The 2014 Jonesville Jubilee will be in full swing on May 3 at Lila Swaim Park to celebrate the history and heritage of Jonesville, the oldest town of the Yadkin Valley, with an amazing array of events scheduled to celebrate the occasion.
At dusk, the town will sponsor a huge display of fireworks by Greensboro company, Pyrotechnics, in a tradition that has come to be known as the “best fireworks in the Tri-county area,” said Judy Wolfe, chairman of the Jonesville History Center.
A viewing of historical movies about the town of Jonesville and the former Jonesville Speedway, now the park site, will be ongoing throughout the day inside the senior center building located at the park. A film about the speedway will be available for sale, said Wolfe.
A national historical exhibit featuring a collection of authentic African American artifacts that date back to the 1700s will be on display, brought to the area courtesy of Jonesville native Effley Howell, who now resides in Kernersville. The exhibit is entitled “Thankful Heritage.” Wolfe called the Thankful Heritage Collection amazing and a “very moving exhibit.”
The jubilee was originally a strawberry festival put on by the woman’s club in the 1970s before becoming the jubilee. Wolfe wrote a $1.2 million grant that was awarded to the park for additions. The park is able to host events as large as the jubilee, which could host up to 70 vendors this year, and has recreational facilities.
The park is named after a former town matriarch, said Wolfe. She said Swaim originally donated the land where the park now stands. Her name is honored on a bronze memorial in the park. Wolfe said she remembers Swaim as “one of the most generous and giving women that you will ever meet and good to everyone.”
Wolfe said another huge draw of this year’s jubilee will be the craft direction of Allison Leeds, a national and international crafts expert who will coordinate the Vintage Crafters/Artisans tent. Wolfe said the focus will be on early American crafts. There also will be an area devoted exclusively to children’s crafts and activities, said Wolfe. Allison Walters will have hand-made jewelry for sale and there also will be an ironsmith.
Members of Swan Creek Skydiving School will continue the traditional flag-catching and skydiving event that has become a favorite of children and adults.
Clarence Gray will coordinate the morning Mass Chorus Gospel-fest that includes groups from Cana, Va. Dwayne Brown will coordinate the afternoon music/entertainment schedule with karaoke, and Donny Shore with the classic rock band Krystal Ball will coordinate the evening concert (before and after fireworks. The town will coordinate fireworks. Other singers will include Brooke Johnson, Libby Haynes, Terry Morris, Dawn Postin and Tammy Holcomb.
In addition, there will be a rummage sale, car show, games for adults and children, and a pickle ball tournament.
For the first time, the Brushy Mountain Winery will host a 5K run with headquarters at the senior center. A pre-race party will be held at the Brushy Mountain Winery located on Main Street in Elkin on May 2. The winery will offer live music and food for runners, sponsors and guests.
Friends of the Greenway will organize the draw-down fundraiser and BBQ dinner and other vendors will have food including hot dogs and barbecue, said Wolfe.
Comfort Inn and Yadkin Inn-Best Western will offer special rates for the weekend to guests and runners using keywords JJ2014 or Brushy Mountain Run.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.