Elk Knob Headwaters Day Sept. 10
The community is invited to hobnob at Elk Knob.
The seventh annual community day returns to Elk Knob State Park next Saturday, Sept. 10, and organizers ask only one thing: "Bring covered dishes to share, a smile and a chair."
Featuring a potluck, live music, crafts and more, Headwaters Day celebrates community, its origins dating back to the '30s and '40s, when members of the Meat Camp and Pottertown communities would gather for a picnic.
Nowadays, everyone's invited from Watauga's surrounding communities to learn about their neighbors and some local history, while enjoying old-time crafts and some good-time fun.
"We just want to help folks get together out there," organizer Tommy Walsh said in a previous interview.
The fact that Headwaters Day is free should help. Visitors can observe and participate in a variety of activities, including horse-drawn wagons, chair-caning, oral history, pottery, grist milling, apple butter, environmental programs, corn-shuck dolls, felting and spinning, bee-keeping, Native American demonstrations and a children's song circle and games.
Music comes courtesy of the Dollar Brothers (11 a.m.), Maggie Idol (11:40 a.m.), Lost Faculties (12:10 p.m.), Dave Haney and Lisa Baldwin (12:50 p.m.), the Forget-Me-Nots (1:30 p.m.), Appalachian Rhythm Cloggers (2:10 p.m.), The Blue Ribbon Boys (2:50 p.m.) and the Winkler Family (3:30 p.m.).
The fun starts at 11 a.m., and the potluck starts at noon.
For more information, call Elk Knob State Park at (828) 297-7261.
Directions: Take N.C. 194 North to Meat Camp Road. Turn left on Meat Camp Road, and travel 5.5 miles. Elk Knob State Park will be on the right.