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Tasty tidbits of news, events, and general good happenings in Todd, NC
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Notable Events Happening in Todd to put on your calendars

Saturday October 12
Todd New River Festival
9am – 5pm
Cook Park downtown Todd

Friday October 18th
CommUnity Contra Dance
Todd Mercantile

Saturday October 19th
Michael and Donna Fox
Todd Mercantile

CommUnity Contra Dance
Friday Oct. 18th
Come on down to the Todd Mercantile and Kick up your heels to the lively sounds of the Laurel Creek String Band at our monthly Community Dance! We’ll be doing Contra’s, Reels, Squares, Waltzes a little bit of flat footing. No experience necessary, the caller runs through all the steps before each dance.
Bring the family too!
Cost is only $5.00 for those over 12
It sure is a “reel” good time!
Click on the event to link to photo gallery
Todd Mercantile on NC Weekend


Monday – Thursday
10:00am – 4:00pm

10:00am – 5:00pm

9:00am – 5:00pm

9:30am – 5:00pm

If you have any questions about the events on this page or have any events that you know of happening in Todd – give me a shout at
336-877-5401 or you can email me by replying to this message.

Todd Mercantile
3899 Todd Railroad Grade Rd.
Todd, NC 28684

“The picture in my mind I see when I think about it all, is the color of the leaves of Carolina in the Fall”
And Todd is the best place to be at all!

Greetings from downtown Todd!
Every Autumn I am always amazed at the beauty that nature creates in the mountains. It’s like a symphony being played out in colors all around you. The colors are really starting to burst here along the river and in the higher elevations and this weekend they should all be in full color or very close to it. Especially with the low temperatures at night. Perfect fall nights that are crisp and so clear you can see the milky way. What a great time of year to come and enjoy all the mountains have to offer.

This Saturday, there is a whole lotta fun happening here in Todd with the 20th annual Todd New River Festival! The Festival starts at 9am with music, crafts, venders, and food at Cook Memorial Park in downtown Todd (across from the General Store). I have the schedule for performers at the bottom of the page here so you can be sure to turn out for your favorite band – or hang out all day and listen to great music!

Plus, that same day, (October 12th) the Todd Mercantile will be having some of our artists/craft people on hand that day to show more of their items and be available to chat with you about what they do. We’ll be sampling some of our breads and jams, etc. too! Heart of the High Country Realty will also be having an open house, so be sure to stop by.

The following Friday, October 18th we’ll be having our monthly CommUnity Contra Dance here at the Todd Mercantile – so grab your partner and the family – or come on down by yourself and learn to do-si-do with your neighbors to the lively tunes from the Laurel Creek String Band. No experience is necessary since they go over every dance before hand. The cost is $5.00 for the band for those over 12 (under is free).

Then on Saturday the 19th, Michael and Donna Fox will join us at the Todd Mercantile at 3:00pm for a bit of story telling and music. They play Appalachian Old Time music and bring with them a collection of instruments like the dulcijo, fiddle, guitar, marimbula and bodran. they also bring extra spoons and scrub boards for audience involvement and playa long! You can find out more about them at Sure hope you can join us – it’ll be a lot of fun for young and old and everyone in between!

As always, we hope to see you soon in Todd!


“I’ve seen sunsets on the ocean
I’ve seen the desert bloom
I’ve driven endless highways
Beneath the prairie moon
Yet the picture in my mind that I see
When I think about it all
Is the color of the leaves
In Carolina in the Fall”
~ The Kruger Bros.
Carolina in the Fall
20th Annual Todd New River Festival

Free Entertainment All Day
Saturday, October 12, 2013

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Steve Lewis & Brandy Miller
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Norris Family
11 a.m. – 12 a.m. A Company of Cloggers
Noonish Key to Todd Presentation
Noon – 1 p.m. Left of Blue
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Upright & Breathing
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Don Moseley Band
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Wolf BrothersRaffle Drawings
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Danny Hodges

Crafts, Food, and Fun All Day with Special Children’s Activities & Face PaintingPresented by the Todd Ruitan Club (Contact: 828-964-1362)

Check out our new items… Tile coasters and trivets that benefit the Watauga Humane Society’s spay and neuter program. They would make a great hostess or thank you gift!

The Todd Mercantile is now a ‘Twig’ of the Ashe County Library. Check it out… Take a book, leave a book or borrow a book. We need to decorate it Todd style. Let me know if you have any ideas for decorating. We are waiting for the post that will come and make its permanent home nearby its current location.