John Randolph Spring Arts Kick Off


The April 2020 John Randolph Spring Arts is postponed doe to the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is being evaluated if this can be rescheduled at a later date.

Our 2021 event will be April 24, Saturday

Typically this is on the last Saturday of April

Noon-5 PM

Join us for a day of family fun. This event is named in honor of John Randolph, the founder of Fort New Salem. John, then a professor at Salem College, was the visionary who in the late 1960’s saw a need to preserve our regions Appalachian heritage. In the 1970’s John efforts led to the development of the Fort New Salem campus with many of the cabins being brought in during that time.

Fort New Salem opens for the 2020 season on Saturday, April 25 from noon to 5 PM with the 10th Annual John Randolph Spring Arts Kick Off. This special one-day event featuring live demonstrations by various artisans.

Scheduled to participate

  • spoon carving
  • pottery
  • blacksmithing
  • tinsmithing
  • Appalachian spring cooking
  • spinning
  • weaving
  • paper marbling
  • printing

Some demonstrators will have items for sale. This also a day of dedications.  We will officially rename the Administration Building in honor of John Randolph.   There will also be a special HOOPS & GRACES CHALLENGE in the commons.  Our gift shop will also be open. We will have an on-site snack food including maple cotton candy. General admission is $5 with children 10 and under admitted free.

There will be live entertainment. The time and band it soon to be announced.


Teams of two shall be given one hoop and 4 sticks to use. New players can have 1 minute to practice. Teams shall be timed to see how many hoops can be caught on a stick in 3 minutes by alternatingly tossing between partners. The high TEAM Score wins a $20 gift card compliments of Salem Ace Hardware.

Winner to be announced at 4 PM. In the event of a tie, teams present at 4 PM shall be given a 1 minute opportunity to add to their score. Unless of a tie, winner does not need to be present to win.

Noon   Event Opens

12:30  Dedication of the Old Administration Building

5 PM  Event Closes

Our schedule of time and line up is subject to change.

This event in 2019 was sponsored by


Martin Ventures LLC / EastGate Used Cars LLC.