July 2017 Around Town 1

Sierra Nevada After-Nooner Series

Over the past few years, Sierra Nevada has established itself as a beer and concert hub just down the road in Mills River. Their new After-Nooner series plays off their famous Nooner Pilsner and celebrates summer with weekly Saturday afternoon concerts in their Amphitheater. The shows are followed by sunset shows, and even 
Sundays include a Back Porch Revival with even more live music. Beer, sunshine and good tunes? Must be summertime. SierraNevada.com has the full schedule and lineup of featured artists.

Wild Goose Festival

It’s not a wild good chase to find the Wild Goose Festival, Hot Springs’ annual festival that celebrates justice, spirituality, music and the arts. 2017’s lineup includes Jennifer Knapp, Sarah Potenza, Lyric’s Leeda Jones, Big Ray and Chicago’s Most Wanted and John Mark
McMillan, plus speakers like Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Brian McLaren and Frank
Schaeffer. The festival takes place July 13 through 16 this year, and you can find the full line-up at WildGooseFestival.org.

Folkmoot

Waynesville’s international folk festival returns for its 34th year! Named by USA Today as one of the top festivals in the state, Folkmoot is a ten-day event, held across the mountains of Western North Carolina in Waynesville, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Cherokee, Franklin, Hickory, Asheville, and Hendersonville, plus a first performance in Greenville, South Carolina. 2017’s dance troupes represent the cultures of India, Netherlands, Slovenia, Russia, Argentina, Taiwan, Israel, Canadian-Welsh and a special US-African collaboration. The festival also spurs conversation, education and cultural introspection from July 20 through 30. Visit Folkmoot.org for a full schedule and tickets.

Tie Up, Draw Down

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design unveiled a special summer show last month, a collection of weavings that explore the creative process and finding the right way through the wrong avenues. “Many contemporary art exhibitions explore the metaphor of thread and textile,” say curators Carissa Carman and Natalie Campbell. “We wanted to think about weaving in a way that is expansive but also specific.” The new exhibit, which is on display through September 2, features weaving in a variety of mediums and from a variety of artists. “You will find very little traditional weaving in this show,” says Campbell, “We wanted to show that weaving is a far more complex process than many people realize, and that each aspect of weaving offers the possibility for experimentation.”