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Run for Shindig on the Green 5K Race Fundraiser

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – The Folk Heritage Committee, which produces Shindig on the Green, is excited to announce the fourth annual Run For Shindig on the Green, a fun and healthy way to help support Shindig, featuring a 5K Race and one mile Fun Walk/Run. The event takes place Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Carrier Park in Asheville with the 5K Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Walk beginning at 8:35 a.m. The Run for Shindig on the Green 5K kicks off the 49th season of Shindig and is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Two overall winners will be recognized at this year’s first Shindig on the Green, on the evening of June 27th, and all race participants are encouraged to attend. The overall male and female winners of the 5K will each receive a beautiful mug featuring the Folk Heritage Committee logo and handcrafted by Mangum Pottery in Weaverville, NC. There will be additional medals and ribbons awarded to the winners of age divisions of the 5K Race. Race management timing and finish line services are performed by Right On Time Productions; race results will be available five minutes after the last runner finishes.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage CommitteeTM must raise funds to cover the costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as sound equipment and technicians. All proceeds from the June 27th 5K and Fun Walk will help to cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per evening. The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the GreenTM and the Mountain Dance and Folk FestivalTM in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.  Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 49th summer season is scheduled for June 27; July 11, 18, 25; August 15, 22, 29; and September 5. For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x345.

Registration: Registration is open! Register for the “Run for Shindig on the Green” 5K Race and Fun Walk/Run online at www.active.com. Online registration closes Thursday June 25th. T-Shirts will be available for pre-registered participants only. There will be no T-shirts available for race-day registrants. Day-of-race registration is 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Carrier Park: The June 27th 5K and Fun Run fundraiser takes place at Carrier Park at the intersection of Amboy Road and Michigan Avenue in West Asheville.
From I-240 East: Take Exit 1C.
From I-240 West: Take Exit 1B. Take a left at the light and your next left after that, back onto I-240 East.  Stay on the ramp to take Exit 1C onto Amboy road. Carrier Park will be on the right after about .25 miles.

Parking: Parking is limited to 280 spaces at Carrier Park so please carpool if possible.

Loretta’s Big Hug Super Saturdays: On Saturday, June 27th, Shindig on the Green will be the beneficiary of Loretta’s Café’s Big Hug Super Saturday. Loretta’s will donate 10% of all sales on June 27th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to the Folk Heritage Committee. More information at www.lorettascafe.com/events.html.

 

Shindig on the Green 2014

Friday, June 13th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The celebrated mountain tradition Shindig on the Green, which showcases the regions rich heritage through its traditional musicians and dancers, kicks off its 48th annual season when it returns to the heart of downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park. With its first gathering of the summer on Saturday June 28th, this year’s Shindig on the Green will be held on June 28; July 5, 12, 19; August 9, 16, 23, and 30. Shindig on the Green is free.

Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, to enjoy the stage show and informal jam sessions throughout the park. The stage shows take place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in Asheville. Highlights include performances by The Stoney Creek Boys, the long-standing house band for Shindig on the Green; newly formed and long-standing bands from throughout the mountains; and an extensive line-up of dance teams.

Prior to the first Shindig on June 28th, the Folk Heritage Committee presents the third annual “Run For Shindig on the Green,” a fun and healthy way to help support Shindig, featuring a 5K Race and Fun Walk/Run. The event takes place the morning of Saturday, June 28 at Carrier Park with the 5K Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Walk/Run beginning at 8:35 a.m. The “Run For Shindig on the Green” is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville. The two overall male and female winners of the 5K will be recognized at the first Shindig of the season later that evening. Registration is available online until June 26th at www.active.com.

The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and its sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people attend Shindig on the Green evenings for free throughout the summer. In addition to throngs of locals, visitors routinely travel from out of state, across the country, and even around the world to make their way to downtown Asheville for Shindig on the Green.

Shindig on the Green is made possible thanks to the talent and generosity of its volunteer musicians and dancers who span several generations much to the delight of those in attendance. From young children perfecting their square dance steps to great-grandmothers singing ballads passed down through the years, the region’s wealth of traditional talent takes center stage.  Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.

Raffle: The much-sought-after annual raffle items for the 2014 Shindig season are: a D-16 Adirondack acoustic guitar by C.F. Martin & Co.; and a 75” x 75” handmade quilt from a 19th century quilt pattern, created by local quilting collaborative Mountain Jam Circle. Raffle tickets are available at each Shindig evening and the winning tickets are pulled at the end of the summer Shindig season.

Food: Concessions are offered by Okie Dokies Smokehouse and The Hop Ice Cream Café.

Rules: By city ordinance, dogs, alcohol, and smoking are all prohibited in Pack Square Park.

Parking: The College Street Parking Deck is conveniently located next to Shindig, directly across College Street from Pack Square Park and the Buncombe County Courthouse, and is $1.00 per hour. Parking is also available in marked and metered spaces throughout downtown Asheville (free after 6pm) and the city’s municipal decks (evening rates vary).

Public Transit: There is a major transfer point on College Street for public transit. Check www.ridetheart.com for maps and schedules, or call 828-253-5691.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival: Shindig on the Green takes a break from its regular Saturday schedule just twice during July and August: once on July 26th; and again on August 2nd when the musicians and dancers head to Shindig’s sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The 87th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre, takes place nightly at 7:00pm Thursday through Saturday, July 31, August 1 & 2. Tickets are available now through the Diana Wortham Theatre Box Office at 828-257-4530 or online at www.dwtheatre.com

Run for Shindig on the Green 5K Race Fundraiser

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Folk Heritage Committee, which produces Shindig on the Green, is excited to announce the third annual Run For Shindig on the Green, a fun and healthy way to help support Shindig, featuring a 5K Race and one mile Fun Walk/Run. The event takes place Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Carrier Park in Asheville with the 5K Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Walk/Run beginning at 8:35 a.m. The Run For Shindig on the Green 5K kicks off the 48th season of Shindig and is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Two overall winners will be recognized at this year’s first Shindig on the Green, on the evening of June 28th, and all race participants are encouraged to attend. The overall male and female winners of the 5K will each receive a beautiful mug featuring the Folk Heritage Committee logo and handcrafted by Mangum Pottery in Weaverville, NC. There will be additional medals and ribbons awarded to the winners of age divisions of the 5K Race. Post-race snacks and water provided courtesy of Sam’s Club. Race management timing and finish line services are performed by Right On Time Productions; race results will be available five minutes after the last runner finishes.

 

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage Committee must raise funds to cover the costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as sound equipment and technicians. All proceeds from the June 28th 5K and Fun Walk/Run will help to cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per evening. The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.  Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 48th summer season is scheduled for June 28; July 5, 12, 19; August 9, 16, 23, and 30. For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x345.

Registration: Registration is open! Register for the “Run for Shindig on the Green” 5K Race and Fun Walk/Run online at www.active.com. Online registration closes Thursday June 26th. T-Shirts will be available for pre-registered participants only. There will be no T-shirts available for race-day registrants. Day-of-race registration is 7:30-8:15 a.m.

Carrier Park: The June 28th 5K and Fun Run fundraiser takes place at Carrier Park at the intersection of Amboy Road and Michigan Avenue in West Asheville.

From I-240 East: Take Exit 1C.

From I-240 West: Take Exit 1B. Take a left at the light and your next left after that, back onto I-240 East.  Stay on the ramp to take Exit 1C onto Amboy road. Carrier Park will be on the right after about .25 miles.

Parking: Parking is limited to 280 spaces at Carrier Park so please carpool if possible.

Shindig on the Green Announces 2014 Members

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Folk Heritage Committee, the volunteer behind-the-scenes force which annually spearheads Asheville‘s Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, announces its 2014 committee members: Jackie Allison, Jeff Atkins, Glenn Bannerman, Brooke Buckner, Tom Chapman, Loretta Freeman, Bob Gregory, Mary Jane Hunter, Judy Miller, Carol Peterson, Ronald Rhodes, Kathy Roberts, Linda Smathers, Jerry Sutton, and Kent Withington.

2014 Advisors to the committee are: Craig Bannerman, Leesa Brandon, Kevin Hamlin, Richard Hurley, Jerry Israel, Bruce Peterson, Carol Rifkin, Rodney Sutton, and Elly Wells.

The volunteer not-for-profit Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to produce Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

To contact the Folk Heritage Committee, email [email protected] or call the Folk Heritage Info Line at 828.258.6101 x345. More information at www.folkheritage.org.

 

Shindig on the Green “Christmas in Appalachia”

Monday, November 18th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – One of the area’s most beloved and authentic cultural traditions, Shindig on the Green presents its annual fundraising concert, an evening of traditional bluegrass and seasonal holiday music, Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Anderson Auditorium at Montreat Conference Center. The Folk Heritage Committee’s annual fundraiser features headliner Whitewater Bluegrass Company plus The Griggs, and Master of Ceremonies Glenn Bannerman. The fundraising concert is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Headliner – Whitewater Bluegrass Company: The Whitewater Bluegrass Company features “Uncle Ted” White on bass, Bill Byerly on guitar, David Pendley on mandolin, Steve Sutton on banjo, and Danielle Bishop on fiddle. Whitewater Bluegrass has captivated audiences throughout the Southeast for over 30 years with their blend of bluegrass music, country ballads, mountain swing, good old foot stomping and down-home humor. The band has been the featured entertainers for Folkmoot USA, the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, Kanuga Conference Centers, the Historic Horse Barn on the Biltmore Estate, the Carter Family Fold, the North Carolina Bar Association, The Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University, and the Grove Park Inn.

The Griggs:  From their hometown of Stanley, NC, The Griggs brings their award-winning bluegrass gospel throughout the region with a sound akin to The Lewis Family and the Paul Williams Trio. The Griggs is Pete Grigg on vocals, Terry Grigg on guitar, Wayne Billings on mandolin, Arnold Clayton on banjo, and Zolia Clayton on bass.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage Committee must raise funds to cover the sharply rising costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as security, sound equipment and technicians. The December concert has a $6000 monetary goal, with all of those funds needed to help cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per evening. The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.  Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 48th summer season in 2014 is scheduled for June 28; July 5, 12, 19; and August 9, 16, 23, and 30.

The Upper Anderson Auditorium: The December 7th fundraiser takes place in the Upper Anderson Auditorium, the 300-seat theatre at the beautiful Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, in Montreat, NC (Exit #64 off of I-40). Parking for the event is located next to the Upper Anderson Auditorium.

Tickets: Adults $20; Children 12 and younger $10; Group Rate (10 or more adults) $15 per person.  To reserve tickets, e-mail [email protected] or call the Folk Heritage Info Line and leave a message: 828-258-6101 x345. For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org.

 

Asheville’s Shindig on the Green and Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – The Folk Heritage Committee announces the summer 2013 dates for two celebrated mountain traditions in Asheville, North Carolina: 47th Annual Shindig on the Green and the 86th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Both events feature long-standing as well as the newest generation of traditional and mountain string bands, ballad singers, and big circle mountain dancers and cloggers, resulting in fun-filled and authentic evenings enjoyed by kith and kin of all ages.

The 47th Shindig on the Green, a free event in the heart of downtown Asheville, with a stage show and informal jam sessions, takes place on Saturday evenings. Kicking off on June 29th this year, Shindig on the Green will be held on June 29; July 6, 13, 20; and August 10, 17, 24, and 31. Shindig returns again to the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green. The stage show takes place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Locals and visitors alike gather “along about sundown,” or at seven o’clock for those who wear a watch, for Shindig on the Green. Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1966, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.

The 86th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk and Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville, takes place at 7:00p.m. nightly, Thursday through Saturday, August 1, 2 and 3, 2013. The sister event to Shindig on the Green, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928. The nation’s longest running folk festival, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival showcases the best of the region’s mountain musicians and dancers during its three evenings of indoor performances.

The non-profit, all-volunteer Folk Heritage Committee’s mission is to preserve and present the musical heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains to audiences from throughout the region and world, for entertainment and education, by producing the annual Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival events.

For more info about the 47th Annual Shindig on the Green or the 86th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828.258-6101 x345.

Shindig on the Green Fundraising Concert Saturday December 1

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – One of the area’s most beloved and authentic cultural traditions, Shindig on the Green presents its annual fundraising concert, an evening of traditional bluegrass and mountain dulcimer music, Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Anderson Auditorium at Montreat Conference Center. The Folk Heritage Committee’s annual fundraiser features headliner David Holt and the Lightning Bolts plus mountain dulcimer virtuoso Don Pedi. The fundraising concert is a key element in securing necessary funding for the free and beloved Shindig on the Green summer Saturday evenings in Asheville.

Headliner – David Holt and the Lightning Bolts: Legendary musician, storyteller and four-time Grammy award winner David Holt performs with his five-piece band the Lightning Bolts, featuring an all-local line-up of instrumental superstars: Laura Boosinger on guitar, Josh Goforth on fiddle, Jeff Hersk on bass, and Byron Hedgepeth on percussion. The wide diversity of ages, styles and dynamic personalities gives David Holt and the Lightning Bolts the spark that keeps their music fresh, fun and fired up. “The musicianship is impeccable. Their concerts resonate with energy from start to finish,” says Singout! Magazine. For over thirty years, David Holt has been living in the Blue Ridge Mountains collecting and performing the songs and stories of the old-time mountaineers. His passion for traditional music and culture has fueled his successful performing and recording career. David Holt performs solo, with the Lightning Bolts, with Josh Goforth, and for over fourteen years he performed with the late legendary Doc Watson on their “Hills of Home” tour.

The exceptional line-up of the Lightning Bolts offers experience and excellent musicianship. Laura Boosinger (guitar) has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of North Carolina’s most talented singers and interpreters of the music of the Southern Appalachians through her concert performances, recordings, and Arts In Education programs. Boosinger is the Executive Director of the Madison County Arts Council. Josh Goforth (fiddle) is a rising star of acoustic music, the youngest three-time Fiddler of the Festival winner at Fiddler’s Grove, and a Grammy nominee. Goforth has toured extensively with a variety of ensembles, and his playing can be heard in the movie Songcatcher, both onscreen and on the soundtrack. Jeff Hersk (bass) is a fixture on the local music scene, playing with several bands in local venues, at large festivals such as Merlefest, and with the Blue Ridge Orchestra. Hersk serves on staff each year for The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College. And Byron Hedgepeth (percussion) is among the most versatile percussionists in the southeast, performing and recording regularly with a wide variety of artists across genres from jazz to classical to old-time music. A devoted educator, Hedgepeth implemented and developed the percussion program at UNC-Asheville in 1981 and served as Director of Percussion Studies there until 2005.

Don Pedi: For over forty years Don Pedi has amazed and delighted audiences with his unique “Fiddle-Pick” style of playing the dulcimer. Drawing on decades of association with many of the best musicians in the southern mountains, as well as his deep commitment to preserving the old music, Pedi carries on the tradition in an exciting and innovative fashion. Pedi won first place in the first contest he ever entered at the 1974 Fiddler’s Grove Festival, in Union Grove, North Carolina. Before retiring from festival competitions in 1982, he garnered over thirty first place trophies and awards. Pedi currently performs solo, as a duo with Bruce Greene or in a group with Bruce. In 2003 Don represented Appalachia at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Pedi and his music appear in the motion pictures Songcatcher and The Journey of August King. Since 1985 Don Pedi has served as an on air host at NPR affiliate station WCQS-FM in Asheville on the program, “Close to Home,” which features traditional, old-time, and classic folk music. Pedi teaches at events ranging from those with hundreds of participants, such as The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and Mountain Dulcimer Week at Western Carolina University, to his own Tao of Dulcimer Retreat, which is limited to fifteen participants.

Over 30,000 people attend Shindig on the Green for free throughout the summer. While the crowds of locals and visitors at Shindig have grown over the years for the free evenings, so have the costs. The non-profit Folk Heritage Committee must raise funds to cover the sharply rising costs at Shindig on the Green for goods and services such as security, sound equipment and technicians. The December concert has a $6000 monetary goal, with all of those funds needed to help cover the “free” Shindig’s very real operating costs, which average several thousand dollars per evening. The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival in order to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage.  Dedicated to the celebration and preservation of the region’s rich cultural heritage, Shindig on the Green’s 47th summer season in 2013 is scheduled for June 29; July 6, 13, 20; and August 10, 17, 24, and 31.

The Upper Anderson Auditorium: The December 1st fundraiser takes place in the Upper Anderson Auditorium, the 300-seat theatre at the beautiful Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, in Montreat, NC (Exit #64 off of I-40). Parking for the event is located next to the Upper Anderson Auditorium.

Tickets: Adults $20; Children 12 and younger $10; Group Rate (10 or more adults) $15 per person.  For tickets, call Folk Heritage Committee member Judy Miller at 828-685-8313, or to reserve tickets e-mail [email protected] For more information, visit www.folkheritage.org or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: 828-258-6101 x345.