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2017 Calendar of Events

This season the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation is pleased to partner with the Banner Elk Book Exchange to offer our supporters even more Heritage Events. This partnership takes shape in two lecture series which link the past with the present and even glimpse the future. "You Are Here" is an informal series of talks aimed at local life and history. The "Tuesday Night Lecture Series" offers a more in-depth look at serious topics which affect our area and our world. We encourage you to explore the Banner Elk Book Exchange on your own, located in the Historic Banner Elk School. Please visit their website, BannerElkBookExchange.com for directions, details and other events.

You Are Here Lecture: Ray Daniel, “Bear Safety: Learning to live with the natives”
Wednesday, May 24
4:30pm at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Bear Safety: Learning how to live with the natives. Presented by Ray Daniels of the Wildlife and Fisheries department. This event is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website BannerElkBookExchange.com for directions and more information on the BX!

Tuesday Evening Lecture: Jimmy Guignard
Tuesday, June 13
7pm at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

A native North Carolinian with family roots in Banner Elk, Dr. Guignard is the author of Pedaling the Sacrifice Zone: Teaching, Writing and Living above the Marcellus Shale. This book explores his experiences watching the rural Pennsylvania area he and his family settled in turn into an industrial sacrifice zone during the Marcellus shale drilling boom. He will discuss fracking, its impact on the environment and how this book came to be. (This book will be available for purchase.) This event is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website BannerElkBookExchange.com for directions and more information on the BX!

Opening Day Event with Children’s Day Activities
Saturday, June 17, 2017
11:00am-3:00pm

The lawn of the Banner House Museum will be buzzing with activity! Children can participate in heritage crafts, games and other activities. Bring a lawn chair to relax and listen to a performance by Foundation friends, Avery JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). Inside the Banner House, enjoy Open-House style Museum tours. Activities and Tours are free that day as a gift to the public from the Foundation, though donations are greatly appreciated.
We suggest bringing a folding chair and comfortable shoes!

Tuesday Evening Lecture: Ray Russell of RaysWeather.com
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
7pm at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Ray Russell of RaysWeather.com fame will be speaking about his runningof the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway last May as documented on RelayWithRay.com. Dr. Russell is an entertaining storyteller and will give us details on the run, the challenge and joy, as well as the fundraising efforts for this beautiful and important “highway” in the mountain area we love. We may even get him to discuss his interesting weather forecasting career which began as a hobby.

This event is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website BannerElkBookExchange.com for directions and more information on the BX!

You Are Here Lecture: Lisa Smith: Wildcrafting-Native Plants and Their Uses
Wednesday, June 28
4:30 at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Lisa is the owner and chief soapmaker at Forage Soaps, headquartered in Newland, NC. Informing her talk are her Masters Degree in Biology and Organic Chemistry and extensive coursework in Ethno-Botany. She has been wildcrafting and making soap for over 20 years and is a certified herbalist and aromatherapist. Lisa will be bringing some of her lovely products to sell at the event or you can find her at www.ForageSoaps.com This event is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website BannerElkBookExchange.com for directions and more information on the BX!

Partner Organization Event: Independence Day Parade
Tuesday, July 4

Crowds gather on the sidewalks of Main Street and Shawneehaw Avenue (by the Banner Elk stoplight) up to an hour in advance of the starting time. Bring your family and be ready to cheer on your favorite floats and enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth of July Parade. We'll even be participating ourselves—see you there! The parade is sponsored by our friends at the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, as is the "Party in the Park" afterwards at Tate-Evans Park.
We suggest bringing a folding chair and comfortable shoes!

Tuesday Evening Lecture: Dr. Karl Campbell: “Who Is a Real American? The History and Politics of Immigration”
Tuesday, July 11
7pm atthe Banner Elk Book Exchange

Campbell will discuss our present immigration debate from a historical perspective by reviewing the many ways Americans have thought about, and fought over, immigration and national identity in U.S. and North Carolina history. He is a professor of history at Appalachian State University and has lived in the High Country for over 25 years. Karl has also written a well-received book on the life and legacy of Sam Ervin, Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers. This will be an interesting and educational evening for all. This event is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website BannerElkBookExchange.com for directions and more information on the BX!

THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 FOR OUR HERITAGE LUNCHEON
Wednesday, July 19
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Tuesday Evening Lecture: Randy Johnson
Tuesday, July 25
7pm at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Randy Johnson, author of Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon will speak about his 40-year love affair with this beloved mountain. Johnson started Grandfather Mountain’s modern trail program in the 1970’s and has been writing and researching the mountain and the high country ever since. “I set out to truly honor not only Grandfather Mountain, but also the heritage and history of the people of Avery and Watauga counties.” This book is a finalist for both the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards in the travel category.

(This book will be available for purchase, along with two of his other books on hiking.) This event is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website BannerElkBookExchange.com for directions and more information on the BX!

Heritage Luncheon at Elk River Club
Wednesday, July 26

A signature event for the Foundation, an elegant and entertaining luncheon at the Elk River Club. Keynote Speaker Cheryl Richardson will be joined by Barbara Whitton and John Brabson to illuminate the Battle of Kings Mountain, an important Revolutionary War event. Traditionally an invitation event, please contact the Foundation to be added to the invitation list. (Individual Tickets are $50).
We suggest purchasing your tickets early and encouraging your friends to do the same so that we may accommodate table arrangement requests.

"Secrets of the Old Turnpike Road" Bus Tour
Saturday, July 29
Tours depart on the half hour: 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon (The Museum will open at 8:30 this morning)

The Foundation’s most coveted event of previous seasons, Lees-McRae buses will chauffeur riders down Old Turnpike Road West. Designated as a North Carolina Scenic Byway, this road offers an intriguing amount of history we think many would be surprised to learn. Back at the Museum, docents will welcome guests in Open-House style. Bus Tour Reservation Guidelines: UPDATE! We are thrilled to announce that Lees-McRae is providing us with larger buses! Therefore, we are happy to take reservations over the phone during office hours: 828-898-3634 Wed-Sat 11-3. Please check-in at the departure point no later than 15 minutes prior to boarding time. A final call for reservations will be given 5 minutes prior to boarding time. If you are not present 5 minutes prior to boarding, waitlisted people and walk-ins will be allowed on the bus in the order that they signed up. Waitlisted people and walk-ins are advised to also check-in 15 minutes prior to boarding. Thanks to Lees-McRae, there is no charge for the tour but donations are gratefully accepted.

Tuesday Evening Lecture: Panel Discussion on Banner Elk
Tuesday, August 22
7pm at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Joe H. Perry, Charlie B. VonCanon, and Jean Webb will join a panel discussion on “Banner Elk in Days Gone By”. Joe H. and Charlie B. grew up in Banner Elk and were schoolmates all through elementary and high school. Jean is a well-recognized “fount’ of information about the history of this area. Bring your questions and be ready to hearlots of stories from the good ole days. Thisevent is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website BannerElkBookExchange.com for directions and more information on the BX!

You Are Here Lecture: Native Americans in These Mountains
Wednesday, August 23
4:30 at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Native Americans in these Mountains: trading and traveling between the tribes of East Tennessee and the Joara Settlement. Presented by archeologist Jay Franklin, Ph.d, of East Tennessee State University. For more information on the University, check out www.ETSU.edu This event is presented in partnershipwith the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website BannerElkBookExchange.com for directions and more informationon the BX!

Historic Downtown Banner Elk Walking Tour
Saturday, September 2  (Rain Date: TBD)

10:00am-2:00pm Walk along the path of history as you learn about some of Banner Elk’s most prominent Historic Buildings, their roles in the community and the business they house today. You will be surprised what you’ll learn! Back at the Museum, enjoy Open-House style tours. There is no charge for this event but donations are gratefully accepted. Reservations suggested but walk-ins welcome (Current Patron Reservations August 9. General Reservations begin August 16. Please see Bus Tour for other guidelines).
The tour will be approximately 1 mile of walking including stairs and uneven terrain. We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes. You may also want to sun protection or an umbrella.

Quilt Show and Lecture
Saturday, September 9
11:00am to 3:00pm at the Historic Banner Elk School Gymnasium

Heirloom quilts and contemporary textile arts will be displayed and discussed at the Historic Banner Elk School Gymnasium. Pause during the event for a lecture by renowned local quilter Leniavell Trivette. To complement the Show, the Banner House Museum will be welcoming guests in Open-House style with an emphasis on the textiles on display. $5 suggested donation includes Museum Admission.

Tuesday Evening Lecture: Michael Vines
Tuesday, September 12
7pm at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Dr. Michael Vines, a professor of religious studies at Lees-McRae College, will provide a thought-provoking evening with his lecture, “An Introduction to Islam”. He will discuss the life of the prophet Muhammad and provide an overview of basic Islamic beliefs and practices. Such a relevant topic as this is sure to spark a great deal of discussion! This event is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website BannerElkBookExchange.com for directions and more information on the BX!

You Are Here Lecture: Doug Hundley, the Apple Guy
Wednesday, September 20
4:30 at the Banner Elk Book Exchange

Apple Heritage: a primer on local apples grown by our ancestors, plus updates on the Heritage Orchards and current heritage apple production. Presented by Doug Hundley, recently retired Extension Agent and apple guru. This event is presented in partnership with the Banner Elk Book Exchange. Visit their website BannerElkBookExchange.com for directions and more informationon the BX!

Closing Day
Saturday, October 7
11:00am-3:00pm

Stroll through the Banner House Museum one last time with Open-House style tours and say goodbye to summer on the Banner House lawn with a final round of Children’s activities and Appalachian music performed by Avery JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). Activities and Tours are free to the public as a gift from the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation. Donations are greatly appreciated.
We suggest wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a folding chair.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at 828.898.3634, or email us.


 

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