MOUNTAIN MUSIC Burnsville
Tune in Saturday at RiddleFest
The fourth annual RiddleFest - a free seminar exploring mountain music - is 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Burnsville's Town Center. The day's activities honor area native Lesley Riddle, an African-American musician who traveled the Southeast with the Carter Family from 1929 to 1934 documenting and recording early country music.
Musician and musical historian Roy Andrade will lecture on sacred music in the southern Appalachians. It will be followed by three workshops on the subject.
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The free events will be followed by a 7 p.m. concert - admission: $10 - featuring lecturers and workshop leaders, plus the Appalachian State Gospel Choir and East Tennessee State University's Old Time Pride Band and Bluegrass Pride Band
Seminar/concert details: 828-682-7209; www.tvgnc.org.
THE DUKE RIDES AGAIN Mount Airy
John Wayne tribute show Monday
The Surry Arts Council will present "An Evening with The Duke: The Life and Legend of John Wayne" at the Downtown Cinema Theatre (142 N. Main St., Mount Airy) at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Dan Hornak, aka Jake Thorne, wrote and stars in this one-man show that brings the cowboy movie star to life.
Thorne tells the story from Wayne's perspective, with little-known facts and anecdotes, in three acts. The performance contains strong language.
Tickets: $10 and $12 (reserved) available in Mount Airy at the Surry Arts Council office (on Rockford Street), Walker's Mayberry Soda Fountain (North Main), at the door and by phone: 336-786-7998.
HISTORIC INN REOPENS Chester, S.C.
Magnolia Inn reopens
The Magnolia Inn, a historic B&B in Chester, S.C., has reopened a year after it was nearly destroyed by fire. Built between 1913 and 1915 as the home for a furniture store owner, the 5,000-square-foot Colonial Revival-style home has been carefully restored to its historical appearance, yet tweaked to offer wireless Internet and LCD televisions in each room.
The four guest rooms have been restocked with antique solid-wood furniture and now feature queen-size beds, private baths and all-season fireplaces. Details: www.magnolia innchester.com . Chester is between Charlotte and Columbia and is just west of I-77.
BLACK HISTORY Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Special show Saturday
In observance of Black History Month, Brookgreen Gardens will present a performance Saturday of The Healing Force, a four-member performance troupe from Winston-Salem. The group will offer a lively celebration of African culture with stories, songs, dances and audience participation from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center. It's free with garden admission. Brookgreen Gardens is on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, S.C.
Admission: $12; $10 for 65 and older; $6 for ages 4-12; 3 and younger, free. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Details: 843-235-6000; www.brookgreen.org.