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Stecoah Valley Arts

An Appalachian Evening at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Stecoah NC

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center has been delivering a memorable and authentic Appalachian experience known simply as An Appalachian Evening for 12 years. Mouth-watering Appalachian dishes and traditional mountain roots music are served up in a restored 1926 schoolhouse every Saturday evening from June 25 through August 27 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. The summer dinner and concert series, selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events in 2008, brings nationally known blue grass, old time, and folk musicians to Stecoah for the enjoyment of area visitors and residents. The performances take place on the Grand Old Stage of the beautifully restored 1926 school auditorium. The Appalachian Dinner served prior to each show is served family-style and the meals originate largely from local farmers and gardeners.

The keystone of An Appalachian Evening is the traditional music performed in the historic auditorium. Featuring wood flooring, ceiling, seats and stage, the 300 seat auditorium is acclaimed for its exceptional acoustics. Bluegrass performances date back decades on the Grand Old Stage, including such early pioneers of the genre as Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and The Carter Family. The venue, situated deep in the Smoky Mountains, is a delightful place to experience traditional mountain string music.The setting does not go unnoticed by bluegrass musicians; Stecoah is able to attract award-winning performers and the hottest emerging talent of the day. Crowd favorites returning to the Grand Old Stage this year are Balsam Range, The Dismembered Tennesseans, The Kruger Brothers, and Jeff Little. This year’s schedule also includes outstanding vocals and instrumentals from Asheville’s Dehlia Low and Blue Eyed Girl. The newest and brightest talents such as The Steel Wheels and The Farewell Drifters are also on the 2011 lineup.

Show tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for K-12. Advance purchase is recommended as sell-out shows are anticipated all season. All concerts begin at 7:30 P.M. Reservations are required for dinner, with seatings at 5:00 and 6:15 P.M. Dinners are $15.95/adult, $9.95 age 12 and under. Purchase concert tickets and make dinner reservations at, by phone at 828-479-3364, or in person at the Stecoah Artisans Gallery. The Gallery, where over 125 local and regional artists are represented, is open 10:00-5:00, 7 days per week during the summer and extended hours prior to the show and through intermission for sales.

Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center is located at 121 Schoolhouse Road in the Stecoah Community, about halfway between Bryson City and Fontana Dam. The Center is a non-profit corporation that serves the people of Stecoah and Graham County through programs and services that benefit all members of the community, by preserving and promoting the Southern Appalachian mountain culture and through the restoration of the historic old Stecoah School to its original role as the center of the community. Appalachian Evening programming is supported through the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.