CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Week of Feb. 28, 2018

The Mitchell County Student Showcase is on display until March 17 at the Spruce Pine TRAC gallery, 269 Oak Ave. A reception for the exhibit is 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 9.


The Spruce Pine Farmers Market is noon-4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in the community room at Spruce Pine Main Street.


The Penland School of Crafts Community Open House is 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 3. No admission is charged. Visit for more information.


The Choir of Trinity Episcopal Church will sing Evensongs during Lent at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4, and 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18. Trinity Church is at 15 Hemlock Ave. in the English Woods neighborhood of Spruce Pine. A reception will follow each of these Evensongs in the Parish Hall. Call 828-520-1151 or email for more information.


Relay of the Blue Ridge, encompassing Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties, is having a planning meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Mitchell County Senior Center in Ledger. Anyone from Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties interested in helping with the Relay for Life effort is invited. Call Rhonda Buchanan at 828-467-4389 or Sylvia Buchanan at 828-385-1036 in Call Mitchell County and Lou Edwards in Yancey County at 828-208-9551 for more information.


The Mitchell County Extension Center is having a hands-on apple tree grafting workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Extension Center in Bakersville. Cost for the workshop is $10. Participants will receive two rootstocks to graft that can then be taken home and planted. People may also bring their own scion wood if there are trees they are trying to preserve. Mitchell County Extension Director Jeff Vance at 828-385-0432 for more information. Registration is limited to 10 participants.


The next meeting of the Madison County Genealogy Society is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Room 205 of Day Hall on the campus of Mars Hill University. Anita Finger-Smith, president and CEO of Cherokee Genealogy Services, will present “Tracing Your Cherokee Ancestor(s).” The presentation will cover the records available for research and how to access and use them.


The deadline to apply for the Toe River Arts Studio Tour June 1-3 is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at either the Spruce Pine or Burnsville gallery. Artists must show in a participating Mitchell or Yancey county studio and be current members of Toe River Arts. Applications and information are available at or at either gallery. Email with any questions.


The deadline to apply for representation in either Toe River Arts Burnsville or Spruce Pine gift shop is 5 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Artists must be Mitchell, Yancey or Avery county residents and current Toe River Arts members. Work must meet guidelines available online at or at either gallery. Email with any questions or for more information.


The AMY Wee Trade Spring and Summer Children’s Consignment Sale 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 15-16; and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 17, at the Cross Street Commerce Center in Spruce Pine.


A free genealogy workshop titled “Give Us a Few Minutes and We Will Help You Get Started With Your Family History” is 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 17, at the Spruce Pine Visitor Center, 165 Locust St.


The 2nd annual Mitchell County Historical Society History Bee is 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville. Visit the MCHS website, or call 828-385-0564 or 828-688-4371 with questions or for more information about the History Bee.


The deadline to submit proposals for 2019 exhibitions in either the Burnsville or Spruce Pine TRAC galleries is 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Participating artists do not have to be Toe River Arts members or live in the region. Collaborations are encouraged. There is limited gallery availability. Submission information and applications are available online at or at either gallery. Email with any questions.


“Spring Awakening” with Dr. Jim Henry is coming to First Baptist Church Spruce Pine at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24; and 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, March 25. All churches are welcome to join this community event.



Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 9:00pm to Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 9:00pm

The MItchell News

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