Swannanoa Shindig – A New Series of Traditional Appalachian Music, Dancing, and Fun in Historic
Searching for some unique and inexpensive local family fun? The Swannanoa Business Association and many
Bring your chairs and wear your dancing shoes to a new monthly community music series, Swannanoa Shindig, held in the heart of Swannanoa beginning on Friday, June 4 at 6 p.m.! Featuring traditional Appalachian Mountain music and dancing, Swannanoa Shindigs will include activities such as pie eating contests, cake walks, turkey calling, drawings for prizes, hopscotch, woodworking, and face painting.
The Swannanoa Babe Ruth Youth Softball and Baseball League will be leading Bingo games as their fund raiser, and other groups will be leading jumping rope, playing jacks and hoola-hoops. Planners also hope for old timey demonstrations and sales of whittling, weaving, quilting, clogging, old timey photo booth, horse shoes, hollering, antique cars, hands-on musical instruments, and ice cream making.
Farmers may sell their vegetables, herbs, and flowers from their trucks with no fee. Local restaurants will offer a variety of selections for delectable dinners, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks. Everyone is encouraged to bring a chair.
Local help is needed
Anyone interested in supporting these events with demonstrations of traditional mountain skills and crafts, on-site volunteer assistance, fund raising opportunities, in-kind or paid sponsorships should contact the Swannanoa Business Association. Especially needed are gifts of products, coupons, or services for our raffles.
A planning group, open to all, meets each Wednesday at noon at Moments Café across from AllState Insurance. Plans are to have the Swannanoa Shindigs the first Friday evening of each month: June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, and October 1. This schedule presents vendors and sponsors several opportunities to feature their business or skills and provide residents five fabulous first Fridays filled with music, dance, and fun community sprit! Located off of Highway 70 near I-40 Exit 59, Beacon Village adjoins the old Beacon Textile Mill site and still has the Swannanoa Bank building, now Beacon Antiques, and other unique structures.
Solar Powered Sound System
Kicking off the first Swannanoa Shindig on Friday, June 4 will be our own Joe Hallock & The Flat Creek Boys, a lively and talented group excited about playing in front of their hometown folks! “Using a solar powered sound system, we look forward to connecting past music with the power of the future!” exclaims Hallock, who works for Sundance Power Systems. Serving as the sound consultant, he also leads the booking of the musicians and callers for all five Shindigs. His band is on YouTube.
Swannanoa resident, John Alger says “The idea for the Swannanoa Shindig grew from discussions I had about the possibility of creating a
The Swannanoa Business Association’s objectives are also to provide free community events for the people of The Swannanoa Valley and surrounding areas and to draw people and attention to the downtown area of Swannanoa located between Highway 70 and I-40. Religious and political groups are permitted, but no alcohol or smoking or pets will be allowed.
Shindig Planner Don Talley, BlackMountainMusicScene.com, states “We want to foster a sense of pride in and respect for the heritage of The Swannanoa Valley and provide family-friendly events which appeal to a broad range of ages”. Some churches in the downtown historic area may be having evening yard sales during the Shindigs.
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“This valley is full of fascinating talent, and we hope many people come to enjoy hearing them.” Doris Sotirellis comments. A professional bassist with Clearwater Connections, a nationally recognized duo of traditional music, she knows of what she speaks! Don you dancing shoes, grab a chair and come on down Friday June 4!
For a Swannanoa Shindig vendor, sponsor, or helper application, contact 337-4718, SwannanoaShindig.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or send checks directly to The Swannanoa Business Association,