Home Craft Days

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Home Craft Days
Mountain Empire Community College Campus
3441 Mountain Empire Rd
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Region Heart Of Appalachia
Locality Wise
Friday, October 17, 2014 (6:00 PM-10:00 PM)
Saturday, October 18, 2014 (10:00 AM-6:00 PM)
Sunday, October 19, 2014 (10:00 AM-6:00 PM)
Phone: (276) 523-7489
Phone: (276) 523-2400
Email sboatright@mecc.edu
Home Craft Days www.homecraftdays.org

When Mountain Empire Community College opened its doors in Southwest, Virginia in 1972, it served one of the richest areas in the nation for traditional music and crafts.

From the beginning, the College recognized the richness of traditional life in the community. On the faculty the first year were two folklorists, Roddy Moore and George Reynolds, who with their students visited musicians and artists throughout southwest, Virginia and learned about their music, arts, and mountain life skills. They invited the folks they met to come to the campus for a celebration of Appalachian culture called Home Craft Days. That first festival in 1972 was one of the finest gatherings of traditional artists and mountain music in memory. 

For over 38 years musicians and craftspeople from southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, and eastern Kentucky have come to Mountain Empire Community College each October for a celebration they have now made their own.

Crafts and demonstrations include weaving, pottery making, grist milling, wood crafting, basket weaving, broom making, quilting, tatting and much more.

Home Craft Days is held each year on the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. The 2014 celebration will be held on October 17th, 18th and 19th. The weekend begins with the Friday night concert at 6:00pm in the Goodloe Center.



Last Updated: 3/19/2014 2:12 PM
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