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The Fourth Saturday of September the streets of the quaint town of Hiddenite explode with folks enjoying the Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts!

Announcing Plans for
33rd Annual
Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts
Saturday, September 27th

Hiddenite, NC – The Hiddenite Center has planned an exciting day of hands on arts and heritage activities during their 33rd Annual Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts. This one of a kind arts and cultural heritage festival will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 on Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Celebration of the Arts is a free admission street festival that features family friendly activities for all ages.

The Hiddenite Center's Celebration of the Arts festival has featured diversely talented artists, crafters, and performers since 1981. This year marks the first Celebration of the Arts for the Center's new Executive Director, Pete Woods. "I am proud to be a part of this event, which truly celebrates the rich cultural heritage of this region," said Woods. "Celebration of the Arts is one of The Hiddenite Center's most vital public offerings. It is our privilege to provide opportunities for artists, crafters, performers, and heritage demonstrators to connect with the public through this hands on arts experience."

The festival offers the opportunity to shop for fine arts, handmade crafts and jewelry, regional pottery, and an array of homemade foods. Shopping also includes commercial vendors and information booths from local businesses and civic organizations.

The Folk Life Pavilion, which allows visitors to experience hands on demonstrations in folkways such as butter churning, open fire cooking, and weaving, is one of the festival’s most beloved attractions.

Special Folk Life events are planned around this year's Celebration of the Arts theme, which is "Raising the Barn." Folk life demonstrators will work together to build a small-scale barn in the center of the festival's Folk Life Pavilion, which is located in the ball field in front of the Center's Educational Complex. Festival visitors will have the opportunity to win this Celebration Barn through a special silent auction fundraiser in which all proceeds will benefit The Hiddenite Center.

Celebration of the Arts offers four live music stages featuring diverse performances that include traditional folk and Celtic music, gospel, country and bluegrass, and popular contemporary music.

Among the unique musical groups performing at this year's Celebration is the Pandemic Community Steel Drum Band. The band will perform from 12:00 noon until 1:00pm at the Hiddenite Baptist Church Stage. Under the direction of Rick Cline, Pandemic is a fourteen member, teen band that performs traditional Caribbean tunes as well as modern arrangements of pop favorites on authentic steel drums.

The art of dance will be featured throughout the Celebration of the Arts. Visitors will enjoy performances from local and regional dance troupes specializing in a variety of styles including square dance, Irish step dance, clogging, and modern dance.

A new Celebration feature is the innovative Art in Action area. Centered on the lawn of the Lucas Mansion, Art in Action will provide hands on activities that allow festival visitors to create art, poetry, and crafts during the festival. Art in Action will feature a poetry wall sponsored by Teen Poetry Happens, a make and take craft station sponsored by ReSource Warehouse of Hickory, and large scale chalk board canvases for public art.

Art in Action will feature a series of projects created by local artists, which are designed to capture the spirit of the Celebration of the Arts festival. These projects include plein air painting by local artist Helen Keever, the first annual Celebration poem by local artist and poet Richard Bruns, a Celebration quilt by the Brushy Mountain Quilter’s Guild, and a Celebration pottery panel by local potter Linda Merry Parker.

The Hiddenite Center’s Historic James Paul Lucas Mansion museum, art gallery, permanent collections, and the Alexander County Visitor Center (housed within the Lucas Mansion) will be open for visitors throughout the day. Self-guided museum tours will be available at a reduced cost of only $1 per person on Celebration of the ARTS day. All other Lucas Mansion exhibits are free and open to the public.

In keeping with Celebration's "Raising the Barn" theme, the Lucas Mansion Gallery will feature the work of Alexander County artist, Chad Alley, and photographer, Clayton Joe Young, of Hickory. Alley’s exhibited series of drawings captures the historic quilts and barn structures featured in The Hiddenite Center’s Barn Quilt Project for Alexander County. Young’s exquisite photography series, known as Mountain Folk, showcases images of prominent Western NC folk legends while highlighting traditional ways of life in the mountains.

Celebration will include fun activities for children of all ages. Both the young and the young at heart will enjoy giant slides, bounce house activities, and face painting. Numerous food vendors will be on hand to provide a diverse selection of festival food favorites. Carolina Prospectors of Statesville will return with their free "Going for the Gold" sluicing station on the Lucas Mansion lawn. This family friendly activity is free of charge and visitors are allowed to keep any gold or gems they discover.

The Hiddenite Center’s Educational Complex will once again feature a gem and mineral show, open to the public by admission at the door. This exciting gem and mineral show presented by MAGMA Club will be open for business Thursday, September 25th through Celebration of the Arts day Saturday, September 27th.

Hiddenite Center Celebration of the Arts events 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, Carris Reels, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.

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

Enjoy all-day Entertainment from four stage areas.

  • Storytelling, clogging, dance theatre, quartets, gospel music, steel drum band & more!

Learn about our past in the Folklife Pavilion.

  • Demonstrations of folk life and folk art forms are presented throughout the day.

Watch your children's faces light up.

  • Face painting, clowns, balloon sculpting, games & prizes, moon walk and more.


Enjoy food and snacks from a variety of vendors.

  • Greek specialties, fresh squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes, pit cooked chicken...yum, yum.

Browse through the arts & crafts vendors.

  • This is a great time to pick up some unique Christmas gifts!


Attention Crafters
You are invited to take part in the next Hiddenite Celebration. We will be glad to provide you with information on having your own booth at the Celebration.
Phone: 828-632-6966


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