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Heritage Crafts Weekend at The NC Arboretum Celebrates Rich Cultural Traditions

Monday, September 14th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates Southern Appalachian traditions during Heritage Crafts Weekend, held September 26 and 27.

The event, now in its fourth year, features craft demonstrations and juried crafts vendors, plant sales and musical performances in the Heritage Garden, Baker Exhibit Center and Education Center.

Western North Carolina is known worldwide for its botanical beauty and diversity, as well as for the many wonderful handmade crafts that are borne of the mountain way of life. Vitally important to the region’s craft heritage is the close relationship between crafts and the plants used in their production. Much of the fiber, color and artistic expression of mountain craft arises from the character and nature of plants.
The Heritage Garden showcases plants used in the multi-million-dollar craft industry of Western North Carolina, including those used for handmade paper and brooms, baskets and dyes. Visitors can explore the many plants that support crafts, understand how they are grown, prepared and used, and appreciate their value to the industry.

New exhibits in the Heritage Garden provided increased space for exhibits and demonstrations and allows the garden to function as an outdoor classroom.
Admission to Heritage Crafts Weekend is free for members or with the parking fee of $6 per personal vehicle. For more information, call 665-2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Scheduled for July 16-19

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Southern Highlands Craft Fair

ASHEVILLE, NC – It’s the 62nd season of the bi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, July 16-19 and October 15-18, 2009. The Craft Fair is an event where connoisseurs and novices alike come to craft a collection, connect with tradition, and invest in regional culture. The Craft Fair takes place in beautiful downtown Asheville at the Civic Center, 10am-6pm Thursday through Saturday, and 10am -5pm Sunday. Over two hundred craftspeople fill two floors with fine handcrafted items, while local musicians play live on the arena stage, and craft educators share their knowledge with children in hands-on projects.

Additional information about this event is available at 828-298-7928

The Fairs take place at the Asheville Civic Center, 87 Haywood Street, in downtown Asheville, NC. Hours are Thursday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission is $7 with children under 12 free with an adult. Group discounts are available.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands has been a much anticipated event in the mountains since 1948. Over the course of six decades this event has become an established destination and a revered tradition. Produced by the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Craft Fair is much more than a marketplace for fine craft. It is a cornerstone to the mission of the Guild, bringing together the crafts and craftspeople of the Southern Highlands.

More than two hundred craftspeople fill two floors of the Civic Center with fine handcrafted items. Local musicians play live on the arena stage; craft educators share their knowledge with adults and children alike through demonstrations and hands-on projects. Eleven thousand visitors from all over the country participate in festivities during the four days of the show. Over the course of the event, nearly a million dollars are invested in the purchase of craft and in the future of Appalachian regional culture.