All day long Saturday, the Mountain Glory festival will have no shortage of entertainment. Here’s a lineup of who will be performing.
City Stage — North Main StreetEast Side Blues Project — 10 a.m.
Created out of a need to play music and entertain friends the East Side Blues Project was launched during the summer of 2018. Because of all the members being from the eastside of somewhere, (East Marion, East Old Fort and the east side of U.S. 221 in North Cove) the name immediately fit. Gary and Tracy Walker (drums and keyboard respectively) are natives, as well as bassist Gerald Edney. Boston native but long-time North Carolina resident Eric Best is the master of the guitars. Gino Pride on harmonicas rounds out the project, and claims the south of New York City as his birthplace. The East Side Blues Project will play the festival with New Hope of McDowell County, the local non-profit domestic violence and sexual assault agency, as beneficiary of all tips and compensation during the show. Come see our some of our local talent play the blues, with a little rock and roll thrown in and help support the theme of “No Excuse For Abuse,” according to a news release.
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, according to the news release.
12:30 p.m. — Addie’s Chapel Gospel Choir
If you want your heart warmed and your spirit lifted, then Addie’s Chapel is who you want to hear. Singing together for more than 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. — Chikomo Marimba
Chikomo Marimba is a group that plays contemporary and traditional Zimbabwean music. Their mission is to share and celebrate the joy of the music. As a performing group, Chikomo Marimba’s intention is to create interactive experiences that encourage audience participation, celebration, and dance. Their mission is to bring joy through their music. They are dedicated to bring people together in a multi-generational experience, introducing people to marimba music. As musicians, they are committed to the ongoing sustainability of future generations of Chikomo Marimba. They invest time and energy individually and collectively to create a fun, dynamic, and satisfying experience. Chikomo Marimba fosters a supportive, growth oriented, and safe environment to participate in learning, creating, sharing, performing, and playing music together, according to a news release.
4 p.m. — East Side Blues Project
Family Stage — Courthouse Lawn10:30 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
The Lake Lure Cloggers goal is to have fun, first and foremost, and to infuse enthusiasm wherever they go. They perform at festivals, charity events, senior centers and private parties and dance to many different types of music — from bluegrass and country to 1980s and more.
Noon — Carolina Dance Company
Located at 357 East Court St., Carolina Dance Company is owned by Lindsey Simolke.
12:45 p.m. — 2019 Little Miss McDowell, Ava Effler
2019 Little Miss McDowell Ava Effler is 10 years old and a rising fifth grader at Pleasant Gardens Elementary. Ava is the daughter of Brent and Emily Effler, she has two sisters Destiny and Ember and a brother Carter. Ava’s passion is singing and says it has been an honor getting to perform at our local festivals/events and getting to know her community.
1 p.m. — Le Petit Dance Studio
Located at 2270 221 North Business, Le Petit Dance Studio is owned by Candice Jones.
2 p.m. — Skiffle Creek
Skiffle Creek is a three-piece band from McDowell County. Their performance falls somewhere in the vicinity of “Woody Guthrie and Leon Redbone meet the B-52s and John Denver at a Tom Petty tribute,” or maybe something completely different depending on which night you see them.
The band includes Professor Piffle, Mr. E and Freddy Bradburn. Freddy has been putting out quality songs around here for many years, and is the only one of us famous under his real name. You do not want to miss Skiffle Creek’s appearance on the Family Stage at Mountain Glory Festival, according to a news release.
4 p.m. — Above the Barre Dance Studio
Located at 29 Logan St., Above the Barre Dance Studio is owned by Erin Nanney.
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.
Restrooms are located beside the courthouse, at the City Stage and at the First Baptist Church.
Restroom for those with disabilities are at the Main Street Stage. Parking for those with disabilities is behind State Farm Insurance.
Shuttle service available beside Kirksey Funeral Home to McDowell Senior Center every 30 minutes.