Looking for something to do this weekend?…Here are a few local events

LENOIR, NC (May 19, 2017)…Upcoming events from the Caldwell Arts Council calendar of events.

MAY 20 – LENOIR – Hues & Brews, meet artists and craft brewers in downtown Lenoir – a fundraiser event of the Caldwell Arts Council; 828-754-2486; www.caldwellarts.com Regional brewers, artisans, and musicians are coming to Downtown Lenoir for the Third Annual Hues and Brews. Chat with the brewers and artists, and check out their handcrafted offerings. With a $10 entry fee, you’ll receive a keepsake glass and 5 tokens. Additional tokens are $1 each (1 token = 2-ounce pour; use 5 tokens for a pint). For $35, get a VIP experience that includes a special preview hour & 12 tokens. Advance tickets are available at the Caldwell Arts Council. Early $10 tickets come with an extra token, and early VIP tickets can be had at $30 with 10 tokens.

MAY 20 – HICKORY – Hickory Museum of Art presents “Lecture: An Academic History of Art and Nature” in the Coe Gallery; call HMA at 828-327-8576 to register. This program starts at the Museum where Elliott Millinor will give a lecture on Kant’s aesthetics and natural teleology (45-60 minutes). Afterwards, participants will view Jonathan brilliant’s Hickory Sticks exhibition. Participants will then drive to Riverbend Park for a guided nature hike that highlights plants and animals that embody beauty, the sublime, and/or are ecologically significant. The hike will last 1.5 – 2 hours and cover approximately 2.5 miles of trails so pack a snack and some water. Must have a minimum of 8 for program to run.

MAY 20 – FERGUSON – Whippoorwill Academy and Village’s TOM DOOLEY DAY (live music, old-time demonstrations on many crafts and skills that are almost forgotten, cloggers, Appalachian toys, blacksmithing, wood working, flint napping, fireplace cooking, authors, art, drama performances, lectures about early rifles and guns, Civil War artifacts, collecting and much more). Interested vendors may request applications now by contacting Margaret Carter Martine: mrmartine@gmail.com or PO Box 268, Ferguson NC 28624.  Whippoorwill Academy and Village will then be open on each 3rd Saturday through October

MAY 20-21 – NORTH WILKESBORO – The Wilkes Art Gallery invites the public for a unique raku firing demonstration with artist Steven Forbes-deSoule. Two-day workshop with Steven demonstrating some of his throwing and hand building techniques the first day and talks about self-formulated glazes and what it takes to develop a raku glaze. Day two includes discussiong glaze application, and then glazing and firing a piece in his portable raku kiln; call 336-667-2841 or email programs@wilkesartgallery.org to register