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Ola Belle Reed Song Writer's Retreat

Ola Belle Reed Song Writer's Retreat

Friday, April 12, 2019 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Ashe Civic Center, West Jefferson, NC

The North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources is supporting the celebration of the work of Ola Belle Reed with the Song Writer’s Retreat presented by the Ashe County Arts Council. The weekend retreat welcomes songwriters and music makers.

Scheduled at the Ashe Civic Center Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14, 2019 the retreat is open to songwriters of all genres and styles, and all accompaniment instruments are welcomed. The instructors include Cathy Fink, Alice Gerrard, Sam Gleaves, Claire Lynch and Marcy Marxer.

Workshop space is limited so register early. Cost is $250 adults and $150 students. Tuition assistance and limited partial scholarships available.

Connect Beyond Festival

Connect Beyond Festival

Friday, April 5, 2019 to Sunday, April 7, 2019
Various Venues, Asheville

Connection. A word that by definition means to join together to establish a link, so as to provide access and communication. Connect Beyond Festival has established that link and is using music, film, and storytelling to create connections. More than just an event, Connect Beyond Festival is a movement to develop a network of people inspired by creative mediums and united in the pursuit of equality and social justice. Our goal is to inspire a sense of community and personal engagement.

Lauded as “Asheville’s version of SXSW” (Ashvegas) this event is perfect for those who are looking for a more dynamic festival experience - one that prioritizes exploration and participation just as much as entertainment. If you’re looking to broaden your horizons and to engage with others, Connect Beyond Festival is just the place to be.

Takes place at various venues in Asheville. For schedule and more information, please visit their website at

Mt Airy Tune up - Image by Cedric N Chatterley

Workshops at the Mount Airy Fiddler's Convention

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Old-Time Workshops Veterans Memorial Park

The North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources supported the following events.

Workshops at the Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention
2 p.m.

Hosted by the Surry Arts Council with support from the N.C. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources award-winning old-time and bluegrass musicians from the area who participate in the Blue Ridge Music Trails will lead the workshops at the Old Time Fiddlers’ Convention.

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