Celebrate fall: Weekend offers live music, crafts, bike racing, great food

Published 3:20 pm Friday, October 17, 2008

Starting Friday afternoon, this weekend offers a wealth of ways to celebrate fall. Here are just a few of the events happening:

Tryon Arts & Crafts Fall Festival. Starting today and continuing through Sunday, the first annual juried Arts & Crafts Fall Festival will be held at Tryon Arts & Crafts on Harmon Field Rd. in Tryon. The festival will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event will be held rain or shine, and admission is free. For more details, see page 3.

Tour de Leaves. The popular annual cycling event the Tour de Leaves returns for its 10th year tomorrow, with cyclists starting and finishing at Harmon Field in Tryon. Three rides are offered: a metric century (actually 66 miles), a half-metric (32 miles) and a Family Fun Ride with a four or eight-mile option. Registration and check in are at 7 a.m.

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Meet the Artists. Kathleen&39;s Simply Irresistible Gallery in Tryon will be hosting the first Meet the Artist event tomorrow. The event offers a chance to meet a few of the artists who show their work in the gallery. Participating artists include photographer Mara Smith, textile artist Barbara Tilly, photographer Elaine Pearsons and candle maker Robin Van-Kannel.

Frank Vignola&39;s Rhythm Machine will perform at Tryon Fine Arts Center tomorrow at 8 p.m. Named by Les Paul as one of his &dquo;Five Most Admired Guitarists&dquo; and called the &dquo;most vicious tremolo-picker on the scene&dquo; by the editor of &uot;Guitar Player&uot; magazine, Vignola is considered one of the finest multi-dimensional guitar players on the planet. Call 859-8322 for ticket information.

Shuckin&39; and Shaggin&39;. FENCE&39;s annual Shuckin&39; and Shaggin&39; will be held tomorrow from 5 to 11 p.m. The event features live music, dancing and food, especially oysters. Tickets sold only in advance.