Heritage celebration held at Waterrock Knob

Appalachian crafters, old-timey demonstrations, Cherokee culture and mountain music will be celebrated during a special event at the Waterrock Knob Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6.

“Blue Ridge Parkway: Celebrating Heritage and Communities” will feature craft demonstrations, Cherokee dancers, Appalachian story tellers, old-time and bluegrass bands and clogging.

Entertainment includes The Ross Brothers at 10 a.m., the J Creek Cloggers at 11 a.m.; The Cherokee Friends Dancers at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Ammon Sisters Mountain Storytelling at noon; and The Boys from Tuckaseegee at 2 p.m. National Park Service Rangers will be giving short interpretive talks between performers.

Crafts displays will include pottery, woodcarving, spinning, knitting, chair caning and more. Participating authors include: Bob Plott of Strike and Stay, David and Anne M. Whisnant of When the Parkway Came and Super Scenic Motorway. Food will be available for purchase from Big Mountain BBQ.

Waterrock Knob is at mile marker 451 on the Parkway between Waynesville and Maggie Valley. 828.456.9530 ext. 3.

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