The Mountain Makers Mushrooms & Music Festival
The 4M Festival
Hosted by Jackson Arts Market
Downtown Sylva, NC First Saturday of September 11 am - 6 pm
The ‘4M’ is free to attend, celebrating The Blue Ridge Mountains culture, arts & Nature.
Mountain traditions will be represented with educational lectures, storytelling, demonstrations, Cherokee Dance performance, nature tours, foodways, culinary arts and music. These presentations will be focused on the historical connection with the region's culture. The culinary arts will be represented with BBQ, Cherokee dishes, and locally foraged foods. In tribute to a local legend and internationally renowned musician, Samantha Bumgarner, her music will be played and a mural of her will be unveiled as a fiddler on the roof. Parking for the festival's guests & vendors is a short walk the next town block corner at the Sylva First United Methodist Church at Spring street & Jackson street.
Makers of traditional crafts educational demonstrations will be a focus of the event. This year at 4M there will be live performing arts of blacksmith, pottery wheel, glassblowing, lampworking, painting, basket weaving, wood turning, lapidary stone working, jewelry working, crochet, textile arts, fly tying for fishing, Cherokee arts and more. These artists' performances will be ongoing throughout the event space, offering in person knowledge sharing experience. There will be interactive workshops for painting, macrame, crochet & more. The 4M Festival will be held on Evalina street’s lots and features 70 plus crafters, producers, & foragers.
Mushroom Culture is rich in our region historically and growing fast. This productive kingdom of life thrives in these Blue Ridge Mountains. The season here that offers the widest variety of fresh fruiting mushrooms is late summer, giving a ripe opportunity to the local mushroom foragers to gather diverse representations of foraged fungi at the event. This collective of edible & medicinal mushroom specimens will be researched, documented, and available to everyone. Foraging knowledge is essential and in growing demand. There will be lectures, guided foraging tours, cultivated growing, processing, storing, cooking, tasting samples and Cherokee foraging traditions presented at the festival. Local National Forest Service will be coordinating with foragers to protect endangered native species and encourage invasive species foraging, and sustainable foraging.
A viewer's choice awarded pendant competition will exhibit a variety of unique artist’s styles. The pieces of this competition will be available at the festival as a silent auction fundraiser. This competition's entry fee is the entered pendant as an in-kind donation, submission day of or by contacting JAM. The auction fundraiser will support the Sylva Skate Park Project. We will also be hosting a skate competition starting at 6 pm in the church’s parking lot.
To effectuate continued learning Brave Sir Media team will be photographing & filming educational documentational videos to be available online of the knowledge shared at 4M. The 4M will help to represent regional schools, programs, organizations, studios, and outlets that offer creative opportunities. Local organizations will attend to share the opportunities and experiences in the Western North Carolina area.
The music lineup features Appalachian traditional style musicians sharing the history behind the songs, completing and filling the genuine atmosphere of this immersive experience. Dive deep into understanding local culture & nature, finding inspiration from the creative spirit alive in these mountains.