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‘Hard Candy Christmas’ returns to WCU

The 28th annual “Hard Candy Christmas” Art & Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 27-28 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University.

The event features authentic crafts from the hands of 100 regional and local artists and craftsmen. The idea for the show originates from the depression days in the mountains, when Christmas was still celebrated, no matter how lean the year had been. Santa always left stockings stuffed with apples, oranges and hard candy. The best gifts were handmade with love. 

There will be selections of clay art, woodcrafts, master jewelers, folk art, glass art, and specialty sweets and breads. Collectors of Old World Santa’s, heirloom ornaments and miniatures always find something new. The mountain beekeeper will bring honey, bees wax candles and wax ornaments. Purchase a fresh mountain greenery wreath or scented dried fruit rope for your house. Order a Christmas quilt and meet the artisan who made it. 

Admission is $4.50 for adults, children under 12 free.

www.mountainartisans.net or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


Want to make your own glass ornament?

A “Glass Ornament” class will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

Time slots are available throughout the day, with each lasting 30 minutes. With the assistance of a resident artist, participants will work with molten glass to create a unique and beautiful piece of glass art. Cost is $30.  

828.631.0271 or www.jcgep.org.


Handmade Holiday Sale at WCU

The annual Handmade Holiday Sale will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in the Star Atrium adjacent to the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.

Purchases can be made by cash or check, with a portion of proceeds going to support Fine Art Museum programming. The sale will feature high-quality gift items from WCU students, staff and alumni, such as scarves, ceramics, jewelry, knitted wear and books. Live music and snacks will be shared during the event.

Admission and parking are free. 

828.227.3591 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



• A “Nolen’s Tote” basket class with Joanne Nolen will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Cooperative Extension Building in Franklin. Bring webbing, pail, sponge, hand towel, snips or old scissors, ice pick or awl, cloth tape measure and sack lunch. Fee is $25. Register by Nov. 17 by calling 828.524.ARTS. www.franklin-chamber.com. 

• A Scherenschnitte class (German art of paper cutting) will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Jackson County Extension Office in Sylva. Talented instructor and paper artist Lawrie Williams will be teaching how to create Holiday ornaments and Tablescapes with this unique craft. A light egg salad sandwich lunch will be provided by Williams. Contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 828.586.4009 to register and for the supply list. Cost is $5.

• The films “Terminator: Genysis” (Nov. 19) and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (Nov. 20-21) will be screened at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Showtimes are 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee also on Saturday. Free. For a full schedule of dates and times, click on www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com.

• “Mr. Holmes” will be screened at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 20, at 2 and 4 p.m. Nov. 22 and 7 p.m. Nov. 24-25 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Tickets are $6.50, with a $3.25 matinee pass for 2 and 4 p.m. showings. www.38main.com or call 828.283.0079.

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