Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society - Wilkes County North Caraolina
WAFS mission: 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.

The BOARD meeting of Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Inc. is held the third Wednesday of each month. The public is invited to attend.

The Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society meets the fourth Monday of each month EXCEPT December. October, November, January, February, and March meetings are held at the Wilkes Heritage Museum, 100 E. Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC. The month of April WAFS spends the entire week of MerleFest on the campus of Wilkes Community College, 1328 S. Collegiate Dr. Wilkesboro, NC. May, June, July, August and September meetings are help at the Doc and Merle Stage on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. Memberships $20 individual $25 family, include opportunity to volunteer at MerleFest Pickin' Place and Little Pickers Instrument Pettin' Zoo and earn armbands for MerleFest. More benefits are meetings, workshops, scholarships, e-newsletters, tee shirts, hats, discounts at participating Wilkes music stores and more. Refer to "events" for more info.

WAFS is proud to sponsor the Duncan-Elliott Memorial Scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College near Ashevillle, NC. The gathering is held during the summer months. WAFS is also proud to sponsor scholarships to the Jam Camp at MerleFest hosted by Pete Wernick. Jam Camp is held the week of MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC. Please click on SCHOLARSHIPS for an application and more information.

The Society operates solely on volunteer participation and membership fees. The Society proudly accepts donations of time, money and instruments. Instruments are held in our Lending Library for folks to use. All donations are tax deductible within the law, 501(c)(3)status. Please consult with your tax professional.

Volunteers are the heart of not-for-profit organizations. To quote Dr. Jeff Cox, President of Wilkes Community College where MerleFest is held, "MerleFest and WCC event volunteers in 2016 gave 49,000 hours of service," and this includes WAFS volunteers during MerleFest. We are volunteer strong!

The Rev. Dr. Steven Duncan Memorial Music Library in housed in the Wilkes Heritage Museum in Wilkesboro NC. The library is the late Dr. Duncan's (WAFS co-founder) personal collection, containing books, tapes, CD's, song books and more. Dr. Duncan was an avid musician, old time story teller, teacher, counselor and Lutheran pastor. His daughter, Heather donated all his personal musical items for future generations to enjoy. The late Dr. Duncan co-founded WAFS along with Keith Watts.

The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame housed in the Wilkes Heritage Museum in historic Wilkesboro, NC holds an annual induction ceremony. Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society is proud to nominate candidates for the Dr. T. R. Bryan, Jr. Award sponsored by the Hall of Fame. Dr. Bryan passed away in 2011. He was a lover and advocate of music. Period. His support and love for the craft cannot be matched. Each year a deserving nominee is inducted into the Hall of Fame in June. The 2019 recipient is MIKE PALMER of Wilkes County. CONGRATULATIONS MIKE! Inductees include Dr. T.R. Bryan, Jr., Jimmy Church, Ward Eller, Keith Watts, Billy Gee, Larry Skipper, Bill Williams and Mike Palmer from North Wilkesboro, NC. Mike is owner of Main Street Music and Loan and has performed at MerleFest since the first festival in 1988.

Our upcoming events are listed on this site. In addition, this site contains many details so you can learn more about WAFS. We hope to see you soon.

Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society|P.O. Box 2038|North Wilkesboro NC 28659|info@WilkesAcousticFolkSociety.org

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