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:
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.
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.