Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, an annual regional cultural celebration and the university’s “gift back to the community,” took place Saturday, Sept. 24, on campus under bright skies with thousands of visitors.
The Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University’s museum of Appalachian culture, will offer instruction in the unique folk art of constructing dolls from corn shucks, also known as cornhusks, on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day, a free family-oriented festival that celebrates Southern Appalachian culture through concerts, living-history demonstrations, competitions and awards programs, will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, on the WCU campus, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Corn will be the featured food for the popular “Best in the West” recipe competition this year at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day. An important part of the landscape, lore and diet of the southern Appalachian region for centuries, from the Cherokee to the early European settlers, corn remains a vital food source into the 21st century.
Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the Mountain Heritage Award, an honor bestowed annually on one individual and one organization playing a prominent role in researching, preserving and/or interpreting Southern Appalachian history, culture and issues.
The deadline for vendor applications for Mountain Heritage Day, Western Carolina University’s annual fall festival of traditional Appalachian culture, is rapidly approaching. Organizers said the close of business Friday, April 22, will be the final consideration for arts, crafts and food vendors to submit applications to participate in the family-oriented daylong celebration.
Western Carolina University’s 41st annual Mountain Heritage Day festival, held Sept. 26 on the campus in Cullowhee, provided many varied opportunities for local residents to compete with – and be honored for – their unique skills. Results are listed below.