Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society - Wilkes County North Caraolina

ANNOUNCEMENTS


Thank you for visiting the Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society (WAFS) web site. Founded in 2000, WAFS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on nurturing musical appreciation and talent. Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month except December. Refer to event list for information.

**NEWS FLASH** President Susan Rhodes announced that she will be doing a WAFS TEE SHIRT and CAP order in early 2017. The items will feature the WAFS logo, shirt colors are blue or gray, cost is $12.00 and $15.00. Items should be ready by MerleFest. Orders may be placed at WAFS meetings or call 336.468.7547 or email ragdoo1@charter.net Please state SIZE, COLOR, NUMBER OF ITEMS when ordering. PLACE YOUR ORDER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. This is a fund raiser for WAFS YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS. WAFS Inc. is a 501(c )(3) not for profit organization. Donations are tax deductible as prescribed under the law. Check with your tax professional.

FRIENDLY REMINDER - Please excuse the remodeling of the exterior grounds surrounding the Wilkes Heritage Museum. Look for the clearly marked walkways to the front steps. The handicap access is available at the back of the museum. Elevator is located just inside the entrance.

NEWS FLASH! IT'S TIME TO APPLY FOR 2017 WAFS SCHOLARSHIPS to Pete Wernick JamCamp at MerleFest and Swannanoa Gathering, Asheville, NC. Please click on scholarship for info and applications! Deadline to apply is MARCH 10, 2017

Look forward to Pre-MerleFest activity beginning 2 pm Sunday, April 23, 2017 (prior to MerleFest) for the celebration of music concert honoring the late Dr. T.R. Bryan Jr. The musical festivities continue the entire week at the Pickin' Place at MerleFest 2017. If you are interested in volunteering with WAFS at MerleFest Pickin' Place 2017 contact Keith at 336.902.2570. YOU MUST BECOME A WAFS MEMBER TO VOLUNTEER! Volunteer early! Need musicians of various genres, dancers, strolling musicians, record keepers, team leaders. Celebrate all week beginning April 23 thru April 30, 2017!! VOLUNTEER and earn a wristband to MerleFest. Call 336.902.2570 for more info. Wristbands required April 27 thru April 30.

**NEWS FLASH** LAST GANDY DANCER JAM OF 2016!! FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 7 pm. 2017 dates will post at a later date.This is a free event held at the historic North Wilkesboro Train Depot on Cherry Street in North Wilkesboro, NC. Jammin' rain or shine! All ages: pickers, dancers, and music lovers are welcome. Chairs available or bring your own. This is a family event. No tobacco, no alcohol, and please no pets. Handicap accessible. Free parking. Keep checking our events for more information.


Welcome to Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Inc. website. Take all the time you need to look over the site and become familiar with our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our mission is the enjoyment, perpetuation and encouragement of all types of acoustic music, educating the public in music appreciation and forms of self entertainment, sharing of musical ideas, venues, performing, passing down, and preserving this region's musical heritage for our youth.

WAFS encourages old time, traditional, folk music and dance. The range of public domain music and songs is enormous. Irish, English, Deep South, African-American, and Native American music gives folks new to the music craft an eye opening experience. Amazingly folks that attend our meetings and gatherings learn so much from other musicians attending.

WAFS also encourages the art of song writing. An internationally known song writing contest is held annually in Wilkesboro, on the campus of Wilkes Community College during MerleFest. We love to hear that someone in our area has written a piece of work to enter in the Chris Austin Song Writing Contest. We welcome you and your family to become a WAFS member. $20 individual, $25 family. Scholarships, meetings, workshops, and special volunteering at MerleFest are just some of the benefits we offer.



WAFS Monthly Meeting - 2/27/2017 - 7:00 pm - Wilkes Heritage Museum
Monthly meeting at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in downtown Wilkesboro on Main St. at 7:00 PM. The meeting will begin with a brief business meeting to recruit volunteers for MerleFest 2017. The museum is handicap friendly with an elevator at the back entrance, please no pets, alcohol, or tobacco. See you there.

Yearly Membership Drive - 3/1/2017 - 12:00 - Mail dues WAFS PO Box 2038, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Time to renew your membership or become a first time member. $20 individual or $25 family. Dues cover from March 2017 to March 2018.. Enjoy meetings, workshops, scholarships, newsletter, discounts, and special MerleFest Pickin' Place passes! All ages welcome! GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC, BUY A MEMBERSHIP FOR SOMEONE! Note, you may also attend a meeting and pay dues!

Scholarship applications - 3/10/2017 - 12:00 MIDNIGHT - Mailed to John Lodgson
****APPLICATION FORMS ARE UNDER THE HEADING SCHOLARSHIP AT THE TOP OF WEBPAGE!!! *** ALL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MARCH 10, 2017. MAILING ADDRESS IS ON THE APPLICATION FORM. THIS INCLUDES APPLICATIONS FOR JAMCAMP AT MERLEFEST AND SWANNANOA GATHERING. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER MARCH 10. GOOD LUCK TO ALL APPLICANTS!

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 3/27/2017 - 7:00 pm - Wilkes Heritage Museum
Last meeting at the Wilkes Heritage Museum before moving to MerleFest .Still time to pay dues! Join us at the Wilkes Heritage Museum in downtown Wilkesboro on Main St. for our monthly meeting and jam. We will meet at 7pm for a short business meeting. After our feature work shop, we'll move into groups for old-time, acoustic folk, and blue grass jams. The museum is handicap friendly with an elevator at the back entrance, please no pets, alcohol, or tobacco. See you there.

Celebration of Music Dr. T.R.Bryan Jam - 4/23/2017 - 2:00 pm Pickin Place - WAFS tents on the WCC MerleFest grounds across from Thompson Hall
WELCOME to MERLEFEST 30*** Start the week on Sunday: 2 pm CELEBRATION OF MUSIC Everyone invited to honor Dr. TR Bryan Jr. Before Dr. Bryan passed away in 2011, he requested the Pickin' start on Sunday prior to the festival. ARMBAND NOT REQUIRED. Free admission. Various bands and WAFS members are expected to participate. Meet members of Dr. Bryan's family that are carrying on his legacy and his love for music. Plan on joining us in kicking off the 2017 MerleFest. All ages, musicians, dancers, singer, spectators, welcome! Tobacco and alcohol free campus. Parking in Alumni Hall lots. Musicians subject to change.

WAFS Monthly Meeting Yearly Membership Dues - 4/24/2017 - 7:00 pm Pickin Place - WAFS tents on the WCC MerleFest grounds, across from Thompson Hall on the green
Our regular monthly meeting will be held at the Pickin' Place tents. Remember to pay your membership dues if you haven't already. $20 individual $25 family! --ATTENTION MF VOLUNTEERS YOU NEED TO ATTEND TO PICK UP VOLUNTEER PACKET/ARMBAND!!--Monday 7:00 pm, come jam with WAFS for our special MerleFest member meeting and jam. Members and friends from all over the world have come to enjoy the pre-festival activities at our tents. It's a great time to renew old acquaintances and create new ones, and share stories about Doc, Merle and Richard Watson. ARMBAND NOT REQUIRED. We look forward to seeing you Monday and throughout the rest of the week. Alcohol and tobacco free campus. Park in lots at alumni hall.

Pre-MerleFest Jam - 4/25/2017 - 6 pm - Pickin Place at MerleFest
Tuesday 6 pm, more jamming with WAFS members and friends at our tents located across from Thompson Hall on the green! This is a pre-festival activity and ARMBAND NOT REQUIRED. Free admission. Tobacco and alcohol free campus. Still time to pay dues! Park in lots at Alumni Hall.

Pre-MerleFest Jam - 4/26/2017 - 6 pm Pickin Place - Pickin Place at MerleFest
Wednesday 6 pm, more jamming with WAFS members and friends at our tents located across from Thompson Hall on the green. This is a pre-festival activity ARMBAND NOT REQUIRED. Free admission. Still time to pay dues! Tobacco and alcohol free campus. Park in lots at Alumni Hall.

WAFS Events during MerleFest - 4/27/2017 - 2:30-8:30 pm - Pickin Place
Thursday ARMBAND REQUIRED. WAFS provides three jamming tents throughout the MerleFest activities: Old-Time, Traditional, Anything Goes. Come jam with members and guests from all over the world at any time during your attendance at MerleFest. Pull up a chair and start pickin'. We also have a wooden dance floor for all you dancers. And of course, everyone is welcome to listen!

WAFS Events during MerleFest - 4/28/2017 - 10:00 am - 10:00 pm - Pickin Place - WAFS tents on the WCC MerleFest grounds
Friday ARMBAND REQUIRED, WAFS provides three jamming tents throughout the MerleFest activities: Old-Time, Traditional, Anything Goes. Come jam with members and guests from all over the world at any time during your attendance at MerleFest. Pull up a chair and start pickin'. We also have a wooden dance floor for all you dancers. And of course, everyone is welcome to listen!

WAFS Events during MerleFest - 4/29/2017 - 10:00 am - 10:00 pm - Pickin Place - WAFS tents on the WCC MerleFest grounds
Saturday ARMBAND REQUIRED. WAFS provides three jamming tents throughout the MerleFest activities: Old-Time, Traditional, Anything Goes. Come jam with members and guests from all over the world at any time during your attendance at MerleFest. Pull up a chair and start pickin'. We also have a wooden dance floor for all you dancers. And of course, everyone is welcome to listen!

WAFS Events during MerleFest - 4/30/2017 - 10:00 am - 4:30 pm - Pickin Place
Sunday ARMBAND REQUIRED. WAFS provides three jamming tents throughout the MerleFest activities: Old-Time, Traditional, Anything Goes. Come jam with members and guests from all over the world at any time during your attendance at MerleFest. Pull up a chair and start pickin'. We also have a wooden dance floor for all you dancers. And of course, everyone is welcome to listen!

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 5/22/2017 - 7:00 pm - Watson Stage at Wilkes Community College
Join WAFS as we MOVE FOR THE SUMMER to the Watson Stage on the campus of Wilkes Community College for the first of our spring/summer outdoor meetings and jams.

Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame - 6/10/2017 - 6:00 pm - Stone Center
10th annual Induction ceremony and dinner for Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame and TR Bryan Award. Call 336.667.3171 or visit Wilkes Heritage Museum online to purchase tickets for this magnificent, yearly, musical event. Stone Center for Performing Arts is located at 613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro, NC. General Admission $35. Doors open 6 pm, dinner 6:30 pm, Ceremony 7 pm.

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 6/26/2017 - 7:00 pm - Watson Stage WCC
Regular monthly meeting and jam session--including Old Time, Blue Grass, Acoustic Folk, song and dance. Free event for all ages, WCC is a tobacco free campus.

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 7/24/2017 - 7:00 pm - Watson Stage at Wilkes Community College
Regular monthly meeting and jam session--including Old Time, Blue Grass, Acoustic Folk, song and dance. Free event for all ages, WCC is a tobacco free campus.

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 8/28/2017 - 7:00 pm - Watson Stage at Wilkes Community College
Regular monthly meeting and jam session--including Old Time, Blue Grass, Acoustic Folk, song and dance. Free event for all ages, WCC is a tobacco free campus.

Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention - 9/1/2017 - 7 pm - 3590 NC HY 268 Lenoir NC
9/1/17-9/3/17 (Mile marker 8.6). Historic Happy Valley near Patterson NC. Competition, food, camping, exhibits, concerts on Sunday Pre-register at 828-758-9448 or tonyraydeal@gmail.org website happyvalleyfiddlers.org

Carolina in the Fall - 9/22/2017 - 11:00 am - 100 E Main St Wilkesboro
The Kruger Brothers and Heart of Folk: September 22 and 23 the annual festival.in Wilkesboro, NC. WAFS will host a pickin' tent. Music, food vendors, Midnight Jam. Have questions or want more information? Call 336-990-0747 or email michelle@heartoffolk.com! or visit carolinainthefall.org The Chad Lovette Memorial Run is held during the festival.

Chad Lovette Memorial Run - 9/23/2017 - 8:30am - Carolina in The Fall
Chad Lovette passed away from brain cancer in July, 2016. To honor the memory of this inspiring young musician, singer/songwriter,Carolina in The Fall is sponsoring a 5k & 10k run at Cub Creek Park during the festival. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. The annual festival is located 100 E. Main St. Wilkesboro, NC. Cub Creek Trail is nearby. For more info and application visit carolinainthefall.org or call 336-990-0747 or email michelle@heartoffolk.com or drop by 1305 S Collegiate Dr. Wilkesboro, NC 28697. The entry fee for the Trail Run is $30. Rick Lovette, Chad's dad is a board member of WAFS.

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 9/25/2017 - 7:00 pm - Watson Stage at Wilkes Community College
This month's meeting will be our last one at the Watson Stage. Regular monthly meeting and jam session--including Old Time, Blue Grass, Acoustic Folk, song and dance. Free event for all ages, WCC is a tobacco free campus. Also, remember that we'll be meeting at the Heritage Museum in October.

Brushy Mtn AppleFest - 10/7/2017 - 6 am till 3 pm - North Wilkesboro Train Depot Cherry St
WAFS volunteers will be parking vehicles on the depot grounds, $5 per vehicle. Best festival parking! This is our largest fundraiser. Proceeds support Youth Scholarships of WAFS. WAFS IS NOT HOSTING OFFICIAL PICKIN' AT APPLEFEST BUT PRESIDENT SUSAN RHODES INVITES YOU TO AN INFORMAL JAM AND REST A WHILE ON THE DEPOT STAGE. Bring your instruments and dancin' shoes and jam or just listen. Chairs provided or bring your own. Handicap friendly, please no alcohol or tobacco. Hope to see you!

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 10/23/2017 - 7:00 pm - Wilkes Heritage Museum
FRIENDLY REMINDER!!! WAFS monthly meeting moves to the Wilkes Heritage Museum, Main St. Wilkesboro, NC through March 2018! Regular monthly meeting and jam session--including Old Time, Blue Grass, Acoustic Folk, song and dance. Free event for all ages, The Heritage Museum is a tobacco free campus, located on Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC and is handicap accessible..

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 11/27/2017 - 7:00 pm - Wilkes Heritage Museum
Regular monthly meeting and jam session--including Old Time, Blue Grass, Acoustic Folk, song and dance. Free event for all ages, The Heritage Museum is a tobacco free campus, located on Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC and is handicap accessible.

Christmas at the Library - 12/1/2017 - 5:00 pm - Wilkes Public Library
Date subject to change. Come join us and enjoy our free Christmas Program at the Library. 5:00 pm - 6:45pm in the upstairs area. Library is located on Tenth Street in downtown North Wilkesboro.

No meeting due to holidays! - 12/25/2017 - 00:00 - Happy Holidays
WAFS board and members wish you a MUSICAL and Merry Holiday Season, and a prosperous New Year. Be safe in whatever you do. We will meet January 2018.

Appalachian Christmas - 1/7/2018 - 3 - 5:00 pm - Lutheran Church of the Atonement
The Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Brushy Mountain Road (Oakwoods Road) Wilkesboro will host "Appalachian Christmas - A Musical Celebration of Old Christmas, A Christmas Card to the Community". Free event, everyone welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-parishable food as a donation to Wilkes County h.o.p.e. Ministry food bank. Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Members and other musicians from the community will celebrate Epiphany with song and music of guitar, banjo, mandolin, harp, bagpipe, drum, hammered dulcimer, piano, organ, fiddle, and upright bass. Refreshments after the program.


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