Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center Presents Explore NC Heritage Fair Open to the Public April , 19th


Photo Caption: Hannah Thompson, candle making demonstrator, and Sandra Gwaltney, corn shuck doll demonstrator, teach these time-honored traditions to Heritage Fair students and visitors.

The Annual Explore North Carolina Heritage Fair, one of the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s most vital educational programs, will offer students hands on experience in learning heritage arts and crafts as part of their NC History education.

Heritage Fair will be open to the public on Thursday, April 19th from 8:30am – 11:30am at the   Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road). Admission is $5 each (children under 5yrs of age are admitted free) and individual admission is taken at the door.

Group visits to Heritage Fair are also welcomed; group bookings of 10 or more must be made in advance and may be scheduled by calling Allison Houchins, Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center Director of Education, at (828) 632-6966. Both the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.

Heritage Fair is an event for all ages, offering hands on demonstrations that transport the visitor out of the 21st Century and into the 1850s. The Fair and its demonstrators provide a deeper understanding of regional culture and help bring NC’s history to life for new generations.

Highly skilled demonstrators and artists will present activities such as pottery, weaving, spinning, basketry, rope making, candle making, herb gardening, quilting, butter churning, furniture making, corn shuck dolls, folk toys, cabin construction, and beekeeping.

The event will also feature special guest, Eddie Hamrick of Catawba County, who will demonstrate wood carving, wood sculpture, and discuss the role of a woodwright in the 1800’s.

To learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center call (828) 632-6966, email info@hiddenitearts.org 

This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org.

Hiddenite Arts & Heritage 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, Duke Energy, the Catawba Valley Community Foundation, and the Friends of the Center membership program. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.