Burnsville: Where you want to be Mother’s Day Weekend

We are turning up the dial on Mother’s Day weekend, so if you need a get-away for the whole family, this is the time to plan your trip to Burnsville. (And did you see Country Living has us in the TOP 20 Mountain Towns to visit!?!)  If you’re lucky enough to live close, we recommend putting those chores on the back burner. We’ve got fun events going on for everyone.

16665241_1194357587350482_5818680807950549054_o.jpgThe Burnsville Fit Families 5k (sponsored by PATH) begins the morning with 8 am race-day registration and a 9 am start. This event is inclusive of the whole family – runners under 18 race FREE and plenty of people walk the course… all in an effort to be more fit. Pre-register by April 28 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. (Parkway Playhouse will have a water station waiting for you just before you reach mile 3.)


Also starting at 8 am (and continuing until 5 pm), the Toe River Arts Council and the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild are sponsoring the Plein Air Paint Out. … an event for artists of all ages to set up their easels around Burnsville depict what they see.

Then, from 11 am to 5 pm the Town of Burnsville and the Parks and Recreation Department are having a celebration at Cane River Park.

CRP LogoIf you’ve not been to Cane River Park, be sure to check out their facebook page to see what a beautiful place it is. On the 13th, though, it will be extra fun because they’ll have inflatables, fishing, games, free food, softball, soccer and baseball.

And then… THEN…

PARKWAY PLAYHOUSE OPENS THE 2017 SEASON!on golden pond fb banner OPENS

So… if you don’t have a Mother’s Day gift yet, consider getting her tickets to the show on Saturday or Sunday. Better yet, get her a Flex-Pass so she can see several shows this season. Perhaps… take the whole family out for the weekend.

There are plenty of great places to stay in Burnsville and several new restaurants. Check both the Explore Burnsville website and the Yancey Chamber of Commerce for recommendations.


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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

2 thoughts on “Burnsville: Where you want to be Mother’s Day Weekend”

  1. I was one of the drama students at the U.of Miami that re-opened the Parkway Playhouse in the early 1950’s. I played ingenues like the one in “My Three Angels”. At that time, Rush Wray still presided over the groaning tables at the NuWray Inn…a very Tennessee Williams-type personality. A contemporary at the U.of M. was Andrew Prine. We became good friends and it was thrilling to see him establish himself as a great talent on Broadway, in motion picture and TV. A few years ago, I think he starred in Parkway Playhouse’s “The Man Who Came to Dinner”…I didn’t know he would be doing that and was very sad to have missed it. I would have flown in from Fort Lauderdale, where I live, to see him perform.

    I know he’s been in “On Golden Pond” in L.A. When I saw you will open your season with this play, I thought there could be a possibility that he’ll be back. Will he?

    Haline Urban Gregory

    1. Andrew Prine will not be back for “On Golden Pond” but if you do come back for a play, be sure to let us know! And if you’ve got any photos of your time at Parkway Playhouse we’d be delighted to see them.

      We should probably start a “Where are They Now” series!

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