Westside Mixer to feature art, live music and more

Published 11:50 am Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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Free event at Tryon Arts and Crafts School this Friday


TRYON—Tryon Arts and Crafts School is set to host the third Westside Mixer of the summer on Friday, August 11. The free event will take place at the Harmon Field Open Air Gym from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature live music, interactive art demonstrations, food trucks and games. The artistic theme for the gathering is fiber arts.

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Instructors Pam Herres, Ellen Davison, Sue Griffin, Merry-Beth Noble and others will demonstrate basketry, silk painting, quilting, weaving and felting.

Saluda’s Mercury Rising Band will be performing original blues and Americana at the event.. The band consists of Deb Camacho on guitar, keyboard, and vocals; Irv Camocho on percussion and vocals; Jay Lichty on guitar, banjo, and vocals; and Stan Halbkat on bass and vocals. 

“We are honored to play the second season of the mixers,” said Halbkat. “We are totally supportive of TAC’s message and hope to inspire creativity in the community, all artistic mediums included.” 

The Twisted Fork with Mill Spring Farm Store will have a culinary education booth featuring seasonal selections from local farms. Self-guided games such as cornhole, washer toss and bocce ball will be available, along with youth crafts and a Westside Mixer t-shirt giveaway. 

“Our goal is to have something for everyone,” says TACS Executive Director Will Barclift. “Guests can look forward to the ample shade and enjoy live music, demonstrations, good food and other entertainment.”

Barclift added that the setting of the event adds an exciting element.

“It’s special to sit a stone’s throw from the Pacolet River engulfed by the nearby mountains and witness craft and creativity – all things that make the Polk County and Western North Carolina region so unique,” he said. “And if that isn’t cool enough, we’ll have a misting station to cool you down.”