Storyteller, Nancy Basket to perform at FENCE

Published 9:30 am Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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It has been a few months since FENCE has been able to offer any of their free, monthly programs for the community. FENCE is bringing back their programming with some slight changes to ensure a safe and fun experience for all guests. “We are excited to be able to offer these fun and educational programs for community members again. It has been a long few months and we sure have missed being able to gather in our normal fashion.”

On Sunday, June 14th at 4:00 p.m., Nancy Basket will be performing at FENCE. Nancy tells Cherokee stories of respect from elders and how old legends live, connecting us all to life as we know it now.

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Basket has coiled and woven vessels for 40 years since she helped start the first basketry guild in the U.S. in modern times. She uses Pine Needles, Kudzu and other invasive species.

Moving South from Washington state in 1989, she has taught in public schools as an artist in education. Nancy makes 8-foot coiled sculptures depicting Cherokee stories, five foot chandeliers and miniatures as big as your thumb nail. Nancy’s 100-year-old barn is retrofitted with kudzu bales and is her teaching workshop, where she makes her handmade paper from kudzu leaves in Walhalla, SC.

In order to allow this programming, FENCE is making some slight changes to adhere to NC guidelines and ensure a safe experience for all who attend. The program will be moved outdoors to the pavilion adjacent to the FENCE center. The pavilion is covered to allow for shade and protection from rain. Pre-registration will be required to attend the program. We will be limiting the number of attendees to keep in line with Phase 2 restrictions on outdoor gatherings. Please register by calling FENCE at 828-859-9021 or emailing

We are encouraging that attendees wear facemasks and do their best to social distance. Seating will be spaced out more than usual and hand sanitizer will be available. Thank you for understanding and FENCE is looking forward to seeing the community again!

FENCE is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road in Tryon.


Submitted by Amy Schmitte