Freebie Friday: Appalachian Summer Fireworks Concert

An Appalachian Summer Festival is one of the most incredible offerings of artistic excellence in the Southeast, and It’s based right here at Appalachian State University!

From their website:

An Appalachian Summer Festival is a multi- and inter-disciplinary arts festival presenting and producing programs in music, theatre, dance, film and visual arts. The festival will forge a unique national identity through artistic excellence, innovative programming, commissioning new works, and educational opportunities. By bringing the most accomplished and respected creative and performing artists from around the world to Appalachian State University, the festival supports the overall university mission, enhances the cultural life of the Appalachian community, and serves as an important gateway onto the campus.

An Appalachian Summer has four “family night” events that they are encouraging kids to attend with their parents, and has sent ticket vouchers for a free family performance to all Watauga County school children, (public, private, charter and home-schooled) as well as to children enrolled in art classes in Caldwell county. These coupons entitle up to children to and two accompanying adults to attend one of two symphony performances by the Eastern Festival Orchestra (July 6 and 20) or one of two dance performances on July 8 (Aspen Santa Fe Ballet) or July 18 (Doug Varone and Dancers).

There is a special screening of kid-friendly environmental films on July 13 at 6pm at Farthing Auditorium, Patagonia’s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival. Check out the Children’s show titles and watch a promotional vidoe at the website, by clicking here.


An Appalachian Summer has been kind enough to contribute a “Family 4-pack” of tickets to see the Charlie Daniels Band at our July 26 finale fireworks concert to one winner!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Visit the App Summer website, (click here) and look at the 2008 Schedule on the right hand side of the page.
  • Come back and leave a comment on this post saying which event would most interest you. To leave a comment, click here, and scroll to the bottom of the page.
  • You get an extra entry if you are a subscriber. Leave a separate comment.
  • You get an extra entry if you share this by email, on your blog, or facebook/myspace. Leave a separate comment.

The contest will end Sunday Night, June, 15, and the winner will be announced Monday Morning.


Here are some Visual Arts Events for kids and adults:

With options for children and adults of all skill levels, the festival and Turchin Center foster love for the arts with active, hands-on learning opportunities. (Pre-registration is required for all workshops and enrollment is limited. Call 828-262-3017 to register or for more information.)

Art-I-Facts: Art & the Enchanted Object, for teens and adults. $60 TCVA members; $100 all others (Free to certified Art teachers)
Monday-Wednesday, June 30 through July 2 from 10am – 4pm in Room 103 Wey Hall.
This course is targeted to teachers, but all are welcome to enjoy! Enchant ordinary objects into the aesthetic and record your personal journey of discovery and investigation. Challenge yourself and your students to transform material objects into the extraordinary.
Taught by Melissa C. Ball-Martin & Rebekah King.

Cloisonné: Colorful Copper, for teens and adults. $125 TCVA members; $185 all others.
Monday-Friday, July 7-11 from 9am – 4pm, in Room 103 Wey Hall.
Discover the ancient art of coloring metal that was popularized during the Ming Dynasty. Learn traditional methods of enamel applications to create art that is wearable and functional. This course allows participation for students with a wide range of abilities, from beginner to advanced.
Taught by Elissa Graff.

Figure Drawing, for teens and adults. $125 TCVA members; $175 all others.
Monday-Friday, July 14 – 18 from 9am – 4pm, in Room 306 Wey Hall.
Drawing exercises will strengthen familiarity with the figure, and increase fluidity of technique and enhance expressive and dynamic content. Initial studies focus on traditional drawing media, advanced studies allow the introduction of additional media. This course allows participation for students with a wide range of abilities from beginner to advanced.
Taught by Tim Ford.

Glass Beads, for teens and adults. $100 TCVA members; $150 all others.
Monday-Friday, July 14 – 18 from 10am-12:30pm, in Room 103 Wey Hall.
Make beautifully symmetrical glass beads, winding molten glass and rolling it round at the top of a flame. Make enough beads to create your own jewelry, and glean enough knowledge to start up a small, garage studio.
Taught by Grace Hall.

Exploring China, for kids ages 4-6. $5 TCVA members; $10 all others.
Saturday, July 19 from 10am-noon in the Arnold P. Rosen Family Education Wing.
Take an expedition to Asia, study the Chinese culture, get inspired by the Chinese art exhibit at the Turchin Center and then create your own Chinese-inspired works of art!
Taught by Dee Pecillio and special Chinese guests.

Bojagi: The Art of Traditional Korean Quilting, for teens and adults. $75 TCVA members; $125 all others.
Tuesday–Friday, July 21–24 from 9am–4pm, in Room 205 Wey Hall.
Join Korean artist Hee-Suk Chung to learn quilting— Korean style. Bojagi’s place in Korean culture began in ancient times, when it was believed that keeping something wrapped (such as wedding gifts or other keepsakes) was tantamount to keeping good fortune.
Taught by Hee-Suk Chung.

Papers & Inks: Collage & Writing Workshop, for teens and adults. $150 TCVA members; $200 all others.
Wednesday-Friday, July 23-25 from 9am-4pm, in the Arnold P. Rosen Family Education Wing.
Explore your creativity with acrylics, watercolors, mixed media and the written word. Strengthen your personal, unique painting and writing styles as you become familiar with various nontraditional media and the use of “collected” materials and language.
Taught by Vae and Lissa Hamilton.

Family Day
On Saturday, July 19, the Turchin Center hosts a special festival Family Day. Take advantage of everything the Turchin Center has to offer with a day packed full of great art, fun activities, food and live music in this free event open to the public.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is the largest facility of its kind in western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia, and is named for university benefactors Robert and Lillian Turchin. Featuring two wings of exhibition and support space and the Arnold P. Rosen Family Education Wing, the center is located on King Street in the heart of downtown Boone. The Turchin Center’s exhibitions focus on a blend of new and historically important artwork and feature works of nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as many of the finest artists of the region. With its multi-faceted programs and its Community Art School, the center is a dynamic, living, breathing presence in the Appalachian community, creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the power and excitement of the visual arts.

Presented annually by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, An Appalachian Summer Festival is attended by more than 26,000 people. One of the nation’s most innovative and highly regarded regional, multidisciplinary arts festivals, the festival features the finest in music, dance, theatre and visual arts programming. Also featured are a multitude of educational events, including workshops for children and adults, lectures and seminars. Now entering its 24th season, the festival is committed to showcasing American talent, commissioning new works, and building new audiences for the fine arts. For many years, the festival has been named one of the “Top 20 events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society.


  1. I would like to see Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder!

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  4. We would love to see count basie. Charlie Daniels w/fireworks would also be fun.

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  6. I would love to see Charlie Daniels.

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  8. My daughter talks about China all the time. She would love the “exploring China” show. Her favorite thing to say now is “I love you all the way to China and back”.

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  11. The Charlie Daniels would be my preference because my oldest son is really into music, especially stringed instruments, and would be intrigued by it all.

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  13. I would like to see Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. He is great – I saw him when he came to the Franklin Graham Festival in Boone.

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  15. meredith says

    Ricky Skaggs or Charlie Daniels would be great

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  18. I would love to see the Exploring China show. That would be awesome!

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  21. We already have our tickets to the Patagonia Children’s Film Series, so that was our first choice! I know my oldest son (6) would love any of the live music events….and I would, too!

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  23. The Count Basie Orchestra sounds like fun! I love the App Summer Festival.


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  26. I would really like to take my daughters to the Aspen Ballet. We love the dance preformances and do not get many opportunities up here.

  27. Oh, I love Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder!

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  29. I would love to go

  30. We would love to go to see the Charlie Daniels band!

  31. Kim Wiseman says

    I would like to take my daughter to see the Aspen Santa Fe ballet. I think this would be a great mother-daughter outing.