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Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering - More Info
May 9-May 10
Old Wilderness Road
Ewing, VA 24248
Phone: (606) 248-2817
Dulcimer players from near and far will gather for the 8th Annual Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering in Wilderness Road Campground in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Lee County at the stunningly scenic tip of far southwest Virginia near the borders of Kentucky and Tennessee. The crowd of campers typically begin arriving up to two weeks prior to the main two-day event. The annual incoming crowd crescendos up past 200 participants before the grand finale Saturday evening concert in the amphitheater. The Gathering offers workshops, pot-luck meals, lots of open jam sessions, and the Saturday evening performance in the campground amphitheater. The campground has 160 sites in a beautiful wooded setting. Electrical hook-ups are available at 41 of the sites. Hot showers and potable water are located in the nice big clean comfort stations. Nature trails connect to the campground. Workshops typically feature dulcimer, ukulele, bowed psaltry, bowed saw, spoons, flat foot dancing, mandolin, claw hammer banjo, and upright bass! Mini-concert and jams on Friday. Concert in the amphitheater on Saturday evening at 7:00pm. Great music, good food, grand people, and delightfully warm hospitality all in a beautiful setting. Enjoy the celebration of our Appalachian dulcimer heritage at the Cumberland Gap Dulcimer Gathering!
Apple Butter Stir Off - More Info
Dante Road at Lower Bear Wallow
Dante, VA 24237
Phone: (276) 495-1903
Old Fashioned Apple Butter Stir-Off. Music, food, fellowship and fun in the mountains. Visit the Dante Coal Miner and Railroad Museum, take a hike, visit with friends. That's what an good old-fashioned apple butter stir-off is all about... and don't forget a jar or two of the best apple butter around! It's fun, educational and tastes great!!! This is a come-as-you-are event that shouldn't be missed so mark your calendar now!
Appalachian Heritage Fall Festival - More Info
4th Avenue and Market Square
St. Paul, VA 24283
Phone: (276) 762-5297
The annual Fall Festival in St. Paul is a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment to celebrate fall in our treasured Appalachian Mountains. The main drag downtown becomes alive with good old-fashioned fun for young and old. Squaredance lessons, hay rides and a miniature train, a variety of farmers, artisans, crafters, and more demonstrating how-to's.
There will be apple butter making and tasting, cornmeal grinding, candle making, quilting demos, pumpkin decorating, blacksmithing, jewelery making, wood carving and more. Learn medicinal uses for native plants and animal tracking. Play a game of cornhole or take a cupcake walk. Eat some soup beans and cornbread while enjoying some "Jacktales" or good old mountain music. Visit a civil war encampment and check out coal mining in the old days. Visit with our farmers, check out the fresh produce and taste local honey. Spend some time celebrating days gone by... see you there!