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‘Hard Candy’ holiday craft show

The 30th annual “Hard Candy Christmas” arts and crafts show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24-25 inside the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University.

This mountain tradition started in 1987 in Franklin with eight local artists. It has grown to more than 100 original artisans who sell their work at great prices. Expect a dazzling display of fine hand crafted creations such as Father Christmas dolls, fresh mountain greenery, and folk dolls. The ornament collectors always find new additions for the tree.

Admission is $5 for a two-day pass. Children under 12 are free. Parking is also free. For more information,


Balsam Arts & Crafts Show

The eighth annual Balsam Arts & Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Balsam Fire Department.

Local handmade arts and crafts will be available including baskets, chair caning, crocheted and hand-sewn items, hand-stitched and stamped greeting cards, oil paintings and prints, small hand painted tiles and wooden spoons, matted/framed photos and prints, jewelry, candles, glazed pecans, pottery, fudge and baked goods, among many other items.

A portion of the entry fees will benefit the fire department.


Want to make a glass ornament?

There will be glass ornament workshops held Nov. 30 and Dec. 2, 5 and 7 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Sylva.

With the assistance of one of our resident artists, participants will work with molten glass to create a unique and beautiful piece of glass art.

The glass blowing sessions last 30 minutes. In each session, you’ll learn the basics of working with glass, some of the history of glass blowing, and important safety guidelines.

Ages 13-18 may participate with parent present. Dress in cotton clothing (no polyester); wear closed shoes and long pants. Glass artwork available for pickup 48 hours after class.

Walk-in's are welcome, but space is limited. Payment due at registration.

Time slots are a half-hour. Each slot is $30 per person. For more information on the class schedules and to register, call 828.631.0271 or visit


Holiday wreath-making class

The Haywood County “Master Gardener Wreath-Making Event” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Cooperative Extension Office in Waynesville.

They will provide an incredible selection of fresh greenery, natural embellishments, and knowledgeable Master Gardeners to show you the ropes.

Sessions are from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Office at 589 Raccoon Road. Cost is $20 for one wreath, including all materials. The only things participants need to bring are pruners and gloves (nitrile gloves will also be for sale for $5.)

Space is limited to 40 people per session. To reserve your spot, send a check for $20 (not refundable) payable to “EMGVA” to: Andre’ Haas, P.O. Box 116, Maggie Valley, N.C. 28751 by Monday, Nov. 27. Include your name, phone and email address.

If you have any questions, contact Andre’ Haas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.593.0862. Proceeds from this Wreath-Making Event fund horticultural projects and grants in Haywood County.


Waynesville’s ‘Art After Dark’

The final “Art After Dark” of the year will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in downtown Waynesville.

Each first Friday of the month (May-December), Main Street transforms into an evening of art, music, finger foods, beverages and shopping as artisan studios and galleries keep their doors open later for local residents and visitors.

Participants include Haywood County Arts Council Gallery, Burr Studio, Earthworks Gallery, The Jeweler’s Workbench, Twigs & Leaves Gallery, TPennington Art Gallery, Cedar Hill Studios, JoRidge Kelley/Earthstar Studios, Moose Crossing Burl Wood Gallery, and the Village Framer.

“Art After Dark” is free to attend.



• The “Christmas in the Mountains” indoor arts and crafts show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Stecoah Valley Center.

• The “Fireside Sale” will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown. Holiday gifts made by local and regional artisans. Free admission. 800.FOLK.SCH.

• Wire artist Lawrie Williams will host a “Holiday Ornament Wire Art” class from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office in Sylva. The project this month will focus on colored wire Christmas ornaments. Make your own unique free form ornaments as well. Great gift idea. Call the Jackson Extension Office at 828.586.4009 to reserve your spot. The cost is only $10 and all supplies are included.

• The new folk art exhibit, “Cornbread,” is now showing at Urban Orchard Cider Company in West Asheville.

• Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will host a free movie night at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For the full schedule of screenings, visit

• The Waynesville Fiber Friends will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month at the Panacea Coffee House in Waynesville. All crafters and beginners interested in learning are invited. You can keep up with them through their Facebook group or by calling 828.276.6226 for more information.

• “Paint Nite Waynesville” will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays (Nov. 30) at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. Sign up for either event on the Paint Night Waynesville Facebook page or call Robin Arramae at 828.400.9560. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• There will be a “Thursday Painters Open Studio” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Franklin Uptown Gallery. Bring a bag lunch, project and supplies. Free. Membership not required. 828.349.4607.

• A “Youth Art Class” will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the Appalachian Art Farm on 22 Morris Street in Sylva. All ages welcome. $10 includes instruction, materials and snack. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find them on Facebook.

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