Wolfe Festival

Wolfe (Thomas) Festival

October 3
The Thomas Wolfe Festival is a celebration of the writer's birth in 1900 in Asheville, N.C. The celebrations usually extend several days beyond the actual birthday and include dramatizations of Wolfe's works, the performance of musical compositions based on his writings, workshops conducted by Wolfe scholars, and a walking tour of "Wolfe's Asheville." This includes a visit to Riverside Cemetery, where Wolfe and members of his family, as well as some of the people he fictionalized in his novels, are buried.
The center of the celebration is the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site, the boarding house run by his mother, where Thomas Wolfe grew up. It still has the sign dating back to his mother's time hanging over the porch, "Old Kentucky Home." In his famous first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, published in 1929, Wolfe fictionalized Asheville as Altamont and called the boarding house "Dixieland."
Other works by Wolfe include Of Time and the River, published in 1935, and The Web and the Rock and You Can't Go Home Again, both published after his death in 1938.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
52 N. Market St.
Asheville, NC 28801
828-253-8304; fax: 828-252-8171
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Then Ted invited me to give a talk at the 2007 Thomas Wolfe Festival on "How I Got Hooked on Wolfe." I was paralyzed at the prospect, but I certainly wasn't about to disappoint Ted.
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When I couldn't afford an eighty-dollar ticket at the 2007 Thomas Wolfe Festival for a special dinner to be served in the Old Kentucky Home, I asked Ted to donate a ticket to my cause.
After having its premiere at the 2007 Thomas Wolfe Festival, Sandra Mason's play, Return of an Angel, returned to the Asheville Community Theatre for five performances during the first week of October 2008.
Like Thomas Wolfe's 1937 return to Asheville after an absence of more than seven years, the Thomas Wolfe Festival came home again in 2007 following a seven-year hiatus.
He enjoyed his TWS membership--attending meetings and Wolfe festivals in Asheville--and was an enthusiastic member of three Napoleonic societies and a supporter of various charitable and arts organizations.
Gambrell (nephew of Thomas Wolfe), were charter members of the Society and enjoyed attending the Thomas Wolfe Festivals that were held each October in Asheville during the 1990s.
At the dedication, Steve Hill led an informal service at which he spoke of Ted's generosity in helping to keep the memory of Thomas Wolfe alive with tours, publications, and a series of meticulously organized Thomas Wolfe Festivals (1990-99, 2007).
He worked tirelessly on anything and everything he tackled, including his efforts as director of the Thomas Wolfe Festivals in Asheville, as well as his lectures, articles, and books.