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2019 Festival Event Schedule

Primary Event Venues:

Elkin Municipal Park: 399 Highway 268 West

Elkin Main Street

Elkin's Heritage & Trails Visitor Center: 257 Standard Street

Foothills Arts Council: 129 Church Street

Reeves Theater: 129 West Main Street

Jonesville Greenway: Access trailhead on Plaza Street (off Hwy 67) in Jonesville

Bring your boots, boats and bikes and head out to EXPLORE 

on your own...then make your way to the festival!

Friday, May 31

 

Explore Elkin! paddle/bike/hike/shop/tour wineries/eat/play

Elkin's Heritage & Trails Visitor Center Open: 9am-8pm

8:15am-12:30pm: Giving Back 2019! Elkin Valley Trails Association hosts a National Trails Day/NC Trail Days workday at Stone Mountain State Park on the Mountains to Sea Trail; you'll be finishing up new trail by removing roots, finishing tread/slope, and other tasks; this finalizes taking the MST off road and onto trail within the park; let them know you're coming on MeetUp for MST Segment 6; for all ages
 

10am - 8pm: NC 100 County Quilt and a nature inspired Quilt Show – Heritage & Trails Visitor Center; you'll also find a display of small quilts by talented artist Ania Reich of Clemmons.

10am - 4pm: Kid's Walk a Story! Ongoing all day on Friday May 31, Saturday June 1 and Sunday, June 2. Walk a Story with the Elkin Public Library. Follow the numbers to read the picture book "Henry Hikes to Fitchburg" by D. B. Johnson and engage in the suggested physical activities. A fun way to practice literacy, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. Self-guided. Located near the music stage at Elkin Municipal Park.

10am - 8pm: Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Encampment; Revolutionary War encampment, reenactment and educational activities by the Overmountain Men and entourage mustering before the march from Elkin to the Battle of Kings Mountain; at Heritage & Trails Visitor Center at 257 Standard Street

All festival weekend: Wellness on the Water - Women's Fitness Kayaking and Wellness Seminars on the Yadkin River; for complete schedule of river events and to save your space contact Cindy at: Rocky Forest River Run

11 - 5pm: River Cleanup and Paddle with the Yadkin Riverkeeper
Join the Yadkin Riverkeeper (YRK), the Elkin Valley Trails Association and other volunteers to remove garbage and debris while paddling down the Yadkin from Ronda to Crater Park (6.8 miles) in Elkin; registration is recommended for this event; YRK will provide a limited number of boats to volunteers that need them, but we are encouraging volunteers to BYOBoat; paddlers will drop off boats in Ronda between 11 - 11:30am; volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and lunch.

Yadkin Riverkeeper will be registering participants...please click here!

1pm: Archeological Dig and Presentation – Jonesville Greenway; Participants will meet at the Hometown River Company in Jonesville at 1pm.  From there Bill Blackley of Elkin Valley Trails Association will lead an approximately 1.5 mile, 30 minute or so hike to the Piedmont Village Native American dig where they will meet with Eric Jones, Wake Forest University archeologist who will show the dig site and Native American artifacts, talk about the history of the area and findings from 1100 AD dig.  

No registration required. 
Meet and park at Hometown River Company

3-5pm: Turn fabric and nature into art with Flower Pounding – the simple and traditional technique of transferring flower and leaf pigment to a prepared fabric surface using..... a hammer; on the porch of Foothills Arts Council at the corner of Church and Market Streets; free!

 

4pm: Poke`mon Hike; Gather the kids and discover the educational features highlighted by Poke`mon stops and gyms from east Main Street, through downtown following the Mountains to Sea Trail, joining the Overmountain Victory Trail along the Big Elkin Creek and through the Elkin Municipal Park to join the Elkin & Alleghany Rail Trail. Hike begins downtown and ends at the Gathering just in time for Time Sawyer and the Low Country Boil.  Children MUST be accompanied by adult.  Equipment is not provided and games loaded and ready to play at hike start time. 
Hike Leader: Beanie Taylor
Distance: approximately 1.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Meetup Location: Trail Tree sign at the east end of Main Street, across from The Liberty parking lot.
36°14'42.2"N 80°50'53.6"W

4:30pm: Big Elkin Creek Cleanup from Shoe Factory Dam to Library; organized by Watershed Now meet at the G&B band shell at Elkin Municipal Park at 4:30 to clean up along the Big Elkin Creek; wear gloves, long pants, long sleeve shirts and bring grabbers or reachers if you have them; the cleanup will last about 1 hour....in time to enjoy the low country boil and music by Time Sawyer! 

5pm Friday til Sunday: Landscape and Nature Photography Workshop; A weekend dedicated to the art of landscape and nature photography with Julian Charles, mountain guide and photography instructor; based at Frog Holler Cabins in Elkin; 2-night workshop is ideal for beginner to advanced photographers; for information and equipment list, contact Julian by email, info@juliancharles.org; Register at: squareup.com/store/foothillsarts/

 

6pm – 8:30pm: Trail Days Gathering and Low Country Boil at Elkin Municipal Park; festival information and welcome tent; Live Music by Time Sawyer from 6-8pm; you must have a ticket for the low country boil, click "low country boil" on website menu; you don't have to eat to enjoy the FREE music! (bring your camp chairs and a picnic)

 

9 – 11pm: Five Point Adventure Film Night at the Reeves Theater sponsored by Appalachian Gear Company and the Reeves Theater; ticketed event via Reeves Theater box office; TICKETS ON SALE NOW at http://www.reevestheater.com/buy-tickets

 

 

Saturday, June 1

Explore Elkin! paddle/bike/hike/shop/tour wineries/eat/play

Elkin's Heritage & Trails Visitor Center Open: 8am-7:30pm

 

7:30 - 11am: Stone Mountain Hill Climb Trail Race at Stone Mountain State Park; registration required at: www.nctraildays.com/stone-mountain-5k-trail-race

8am - until: High Country Audubon Birding Hike; We will be birding the Overmountain Victory Trail that follows The Big Elkin Creek to its confluence with Yadkin River then the trail follows the Yadkin River upstream. Total round trip distance is about two miles. The trail is mostly flat, and is mowed grass and dirt. The trail has canopy, open field, pond and river view areas. In years past during this time frame we've had Eastern Screech Owl sightings, as well as waterfowl and wading birds along with the regular local breeding bird species. 

Meet up GPS Address:
243 North Front Street
Elkin NC, 28621

Meet up Coordinates:
36.245105, -80.856650 

 

8:30 - 11am: Breakfast with the Yadkin Valley Rotary Club; selling individually wrapped breakfast items (ham and sausage biscuits, fruit, yogurt, slices of quiche) at the Heritage & Trails Visitor Center

9am: Yoga for Hikers; at Yoga on Main, 122 East Main Street in Elkin; beginners welcome!

Meetup starting at 8am, ride begins at 9am until approximately 1pm: Tour de Trail Days 40-mile group cycle ride; challenging ride for experienced riders only, riders under 18 must be with an adult; staged at Elkin High School parking lot ( 334 Elk Spur Street) and riding toward Stone Mountain and back with a short hike to Carter Falls on the MST (bring hiking shoes/sandals); contact Team Leader, Richard Moore with any questions

9:30am: Registration opens for the Yadkin River Run 5k Run/Walk on the Jonesville Greenway; race starts at 10:30am; family friendly 5k; registration and more info at:

https://yadkinriverrun5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=12153

 

9am: Guided Hikes offered throughout the weekend - See our Guided Hike page in order to save your space; FREE, festival donations appreciated; REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!

9am - noon: Elkin Farmer's Market at 101 East Market Street downtown; vendors, live music 

10am - 4pm: Kid's Walk a Story! Ongoing all day on Friday May 31, Saturday June 1 and Sunday, June 2. Walk a Story with the Elkin Public Library. Follow the numbers to read the picture book "Henry Hikes to Fitchburg" by D. B. Johnson and engage in the suggested physical activities. A fun way to practice literacy, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. Self-guided. Located near the Kids Universe tent and music stage at Elkin Municipal Park.

10-4pm: Diamond Brand Gear will be available to sew on your NC Trail Days patches...bring your back packs, fanny packs and other gear! Patches will be available for purchase at the Heritage & Trails Visitor Center

10-12 pm: Turn fabric and nature into art with Flower Pounding – the simple and traditional technique of transferring flower and leaf pigment to a prepared fabric surface using..... a hammer; on the porch of Foothills Arts Council at the corner of Church and Market Streets; free!

 

10am - 2pm: NC Trail Days Dutch Oven Cook-off on the grounds of the Heritage & Trails Visitor Center; cooking commences at 10am, done by 2pm with judging soon after; please read all the rules below for the cook-off and then register for the Cook-off here (you must register by May 30); prizes awarded; music by The Box Dogs from 11-2pm

 

 

 

10 - 4pm: Cook's Sports Mountain Bike Paradise; repair clinics, bike demos, mountain bike rentals and bikepacking clinics by Cook's Sports; at Elkin Municipal Park and easy access to over 7 miles of Elkin's single track mountain bike trail

 

10am – 4pm: Main Street Exhibitor Village; outdoor recreation and advocacy non-profits, retailers and manufacturers; food at downtown restaurants and beer garden in downtown Elkin

10am - 8pm: Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail Encampment; Revolutionary War encampment, reenactment and educational activities by the Overmountain Men and entourage mustering before the march from Elkin to the Battle of Kings Mountain; at Heritage & Trails Visitor Center

 

10am - 4pm: Kid’s Fishing Event on Big Elkin Creek with Trout Unlimited; at Elkin Municipal Park

 

10am - 4pm: Fly Fishing Demos on Big Elkin Creek with Trout Unlimited; at Elkin Municipal Park

 

10am - 10pm: Landscape and Nature Photography Exhibition at Foothills Arts Council; "From the Mountains to the Sea" featuring Julian Charles 12-6pm; 8-10pm

 

10am - 5:30pm: Trail Days Speaker Series – all day at the Heritage & Trails Visitor Center:

10-11am: RG Absher: Long-time trail advocate; retired Park Manager with US Army Corp of Engineers; serving on boards of Partnerships of the National Trails System, Overmountain Victory Trail Association, Trail Leaders Council, Yadkin River Heritage Corridor and Yadkin River Greenway Council
1130-1230pm: Tony McGee: Landscape architect and planner with over 20 years of design and construction experience; a lifelong cyclist, Tony is responsible for some of the most compelling mountain bike trails in the Piedmont region
1-2pm: Kenny Capps: Ultra-marathoner; Mountains to Sea Trail completer for multiple myeloma awareness
230-330pm:
Kate Dixon: Executive Director, Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail
445-530pm:
Kimberly Brookshire: Long-distant hiker and first woman yo-yo completer of the Mountains to Sea Trail

 

10am - 4pm: Kid's Universe with the Yadkin Valley Community School at Elkin Municipal Park - sponsored by Chic-fil-A, Mt. Airy; kids activities all day under the big white tent; the Chic-fil-A cow will be on hand with free meal coupons!

10-4pm: Tree Climbing Demonstrations with Bob Wray and Blue Ridge Tree Climbing; demos at 10am, 12 and 2pm; tree climbing demo location: on Main Street in Elkin, just past the Elkin Public Library on the Overmountain Victory Trail; walk over the West Main Street Bridge and turn left onto the trail; very easy access to downtown!; learn something new and rekindle those childhood magical memories of climbing a tree; climbing knot demos in between climbs

 

10am - 7:30pm: NC 100 County Quilt and a nature inspired Quilt Show – Heritage & Trails Visitor Center; you'll also find a display of small quilts by talented artist Ania Reich of Clemmons.

 

All festival weekend: Wellness on the Water - Women's Fitness Kayaking and Wellness Seminars on the Yadkin River; for complete schedule of river events and to save your space contact Cindy at: Rocky Forest River Run

Noon - 9:30pm: Explore the Jonesville Greenway

Trailhead and all events are accessed on Plaza Street in Jonesville, just off Hwy 21

Food available for purchase by 13 Bones from 11:30am til 4:30pm and FREE live music all day; drinks provided by Friends of the Jonesville Public Library (proceeds benefit the Library)

Music lineup on the Main Stage on the Greenway:

Noon - Creekside

3pm - Audiophiles

6pm - TC Montana

3:00-4:30pm: Galloway Episcopal Church celebrates NC Trail Days in Elkin on Saturday, June 1 from with "Music and Meditations". Presented  in the church sanctuary. Organist David Redden will perform selections by Edward Elgar, J.S. Bach, Gustav Holst, Jules Massenet, Sergi Rachmaninoff, Franz Schubert, and others. Spencer Smith will read poems with music themes and share quotations about music from famous writers and entertainers; the readings will be interspersed with the musical selections.
The program is free and open to the public. Come in off the trail and take a break from the heat. Relax and sit for a while, enjoying an inspiring afternoon of music and poetry. Galloway Memorial Episcopal Church is located at 308 West Main Street in Elkin.

 

4pm: Trail Days Foot Parade beginning at the intersection of Main Street and Business Hwy 21 in downtown Elkin and ending at the Heritage & Trails Visitor Center; featuring the many ways the Mountains to Sea Trail can be enjoyed throughout Elkin; participants will include dogs and strollers as well as bicycles and wheel chairs; non-motorized methods of transportation only for this foot parade; awards will be given for enthusiastic participation and creative representations of trail life including:
Coolest Costume on a Dog sponsored by Melissa’s Natural Pet Treats
Best Bike Decorations sponsored by Downtown BMX
Cleverest use of Kayak/Canoe sponsored by Jonesville Kayak and Tube Rentals
Wackiest Wheels (wheelchair, stroller)
Interested in being a part of the fun? Please contact:
Beanie Taylor   beanie@tauntabeanie.com   336-426-4133

 

5pm – 8pm: Take a break and explore restaurants in Elkin and across the river in Jonesville for dinner! Then get ready for more entertainment...

 

8pm – 10pm: Music and Bonfire at Foothills Arts Council; featuring Shay Martin Lovette in the Garden; FREE admission (donations appreciated), bring a camp chair or blanket; photography exhibition in the arts council gallery; "From the Mountains to the Sea" exhibit also open for viewing in the gallery.

 

Sunday, June 2

Explore Elkin! paddle/bike/hike/shop/tour wineries/eat/play

Elkin's Heritage & Trails Visitor Center Open: Noon-3pm

7:30am - 10am: Breakfast with Grace Clinic; pancake & sausage breakfast fundraiser; at the Masonic Lodge, 114 West Market Street in Elkin - fill up before the Family Paddle Flotilla!

 

All festival weekend: Wellness on the Water - Women's Fitness Kayaking and Wellness Seminars on the Yadkin River; for complete schedule of river events and to reserve your space contact Cindy at: Rocky Forest River Run 

10am: Family Paddle Flotilla on the Yadkin River; meet at Crater Park in order to shuttle to Ronda; registration required HERE to reserve your boat and shuttle

10am - 4pm: Kid's Walk a Story! Ongoing all day on Friday May 31, Saturday June 1 and Sunday, June 2. Walk a Story with the Elkin Public Library. Follow the numbers to read the picture book "Henry Hikes to Fitchburg" by D. B. Johnson and engage in the suggested physical activities. A fun way to practice literacy, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. Self-guided. Located near the music stage at Elkin Municipal Park.

 

12 – until: Explore the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail; activities at various wineries and breweries