Springtime in Appalachia comin’ atcha!

Article Published: Mar. 20 | Modified: Mar. 23
Springtime in Appalachia comin’ atcha!

There may be a few patches of snow still on the ground here and there in the High Country, but the first day of spring is right around the corner.

On March 22, from noon to 3 p.m., the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum will partner with local nonprofits, educational organizations and artists to celebrate the season with Springtime in Appalachia.

Springtime in Appalachia will be free to the public and feature family fun that will celebrate the rich heritage of traditional gardening and agriculture in Western North Carolina.

The activities planned will include seed-planting, seed-saving, learning about the importance of local and fresh vegetables and the role of bees in growing vegetables. Local partners include the Edible Schoolyard from Appalachian State University; Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture; Greening up My Plate; and Preserve Heritage, Agriculture and Regional Markets Now.

In addition to crafts and activities, Springtime in Appalachia will also feature “Three Sisters,” a puppet show about the “three sisters” (squash, corn and beans), created by the Elkland Art Center, a not-for-profit center for the arts in Todd. And to round up the day’s events, there will be a 2:15 p.m. performance of old-time music by Strictly Strings, a group of accomplished young musicians based in Boone.

This event was made possible through BRAHM’s Appalachian Culture and History Education Fund. This fund, started by BRAHM in 2013, is used to support museum activities, events, workshops and exhibits that educate the public about the rich culture and heritage of our mountain region.

For more information about Springtime in Appalachia or the Appalachian Culture and History Education Fund, contact Leila Weinstein, educational programs coordinator, at (828) 295-9099, ext. 3006.

The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum is located at 159 Chestnut St. in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, visit http://www.blowingrockmuseum.org.

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