2015 Festival on the Square, July 10-12
35th Annual Festival on the Square is this weekend 7/10-12. Detailed Entertainment Schedule is below.
From Saturday, July 11th to Sunday, the 12th, the Historic Courthouse
Square in downtown Hayesville will host an array of crafters, artists
and food for the 35th Annual Festival on the Square. One July weekend a
year, the Festival has become a town tradition that brings free
entertainment and arts to the lawns of the Courthouse, which is listed
on the National Registry of Historic Places.
This year's Festival kicks off Friday night, July 10th, with free live music starting around 7:00pm. On the corner in front of Chinquapin's, the streets will close a couple of hours before the dance and fresh-cooked food and cold drinks will be sold. Plan to bring a chair and relax or take to your feet to dance along as Bob Dalsimer and the Ad Hoc String Band plays traditional tunes for contra and round dancing. Around 8:15, the Sweetheart Cloggers will show off their talents. Then there will be a "Street Jam" with music by Caromia Tiller, Jason Kenny and members of Gnarly Fingers, Irons in the Fire and others.
From 10-5 on Saturday, July 11th, and 10-4 on Sunday, more than 70 crafters and artists from several states will display their wares around the courthouse, which is on the National Register for Historic Places. Items like pottery, photography, paintings, bath salts and soaps, gourds, yard decor and wood carvings will be for sale. Others include fabric art, knitting, candles, and jewelry. Many artists will be doing demonstrations, as well. The Square now has Internet which allows more vendors to accept credit cards.
While viewing the art booths, stop to enjoy the shows that continue all weekend with various soloists, bands, dance groups, and some standard Appalachian entertainment in the gazebo. The entertainment schedule is posted here for your convenience. A children's tent will let the little ones have their own fun with face-painting and crafts.
festival BBQ will be sold hot off the grill. BBQ chicken or pulled pork
dinners, hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches, chips, beans, and slaw
will be for sale from 11-3 on Saturday and Sunday to eat on-site or take
home containers will be available. A bake sale, ice cream, fresh
-squeezed lemonade, iced tea, sodas and water sold both days as long as
Sponsored by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council, admission to the Festival and all entertainment is free, but the barbeque is sold to benefit CCHAC, which supports the Old Jail Museum and various art and history events for the schools and the community. CCHAC receives support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowments of the Arts.
Carl Moore's book, Clay County Then and Now, will be on sale at the Festival information booth. Festival t-shirts and hats will be sold at a discount to benefit the group, too. Stop by the booth to find out how to help CCHAC with next year's Festival and other events.
The Old Jail Museum will be open both days of the Festival, as well.
No pets, only service dogs allowed.
Entertainment Schedule for 2015 Festival on the Square.
All times are approximate.
Friday, July 10th in front of Hayesville Town Hall:
7pm- Bob Dalsemer and the Ad-Hoc String Band will play contra and round dancing songs.
8:15- Sweetheart Cloggers
8:45- Street Jam music played by Caromia Tiller, Jason Kenny, and members of Irons in the Fire, Gnarly Fingers and others.
Saturday, July 11th, in the Gazebo:
10am-The Band Kelley
11:15am-John C. Campbell Folk School Cloggers
12:15- Wyatt Espalin
1:15- Gnarly Fingers
2:15- Sweet Heart Cloggers
2:45- Stardance Performing Arts dancers
3:15- Ben Wilson
4pm- John Roman, Guitarist
Sunday, July 12th, in the Gazebo:
12:15- Raven & Red
1:30- The Pressley Girls
2:30- Irons in the Fire
3:15- Acoustic Syndicate
For a vendor application form, click here.
Spring 2015 Greetings to Friends and Members of the Clay County Historical and Arts Council
Our membership dinner is on April 23 this year. Please plan to attend this event to share in planning for 2015 and 2016. We all join CCHAC because we love Clay County and value both our history and our potential to showcase the best our citizens have to offer through the arts, entertainment, and friendship found here.
This year, especially, we need the help of all CCHAC members. As with any organization, we are only as strong as our members allow us to be, and your involvement is crucial to the success of the projects we have in the works. Please make sure we have your email address so that we can contact everyone in advance of needing your service. Several of our projects are organized in shifts so each person would only need to commit to 2 or 3 hours at a time.
Our major fund raising events for each year are the Membership Drive, the Festival on the Square (July), the Silent Arts and Crafts Auction (held in conjunction with the Cherokee Heritage Festival), and the Holiday Tour of Homes in December. We receive Grassroots Grant money from the NC Arts Council to help fund part of our events. Since this comes in matching fund grants, we must supply the rest of the money. We also support the Old Jail Museum, which, though it is in need of upkeep and repair, provides a cultural center for visitors and local residents to enjoy some of Clay County’s heritage. You’re invited to help with the Native Botanical Garden that will be developed this year on the Museum Grounds. This is a huge effort that requires lots of volunteers!
Other 2015-2016 events are as follows (not all of them have definite dates yet)
Hobey Ford, puppeteer, will be visiting the schools April 20–24, 2015, working with teachers and students. He will be our special guest at the membership dinner on April 23.
Local potter, Rob Withrow, will work with students making pottery in art classes in May of 2015 and 2016.
Old Jail Museum Opening is May 23.
Two on-going events: Art Expo to acquaint the public with artist groups in the area will collaborate with the Thursday Evening Market in 2015 and 2016.
Work continues on the Botanical Garden below the Museum – see the enclosed flyer.
Summer Museum Exhibit – “Clay County Through the Eye of the Camera” – Calling all professional and amateur photographers! See the enclosed flyer.
Festival on the Square – July 10-12 – All the entertainment is sponsored by CCHAC.
Lee Holland will be in concert in August.
Didgerido Down Under, Indigenous Australian music, will give a program at the school in September.
Rob and Song Writer Friends in concert in autumn.
Glenis Redmond, renowned poet, will work with Clay County students on appreciating, understanding and writing poetry.
Susan Belcher, soprano vocalist, will present a program of opera selections, including works from “Byna: Life songs of a Southern Appalachian Woman of Cherokee Descent.”
The Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company will present the art form of Flamenco in 2016.
CCHAC receives support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources,
with funding from the National Endowments of the Arts.
Membership Dinner Thursday, April 23, 2015
Each spring, the Clay County Historical and Arts Council board and members gather for a potluck, meeting and entertainment.
This year’s Membership Dinner will be on Thursday, April 23 at the Gathering Place in the Hayesville United Methodist Church. Please bring a covered
dish to share. And bring a friend.
The CCHAC's membership year runs from May 1, 2015 to April 30,
2016 so come and join up or renew your membership. There will be a recap of the Council’s
activities over the previous year, a look ahead to the coming year's projects
and special live entertainment.
You can join the Clay County Historical and Arts Council or renew your
membership by filling out the membership application/renewal form. You
can mail in the form or bring it to the annual membership dinner. Or you
can pick up a form at the dinner and fill it out.
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