river house inn ashe county ncfeaturing Robin Voiers

based on the writings of Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald

by William Luce

Sunday, August 17th

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and meet “Zelda” – the symbol of the Jazz Age; a legend created by her famous husband F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though she played the role of the Compleat Flapper, she was altogether different from that sentimental stereotype. A talented author herself, she succumbed to schizophrenia and became a “graduate of half a dozen mental institutions.” The play occurs when she is 47, the day before her tragic death in a fire at Highlands Hospital in Asheville, N. C. During the play, Zelda relives the laughter and tears of her struggle for identification apart from Scott.

The play from 5:00 to 6:00; dinner at 6:00.

River House
1896 Old Field Creek Road
Grassy Creek, NC 28631

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river house inn ashe county ncPianist/Guitarist Aaron Price accompanying Poet Caleb Beissert’s readings of Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca.

Aaron Price and Caleb Beissert provide an afternoon’s salon. Aaron is no stranger to the Riverhouse, having performed here since 1994. He will add a musical backdrop on piano and guitar to the poetry reading of Washington DC native Caleb Beissert. 

Caleb’s translations of Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca’s works have garnered international attention and culminated in the release of his book, Beautiful: Translations from The Spanish, published by New Native Press in 2013.

The Price/Beissert program weaves enchanting music into these and other timeless works, including the poetry of Rumi, Hafez, Whitman, beat poetry, ad Beissert’s original works as well.

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river house inn ashe county ncThe August 3rd Sunday Salon will present Singer-Guitarist Dave Parsons. His Southern Rock/Classic Country show begins at 4:00. Please call 336-982-2109 to reserve.


Sunday Salons at the River House Inn on the New River are patterned on the famous international “salons” of the past; featuring musical and theatrical performances, poetry readings, book signings, art displays and literary and historical discussions, followed by dinner. If you can’t make dinner, you’re welcome to stop by for the entertainment in the North Carolina mountains and a libation with hors d’oeuvre! But please call to reserve.


Sunday afternoons on the front porch


Music from 4pm until 6pm


Hors d’oeuvre passed at 5pm


Four Course Chef’s Selection Menu seating at 6pm

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river house ashe countyGuitarist Wayne Henderson and Violinist Helen White will open the 12th Annual River House Winefest on Saturday, July 19th.

Twelve North Carolina Wineries will offer tastings, as well as bottles and cases.   They are Biltmore Estate, Brushy Mountain, Elkin Creek, Fair Game, Flint Hill, Grassy Creek, Hanover Park, Jones-vonDrehle, McRitchie, Rag Apple Lassie, and RayLen.

Artisans showing their wares include Craven Handbuilt Porcelain, Walnut Hills Crafts, High Country Glass,  Pogue Wood Art, Fiber Art by Peaceful Heart Alpacas, Hand-carved Wooden Bowls by Richard Weigand,  Silver…

Following Wayne and Helen, the Clay Lunsford Jazz Quartet will take the stage, and The Ardmores from Winston-Salem will rock until 5:00.

Various non-profit Ashe County organizations will share information about their activities, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Humane Society and Imagination Library.

Take home tasting glasses are provided and lunch is served.  $50 per person plus tax.  $25 for children and designated drivers.  No pets, please – not even those who can hold their licquor!

On the banks of the New River. 12 Noon to 5:00 PM, rain or shine.

River House Country Inn and Restaurant
1896 Old Field Creek Road
Grassy Creek, NC 28631

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River House Winefest

The 12th Annual River House Winefest is July 19 – 12 Noon to 5:00 pm.

Biltmore Estate Winery
RayLen Vineyards
Grassy Creek Vineyard
Rag Apple Lassie
Round Peak Vineyards
Hanover Park
Elkin Creek Vineyard
McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
Flint Hill Vineyards
Jones vonDrehle Vineyards

Wayne Henderson and Helen White
The Clay Lunsford Jazz Quartet
The Ardmores

Craven Handbuilt Porcelain
Walnut Hill Crafts
Shannon Boyd Glass
Clay Vessels and Jewelry by Sarah Greene
Goat Cheese by Daddy’s Girl Dairy
Wooden Bowls by Shawn

Ashe Chamber
National Committee for the New River
Ashe Humane Society
Imagination Ashe

Tickets are $50 plus 6.75% tax
Tasting glass
Unlimited tastings from 10 wineries
Door prizes

View this years poster here!

page-photo-115952Dave Desmelik is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical focus is on original compositions. What attracts listeners to Desmelik’s tunes, old and new, is the element of authenticity incorporated in them. There is no sugar coating involved. His songs are not wrapped in false smiles, rather they are stark and open and tend to settle on the pulse of everyday life. An unclosed and evolving journal of thoughts set to music and melodies in prose and instrumental performance. Desmelik was born and raised just outside of Atlanta, GA, but has traveled and lived in a multitude of landscapes. He currently resides in Brevard, NC. He was an original member of Onus B. Johnson, a successful band based in Flagstaff, AZ in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. This band was on the front wave of jamgrass while maintaining the passion for songwriting. Today, Desmelik continues to pursue an ascending path as a solo artist. More info on his website: http://www.davedesmelik.com.

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chad_lawsonPianist-composer Chad Lawson will be the performer for this Sunday Salon at River House.

Multi-award winning pianist and composer Chad Lawson has an impressive list of accomplishments in recent years that many artists could only hope for in a lifetime. He has released seven critically acclaimed albums, worked with renowned musicians and producers and has the distinguished honor of being a Steinway artist.

Born in North Carolina, Chad knew he wanted to be a musician at the age of five. He pursued this dream at age 18 when he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While in school, Chad began his career as a studio musician and after his studies at Berklee, he decided to go on tour with Babik Reinhardt (son of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt).

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