Upcoming Events

The Clay Lunsford Jazz Quartet will play for the Sunday Salon on September 21.
Music starts at 4:00; hors d’oeuvres at 5:00; dinner at 6:00. 336-982-2109 for reservations.


We have some very special wines for our Italian Wine Dinner on Friday, September 26th.
Please call for information – and the very special menu!

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The 13th Annual New River Blues Festival. River House – August 31st

Labor Day Sunday
August 31, 2014
Gates Open at Noon
Music Starts at 1:00 PM
Festival Ends at 6:00 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas (rain or shine).
No coolers or pets on lawn please!
Food, mixed & soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase!


JOHNNY NEEL, veteran of The Allman Brothers Band, The Dickey Betts Band, and Gov’t Mule, has an impeccable musical pedigree of the highest order. Nashville’s bluesman-keyboard-player-extraordinaire has written songs covered by John Mayall, Delbert McClinton and other legends. His warm, lived in, passionate vocals and his electrifying performance on keys will shake the mountains with exuberant musical energy!
Washington DC’s CHARLIE SAYLES is a phenomenal harmonica player who has invested his music with all the heartache of a foster child, Viet Nam vet, and wandering troubadour. Charlie’s elegant, agile playing and gritty voice won him the attention of The Smithsonian Folklife Festival where he made several apearences with Pete Seeger. This will be one of Sayles’ very rare festival appearences.. So we encourage you to experience while you can this raw, funky, mesmerizing, elusive genius. He will be joined by guitar prodigy Tony Fazio.
PAT “MOTHER BLUES” COHEN is a saucy, scintillating singer who cut her teeth in New Orleans where she reigned as the divine Mama of the blues six nights a week. Mother Blues brings to her performances all the extravagant excitement that defines the effervescent Big Easy. Her irrepressible concerts in the US and abroad have brought her international accolades and renown.
BOO HANKS stands as one of the greatest authentic Piedmont Blues discoveries in many years. Mr. Hanks performs exquisitely in the style of Blind Boy Fuller and is the last keeper-of-the-flame of that historic music. He brings to his performances all the deep experiences and insights of working in the tobacco fields nearly his entire life. Now at the age of 84, Boo’s talents have ripened and matured to their spellbinding height.
THE KING BEES have performed on numerous European festival stages, several times at the prestigious Lincoln Center, and in Mississippi juke joints. Guitarist, keyboardist Hound Dog Baskerville and bassist, singer, song writer Queen Bee Zamagni formed the band 28 years ago. Over the years they forged important musical relationships with many blues greats and have toured with BB King and Bo Diddley. Hound Dog Baskerville is a NATIONAL BLUE RIDGE HERITAGE ARTIST. They produce New River Blues Festival with Donovan Murray as an homage to the real-deal artists who created this most wonderful of American music and who generously share their extraordinary gifts. THE KING BEES will be joined by special friends.



September 7th – Wayne Henderson and Helen White


Wayne Henderson is a National Heritage Award recipient honored for his craftsmanship as a luthier and his renowned finger-style Appalachian guitar playing. His instruments are coveted worldwide and he sports a long waiting list for his guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Sponsored through the National Council for Traditional Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, Office of Arts America, European World of Bluegrass, Chet Atkins International Appreciation Society and numerous individual venues, Wayne has toured broadly in the U.S., Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. His lightening fast, articulate playing style was influenced by Doc Watson and EC Ball, both close friends and neighbors in this musically rich corner where Southwest Virginia meets Northwest North Carolina. His repertoire includes Appalachian fiddle tunes, Carter Family melodies and a few swing and rockabilly standards. He has won more awards at the Galax Fiddlers Convention than any other competitor in its seventy-seven year history.


A singer, fiddler, guitarist and tunesmith, Helen White has toured extensively with Wayne in the U.S. and Europe. Her compositions include works for theater and video projects as well as a Booklist honored recording of original songs for children. Helen is the founder and served as regional director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program from program inception in February of 2000 to June of 2013. This renowned program serves students in 25 mountain counties in Virginia, North and South Carolina introducing them to their musical heritage through small group instruction in the instruments and music common to the region.


Both Wayne and Helen are frequent instructors at major traditional music camps across the country.



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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 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!

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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Spring at last. We have missed seeing all of you!

River House opens April 2nd. Our first Sunday Salon on April 6th features Appalachian State University Flautist Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham and Guitarist Gabe Fankhauser with a program of Irish and Scottish traditional tunes from slip jigs and slides to hornpipes and reels.

Music begins at 4:00. A four-course menu by Chef Bill Klein follows at 6:00 – and River House recently received the People’s Choice Award for Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the county. .

For reservations, please call 336-982-2109.

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We are pleased to announce that the talented and gracious Emile Pandolfi will be our entertainment on New Year’s Eve! If you have not yet made a reservation, I highly recommend that you do as this is sure to be a delightful evening with great food, great friends, and great music. Cost is $100/person for 7 courses. We will start at 6:30 with cocktails and canapes, followed by dinner at 7:3



For reservations call: (336) 982-2109 


We still have a few seats available for our “Clean Out the Pantry” party on January 1st as well. Cost is $45 and, as always, chef will present a menu full of surprises. Dinner starts at 6 pm 


And there is still time to purchase your River House Dollars for the amazing 20% bonus value! Thanks to everyone who has participated thus far!


If we don’t see you before the New Year, have a wonderful holiday and we will see you soon!


Best wishes,


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