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JUNE 23, 2020

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Holstein, Robert & Kathleen

Marco's Lawn Care

Jim Hughes & Associates Surveying Coldwell Banker King

Loafer's Glory Rafting & Tubing

Levin Glass



The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Chamber activities and events. We are updating the website and event listing often with the most current information.

2020 Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair


A final decision regarding the viability of holding the 2020 Mt. Mitchell Craft Fair will be made after June 26th, the day the Governor of North Carolina issues guidelines regarding Covid-19 public safety. The board of directors and the Craft Fair committee have been exploring alternatives. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate the path forward. 


Old Timey Fall Festival Cancelled until 2021


 It is with deep regret that the Committee for the Old Timey Fall Festival of the Yancey/Burnsville Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel the festival for 2020.


The increase in the Covid-19 cases in North Carolina and Yancey County makes it impossible to hold this event. The public safety has to be our first concern.


We would like to thank all of the shops, restaurants, other businesses and community-minded people who have helped put this event on each year.  They have helped us acquire local talent on the stage, offer games and events and advertise the festival. We felt that we could not seek donations to put on the festival this year as many have suffered the hardship of not being able to operate normally.


We considered putting on the festival, but with public distancing, use of masks for vendors, and the wonderful crowd we usually attract, it would not work at this time.


We thank the community for understanding that this is not being taken lightly, we all look forward to the Old Timey Fall Festival 2021. This is the first time in the long history of this event that we cannot put on this wonderful day on the Square for the local community.


We hope to see you all again at the 2021 Old Timey Days!


546 Scronce Creek. Last time this home and spectacular property caused a bidding war. AND IT'S GOTTEN SO MUCH BETTER since then. Come see what all the excitement is about!  Open House Sunday June 28th from 2-4 p.  Fully Updated MID CENTURY MODERN on 2.5 acres with exceptional views. Look for Deb d'Aquin sign.


Nealy Andrews, Executive Director (nealy@toeriverarts.org)

Brady Connelly, Marketing & Communications Coordinator (brady@toeriverarts.org)





For Immediate Release: June 5, 2020


Toe River Arts Reopens June 11, 2020

Spruce Pine, NC - Toe River Arts will reopen both its Spruce Pine and Burnsville locations to the public June 11, 2020, resuming normal hours (Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30 AM to 5 PM). Guests can once again peruse and purchase handmade wares from the local artist community. Guests who visit the Spruce Pine location will also be able to preview artwork that will be featured in an upcoming online auction to help raise funds lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep all visitors and staff safe, visitors will be required to wear a face covering and sanitize their hands upon entering.

Toe River Arts has made great strides within the last few years to reassess programming and artistic endeavors to ensure the organization is truly fulfilling its mission. The organization has wonderful partners in both the town of Burnsville and Yancey County. Since 2006, Toe River Arts has occupied office space and featured the work of local artists at 102 West Main Street in Burnsville. In July Toe River Arts will turn the upper floor into artist studio spaces. Artists who are members of Toe River Arts with studio space in the Burnsville location will have access to the gallery space, as well as unlimited access to their studio space. Toe River Arts will feature artist demonstrations and continue to sell artist’s work in the gift shop.

Anyone interested in renting a studio space should contact Nealy Andrews at nealy@toeriverarts.org for more information. 

1025 Orchard Road

Spruce Pine, NC 28777








June 15, 2020



Contact:   Kate Groff


                Beth Hilton






The Orchard at Altapass finished filling the ice cream freezer, swept the floors, folded the t-shirts, turned on the lights, and unlocked the doors to the red barn on Saturday, June 13 as they began their 26th season.


Things were a bit different from 2019, as there was to be no live music or dancing later that day, no scooped ice cream or sample tastings, and only a limited number of folks allowed inside at a time. Sanitizer was everywhere, and all visitors were asked to sanitize their hands before entering the building. Staff wore gloves and masks, and about half the visitors were masked.


Visitors—from the next town over, across the state, neighboring states—stood or sat on the back deck watching the barn swallows swoop in and out of their nests, feeding their young. They sat at tables on the dance floor or picnic tables outside the red barn. Folks walked the trails looking for the tiny green apples that filled the trees. Grimes Golden will ripen first next month. Children—lots of them—behaved and the few leashed pets minded their manners. And all remembered the physical distancing rule.


Folks asked questions about the ripening times, the performances, how long this all will last. For some, there were no answers. “I miss the music,” one guest offered. “But being out in the open and breathing the clear air is still worth the trip. I completely understand.”


The Orchard is located at 1025 Orchard Road near Spruce Pine at mm 328.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and is a not-for-profit working orchard, music, and educational venue. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM, currently Saturday and Sunday. Family- and pet-friendly. Wheelchair accessible. For information please visit altapassorchard.org or call 828-765-9531.


6th Annual Hard Times, High Hopes, & Helping Hands

Benefit Concert for Reconciliation House


Sunday afternoon, September 20 • 2-4:30pm

at Burnsville Town Center


Mark your calendar and watch for details in the Times-Journal!


Brought to you by Kokopelli’s Daughters and Micaville Music

For further information email Deb Louis: deb@northmountains.org




We Are Still Happening!


October 23, 24 & 25th, 2020 


Burnsville Town Center

6 South Main Street, Burnsville, NC 


Cancelled Events/Rescheduled

The 2020 Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is cancelled. What makes our Festival special is the intimacy and conversations. For the safety of attendees, authors and our community, the Board is cancelling the Festival in September. Go to the website - cmlitfest.org- to see who will be presenting in 2021. We are looking for pre-festival volunteers for 2021. Email cmlitfest@gmail.com for information.


Parkway Playhouse Cancels 2020 Season

With much sadness, Parkway Playhouse has made the decision to cancel our full 2020 Mainstage season, as well as Reading Is Alive, due to the pandemic. Since most of our events involve gathering large groups of people together, we have to follow public health guidance regarding opening the theater and gathering people in groups (even outside). We intend to shift the plays for our 2020 season to 2021 while continuing to monitor the situation with the pandemic in the coming months. Our generous sponsors and Playbill advertisers for 2020 will also shift to 2021 automatically. Between now and then, we will be recognizing those sponsors and advertisers on our website and on social media as well as radio programming on WKYK/WTOE.


Parkway Playhouse will continue its online youth classes and we are exploring summer programs that can be done online as well. We may even have a few surprises for you in the coming weeks. While the public is away from the theater, we will be doing some renovations and repairs to make the experience better once audiences return to the theater.


Please check our website regularly and follow us on social media for more information and updates.

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