|Thank you for visiting the Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Inc. (WAFS) web site. Founded in 2000, WAFS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on nurturing musical appreciation of acoustic, traditional music. Meetings are the fourth Monday of each month 7:00 PM except December. Refer to event list for VENUE location and information.|
|Our mission is the enjoyment, perpetuation and encouragement of all types of acoustic music, educating the public in music appreciation and forms of self entertainment, sharing of musical ideas, venues, performing, passing down, and preserving this region's musical heritage for our youth.|
|TOM DOOLEY: A WILKES COUNTY LEGEND soundtrack is once again available on CD. The CD is a collaboration between The Wilkes Playmakers and WAFS. The play was written by Karen Reynolds of Wilkes County. This award winning CD may be purchased by calling 336.902.2570 or at our meetings. The price is $12 for members $15 non-members. They make great gifts too!|
|NEWS FLASH! ATTENTION WAFS MEMBERS! WAFS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ANOTHER BENEFIT OFFERED TO OUR MEMBERS! Receive a discount on select items when you present your WAFS membership card at MAIN STREET MUSIC AND LOAN, 302 Main St, North Wilkesboro, NC, THE VINTAGE CORNER, 1401-B 2nd St, North Wilkesboro, NC and HAMBY MUSIC AND PAWN, 1205 West D St, North Wilkesboro, NC. Discounts given at time of purchase by owner discretion. |
|Contact President Susan Rhodes at a meeting or email SusanWAFS@gmail.com to purchase a WAFS TEE SHIRT(S). Shirt has the WAFS logo, colors royal blue or heather gray, price is $10.00, sizes adult S-3XL. This is a fund raiser for WAFS YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS. WAFS Inc. is a 501(c )(3) not for profit organization. Donations are tax deductible as prescribed under the law. Check with your tax professional.|
|Applications for 2020 WAFS SCHOLARSHIPS to Pete Wernick Jam Camp at MerleFest and Swannanoa Gathering, Asheville, NC will be accepted until October 31, 2019. Winners will be announced in April 2020. Please click on scholarship for info and printable applications! DEADLINE FOR 2020 is OCTOBER 31, 2019 POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN 12:00 MIDNIGHT. WAFS BOARD SUGGESTS GETTING APPLICATION IN ASAP! GOOD LUCK. WAFS APPRECIATES YOUR INTEREST!
|2020 INFO on Pre-MerleFest events, Pickin' Place at MerleFest and Little Pickers Instrument Pettin' Zoo! Beginning 2 pm Sunday, April 19, 2020 (prior to MerleFest) the celebration of music concert honoring the late Dr. T.R. Bryan Jr.(DOD 9.17.2011) Sadly, his beloved wife, Ruth passed 10.8.2017. The musical festivities continue the entire week at the Pickin' Place at MerleFest 2020. If you are interested in volunteering with WAFS at MerleFest pre-activities, Pickin' Place at MerleFest or Little Pickers Instrument Pettin' Zoo at MerleFest contact Keith at 336.902.2570. YOU MUST BECOME A WAFS MEMBER TO VOLUNTEER! Volunteer early! Need musicians of various genres, dancers, strolling musicians, team leaders. Celebrate all week beginning April 19 thru April 26, 2020! BECOME A MEMBER OF WAFS AND VOLUNTEER and earn a wristband to MerleFest. Call 336.902.2570 for more info. Wristbands required Thursday, April 23 thru Sunday, April 26, 2020. This is a great benefit for WAFS members.|
~ 2019 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ~ SWANNANOA GATHERING, ASA NELSON AND BOBBY W. FIELDS ~ JAM CAMP AT MERLEFEST, OWEN COMBS ~ DR. T.R. BRYAN, JR. AWARD (BLUE RIDGE MUSIC HALL OF FAME) INDUCTEE, MIKE PALMER ~ CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!
A special THANK YOU TO ALL THE WAFS VOLUNTEERS AT MERLEFEST! You make WAFS possible and your support in MerleFest is greatly appreciated. In whatever capacity you give to WAFS THANK YOU - THANK YOU!
TO GO DIRECTLY TO MERLEFEST CLICK ON FLATTOP THE RACCOON, MERLEFEST MASCOT IN UPPER RIGHT CORNER. UNDER THINGS TO DO *SEE THE PICKIN' PLACE* - THIS IS US! WAFS also has an INSTRUMENT PETTIN ZOO located in the Little Pickers Area. Be sure to visit us in 2020!
The Wilkes Heritage Museum houses the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. Each year the WAFS board nominates three local, musical candidates from the Blue Ridge area. These names are given to the BRMHoF board. This process results in one individual receiving the prestigious Dr. T.R. Bryan, Jr. Award thus inducting the individual into the BRMHoF. The BRMHoF nominating board in conjunction with the BRMHoF voting committee elects the remaining Hall of Fame members for the year. Members are inducted at a musical ceremony held each June at the Hall of Fame, 103 East Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC. (The nominees and selection for the Dr. Bryan award is a partnership between the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame and Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Inc.)
WAFS encourages old time, traditional, folk music and dance. The range of public domain music and songs is enormous. Irish, English, Deep South, African-American and Native American music gives folks new to the music craft an extraordinary learning experience. Seasoned musicians tell us their talents are always improving through our meetings and gatherings.
WAFS also encourages the art of song writing. An internationally known song writing contest is held annually in Wilkesboro on the campus of Wilkes Community College during MerleFest. We love to hear that someone in our area used their creative talent to enter the Chris Austin Song Writing Contest. Chris was a native of Boone, NC and was among members of Reba McEntire's band killed in a plane crash in 1991. Find more info at merlefest.org
WAFS welcomes you and your family to become a WAFS member. $20 individual, $25 family. Scholarships, meetings, workshops, local discounts, e-newsletter, tee-shirts and special volunteering at MerleFest are just some of the benefits we offer.
Thank you for visiting the Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Inc. website. Please like us on Face Book and follow us on Twitter. Take all the time you need to look over the site and become familiar with our 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
|WAFS Monthly Meeting - 9/23/2019 - 7:00 pm - Watson Stage at Wilkes Community College|
This month's meeting will be at the Watson Stage. Regular monthly meeting and jam session--including Old Time, Blue Grass, Acoustic Folk, song and dance. Free event for all ages, WCC is a tobacco free campus. Also, remember that we will move back to the Wilkes Heritage Museum on Main Street, Wilkesboro for the October and November 2018 meeting.
|WAFS Monthly Meeting - 10/28/2019 - 7:00 pm - Wilkes Heritage Museum|
FRIENDLY REMINDER!!! WAFS monthly meeting moves to the Wilkes Heritage Museum, Main St. Wilkesboro, NC through March 2020!
Regular monthly meeting and jam session--including Old Time, Blue Grass, Acoustic Folk, song and dance. Free event for all ages, The Heritage Museum is a tobacco free campus, located on Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC and is handicap accessible..
|Scholarship applications - 10/31/2019 - 12:00 MIDNIGHT - Mailed to John Lodgson|
****APPLICATION FORMS ARE UNDER THE HEADING SCHOLARSHIP AT THE TOP OF WEBPAGE!!! *** ALL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN October 31, 2019. MAILING ADDRESS IS ON THE APPLICATION FORM. THIS INCLUDES APPLICATIONS FOR JAM CAMP AT MERLEFEST AND SWANNANOA GATHERING. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED APRIL 2020 . GOOD LUCK TO ALL APPLICANTS! THANK YOU FOR APPLYING!
|WAFS Monthly Meeting - 11/25/2019 - 7:00 pm - Wilkes Heritage Museum|
Regular monthly meeting and jam session--including Old Time, Blue Grass, Acoustic Folk, song and dance. Free event for all ages, The Heritage Museum is a tobacco free campus, located on Main Street, Wilkesboro, NC and is handicap accessible. Reminder: no meeting in December!
|No meeting due to holidays! - 12/25/2019 - 00:00 - Happy Holidays|
WAFS board and members wish you a MUSICAL and Merry Holiday Season, and a prosperous New Year. Be safe in whatever you do. We will meet January 2019.
|Appalachian Christmas - 1/8/2020 - 3:15 pm - Lutheran Church of the Atonement|
The Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Brushy Mountain Road (Oakwoods Road) Wilkesboro will host "Appalachian Christmas - A Musical Celebration of Old Christmas, A Christmas Card to the Community". Free event, everyone welcome. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food as a donation to Wilkes County h.o.p.e. Ministry food bank. Wilkes Acoustic Folk Society Members and other musicians from the community will celebrate Epiphany with song and music of guitar, banjo, mandolin, harp, bagpipe, drum, hammered dulcimer, piano, organ, fiddle, and upright bass. Refreshments after the program.
|Yearly Membership Drive - 3/1/2020 - 12:00 - Mail dues WAFS PO Box 2038, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659|
Time to renew your membership or become a first time member. $20 individual or $25 family. Dues cover from March 2020 to March 2021.. Enjoy meetings, tee-shirts, workshops, scholarships, e-newsletter, local discounts, and special MerleFest Pickin' Place passes! Volunteer and earn MerleFest armbands. All ages welcome! GIVE THE GIFT OF MUSIC, BUY A MEMBERSHIP FOR SOMEONE! Note, you may also attend a meeting and pay dues!