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Class Registration Available for
27th Annual Quilting Workshop
Sponsored by Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild
and The Hiddenite Center

The 27th Annual Quilting Workshop, sponsored by the Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild and The Hiddenite Center, will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County). This exciting event hosts quilters from throughout the region for their choice of four all day classes in quilting technique and production.

The workshop hours are 8:30 am until 5:00pm. Openings are available in each of the four classes: Scrap Quilting by Patricia Gabriel, Flying Geese by Cynthia Page, At the Beach by Carol Britt, and Swoon by Patti Cline.

Workshop registration includes instruction in the six-hour class of each participant’s choosing, coffee break and instructor’s display, lunch, Lucas Mansion Gallery tour and dessert. The registration fee is $70 per person. Class sizes are limited; interested quilters are encouraged to register by calling The Hiddenite Center at 828-632-6966.

In addition to the scheduled classes, the workshop will feature a special one-day sewing boutique. Carol Britt of Wytheville Virginia will bring her popular shop “Batiks Etc. & Sew What Fabric Shop” to Hiddenite for this unique mobile shopping experience. The shop will be filled with special fabrics and treasures that will delight sewing enthusiasts and will be open to the public as well as to workshop registrants throughout the day. A scissor-sharpening booth will also be available for the benefit of participants and the public.

During the workshop lunch break, participants will visit the Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery to view the Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild annual exhibition, “Beyond the Sampler.”

The Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild meets on the fourth Monday of each month at the Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex. New members are encouraged to join the guild at any level of quilting ability. For more information about joining The Brushy Mountain Quilters Guild, call Garnett Underwood at (828) 632-4739.

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.

For more information about upcoming Hiddenite Center events and programs, call (828) 632-6966, email info@hiddenitecenter.com or visit www.hiddenitecenter.com Join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching “Friends of the Hiddenite Center.”

 

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.

 

“Dancing in the Moonlight”
Hosted by The Hiddenite Center

On Saturday, November 15, The Hiddenite Center will host “Dancing in the Moonlight” as a part of their popular series of community dance parties. This unique event will be held from 7:00pm until 10:00pm at The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road). Cost for admission is only $8 per person with tax included.

Dirk Myers, II will provide DJ music and the dance floor will be available for line dancing, Latin style dance, shag dancing, ballroom, swing and more. Myers is the talented instructor of The Hiddenite Center’s classes in ballroom dance. His charisma and enthusiasm for music and dance awakens the dancing star in everyone.

Hiddenite Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, 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 learn more about Hiddenite Center events and programs, please visit www.hiddenitecenter.com, email info@hiddenitecenter.com, or join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

 

Hiddenite Center Soup ‘N Salad Fall Luncheon
Tuesday, November 18th

The autumn harvest brings with it the return of The Hiddenite Center’s popular Soup ‘N Salad Fall Luncheon, which will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm at The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Rd. in Alexander County).

General admission to the Soup ‘N Salad Fall Luncheon is affordably priced at $7 per person, which includes a delicious buffet of hot soups, a tossed salad, dessert, and a beverage.

In addition to general admission, this year’s luncheon features the option of purchasing handcrafted soup bowls from renowned potter, Jim Brown. The Brown family has been making pottery in North Carolina since the 1700s. Jim Brown continues this tradition in his new pottery studio, located in the Hiddenite community of Alexander County. Luncheon admission that includes the buffet along with a specially made, take home bowl is priced at $10 per person. Carry orders are available upon request.

“We invite the public to celebrate the fall season with the warmth that comes from sharing great food with neighbors while supporting a worthy organization like The Hiddenite Center,” said Executive Director, Pete Woods. “Our Soup ‘N Salad Fall Luncheon offers a terrific opportunity to support the arts on your lunch hour.”

The Center is seeking volunteers to contribute homemade soups and desserts for the luncheon. Interested participants may call (828) 632-6966 to volunteer.

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 would welcome donations for the luncheon and volunteers to help with the event. For more information or to donate / volunteer, call (828) 632-6966 , email info@hiddenitecenter.com or visit www.hiddenitecenter.com Join the Hiddenite Center on facebook by searching “Friends of the Hiddenite Center.

 

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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