its two gift shops by annually accepting new work onto its walls, shelves, and pedestals. TRAC committee members met a few weeks ago and welcome the work of 12 artists to the Burnsville and Spruce Pine Galleries. Some of the artists are newcomers to the area; others are familiar presences in our vibrant arts scene. Some have taken up art as a second career; still others have had art in their lives for decades. All of them will be featured in an exhibit at the Burnsville Gallery at 102 West Main Street, April 7 through May 12.

From their own words—“Complexities of the continuous journey” to “Creation is evolving from journey companion to compass,” and “pieces are always changing” to “ever changing, ever evolving brilliance”, and “working with my hands,” and “use light, color, and form to create a sense of place in my work” to “found the most joy when I’m finding light,” and “Nature has become both my inspiration and my teacher,” “inspired by the natural world,” to finally, “nothing else makes sense,” and “I will always work to do my very best,” Toe River Arts presents the 2018 artists juried into the TRAC Galleries:

Jonathan Biller (blown glass)

Edwina Bringle (weaving)

Susan Maclean (felting)

David McAvoy (clay)

Judy Smith (photography)

Amanda Taylor (kilnformed glass)

C.R. “Pap Pap” Troxell (painting)

Bridget VanRemortel (basketry)

Sue Wasserman (photography)

Mary Ruth Webb (cards)—currently a clay artist member in both galleries

David Westmeier (clay)

Mark Woodham (metal/wood)

TRAC welcomes all these artists with a display of their work in the Burnsville Gallery through May 12. 



BURNSVILLE GALLERY: Gift Shop Artists - April 7 - May 12

SPRUCE PINE GALLERY: Blacksmith Exhibition - March 31 - April 29

For more information visit us at 102 West Main Street, Burnsville, call 682-7215WEBSITE

The Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild will hold its monthly meeting on the evening of April 16th at 6:30 pm at the Town Center in Burnsville. For more information email susan@susangarriques.com or visit our WEBSITE

Penland Gallery Exhibition Showcases Unconventional Use of Materials

The year’s first exhibition at the Penland Gallery is a collection of work by artists who, in the words of gallery director Kathryn Gremley, “have erased dividing lines or untethered themselves from material and creative constraints.” Titled “I dwell in Possibility” after a poem by Emily Dickinson, the exhibition includes work in ceramic, glass, metal, painting, photography, printmaking, and wood with considerable mixing of media. The fifteen artists represented will be teaching workshops at Penland School of Crafts in 2018. The show runs through May 13 with an opening reception on Saturday, March 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

Walking into the exhibition, visitors will be greeted by a three-foot tall, precisely rendered image of a young woman—leaves and geometric shapes float by her in the foreground. The piece can easily be mistaken for a painting, but closer inspection reveals that it is made entirely from embroidery thread. The artist, Ruth Miller, spends about a year stitching one of these pieces.

Photographer Dan Estabrook is represented by a series of tintypes, which are images created on a metal plate. Although tintypes have traditionally been treated simply as a type of photograph, this artist has chosen to also approach them as metal objects. Using a jeweler’s saw, he carefully cuts up different tintypes and recombines them to create metal collages. A cast-iron teapot by Frankie Flood, who is a faculty member at Appalachian State University, has a surface texture that looks like the inner surface of tree bark, while the surface of a wooden platter by Matthew Hebert has been carved into a 3D image of a manhole cover. And an animated video by Noah Saterstrom is accompanied by several of the paintings he used to create it. These are just some of the wonders and possibilities presented in this exhibition. Also on view in the Focus Gallery, is a small exhibition, titled “GATHER | Eat, Drink, Enjoy,” which showcases elegant, functional glassware by Courtney Dodd and Nickolaus Fruin. The Visitors Center Gallery has an ongoing display of objects that illuminate the history of Penland School, and the Lucy Morgan Gallery presents a selection of work by dozens of Penland-affiliated artists. On display outside the Penland Gallery are large sculptures in stone and steel by Hoss Haley, Carl Peverall, and Daniel T. Beck.

The Penland Gallery and Visitors Center is located at Penland School of Crafts on Conley Ridge Road, just off Penland Road in Mitchell County (near the town of Spruce Pine). It is the first building on the right as you enter the Penland campus. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and Sunday, Noon-5:00 PM; it is closed on Mondays. For more information call 828-765-6211 or WEBSITE.



The Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30 pm at the Burnsville Town Center for their monthly meeting and presentations.

For more information call 828-691-0449.




We have the perfect location for that outdoor wedding, party, anniversary or company picnic. Call 284-5055 for more information or visit our WEBSITE.



Meet Bear!!! He is a very handsome one yer old with a very curious and playful nature. He is warm and friendly and has the most delightful purr when getting his ears rubbed. He is a great cat who will bring love to any home. Yancey County Humane Society, 962 Cane River School Road, Burnsville, NC - Phone 682-9510Website


The Mayland SBC Entrepreneurship Certificate Series

Attend one class or all six! In this series, learn how to be a successful entre­preneur. SBC business professionals and guest presenters will increase your business savvy by providing current and applicable information. Upon completion of all six classes, participants will receive a certificate from the Mayland Small Business Center which is a great document to include in a business plan.

CLASS FIVE: Your Small Business Taxes (3 Hours)

Gain a solid understanding of taxes required for small business owners and develop the best tax strategy for your business. Attendees will become familiar with the latest tax forms and procedures for both state and federal taxes. Don’t let your business fail due to lack of tax knowledge. Class begins on April 2 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.

CLASS SIX: How to Present Your Business (2 Hours)

Development and proper presentation of a business pitch can build sales or attract investment. In this seminar, attendees will learn how to craft an effective business pitch that can be used in both verbal and written communications. Class begins on April 5 at 5:30 PM at MCC’s Mitchell Campus.

For more information on these free SBC classes or to pre-register visit www.mayland.edu and click on the Continuing Education link or call 828-766-1295.

The Small Business Center and Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) are working together to offer seminars that will enable you to build and grow your creative business. Come to downtown Spruce Pine at the beautiful facilities of the TRAC Art Resource Center to check out our interesting class line-up!

Connect with Customers by Telling Your Story (2 Hours)

Customers tend to buy more frequently from artists who tell the story behind their art because a story establishes a personal connection. This class will help you craft your story in a manner that will communi­cate your brand, values, and competitive advantage. Learn how to design a story that will enchant customers and emphasize your unique qualities. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 11 at the TRAC Art Resource Center Spruce Pine.

Tips for Success from the Yummy Mud Puddle (2 Hours)

Get tips for long term success from area artists Claudia Dunaway and John Richards with the Yummy Mud Puddle. With local insight and over 100 years of combined experience in operating a thriving studio, this seminar will be very informative and entertaining. Learn how to “make a living” in the arts business. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 25 at the TRAC Art Resource Center Spruce Pine.

How to Start a Non-Profit (3 Hours)

Nonprofit organizations do great work in our local communities. What are the requirements to create a nonprofit? This seminar will look at the process of creating a nonprofit including legal issues, your desired outcomes, and the application process. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 12 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus inSpruce Pine.

How to Make Money Doing What You Love (3 Hours)

Turn your passion into a paycheck by learning 10 money tips for entrepre­neurs. You’ll learn about budgeting, pricing, and inventory to gain essential tools for success. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 17 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus in Spruce Pine.

Grant Writing for Beginners (3 Hours)

Grants can be a source of income for both nonprofit and for-profit businesses. How do you find out about grants? How much money is available? What is the applica­tion process like? We will consider these issues and more in this seminar. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 19 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus in Spruce Pine.

How to Get More Customers (3 Hours)

Learn proven marketing techniques to grow your customer base. Take home a personalized strategy to market your busi­ness. Discover strengths and opportunities to build your business or concept. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 24 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus in Spruce Pine.

Advanced Grant Writing (3 Hours)

You have identified a project you want to accomplish and a potential grant funder for financing. Now what do you do? This seminar will discuss how to evaluate a grant proposal, how grants are scored for approval, and how to write a grant. We will also discuss how grants are administered and monitored by the funders. Class begins at 5:30 p.m. on April 26 at MCC’s Mitchell Campus in Spruce Pine.

For more information on these free classes or to pre-register visit www.mayland.edu and click on the Continuing Education link or call 828-766-1295.



Burnsville Town Council 4/5 @ 6:00 pm Town Hall

Yancey County Commission 4/9 @ 6:00 pm Yancey County Courthouse

Burnsville Planning Board 4/10 @ 6:15 pm Town Hall

Rotary Club Thursday @ Noon Western Sizzlin

Toe River Model Railroaders Wednesday @ 2:00 pm Spruce Pine Library

Al-Anon Monday @ 7:30 pm 1st Presbyterian Church

Would you like us to forward your business items of interest to other Chamber members? Submit your items weekly via email no later than 8am each Tuesday for inclusion each Tuesday. Email to ginger@yanceychamber.com. Chamber Office Telephone 682-7413WEBSITE

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