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.

Wineries:
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

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

Artisans:
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

Non-Profits:
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
Music
Door prizes
Lunch

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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river house inn ashe countyWith so many well-known artists and their studios located in our area, there’s no shortage of amazing art to visit and view!

Ian and Jo Lydia Craven are world renowned for their handbuilt porcelain dinnerware, wall sculptures, bowls and vases.

For over twenty five years, Rob and Bet Mangum have been creating and producing hand crafted pottery and ceramic sculpture.

Also check out Hoffman Pottery and Kosinski Watercolors & Oil Paintings of Jerusalem, the Holy Land & the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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  • Steinway Artist Emile Pandolfi is a performing pianist/comedian/recording artist.
  • His catalog of 28 CDs have sold nearly three million copies nationally. All were recorded on his own label, MagicMusic, which he started in 1991. He is reportedly the top-selling artist in the alternative (gift and bookstore) market in the US.
  • He has been performing 25-30 shows a year in Performing Arts Centers around the country for the past 15 years. The shows are solo two-hour performances combining his passion for the piano, his love of laughter, and his instant rapport with his audiences. Emile has never met a stranger – and his fans see it when he takes the stage.
  • His shows are so successful presenters have re-booked him as many as eight times, with three or four venue returns the usual.
  • If a comparison is called for, most people compare his shows to those of Victor Borge because of his signature combination of friendly humor and elegant interpretations supported by an extraordinary classical technique.
  • Participants in the Week with Emile in 2010 were asked to rate the week from 1 to 10. One wrote 212 – BOILING!
  • For streaming audio, video, recording catalog, and a lot of other information about Emile Pandolfi, visit: www.emilepandolfi.com.

Sunday Salons 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.

The Sunday Salons begin at 4:00 PM; hors d’oeuvre at 5:00 PM; more music and a four-course chef’s choice menu is served at 6:00 PM. Entertainment, hors d’oeuvre and dinner! Please call 336-982-2109 for more info!

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2654075393_b55deeb4f2When you stay at River House Inn, try to make a special trip to this quaint downtown to discover some great art! Sally Mae’s Emporium has a wide variety of local art. Acorn Gallery has originals and limited edition reproductions by Raney Rogers, one of North Carolina’s most well-known artists. The Ashe County Arts Council has changing exhibits and a gallery shop (also ask them about their Barn Quilt Tour). Originals Only Gallery has original works of art by one of Ashe County’s favorite artists, Joan Stiles Bell, and fine handcrafted wood furniture by Tom Sternal.

R T Morgan Art & Glass By Camille. has sculpture and paintings by internationally known artist R.T. Morgan and stained glass by regionally known artist Camille Morgan. SMART Gallery offers exquisite paintings, photography, fine woodworking, furniture, stained glass, jewelry, pottery, live art, and workshops. West Jefferson’s downtown area hosts several murals that create a “walking tour.”

The murals are the works of local artists and others in North Carolina that depict the area’s history and unique character. Stop at the Ashe County Cheese Store, offering more than 50 varieties of cheese, gifts, souvenirs, snacks, plus our own Ashe County Cheese, Country Butter, and fresh cheese curd. And don’t miss Bohemia, art gallery and coffee shop.

Visit the town of West Jefferson: http://www.townofwj.com

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