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Scary Saturdays
October 22  
4 to 8 PM

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Community events like this can only happen with your support. Help us make it happen by donating HERE, or call us at 828.536.0337

Would you like to volunteer?

Join the Scary Saturday Support Team HERE.

Scarecrows Aren’t so Scary, or Are They?  Find out when you visit the farm at the Center for Pioneer Life on October 8, 15, and 22.


We open at 4 PM and go until 8 PM.

🌽 Time-travel through a mini-corn maze

👨🏽‍🌾 Hear stories by high school drama department students*

👻 Search for the Shoal Creek ghost

🤸‍♀️Play field games

📸Take a family photo at any one of several stunning harvest sites nestled among historic buildings with panoramic views

🍂You might even meet a mischievous scarecrow or two along the way

🪕On the cabin porch, award-winning performers light up the night with traditional old-time music.

🧹Live pioneer broom-making demonstrations.

🎃Local craft sales and pumpkin and gourd sales

🚜Wagon rides by Captain Mack


Each week will be different, and each promises fun for all ages.


On the cabin porch, award-winning professionals will light up the night with traditional old-time fiddle, banjo, dulcimer music, and Appalachian ballads. 


Mark your calendars for a final special performance on Saturday, October 22 — 20 minutes sessions beginning at 5, 6, and 7 PM The True Grass Band


*This year the Center is partnering with the Mountain Heritage High School drama department. Thirty-seven enthusiastic students will perform throughout the five Saturday nights monologues and dialogs they’ve written this semester. You will enjoy their budding talent while they learn from their drama instructor, Angie Holtzclaw, how to build on their storytelling and foundational acting skills. 


This all-outdoor event is FREE and open to the public. Donations are encouraged and will go to further support hands-on education programs. 


Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic, and your friends. 


There will be an assortment of orange, white, green, warty, striped, fanciful gourds and pumpkins for sale grown by legendary pumpkin farmer John Hughes. Cash or check only. Buy your pumpkins while the supply lasts. 


Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. 

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Bruce Greene and Don Pedi  Join us on November 12 at 3 PM, for Don and Bruce at the Corn Shucking Party

Bruce Greene is known worldwide for preserving and playing old-time Kentucky fiddle music. He is also a skilled old-time banjo player, singer, and collector of traditional Appalachian music and culture. Bruce has lived and worked among the people of Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina for over forty years, bringing to his playing the intimacy and dignity he absorbed through his apprenticeships with musicians born as far back as the 1880s.

Bruce moved to Yancey County in western North Carolina in 1978. He met Mitchell County fiddler Red Wilson, a North Carolina Folklife Heritage Award recipient, and spent much time with him playing music. Bruce has respect for older traditional musicians, and he takes time to learn their local styles and repertoires. Although he has been highly influenced by the musicians he has visited, Bruce has developed his style, which features a bowing technique that is relaxed but precise.

Don Pedi Don Pedi Started playing the dulcimer in 1968. He is known for developing a playing style on the mountain dulcimer that can match a fiddle, note for note while maintaining the rhythms and characteristics of traditional music. Over the decades, he’s been recognized and honored for collecting, preserving, and performing Traditional Appalachian music. Since 1985 Don has championed folk music as an on-air host at NPR affiliate Blue Ridge Public Radio, WCQS in Asheville, NC. He has appeared in the motion pictures "The Songcatcher", and " The journey of August King." Don has numerous recordings and Dulcimer-related books and art prints available at 

Partial funding for our 2022 program is provided by

The Yancey Fund, an affiliate fund of

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Yancey Fund is an endowment created to support the charitable needs of our community.


Partial funding has also been granted by the Mountain Air Community Fund, Participate Learning Inc., and the Foundation for International Education. 

Special thanks to Mountain Heritage High School Drama Department and director,

Ms. Angie Holtzclaw. 

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Special thanks to Jim P. Young for many amazing photos. 

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