Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will hold a flower-making workshop as part of its ongoing Appalachian Living craft and skills series Thursday, April 20, from 5 until 6 p.m.
The crepe paper flower-making program is in celebration of the “Decoration Day” tradition in the mountains. The workshop will take place in the center’s gallery, located at 161 Hunter Library.
Decoration Day events, often called “decorations,” occur throughout the spring in the region. Apart from marking and decorating graves with flowers, the tradition often includes cleaning up the cemetery, various types of burial practices and dinner on the grounds.
Center staff and students will lead visitors in making crepe paper flowers at the center, then walk next door to decorate the cemetery at Cullowhee Baptist Church.
A Decoration Day exhibit also can be viewed on the first floor hallway of Hunter Library. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, May 19.
For more information, call the Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129.