The North Carolina Folklore Society's Community Traditions Award is given to organizations and individuals that make valuable contributions to the state's folk life. The first award was given in 1992. The 2006 Award was presented to Mrs. Nelia Hyatt of Asheville, who has hosted a traditional music jam on her property for more than fifty years. The jam, which is held every Thursday night year-round, features bluegrass, old time, and early country music. Her husband, a talented musician and instrument maker, started the gathering. After his death, she continued it. What is remarkable is that Mrs. Hyatt is not a musician, but continues the tradition because of her love of the music and the people who perform it.