Come on Out to Happy Valley in Late October for Two Old-Time Concerts!

South Carolina Broadcasters

Patterson School – Highway 268
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 4pm
$15 Admission

BBQ chicken & pork supper to follow the concert
$15 / person

Contact Susan at for supper reservations
Sponsored by the Patterson School Foundation

Jeff Little Trio

Chapel of Rest – 1964 Highway 268
Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4pm
$15 Admission

BBQ chicken & pork supper to follow the concert
$15 / person

Contact Bill at for supper reservations
Sponsored by Bernhardt Furniture Company and Chapel of Rest Preservation Society

Stay at the Patterson School’s Wiese Dorm for the 13th Annual Happy Valley Fiddlers’ Convention And for the 32nd Annual Sculpture Celebration!

Wiese Dorm Room

Dorm rooms at the historic Patterson School campus, ten miles north of Lenoir, 15 miles south of Blowing rock and 25 miles west of Wilkesboro, are available for rent during the Fiddlers’ Convention and the Sculpture Celebration.

Each rustic room has two twin beds with shared bathroom facilities on the hall for $50 / night.
Bring your own bed and bath linens, and enjoy our hot showers!

A hot biscuit breakfast will be available for $5 / person on Saturday and Sunday mornings. No smoking and no pets, please. Reservations and payments may be made below or contact Susan Rowe at

Join us in beautiful Happy Valley – just five miles to the Fiddlers’ Convention and ten miles to the Sculpture Celebration. See Google map below.

Pay for your rental via PayPal. Simply choose number of nights you wish to stay from the pulldown menu, or enter the total amount in the box below.

Other Amount: USD

Calling all Patterson School and Morgan School Alumni and Staff

We are gathering for a Reunion beginning on our Founding Day, Friday, Sept 29 and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 1 2017. The Schedule and other details are below.

Save $25 per person for Early Bird registration submitted before August 15th !

Registration is open ! Please register online using the form below, or by mail (PO Box 500, Patterson, NC 28661) by August 15th for the Early Bird pricing.

Unless otherwise noted, all events will be in Hickory Hall

Friday Sept. 29: 1:00 PM Registration, Dorm Check-in at Wiese Hall Porch
2:00 PM CAMPUS WORK PROJECTS (meet at Wiese Porch)
7:00–9:00 PM Light Supper, or off-campus, Additional
Registration, Dorm Check-in
Saturday, Sept. 30: 8:30AM Breakfast
8:30-9:30 AM New Registrations & Fellowship in Hickory Hall
9:30 AM Official Opening. Welcome & Remarks
11:30 AM Official large group picture (for all present)
NOON Lunch
2:15 PM Afternoon Activites for Alumni & Families
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Special Presentation
Sunday, Oct. 1: 9:00-10:30AM Brunch
11:00 AM Worship, Sarah Joyce Lenoir Memorial Chapel (Rev. Rodney Raby, Patterson Reborn Community Church)
Noon Dorm Check Out
Afternoon Goodbyes, ’till we meet again…may traveling mercies be upon you!

Student Garden at Patterson School

A summer-long class in gardening for students ages ten to thirteen / grades 4 – 6, will be offered at the Patterson School campus in Happy Valley for up to twelve students every Wednesday morning during summer vacation from 9 to 11am, June 14 through August 23, 2017.

Instructor will be Ian Driscoll, Farm Manager with the Patterson School Foundation. Ian is a 2014 graduate of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC and has assumed management of the 1400-acre farm at the historic Patterson School, working with the Patterson School Foundation.

Students will raise favorite summer vegetables, herbs and flowers. They will also practice companion planting to discourage insect pests. Gardening will be done in a number of raised beds on campus.

Participants will prepare the soil, plant, weed, water and harvest their crops. Additionally, they will visit the beautiful nearby gardens of Cheryl and Emerson Dickey, on the Buffalo Cove Road. Fee for the summer-long class (eleven sessions) is $35 and includes all materials.

Ian Driscoll at Gard Hall

 For more information and to register for class, please contact Ian Driscoll at and / or Liza Plaster at

Lenoir Voice Article on Ian Driscoll and Patterson Incubator Farm Program

Michael M. Barrick has written a lovely article about Ian Driscoll, our new farm manager, and the Incubator Farm Program. See the excerpt below and click through to read the full article with pictures on the Lenoir Voice website.

HAPPY VALLEY, N.C. – With the grays and browns of winter having surrendered to the rainbow of colors that heralds the arrival of Spring, a new farming program is being launched at the historic Patterson School in this historic Upper Yadkin River Valley community.

The Patterson School Foundation has started a new Incubator Farmer Program, having taken the first, vital step – hiring a full time farm manager. In addition to helping oversee the incubator program, Ian Driscoll, a 2014 graduate of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C. will manage the 1,400 acre property. Read more.

Full Moon Pasta Dinner

Full Moon Pasta Dinner on Sunday April 9th, 2017 in the Hickory Hall Dining Room.

$50 per person.

Pasta maker Gabriel Key explains that his fresh, handmade pasta is made from only three simple ingredients – best quality flour, water and fresh eggs from local free-range hens.

Encaustic Workshop with Jane Wells Harrison at Patterson

P1843, from Mapworks ©Jane Wells Harrison

Jane Wells Harrison will offer a compact three-day workshop , suitable for all levels, on using encaustic paint to create lustrous and layered works of art. The workshop will be held on April 20, 21 and 22, 2017 and will cover studio requirements, safe practices, paint and medium characteristics and behavior, tools and various methods. Working on wood, students will explore the use of applied texture, collage and incising techniques as well as compatible media which can be used with encaustic. Tuition is $225 / student for the three-day workshop, and affordable housing is available on campus at the historic Wiese Hall Dorm for those who are interested in overnight lodging; email for details.

A supply fee of $50 to $75 will be charged in addition to the tuition, to cover instructor-supplied consumables, and a student supply list will be provided to those who register. The class will make with a minimum of five students, and there is space for eight students in the Wiese Dorm Art Studio.

Jane Harrison earned her MFA in painting and drawing from East Carolina University (ECU) and has had residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at Penland School of Craft’s Winter Residency. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Pocosin Arts Center, Turchin Center for the Arts, ECU and Caldwell Community College. Her studio is in Happy Valley, north of Lenoir in Caldwell County, NC

Jane Wells Harrison, portrait by Mercedes Jelinek Her encaustic paintings are currently on display at Caldwell Arts Council Gallery in Lenoir through March 31, 2017.

Registration deadline is April 12, 2017 and students can register by calling the Caldwell Arts Council at 828 / 754-2486 or, or by calling Jane at 828 / 729-2980 or

Stay at the Patterson School for Merlefest !

Wiese Dorm Room

UPDATE: There are still a few rooms left. Reserve yours today !

Dorm rooms on the historic Patterson School Campus, 25 miles west of Wilkesboro, are available for rent during Merlefest. Each rustic room has two twin beds, with bathroom facilities down the hall, for $100 / night per room, with a minimum 3-night stay preferred. Bring your own bed and bath linens, and enjoy our hot showers!

Wiese Dorm

One apartment with private bath, kitchenette and two twin beds is available for $150 / night. A simple breakfast will be available for $5 / person on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Join us in beautiful Happy Valley, just a 30 minute drive to Merlefest on Scenic Byway / NC Highway 268.

Reservations and payments may be made on our website,, or contact Susan at
Pay for your rental via PayPal. Simply choose number of nights you wish to stay from the pulldown menu, or enter the total amount in the box below.

Other Amount: USD

New Farm Manager: Ian Driscoll

Ian Driscoll, Patterson School Farm Manager

The Patterson School Foundation has chosen a new fulltime Farm Manager to manage the 1400 acre property and to assist with a new Incubator Farmer Program which will begin this spring.

Ian Driscoll is a 2014 graduate of Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC with a major in History and Political Science. He lives and farms in Happy Valley, just three miles from the historic Patterson School campus, and is experienced in many of the necessary aspects of farming – compost production, planting / tending / harvesting crops, greenhouse building, fencing, animal husbandry, swine and poultry production, grazing systems, mowing and operation of farm implements, haymaking, water drainage systems, lumber grading and general farm maintenance.

Explaining why he came to North Carolina from his home in Chicago, Ian said “I moved to North Carolina because I had received a flier from Warren Wilson College and was interested in the area. Although I grew up in Chicago, I did not like the city and was eager to leave. It didn’t take much for me to want to move here after visiting.”

“I had ties to farming growing up through friends and family members; my parents owned an 80 acre farm at one time that we lived on part time. I like to work and provide for myself; farming is hard work and you see your reward with what you grow and eat.”

“Reviving the farm at Patterson School will be good for the community. Working there will be a good opportunity for new and old generations to get involved with the community and learn about farming. I hope that within the first year at Patterson we can develop a successful Incubator Farm Program, and other than that, I would like to hold workshops at Patterson that get the community, especially school children, involved in farming.”

The Incubator Farm Program will invite new and experienced organic farmers to lease up to half an acre to farm at Patterson, with the availability of farm equipment and mentorship, and with access to farm-related workshops through the farming season. Ian can be contacted for more information about the Incubator Farm Program and about raised bed gardening opportunities for children on campus during the growing season at .

Palmyra Hall Veranda is Being Rebuilt

Palmyra Hall (1927) Veranda Under Construction

We have known for some time now that the veranda needed repairs, but once we started, we soon realized it practically needed to be rebuilt. The 6x6in inner column supports have now been replaced with treated wood. The columns will be rebuilt around the supports. The ceiling rafters, etc. will be replaced as needed, and a new roof and flashing will be applied. The gutters will either be replaced or repaired and stabilized. In addition to the Veranda, we have contracted for a new roof for the rest of Palmyra.

We look forward to having this finished before our Alumni Reunion in September. Donations for this unexpected expense are welcome; please remember that Patterson School Foundation is a non-profit organization, so all gifts are fully tax-deductible. Thank you!