Festival Haywood County
Mountain music at Lake Junaluska
The 38th annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will be Sept. 4-5 at Lake Junaluska.
The festival features two nights of traditional music and dance from the Southern Appalachians. The main shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the stage of Stuart Auditorium, which overlooks the lake. Both nights will feature fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers and square dance teams. Sounds of the dulcimer, harmonica, bagpipes, spoons and saws will also be heard. Performers will include the Rough Creek Cloggers, Little Darlin' Cloggers, Stoney Creek Cloggers and Southern Mountain Fire Smooth Dancers; and musical acts such as the Trantham Family, Hominy Valley Boys, Whitewater Bluegrass Co. and Reel Band and Ken Harrison and Joe Penland. Both days, performers will gather for jam sessions under the big lakeside tents from 5 p.m. to midnight. A special show for kids will be held both days beginning at 5 p.m. and feature songs, stories and more.
Watermelon and refreshments will be available during the festival. Lake Junaluska also offers full dining, hotel accommodations and camping facilities. Tickets are $12 at the door; $10 in advance; 12 and younger, free. Details: 828-452-2881; www.smokymountainfolkfestival.com.
Two days of art, music, food and magic
The 28th annual Historic Morganton Festival will be Sept. 11-12 on the streets of downtown.
Festivities will begin at 3 p.m. that Friday with craft vendors lining Courthouse Square and South Sterling Street. Food Row will offer gyros, barbecue, chicken on a stick, French pastries, ice cream, etc. The KidZone will have ticketed rides, games and a climbing wall; a free craft area (for fifth-graders and younger); and a performance stage featuring puppets, magicians, storytelling and music. There will also be a DJ Dance Party, 9 p.m. at the Pepsi Stage on North Sterling Street. Later in the evening, folks can enjoy the Beer Garden, listen to rock acts the Brother Dave Band and Throw Down Jones at the Miller Lite Stage and shag at the Embers concert on the City Stage.
Saturday's activities get started at 9 a.m. with eight blocks of artists and crafters from more than 15 states. The day will also include the Top 50 Car Show, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; and live music with country performers Danielle Peck (“I Don't”) and James Otto (“Just Got Started Lovin' You”) and rock acts the Alligators and Red Eye Gravy. The festival is animal-free. Details: 828-438-5252; www.downtownmorganton.com..
Car show Gaffney, S.C.
Southern Thunder to rock the Fall Classic
The 2009 Fall Classic Car Show and Concert will be 10a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum, 301 College Drive, Gaffney, S.C.
Southern Thunder, a local group, will perform 11 a.m.- 2p.m. There will be a silent auction, door prizes, a drawing, “barrel train” rides for the kids and henna tattoos. The museum will be open extended hours for the festival. Food and drinks will be available. Admission: $3; $1 for 12 and younger. Details: 864-489-3988; www.cherokeecountyhistory.org. Rochelle Reynoldson