Autumn on Main exposes region to local artists

By Josh Carpenter

The city of Mount Holly has an abundance of artistic talent, and Josh Motes is all about sharing it with the region.

Artists will be abounding at the annual Autumn on Main event, held Sept. 22 in downtown Mount Holly. (Courtesy of the Mount Holly Community Development Association)

He’s doing so by organizing the Autumn on Main event, held Sept. 22 in downtown Mount Holly.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“The whole event is just a culture,” Motes said. “We want people to come in and see the culture of our area.”

Now in its fifth year, Autumn on Main was created to celebrate the autumn harvest while introducing area residents to local visual and performing artists as well as regional growers and North Carolina wineries.

According to Robin Fretwell, of the Mount Holly Community Development Foundation, this year’s festivities begin with a farmer’s market at 8 a.m., where local farmers will display and sell their best crops.

The fall arts and fine crafts portion of the festival begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., Motes said.

Art will include paintings, pottery, woodworking and photography.

“This is my third year chairing the festival and I think it gets better every year,” Motes said. “We want to educate Mount Holly on our regional art and give them an idea of the talent we have in this area.”

Performing artists also play a large part in Mount Holly’s culture, Motes said. Musical artists like Barrie Howard, Flat Top Lane and Caleb Davis will perform. Around noon, the Catawba River Bluegrass Association will have an open session at the farmer’s market, allowing locals to play along with them.

“That gets people even more involved,” Motes said. “Not only is it a festival where you can see art, but you can also participate. It’s always cool to see people come down and be able to do that.”

In addition to the wineries attending, the First Presbyterian Church will host a kid’s zone.

Most of the proceeds from the event will go back into the community, Motes said.

In the past, more than 5,000 people have attended Autumn on Main, but Motes isn’t worried about numbers.

“My main goal is to ensure that everyone who comes has the opportunity to enjoy themselves as well as downtown Mount Holly,” Motes said. “We just want people to come celebrate art.”

Wineries that will attend:
• Charlie T Locklear Vineyard & Winery, Inc., Maxton.
• Chateau Larinda Vineyards, Sparta.
• Ginger Creek Vineyards, Hickory
• Raintree Cellars, Hildebran
• Southern Charm Winery, Lincolnton
• Waldensian Style Wines, Connelly Springs
• WoodMill Winery, Vale

Want to go?
WHAT: Autumn on Main
WHEN: Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Mt. Holly
COST: Free

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