2016 Calendar of Events
The Banner House Museum will mark its tenth season of operation this summer along with the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation’s most ambitious Calendar of Events yet!
Docent Welcome Back and Orientation Luncheon
Thursday, June 9
An invitation event for our wonderful Volunteers! If you are interested in becoming a Docent or Volunteering in another way, please contact our Office and Museum Manager, Meredith Olan. We’d love to have you become part of our family!
Opening Day Event with Children’s Day Activities
Saturday, June 11
The lawn of the Banner House Museum will be buzzing with activity! Children can participate in heritage crafts, games and other activities. Bring a lawn chair to relax and listen to a performance by Foundation friends, Avery JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). Inside the Banner House, enjoy Open-House style Museum tours. Activities and Tours are free that day as a gift to the public from the Foundation, though donations are greatly appreciated.
We suggest bringing a folding chair and comfortable shoes!
Partner Organization Event: Independence Day Parade
Saturday, July 2
Crowds gather on the sidewalks of Main Street and Shawneehaw Avenue (by the Banner Elk stoplight) up to an hour in advance of the starting time. Bring your family and be ready to cheer on your favorite floats and enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth of July Parade. We'll even be participating ourselves—see you there! The parade is sponsored by our friends at the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce, as is the "Party in the Park" afterwards at Tate-Evans Park. Visit the Banner House Museum for Regular Saturday Hours (11-3).
We suggest bringing a folding chair and comfortable shoes!
Historic Downtown Banner Elk Walking Tour
Saturday, July 9
(Rain Date: Sunday, July 10)
Walk along the path of history as you learn about some of Banner Elk’s most prominent Historic Buildings, their roles in the community and the business they house today. You will be surprised what you’ll learn! Back at the Museum, enjoy Open-House style tours and Appalachian music performed by Avery JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). Tour tickets are $8 in advance or $10 on the day of the event and include Museum admission. We’re sorry, but Tickets are non-refundable. This event is co-sponsored by the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce.
The tour will be approximately 1 mile of walking including stairs and uneven terrain. We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes.
You may also want to sun protection or an umbrella.
Saturday, June 23
Walk amongst the grave sites of many of Banner Elk's earliest settlers and others who played important roles in shaping the community on a self-guided tour of the Historic Banner Elk Cemetery. To further enrich this unique experience, descendants of several families will be on hand to share their personal memories and family stories. To complement the Tour, the Banner House Museum will be welcome guests in Open-House style. A minimum suggested $5 donation is requested for the Cemetery Tour. Regular Museum Admission, or free with a $5 donation for the Tour (tickets will be given).
We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes.
In case of rain, event will be rescheduled...please check this site and Facebook
Heritage Luncheon at Elk River Club
Friday, July 27
A signature event for the Foundation, an elegant and entertaining luncheon at the Elk River Club will feature young Appalachian Musicians. Keynote speaker Jerry Turbyfill will provide a glimpse of the area’s railroad history. Traditionally an invitation event, please contact the Foundation to be added to the invitation list. (Individual Tickets are $50).
We suggest purchasing your tickets early and encouraging your friends to do the same so that we may accommodate table arrangement requests.
"Seldom Seen Lees-McRae" Bus Tour
Saturday, August 6
The Foundation’s most coveted event of previous seasons, Lees-McRae buses will chauffeur riders onto Lees-McRae’s campus to view the “Seldom Seen” structures you may have been wondering about-or never knew were there! Back at the Museum, docents will welcome guests in Open-House style. Appalachian music will be performed by Avery JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). This is an extremely popular event with limited availability-please call the Foundation to learn how to reserve a seat on the bus. Thanks to Lees-McRae, there is no charge for Bus Tour Tickets, though donations are greatly appreciated. Regular Museum Admission.
Be sure to inquire about how to reserve a seat.
Saturday, August 20
Historic quilts will be on display and contemporary textile arts will be offered for sale at the Historic Banner Elk School Gymnasium. Take a break from the Quilt Show at one of two lectures by quilter B.R. Hoffman. To complement the Quilt Show, the Banner House Museum will be welcome guests in Open-House style with an emphasis on the textiles on display. $5 Event Admission includes Museum Admission. Raffle Tickets to win a wall hanging quilt may be purchased at the event, the Museum and other locations around town.
Children’s Concert at the Historic Banner Elk School
Saturday, September 17
A special performance of Appalachian Music will be geared towards children. Local band “Thistle Dew” delights in sharing the musical heritage of our area with the next generation. This event is free to the public as a gift from the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation, though donations are greatly appreciated. This event is co-sponsored by the Banner Elk Book Exchange.
Saturday, October 1
Stroll through the Banner House Museum one last time with Open-House style tours and say goodbye to summer on the Banner House lawn with a final round of Children’s activities and Appalachian music performed by Avery JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians). Activities and Tours are free to the public as a gift from the Greater Banner Elk Heritage Foundation. Donations are greatly appreciated.
We suggest wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a folding chair.