Special Features Announced for 37th Annual Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts Saturday, September 22nd



Hiddenite, NC – An exciting day of innovative, hands on arts and heritage activities is planned for the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s 37th Annual Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts. This one-of-a-kind, arts and cultural heritage festival will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018 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 unique, family friendly arts and cultural heritage activities for all ages.

The Center’s Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts festival has featured diversely talented artists, crafters, and performers since 1981.
Opening Ceremony Featuring ACHS Band

Festivities will begin with an opening ceremony at the Center’s Lucas Mansion Gazebo Stage. Starting at 10:00am, the ceremony will feature music by the Alexander Central High School Band, Color Guard presentation of the flag, National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, and remarks from the Center’s Board President, Gary Herman,

Shop From Wide Variety of Regional Vendors:

Celebration of the Arts offers the opportunity to shop for fine arts, handmade crafts, jewelry, fiber arts, and regional pottery. The festival also includes commercial vendors, a wide variety of food vendors, and information booths from local businesses and civic organizations.

Folk Life Pavilion and Native American Performances

In the Celebration Folk Life Pavilion, visitors will experience hands on demonstrations in folkways such as butter churning, blacksmithing, candle making, and weaving, just to name a few. The Folk Life Pavilion will also feature demonstrations in Native American heritage as well as performances by Paul Amante “Snowcloud” (Native American Flute & Stories) and Salty D.O.G And The County

App State’s Steely Pan Returns, Diverse Performances Fill Four Stages

Celebration of the Arts has four live performance stages featuring diverse offerings in music and dance. The festival line up will include country and bluegrass music, clogging and Irish step dance, folk and gospel music, jazz and modern dance.

The Center is proud to announce the return of Appalachian State University’s Steely Pan Steel Band. Under the direction of Dr. Diana Loomer, Steely Pan will perform at 12:00 noon on the Baptist Church stage.

Free Art in Action Activities Include Living Storybook and Mobile Mural  

Centered on the lawn of the Lucas Mansion, Celebration’s popular Art in Action area will provide hands on activities that include a poetry wall sponsored by Teen Poetry Happens, a free make and take craft station sponsored by Safe Harbor’s ReSource Warehouse and Gallery of Hickory, and large scale chalk board canvases for public art.  All Art in Action activities are free to enjoy.

New to Art in Action will be a Living Storybook, sponsored by the Alexander County Library. Festivalgoers of all ages will be able to co-create the story along with the narrator and watch as props bring their unique story to life. While supplies last, everyone who participates will take home a free magic paintbrush and paint with water image.

Another new feature of Art in Action will be live, mobile mural painting by Patrick Harris.

Watch throughout the day as renowned Iredell County artist, Patrick Harris, completes a mobile mural inspired by Diamond Jim Lucas and the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion. “The Patrick Harris”, as he is known, will begin with a blank, large-scale canvas and will paint throughout the day, giving festival visitors the opportunity to be a part of this special work of art. After Celebration of the Arts, the mobile mural will be part of the Center’s permanent collection and will be displayed for the public to enjoy for years to come.

New Location for Kids Korner Activities and Imagine Circus Performance

Celebration offers a variety of activities for kids of all ages. This year, the popular Kids Korner will be located on the lawn of the Educational Complex, next to the Folk Life Pavilion. Attractions will include a play farm, face painting, giant ring toss game, and more.

Imagine Circus will perform at Celebration for the first time this year, bringing their energetic performance and interactive hula-hoop jam to the Kids Korner at 10:00 – 10:35 a.m. and 10:55 – 11:30 a.m.

New Celebration Soda Fountain and Sweet Shop Benefits the Center

Soda sales on Celebration day raise money for the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center. This year, the Center will create a 1950s style soda fountain and sweet shop, located across from the food court and in front of the former Thomas Insurance building. This will be the only vendor location for purchasing sodas on Celebration day.

Festival visitors can step up to the counter and choose from a variety of popular ice-cold sodas or create their own flavor with fruit flavored options (available while supplies last).

In the Sweet Shop, visitors will find delectable desserts prepared by volunteer bakers. Buy cakes by the slice to enjoy during the festival or buy a whole cake to take home and share. All proceeds will benefit the Center.

Mobile App State Geology Lab

Marta Toran from the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University will present family-friendly, hands-on activities exploring rocks and minerals. This exciting new booth will be open from 10am-2pm, located on Hiddenite Church Road with our arts and crafts vendors. The booth will also offer a free “make and take” craft and a chance for the youngest guests to try on geologist gear for a photo op.

NC Master Craftsman Eddie Hamrick to Demonstrate

Hamrick’s work will be featured just past the welcome booth, on Hiddenite Church Rd. Festival visitors will enjoy watching as Eddie demonstrates his skills.

Special $1 Tours of Lucas Mansion Museum, Free Painting Exhibits

Self-guided Lucas Mansion 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. Lucas Mansion Gallery exhibiting artist, Zan Thompson, will be demonstrating watercolor painting techniques in the gallery throughout the day.