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

Upper Quad / Lunsford Commons College 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 […]

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

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 listen, […]