Honoring T.J. Worthington, an Alleghany County writer, painter, and local music advocate, the Backwoods Beat Music Festival will occur on June 22 & 23, 2018. Named after Worthington’s music store, the festival focuses on singers, songwriters, and storytelling.
A quote from one of his last blogs said “Throughout my life I have attempted to understand people not me, from foreigners to everyone I know. I am my own political correctness cop open to understanding others the best I'm able, receiving every individual in my life as he or she is within themselves. Another way of saying I go in peace."
Alleghany Arts and Crafts Guild will hold an Open House Saturday, June 23, in celebration of their one year anniversary at the new gallery located at 18 South Main St in downtown Sparta. Artists and Crafters will be on hand from 1- 5 p.m. to meet and greet the public and discuss their work. This event is a great opportunity to meet local artists, find unique handcrafted gifts, and for those interested in learning more about membership in the Alleghany Arts and Crafts Guild.
Please follow us on Facebook to view new work and learn more about our Artists. Refreshments will be provided.
If you love to flatfoot, clog, square dance or just tap your foot to old time mountain music, the Alleghany Jubilee is where you want to be! We are open year-round with a spacious wood dance floor and live mountain music every Tuesday and Saturday night. Taps allowed! Carroll County Timber Rattlers will be performing Saturday, June 23rd at 6 PM.
Skins and Skulls
Saturday, June 30th @ 10:00 a.m. – Hwy 221 Access – Visitor Center
This will be a presentation of skins and skulls. During this program, we will explore the skins and skulls of our local animals and learn where they live, how they survive, and how we can protect them.
Saturday, June 30th @ 2:00 p.m. – Hwy 221 Access – Lower Parking Lot
Join a Park Ranger at the River Run Trail head beginning at the lower river access parking lot for a short 2 mile round trip hike to learn about the park's unique history and we will also visit an old home site off the trail. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring some water.
Bring a little art into your life with a visit to Motsinger's Art in the Barn, 147 Camp Butler Road, July 5-7, 10a-4p. Some of the area's most experienced artists will be displaying jewelry, papermache, sculpture, pottery and more for sale.
Telephone: (336) 657-1001
Local writers and storytellers open the show. Chef Garrison plays standards and favorites on the piano between performances. Featured artist:
Ashe County poet, Kimberly Becker, introducing her third poetry collection, “Flight.”
Kimberly L. Becker is author of Words Facing East and The Dividings (both from WordTech Editions) and Flight (forthcoming from MadHat Press). She is the recipient of several grants and residencies, most recently from The Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Carolina and Wildacres Residency Program. Kimberly has read her work at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, and literary festivals such as Wordfest. She has served as a mentor for PEN America's Prison Writing Program and AWP's Writer to Writer program. Visit her at www.kimberlylbecker.com
Musicians come for friendly competition, camaraderie, and to show and hone their skills. Others come to see and hear the contest, scout the fairgrounds for hot jam sessions, kick up their heels, socialize, and sample the fare of a variety of vendors.
Northwest North Carolina and Southwest Virginia have been called the nation’s hotbed of string musicians. These are people who play for fun and not for a living. Their skills, nonetheless, are amazing.
In this contest, bands and individual musicians are scored by three judges who are musicians themselves. Contestants with the highest scores win cash prizes and ribbons.
A longtime dream of Take a Break from the Interstate founder, D.W. Miles, the U.S. 21 Road Market celebrated its inaugural season last year with a three-day sale spanning more than 70 miles. Intended to spur economic activity along Historic U.S. Route 21, the road market is a multi-state cooperative endeavor. In its first year, the market received national attention and is credited for driving thousands of motorists into the participating communities along U.S. Route 21. This year, the road market has expanded to include more than 110 miles of U.S. 21, stretching from Harmony, North Carolina, to Wytheville, Virginia.
This year’s annual VFW Car Show will be held on August 5th, 2018 at the Napco Plant on Trojan Street in Sparta. The event will run from 7:30am to 2:00pm. Trophies will be awarded starting at 1:00pm. Come out to see cars, trucks, motorcycles and farm tractors. General admission is just $5.00. We will have a DJ on site, the Alleghany Jubilee Dancers, vendors, door prizes and much much more!
This event us supported by the High Meadows “Happy Bookers” Book Club.
12:30pm – Lunch with the Author, Horizon Bistro, - $15/person. Limited seating, Reservation required. 336-372-7444
3pm – On The Bistro Stage, Book talk and discussion. Titles available for sale and signing. Beverage service available. No cover.
*Lovett will teach a 3-hour fiction workshop on Saturday morning. Free for members of Alleghany Writers, $35 for non-members, (includes Alleghany Writers membership.) Space is limited. Contact email@example.com for information.
Every 3rd Saturday in September, over 100 craft and food vendors line Main Street in Sparta, NC to celebrate the local heritage. All handcrafted items, various food vendors and information on the area.
Join Thistle Meadow Winery for its 20th Annual Wine Festival on Sunday, October 7 from 12-5 pm at the winery in Laurel Springs, NC. Enjoy tastings from different NC wineries, live music, food and craft vendors, and more for your $10 admission. The occasion will mark the release of this year's batch of Sleepy Hollow Red, a spiced (mulled) red wine served hot to keep you warm during the upcoming Fall and holiday season.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the day. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to join us at the grand wine tasting party.
The North Carolina Mountain Arts Adventure is a juried group of Alleghany County professional artists and craftspeople dedicated to designing and creating high quality, handmade art and fine craft. It is the group’s intent to provide opportunities for the public to meet and interact with individual artists in their personal studio environments, thereby building a strong and appreciative connection between the public and the arts community.
The Alleghany Planning Committee hosts their annual Hillbilly Comedy & Variety Show on the third Saturday in October. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. at the Alleghany Community Auditorium located at 450 N. Main Street Sparta, N.C. on the campus of Sparta Elementary School. Refreshments, including bar-b-q sandwiches, hotdogs, homemade desserts and more are served by the Alleghany High School Exceptional Children's class. We’ll have door prizes and a 50/50 drawing with proceeds going towards electric and fuel assistance, garden seed vouchers, scholarships for high school seniors, and the Gap Civil Head Start Lending Library program.
Telephone: (336) 372-7284
On Wednesday, June 20, Vaya Health will present a program on Dementia. Bring your lunch; the library will provide drinks and dessert
The Blue Ridge Business Development Center invites you to join our community of bright minds for a brief presentation followed by an exchange of ideas and discussion. Meeting will be held in the BDC atrium.
Appetizers, beer, wine, soda, and water will be available. Donations accepted.
On Tuesday, June 19 @ 3:30 pm, Joelle Shenk will be entertaining our Summer Reading group. Kids of all ages will enjoy this program.
Sparta Presbyterian Church, June 17, 5:00 pm--Sizzling Music & Hotdogs
Please join in the fellowship on the front lawn of our church and listen to the wonderful music of the Pick & Bow Band, This and That Band, and the Alleghany Alligators. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join us for music, hotdogs, and fellowship around the bell tower. This will be a great way to celebrate Father's Day.
If you love to flatfoot, clog, square dance or just tap your foot to old time mountain music, the Alleghany Jubilee is where you want to be! We are open year-round with a spacious wood dance floor and live mountain music every Tuesday and Saturday night. Taps allowed! Gap Civil will be performing Saturday, June 16th.
100 Mile Challenge Hike
Saturday, June 16th @ 2:00 p.m. - Hwy 221 Access – Visitor Center
Need to add a few miles to your log? Join a State Ranger at the visitor center off of Highway 221 in the New River State Park for a 2.4-mile hike. It is recommended to where sturdy shoes, dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. Don't forget to log your hike, if you are working towards you 100 miles in the 100 -mile challenge. For more information about the 100 -mile challenge please go to www.nc100mile.org
Saturday, June 16th @ 10:00 a.m. – Wagoner Access – Ranger Station
Join park staff at 10 am for a 1-mile loop hike to learn about the park's unique plant life. Don't forget to log your hike, if you are working towards you 100 miles in the 100 -mile challenge. For more information about the 100 -mile challenge please go to www.nc100mile.org
Sunday, June 10th @ 1:00 p.m. – Hwy 221 Access – Visitor Center
Canoe the New River with a park ranger and learn the history of the river, and basic canoe instruction while you enjoy a leisurely trip down the river. Please wear clothing and shoes suitable for the water and be aware that the water temperature is cooler than the air. We will meet at New River State Park's Hwy 221 Access Visitor Center. Don't forget to log your canoe trip, if you are working towards you 100 miles in the 100 -mile challenge. For more information about the 100 -mile challenge please go to www.nc100mile.org
Space is limited and reservations are required. There is a small fee per person to cover the cost of shuttle service. Call 336.982.2587 to reserve your space
Tour de Mountains 2018 is slated for Saturday, June 9 and plans are underway for our best ride ever. Before the ride, enjoy a full continental breakfast. SAG support is with you start to finish. Every 10-15 miles expect stocked rest stops manned by smiling volunteers. Whenever you finish, a spaghetti lunch that includes meat-lover and meatless vegetarian options as well as salad will be waiting. The Wellness Center's hot showers will be available and our indoor pool will be open to riders. It's a great way to wind up the ride. Plan to take advantage of both.
Saturday, June 9th @ 10:00 a.m. – Wagoner Access – Ranger Station
Come learn about the magnificent Salamanders of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Meet at the Wagoner Access Contact Station for a short presentation. Then an adventure hike to find the mountain salamanders. Be prepared to hike about 1 mile on moderate terrain and shallow creeks. Don't forget to log your hike, if you are working towards you 100 miles in the 100 -mile challenge. For more information about the 100 -mile challenge please go to www.nc100mile.org
Rob McHale, a North Carolina based Folk Americana artist and his band will be Performing a historical concert on Tom Dooley. Joining them will be Charlotte Barnes, Author of THE TOM DOOLEY FILES: MY SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH BEHIND
THE LEGEND. This will be a fun filled musical and historical event for all ages with a book signing by Barnes and light refreshments will be provided.
Blue Ridge Fiber Fest will be held in Sparta, North Carolina on June 2 and 3, 2018. The festival will focus first upon the farmer. From shearing to product photography, we are dedicated to the enhancement of your business and the growth of the family farm.
The Mountain Homespun Fiber pooled their knowledge and experience into one fiber festival that will bring together the shepherd and the fiber artist, offering materials and education in all disciplines. Please plan to join us and spend a few extra days in beautiful surrounding.
For the second year, Sparta, NC has welcomed “Music on Main” with the help of Barbara Halsey, along with a board of volunteers. The bands crowd the streets the first Friday night of the month from June to October. Even though Sparta is deeply rooted in “Old Time Music,” volunteers knew that a new, varied scene, would help cultivate successful economic development for downtown Sparta. “Music on Main” is a great example of working together to support and promote the growing development of Sparta’s downtown.
The desire to have a 200-mile loop relay inside of his scenic mountain county has been a longtime dream for US Navy Veteran Donny McCall. Inspired by running other point-to-point relay races, he has come up with a creative and unique format that takes the runner’s experience to a whole new level while helping our local community. Building on the success of the inaugural GOMR, we are planning for more teams and more fun. The Get Outside Mountain Relay is an exciting team relay race that takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Alleghany County NC. June 1-2, 2018!
Are you interested in Guns & Knives and outdoor gear?
If so, check out the Blue Ridge Gun and knife show on Saturday, April 28 from 9 to 5 and on Sunday, April 29th from 10 to 4 at 1731 US Hwy 21 South Sparta, NC 28675.
We will have a wide selection of new and antique firearms and accessories for sale.
Admission will be $8 per person, $5 for military veterans, children 12 & under free. Free parking. Get $1 off with coupon.
This fundraising event is sponsored by the Ashe/Alleghany Home Builders Association.