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The Hiddenite Center’s
Home for Holidays Festival of Tables
Features Gift Shop, Decorating Demonstrations,
and Musician Kevin Smith
Saturday, November 8th

The Hiddenite Center’s Home for the Holidays Festival of Tables is designed to inspire guests with creative ideas for adding artistic décor to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year celebrations. This unique holiday event will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road). Festival of Tables guests will enjoy a delicious lunch of baked ham, cole slaw, green beans, and sweet potato casserole for dessert, while seated around exquisitely decorated tables that reflect a variety of creative themes. Festivities will begin at 10:30am with an opportunity for guests to view all of the beautifully decorated tables. Lunch will be served around 11:30am. Cost for attending The Hiddenite Center’s Holiday Festival of Tables is only $16.00 per person with tax included. Please call the Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion at (828) 632-6966 to make your individual or group reservations.

Acoustic guitarist, Kevin Smith of Hudson, NC, will provide classic holiday musical entertainment throughout the luncheon. Smith was a popular performer during last month’s Celebration of the Arts festival. The Hiddenite Center is pleased to welcome Kevin Smith back to the area for this special performance.

The Hiddenite Center’s staff will lead fun and interactive decorating demonstrations that offer ideas for transforming your home and hearth into a holiday wonderland. The demonstration will set the scene for home décor with a holiday tree, vintage mantle and hearth, and fireside table.
The Home Holidays Festival of Tables also includes the return of the One Day Only Holiday Gift Shop. This boutique gift area will be filled with one of a kind holiday wreaths, decorations, gifts, jewelry and so much more. As a special treat, the gift shop will include an exclusive selection of vintage Madame Alexander dolls. The sale of each doll along with a portion of all gift shop sales will benefit The Hiddenite Center.

Festival of Tables is made possible by the Hiddenite Center’s talented family of volunteers and supporters. Those who would be interested in volunteering to decorate and host a table are encouraged to contact The Hiddenite Center at (828) 632-6966.

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, the Friends of the Hiddenite Center membership program, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

To learn more about Hiddenite Center events and programs, please visit www.hiddenitecenter.com or join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching Friends of the Hiddenite Center.


Celebration Cash Mob Draws Record Participation

The Hiddenite Center and the Alexander County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) joined forces to sponsor the 3rd annual Celebration Cash Mob. Held in conjunction with the Center’s Celebration of the Arts festival, this group of civic-minded shoppers gathered to show their support for local businesses and the creative economy. Each participant received a free Buy Local Alexander re-usable shopping bag, which was sponsored by Custom FrameCrafters of Taylorsville.

This year’s Celebration Cash Mob drew a record number of enthusiastic shoppers. “Celebration of the Arts is filled with so many talented arts and crafts vendors who have put an incredible amount of time into creating the items that they offer for sale,” said Hiddenite Center Director of Communications, Miranda Burgin. “Vendors look forward to our Cash Mob each year and they really appreciate knowing that Alexander County is working to support buying local.”

Gary Herman, EDC Small Business Development Coordinator, was encouraged by the public’s overwhelmingly positive response to this year’s Celebration Cash Mob. “It was nice to see that people are excited about getting together to help boost our economy,” said Herman. “Great things are happening in Alexander County and we have a lot to be proud of in our hometown.”

The Alexander County EDC plans to use this platform as a springboard for launching a “Buy Local Alexander Cash Mob” to supplement its ongoing “buy local” campaign. If you are interested in joining an upcoming cash mob, please contact Gary Herman at (828) 632-1378 or glherman@alexandercountync.gov.



Annual Quilter's Symposium
November 1, 2014

The Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild will sponsor their 27th annual Quilter's Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Hiddenite Center's Educational Complex.

Quilters from across North Carolina and surrounding states will participate in day-long classes on technique and production, enjoy interaction with other quilters, and shop in a unique traveling quilters' supply boutique. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. with introduction to the teachers and display of their work followed by the morning class sessions. Students will break for a light lunch including dessert and have the opportunity to tour the Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibit featuring the works of the Quilters Guild. The afternoon class sessions will conclude at 5 p.m.

This annual workshop is co-sponsored by the BMQG and the Hiddenite Center in conjunction with the guild's November exhibition in the Hiddenite Center's Lucas Mansion Gallery. The gallery exhibit will feature quilts, garments, table covers and wall hangings made by guild members. Additionally, pieces made in response to the guidelines of the guild's annual Challenge Project will be included in the exhibit. This quilt exhibit will be on display in the Hiddenite Center's Lucas Mansion Gallery Nov. 1-25.

Interested quilters may access class information and registration form at the guild's website: http://brushymountainquilters.tripod.com/workshopid12.html also by requesting this information at the Hiddenite Center 828-632-6966.

The Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild meets on the fourth Monday of each month at the Hiddenite Center's Educational Complex at 70 Church Road in Hiddenite. Meeting visitors are always welcome. For more information about the guild, call Garnet Underwood at 828-632-4739 or visit the guild website.


New Executive Director
Chosen to Lead Hiddenite Center

After an extensive search lead by members of The Hiddenite Center’s Board of Directors, it was announced this week that James W. “Pete” Woods has been named Executive Director of the non-profit arts and cultural heritage organization, which serves Alexander and surrounding counties.

Pete Woods is a nationally recognized advertising and marketing professional who brings over three decades of experience advising organizations on the building and nurturing of their brands to targeted audiences. In addition to extensive business experience, Woods holds a BFA in studio art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a talented sculptor in his own right. Pete and his wife Tricia reside in Mooresville NC and have three children, Alex, Katie, and Sarah.

As a young man, Woods had the opportunity to apprentice as a pewter smith at the renowned Riverwood Pewter Shop in Dillsboro, North Carolina, under the skillful tutelage of Ray and Dee Shook. In addition to learning from these master craftsmen, the Morgan Family who owned Riverwood invited Woods to study foundry work at The Penland School for Handicrafts, which was founded by handicraft artisans Rufus and Lucy Morgan during the Great Depression era. During this formative experience, Woods developed a deep appreciation for Appalachian arts and cultural heritage traditions.

“On behalf of The Hiddenite Center’s Board of Directors and Staff, it is my privilege to welcome our new Executive Director, Pete Woods,” said Board President, Hazel Yoder. “When the selection process began, we set out to find a dynamic arts leader with proven experience and a vision for the future. Pete is all of this and so much more.”

As he steps into the role of Executive Director, Pete Woods brings a unique blend of business acumen and practical art experience to the task of leading The Hiddenite Center into a new era of growth and expansion.

“Throughout my career, whether working with exquisite craftspeople in the process of creating and selling art or during my thirty years of experience in the field of advertising, I have thoroughly enjoyed surrounding myself with creative people,” said Pete Woods. “I believe that creative organizations are engines for economic growth and personal development.”

A significant part of The Hiddenite Center’s focus is perpetuating local history, cultivation of self-expressions in the arts, crafts, music and dance while providing high quality cultural experiences for citizens of Alexander County and the surrounding region. In its thirty-third year of operation, The Hiddenite Center continues to grow and thrive with an enhanced mission and an eye towards the future.

“I feel fully supported by The Hiddenite Center’s excellent Staff and Board of Directors as we work together to sustain the quality of programming that this region has come to know and depend upon even as we build a greater awareness for all that the organization has to offer,” Woods went on to say. “It is our obligation and our privilege to ensure that Hiddenite Center programs provide fresh and relevant arts opportunities for diverse audiences. I am excited by this challenge and feel confident in the future of this vital organization.”

Woods encourages the community to visit The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion, located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County, to experience monthly art exhibits, tour the Center’s museum, and learn more about travel in the region through services provided in the Alexander County Visitor Center. The Hiddenite Center is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 4:30 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

“I welcome community input and involvement as we embark upon this journey together,” Woods shared. “Everyone has an important role to play in helping to shape our future; I hope that the public will share their ideas, resources, and talents as we work to strengthen and enhance The Hiddenite Center.”

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, the Friends of the Hiddenite Center membership program, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.

To contact Pete Woods, please email pete@hiddenitecenter.com. To learn more about Hiddenite Center events and programs, please call (828) 632-6966, visit www.hiddenitecenter.com, email info@hiddenitecenter.com, or join The Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

Click to read an excerpt from Pete Woods' April 9th interview with The Taylorsville Times.

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