Hiddenite, NC – The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center looks forward to hosting its 42nd annual Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, September 23rd from 9 am to 4 pm at Hiddenite Church Rd in Alexander County. This FREE street festival features fine arts vendors, food vendors, living history demonstrations, a folk-life pavilion, live performances on four separate stages, an interactive children’s area, and more! The historic Lucas Mansion serves as the nucleus of the festival with the children’s area located adjacent to the Gazebo stage. The Lucas Mansion will be open to visitors for the duration of the festival. Guests are invited to step back in time as they enjoy a guided tour into the turn of the century home of James Paul Lucas, also known as “Diamond Jim!” Tours of the house museum wing offer visitors an opportunity to experience this historic home as it might have been in Diamond Jim’s day. Tour guides will share additional information about local history, the unique geology of the area, and folklore! The Center’s guided tours are only $1 during festival hours!

Visits to the Lucas Mansion’s art exhibits and its antique doll and toy museum wing are free. Micah Henry will be the museum’s featured artist and will be available in the art gallery at select times to meet and greet visitors! His exhibit “Celebrating Faces and Places” will include photography as well as vintage cameras and typewriters. Guests to the area are invited to learn about Alexander County by exploring its visitor’s center which is housed within the mansion. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center always enjoys sharing this very special day with the community and is excited to see everyone soon!

For more information or to learn more about the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center, call 828-632-6966, email [email protected], or visit hiddenitearts.org