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Do Re Mi: Shaped Note Singing Workshop

Bentley Fellowship Hall 265 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

This will be a fun, inclusive, and hands-on workshop where we will learn how to do shaped-note singing, a traditional method of sacred singing practiced in the United States since the late 1700s. We’ll be concentrating on a particular kind of shaped-note singing that has been particularly popular in western North Carolina. You don’t need […]

Fiddling on the Hill: Traditional Jam Session

Upper Quad / Lunsford Commons College St, Mars Hill, NC

This will be our second monthly traditional music jam session, supported by a generous grant from the Madison County Tourism Development Authority. Each month, two regional musicians will join us to lead a jam session of traditional mountain tunes. These events are open to all - you're welcome to stroll by, take a seat and […]

Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival

Intramural Fields 265 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

The Bascom Lamar Lunsford Mountain Music Festival is an all-day festival celebrating regional music and dance traditions. This event is free and open to the public and all are welcome. It will take place on the field behind Broyhill Chapel on Cascade Street on the MHU campus. The event is the second-longest-running folk festival in […]

First Annual Stack Cake Workshop (Students Only)

Bentley Fellowship Hall 265 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

In this workshop, you’ll get a chance to do some hands-on baking with Dr. Maia Surdam, who is a food historian and educator. We’ll be creating a stack cake, a traditional fall cake made in many parts of the Appalachian Mountains. On day one (Monday) of the workshop, we’ll be baking and assembling the cake […]

Fiddling on the Hill: Traditional Jam Session

James Thomas Black Box Theatre Mars Hill, NC

Join us for our monthly traditional music jam session, supported by a generous grant from the Madison County Tourism Development Authority. Each month, two regional musicians will join us to lead a jam session of traditional mountain tunes. These events are open to all: you’re welcome to stroll by, take a seat and listen, or […]

Election Cake: First Fridays at the Museum

Montague Hall/Rural Heritage Museum 80 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

Come by the museum between 5 and 8 as part of downtown Mars Hill’s First Fridays. There, you’ll get to sample some “election cake.” What is election cake, you might ask? Well, it is a naturally-leavened cake that originated in colonial New England and has historically been associated with election times. Dr. Maia Surdam, a […]

Round Robin Ballad Circle

Broyhill Chapel 265 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

Join us for an informal Appalachian ballad circle in honor of singer and storyteller Bobby McMillon, and as part of the Bobby McMillon Legacy Project funded by a grant from South Arts. Ballads are traditional songs that tell stories and Madison County is known world-wide for its ballad-singing tradition. At a round robin, singers will […]

No Work in the Grave: A Talk with Jo Ann Croom and the Wilma Dykeman Legacy

Ferguson Health Sciences Center Rm 306 211 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

Author Jo Ann Croom (a retired MHU professor) will join us to discuss her new book, No Work in the Grave, which explores her family during the early 20th century transition from a subsistence farming way of life to an industrialized wage-earner economy, with its loss of community and environmental hazards. Croom’s talk will be […]

Fiddling on the Hill: Traditional Jam Session

Bentley Fellowship Hall 265 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

This will be our second monthly traditional music jam session, supported by a generous grant from the Madison County Tourism Development Authority. Each month, two regional musicians will join us to lead a jam session of traditional mountain tunes. These events are open to all: you’re welcome to stroll by, take a seat and listen, […]

Fiddling on the Hill: Traditional Jam Session

Bentley Fellowship Hall 265 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

Join us for our monthly traditional music jam session, supported by a generous grant from the Madison County Tourism Development Authority. Each month, two regional musicians will join us to lead a jam session of traditional mountain tunes. These events are open to all: you’re welcome to stroll by, take a seat and listen, or […]

Fiddling on the Hill: Traditional Jam Session

Bentley Fellowship Hall 265 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

  Rosin up your bow, tune up that banjo, get your dancing shoes out and join us at Fiddling on the Hill, our monthly traditional jam session. These sessions are welcoming and are open to all - students and the public. Sheila Kay Adams will be leading the January jam. Fiddling on the Hill is […]

Exhibition Opening Celebration

Montague Hall/Rural Heritage Museum 80 Cascade St, Mars Hill, NC

Uncle Dave Penland, 1915. William A. Barnhill Collection, Southern Appalachian Archives, Mars Hill University. Drop in to the campus museum to celebrate the opening of the spring 2023 exhibition. The new exhibition explores the photography of William A. Barnhill, who, from 1914 through 1917, explored rural communities around Asheville, collecting images of people spinning, weaving, […]