What’s Happening in Madison County, North Carolina

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 February 21 – 28

  • Thursday, February 22 at 7:30: MHU’s Department of Music will present a Gala Concert featuring MHU’s Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble in Moore Auditorium. Admission is free and no reservations required.
  • Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25: MHU’s Department of Theater will Present “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress” in James Thomas Black Box Theatre in Day Hall. Show times are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30. Tickets are available at the Box Office in Day Hall.
  • Thursday, February 22 at 6 pm: Making the “Invisible” Visible. Join curator Ann Miller Woodford as she discusses the exhibit currently on view at the Ramsey Center. Using Black Church music as the narrator, the project focuses on the musical traditions in African American communities in far western North Carolina. Free, all welcome.  Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies on the campus of MHU
  • Friday, February 23 at 7:30 pm: MHU’s Department of Music will present “The Big Band Jazz Concert” in Moore Auditorium. Admission is Free.  No reservations required.
  • Saturday, February 24 at 6 pm: Honeyfolk House Concert with Andy Buckner “Live in the Livingroom Tour”. Honeyfolk House, 950 Bailey Street, Mars Hill. Suggested donation $15. Reservations required at hhc@honeyfolk.org For more information HoneyFolk House Concerts
  • Monday, February 26 at 3:30 pm: A History of Spreading the Gospel through Music. Join author David Gilbert as he discusses the rise of gospel music as a popular music during the 20th century. Free, all welcome. Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies on the campus of MHU

Every Week

  • Saturday, August 19 through March 4: The Rural Heritage Museum at MHU opens a new exhibition, “The Civil War In the Southern Highlands: A Human Perspective,” Museum is open daily, except Mondays, from 11 to 5 pm. Located in the Montague Hall and admission is free. Information at http://www.mhu.edu/museum or call 689-1200
  • Weekdays from 10am to 4pm during the fall and spring semesters: Weizenblatt Art Gallery in Moore Fine Arts Building  on Cascade Street. Information at 828 689-1209 www.mhu.edu/art. Free. Open to the Public. Gallery will be closed December 16 to February 14. February 15 to March 23 – A collaborative exhibit featuring the work of guest artist Connie Bostic and the MHU Women’s Studies Program. Opening reception will be held on Feb 15 from 6-8 pm.
  • Weeknights: Open Mic Nights–Mondays at Stackhouse, Wednesday at Zuma, Friday at Mars Hill Radio Theatre. Contact locations for information.
  • Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 at Zuma. Open Mic with hosts Linda Jarvis and Jerry Burns.
  • Thursdays at 7pm at Zuma, 7 N. Main St, downtown Marshall: FREE music with “Blue Grass Jam” featuring Bobby Hicks and friends 649-1617
  • Thursdays from 8 to 10pm: Andy Buckner Live Music at Stackhouse Restaurant, 37 S. Main Street, Mars Hill. 680-1213
  • Fridays at 6:30pm at The Depot, 282 S. Main St, downtown Marshall: FREE traditional music and dancing. 649-2332 (all year except for first Friday in December)
  • Every other Saturday at 7:30: Rodeo at the Madison County Fairgrounds. $10 for tickets.  Next rodeo on Saturday, March 3.  The rodeos are inside with heat and concessions and will be held once a month throughout the winter. Next rodeo, April 21, will be outside. For more information, contact 828-206-6969.


  • Saturday, February 24 from 10 am to 2 pm: Vineyard Location/design.Learn how to evaluate land for a possible vineyard site and learn how to lay out the vineyard for best results. Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard. $45 including a catered lunch. Save $25 and sign up for any 5 classes. Questions/sign-up at www.jeweloftheblueridge.com
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 8-5 pm: ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together professional and aspiring farmers from across the Southeast to network and share resources to build viable farm businesses. Register and see a full list of conference activities at: http://asapconnections.org/events/business-of-farming-conference/. A-B Tech/Mission Health Conference Center, 16 Fernihurst Dr, Asheville, NC 28801. 828-236-1282 or events@asapconnections.org
  • Friday, March 23 for 2 hours: Wood Stove Cooking $45 and limited to 6 people. Learn how to “set” and start a fire in a wood cookstove. Learn how to cook and bake with a 100 year old wood burning cookstove.  Questions/sign-up at www.jeweloftheblueridge.com
  • Saturday, March 24 from 10 am to 2 pm: Pruning. Learn how to properly prune muscadines (spur pruning) and regular grapes (cane pruning). Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard. $45 including a catered lunch. Save $25 and sign up for any 5 classes. Questions/sign-up at www.jeweloftheblueridge.com
  • Sunday, April 15 from 1 to 4 pm: Ginseng & Goldenseal with Robert Eidus. Cost: $80 Call Robert at (828) 649-3535 to register or with questions.

Planning Ahead:

  • Saturday, March 3 at 7 pm and Sunday, March 4 at 3 pm: Bailey Mountain Cloggers present “Legends” annual spring concert in Moore Auditorium on the campus of MHU. Tickets are $10, available at the door.
  • Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 pm: MHU’s Department of Music will present the MHU Choral Concert in Broyhill Chapel. Admission is free. No reservations are required.
  • Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 pm: MHU’s Department of Music will present a Guest Clarinet Recital featuring Denise Gainey in Broyhill Chapel. Admission is free. No reservations required.
  • Saturday, March 10 at 3 pm: the Fiddlers of Madison County at the Broyhill Chapel on the campus of MHU. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show. This a fund raiser for the Arts Council. Contact 828-649-1301 or the Madison County Arts Council
  • Saturday, March 10: Vaccines for all Large and Small animals at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Call Lisa for times and prices at 828-649-3367.
  • Saturday, March 17 from 9 to 12 pm: Mars Hill Farmers and Artisan Market, soft opening. Grand opening on Saturday, April 7. Market will run from March to October on College Street in Mars Hill. For more information, https://www.facebook.com/marshilltailgatemarket/
  • Sunday, March 25 at 3pm: Ben Phan Benefit Concert for the Appalachian Barn Alliance at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit just outside of downtown Mars Hill at 433 Bone Camp Road. To make reservations for a “Will Call” hold, email info@appalachianbarns.org or call Sandy at 828 380-9146. Tickets are just $10 reserved and $15 at the door. For a quick listen to Ben’s music, link to YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMnWq7-aLmE
  • Saturday, March 31 til October 28 from 10 – 2 pm: Hot Springs Homegrown and Handmade Market. Located on the lawn of Hot Springs Rafting right beside the post office. Our vendors will be offering an assortment of locally produced goodness: no-spray seasonal produce, fruit, plant starts, fresh baked bread and treats, jewelry, canned goods, handmade gifts, value added products and more! For more info: https://www.facebook.com/hotspringsmarket or https://hotspringsmarket.wordpress.com/

Contact us to learn more about the wide variety of experiences available in our beautiful county by emailing lorri.helms@visitmadisoncounty.com

Provided by: Madison County Tourism Development Authority and Madison County Visitor Center