our common thread

October 17, 2019, 4:30 pm - Alleghany County Public Library 115 Atwood St., Sparta, NC

Our April gathering was a bit hit, so we’re making our autumn event bigger and better!


All are invited! We want to bring the community together and continue the conversation about our relationship to textiles and their part in our personal history and our cultural heritage. 


4:30 pm -  Demonstrations from members of the Homespun Mountain Fiber Guild. Gallery of “treasured textiles” opens. Add your favorites to the gallery for display during the event.

5:30 pm -  Potluck supper. Bring something tasty to share with the group. We will have plates, napkins, and utensils. Drinks will be provided.

6:00 pm -  The readings and storytelling begins. Bring a story to share or just sit back and listen.


Our Common Thread is a collaboration between Alleghany Writers, the Mountain Homespun Fiber Guild, and the Blue Ridge Fiber Fest.

April 2019 Gathering
April 2019 Gathering

developing alleghany thinkers

September 2019 - April 2020

The use of Thinking Maps in Alleghany County schools continues to develop with a new collaboration between Sparta Elementary School, Communities in Schools of NW- NC, and Alleghany Writers. This new project is part of our commitment to support Alleghany County teachers as they implement Writing Across the Curriculum in the classroom.


Developing Alleghany Thinkers was initiated by parent request and designed to bring parents and children together to share these new tools for critical thinking and explore ways to use Thinking Maps as a family for the development of life-long thinking skills.


Project Kick-Off

Grades 3-5 - September 17, 2019

Grades K-2, September 24, 2019

Grades 6-8, October 1, 2019


Hosted at Sparta Elementary School.  Participation is open to the entire Alleghany community. Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:00 pm, and childcare will be provided from 6:00-8:00 pm during the training sessions. All materials will be in English and Spanish and interpreters will be on hand. Follow-up sessions will occur throughout the school year.


Photo (right):  Dr. Elaine Moretz and Dr. Melba Johnson will oversee the training sessions. Both are experienced educators and Dr. Johnson has previously led training for Alleghany teachers on Thinking Maps and their uses in the classroom. They are shown here with an example of the Spanish translations available.

Dr. Elaine Moretz and Dr. Melba Johnson
Dr. Elaine Moretz and Dr. Melba Johnson

Horizon Bistro

Located in the Historic Smithey Building

38 S Main St, Sparta, NC 28675