August Weekend Events: Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer Fun 08/20-22

Has it been hot enough for you? I’m telling you, this has been the most humid summer I have experienced here in the mountains since moving here in 2002. Even so, our days are what we make of them! This weekend is full of fun, family-friendly festivals and benefit auctions from entertaining music and arts & crafts, to helping to improve a community park, and being inspired by a beauty queen. Full of creativity and steamy heat, Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer Fun this weekend! Tell us what your plans are!

First up is the 4th annual Playhouse Family Music Festival, hosted by the Children’s Playhouse is this Sat., Aug. 21st, from 10 am – 5 pm at the Historic Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove. Features of the Festival will be  Billy Jonas, Ras Alan, some African music and drumming, a Talent Show and an Open Mic session. You can still get advance tickets, adults –  $10 and children 2-12 is $5, with tickets at the door, adults – $13 and $6 for kids 2-12. Kids 2 and under are free. For more info call 828-263-0011 or visit

Next is the 2010 Riverwalk Arts & Crafts Festival at Newland’s Riverwalk Park, Sat., Aug. 21st, from 9 am – 5 pm. The Festival will feature  Handmade rugs, Wood working, Quilted Hand Bags and Accessories, Jewelry, Paintings, Sketches and more. For more info call the Avery Arts Council at 828-733-0054 or visit

Mosey on down to the 26th Annual Valle Crucis Community Park Benefit Auction Sat., Aug. 21st, at Valle Crucis Elementary School. As the primary fundraiser for the nonprofit park and funded entirely through community donations, the Benefit will feature Antiques, New Merchandise, Gift Baskets, Gift Certificates, a Bake Sale and a Flea Market.  All proceeds go toward maintaining and improving the park, and opens at 8 am, followed by the auction viewing at  8:30 am, and bidding begining at 9 am. For more info or to donate items for the flea market or auction, contact Caroline at 828-963-9239 or Tracy at 828-265-9732.

Go on and check out the Fine Art and Master Craft Festival, sponsored by the Avery County Chamber this Sat. & Sun., Aug. 21st & 22nd, on the Banner Elk Elementary School lawn. Hours are from 10 am – 5 pm Sat. and from 10 am – 4 pm Sun., featuring Pottery, Jewelry, Stained Glass, Mixed Media, Crafts, Wood, Painting and Photography. For more info on this FREE Festival, call 828-898-5605.

Finally for a refreshing and inspiring end to your weekend, visit Fashioned by Faith with the 2009 Mrs. North Carolina US, Rachel Carter, and her husband, Daryl Carter, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church, located at 3505 Bamboo Road in Boone, this Sunday, August 22, beginning at 4:30 pm. Each will hold events simultaneously as Rachel Carter, a North Carolina native and professional model, will speak to girls and women (sixth grade and up) about her message of modesty, held in the church’s worship center, while her husband Daryl Carter speaks to men and boys in the gym. The women’s event includes a Fall Fashion Show and light refreshments, and is $5 per person to attend, with a maximum charge of $10 per family, and the men’s event is free. For more info or to purchase tickets, call 828-266-9700.

Enjoy your weekend!

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