Boone's Heritage Festival, Watson concert set for Saturday

The Southern Appalachian Historical Association and the town of Boone will present the Boone Heritage Festival on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hickory Ridge History Museum, at Daniel Boone Park on Horn in the West grounds. Admission is free.

The festival celebrates the region's heritage and is a fundraiser for the Southern Appalachian Historical Association.

Area musicians and storytellers will perform. The folklore of Beech Mountain will be showcased by Orville Hicks' storytelling. Rick Ward will perform songs and old-time ballads that have been handed down from three and four generations, all learned orally from his great grandfather.

Lonnie Ward, this year's winner of the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award for his preservation of old-time music, will also perform. Charlie and Shirley Glenn will play Beech Mountain ballads on dulcimers, banjos, and fiddles, some of which Charlie Glenn made.

Another highlight is the 3:30 square dance with caller Warren Doyle and fiddler Cecil Gurganus' band.

A jam session for all attendees will be featured, and anyone can participate (extra instruments will be available).

The Hickory Ridge Living History Museum preserves and showcases log cabins and log out-buildings that highlight 18th-century living.

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Also in Boone on Saturday, there will be a benefit concert headlined by folk legend Doc Watson at 8 p.m. at Farthing Auditorium, on the Appalachian State campus. Watson will be accompanied by his grandson Richard Watson and by Charles Welch. The Kruger Brothers, will open the concert. Tickets: $20; $10 for students.

Concert details/tickets: 800-841-2787.