Folkmoot is proud to partner with the Mountain Memories organization and historian and author Bob Plott to launch the Mountain Memories performance series at historic Queen Auditorium on the Folkmoot campus. The series opens with “Mountain Memories No. 1: A Hazelwood Gathering” on Saturday, November 16. “Mountain Memories No. 2: A Mountain Christmas” follows December 13. In the spirit of radio variety shows of years past, each Mountain Memories performance follows a loose theme, but together they promote traditional Southern Appalachian culture in an accurate and positive way through music, dance and storytelling. Mountain Memories No. 1: A Hazelwood Gathering, features a focus on the history of the town and historic Hazelwood School, along with a “passing the torch” theme of sharing traditional culture from generation to generation. The evening begins with a guest presentation by local historian Alex McKay. Heavy hors d’oeuvres are included in the ticket price in the center’s dining hall, during which McKay will speak about the history of the town. The event then shifts to Queen Auditorium, just down the hall, where Waynesville’s Bob Plott will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The Plott family has deep roots in Haywood County, and Bob is an award-winning historian, author and educator, as well as a breeder of Plott Hounds.