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NOVEMBER 13, 2019

We are gathering information for our 2020 Calendar of Events. If you or your organization have any information about an event in 2020 please get the event name, location, and date to me so that I can include the same on our calendar (email ginger@yanceychamber.com). This will be included in the calendar rack card that is distributed throughout the State, handed out here in the Visitors Center, and also on several other tourism calendars throughout the State. We will need this information as soon as possible as we would like to start distributing these cards in January. Please let me know of any event you would like included in the calendar. Thanks for your help!!!!!

"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing." ~ Wernher Von Braun

THIS DAY IN HISTORY - 1847 - Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.

And now for the news.....

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Come see the new exhibit at Yancey History Museum "A History of Santa and Appalachian Christmas Traditions", now open through the Christmas Holiday Season. This exhibit features hand carved Santas by David Boone.

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

High Peaks Leads Fire Tower Adventure Nov. 16


Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a challenging hike to Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower in Tennessee. Hikers should be rewarded with tremendous 360-degree views of the surrounding terrain.

The 9.6-mile hike is rated as very strenuous, as hikers will climb 1,400 feet on their way to the popular fire tower, which is located near Erwin, Tn. Although the hike is long and the climb significant, the trail is well-developed and not too steep, averaging a grade of less than 6 percent.

Hikers should assemble at 8:30 a.m. in the Rose’s Shopping Center Parking lot overlooking Highway19 in Burnsville. Transportation will be provided in a Yancey van for a donation of $5, reservations required. Dogs are not allowed on the vans, so if you want to bring your leashed pet you must provide your own transportation.

Bring lunch, plenty of water, snacks, warm clothes and rain gear if the forecast looks doubtful. The ride to the trailhead will take about 50 minutes. Hikers who want more information about this hike and destination can find it at: http://www.tehcc.org/wiki/Pinnacle_Mountain_Fire_Tower.

Please contact Hike Leader Robert Branch at rbranch54@yahoo.com or 828-682-3102 by Thursday evening, Nov. 14 to make your van reservation. Hikers who plan to drive on their own are also asked to contact the Hike Leader so he can better plan the outing. You may also want to ask for directions to the trailhead.


Check our WEBSITE or our Facebook Link for more information.



11/16          The Self Reliant Roadshow 9am – 2pm

11/16          Shantytown CD Release 7pm

11/20          Donald Davis Storytelling 6pm

11/23          Christmas Ornament Craft Show 9am – 2pm

11/30          Christmas Extravaganza 10am

12/6            Santa Claus Comes To Town 5:30pm


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


Wed. 11/13 @ 4pm: Yancey Humane Society Fundraiser

Fri. 11/15 @ 8pm: Music by Aaron Davis

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

Located at 6 South Main, Burnsville. WEBSITE

Arthur Morgan School is hosting its 38th annual Scholarship Benefit on Friday, November 22, 2019. Approximately 65% of our students in any given year need financial assistance. For the 2019-20 school year, 77% of the students needed scholarship to attend. All proceeds from this event support the Scholarship Fund. Join us!

Friday, November 22, 2019

6:00-9:30 pm

Burnsville Town Center



Event Details

Here’s what to expect in this memorable evening with us:

  • Holiday Marketplace featuring unique art and items from local artists and businesses for under $100, great for completing your holiday shopping lists!
  • Farm-to-Table Dinner prepared by local, excellent chefs (Eric Brown and Molly Rouse) using local, excellent produce and meat complimented with wine and beer.
  • Live Auction led by the entertaining auctioneer, Robin Dreyer!

If you have any questions, please call Heather at 828-675-4361.



The Center for Pioneer Life is proud to host internationally acclaimed premier storyteller Donald David for a four-day residency.


Collect Your Memories in a Family Storytelling Workshop led by the Dean of Storytelling, Donald Davis, Tuesday, November 19 from 10 AM — 2 PM at The Center for Pioneer Life at 134 Joe Young Road in Burnsville. Cost is $50. For more information call 828.536.0337.


Donald Davis, American storyteller and author, will be performing at the Burnsville Town Center Wednesday, November 20th. Davis had a twenty-year career as a minister before he became a professional storyteller. He has recorded over 25 storytelling albums and written several books. His long career as a teller and his promotion of the cultural importance of storytelling through seminars and master classes has led to Davis being dubbed the “dean of storytelling”. Enjoy his performance Wednesday, November 20, doors open at 6 PM at the Burnsville Town Center. Tickets are $20.


List of November specials!!!!

Taco Tuesdays: Free small chips and salsa with the purchasae of a taco & drink.

Wednesday - Kids Win on Wednesday: Free 1/3 lb angus beef hotdog for kids 10 and under with the purchase of a combo. One free hotdog per kid per combo purchased.

Thursday - Thirsty Thursday: 50 cent soda, bottle water or tea with a food purchase.

Friday - Free Pool Friday: Free 30 minute play time slot with a food purchase.

Saturday - Sassy Saturday: $1 off an order of Green Mtn or Mt. Mitchell Nachos. Made with homemade Queso sauce.


HOURS: Tuesday-Thursday 11am - 6pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-8pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. 112 West Main Street, Burnsville.

We're located in downtown Burnsville, just west of the beautiful town square and across from Burnsville Town Hall! In addition to the finest organic fresh brewed coffee, we're proud to be your source for amazing beverages, made to order traditional and App Java specialty breakfast & lunch delicacies and fresh baked pastries! If you're looking for the best, look no further than App Java! Enjoy the beautiful WNC weather and scenery dining on the sidewalk, downstairs or in the more intimate and private upstairs. Words can only paint a picture. We invite you to give us a try and we're confident you won't be disappointed.


Wednesday- Nov. 13 - Admiral Radio in the Loft @ 6pm

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

Farm City Breakfast December 5th

at Burnsville Town Center


The Annual Farm City Awards Breakfast will be held, Thursday, December 5th at 7am at the Burnsville Town Center. The breakfast celebrates those individuals, farmers, educators, youth and businesses that make Yancey County a wonderful place. This year the breakfast will feature local products from local farmers and businesses. The menu will feature local eggs, sausage, grits, potatoes and apples and biscuit and gravy.

Last year the breakfast served 80 individuals and only produced ½ a bag of garbage, the rest was composted or shared. This reduction in waste was made possible by the teamwork of the Yancey County Cooperative Extension, Dig In! Community Garden, TRACTOR, the Toe Cane BeeKeepers, the Yancey Farmers Market, Blue Ridge RC & D, and the Master Gardeners. 

The Breakfast is sponsored by Yancey County Cooperative Extension, Yancey Farm Bureau, Carolina Farm Credit, Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development, Burnsville Wine and…. Yancey County Farmers Market, United Community Bank, Walter Savage, Altec, Glen Raven, and Parts City, Auto Parts. This year donations will be accepted and split between the FFA and the Yancey County 4-H Program.

The Awards are supported by the Lion’s Club, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Yancey County Retired Teachers’ Association, Burnsville Wine and…, Burnsville Men’s Club, Yancey County Farmers’ Market, Rotary Club, Rabek, Boothe & Associates, and the Chamber of Commerce.  



This week's entertainment at Laura's:

Fri. 11/15 - Frances Eliza @ 7pm

114 East Main Street, Burnsville, NC. Call 682-5551 or see on FACEBOOK.



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




Micaville Music Jam at 10:00 am every Saturday

Barn Photo Workshop – November 15 - 17

               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 November 15 - 17. It will begin on Friday evening with an introductory session. On Saturday, the group will leave at 7:30 am to photograph barns throughout Madison County. Don McGowan will offer the photographersindividual 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 previous 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). 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. 

Bare Dark Sky Observatory Community Viewing Nights

Join us for an evening of stargazing as you've never seen before! You will have the opportunity to view the moon, planets and stars through our 34" diameter Sam Scope, as well as our smaller planetary telescope. With the assistance of our Observatory Manager, you will spend 2 hours viewing and learning about the dark skies. 


November Community Dates


11/15 @ 8pm

11/16 @ 8pm

11/22 @ 8pm

11/23 @ 8pm

11/30 @ 8pm


Reserve your tickets HERE


Mark Your Calendars!!!!! For the 34th Anniversary Celebration & Christmas Open House at Monkey Business and Something Special Gift Shop on Thursday, Friday and Saturday November 21st, - 23rd from 8am to 8pm. Come shop with us at 12 West Main Street, Burnsville.


Get your fresh pecans!!!!!! Higgins United Methodist Church is selling 1 pound bags for $13 each. You can buy them at the Chamber Offices here at the Visitor's Center. Cash or checks payable to HUMC.




The Toe River Arts Studio Tour, now in its 27th year, has become a favorite among residents and visitors of Western North Carolina. Every holiday season, Toe River Artists open their homes to family, friends, and complete strangers. This December visit with artists from every media including artists working in clay, stone, jewelry, wood, metal, and mixed media. The variety and quality of the work on the tour is unmatched. Many participating artists make collectible items just for the tour, making this the perfect time to purchase holiday gifts for loved ones. In a time when buying mass produced items online is as easy as clicking a button, visitors take comfort in knowing they are supporting artists and the local economy by buying directly from the maker.

Visitors of the Toe River Arts Studio Tour will enjoy the natural beauty of the Western North Carolina mountains as they meet artists in their inspirational environments. Art lovers will meet nationally renowned and emerging professional artists and craftspeople in their studios, see their workspaces, and purchase their work. Guests have the opportunity to ask questions about the creative process and experience live demonstrations. Experiencing and interacting with the artistic process makes for an unforgettable experience! Many of the artists on the tour offer refreshments and music, warming the chilliest of travelers.

New artists this December include clay artist, Leah Leitson, a guest in Terry Gess’ studio, new Burnsville mixed media and glass artists Mary Lynn and Jim Bowman, and fine knifemaker, Will Manning. Visit with longtime favorites like Cynthia and Edwina Bringle, Rob Levin, Kenny Pieper, and Barking Spider Pottery.

The free Toe River Arts Studio Tour takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 6-8, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Mitchell and Yancey counties. The Toe River Arts Studio Tour exhibition opens at 269 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine on Saturday, November 16th and runs through the end of the year. A meet the artist reception will be held Friday, December 6th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Spruce Pine Toe River Arts Gallery. More information is available online at www.toeriverarts.org. There is truly something for everyone during the December Toe River Arts Studio Tour. 


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



The Penland Gallery is proud to present Tradition of Excellence: Japanese Techniques in Contemporary Metal Arts - Curated by Hiroko Yamada. This show will run through November 17, 2019.


The Focus Gallery is featuring Like Hummingbirds to Nectar by Shane Fero & Deb Stoner. This show will run through November 17, 2019.


Penland School of Crafts will host an auction of student and instructor work on Thursday, November 14 at 8:00 PM at the Northlight building on the Penland campus in Mitchell County. The auction will feature student and instructor work in various media. No admission charged.


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.





Join us this season in bringing the gift of joy to hundreds of seniors in our community who are living as shut ins, in nursing homes, and hospice care. Create a box or bag of small gifts or have your Sunday School class or organization put together gifts as a project and drop them off at one of our designated locations during our drop off window of time. We'll do the work of delivering!!!

Drop off Days: Dec. 3rd - Dec. 15th

Drop Off Times: 9am - 5pm (M-F)

Drop Off Locations: WAMY Offices at 496 Balsam Ave, Spruce Pine, NC

WAMY Offices at 225 Birch St. STE 2, Boone, NC.



Burnsville Rotary Club Thursday @ Noon Rescue Dog Cafe

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

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



Burnsville Council Knights of Columbus bingo games are held in Sacred Heart Church's Social Hall on the first and third Mondays of the month. The next bingo session is on Monday, Nov. 18 at 1pm. The cost is $20 for 10 games. First time bingo players receive a free three-game card. There will be four extra optional games. Doors open at noon for registration. Light sandwiches, desserts and refreshments will be served. The church is located at 20 Summit Street in Burnsville. Contact Bob Holstein at 828-319-0039 for 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 682-7413. WEBSITE


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