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Holiday Crafts

Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies 147 Bailey St, Mars Hill, NC

Drop in to make an ornament and share in some good cheer. You can bring your ornament home or you can help us decorate our Ramsey Center Christmas tree. It’ll be a relaxing way to take a break during end-of-the-semester studying. No art experience necessary at all!

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 […]

Root Diggers and Herb Gatherers: How Appalachia Helped Launch the Pharmaceutical Industry

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

Join author Luke Manget as he discusses his book, Ginseng Diggers: A History of Root and Herb Gathering in Appalachia (University of Kentucky Press, 2022). The book investigates how and why the Appalachian region became the United States' most important supplier of wild medicinal plants, including ginseng, to the markets of the world. It also […]

Ballad Round Robin

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 […]

Bobby McMillon Tribute

Owen Theatre 44 College St, Mars Hill

Join us for an evening performance and tribute to renowned ballad-singer and storyteller Bobby McMillon with his dear friends Sheila Kay Adams, Rodney Sutton, and William Ritter. Adams, Sutton, and Ritter have been working with the Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies and the Southern Appalachian Archives to establish the Bobby McMillon Legacy Project here at […]

An Afternoon of Foraging and Fun


Join chef, forager, fiddler, author Susi Gott Séguret for a walk in the spring woods of her family's 200+ acre farm in northern Madison County, overlooking the crest of the Appalachian Trail. We'll start with the walk, identifying edible (and non-edible) plants along the way, including ramps and an array of spring wildflowers, we'll visit […]

Spring Appalachian Music Concert

Owen Theatre 44 College St, Mars Hill

Each year, the Ramsey Center produces a spring concert celebrating traditional music. Last year's concert featured Jake Blount and Nic Gareiss. Stay tuned for this year's performer! This concert is made possible by a generous grant from the Madison County TDA.