Summer Resource Guide – 2016

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2016 Summer Resource Guide for Kids & Families

Dear Parents

We hope you find this Summer Resource Guide helpful as you plan summer activities for your children. There are many free or low-cost activities in our community to help your children stay active and be engaged while they are enjoying summer break.


Remember that Yancey Transportation Authority (682-6144) or Mitchell Transportation Authority (688-4715) is happy to help with transportation needs during the summer months. For more community information and resources please check out our website at


A reminder from the Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force to keep all medications locked up and out of reach of children.  Also, be sure that prescription medications are stored and locked from unintentional abuse by anyone in your home.  Help to ensure that our kids, teenagers and community are safe and drug-free!


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 Have a healthy, safe, and happy summer!

Community Activities

Sizzlin’ Summer Series

All events are FREE

 A program of Graham Children’s Health Services, Healthy Yancey is a partnership of concerned citizens working together to improve the quality of health for all people in Yancey County. Our mission for this Sizzlin’ Summer Series is to increase connectedness and physical activity, highlighting fun ways to get active with your family and neighbors in our community.

Schedule of Summer Events (each week of activities runs Saturday – Friday) All Saturday Square activities are 10:00-12:00 on the Town Square, unless otherwise indicated

June 11 – Tennis/Disc Golf – Saturday Square activity: Mobile Disc Golf

June 13 – 16: Free Racquteers Tennis Camp at MHHS, starting at 9:00

June 13th: On your mark, get set, color! – Yancey Library

June 15th – 10:00-2:00: Disc Golf at MHHS

On your own: Tennis courts at MHHS, Disc Golf at MHHS


June 18 – Biking/Wheels – Saturday Square activity – bikes, trikes, scooters, rollerblades & skates around the square – helmets required; traffic around the south half of the square will be closed for this event. Fender-blender on the Square – bicycle powered smoothies!

June 18th – 1:00-3:00: Bike Clinic at Solstice Cycles

June 22nd – 1:00-3:00: Bike Clinic at Solstice Cycles

June 20th: On your mark, get set, win it! Reading Club at the Yancey Library

On your own: Biking Guide for Yancey County, also Cane River Park, Black Mountain Campground, Spin Classes at Blue Ridge Fitness Center


June/25 – Dance/gymnastics – Saturday Square activity – Clogging on the Square

June 25th – 3:00: Into to Step offered by Mars Hill University Step Team at Old Burnsville Gym

June 28th – 11:00: Dance class at Old Burnsville Gym with Angel from Dimensions Studio

June 28th – 3:00: Intro to Gymnastics at Burnsville Town Center; Open House during gymnastics classes immediately following from 3:30-6:30.

June 29th – 10:00: Zumba at the Old Burnsville Gym


July 1st – Family Dance Party!! – 5:00 PM – Town Square – DJ Steve Grindstaff

July/2 – Community Playgrounds – Saturday Square activity – Hula hoops and juggling

July 8th – 10:00-11:00. Play group at Kid Mountain with Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

On your own: Kid Mountain, Ray Court Park, Cane River Park – playgrounds & fitness equipment, church playgrounds


July/9 – Yoga/Tai Chi – Saturday Square activity: Yoga and Tai Chi: 9:30 – 11:00: Beginner –

intermediate yoga, 11:15 – 12:15: Tai Chi

July 14th – 5:15-6:30: Yoga at the Burnsville Library

July 11th: On your mark, get set, shine! Reading Club at the Library

On your own: Classes at Blue Ridge Fitness Center and Celo Health Center


July/16 – Walking – Family hike to Roaring Fork Falls – 1 mile stroll. Meet on the Town Square to board Yancey Transportation vans by 10:00 AM – NC High Peaks Trail Association

July 18: Quilt Square Walking Tour at 1:00, meet in the Square. (Rain date July 21st.)

July 18th: On your mark, get set, relax! Reading Club at the Library

July 22nd: Cane River Loop Trail hike (3/4 mile) – meet at the back parking lot of Mountain Heritage High School at 3:00 PM – NC High Peaks Trail Assoc.

On your own: Walking Trail Guide, Cane River Park, NC High Peaks, Hike WNC,


July/23 – Swimming/water sports – Saturday Square activity: sprinklers/water feature

July 28th: FREE admission to Toe River Campground Pool

July 29: FREE admission to Burnsville Pool

July 25th: On your mark, get set, shake it! Reading Club at the Library

On your own: local rivers, pools, Toe River Campground, canoes & kyaks, tubes, etc.


July/30 – Running – Saturday Square Activity – relay races for kids

On your own: Walking Trail Guide, Cane River Park, MHHS track


August/6 – Cane River Park – Saturday activity at the Park (Craft’s Fair on the Square) 10:00 – Sack races, hula hoops station, parachute games and more fun; 11:00 Birding walk

TBA – Story Board Walk at Cane River Park – AMY Regional Library

On your own: playgrounds, soccer, ballfields, fishing, bikes, trails, pollinator garden


August/13 – Gardening – Saturday Square Activity – Scavenger Hunt around town and public art

August 18th at Dig In! Yancey Community Garden: 9:45: Tai Chi for beginners with Jenny Boyd Bull at the garden; 10:00 – 1:00: Work Together Thursday. Everyone is welcome to the garden for our public work day.

On your own: Work in your family gardens and lend your neighbors a hand


August/20 – Just Have Fun and Get ACTIVE!! – Saturday Square activity – Kite Making

On your own: get out and get active with the activities of your choice!


* Updates and additions will be posted at, and on the Facebook page for Graham Children’s Health Services

AMY Public Library Summer Reading Club.  All Events begin at 11:00am. Note Burnsville and Spruce Pine locations/dates.

June 13/Yancey County Library; June 14/Spruce Pine Library   On Your Mark, Get Set…..COLOR!  Not Your Grandmother’s coloring book! Join us for one of the hottest new crazes to hit libraries around the country….…intricate coloring designs!  Recommended  ages 6+

June 20/Yancey County Library; June 23/Spruce Pine Library On Your Mark, Get Set….Win It! A Minute to Win It! Join us for a session of silly Minute to Win It Games!    Recommended ages 6+

July 5/Spruce Pine Library On Your Mark, Get Set…Chill Out! With Popcorn and a Movie! This year’s feature film is Disney Pixar’s CARS.  Bring your own popcorn and water, a blanket to sit on and enjoy the show!  Open to all ages!

July 11/Yancey County Library; July 12/Spruce Pine Library   On Your Mark, Get Set…..Shine! Join us to create and decorate large paper stars to take home and brighten any room in your house!    Recommended ages 8+

July 18/Yancey County Library; July 21/Spruce Pine Library   On Your Mark, Get Set….Relax! With YOGA!  Join us for a session of stretching and relaxation. And have fun learning some animal poses too! (Bring a yoga mat, a towel or small blanket)   Recommended ages 5+

July 25/Yancey County Library; July 28/Spruce Pine Library   On Your Mark, Get Set….Shake It! We shall end our summer program with some proper body shaking games and will even shake our own ice cream!   Recommended ages 6+

Math Games

Burnsville Library in the children’s area; grades 1-5; Saturdays, 10:30-11:30, June 18 through July 30 (excluding July 2); hosted by local math tutor, Michele Williams, Ph.D.; FREE. Parents are asked to remain on the 1st floor during the activities. For more information email:

Play and Learn for children ages 5 and under

Mondays at Yancey County Public Library, 10:00-11:00am.  FREE.  Sponsored by Blue Ridge Partnership for Children.

Mitchell/Yancey Child Care Resource & Lending Library

Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM – 392 E. Main Street, Burnsville.  Free early childhood resources for checkout: books, games, puzzles, learning materials, crafts and art ideas. For more information, call 682-0717.

Music in the Park Summer Concert SeriesCentral Park, downtown Spruce Pine, 6-8pm on the first Friday of each month, May-September, with the exception of the July concert, which will be held on Monday, July 4th.  Concerts are family-friendly and free.  No alcohol or smoking.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair.  For more information call 765-3008.

May 6 – Jody Lovelace and John Vance

June 3 – The Rockabillys

July 4 – Bruce Ikard

August 5 – Jonah Riddle and the Carolina Express

Sept 2 – TBD

Kall to Kids Day, Central Park, downtown Spruce Pine, 10am -2pm. A free community awareness day.  Local organizations will be on hand with demonstrations, hands on activities and information about their organizations. (4H, Boy/Girl Scouts, Blue Ridge Partnership for Children, etc.)  For more information, call Libby at 765-3008, Spruce Pine Main Street.

Sportsman Expo, August 27, 2pm, Harris Middle School, Spruce Pine sponsored by Hope 4 Mitchell County. Archery, fishing, and other outdoor sports demonstrations and participation.

Orchard at Altapass: Super Saturdays 10:30am- 12:30pm. FREE!

July 9th Century Toy Making Dennis and Loraine Voekler,

July 16th Geology with National Park Service Ranger Jonathan Bennett

July 23rd Pollinators with Amy Weinmiester

July 30th Survival with National Park Service Ranger Tina White

August 6th Learn to play the Harmonica with Alvin Hoilman (harmonicas are free)

August 13th Art in Nature by Orchards Naturalist Artist

Mitchell County Parks and Recreation – 688-5901

Brad Ragan Park Pool-293 Laurel Creek Court, Spruce Pine – 765-3012

(Swimming and water aerobics classes for all ages)

Riverside Park – 305 Tappan St., Spruce Pine

Creek Walk Park, Bakersville

Yancey County Parks and Recreation – 682-6381

Kid Mountain Playground and Old Burnsville Gym (indoor basketball courts and walking) – School Circle (next to Yancey County Public Library), Burnsville

Lincoln Park (baseball fields) – Lincoln Park Road, Burnsville

Mt. Mitchell State Park – Blue Ridge Parkway- 8AM-9PM – 675-4611, (click on Mt. Mitchell)

Patience Park Pool – 225 Patience Park Road, Burnsville, Mon-Sat. Noon -5PM – 675-4393

Ray-Cort Park and Pool – Mitchell Branch Road, Burnsville, Mon-Sat Noon -5PM, Sun 1-5PM – 682-9328

Cane River Park – 258 Whittington Road, Burnsville (fishing, soccer, playground, walking trails)

Roan Mountain State Park – Hwy. 143 Roan Mtn. TN – Programs for kids all summer and a heated pool. For details, call 800-250-8620.


Black Mountain Campground , Burnsville – Overnight camping ($22 single site fee), hiking, fishing and biking. Interpretive programs offered. 675-5616.

Boone Haven Christian RV Park, Burnsville. 678-3811.

Carolina Hemlocks – Overnight camping ($22 single site fee), hiking and fishing. 675-5509.

Mt. Mitchell Campground – open May 1 – October 31; tent camping only. 675-4611.

Toe River Campground & Patience Park, Burnsville – Tube rental, swimming pool, game room, playground (ages up to 8-10), fishing and camping. Alcohol free. 675-5104.

Bear Den Campground, Spruce Pine – campsites and cabin rentals. 765-2888

Saylor Lake RV Park, Bakersville.  688-4411

Living Waters Campground, Bakersville.  688-2000

Loafers Glory Camping/Fishing, Bakersville. 704-577-5341

Yancey Theatre

Yancey Theatre, your hometown movie theatre, on West Main in Burnsville. Call the information line for shows and times at 678-3322 or All seats $5.


Drama/Art/Dance Camps


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Summer Production Camp

Ages: 4 to 18; Tuition: $180 (ages 4-10); $220 (ages 8-18) Camp Dates: July 6th – 17th  Camp Times: (ages 4-8) 9:00am-12:00pm; (ages 8-18) 9:00am-3:00pm  Performance Dates: July 11th & 22nd at 6:00pm  Performance Location: Parkway Playhouse (202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville)

The younger section of campers will be a supporting ensemble to the production and will also be learning basic techniques in music, drama, and dance with fun games and crafts throughout the morning. The older section of campers will audition for roles on the first day of camp. After being assigned their specific roles, they will go through the process of production, learning the songs and choreography in a fast-paced environment with some of our 70th Mainstage Season Professionals. Spaces are limited!

We will also have 3 Technical Student positions available for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. for ages 11 and up. Tech students will meet from 9am-3pm during the run of the camp and will work on set, props, costumes, lights, sounds, and other backstage or assistant stage management assignments. Tech Students will not be able to be in the production, but will assist backstage or in the booth during performances.

Stage Combat Intensive

Ages: 12 to 18: $100 Camp Dates: July 5th-8th  Camp Times: 10:00am-2:00pm

Ever wondered how fights on stage and screen look so authentic? Well, for the first time ever, Parkway Playhouse Junior is offering a Stage Combat Intensive.  This four day program will emphasize safety, technique, and how to incorporate characterization in basic stage combat. Spaces are limited!

Summer Theatre Camp, Mitchell High School

July 18 – 22; Willie Wonka Kids; 9am – 2pm daily; Rising Kindergarten though Rising 8th grade students

Advanced Registration is $75 through June 10.  After June 10, registration fees will be $100. for more information

Penland School of Crafts Summer Kids Camp for full camp descriptions and to register online.

Kids Camp encourages young people to develop their artistic skills and engage their ingenuity by involving them in highly imaginative, hands-on processes in a variety of craft and art media. Our week-long half-day and full day 2016 Camps take place from June 20th to August 5th.  This year’s classes include:

For Mommy and Me; June 20-24; 9:00am-noon; ages 3-6

Celebrate Glorious Green; June 20-24. 1:30-4:30pm; ages 5-10

Appalachian Folk Art; June 27-July 1, 9:00am-noon; ages 6-9

Monster Madness; June 27-July 1, 1:30-4:30pm; ages 6-9

Let’s Make Furniture; July 4-8, 9:00am-noon; ages 9-12

Let’s Set the Table (clay); July 4-8, 1:30-4:30pm; ages 9-13

Little House on Penland Hill; July 11-15; 9:00am-noon; ages 6-10

Crazy Crochet Creations; July 11-15; 1:30-4:30pm; ages 12-18

Insects in Action; July 18-22, 1:30-4:30pm, ages 6-9

Earth Craft; July 18-22, 1:30-4:30pm; ages 6-9

Sticks and Stones; July 25-29; 9am-noon; ages 5-8

Scout It Out; July 25-29; 1:30-4:30pm; ages 7-10

Egyptian Clay; August 1-5; 9am-noon; ages 6-10

Paper Mache Sculpture; August 1-5; 1:30-4:30pm; ages 8-12

The catalog is now online at or call 765-2359 to have one mailed to you. Financial need-based scholarships are available.

Dance & Karate Express, Burnsville & Spruce Pine

Princess Camp   Ages: 3-8  Times: 9am-12pm  Tuition: $90
Dates: Week 1 – June 27-July 1 (Burnsville location); Week 2 – July 18-22 (Burnsville location); Week 3 – August 1-5 (Burnsville location); Week 4 August 8-12 (Spruce Pine location)

Ninja Turtle Camp  Ages: 3-8  Times: 9am-12pm  Tuition: $90  Dates: Week 1 – 20-24 (Burnsville location); Week 2 – July 5-8 (Burnsville location); Week 3 – July 11-15 (Spruce Pine location); July 25-29 (Burnsville location). For further information, contact Cindy at 682-1493

Appalachian Dance Theatre, Spruce For information about summer dance camps and schedules, call 765-0448.

Elevation Dance Academy, Bakersville

June 13-17:10:00 to 10:40 a.m. Bright Beginnings (ages 2 ½ to 4, creative movement/ballet) – $40.00
10:45 to 12:00 p.m. Storybook Dance Camp (ages 5 to 7, ballet/musical theatre) – $55.00
1:00 to 2:15 p.m. Strong Start Dance Camp (ages 8 to 12 – beginner level ballet, tap, and jazz) – $55.00
June 20-24: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Technique Workshop 1 (beginner/intermediate – age 7 and up, ballet, tap, and jazz) – $65.00

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Technique Workshop 2 (intermediate/advanced – age 10 and up, ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe) – $65.00
Liturgical Dance Workshop (for all ages and levels of skill – time TBA) – $50.00 (plus small costume fee for performance)

Contact 828-467-3335 or


Day Camps

4-H Discovery 2016 Summer Adventures. Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 15, 2016.  Parents must complete a registration form that is available at the Cooperative Extension Office at 30 East US Hwy 19E Bypass, Burnsville; or at


4-H Put It UP! Youth Food Preservation Camp

June 27, 28 & 29; Ages 9 – 14; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Cost: $5.00 ; Limit 10

From farm to table, join us for this three-day journey into learning and exploring the art and science of home food preservation. At this hands-on camp, youth will learn how to make homemade jams, dehydrate fruits and veggies, pressure can green beans and much more. Youth will also learn about local foods and healthy choices. So roll up your sleeves and let’s start cookin’! Instructors: Sue Estridge, Linda Semon, Susie Hedrick and Jo Simpson

Fairly Crafty!

July 21st;Ages 9 – 14; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Cost: $3.00 and bring your own shoebox. Limit 10

Youth will gain artistic skills while creating specialized items to be entered in the WNC Mountain State Fair September 9-18, 2016. They will receive instructions to make a Shoebox Float and assorted crafts to enter into competition. We will help them fill out entry forms so their items can be sent on the fair’s Pony Express in August.  Instructors: Linda Semon, Susie Hedrick and Jo Simpson

Greet the Future! Career Day Camp

July 25, 26 & 27; Ages 9 – 14; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Cost: $5.00. Limit 10

In this fast paced world finding your niche in the job market is not an easy task. At this hands-on camp, youth will learn the principals of entrepreneurism and how to choose a career in a fun and supportive environment!

Instructors: Linda Semon, Susie Hedrick and Jo Simpson

Kids Camps at the Yancey Learning Center; 107 Wheeler Hills Rd., Burnsville (Mayland Community College, Yancey Campus).  For more information, call 828.682.7315

 Art for Kids: Ages 5-7 (6 Hours). Learn about color, line, shapes, collage, printing, and so much more in this totally hands-on exciting course. Students will come away with several finished pieces of art and have a blast in the process. 6/14-7/19, T, 10:00-11:00 a.m.$35 Sandal.

 Art for Kids: Ages 8-10 (12 Hours). Learn about color, line, shapes, collage, printing, and so much more in this totally hands-on exciting course. Students will come away with several finished pieces of art and have a blast in the process. 6/14-7/19, T, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. $50 Sandal.

Firefighter for a Day Camp: Ages 6-11(4 Hours). Learn what it takes to be a firefighter. Students will learn about protective fire gear, safety tips, and get to check out a fire truck. 6/23, Th, 1:00-5:00 p.m.$25 Duncan.

CSI Camp for Kids for Ages 8-12 (3 Hours).Interested in all things CSI? Then this exciting camp is for you. Practice fingerprinting, casting and molding shoe impressions, developing and lifting  fingerprints,  collecting and documenting evidence, and maintaining the chain of custody of evidence. Students will learn to use Fuji Digital cameras for crime scene photography during mock exercises . Students will also search and analyze a crime scene.7/19,T, 12:00-3:00 p.m.$25 Hillard

Hour of Code™ Ages 6-100+ (2 Hours). Participate in the Hour of CodeTM this summer .The Hour of CodeTM is a global movement reaching tens of millions of people in 180+ countries. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience visual programming while interacting with some of your favorite characters in Star Wars, Minecraft, Angry Birds, and Anna and Elsa from Frozen; to name a few. No experience necessary.6/20, M, 6 :00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.-Or-6/23 , Th, 8:30-10:30 a.m.$25 Hughes.

Beyond Hour of Code™ Ages 6-10 (10 Hours).After attending an Hour of Code session you will have the opportunity to continue the exciting journey of visual programming to improve your problem solving, creativity, and critical thinking skills while having fun and learning programming. 6/27-6/30 , MTWTh, 8:30-11:00 a.m. $50 Hughes.

West Burnsville Baptist Church (Patti’s Summer Day Camp) Ages:  Rising 1st graders-5th graders, June 20-August 12, Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM.  Cost is $15.00 per day.  Must bring lunch and a drink each day.  Swimming 3 days per week, art projects, movies, field trips, outside activities.  Please call Patti McLean at 682-3990 for further information.

Cub Scouts:  Toe River District Day Camp

Boys must be registered as cub scouts (elementary school age boys) to attend day camp.   June 20-24, 2016 Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm Brad Ragan Park, Spruce Pine, NC   Contacts: Becca Dion – 828-689-2653 or Alpo Portelli – 828-442-1196

Girl Scouts

Girls grades K-12.  If interested please contact Sherry Dale at either 284-1618 or 682-2358.

Spruce Pine Montessori School SUMMER PROGRAM Mondays‐Fridays, June 6 ‐ July 15 2016 (ages 6‐10) Regular Hours: 8:30‐2:45 Extended Care Hours: 2:45‐5:30

Our summer camp follows Montessori methods, allowing the children to select from a variety of activities throughout the morning. Summer camp teachers prepare weekly‐themed group lessons and hands‐on projects, to expose children to a variety of learning topics and sensorial explorations. We spend as much time outside as possible, with woods, water and nature play and also trek to the park and library each week.

Enrollment Procedure: Students are enrolled for the full program, or by the week, or by the day on a first come, first served basis, (with priority being given to summer‐long students first, then full‐time weekly students). Daily drop‐in care may be available with advance notice and dependent on space availability.  Registration form at

Contact Meghan Lundy-Jones at 828-765-7779 for more information.

June 6-10 Music Camp with Sarah Henson.  Around the world in five days! Join us for an exciting exploration of world music. We will learn about everything from drums that talk in West Africa to ancient Chinese sages who tuned their instruments to the frequency of the earth.  With an emphasis on developing mindfulness that will put us in touch with the sounds around us, we will explore music through expressive art projects and hands­on music­making experiences. Depending on the interests of the group, we may also have group discussions about how music makes us feel and what role music plays in various cultures. Students should feel free to bring instruments from home to complement our collection of percussion instruments. We will balance listening and exploring in the classroom with ample outside play time.

June 13-17 Dance Camp with Rachel Sorrells.  Let’s get moving!  Campers will participate in a variety of activities related to dance and movement this week, including:  Yoga, Nia, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, improv movement games, group circle dances, art projects related to movement, historical dance stories, visits from guest dancers and musicians, creating their own dances, etc.  Campers will also perform for the younger campers at the school.

June 20-24 Fairy Camp with Christine Henry.  Join us for a magical fairy adventure! We will make fairy costumes complete with custom wings, painted and dyed skirts, and magical wands. We will delve into the fairy domain as we construct tiny homes in the woods. We will also make tiny fairy dolls and more domestic abodes with recycled materials. Bring with you a spirit of fantasy and imagination as we create our own fairy realm!

June 27-July 1 Upcycled Crafts Camp with Wendy Gardner.  Come explore the limitless possibilities of upcycling! Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. This week we will discover creative ideas and new uses for things that would normally be thrown away or recycled. Campers will have the opportunity to experiment with and complete several different craft projects. Careful concentration and creativity will be balanced with plenty of play time. Please “Dress for Mess” in clothing that can be stained or possibly get wet.

July 5-8 Net Games and Puzzles Camp with Daron Williams. We will use sports such as soccer, baseball, lacrosse, golf, frisbee golf, etc. as a theme for different activities throughout the week.  Campers will learn about the history and rules of some of these sports.  We will also spend some time talking about sportsmanship and teamwork.  Lots and lots of fun practice and games will ensue!  We will also use math ideas and puzzles that deal with different sports to take some breaks, and maybe escape weather issues.

2016 Summer Day Camps at Helping Hands Farm

Multi-media Art Adventure Camp

June 20-24, 9:30am to 1:30pm, $100; Ages 8 to 13; Join Sather and Heather for a daily art adventure, expanding your drawing, painting, poetic, and sculptural abilities with playful activities that will make you feel more confident  bringing your special brand of art into the world. Observe nature up close and bring its magic into your creations.  Weather-permitting, swimming in the creek, light games, singing, and running about and making very active art all over the vicinity.

Role Play Village Camp

June 27-July 1st, 9:30am to 1:30pm, $100; Ages 8 to 12. Join Sather, a former Dungeons and Dragon master, and Heather, someone who sometimes wishes she lived 40 million years ago and had flying dinosaurs to ride, to play a game, all over the land, in a world of our own group invention. We will cooperatively create our own world, our own characters, and play by the rules that Sather sets for us (somebody has to be the boss).

Swimming, songs, and cooperative and improv games to loosen up as well.

Camp Cuisine

July 4-8, 9:30am to 1:30pm, $110; Ages 10-14. Join Heather in creating a new cuisine each day of camp, focusing on ethnic traditions, creative augmentations, and local produce we pick ourselves from the garden, with a big lunch at the end! All participants will have new talents in the kitchen that they will be proud to share with their families and friends. Gluten and Dairy free options will be included. Swim break and outside play, too. No need to bring lunch.

Two Week Mythology Theatre Camp

August 1-5 and August 8-12, $200; 9:30am to 1:30pm, extra rehearsal and evening show on Friday, August 12th; Ages 8-14. Led by Sather and Heather. We will take a classic myth and, foundation in hand, turn it on its head to create a comic drama of epic proportions, leading our audience all over field and forest in pursuit of the show. Learning the myth, using improvisational techniques and games to ground the story and develop our scenes, amending roles and lines to give everyone the amount of participation satisfying to them, we will create a totally unique theatre experience for all involved. Those interested less in acting but more in set, costume design, and back stage support are also encouraged to sign up. Swim breaks, weather permitting, included as well. Campers will need to bring items in for costumes and props, plus we can scour the rummage room.

To all camps, bring: lunch (except to Camp Cuisine), swim gear, secure water shoes, towel, sunscreen, hat, and change of clothes. Sign up forms available online starting April 25th, but you can reserve a spot by phone or email sooner. Contact Heather and Sather at

Camp Funshine at Patience Park

June 18-23 Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9AM-3PM; Thursday 3:00PM-10:0PM; Camp is free and open to developmentally disabled persons of all ages. Theme: “God Bless the USA.” Campers swim, river raft, and participate in crafts. On June 23 at 4:30PM there will be a BBQ and live band for campers and their families.  Please call Lucy Wilson at 828-385-0211 for more information, application, or volunteer opportunities.

Yancey History Museum

Stories, games, art, music, and… puppets! Where can you experience all of these? At the Yancey History Association’s summer camp for kids! Join Sherry Lovett, storyteller and educator, for a week of making history come alive through creating and using puppets to tell stories like “The Evil Hunter of Purgatory Mountain”, “Blackbeard’s Last Fight”, or “The Moon-Eyed People.” You’re sure to experience history in a new way each day and fun by the ton!

July 18-22, 9:30AM – 12:30PM, ages 8-12, $70; storytelling, arts, games, activities For further details, contact Sherry Lovett, 828-467-9955.

Camp Spring Creek

For dyslexic and ADHD children – 744 Spring Creek Road, Bakersville – June 12-July 10, July 10-August 6. To discuss availability, call 766-5032.


Overnight Camps

Camp Celo-

ages 7-12, contact 828-675-4323 for further information




Swimming Lessons

Burnsville Pool in July.  Beginner and intermediate -$50. Sessions are 1 week and will be held during the morning hours. Contact Christy Deyton at 284-2120 for more information.

Brad Ragan Park Pool, Spruce Pine – For details, call Spruce Pine Parks and Recreation, 765-3012

Lifeguard Training Will be scheduled in late May at the Burnsville Pool.  For further information, contact Christy Deyton, 284-2120

Blue Ridge Fitness and Rehab Center For information call 678-3488.

Hiking For departure time and location as well as updated information, go to

Free Tennis Camp

June 13-16 Yancey County Racqueteers at Mountain Heritage High School tennis courts.

July 5, 6, 7, 8 Mitchell County Racqueteers at Brad Regan Park, Ages 5-9: 9:00 – 10:00 AM; Ages 10 and up:  10:15 – 11:45 AM

Register by calling (828) 682-7899 or emailing

We will need parent/guardian name and phone number, child’s name and age, and whether or not the child already has a tennis racquet.  Racquets will be provided to children who do not have one.  Children need to arrive at camp prepared with water, sunscreen already applied, and appropriate, closed-toe shoes.

Tennis Lessons

Private, low cost tennis lessons at Mountain Heritage High School tennis courts.  Call Mike Baldwin at 828-208-4428 for details and costs.

Beginning June 18 – through summer

Kids Ages 9 and under:  10:15 – 11:15 am, Saturdays

Tweens Ages 10-12:  11:15am-12:15pm, Saturdays

Teens Ages 13+; 9:00 – 10:30am, Saturdays; Mondays & Thursdays 9:30-11:00 am

All ages/depending upon ability Intermediate/Advanced Double Strategy, 6pm, Tuesdays

Mitchell Girls Soccer Camp: July 12, 13, and 14 (Tue, Wed, Thurs) from 5:00- 8:00pm at Mitchell High School field. Cost is $25 per participant and is open to all girls that are rising 2nd through 12th graders. Participants do not have to be Mitchell County residents to participate. Call Meredith 828-766-3608 with questions!

Mitchell High School Summer Athletic Camps

Wrestling  June 13th-15th @ Mitchell High

– K-6th graders will go 9-11:30.  7th-12th graders will go 9-3pm with lunch included.

– Cost is $20 per wrestler for K-6th grade, $50 for non-MHS 7th-12th grade wrestlers, and $10 for MHS 7th-12th grade wrestlers.

– Clinicians include current NC State Assistant Coach Adam Hall.  Coach Hall was a NCAA All-American and an Olympic Team Trial Competitor.  Coach Ed Duncan and the Mitchell High Staff will also be at the camp.

– Contact Ed Duncan at or (828) 766-3431 for more information.

Men’s Soccer June 15th (2:00-7:00 PM), June 16th (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM), and June 17th (9:00 AM – 1:30 PM).  All days will be @ Mitchell High.

– June 15th & 17th are 7th-12th grade only.  June 16th is 3rd – 12th grade.

–  Cost TBA

–  Clinicians include John Long Jr.  He was formerly a staff coach for the Las Vegas Heat FC.  Coach Long was also previously an assistant coach at Alexander Central High School.  Coach Ed Duncan and the Mitchell High Staff will also be at the camp.

– Contact Ed Duncan at or (828) 766-3431 for more information.

Volleyball June 16th & 17th @ Mitchell High

– Open to rising 5th – 12th graders from 8:00-11:00 AM.

– Cost is $40 each (sibling discount)

– Campers will be instructed by Coach Philesia Smith and her staff.

– Contact Philesia Smith at or (828) 766-3436 for more information.



Women’s Soccer June 12th-14th @ Mitchell High

– Open to rising 2nd-12th graders from 5:00-8:00 PM

– Cost is $25 each (sibling discount)

– Campers will be instructed by Coach Meredith Hoilman and her staff.

– Contact Meredith Hoilman at for more information.

Football  June 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, and 29th @ Mitchell High

– Open to rising 2nd-8th graders from 12:00-2:00 PM

– No cost

– Campers will be instructed by Coach Travise Pitman and his staff.

– Contact Travise Pitman at or (828) 766-3413 for more information.

 Men’s Basketball June 20th-22nd @ Mitchell High

– Open to rising 3rd-9th graders from 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

– Cost is $40 each (sibling discount)

– Campers will be instructed by Coach Daron Williams, his staff, and current/former players.

– Contact Daron Williams at or (828) 766-3467 for more information.

Little Lions Basketball Camp/Mars Hill University         

June 20-24.  Half-Day Option: 8:30am-noon; rising 1st-rising 5th graders; $100.  Full-Day Option: 8:30am-4:30pm; rising 6th graders-rising 8th graders; $135, lunch included;  Early bird and sibling discounts available before May 1.  Contact Sarah Jansen, 828-689-1229,

Girls Youth Summer Volleyball Camp, July 5-7; girls 3rd-6th grade; Mountain Heritage High School Gym.  Come learn skills and drills! Free or $10 for t-shirt.  Contact Danielle, 828-208-9026.

Lady Cougar Basketball Camp 

Lady Cougar Basketball Camp:  June 27th-30th. Camp will be at Mountain Heritage High School gym from 8:30 to 12.  Camp is for girls 1st through 8th grade. Cost is $50 for 1 girl or $75 for 2 sisters.  Please wear shorts and tennis shoes.  Registration is the morning of the first day. Concessions will be available.


Troutacular – June 4, Riverside Park, Spruce Pine – 6am – noon. Ages 14 and under free. No license required during event. Free kids’ event hosted by the Lions Club.  For more information contact Adam Burleson, 385-2341

Carolina Hemlocks Fish For Fun Event, Carolina Hemlocks Campground on South Toe River

June 4,  9am–1pm. Register on site day of event. Rain or shine. Contact:  Brandon Jones 828-682-6146

Cooper’s Trading – 678-9929

Triggers, Traps and Trout – 777-0357


Grassy Creek Golf Course, Spruce Pine, 765-7436, July 8,9,11 (1-3PM) and July 12(1-4PM), $60.

Parents must complete permission slip.

Mountain Air Golf Club, Burnsville, 682-5600, July 9-12, $75. Contact Pro Shop for details.

Springmaid Mountain Horse Stables

2171 Henredon Plant Rd., Spruce Pine. Trail rides 9am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30 pm.  Ages 8 and up. For further information, contact Joe Glenn at 765-2353.

Blue Ridge Horse Adventures 

460 Rabbit Hop Rd Spruce Pine NC. Trail rides and lessons are by appointment only. For more information call or text 828-460-2165.


Riverside Roller Rink, Burnsville

Saturday Evenings 7-10PM; for more information or to schedule a party, call Joyce at 682-2651


Volunteer/Service Opportunities

Dig-In Community Contact: or call 536-0414

Volunteer opportunities available at the garden M 5-7pm and TH 10am – 1pm.  All ages welcome and 4-H and FFA members. Opportunities to volunteer cooking and distributing food also available.


Vacation Bible Schools 

Other Vacation Bible Schools may be available.  Check with your local church for dates and times.

Central Baptist Church, Spruce Pine (765-2316); June 17 – 19: “Pets Unleashed”

Bethel Baptist Church, Spruce Pine; June 27 – July 1

First Baptist Spruce Pine, Spruce Pine; June 6 – 10; 5:30pm-8:30pm – meal served nightly

Bear Creek Baptist Church, Bakersville; June 12-16 with commencement on Friday, June 17

Berry Chapel Baptist Church, Spruce Pine (765-6590); July 9 – 14

Mine Creek Baptist Church, Bakersville; June 12th-16th with commencement on Friday, June 17, 6pm-8:30pm

Bolens Creek Baptist Church, Burnsville

Cane River Baptist Church, Burnsville

Shoal Creek Baptist Church, Burnsville

North Bend Free Will Baptist Church, Burnsville

Brown’s Creek Baptist Church, Burnsville

West Burnsville Baptist Church

Faith Fellowship Church, Newdale

Morning Star Baptist Church, Newdale

Covy Rock Free Will Baptist Church, Green Mountain

Grassy Creek Baptist Church, Spruce Pine

Altapass Baptist Church, Spruce Pine










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