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Friday, 20 May 2016 12:10
The museum will be open Tuesday-Saturday 10AM-4PM until the end of October. It will then close for the winter.

2016 Festival on the Square, July 8-10

The 36th Annual Festival on the Square is on the weekend of 7/8-10.

NOTE: The 2016 schedule below is still being updated. The dates and times are correct, and the link to the vendor application has been updated for 2016, but the entertainment schedule has not been provided yet.

From Saturday, July 9th to Sunday, the 10th, the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Hayesville will host an array of crafters, artists and food for the 36th Annual Festival on the Square. One July weekend a year, the Festival has become a town tradition that brings free entertainment and arts to the lawns of the Courthouse, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
This year's Festival kicks off Friday night, July 8th, with free live music starting around 7:00pm. On the corner in front of Chinquapin's, the streets will close a couple of hours before the dance and fresh-cooked food and cold drinks will be sold.

From 10-5 on Saturday, July 9th, and 10-4 on Sunday, more than 70 crafters and artists from several states will display their wares around the courthouse, which is on the National Register for Historic Places. Items like pottery, photography, paintings, bath salts and soaps, gourds, yard decor and wood carvings will be for sale. Others include fabric art, knitting, candles, and jewelry. Many artists will be doing demonstrations, as well. The Square now has Internet which allows more vendors to accept credit cards.

While viewing the art booths, stop to enjoy the shows that continue all weekend with various soloists, bands, dance groups, and some standard Appalachian entertainment in the gazebo. The entertainment schedule is posted here for your convenience. A children's tent will let the little ones have their own fun with face-painting and crafts.

Fresh, festival BBQ will be sold hot off the grill. BBQ chicken or pulled pork dinners, hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches, chips, beans, and slaw will be for sale from 11-3 on Saturday and Sunday to eat on-site or take home containers will be available. A bake sale, ice cream, fresh -squeezed lemonade, iced tea, sodas and water sold both days as long as they last.
Sponsored by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council, admission to the Festival and all entertainment is free, but the barbeque is sold to benefit CCHAC, which supports the Old Jail Museum and various art and history events for the schools and the community. CCHAC receives support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowments of the Arts.

Carl Moore's book, Clay County Then and Now, will be on sale at the Festival information booth. Festival t-shirts and hats will be sold at a discount to benefit the group, too. Stop by the booth to find out how to help CCHAC with next year's Festival and other events.

The Old Jail Museum will be open both days of the Festival, as well.

No pets, only service dogs allowed.

Entertainment Schedule for 2016 Festival on the Square (to be completed).
All times are approximate.

For a vendor application form, click here.

We're Part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 13:02

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is rich in heritage treasures, including Cherokee history, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Blue Ridge artists, exciting outdoor activities and authentic Blue Ridge music experiences.

Part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

Miscellaneous News, April, 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015 13:43

Call for photos: Be part of our summer exhibit.


Coming soon! Clay County Native Botanical Garden.


Click for more info.

Spring 2015 Greetings to Friends and Members of the Clay County Historical and Arts Council

Friday, 10 April 2015 00:00
Warmest greetings to our friends and members of Clay County Historical and Arts Council!    

Our membership dinner is on April 23 this year.  Please plan to attend this event to share in planning for 2015 and 2016.  We all join CCHAC because we love Clay County and value both our history and our potential to showcase the best our citizens have to offer through the arts, entertainment, and friendship found here.
This year, especially, we need the help of all CCHAC members.  As with any organization, we are only as strong as our members allow us to be, and your involvement is crucial to the success of the projects we have in the works.  Please make sure we have your email address so that we can contact everyone in advance of needing your service.  Several of our projects are organized in shifts so each person would only need to commit to 2 or 3 hours at a time.
Our major fund raising events for each year are the Membership Drive, the Festival on the Square (July), the Silent Arts and Crafts Auction (held in conjunction with the Cherokee Heritage Festival), and the Holiday Tour of Homes in December.  We receive Grassroots Grant money from the NC Arts Council to help fund part of our events.  Since this comes in matching fund grants, we must supply the rest of the money.  We also support the Old Jail Museum, which, though it is in need of upkeep and repair, provides a cultural center for visitors and local residents to enjoy some of Clay County’s heritage.  You’re invited to help with the Native Botanical Garden that will be developed this year on the Museum Grounds.  This is a huge effort that requires lots of volunteers!

Other 2015-2016 events are as follows (not all of them have definite dates yet)

Hobey Ford, puppeteer, will be visiting the schools April 20–24, 2015, working with teachers and students.  He will be our special guest at the membership dinner on April 23.

Local potter, Rob Withrow, will work with students making pottery in art classes in May of 2015 and 2016.

Old Jail Museum Opening is May 23.

Two on-going events:  Art Expo to acquaint the public with artist groups in the area will collaborate with the Thursday Evening Market in 2015 and 2016.
Work continues on the Botanical Garden below the Museum – see the enclosed flyer.

Summer Museum Exhibit – “Clay County Through the Eye of the Camera” – Calling all professional and amateur photographers!  See the enclosed flyer.

Festival on the Square – July 10-12 – All the entertainment is sponsored by CCHAC.

Lee Holland will be in concert in August.

Didgerido Down Under, Indigenous Australian music, will give a program at the school in September.

Rob and Song Writer Friends in concert in autumn.

Glenis Redmond, renowned poet, will work with Clay County students on appreciating, understanding and writing poetry.

Susan Belcher, soprano vocalist, will present a program of opera selections, including works from “Byna: Life songs of a Southern Appalachian Woman of Cherokee Descent.”

The Carlota Santana Spanish Dance Company will present the art form of Flamenco in 2016.

CCHAC receives support from the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources,
with funding from the National Endowments of the Arts.

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