BY MELISSA VEGA
Non-profit organization Cove Creek Preservation and Development (CCP&D) has held Musicfest ‘N Sugar Grove for the past 14 years to fund its mission to preserve and maintain the Cove Creek community, located in Watauga County, N.C. Proceeds from MusicFest support efforts to keep the Historic Cove Creek School and surrounding historic sites in working order and available for future generations.
When the Historic Cove Creek School closed down in 1995, CCP&D was formed as a non-profit, with a goal of preserving and utilizing the building. With the support of Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Development Outreach, the community, revenue from various events, and numerous public and private agencies, CCP&D rescued the building.
“When MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove was created in 1998, it started off not only as appreciation to Doc Watson, but as a fundraiser to restore the building,” says Tommy Walsh, director of Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Development Outreach and co-chair of MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove for 14 years.
CCP&D facilitated needed repairs to the Historic Cove Creek High School and had it registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Instead of going into disrepair or facing demolishment, the picturesque WPA-era stone building is now a community center and a business complex. The Historic Cove Creek School has proven to be a valuable asset to the community, providing jobs, commerce, recreation, and a museum.
The purpose of MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove is to maintain CCP&D’s funding of the Historic Cove Creek School and efforts of community preservation. CCP&D, along with Appalachian State University’s Sustainable Development Outreach, share the vision of maintaining the Historic Cove Creek Community.