New College Reunion October 8

NCF Chalk Drawing
If you were associated with New College (ever), you’re welcome at the 6th annual New College reunion at High Cove. Potluck on Saturday, October 8, starting at 1p. Conversation, music, games, hikes, fire pit happening all afternoon.
Or stay the whole weekend! In addition to Saturday’s potluck, you could:
  • Tour sustainable homes and community, including a tiny house
  • Hike & bike — at High Cove or nearby (Mt Mitchell, Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, waterfalls …)
  • Experience Fall in the mountains
  • Explore nearby towns, country roads, world-class craft
  • Enjoy more food and conviviality — meet community residents, impromptu breakfasts, great local pizza

Is there something you’d like to teach or offer the group? Let us know.

A few guest rooms and campsites are available on site at nominal cost. We can also advise about nearby accommodations. Mid-October is usually the peak of leaf season. Please contact us to RSVP, or with questions or ideas.

High Cove Music Festival Sunday June 26, 4 – 8 p.m.

Sycodelic Possums will drag you back to 1950, when murdering, cheating and drinking were things worthy of singing about

Sycodelic Possums will drag you back to 1950, when murdering, cheating and drinking were things worthy of singing about

This year’s festival will feature a local favorite from Burnsville, NC:  Smokey Joe & the South Toe Syndicate. In addition, the line-up will include the Sycodelic Possums out of Black Mountain, NC, and Passerine, from Sarasota, Florida.

The festivities begin at 4:00 PM with an open mic. Passerine will kick off the line-up of featured acts at 5:00 PM, followed by the Sycodelic Possums and with Smokey Joe closing out the evening.

Suggested Donation $12
Food will be available for purchase.

Smokey Joe & the South Toe Syndicate.

“Smokey Joe” Peoples has been writing and singing songs for over thirty years. Smokey Joe’s career as a singer-songwriter began in 1983 as the primary creative force behind the Wisteria Sting Band, which was the house band for Florida Public Radio’s WUWF Radio Live program “On the Road” for over four years. Those who have seen him perform delight in his folksy, melodic voice and harmonic guitar playing. The content of his songs often make an audience laugh, cry and feel many emotions in between.  The band members are: Susan Scoggins, Peggy Williams, Lenny Ski, Cole Freeman and Yves Giraud. They perform mostly original tunes and some covers we all know and love.

Smokey Joe & Co. perform mostly original tunes and some covers we all know and love

Smokey Joe & Co. perform mostly original tunes and some covers we all know and love

The Sycodelic Possums.

Although the Possums are based in Black Mountain, they have an historical connection with central Florida. Here is how they describe themselves: “The Possums have been holed up in the exact geographical vortex of the Florida peninsula for many years.  They have survived on swamp cabbages and wild hog meat and doing the occasional odd painting job to buy guitar strings and BBQ sauce.  Their stage show will drag you back to 1950, when murdering, cheating and drinking were things worthy of singing about.”  The Sycodelic Possums are Clay and Diane Simmons, along with Ken Bailey and David Pirelli.

Passerine.

With inventive vocal harmonies, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from sweet ballads to the edgier side of contemporary Americana.  Founded in 2009, Passerine has been touring nationally since 2012, playing every sort of venue from intimate listening rooms to big festival stages.   They are stopping by High Cove at the beginning of a 20-date northeastern tour that take them from their home base in Florida to northern Maine.  This summer they are touring in support of their recently released 3rd album, “Harbingers.”  Passerine is comprised of Carmela Pedicini, Sara Stovall, Doug Conroy and David Brain.

Passerine features Americana originals and a fresh take on traditional folk & bluegrass

Passerine features Americana originals and a fresh take on traditional folk & bluegrass

 

New College Reunion October 11

High Cove alum gathering group-10-2013 
If you were associated with New College (ever), you’re invited to the 5th annual New College reunion at High Cove. Potluck on Saturday, October 11 starting at 1p. Or stay the whole weekend for more great food, lively conversation, walks in the woods, and mini-classes.
 
In addition to Saturday’s potluck, the weekend’s activities may include:
  • Mini-classes — author readings, beer brewing, tiny house tour 
  • Focused conversations — sustainability, art/craft, Appalachia
  • Hikes — at High Cove, or nearby Mt Mitchell, Appalachian Trail, or waterfalls
  • Exploring nearby towns 
  • More food — party with community residents, impromptu breakfasts, great local pizza

Is there something you’d like to teach or offer the group? Let us know. 

 
A few guest rooms and campsites are available on site at nominal cost. We can also advise about nearby accommodations. Mid-October is usually the peak of leaf season. Please contact us to RSVP, or with questions or ideas. 

High Cove Music Festival Saturday July 26

Open mic and potluck at 5, then featured performers at 7 pm. Featuring Laura Blackley, Rhonda Gouge and Roan Mountain Range, and Passerine. Rain or shine at Firefly Lodge. $10 suggested donation. 

Open Mic (sign-up starting 4:30p) and Potluck (5:00 – 6:45)

Laura Blackley is a musician, writer, farmer, radio host, and renaissance woman living in the beautiful mountains of Western NC. She hosts and produces two shows for WNCW–Local Color, which spotlights music from throughout WNCW’s listening area, and Southern Sirens, celebrating the formidable contributions made by southern women, past and present, to the world of music. In addition to her soulful and “folkie” solo performances, she has performed with close harmony trio, the Swayback Sisters.

Rhonda Gouge & Roan Mountain Range
Rhonda Gouge is a Blue Ridge National Heritage Area artist who was born in McDowell County and now lives in Mitchell County. She has played the guitar since she was a little girl, recorded with Blue Ridge Heritage Award winner, Red Wilson, and has performed extensively throughout the region. Not only is she an extraordinary performer of old-time and bluegrass music, she has been pursuing an M.A. in Appalachian Studies and she is a multi-instrumentalist in great demand as a music teacher for students interested in guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, or bass.

Passerine is a four piece acoustic folk band currently living most of the time in Sarasota, FL. Their harmony-driven music is difficult to pigeon hole except as “Americana,” offering a mix of traditional folk and bluegrass tunes with a repertoire of original songs. This will be the third time their summer tour has brought them to High Cove. Passerine has been featured at most of the major festivals in Florida, released their second CD in 2013, and has toured extensively across the southeast over the past 3 years.

4th Annual NCF Reunion at High Cove October 12th

High Cove topography:  from the pasture to the ridgetop

The 4th annual New College potluck and gathering at High Cove happens Saturday afternoon, October 12. Or stay the whole weekend for more great food, lively conversation, walks in the woods, and skill shares. High Cove is a 110-acre intentional community in the mountains of western North Carolina, focusing on arts, environmental stewardship, and life-long learning. Founders include NCF alums and professors. We’re an hour from Asheville, 4 hours from Atlanta, and close to Burnsville, Spruce Pine, Penland School of Crafts, the Appalachian Trail, and Blue Ridge Parkway.

In addition to Saturday’s potluck, the weekend’s activities may include:

  • beer brewing demo
  • artisan bread baking demo
  • tiny house tour & talk
  • artmakers roundtable (what / how / why you make)
  • hikes
  • exploring nearby towns

Is there something you’d like to teach or talk about? Let us know.

A few on-site accommodations, including campsites, are still available at nominal cost. We can also advise about nearby accommodations. Mid-October is usually the peak of leaf season here in the mountains, and there will be lots going on. Email or call to RSVP, or if you have questions or want to share ideas.

Cheers,

Olga Ronay (NCF ’77)

olga@HighCove.com
828.688.1581 (lodge)
941.504.8500 (mobile)
www.HighCove.com

Open House/Music/Green Tour Saturday August 3

Festivities start at 4:30 and continue into the evening. Come for the following events–or just come any time and hang out. Please bring a dish / beverage to share.

4:30 — Quilt Block dedication
Help us dedicate the new quilt block — one of four here.

5 – 6 — Green Homes Tour
See three new Green Homes and a fourth under construction.

5 – 6:30 — Music Jam
Players, singers, and listeners all welcome for an informal jam session.

7 pm — Concert by Passerine
A fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as a repertoire of original songs.

Quilt at HC Barn (photo Tracy Hicks) Passerine at High Cove Music Festival