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Spouse & Companion Activities

Raleigh Guided City Tour - Closed

Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (90-minutes) - $45/Per Person

Description: Climb aboard The Great Raleigh Trolley for a "Must See Raleigh Tour"! This tour winds its way through the Capital City’s historic and emerging neighborhoods, unique commercial districts, and famous landmarks, including the Governors mansion, Historic Oakwood, and the North Carolina State University Bell Tower.

Your tour will depart in front of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) in Downtown Raleigh promptly at 10:00 a.m. There will be approximately 30-minutes tour before a stop at the iconic Peace Street Krispy Kreme sign and factory. During this quick 20-minute stop, guests will have the opportunity to disembark and see the factory in action. You'll be able to buy a Krispy Kreme doughnut and coffee to bring back on board to enjoy for the next half of the tour, which lasts another approximately 30-minutes. Guests will be returned to the GRCVB by 11:30 a.m.

This tour will accommodate up to 30 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance and not later than May 23. If you purchase a ticket, but not enough tickets are sold, the tour will be cancelled and you will be notified by May 24.


For those who have registered:

  • Included: Guided tour of Raleigh on board an open-air trolley with a knowledgeable guide, stop at Krispy Kreme factory (purchases are on own) and gratuities to the guide. 
  • What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes, hats with a brim, sunscreen, sunglasses and camera. Be sure to present the guide your confirmation (sent by email) before boarding.   
  • Where to Meet: Please meet your guide at 9:45 a.m. at the entrance of the Raleigh Convention Center in the Main Lobby on the third level.

Sorry, the tour is filled.


Up-Close Guided Tour of “Southern Surreal-Masterpiece Furniture by Tilden Stone”

Friday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. (approx. 45 minutes) - Free (Limited availability to 15 guests) - Gregg Museum of Art and Design, 1903 Hillsborough St, Raleigh NC 27607

Tilden Stone’s furniture is indeed beautifully carved and masterfully built. But one of the most interesting aspects to his designs is the inclusion of secret compartments, fool-the-eye false fronts, and other surprising features and visual puns. On this up-close tour, each compartment will be opened, each secret revealed of these cleverly designed, one-of-a-kind hand-crafted pieces.



Art Connections Tours to Asheville

Before Symposium
Saturday, July 6 – Half Day Tour – $50/Per Person

  • Visit to the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a guided tour of the exhibition Woodn’t You Like to Know featuring 30 wood artists  
  • Demonstration of wood turning by Southern Highland Craft Guild member Jack Rogers 
  • Visit to Blue Spiral 1 in downtown Asheville to see the Wood Only Work (W.O.W.) exhibition featuring over 20 wood artists, including guided tour of exhibition
  • Artist talk with Betty Scarpino at Blue Spiral 1

After Symposium
Tuesday, July 16 – Full Day Tour – $135/Per Person

  • Visit to David Ellsworth’s studio just north of Asheville 
  • Visit to Graeme Priddle and Melissa Engler’s studio on the northern edge of downtown 
  • Lunch at an area independent restaurant 
  • Visit to the Folk Art Center to see the Woodn’t You Like to Know exhibition 
  • Visit to Blue Spiral 1 Gallery to see the W.O.W. exhibition 
  • This tour includes transportation once in Asheville (transportation to Asheville from Raleigh not included).

Independent DIY Craft Area


  • Friday - 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday - 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.



Postcard Holder from a Binder Clip
Card of Gift Tag from Buttons and Cupcake Liner 
 Drawstring Bags for Beads of Courage

The DIY Craft Area will be located in the Instant Gallery area of the symposium. It is a special area set aside for spouses and guest who want to work independently on their own projects, as well as meet others and socialize. Door prizes and social activities are planned.



  • Crafts: Supplies will be available to make a fun projects including: postcard holder from a binder clip, and a card from buttons and cupcake liner.
  • Drawstring Bags: The woodturning community supports Beads of Courage (BOC) by making wooden boxes to hold the beads of children with being treated for serious illnesses. In 2018, volunteers sewed 180 drawstring bags in the DIY Craft Area at the AAW Symposium. These bags provide a way for children to carry their beads to and from the hospital during treatment. At the 2019 Symposium in Raleigh, we will provide the opportunity to continue this project for Beads of Courage by making drawstring bags. We will have sewing machines, material, and all supplies at the DIY Craft Area.


Donate Craft Supplies

If you are a crafter and have supplies that are waiting for inspiration, bring them along! If you would like to contribute to materials, we need the following materials:

  • Fabric - The pattern guide states fat quarters work well. Two 9" x 12" fabric pieces are needed for the exterior of the bag and two 9" x 12" are needed for the lining. Fabric should be cotton/cotton blends, colorful and patterned - sports, dolls, animals, cars, etc and something that would appeal to young children and then some that would appeal to older children. Stripes and solids work for lining.
  • Cording for the Bags - and almost anything can be used - even shoe laces.

Pop Up Craft Sessions

Beaded Stretch Bracelet


  • Friday- 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday - 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.



The DIY Craft Area will be located in the Instant Gallery area of the symposium.



Beaded Stretch Bracelet
Bonna Jones will demonstrate how to make a stretch bracelet from a wide assortment of beads. You'll have all colors, shapes, and sizes to choose from and learn how to tie the knots to keep your bracelet together. All are welcome and no specific skills are needed to participate, just be able to thread the beads on to the elastic string. For the advanced maker, Bonna will have supplies to make earrings. This project takes a little more skill, but she will be able to instruct you on how to use the tools provided. All the supplies and tools needed for these projects will be available.

  • Fee: $5 for supplies to be paid at the time of class payable to the instructor.
  • Sign up: Sign up sheets will be available in the Craft DIY area.














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