It’s fall in the mountains of North Carolina; leaf season is just around the corner, and two of the area’s favorite festivals will be taking place in a few weeks. At Blue Mountain Metalworks, we welcome the change in season and sense a hint of excitement in the air. As always, we feel incredibly fortunate to live and work in such a spectacular part of the country where natural beauty surrounds us on a daily basis.
Fall is a marvelous time to visit the North Carolina mountains. We’ve had lots of crisp clear days recently, and the nights have just started to get cold. Any moment now, the leaves will break out into their autumn colors. Biology professors at Appalachian State University have created a Fall Color Map for North Carolina showing that peak leaf season for 2012 in the Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk area will take place during the weeks of October 1 and October 7. Their website also tells you everything you’ve always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, about the science of fall leaf colors! The Blue Ridge Parkway’s website also provides information and tips for planning a drive along the Parkway to take in the fall color.
During the weekend of October 20 – 21, 2012, you can experience not one, but two, famous mountain festivals: the Valle Country Fair and the Woolly Worm Festival! The Valle Country Fair will take place on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Valle Crucis Conference Center on Hwy 194 in Valle Crucis, NC. This fair features a juried arts and crafts show, fresh-pressed apple cider, and performances of mountain dancing and music. The Woolly Worm Festival takes place in downtown Banner Elk (just a few blocks from our shop!) and spans both days of the weekend (October 20 and 21). It features vendors, entertainment and, most importantly, woolly worm races! Because the brown/ black configuration of the woolly worms is supposed to predict the harshness of the winter ahead, people living in the High Country place a lot of significance on these furry little creatures. Proceeds from both fairs benefit local non-profit organizations.
Woolly worm. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the longer the middle brown band, the milder and shorter the coming winter; the shorter the brown band, the longer and more severe winter will be.
So, come visit the High Country this fall, and stop in to see us while you’re here! We’re planning to open the shop several Saturdays during the month of October. Check back here for dates and times.