A Celebration of Craft & Music
Saturday • Sept. 21, 2013 • 10a-4:30p
Sparta, North Carolina
This year, the Zephyr Lightning Bolts will be headlining our festival. This Old Time music band consists of four members, Steve Bowen, his wife, Diane, their son, Jacob and family friend Sean Jarman. Steve started out playing guitar in a few blue grass bands until he fell in love the Ole Time music, Today he plays the bass and is also the lead vocalist for the band. Diane is a banjo player and helps Steve with the vocals. Jacob plays the fiddle and has won several awards for his talent. Over the years, the group has had several guitarists but Sean has become a constant. Together, the band has won several awards, including the Surry Old Time Fiddlers' Convention in March of this year. They were also featured in the May issue of Our State magazine.
2013 Entertainment Schedule (subject to change):
10am - Opening Ceremonies
10:30a - JAM Showcase
11am - Jubilee Dancers
11:30a - Zephyr Lightning Bolts
12:30p- Footloose Express Cloggers
1p - Message from our Sponsors
1:30p - Stories from our Heritage by Old Jonah
2:30p - Zephyr Lightning Bolts
3:30p - Rise and Shine Band
4p - Possum Queen Contest and Crowning
The Rise and Shine Band is the house band at the Alleghany Jubilee, located in the former Spartan Theater on Sparta’s Main Street, and is a regular on the Mountain Heritage Stage. They accompany the contestants on the fames Possum Queen Contest that closes out the festival. One of the area’s premier bluegrass bands, it draws talent from Sparta and the surrounding mountain communities. The band is led by Ernest Joines, mandolin, and includes: Billy Dancy, banjo; Wade Petty, fiddle; Kermit Pruitt, bass; Charlie Edwards, vocals and guitar; and Charlie Kinzer, guitar.
The Footloose Express Cloggers will show off their talents and make everyone want to get up and join them.
Storyteller Spotlight: Jerry Vencill (storyteller, re-enactor & historian) has entertained audiences throughout the southeastern U.S. as "Old Jonah", 'Amos Skillet", Jim Bridger & other historical characters. He has played in the Horn of The West (Boone, NC), Trail of The Lonesome Pine in southwest Virginia & other outdoor dramas in addition to television and
film work. He is an author and playwright with two published books of mountain tales in the Appalachian dialect. His touring play "Sweet Winds Blowing" was even presented to a sold out audience at the historic Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia in 1995. It was at an early age that Jerry Vencill realized the importance of storytelling and that it must be kept alive for all those to come. Having had it handed down to him from his father, Jerry has worked for many years to preserve the art through a character he created called Old Jonah, the Storyteller. Dressed in buckskin shirt & breeches, wearing a hat made out of raccoon, skunk or fox & carrying a long flintlock rifle, Jerry travels all over the country keeping alive the tradition of storytelling. We are excited to have Jerry join our festival this year.
Alleghany Arts Council with partial funding from NC Arts Council/NC Dept. of Cultural Resources
Video of Zephyr Lightning Bolts performing in Martinsville, VA. More MHF videos.
Vendors are always welcome
The Mountain Heritage Festival is always looking for vendors of handmade craft and art. If you are an artisan who would like to be a part of our festival, please download an application and consider participating. We value our vendors. We provide a hospitality room for vendors stocked with snacks and easy access to public rest rooms (not portajohns), and we have volunteers who will watch your booth while you take a break. We can always extend the festival down the street and take extra craft vendors. However, booth space is limited in the food court. Don't hesitate if you are a food vender.