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Ashe Civic Center, Blue Ridge Brutal

<p>The Ashe Civic Center boasts 282 seats and features a wide variety of family-friendly performances throughout the year including live music, theatre, comedy, dance, and more. The &ldquo;Ashe County Little Theatre&rdquo; community-based volunteer organization utilizes the Civic Center as its main performance venue, showcasing several shows every year. For a complete list of upcoming events, visit</p> <p>Ashe County&rsquo;s Civic Center is located in the heart of Ashe County on Highway 221 between Jefferson and West Jefferson. There is plenty of free parking at the venue.</p> <p>Tickets for events at the Ashe County Civic Center can be purchased online at, by phone (336-846-2787), or nearby at the Ashe Arts Center (303 School Ave. West Jefferson).</p> <h3>Blue Ridge Brutal at the Ashe Civic Center</h3> <p>The Ashe Civic Center sponsors the infamous Blue Ridge Brutal bicycle ride, attracting hundreds of cyclists to the region every year. Participants can choose from 102, 72, or 56-mile routes, all options leading riders through some of the most challenging and beautiful terrain in the country. A rolling 20-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway between Idlewild and Laurel Springs is a typically a rider favorite. The 2020 edition of the Blue Ridge Brutal is on Saturday, August 22nd .</p>

West Jefferson’s Ashe County Arts Center

<p>Have you ever travelled the Blue Ridge Parkway and admired the rustic stone used for guard rails and for most of the older bridges? The Ashe County Arts Center is one of several buildings in West Jefferson that was built with a similar type of stone, and has the same pure Appalachian feel as the Blue Ridge Parkway. During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the New Deal and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to help put American people to work. Thanks to the WPA, the building that now houses the Ashe County Arts Center, along with several other buildings in West Jefferson, were constructed.</p> <p>Located at the corner of Main Street, 6th Avenue, and School Avenue, the Ashe County Art Council’s Art Center adds a vibrant artistic touch to downtown West Jefferson. Walking inside this historic building, visitors will enjoy a wide variety of art exhibitions or art competitions that rotate every six weeks throughout the year. “Best of the Blue Ridge,” and a youth exhibition called “Young at Art” are two of the most prominent events held at the Ashe County Arts Center. A gallery shop is also in the arts center, allowing visitors the opportunity to purchase masterpieces from over 100 artists from across the region. In addition to beautiful physical displays, the historic building is home to multiple concerts and literary events every year. For a full schedule of events, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <h3>More on the Ashe County Arts Center and Arts Council</h3> <p>The Ashe County Arts Council is a non-profit organization that exists to “enrich the cultural life of the region.” The organization fulfills its mission by offering leadership, collaboration opportunities, and growth through the arts in Ashe County. The Ashe County Arts Council has helped to foster barn quilt artwork, murals, and other forms of public art throughout the area. Here at Ashe High Country Realty, we’re happy to have an organization like the Ashe County Arts Council active in our community!</p> <p>Source: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p>

Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson

<p>West Jefferson’s Florence Thomas Art School carries on the legacy of one of Ashe County’s most talented artists. </p> <br/><br/> <p>Florence Thomas was born in Ashe County without all the many conveniences residents enjoy today. Back in 1909, there were few roads into the area, and electricity had not yet arrived in many corners of Ashe County. Thomas’ parents moved her from school to school in the county aiming to provide a fruitful education. In high school, Thomas found several scraps of canvas and was able to express her artistic abilities for the first time. Florence Thomas would continue to earn a scholarship to pursue her artistic passion, found the Blue Ridge Art Clan, and have her work featured in famous exhibitions across the eastern United States. </p> <p>The Florence Thomas Art School affords locals and visitors an opportunity to appreciate local art as well as refine their personal skills as an artist. In addition to hosting workshops for artists of all abilities, there are many other events and gallery exhibits throughout the year. Visit to stay up to date with additional art events to stretch your creative abilities.</p> <h3>Have a Heart Animal-Themed Exhibit:</h3> <p><b>Opening Reception</b>: February 8th, 1-3 PM.</p> <p>Artist entry fees and 5% of all artwork sales at this special event will be donated to the Ashe County Humane Society. Submit a photo of your pet into a raffle to win a custom 11”14” portrait! $5 entry for raffle.</p> <h3>First Friday:</h3> <p><b>Time</b>: 6-9 PM, first Friday of every month.</p> <p>Learn from a professional artist and create your very own work of art. Workshops are $35 with all materials provided.</p> <h3>Gallery Crawl:</h3> <p><b>Time</b>: 5-8 PM, second Friday of the month, from June-October.</p> <p>Many art galleries in West Jefferson will be open for this event – free entry.</p> <h3>A Mixed Palette:</h3> <p><b>Time</b>: 10:30-noon, June 8th, July 13th, and August 10th.</p> <p>Learn from talented artists through open discussions and presentations – free entry.</p> <h3>Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts:</h3> <p>The Corey Anne Celebration happens during the month of August and includes a gallery exhibition, a symposium, and an expressive arts workshop.</p> <p>Florence Thomas Art School’s mission is to “provide resources for instruction, exhibition and experience in the fine arts and heritage crafts for Ashe County and the region.” Drop by to experience this special venue for yourself!</p>

Make Corn Husk Dolls With Becky Rose

<p>Local crafter Becky Rose will be sharing the art of creating corn husk dolls at the Museum of Ashe County History. Join her on Saturday, January 18th from 11am - 1pm and learn all about this historic and practice creating a corn husk doll with your own hands.</p> <h3>Event Details</h3> <p><b>When</b>: January 18th @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM</p> <p><b>Where:</b> Museum of Ashe County History, 301 E Main St, Jefferson, NC 28640<br> <strong>Cost:</strong> FREE<br> <strong>For more details, visit:</strong> <a href="" target=“_blank”></a></p>

Tweetsie Railroad Christmas Events

<p>This holiday season Tweetsie Railroad becomes a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights and an incredible evening train ride. Santa awaits in his gingerbread house, fun filled snow globes that you can play in, a live Christmas show and so much more!</p> <h3>Train Ride</h3> <p>Ride in an open-air train powered by a historic steam train. Take in thousands of dazzling lights while you sing along to Christmas classics. This ride occurs every 30 min starting at 5:30pm.</p> <h3>Santa’s Gingerbread House</h3> <p>Check out the candied décor and furnishings inside this cozy gingerbread house right before taking photos with Santa on his very own gingerbread bench.</p> <h3>Live Christmas Show</h3> <p>In Tweetsie Palace everyone will enjoy a heartwarming Christmas performances. Attend these toe-tapping shows at 5:30pm, 6:15pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm and 8:30 pm.</p> <h3>Snow Globes</h3> <p>Enter a larger-than-life- snow globe with your friends and family as swirling snow falls around you. A perfect opportunity for pictures and snowball fights!</p> <h3>Memory Makers</h3> <p>There are so many great sections of Tweetsie to make lasting memories this Christmas Season. Enjoy rides in Tweetsie Junction like the Little Drummer Boy, an exclusive teacup ride only available during this time of year. Peek through a Christmas Present, climb into a sleigh, make smores over an outdoor fire pit, and indulge in handmade items from Tweetsie’s Railroad Fudge Works.</p> <h3>Event Details</h3> <p><b>When</b>: Friday and Saturday evenings between 5:00pm - 10:00pm</p> <ul> <li>December 13-14</li> <li>December 20-21</li> <li>December 27-28</li> </ul> <p><b>Where:</b> 300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane Blowing Rock, NC 28605<br> <strong>Cost:</strong> $44 per adult, $38 per child (age 3-12), $0 per young child (2 and under)<br> <strong>For more information, visit:</strong> <a href="" target=“_blank”></a></p>

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