Tryon Toy Story Weekend is drawing near

Published 9:38 pm Thursday, September 3, 2015

The toys are popping up everywhere! Colorful animals, dainty little dolls, jaunty soldiers and cowboys are seen in front of several businesses. Even Eleanor Roosevelt was seen on the steps of the Toy Cottage. The Town of Tryon is buzzing with anticipation for the weekend of Sept. 26 and 27 when those who revere our handcrafted history will descend on the town to cherish the memories of the Tryon Toy Makers and Wood Carvers.


The events have started already with the opening of the Wonders in Wood show at Gallery 1 at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. The opening on Friday, Aug. 28 brought out the collectors and the admirers of beautifully carved pieces from 100 years ago as well as some very handsome pieces of furniture from the more recent past. Don’t miss this show that will run until Oct. 10. Julia Calhoun, exhibit curator, has amassed a remarkable collection with photographs and descriptions of the pieces. They deserve a second look.

Sign up for our daily email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox


The next exhibit to commemorate the 100th anniversary will open at Tryon Arts and Crafts School on Friday, Sept. 11. It is the 100 Years of Craft exhibit which features some authentic Tryon Toy Maker toys for viewing as well as handcrafted items for sale made by members and friends of the School. Those who wish to lend any artifacts from the past can contact the school at 828-859-8323.

9.1ToyStoryWeekend Eleanor Roosevelt


The Tryon Historical Museum will be ready for its Grand Opening on Sept. 26 with a new look including a smart red and black awning and sign. The location is 26 Maple Street. The exhibit will bring back memories of earlier days in Tryon when the families, especially the Erskines, began to build and shape the town. Other interesting views will show early equestrian scenes and how the railroad brought visitors to the town.


Saturday, Sept. 26 will be a jam-packed day with self-guided tours of historic spots, a scavenger hunt for large toy images, an Evening Stroll with the band Pretty Little Goat playing on St. Luke’s Plaza at 5 p.m. Come join the fun and have your photo taken with the Rabbit Trio and become a kid again. The galleries and shops will be open later on that night after the grand opening celebration of the museum from 3:30 to 5 p.m.


Volunteers are still needed to help with the tours. If you can spare a couple of hours to talk with visitors to the 14 spots on the tour, please contact Christine Mariotti at 828-859-8392.


– Submitted by Christine Mariotti