Hiddenite, NC – The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center will present the 41st Annual Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts on Saturday, September 24, 2022, Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County from 9:00am until 4:00pm. The Center’s street festival of unique, family friendly arts and cultural heritage activities for all ages has featured diversely talented artists, crafters, and performers since 1981 with four performance stages.
The 2022 theme for the festival is “An Out of This World Celebration”, inspired by the artwork of the exhibiting artist Chris Parsons who will be featured in the Lucas Mansion Art Gallery and present during Celebration to meet visitors. Admission to the Gallery is Free. The Historic James Paul Lucas Mansion is the hub for the Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center and the nucleus of the festival and home to the 1914’s House Museum, the Alexander County Visitor Center, gemstone display, 3rd Floor Antique Toy & Doll Museum, and Gazebo where dance troupes and other performances will take place during Celebration.
The FolkLife Pavilion is a step back in time where hands-on demonstrations in traditional folkways and folk art are presented by Heritage artists at the cabin area of the Center’s Educational Complex. Performances will include old time music and multicultural performances provided with funding by South Arts.
The Children’s Art In Action area will feature the App State GeoBago and Art Bus with make- and- take crafts- and hands-on activities made possible by funding from Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University. The ever popular Appalachian State Steely Pan will perform at the Hiddenite Baptist Church stage and is provided with funding by Sharpe Chair at Appalachian State.
Gospel performances will take place on the front porch of Hiddenite Methodist Church. Registration is still open to vendors interested in showcasing talents, fine arts and crafts.
In conjunction with the 41st Annual Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts festival, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center will hold their annual Celebrate Seniors Luncheon on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. at the Center’s Educational Complex (70 Hiddenite Church Road) beginning at 10am. Cost of only $10 per person includes lunch and entertainment by comedian Diane Fox, better known as Ms. Eufola!. The luncheon will be a morning of laughter, good food, and fellowship! The entertaining and energetic Ms. Eufola Bell Gump of “ just down the road”, will share her hints and remedies for handling the perils of getting older, as well as her travels from Murphy to Manteo and memoirs of her visits to Hiddenite.
Reserve tickets now to honor senior groups, family, or friends by calling (828) 632-6966 OR visit hiddenitearts.org to purchase tickets online. Guests of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend this special program honoring senior adults.
This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org, with generous funding from the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, the Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts, Alexander County government, the Town of Taylorsville, South Arts, the Unifour Foundation, and the Friends of the Center membership program. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.