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Our favorite daytrip from La Petite Chalet

Roan Mountain
Native Americans were the first human visitors to Roan Mountain. A Catawba legend tells of a great battle with the Cherokee atop the mountain where the bloodshed from the battle left the rhododendron colored crimson and parts of the mountain treeless.
Just outside of Bakersville, Roan Mountain isn’t just one mountain but contains five mountain peaks, and is roughly divided into two sections by Carver’s Gap. The first section — composed of Roan High Bluff and Roan High Knob — lies west of Carver’s Gap and is characterized by a thick coniferous forest. This part of Roan is shaped something like the body of a double-humped camel, with the “humps” being High Bluff and High Knob. Tollhouse Gap lies between the two peaks, and contains the Rhododendron Gardens, the largest of its kind in the world.
The second section of Roan Mountain — known as Grassy Ridge — is east of Carver’s Gap, and is the longest stretch (appx. 7 miles) of grassy bald in the Appalachian Mountains. The three peaks atop Grassy Ridge are Round Bald, Jane Bald, and Grassy Ridge Bald.
However, what brings people from far and wide to Roan Mountain are the rhododendrons. Roan Mountain is the largest naturally occurring rhododendron garden in the world. With over 600 acres of bright pink and fuschia catawba rhododendron blooming in mide June, our mountain does indeed turn pink! Plan your Roan Mountain trip to coincide with the NC Rhododendron Festival in Bakersville held the third weekend in June each year!
There are several ways to get to Roan Mountain, but Bakersville is the gateway to the Roan. It’s about 18 miles north of Bakersville, NC on Highway 261.

Bakersville Tree Lighting

by John Lara
Click Image to View LargerTonight at 6pm we light the Bakersville town Christmas tree which is located in front of the Mitchell County Historic Courthouse in downtown Bakersville. The tree lighting is at 6pm and will be attended by friends and neighbors and Santa too! Afterward, all of the bakersville shops will be open and serving refreshments. Crimson Laurel Gallery is fully stocked with great new ceramics, jewelry, furniture, paintings, holiday ornaments and much more. We will be open daily throughout the holiday season. This year make Crimson Laurel Gallery your first stop for great handmade art and craft!

December Area Activities

Holiday Studio Tour - November 30 - December 2, 2012 The Studio Tour event, sponsored by the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC), is held twice a year: on the second weekend in June and the first weekend in December. These self-guided free tours offer the visitor an opportunity to search out the professional artists and craftspeople working in the coves and hollows of the two rural mountain counties. Many stops on the map will showcase more than one artist.
Art lovers create their own tours, travel at their own pace, and stop for lunch on their own schedule. A TRAC Studio Guide, available in early May, shows the locations of the studios and galleries on the tour along with pictures of artwork from each participant, five maps, and a special advertisers’ section that lists a few local lodging places, restaurants, special events in the area, and other local business tour supporters. The Studio Guide, along with arrowed Tour signs aid travelers in finding their destinations.
Over 100 artisans and galleries open their doors and invite the public. It is a rare opportunity to visit the actual workplaces. From world-class to emerging... glass blowers, potters of every description, wood turners, basket makers, printers, painters, fiber artists, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, metal workers, and more. No wonder it is known as the “Premier Open Studio Tour” in the Country.
The Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery at 269 Oak Avenue will host a reception to "meet the artists" the first Friday of the Tour.

Crimson Laurel Gallery's new exhibit in Bakersville

Source • MaterialAn Exhibition on Water and the Ceramic Cup.Begin Date & Time
If event is set to midnight: HIDE TIME If event is set to any other time but midnight: SHOW TIME November 1 – December 31 | 9:00PM – 6:30PM
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Details: Water is everywhere. As abundant as an ocean and as delicate as a drop, water is the source of all life. This eternally human need consistently shifts the way we build our tools, our cultures and our lives. Historically speaking, water has become a dictator of form, an aesthetic inspiration, a human habit and an honest informer of the ecological state of our world. In this exhibit, contemporary ceramic artists will address the theme of water through the form of the ceramic cup.Source • Material: An exhibition on Water and the Ceramic Cup will run from November 3rd through December 31st. Curated by Lindsay Rogers.

October 27 weekend

Bakersville Farmer\'s Market
October 27, 2012 Farms, Gardens & Foodies1 Day (Repeats Every Week Until October 28, 2012)Bakersville Famer\\'s Market is held each Saturday morning from 8-12. Offerings each week change with the seasons, but expect fresh local veggies, eggs, goat cheese, fruits, breads and more.View MapParking lot across from Bakersville Post OfficeBakersville NC, 28705

First annual Downtown Little Switzerland Fall Festival

Little Switzerland, Blue Ridge Parkway NC Mark your calendars for the 1st annual Little Switzerland "Downtown" Fall Festival. September 22nd & 23rd, 2012. Bed races, cell phone toss, face painting, biltmore wine tasting, live music, book signings at Lil Swiss Books N' Beans, crafts booths, sidewalk sales and so much more.

Christmas Happenings!

Town of Bakersville Announces Holiday Events
Upcoming Bakersville Events:
On December 10, 2011, Bethlehem Village will be in the Bakersville Creekwalk Park 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.
Be transported through time! Enter the bustling village of Bethlehem. Experience the sights and sounds surrounding Jesus' birth. After registering with the census-taker and money-changers, you'll encounter carpenters, dyers and weavers, potters, metal workers and tradespeople of all animals. You'll meet Roman Centurions, beggars, gossips and shepherds. And of course, your final destination will be the manger where you will meet the newborn baby Jesus.
Admission is free. Please join us!
Presented by: Bakersville Baptist Church, McKinney Cove Baptist Church, Roan Mtn. Baptist Church and others. Contact person: 828-385-2082
Market On Oak Special Holiday Offers
Free Handblown Glass Ornament with Purchase Special at the Market on Oak

Take home a beautiful handblown glass ornament from November 25-December 25 with your purchase of $100 or more.
Just in.... North Carolina Santa Print and Cards by Daryl Slaton
Buy Local Support Small Businesses
Local purchases support our small businesses, the tax base and keeps the economy alive in our county!
Christmas in Spruce Pine
Spruce Pine Main Street is sponsoring “Christmas In Spruce Pine” with events scheduled for the second week of December.
There will be a SANTA MAILBOX located on Locust Street for children to drop their letters to Santa Claus. Letters with a return address will be answered by Santa Claus himself! The mailbox will be set by December 12. Bring your children downtown for this milestone event and make memories that will last a lifetime by letting them place that all-important letter in the mailbox for Santa!
Participating businesses in downtown Spruce Pine will be decorating their store fronts and windows for a WINDOW DECORATING CONTEST. Come downtown to shop late and visit each storefront so you can place your vote for the winner on the Spruce Pine Main Street website at All voting will be done by the public via website voting. Support your favorite storefront by voting online prior to December 17.
On December 13 Main Street will sponsor a FOOD DRIVE for needy families in the Spruce Pine area. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off on Oak Street between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. While you are downtown, shop late, and listen to old-fashioned Christmas Carols from local church choirs.
On December 14 The Pizza Shop on Oak Street in downtown will sponsor COCOA AND COOKIESOCIAL for children of all ages. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. Bring your children to decorate cookies to enjoy with hot cocoa while listening to old-fashioned Christmas Caroling from local church choirs.
December 15 will be a TOY DRIVE on Locust Street to benefit local children. Please drop off an unwrapped, new toy at our box on Locust Street between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Once again, sounds of the season will be filling the air, thanks to choirs from local churches. Shop late while you are downtown and get into the Christmas Spirit. Don’t forget to window shop and place your vote for your favorite decorated storefront.
Don’t want to drive an hour to sit on Santa’s lap? Visit us downtown on December 16 and December 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Any Christmas to have PICTURES WITH SANTA CLAUS. On site printing of these photographs will be available for $5 by Jean Moree Photography. You won’t want to miss this!
Spruce Pine Main Street will wrap up the festivities on the evening of December 17 will the DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING. The tree lighting event will begin at 5 p.m. and ending around 8 p.m. The winners of the storefront decorating contest will be announced and residents and guests will enjoy Christmas Carols by local church choirs.
You won’t want to miss these small-town Christmas events. Step back in time, and join your friends and neighbors in the community for an Olde Fashioned Christmas in Spruce Pine!
For details and more information contact Denise at 765-1981 or 561-629-4279 or go to our website at

Southern Highlands Craft Fair comes to nearby Asheville - a good day trip from Little Switzerland and La Petite Chalet!

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Frances Goodrich, a Yale graduate, moved to Buncombe County in 1890 to do missionary work for the Presbyterian Church. She met women who were still weaving traditional coverlets and had the idea to create a cottage industry to get money into the community and help the mountain families. Allanstand Cottage Industries, which she founded in 1897, in Madison County, NC, would ultimately become Allanstand Craft Shop. Goodrich moved the business to College St. in downtown Asheville in 1908 and began networking with other leaders of the Southern Arts and Crafts movement. A few years later, the idea of the Southern Highland Craft Guild was formed.Chartered in 1930, The Southern Highland Craft Guild grew to become one of the strongest craft organizations in the country. The Guild now represents over 900 craftspeople in 293 counties of 9 southeastern states. They have also partnered with the National Park Service for more than fifty years and can be visited at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Folk Art Center. Twice a year, these craftspeople come together and bring their wares to the Civic Center for the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands! With exhibitors, demonstrations and entertainment, this is a don't miss event.When: July 21 - 24, 2011, Thursday - Saturday: 10am to 6pm; Sunday: 10am to 5pm
Where: Asheville Civic Center 87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC
Price: $8 for adults, children under 12 free
Info: 828-298-7928 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 828-298-7928 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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La Petite Chalet on the Penland School of Crafts ( Gala Auction approved lodging list!

Penland's Annual Benefit Auction
Please join us for our 26th Penland School of Crafts Benefit Auction
August 12-13, 2011 Our auctioneer for the weekend is Mark Oliver.
Invitations will be mailed in June.
Save the form to your computer, then fill it out and email it to us, or print it out, fill it out, and fax or mail it to us.
Tables seat 10. Reservations are required. The event often sells out quickly; early reservations are recommended. Reservations will be accepted until the auction is filled.
Absentee and phone bids are accepted for all auctions until noon on Friday, August 12 for a fee of $25 (includes catalog). All ticket purchasers, absentee bidders, and advertisers receive an illustrated catalog in July. Images of artwork will be posted here on the website in late June. Catalogs are available for $25.
Weekend: $375
Friday only: $200
Saturday only: $250
Absentee bidding: $25
Friend of Artists Sponsorship: $1,500
These sponsors support the cost of ten artists to attend the auction and salute their generous donation of artwork. Friends of Artists Sponsors receive special recognition in the auction program and in signage at the auction exhibition and the Saturday live auction.
Artist Sponsorship: $150
These sponsors support the cost of one artist to attend the auction and salute their generous donation of artwork.
2011 Benefit Auction Schedule
Friday August 12
Gallery Reception
Join artists for a reception and a discussion of the exhibition, Foreign Worlds, Private Places
Director’s Luncheon
A special artwork (TBA) will be auctioned at the luncheon to kick off the event.
Hands-On Workshop, Exhibition Preview and Art Talk
The luncheon, workshop, and art talk are by invitation to Lucy Morgan Leaders and special guests. Lucy Morgan Leaders contribute $1,000 or more to the Penland School of Crafts annual fund each year.
Core Student Open House
Core fellowship students exhibit their work in the drawing and painting studio.
Friday Silent Auction opens
Preview Friday Live Auction Work
Meet the Artists: Reception and Preview of Saturday Auction Work
Help us thank the artists who make this fundraiser possible by joining us for a reception in their honor.
Honoring Fred Fenster: Penland School of Crafts’ 2011 Outstanding Artist Educator
Cocktails, Exhibition and Silent Auction
Music by Brian McGee and the Hollow Speed
Buffet Dinner
A Tribute to Fred Fenster - Penland School of Crafts’ 2011 Outstanding Artist Educator
Live Auction
Saturday Auction Preview, Dessert, Coffee, Cocktails and Music
Music by Brian McGee and the Hollow Speed
Saturday August 13
Coffee at the Barns
Resident artists welcome guests to their studios in the Barns for coffee served in handmade souvenir mugs.
Silent Auction
Buffet Lunch
Live Auction
Penland Gallery Reception
Make a purchase of $100 or more at the Penland Gallery between Friday and Saturday of the auction weekend and you will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Penland Gallery Gift Certificate.
For additional information, call 828-765-2359, ext. 40 or email