Avery County NC

Man standing holding musical instrument with mountains in the background
Courtesy of Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

For more than a hundred years, folklorists and other scholars have been visiting the community of Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Perhaps the most prolific collector of the community’s music and stories was himself a native of Old Beech. In the 1960s, Jack Guy began selling mountain handcrafts and folk toys to tourists, helping local artists make a living through their heritage crafts.

Collage of images of mountains and events at Highland Games
Vicki and Penn Dameron

Scottish clans, Celtic fans and festival lovers worldwide are gearing up for the 64th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, a four-day event celebrating Gaelic culture, heritage, music, athletics and dance. Some claim it’s one of the largest gathering of clans in the world and it begins in western North Carolina, Thursday, July 11 at 4:30pm.