Summer 2017: Sister events Shindig on the Green , now in its 51st year, and the 90th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival showcase performances by hundreds of the Southern Appalachians’ best traditional mountain musicians and dancers. Bound by the tradition of “Along About Sundown” these gatherings call to mind, and continue the tradition, of the era when local folks of all ages regularly gathered at the end of the day on front porches and the like, with fiddles, banjos and guitars in hand and dancing feet at the ready. Come celebrate the treasured cultural heritage of Western North Carolina throughout the summer at these events organized by Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee.
Held outdoors at Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown Asheville, Shindig on the Green is FREE and was voted the #1 Local Outdoor Concert in the Mountain Xpress “Best of WNC” survey for four years. Bring your instruments, your lawn chair or blanket, family and friends and join the fun for these eight summer Saturdays. The nation’s longest running folk festival, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival showcases the top talent in traditional mountain music and dance during a three-evening festival August 3, 4 & 5 at the Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center, 340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801. The show begins each night at 6:30 pm. Free parking in the adjoining garage.
Raffle for 2017: Made and donated to Shindig on the Green 2017 by local quilting collaborative Mountain Jam Circle, this 64″ by 82” twin-size medallion quilt is based on the traditional Carolina Lily block. The reds, greens, and purples of the bright poppies border print are repeated in the central Lily, surrounding Chain Blocks and borders. The quilt is finished with heirloom machine quilting with feathers and baskets of flowers in the pale green setting blocks and triangles. This quilt is valued at over $800.00. .r