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.

The BOARD of Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Inc. meets the second Monday of each month. The public is invited to attend. Please call board member Ann at 336.468.7547 for more information.

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. 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.

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 also is proud to sponsor scholarships to the JamCamp at MerleFest hosted by Pete Wernick. JamCamp 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 personal collection, containing books, tapes, CD's, song books and more.

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 Award sponsored by the Hall of Fame. Dr. Bryan passed award 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. This year, Larry Skipper of Alexander county is the recipient of the Dr. T. R. Bryan award. CONGRATULATIONS!

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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