I have lived here in Ashe County ALL my life...I have not only always said "there's nothing to do here" but I have often heard "there's nothing to do" from so many of the locals in Ashe. I never realized just how much there is to do in our home town until I started this blog!
Not only have I discovered there are SO much to do, but a lot of the activities are even FREE! Not only for "out of towners" but also for locals and their children! Ashe County has so much to offer for all ages and all people!
There are weekly events, daily events, and business events! The Chamber has a list of events that they keep updated and we try to post new events weekly as well! You can reach the chamber events at this website: https://ashechamber.com/calendar.php
Blue Ridge Theater & Event Center
9331 Old Hwy 16 S West Jefferson NC
The Hotel Tavern
5 W Main, West Jefferson, NC 28694
February 6, 13 & 20
Boondocks Brew Haus
302 S Jefferson Avenue
THE TOP 10 REASONS TO CHOOSE A VACATION RENTAL OVER A HOTEL:
It seems if you’ve seen one hotel room, you have seen them all! So, lets forget the old humdrum ways of doing things. There’s another option when it comes to vacation accommodations — and it involves saving money, having more space, and breaking away from boring. Which we feel are all good things, in our humble opinion. We’re talking about the homes over hotels movement, and we’re its biggest supporters! Spread the word — and join us in a whole different way to travel! Hope to see you soon!
Have you checked out our Amazing Chamber of Commerce lately?
They have shirts, guides, disc for disc golf, anything you could ever need to visit Ashe County! They are located in downtown West Jefferson, within walking distance to our lofts.
Be sure to check out their website at https://ashechamber.com/
They have Visitor Information, Things to Do, An Events Calendar, A Business Directory, Webcams, Photos, Videos, Services, A Store, and their Contact Information.
This is just a start! Under each information tab, they have an entire list of things to do! I love being able to see the events for the entire month! It helps so much with making plans with my children!
Thank you so much Ashe Chamber of Commerce for all of your hard work!
Have you ever wondered how barn quilts became so popular, what a barn quilt was for, where it originated from, how to make one, or even why a barn quilt?!? Well I have, especially after driving in town and seeing a new barn quilt on Boondocks! I love it!
Anyways, so where did the idea of a barn quilt come from? According to Wikipedia, the first official quilt trail was begun in 2001 in Adams County, Ohio. Donna Sue Groves wanted to honor her mother, Maxine, a noted quilter, with a painted quilt square on the family's barn in Manchester, Ohio. Though many believe that the Groves farm is home to the first barn quilt, that is not the case. The first barn quilt was an Ohio Star which was unveiled as part of a community celebration at a nearby herb farm. The Groves farm later became part of a trail of 20 barn quilts that formed a driving trail throughout Adams County. Although an emerging concept, a U.S. national quilt trail has rapidly spread across Ohio to Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, North Dakota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, South Dakota, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Oregon. Across the border in Canada, British Columbia has developed a trail, and barn quilts also exist in Ontario as well as in Kings County, New Brunswick.
If you have anymore questions, or interested in a barn quilt, I am sure the ladies in down town West Jefferson at Quilt Square Girls would be more than glad to help you! Here is their website http://www.ilovebarnquilts.com/index.html be sure to tell them we sent ya 😉
For a list of all the participants, click here ashecountyarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/PARTICIPANT-Information-2019.pdf
There is a map at the bottom of this post as well.
On Friday, June 14 from 5pm to 8pm, the “ arts district” of downtown West Jefferson will come alive with folks strolling the streets. Gallery Crawl is back! For the June crawl there will be new exhibits, special artists, refreshments, and in-store promotions.
Gallery Crawls will take place the second Friday of each month. Mark June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13 and October 11 on your calendars. There will be a special Christmas Crawl on Friday, December 6. The purpose of the crawls are to support and promote downtown West Jefferson businesses. Crawlers will have an opportunity to see new, creative and innovative works by Ashe County’s leading artists. Crawlers are invited to stroll the streets, visit the galleries, view the downtown murals, enjoy the many outdoor art pieces and take advantage of the downtown restaurants.
Jane Lonon, executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council, states, “This is the nineteenth annual Gallery Crawl in downtown West Jefferson. We are excited to feature thirteen galleries. The first crawl of the season is fun and festive with lots of folks strolling the streets, enjoying the latest creations from our creative and talented Ashe County artists.” Art lovers will find on the streets of Downtown West Jefferson one of a kind paintings and photography, pottery, stained glass, quilts, fiber arts, jewelry, wood turned art, and much more.
West Jefferson has an eclectic group of shops, galleries and studios representing a large and varied group of artists who will be displaying their latest creations. Participating in the crawl will be: Acorn Gallery, Ashe Arts Center, Ashe Custom Framing and Gallery, Backstreet Beads, Bohemia Gallery, Catchlight Gallery, Farmers Market Crafters, Florence Thomas Art School, Great Southern Gothic, Originals Only Gallery, Quilt Square Girls, RT Morgan Gallery and Glass by Camille, Stephen Shoemaker Studio and Gallery, and The Vintage Locket.
The Ashe Arts Center will open their new exhibit on Gallery Crawl evening with a duo exhibit by JoAnn Pippin and Carole Bryant. Light and Lighthouses will feature watercolor, oils and pastels. Crawlers will enjoy refreshments, meet these two artistic friends and view this new exhibit.
Join your friends and neighbors for Gallery Crawl and experience the arts in West Jefferson! Admission to Gallery Crawl is free and is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council in cooperation with the West Jefferson Business Association and the West Jefferson TDA. Maps will be available at the Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson and at other participating galleries and shops. For more information, call the Ashe County Arts Council at 336-846-ARTS
Just in case you haven't heard, THIS WEEK is the Fourth of July Week! What will you be doing? Spending time with family, cooking out, floating down the new river, kayaking, watching fireworks, roasting marshmallows, or getting roasted your self 🤪Either way, I am sure some of you will be glad to be off work and enjoy some relaxation! I know this girl is ready to go floating down the river on a kayak and do a little fishing 🐟🎣 eat some yummy burgers on the grill, and then enjoy some fireworks with my family!
But wait, why do we celebrate this holiday for? Independence Day (the Fourth of July) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4. Thank you Wikipedia!
When traveling this week, please keep in mind there will be lots of people roaming the streets and do remember the Backstreet will be closed for The Annual Christmas in July Event starting tonight at midnight!
Have a Wonderful Holiday!!!!