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Appalachian Heritage Week celebrated Oct. 29-Nov. 3 at Appalachian

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Appalachian Heritage Council presents a weeklong celebration of Appalachian heritage and culture Oct. 29-Nov. 3. All events are free and open to the public.

Sponsors are the Appalachian Heritage Council and Department of English. For more information, call Susan Pepper at 262-4089 or e-mail

The week begins with a nature walk Oct. 29 led by celebrated local herbalist, artist and musician Rick Ward. The walk will be held from 2-4 p.m. Participants should meet at the Trivette Dining Hall circle to carpool to the off-campus nature walk. Reservations are preferred and can be made by calling 262-4089.

Jim Lloyd, a celebrated musician and banjo historian, will lead a discussion on the history of the banjo and provide a demonstration Oct. 30 from 3-5 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Multicultural Room. Also participating will be Rick Ward. Lloyd will tell scary stories around a campfire at Duck Pond Field from 8-10 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. In case of rain, the storytelling will be moved to the student union’s Whitewater Room.

There will be pumpkin carving, woodcarving and an apple cider pressing demonstration on Sanford Mall on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Activities run from 1-4 p.m. In addition, a mountain music jam will be held in the student union’s Crossroads Coffeehouse from 1-4 p.m., featuring Deborah and Randy Sheets and Glenn Bollick.

Bobby McMillon, Loy McWhirter and singer/fiddler Bruce Greene will lead a ballad swap Nov. 1 from 7-10 p.m. in Carol Grotnes Belk Library and Information Commons Room 421.

A bluegrass performance will be held in Crossroads Coffeehouse Nov. 2 from 7-10 p.m. featuring Leftover Bluegrass and Steve Lewis.

Appalachian Heritage Week concludes with the old-time band Wehutty Mudpuppies in performance Nov. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. in Cascades café in the student union.