Stecoah arts center to host ramp festival

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will host a festival celebrating ramps from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 28.

Craft vendors will cover the Stecoah grounds, and from 1-3 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to learn traditional Cherokee finger weaving from Shirley Welch. Paula Nelson will present traditional Cherokee songs and stories from 6:15-7:15 p.m. outside on the pavilion. All of these events are free to the public.

The event will conclude with the annual ramp dinner and concert. There will be two dinner seatings, one at 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. The menu includes roasted pork loin, ramp/potato home fries, sautéed fresh greens, baked apples and corn bread. Dinner price is for $15.95 adults, $9.95 for children 12 and under. Dessert is an additional $2.50. Reservations are required.

At 7:30 p.m., listen to My Highway in concert in the Lynn L. Shields Auditorium. Tickets are $10 adults; $5 students (K-12); Children under 5 are free.

Festival vendor applications are available in the Stecoah Gallery. The center is located on Schoolhouse Road off N.C. 28 between Bryson City and Fontana Dam.

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