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Carolina Heritage Weekend

Darren Nicholson will play HCC April 19. File photo Darren Nicholson will play HCC April 19. File photo

A multi-day event celebrating Appalachian heritage, Carolina Heritage Weekend will take place April 18-20 around Haywood County. 

• April 18: Folkmoot USA will present The Well Drinkers at 7 p.m. at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville.

Having shared the stage with the likes of Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, Ketch Secor, Balsam Range and many more, the Americana/bluegrass ensemble is a consistent force in the Western North Carolina live music scene.

Doors at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, go to

• April 19: Americana/bluegrass star Darren Nicholson will perform at 7 p.m. in the Hemlock Auditorium at Haywood Community College in Clyde.

Dubbed “An Evening of World Class Bluegrass,” the showcase will feature Nicholson, Shawn Lane, Aubrey Haynie, Ron Stewart and Aaron Ramsey.

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The event is free and open to the public. Donations accepted. To reserve your ticket, go to .

• April 20: The “Appalachian True: Mountain Market” is a showcase of the craftsmanship, creativity, skill and ingenuity that have shaped mountain culture for centuries.

A special collection of artisans, performers, demonstrators and educational displays will celebrate Appalachian culture and preserve the sacred ways of mountain life. The festival takes place between two historic Waynesville locations — the Main Street District and historic Shelton House.

To learn more, go to

• April 20: The “Haywood Made: An Evening Celebrating Today’s Appalachia” will be held from 5-8 p.m. on the top floor of The 37 on Church Street in Waynesville.

Hosted by the Haywood County Arts Council, the event will kick off with a performance by the Maggie Valley Band (bluegrass/indie). Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in line dancing lessons led by professional instructors from the American Ballroom Company dance studio.

“Haywood Made” will also feature a display of local youth art and a silent auction featuring a variety of handmade goods and services generously donated by local businesses and artisans.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for youth ages 10-18 and free and kids under age 10. All proceeds from the silent auction will go towards supporting the HCAC and its mission to promote the arts in our community.   

To learn more, go to

For a full schedule of Carolina Heritage Weekend events, go to

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