Saturday’s 34th annual Mountain Glory Festival, set for 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., features plenty of entertainment.
Here is what you can look forward to:
Entertainment on the new stage on North Main Street:
10 a.m. Possum Creek. This band's performances include old-time, bluegrass, comedy, and gospel. Possum Creek performs at Woody's Original Mountain Music on Friday nights and they also can be found playing at area festivals, assisted living residences, rehabilitation centers, and church and community fund raisers. Members of the band include: Harold Harless - banjo and vocals, Jim Elkins - mandolin and vocals, Tom Ramey - guitar and vocals, and Carol Harless - bass. Harold and Jim are also songwriters. The signature song for Possum Creek is the popular "Five Pounds of Possum,” complete with lovable possums.
11:30 a.m. – Greg Conley. “You do not want to miss this powerful performance. Known for strong vocals, Greg makes chills up and down your spine. Greg grew up in Marion singing with his family and you want to be there.”
12:30 p.m. – Addie’s Chapel Adult Choir. “If you want your heart warmed and your spirit lifted, then Addie’s Chapel is who you want to hear. Singing together for over 30 years, Addie’s Chapel is a local gospel choir that has been a mainstay at Mountain Glory Festival for many years. Always a crowd pleaser, many are original members and the wonderful harmony of years practice shines in every song. They do a variety of gospel music and hymns. We don’t want to miss this wonderful choir.”
2 p.m. - Dave Dribbon & Sidecar Honey. The songwriting and sound make this band something original, stand out and special. Down home roots with a modern edge. Lead vocalist/guitarist Dave Dribbon is the songwriter; Kimberly Tzakos is the other lead vocalist, adding Motown and soul to the mix. The original songs are Indie/Americana/Rock. Strong gritty vocals with rich harmonies and a dynamic and sometimes heavy backbeat. The songs are complimented by Simon George, playing lead on piano, and Daniel Walton on bass and cello. Will Miller on drums throws Rock, Cajun and Americana beats into the mix. “Sidecar Honey is thoughtful Americana with pop hooks and rock propulsion, while they manage to feel at once fresh and familiar.”
4 p.m. – ShBoom. Doo Wop has a special place in the hearts of those who grew up in that wonderful era but it also has broad appeal to nearly all age groups today. ShBoom is an a cappella musical group that specializes in singing the Doo Wop music from the “Fabulous Fifties” that originated on street corners in Philadelphia in the mid- to late 1950s with some “newer” music like songs by Billy Joel to the mix. The group is based out of the Land of Sky Barbershop Chorus in Asheville and performs through western North Carolina. ShBoom members are: Randy Johnston who sings lead; Jeff Foster who sings baritone; Ed Mathis who sings bass; Franklin Pierce who sings lead and tenor; Rook Wetzel, who sings baritone even when he is working at Cafe Marion; Scott Eggert, who sings a mighty fine lead and tenor; Jim Gordon who sings baritone; and Dan Gregg, who also sings those low down bass notes; and Mike Richard adds more bass. You can follow ShBoom on their Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/ShBoomAcapellaQuartet.
Entertainment on the Family Stage (courthouse lawn)
10:30 a.m. – Best Dressed Pet Contest
A delightful part of every Mountain Glory Festival, see the innovative ideas of a “Best Dressed Pet.” An all-time favorite was a goat dressed as a ballerina.
11:30 a.m. - Lake Lure Cloggers – Traditional mountain dancing.
Noon - Robinson Martial Arts/RMA Karate
Robinson Martial Arts/RMA Karate is the representative organization of the United Goju-Shorin Karate Association in western North Carolina. Located at 242-A North Main St., RMA Karate is an award winning dojo, having recently placed first place in several regional competitions. See demonstrations and learn more about the discipline of martial arts.
12:45 p.m. - Little Miss McDowell, Addison Cunningham – Don’t miss McDowell’s reigning queen.
1 p.m. – Local talent
Keira Honeycutt, age 11, will sing “Castle on a Cloud” from “Les Miserables.”
2 p.m. – Coleman Arrowood Band
The Coleman Arrowood Band is a locally based band playing the best of rock and country music. They play cover songs from well-known artists such as Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney as well as their own original songs. The audience can expect to rock out and have a great time. Band members are Marion’s own Coleman Arrowood as lead singer and on the guitar; Nate Lowe is lead guitarist and hales from Ware Shoals, S.C.; keeping the drums hot is Marion’s Corey Owensby; on the rhythm guitar is Marion native, Noah Dunham and rounding the band with the bass beat is Avery Amerto.
You do not want to miss the Coleman Arrowood Band’s primer appearance on the Family Stage at Mountain Glory Festival
4 p.m. – Miss Mountain Glory Festival Crowning – 1st annual crowning of the new Miss Mountain Glory Festival.
The Mountain Glory Festival Quilt Show
On display for the month of October, see the mountain tradition of quilting alive and well with dozens of quilts and quilted pieces. The Quilt Show has been a beautiful and colorful addition to Mountain Glory Festival for many years and all are one of a kind works of art. Free admission and enjoy the MACA Art Gallery while you are there.
Author Julia Nunnally Duncan will have a book-signing at the MACA Authors' Booth during the Mountain Glory Festival from 9:30 to around 1:30. Her books “A Part of Me” and “A Place that was Home” will be featured at the book signing.
Wine & Beer Garden
The wine and beer garden returns for the 2017 Mountain Glory. Wine and beer will be available for purchase by glass or bottle, 21 and older, ID required. Wine will be provided by South Creek Winery and Lake James Cellars. Beer is from Catawba Brewing Co. The Garden will be located beside State Farm Insurance and will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Restrooms are located beside the courthouse, at the Main Street Stage and at First Baptist Church. Handicapped restrooms are at Main Street Stage. Handicap parking is behind State Farm Insurance. Free shuttle service for the Mountain Glory festival is available from the Roses parking lot. Everyone is encouraged to ride the shuttle, which will depart every 30 minutes to and from the festival.