|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 of acoustic, traditional music. Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month 7:00 PM except December. Refer to event list for VENUE location and information.|
|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.|
|NEWS FLASH! ATTENTION WAFS MEMBERS! WAFS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ANOTHER BENEFIT OFFERED TO OUR MEMBERS! Receive a discount on select items when you present your WAFS membership card at MAIN STREET MUSIC AND LOAN, 302 Main St, North Wilkesboro, NC, THE VINTAGE CORNER, 1401-B 2nd St, North Wilkesboro, NC and HAMBY MUSIC AND PAWN, 1205 West D St, North Wilkesboro, NC. Discounts given at time of purchase by owner discretion. |
|Contact President Susan Rhodes at a meeting or email SusanWAFS@gmail.com to purchase a WAFS TEE SHIRT(S). Shirt has the WAFS logo, colors royal blue or heather gray, price is $10.00, sizes adult S-3XL. 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.|
|Applications for 2019 WAFS SCHOLARSHIPS to Pete Wernick JamCamp at MerleFest and Swannanoa Gathering, Asheville, NC will be accepted until March 1, 2019. Winners will be announced in April 2019. Please click on scholarship for info and printable applications! DEADLINE FOR 2019 is MARCH 1, POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN 12:00 MIDNIGHT. WAFS BOARD SUGGESTS GETTING APPLICATION IN ASAP! GOOD LUCK. WAFS APPRECIATES YOUR INTEREST!
|2019 INFO on Pre-MerleFest events, Pickin' Place at MerleFest and Little Pickers Instrument Pettin' Zoo! Beginning 2 pm Sunday, April 21, 2019 (prior to MerleFest) the celebration of music concert honoring the late Dr. T.R. Bryan Jr.(DOD 9.17.2011) Sadly, his beloved wife, Ruth passed 10.8.2017. The musical festivities continue the entire week at the Pickin' Place at MerleFest 2019. If you are interested in volunteering with WAFS at MerleFest pre-activities, Pickin' Place at MerleFest or Little Pickers Instrument Pettin' Zoo at MerleFest 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 21 thru April 28, 2019! BECOME A MEMBER OF WAFS AND VOLUNTEER and earn a wristband to MerleFest. Call 336.902.2570 for more info. Wristbands required Thursday, April 25 thru Sunday, April 28. This is a great benefit for WAFS members.|
SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED 4.23.18 ELIZABETH CARTER – SWANNANOA
ROBERT & JAKE MYERS – JAMCAMP AT MERLEFEST - THANK YOU TO ALL THE WAFS VOLUNTEERS AT MERLEFEST! You make WAFS possible and your support in MerleFest is greatly appreciated. In whatever capacity you give to WAFS THANK YOU - THANK YOU!
TO GO DIRECTLY TO MERLEFEST CLICK ON FLATTOP THE RACCOON, MERLEFEST MASCOT IN UPPER RIGHT CORNER. UNDER THINGS TO DO *SEE THE PICKIN' PLACE* - THIS IS US! WAFS also has an INSTRUMENT PETTIN ZOO located in the Little Pickers Area. Be sure to visit us in 2019!
The Wilkes Heritage Museum houses the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame located in historic, downtown Wilkesboro. Each year the WAFS board nominates three local, musical people from the Blue Ridge area and vote on one of these individuals to receive the prestigious Dr. T.R. Bryan, Jr. award thus inducting the individual into the BRMHoF. The BRMHoF nominating board in conjunction with the BRMHoF voting committee elects the remaining members. Members are inducted at a musical ceremony and dinner held each June. The process is a continued partnership between the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame and Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society. Refer to events for info on the ceremony.
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.
WAFS welcome you and your family to become a WAFS member. $20 individual, $25 family. Scholarships, meetings, workshops, local discounts, e-newsletter,tee-shirts and special volunteering at MerleFest are just some of the benefits we offer.
Thank you for visiting the Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Inc. website. Please like us on Face Book and follow us on Twitter. Take all the time you need to look over the site and become familiar with our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
|WAFS Monthly Meeting - 8/27/2018 - 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 - 8/31/2018 - 7 pm - 3590 NC HY 268 Lenoir NC|
8/31/18-9/2/18 (Mile marker 8.6). 7 pm Friday, 10 am Saturday & Sunday. Historic Happy Valley near Patterson NC. Competition, workshops, food, camping, exhibits, concerts on Sunday Pre-register at 828-758-9448 or email@example.com website happyvalleyfiddlers.org
|Carolina in the Fall - 9/21/2018 - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org! or visit carolinainthefall.org The Chad Lovette Memorial Run is held during the festival.
|Chad Lovette Memorial Run - 9/22/2018 - 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 email@example.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 - 9/24/2018 - 7:00 pm - Watson Stage at Wilkes Community College|
This month's meeting will be 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 will move back to the Wilkes Heritage Museum on Main Street, Wilkesboro for the October and November 2018 meeting.
|WAFS Monthly Meeting - 10/22/2018 - 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 - 11/26/2018 - 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. Reminder: no meeting in December!
|No meeting due to holidays! - 12/25/2018 - 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 2019.
|Appalachian Christmas - 1/6/2019 - 2:45 - 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-perishable 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.
|Scholarship applications - 3/1/2019 - 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 1, 2018. 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. GOOD LUCK TO ALL APPLICANTS!