Calendar of Events
NOTE: 2020 EVENT DETAILS LISTED BELOW MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES SUCH AS RAIN DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS!
Opening Day Event with Heritage Plant Swap
Saturday, June 6, 2020
New this year, we will celebrate the warmer weather with a heritage plant and seed swap! If you have “heritage” plants from your own yard that you would like to share, please let us know! Otherwise, plants and seeds may be purchased with proceeds going to the GBEHF. Inside the Banner House, enjoy open-house style Museum tours. Tours are free that day as a gift to the public from the Foundation, though donations are greatly appreciated.
Guided Walking Tours: Downtown Banner Elk
Friday, July 3, 2019
Tours depart on the hour: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. $10 per adult; $7 per adult for current Patrons
Walk along the path of history as you learn about some of Banner Elk’s most prominent historic buildings and their roles in the community. You will be surprised what you’ll learn! After June 17, we are happy to take reservations in person or over the phone during office hours: 828-898-3634 Wed-Sat 11-3. Reservation requests left on voicemail may not be confirmed. The tour will be approximately 1 mile of walking including uneven terrain. We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes. You may also want to bring sun protection or an umbrella. Walking Tours for private groups may also be reserved throughout the season. Please call or email for details and availability.
THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED ON Saturday, July 4 FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
Partner Organization Event: Independence Day Parade
Saturday, July 4, 2020
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!
THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 FOR OUR HERITAGE LUNCHEON
Heritage Luncheon at Elk River Club
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
A signature event for the Foundation, an elegant and entertaining luncheon at the Elk River Club. Traditionally an invitation event, please contact the Foundation to be added to the invitation list.
We suggest purchasing your tickets early and encouraging your friends to do the same so that we may accommodate table arrangement requests.
Heritage Bus Tour: Historic Churches of Avery County
Saturday, August TBD
Tours depart on the hour: 10:00 am to 1:00pm. The Museum will open at 9:30 this morning.
A perennial favorite event, the Heritage Bus Tour will take on a slightly different format this year. We will be traveling further afield to view some of the historic churches of the county. This means that each tour will take a little longer and that we must therefore offer fewer departure times. A donation of $20 per person is suggested to help defray the costs of this extended event. Back at the Museum, docents will welcome guests to a free open-house. Bus Tour reservations are strongly suggested. After July 22, we are happy to take reservations in person or over the phone during office hours: 828-898-3634 Wed-Sat 11-3. Reservation requests left over voicemail may not be confirmed. Current 2019 Patrons may make earlier reservations beginning July 17. 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, who provides our buses, there is no charge for the tour but donations are suggested and gratefully accepted.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
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 heritage children’s activities. Activities and tours are free to the public as a gift from the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation. Donations are greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please call 828.898.3634 during Museum hours or email us anytime!