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 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 15, 2019. Winners will be announced in April 2019. Please click on scholarship for info and printable applications! DEADLINE FOR 2019 is MARCH 15, 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, 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 extraordinary learning 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 welcomes 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.




Monthly Meeting - 1/28/2019 - 7:00 pm - Wilkes Heritage Museum
Join us at the Wilkes Heritage Museum for our monthly meeting, jams and workshops. The Wilkes Heritage Museum is located in downtown Wilkesboro on Main St. The museum is handicap friendly with an elevator at the back entrance, please no pets, alcohol, or tobacco. We will meet at 7pm for a short business meeting, followed by our Traditional, Bluegrass and Anything goes jam sessions. Remember to review the WAFS FACEBOOK page frequently for news!

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 2/25/2019 - 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 - 3/1/2019 - 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 2019 to March 2020.. Enjoy meetings, tee-shirts, workshops, scholarships, e-newsletter, local discounts, and special MerleFest Pickin' Place passes! Volunteer and earn MerleFest armbands. 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 - 3/15/2019 - 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 15, 2019. MAILING ADDRESS IS ON THE APPLICATION FORM. THIS INCLUDES APPLICATIONS FOR JAMCAMP AT MERLEFEST AND SWANNANOA GATHERING. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED APRIL 2019 . GOOD LUCK TO ALL APPLICANTS! THANK YOU FOR APPLYING!

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 3/25/2019 - 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 - 4/21/2019 - 2:00 pm Pickin Place - WAFS tents on the WCC MerleFest grounds across from Thompson Hall
WELCOME to MERLEFEST*** 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 2019 MerleFest. This is a free event. 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 - 4/22/2019 - 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. SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS TBA TONIGHT. If you haven't paid already remember to pay your membership dues. $20 individual $25 family! --ATTENTION MERLEFEST VOLUNTEERS! YOU NEED TO ATTEND TONIGHT TO PICK UP VOLUNTEER PACKET/ARMBAND!! After the Monday meeting at 7:00 pm, jam with WAFS. This is 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. As requested by the MerleFest committee please park in lots at alumni hall.

Pre-MerleFest Jam - 4/23/2019 - 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 - 4/24/2019 - 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 - 4/25/2019 - 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! TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL FREE CAMPUS!

WAFS Events during MerleFest - 4/26/2019 - 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! TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL FREE CAMPUS!

WAFS Events during MerleFest - 4/27/2019 - 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! TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL FREE CAMPUS!

WAFS Events during MerleFest - 4/28/2019 - 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! TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL FREE CAMPUS!

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 5/27/2019 - 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. TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL FREE CAMPUS!

Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame - 6/8/2019 - 6:00 pm - Stone Center
Annual Induction ceremony and dinner for Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame and TR Bryan Award. WAFS submits candidates to Wilkes Heritage Museum and their Board decides whom the TR Bryan award goes to. Call 336.667.3171 or visit Wilkes Heritage Museum online to purchase tickets for this magnificent, yearly, musical event. General Admission $35. Doors open 6 pm, dinner 6:30 pm, Ceremony 7 pm. The Stone Center for the Performing Arts is located at 613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 6/22/2019 - 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. ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO FREE CAMPUS!

WAFS Monthly Meeting - 7/22/2019 - 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 - 8/26/2019 - 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 - 9/23/2019 - 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 - 10/28/2019 - 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 - 11/25/2019 - 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! - 12/25/2019 - 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 - 1/8/2020 - 3:15 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.


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