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Things to do in Burnsville/Yancey County, NC, as of April 3, 2018

Events for Burnsville, NC, as of April 3, 2018


APRIL 3, 2018

"Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical." ~ Yogi Berra

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1882 - American Outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford at home at St. Joseph. (And Elton John gets a pretty good song out of it)

And now for the news.....

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High Peaks Leads Mt. Mitchell Hikes April 7


Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two adventurous hikes on Mt. Mitchell on Saturday, April 7. The hikes have been repeatedly postponed due to weather and road closures. The strenuous hike will start at the Black Mountain Campground and climb 6 miles and 3,700 feet to the summit of the East’s highest peak, while the easier hike will start at the Mt. Mitchell State Park Ranger office and proceed about 4.3 miles to the summit, climbing about 700 feet.


Hikers should meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided for the longer hike in a Yancey County van for a donation of $5 per person, reservations required by Thursday evening, April 5. No dogs are allowed on the vans, so you must provide your own transportation if you want to bring your leashed pet.


Hikers on the less strenuous hike will also meet on the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. and will form carpools to ride to the Mt. Mitchell State Park Ranger office. Hikers can also meet the group at the office at 9:45 a.m. Bring water, lunch, snacks, hiking poles if you use them and many layers of warm clothing plus foul weather gear as the weather on the summit can be a challenge. Hikers not wanting to use the vans can meet the groups at the Black Mountain Campground entrance at 9:30 a.m., or at the Mt. Mitchell Ranger Office at 9:45 a.m.


For more information and to make reservations, contact Hike Leader Susan Weller at 284-8505or info@nchighpeaks.org. For the shorter hike, contact Hike Leader John Whitehouse at 682-3217 ortrails@nchighpeaks.org. As always, please check the club’s Facebook page or WEBSITE for last-minute changes due to weather.

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



Friday, April 20, 7 - 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m.

Location: The Abbey of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Burnsville, NC

Instructor: Linda Block, Green Grass Clogger since 2009, 34 years of dance experience.

Fiddle Music: Keith Ross

Learn to make rhythms with your feet! No experience necessary. Class limited to 15 students, so register early! To register and more information, contact Linda Block: LBlockhead@yahoo.com or 828-683-8433


Visit FB page: Asheville Appalachian Clogging and Flatfoot Lessons. 

Cost: $75/student for instruction, a lovely venue with wood floors, and live old-time music. 

Best shoes are leather-bottom shoes that tie on. Wear loose fitting clothes and bring a water bottle. Clogging/Flatfoot is aerobic and FUN!!!


This event is hosted by The Abbey of St. Thomas Episcopal Church whose mission is “To partner with our neighbors in sharing resources to connect people and enhance our community.”

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 Handcrfted Marketplace 9am - 2pm

May 26 Chosen Road @ 7pm


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



4/4 @ 7:00: Trivia Night

4/7@ 7:00: BBQ Night catered by Pig & Grits

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

Located at 6 South Main, Burnsville. WEBSITE

The April contradance at Green Kay, Arthur Morgan School will be Friday, April 6th at 8pm. Caller is Laurie Fisher, with live music by Bruce Greene and Band X. No partners or experience necessary. There is a requested donation of $5 for the event.

Three BRAG members, Judy Larkin, Alan Larkin and Debra Carpenter are currently showing their work in the upper room of App Java. The exhibit will continue through mid-May.

8 West Main Street, Burnsville, NC. Call 682-0120 or visit our Facebook page Here



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 4/5: “Brad Hodge” starts at 7:00 pm

Micaville Music Jam at 10:00 am every Saturday

Barn Photo Workshop – April 27 – 29

         If you are interested in perfecting your photography skills, here's a great opportunity---and one that will benefit the local non-profit group (The Appalachian Barn Alliance) that is working to document the area’s heritage. Asheville photographer Don McGowan will conduct another one of his popular photo workshops exclusively to benefit the Barn Alliance. Don’s professional workshops (http://earthsongphotography.com) are highly regarded by professional and experienced amateur photographers.

The workshop will take place in the Mars Hill area on the weekend of April 27 - 29. It will begin on Friday evening with an introductory session. On Saturday, the group will leave at 8 am to photograph barns throughout Madison County accompanied by barn researcher Taylor Barnhill who will provide a history of each of the barns. Don McGowan will offer the photographers individual coaching and professional tips about how to get the best shot in outdoor surroundings. On Sunday afternoon, the weekend will conclude with a critique of participants’ images.

All proceeds will go to the Appalachian Barn Alliance. Thanks to a grant from the Reynolds Foundation and the generosity of earthsongphotography.com, the Alliance is able to offer the entire weekend workshop for a special fee of $150 or $125 for current members). However, it is shortened to 3 days from the normal 4-day schedule. If you have questions, please call to ask. The workshop is limited to 10 participants so it’s important to register soon. For information or registration, go to the organization’s website https://appalachianbarns.org/ or email info@appalachianbarns.org or call Sandy Stevenson at 828-380-9146

Entry Fee: $90/person

Format: Captain's Choice 4 person team

Registration begins at 11am and Shotgun start at 1pm

To register call 828-682-4600.

Questions: email - proshop@mtnaircc.com


Join Burnsville Wine for their first Friday Evening Wine tasting of the season on Friday, April 6, from 4-7 pm. Chris from Country Vintner will be here to pour. We are featuring 3 wines, a white, red and rose’, same wines, 2 different countries. Something a little different to start the “new year”. Make plans to join us. Also, Nick Gonnering will be here to entertain you with his music. A great way to start our Friday Tastings! The balloons will be flying! New wines and beers arriving every week. Come by and check the selection. More wines have been put on sale and in the $5.00 box! We can also special order wines. We have begun our regular hours, Tuesday – Friday, 11-7, and Saturday 11-6. Be sure to like us on Facebook and check our WEBSITE for up to date info. We are located at 525 West Main, across from TD Bank. There is ample parking in the bank parking lot or behind the shop. For more information email joyce@burnsvillewine.com or call 682-3456.

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

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






Get ready to laugh! Parkway Playhouse’s teen improv comedy troupe, Get the Hook, will take the Parkway Playhouse stage on April 13 & 14 at 7:00pm. Have those nouns ready because the troupe will play high energy, improvised games based on suggestions from the audience.


Get the Hook has been featured in local Burnsville, NC media as well as on the WUNC radio show “The State of Things.” They have also performed as part of the 2016 & 2017 NC Comedy Arts Festival and the 2017 New South Comedy Festival. Get the Hook features MJ Bellington, Zachariah Malas, Brooks Murphy, and Jack Weinmeister. Tickets are $5 at the door.


The Parkway Playhouse is located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville. Tickets are available on the Parkway Playhouse website and at the Parkway playhouse Box Office (828-682-4285), which is open from 1-5pm Thursday through Saturday and one hour before show time. WEBSITE



The deadline for application to the annual Art Scholarship has been extended until Tuesday, May 1 at 5pm. Awards are given to Yancey or Mitchell County graduating high school seniors or adults continuing their education. They must be pursuing a higher education degree majoring in any of the arts or arts education. Each scholarship is between $250 and $1,000.


Guidelines and an application form are available at www.toeriverarts.org/for-artists/arts-scholarship/

There is no application fee, and no late applications will be accepted.


Completed submissions may be dropped off at either TRAC Gallery between 10:30am and 5pm, Tuesday-Friday in Spruce Pine at 269 Oak Avenue or Burnsville at 102 West Main Street. Please contact TRAC at 828-682-7215 with any questions.



BURNSVILLE GALLERY: New Gift Shop Artists - Through May 12

SPRUCE PINE GALLERY: Blacksmith Exhibit - Through April 28


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 16 at 6:30 pm at the Town Center in Burnsville. For more information email susan@susangarriques.com or visit our WEBSITE

The John & Robyn Horn Gallery is proud to present I Dwell in Possibility display of Unconventional work by Penland instructors. This show will run through May 13, 2018.


The Focus Gallery is featuring Gather / Eat, Drink, Enjoy by Courtney Dodd & Nickolaus Fruin. This show will run through May 20, 2018.

Penland School is located near Spruce Pine in Mitchell County. For more information and directions to the school call 828-765-2359 or visit 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.



ATTENTION 2018 BRIDES AND EVENT PLANNERS: We have the perfect location for that outdoor wedding, party, anniversary or company picnic Call 284-5055 for more information.

Helping Hands of Yancey County will accept grant applications for 2018 from charitable organizations serving Yancey County. Deadline for submission of applications is May 15, 2018. Rules and applications can be obtained by emailing helpinghandsofyanceycounty@gmail.com.


Adrenal Fatigue

Learn How to increase your energy by 100%. Cortisol testing is this important? Join us at our free 40 minute workshop at Cruz Life Center on Thursday, April 5th @ 6:15pm. Dr. Miguel Cruz, Lesia Cruz, HHC, C.Ad. Healthy snacks will be served. To reserve your seat call us at 682-6157 or visit our WEBSITE.




Little Miss Daisy will drive you wild. She is a rambunctious 10 month old who is equally playful and loving with an abundance of both. It only takes a look in her eyes to see the beautiful soul inside.

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 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 in Spruce 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 Commission 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



TOPS (take off pounds sensibly) meets on Tuesdays at Yummi Yarns located at 17 West Main Street, Burnsville. Weigh in is from 5:00 - 5:30 pm and the meeting will take place from 5:30 to 6:00 pm. Call 864-506-5606 for more information.

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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