Contributor photo • Steve and Julia Nunnally Duncan have visited The Orchard at Altapass for previous signings.

From staff reports

The Altapass Orchard is pleased to resume Steve and Julia Nunnally Duncan’s woodworking and book signing event on Saturday, October 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Julia will speak and sign her books; Steve will talk about his original and finely carved wooden works.

Julia Nunnally Duncan is an award-winning Western North Carolina author of 10 books of poetry and prose. “Our State Magazine” praised her essays in “A Place That Was Home” as “detailed and honest personal anecdotes [that] capturing a life of simplicity in the former textile town she calls home” – reflecting the people and events of her life in 1960s McDowell County.

Hailing from Blue Ridge Mountain, artist Steve Duncan works with native local hardwoods, incorporating their natural characteristics into his freehand images. His pieces have been featured in galleries and at exhibitions across the Southeast.

Visitors can buy books or bring their copies for Julia to sign. Coupled with Steve’s exhibit and discussion, this early afternoon event will arrive just in time for the holidays. The Altapass orchard closes for the season on Sunday, October 30.

Located at 1025 Orchard Road near Spruce Pine at Mile 328.3 on Blue Ridge Parkway, the orchard is a non-profit, small-lot apple orchard and educational venue that protects and preserves both the ecosystem and the heritage of the region. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Suitable for families and pets. Wheelchair accessible. Buses are welcome. For more information, please visit or call (828) 765-9531.