Catawba Vale Cafe — art and food every day, plus music on Fridays and Saturdays

The historic town of Old Fort is gearing up for several upcoming and ongoing events. If you’re in our neck of the woods over the next couple of weeks, you might want to check out this little gem of a town. Here’s what’s coming up in Old Fort:

Pioneer Day (April 25) — Pioneer Day is Old Fort’s annual celebration of its rich mountain heritage. The one-day festival features toe-tapping mountain music in the Mountain Gateway Museum’s outdoor amphitheater, craft demonstrations such as weaving, blacksmithing, and pottery turning, “Hit or Miss” engine displays and vendors displaying and selling their wares. For more information, please call 828.668.9259.

Railroad Day (May 2) — Historic downtown Old Fort will host the second annual railroad festival at the Old Fort Depot Railroad Museum and Visitor Center, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, May 2. Features of this free, family friendly event include model train exhibits, entertainment by the Flying Rock Band, face painting and more.

Mountain Music (every Friday) — If you can’t make it to Pioneer Day on April 25, no worries, there is plenty of mountain music playing live each Friday night starting at 7pm, in Old Fort at the Rockett Building on Main Street. This is a free weekly event that has been going on for decades, featuring local musicians, and can be described — as one of our guests says — as a “perfect little slice of Americana.”

Live Performances and Storytelling (every Friday) — Local musician and storyteller Dave Foraker performs each Friday, from 6pm to 8pm, at Catawba Vale Cafe in Old Fort. Catawba Vale Cafe, located inside The Appalachian Artisan Society (TAAS) fine art gallery, is a great little spot to get a bite to eat and it’s also one of the best places to check out the art and handmade items of local and regional artisans (and be sure to see The Appalachian Artisan Society handcrafts gallery next door). Download the Cafe’s menu and see more information at www.catawbavale.com.

Knit-Pickin’ Saturdays and Live Music (every Saturday) — The Appalachian Artisan Society (TAAS) hosts the Knit-Pickin’ knitting group each week at the gallery, where you can learn knitting skills and join our area’s talented local knitters as they work on their handmade crafts, plus acoustic folk artist Richard Valentine Tuttell performs from noon to 3pm at Catawba Vale Cafe next door. More information is available at www.taasg.com.

Davidson’s Fort building (every Saturday) — Local residents are rebuilding Davidson’s Fort, the Revolutionary War-era fort from which the town of Old Fort gets its name. This is a fantastic undertaking and the work being done to replicate this fort is amazing. If you are so inclined, you can even lend a hand and be part of the rebuilding process! Workers are there each Saturday from 10am to 4pm, and volunteers are welcome to contribute to the project. More information is available at www.davidsonsfort.com.

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