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Art @ the Center: The Legacy of Hickory Nut Gap Farm

This summer, the Center is proud to feature “Useful Work,” a remarkable collection of photographs from Sherrill’s Inn and Hickory Nut Gap Farm by photographer Ken Abbott. Located in Fairview, North Carolina, the farm and inn were purchased in 1916 by Jim and Elizabeth McClure, a newlywed couple down from Illinois on their honeymoon. Jim and Elizabeth helped found the Farmers Federation, a cooperative organization to bring better agriculture to western North Carolina. Since then, the farm has been managed and worked by five generations of the family (which now includes Agers, Hamiltons, Clarkes, and others), producing grassfed beef, pastured pork and poultry, and organic apples, blackberries, raspberries, and asparagus. Family members also run an art, drama, and horseback riding camp during the summer, as well as Flying Cloud Farm, a nearby organic fruit, flower, and vegetable farm.

HNG portfolio_Abbott (1 of 3)We celebrated Hickory Nut Gap Farm and the farm families with an artist’s reception on Friday, May 30th, but you can still drop by the Center to view the photographs and to hear oral histories from SOHP‘s “Mountain Voices” collection. You can listen to audio clips from interviews of North Carolina farmers and community organizers here.

This exhibit was made possible by a generous gift from Tom Kenan, a dear friend of the Clarke family who spent many memorable days and nights at Hickory Nut Gap Farm.

Music on the Porch: Carl Johnson & Friends, Monday, June 2 at 5:30 pm

Carl Johnson 2Join us on the porch to hear bluegrass banjo player Carl Johnson, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses near Nashville, and friends including old-time fiddle and banjo player Joseph Decosimo of Durham, North Carolina as well as guitar and two-finger banjo player Jim Lloyd of Rural Retreat, Virginia.

Jim Lloyd

Jim is the proprietor of Lloyd’s Barber Shop, a local gathering spot for collecting and trading tunes, stories, and songs. Carl and Jim have performed together at the Black Banjo and Fiddle Gathering in Boone, North Carolina, among other venues. This event is made possible with support from the Black & Global Banjo Roots project and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Art @ the Center: The Legacy of Hickory Nut Gap Farm

This summer, the Center is proud to feature “Useful Work,” a remarkable collection of photographs from Sherrill’s Inn and Hickory Nut Gap Farm by photographer Ken Abbott. Located in Fairview, North Carolina, the farm and inn were purchased in 1916 by Jim and Elizabeth McClure, a newlywed couple down from Illinois on their honeymoon. Jim and Elizabeth helped found the Farmers Federation, a cooperative organization to bring better agriculture to western North Carolina. Since then, the farm has been managed and worked by five generations of the family (which now includes Agers, Hamiltons, Clarkes, and others), producing grassfed beef, pastured pork and poultry, and organic apples, blackberries, raspberries, and asparagus. Family members also run an art, drama, and horseback riding camp during the summer, as well as Flying Cloud Farm, a nearby organic fruit, flower, and vegetable farm.

We celebrated Hickory Nut Gap Farm and the farm families with an artist’s reception on Friday, May 30th at 5:30 pm, but you can still drop by the Center to view the photographs and to hear oral histories from SOHP‘s “Mountain Voices” collection. You can also listen to audio clips from interviews of North Carolina farmers and community organizers here.

This exhibit was made possible by a generous gift from Tom Kenan, a dear friend of the Clarke family who spent many memorable days and nights at Hickory Nut Gap Farm.

Justin Robinson & Friends @ Long View Center, Friday, April 25 at 7:30 pm

SOOTS - Songs of the carolina twilight

Sustaining Roots Music (SOOTS) is a community project at Raleigh Charter High School that seeks to preserve the local vernacular culture of the American South, particularly the music of the North Carolina Piedmont. Following the model of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, SOOTS students organize benefit concerts and host guest lectures that connect diverse communities, including local businesses, teenage students, and professional artists, in the common cause of raising awareness and funds for  aging musicians. SOOTS has worked closely with CSAS since 2010.

The 8th Annual SOOTS Benefit on April 25th in Raleigh will feature Justin Robinson with his current band, the Mary Annettes. Robinson was one of the founding members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, with whom he won a Grammy in 2010 for their album Genuine Negro Jig. Robinson left the group in 2011 to pursue his Master’s in Forestry at NC State University. Robinson also teaches violin and is currently in the studio as a producer for multiple local bands’ projects. Aside from the fiddle, Robinson now plays the autoharp and his new harp from Paraguay, which he played for SOOTS students during an energetic Q&A session earlier this month.

To order tickets: www.seatyourself.biz/sootsblues

For more information on SOOTS: www.sootsblues.org

ConvergeNC Southern Music Festival, April 3-5, 2014

ConvergeNC logoCSAS is pleased to co-sponsor ConvergeNC 2014! Back for a second year, the festival features a variety of musical acts from campus and the local area as well as points north, south, east, and west.

Thursday, April 3rd, Clockwork Kids will play from their new album Rememory with a light show at the Morehead Planetarium. Élève will open. Tickets are $10, including a copy of Rememory. Doors at 7:00, show at 7:38.

Friday, April 4th, Mipso will headline at the Cat’s Cradle, with the Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge supporting. Tickets are $12 presale, $15 day of. Doors at 8:00, show at 9:00. Later that night, ConvergeNC will present a North Carolina hip-hop showcase in the Cat’s Cradle Back Room.

Saturday, April 5th, legendary old-time singer Alice Gerrard and Hiss Golden Messenger’s Mike Taylor will discuss authenticity in Southern Music at UNC’s Gerrard Hall. Doors at 12:30, discussion at 1:00. Beginning at 3:30, ConvergeNC 2014 will present the following artists at UNC’s Bell Tower Amphitheater: Floating Action, Rome Fortune, Ryan Gustafson, Dark Water Rising, T0w3rs, Ghostt Bllonde, and Myrna and Claudia Lopez Bascunan.

ConvergeNC 2013

ConvergeNC is sponsored by Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, UNC Student Congress, the Carolina Union Activities Board, the Orange County Arts Commission, the North Carolina Humanities Council, Mills Rentals, the Center for the Study of the American South, Hickory Tavern, the Center for Global Initiatives, the UNC American Studies and Music Departments, Whole Foods, Carrboro Coffee Roasters, Townsend Bertram, the ArtsCenter, and Steel String Brewery.

ALL SATURDAY EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, WITH FREE PUBLIC PARKING AT THE BELL TOWER PARKING DECK.

View some highlights from last year’s festival here.