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Things to do in Burnsville/Yancey County, NC, as of July 31, 2018


JULY 31, 2018

"Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice doggie' until you can find a rock." ~ Will Rogers

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1703 - Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers. (That's the way I want to be punished!)

And now for the news.....

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Habitat For Humanity / Retail Store

Burger King

Loafers Glory Rafting & Tubing

Parkway Playhouse

Riverwalk Vacation Rentals

The Prescription Pad

Mayland Workforce Development

Rescue Dog Cafe

Yancey Funeral Services



Pickin on the Porch now happening every Sunday in August from 2-4 pm in the side yard of the McElroy House. Bring a chair and enjoy the FREE musical event or join in and perform on the porch. On August 5th Bruce Greene presents "Yancey County 100 Year Old Songs".

For more information contact the Yancey History Association at 678-9587.


Call us at 828-765-9531


Wednesday, 8/1 @ 1:45 JAM Session

Thursday, 8/2 @ 1:45 Sound Traveler

Friday, 8/3 @ 1:45 Johnny Ellis

Saturday 8/4 @ 11:45 Storytelling with Bill

Saturday, 8/4 @ 1:00 The Dollar Brothers

Saturday, 8/4 @ 3:00 Rockabillys

Sunday, 8/5 @ 1:00 Jerry, Mike & Bill

Sunday, 8/5 @ 3:00 True Grass

Hayrides and Dance Demos every Saturday & Sunday

For more information visit WEBSITE

A program of Partners Aligned Toward Health, Healthy Yancey is a partnership of concerned citizens working together to improve the quality of health for all people in Yancey County. Our mission for this Sizzlin’ Summer Series is to increase connections between neighbors and people, and increase physical activity, while highlighting fun ways to play and be active in our community. 


CANE RIVER PARK - Saturday, Aug. 4 @ 10am - Soccer & Yard Game


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.

Our goal is to allow outdoor persons the opportunity to enjoy shooting by visiting our facilities, which include a 50,000 square foot, lighted shotgun range. We are able to accommodate individuals, families, groups and organizations, meeting their various needs and schedules. We offer rifle, pistol, and shotgun ranges. 125 Deyton Hunt Farm Drive, Burnsville, NC. Call 828-777-0357 or visit WEBSITE.

8/17 Doyle Lawson & Quiksilver @ 7:30 pm

8/18 Tri County Outdoor Expo

8/19 Tri County Outdoor Expo

8/25 The Wiseman Brothers @ 7pm

9/1 New Town w/ Mitchell Cannon @ 7:30 pm

9/22 Music in the Mountains Folk Festival @ 5:30pm


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


7/31 @ 7pm: Original Music by William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree

8/1 @ 7pm: Trivia Night

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

Located at 6 South Main, Burnsville. WEBSITE


Aug. 3 @ 5:30pm - Music on the Deck with Robin Lewis

HOURS: Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri 6:30 – 11:30 am; Open Mic Fri Night 4-8 pm; Sat & Sun 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. Located at 240 East Main Street, Burnsville.

On Sunday, August 5 at 3 PM , Dr. Lloyd Bailey will join us again to present a historical lecture in our series about long-forgotten aspects of rural life in the Toe River Valley. 


Have you ever wondered how long humans have been here in the Toe River Valley, and from where they came? Would you believe at least 10,000 years and from Siberia? Would you like to see a local relic that proves this? Do you know that each of you likely has in your pocket an item that gets its name from a people who came here — and left —  some 500 years ago?  


What does the name “Bolens Creek” likely tell you about another people who were once here? Do you know how the term “hillbilly” came about? No, it doesn’t have anything to do with billy goats! 


This lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in the Earl and Betty Banks Young Center at the Young HomePlace on Shoal Creek Road.


Also, mark your calendar for Saturday, September 8, when Dr. Bailey will present a lecture at the YoungHomePlace entitled  Why did Pioneers Come to the New World and Particularly the Toe River? You’ll learn about ecological reasons, inheritance problems, indentured servitude, banishment, religious toleration and more. Call us if you have questions: 828.536.0337



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 8/2: “Anne E. DeChant” starts at 7:00 pm

Micaville Music Jam at 10:00 am every Saturday



Our regular dinner hours are Tues - Thurs 5pm - 9pm, Fri & Sat 2pm - 10pm, Sun Closed.


Wed & Thurs: Pizza & Wing Night

Fri & Sat: Prime Rib

Call 675-4911 for reservations.

Bare Dark Sky Observatory Community Viewing Nights

August Night Date

Friday 8/3 at 9:30 pm

Reserve your tickets HERE

Summer Concert with Susi Gott and Marty & Don Lewis

Presented by Appalachian Barn Alliance


Forty years after touring together with Don Lewis in the 70’s as the Gott & Lewis Offspring String Band, Don Lewis and Susi Gott as well as brother Marty have agreed to reunite in a concert for the benefit of the Appalachian Barn Alliance. This timely collaboration between these Madison County natives is a tribute to the land which inspires them both to sing and to compose melodies born of mountain streams and windy gaps, and the colorful tales passed on by neighbors and ballads of those lately laid to rest.


Come enjoy the music of the award-winning fiddler SUSI GOTT and two of the Sons of Ralph – brothers MARTY & DON LEWIS—who toured with their father as well as Bill Monroe while growing up.


The concert will be at the Broyhill Chapel on the Mars Hill University campus at 3pm on Sunday, August 12. Tickets are just $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Email info@appalachianbarns.org or call Sandy at 828 380-9146 to reserve.


Join Burnsville Wine for our Friday Evening Tasting on Friday, August 3, from 4-7 pm.  This week we will be tasting Spanish wines. I have selected a Cava, Rueda Verdejo Blanco, and a Garnacha. Pine Blue will be back for your listening pleasure. Tastings are free, but you must be 21 to attend. Enjoy the Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, and stop by for the tasting. The balloons will be flying!  I have gotten in brews from HI-Wire, Highland, New Belgian and Oskar Blues. Stop by and check out the selection. The back deck is a great place to have a glass of wine or a brew with friends. The deck is open anytime I am here. Need a venue for a small gathering? We have space inside and out at Burnsville Wine. Contact us for more information. We are located at 525 West Main, across from TD Bank. There is ample parking behind the shop or the bank parking lot. Shop hours are 11-7 Tuesday–Friday and 11-6 Saturday.  

Like and share us on Facebook, check our WEBSITE call 682-3456 or email joyce@burnsvillewine.com for more information.

Green Mountain Farm

Announces Home Sites, Cabin, Vacation Home Offerings

Exclusive Mountain Wellness Community Kicks Off Initial Offerings


Green Mountain, NC – July 19, 2018 – Today, Green Mountain Farm announced immediate availability of home sites within its planned mountain wellness community, enabling those looking for a genuine mountain lifestyle to take advantage of the exclusive community’s offerings.

In addition to phase one home site sales, the firm is offering for immediate sale the following residences.


1.    Creekside Cabin – This hand-hewn, antique cabin dates back to the 1860’s. It was dismantled and carefully moved to its present location within the Green Mountain Farm community. This beautiful cabin has all the modern amenities you could desire yet authentic provenance from days gone by.

2.    Pinegrove Cottage – With vaulted ceilings and natural wood construction throughout, this cottage is a true mountain getaway within the Green Mountain Farmstead Village.

3.    Founder’s Residence – This beautiful luxury estate home offers stone and natural wood construction, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths with 5,030 air conditioned SF, and a total area of 6,989 SF.


“Our planned community has been uniquely crafted to provide a brilliant, delightful and memorable escape from the stressors of modern life,” said Ben Philips, Co-Founder of Green Mountain Farm.


Wellness Community’s Positive Impact

Green Mountain Farm’s cabin rental clientele have been benefiting from the special restorative environment created there for years.


“Green Mountain Farm is the real hidden gem inside North Carolina’s gem country,” said Kathyrn C, a cabin rental guest.


“It's a bit off the beaten path, but spectacular views, tons of privacy, and a fridge stocked with fresh veggies from the owners' garden and eggs straight from their coop made our stay well worth the few hairpin turns required to get there. Each of the property's rentals is unique and beautifully decorated with antiques and local pottery. Our hosts were gracious and attentive to our needs, while giving us plenty of privacy. The very best thing about Green Mountain Farm, however, is the opportunity to soak in its nature. The place is magical!!”


Founded in 2007, Green Mountain Farm is located in Yancey County in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

For more information, press only:

Ben Philips


Email: bjphilips3@gmail.com

For more information on Green Mountain Farm: www.GreenMountainFarm.org.

TRACTOR Food and Farms is excited to announce the launch of their new online marketplace. This marketplace will allow community members another convenient way to support local farmers by purchasing local food. Visit their WEBSITE for a link to the marketplace.

TRACTOR is located at 54 Ferguson Hill Road, Burnsville, NC. See our WEBSITE for more information.





Directed by Dwight Chiles, Parkway Playhouse’s production features Allen Law, Briar Boggs, Maximillian Koger, Hunter Taylor, Zacary Landolt, Martine Rose, Candice Dickinson, Christine Caldemeyer, Sam Lebrocq, and Heather Bronson. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm through August 11th. A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.


On Sunday, August 5th, the cast will sit for post show discussions. Audience members can ask questions about everything from costumes to scenic design, acting and their individual roles in the production.



FRIDAY, Aug. 3 @ 7:30 pm

SATURDAY, Aug. 4 @ 7:30 pm

SUNDAY, Aug. 5 @ 3:00 pm


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


BURNSVILLE GALLERY: Under the Knife - Craig Franz



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

The Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild will hold its monthly meeting on the evening of August 20at 6:30 pm at the Town Center in Burnsville. For more information email susan@susangarriques.com or visit our WEBSITE

The Penland Gallery is proud to present Alchemy - Contemporary Studio Glass. This show will run through September 16, 2018.


The Focus Gallery is featuring WEAR / Contemporary Jewelry. This show will run through September 9, 2018.


Contemporary Glass at Penland Gallery


Alchemy was an early science famous for its attempts to turn lead into gold. Today, it’s used to describe miraculous transformations. This makes Alchemy a fitting title for the current Penland Gallery exhibition of work by artists using glass in remarkable ways. The exhibition runs through September 16 with an opening reception on Saturday, August 4 from 4:30-6:30 PM.

Glass is a material with almost limitless artistic possibilities. The twelve artists in this exhibition create create objects of mystery and complexity by working with the material’s chemical makeup, its optical properties, its ability to hold incredible detail, and the possibilities of layering and combining multiple processes.

Mark Peiser, who lives near Penland School, is represented in the show by two cast forms. They are made from glass that separates light into different colors so the apparent color of the pieces can change depending on how they are lit. Nickolaus Fruin’s vessels, by contrast, are completely clear but have visible patterns created by combining different formulations of clear glass that each refract light a bit differently.

Penland resident artist Dean Allison has several three-dimensional portraits included in the show. His complex process begins with a rubber impression of his model’s head. After many intermediate steps, the end result is a detailed bust cast from colored glass. Nearby is Amber Cowan’s piece: an intricate assembly of glass leaves and flowers sculpted from recycled commercial glass waste and incorporating several vintage glass objects. Also on display are several pieces by Kit Paulson, one of which is a flexible snake made from hundreds of linked glass rings. These are just some of the wonders that are waiting for visitors to Alchemy, which is part of the regional Summer of Glass. For information about all of the glass activities in the area, visit exploreasheville.com/summer-of-glass.

Running concurrently with this exhibition is a smaller show of contemporary jewelry titled Wear that includes work by artists who use materials in new ways to create exceptional wearable pieces. 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 view outside the Penland Gallery are large sculptures in stone and steel by Daniel T. Beck, Hoss Haley, and Carl Peverall, plus a structure designed by artist Meredith Brickell that invites visitors to stop for a few minutes and observe the clouds. 


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, August 14th at 6:30 pm at the Burnsville Town Center for their monthly meeting and presentations. For more information call 828-691-0449.


Mercy Urgent Care Announces New Location in Burnsville

Yancey County Will Be Home to 6thMercy Urgent Care Location in WNC


Mercy Urgent Care is pleased to announce its newest location in Burnsville, opening on Friday, August 31, at 9 am. For residents and visitors of Yancey County and the surrounding area, this new facility means that high-quality, affordable and convenient medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries will be just minutes (instead of an hour) away. Patients in Yancey County will now have access to walk-in care at a fraction of the cost of an ER visit.


Mercy Urgent Care is excited to bring healthcare and support to the community by partnering with Yancey County who received a $50,000 economic development grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority. To officially mark the opening of Mercy’s new Burnsville location, the Burnsville/Yancey County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 11, from 4 to 6 pm.


“As a longtime native and resident of Yancey County, I am very grateful and take great pride in the opportunity to serve the community that has meant so much to me throughout the years,” said Sara Greer, a Mercy nurse practitioner joining the Burnsville team. “The opening of the new Mercy Urgent Care facility in Burnsville will be a great asset and resource for our town. I am truly excited to be able to work with and for the wonderful people, employers and families of Burnsville and surrounding areas.”


Mercy Urgent Care Burnsville, at 41 Charlie Brown Road, will be the sixth Western North Carolina location for the nonprofit organization headquartered in Asheville. “Because Burnsville is such a small community nestled in the mountains, people have not had options for a full range of healthcare,” said Sister Peggy Verstege, the Mercy Urgent Care Mission Effectiveness Coordinator and Burnsville native. “But as small as it may be, we are planning to bring compassionate, affordable care and new growth to the people of Yancey County.”


In addition to services for individuals and families, Mercy Urgent Care Burnsville will offer workplace-related healthcare services through its Mercy Occupational Medicine division. Employers in or near Yancey County can take advantage of a wide array services, from workplace screening and testing to workplace incident management. Mercy Occupational Medicine offers board-certified physicians and licensed, highly-trained personnel to meet the needs of businesses and their employees.


“Mercy Urgent Care is excited to bring our long history of excellence in healthcare to Burnsville,” noted Medical Director Dr. Elizabeth McCarty. “We look forward to serving the community for all their urgent care and occupational medicine needs.”


Known for its compassionate and affordable care, Mercy helps your family, friends and neighbors recover from injury and illness and get back to a healthy life. A committed community partner in the areas it serves, Mercy is a certified North Carolina Best Employer and a proud living wage employer.


Mercy Urgent Care was founded in Asheville in 1985 as an outreach of the Sisters of Mercy, an international religious institute of Roman Catholic women, begun in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland. Committed to sacredness of life, human dignity, mercy, justice, service and excellence, Mercy Urgent Care believes everyone should have access to convenient, affordable and high-quality healthcare. The Sisters of Mercy have served WNC since 1900, operating the former St. Joseph’s Hospital for nearly 100 years before its sale to Mission in 1998.


Supporting the residents and visitors of Western North Carolina is a top priority, and to do this effectively, Mercy Urgent Care, as an independent provider, accepts most major insurances including Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina; offers a self-pay option for those without insurance, with simple, tiered “fee for service” pricing; and has a Compassionate Care financial assistance program for qualifying patients.


Mercy Urgent Care has served more than one million patients in Western North Carolina. Donations to not-for-profit Mercy Urgent Care’s Catherine McAuley Mercy Foundation enable care throughout WNC in Brevard, Weaverville, three Asheville locations, and now Burnsville - providing more than a half-million dollars in charity care locally as well as sending medical teams and supplies internationally. More information about the organization and all locations can be found at www.mercyurgentcare.org.




Meet Eugene!! This handsome guy is a little on the shy side when you first meet him, but once he warms up he is as sweet as pie. He is a two year old Collie mix with a beautiful coat and heart to match. Come in and meet him and let him steal your heart.


Yancey County Humane Society, 962 Cane River School Road, Burnsville, NC - Phone 682-9510. Website



Yancey County Commission 8/13 @ 6:00 pm Yancey County Courthouse

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 682-7413. WEBSITE

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