Established in memory of Mary Jane Queen by The Queen Family and Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, the ongoing Mary Jane Queen Memorial Scholarship will provide $500 for deserving graduating students from rural Jackson, Macon, Haywood and Swain counties in North Carolina. An application for the scholarship is available in the high schools of these four WNC counties, and online at www.spiritofappalachia.com.
To help in providing the funds for this scholarship, a Beginner’s Quilt Basket Raffle has been assembled and is available at City Lights Bookstore, Sylva.
To be a part of this scholarship that will encourage the youth of these four counties to remember and cherish traditional musical heritage, stop by and purchase a raffle ticket: $1 each or six for $5. Drawing for the basket will be at 3pm at the Patchwork Folk and Fabric Festival on June 4, at the Jackson County Recreation Center.
Mary Jane Queen — balladeer & musician Born on Feb. 20, 1914, on Brown Mountain in the Caney Fork Community of Jackson County, Mary Jane Prince was one of 11 children of Jim and Clearsie Prince. Growing up she learned and cherished the musical traditions her family passed on to her, singing the old time ballads and playing the banjo. Living on the land, working with her hands, raising eight children, making her own music, this woman of the mountains has been a true inspiration for countless people, sharing her time and talent with others. “Keep on keeping on” was her motto. Mary Jane and her family won numerous awards for their music: Charlotte Folk Music Society, 1992; Asheville Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, 1992; NC Folk Heritage Award, 1993; WCU Mountain Heritage Award, 1999; Brown Hudson Folklore Award, 2001; National Folk Heritage Fellowship Award, 2007.