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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00

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Gemboree returns to Macon 

Gem, mineral dealers and rock hounds will converge on the 49th Annual Macon County Gemboree July 24-27, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. 

The gem and mineral show is the second oldest event of its kind in the Southeast, and is known across the nation as one of the region’s finest events.

Hours for the event are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $2 for adult, with those ages 12 and under free. A Run-of-Show ticket is only $5 and will allow you admission to the event all four days for one low price. All Macon County residents can enter for $1 on Sunday.

The event is a joint effort of the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and the Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin. 

800.336.7829 or 828.524.3161.


Cupcake Challenge returns to Canton

The second annual Cupcake Challenge will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Canton Branch Library.

The challenge is open to all ages. Interested bakers may register at the front desk of the Canton Branch Library. Bakers are asked to make one dozen cupcakes (from scratch or a mix), and decorate them with a “garden” theme. Decorations must be edible, and each cupcake should be the same flavor. Prizes will be awarded, including an audience favorite prize this year

Bakers will need to check in starting at 1:15 p.m. on the day of the event. General admission and judging will start at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to sample the cupcakes, and there will be a decorating station for children.




• Thirsty Thursdays $1 off all beer and wine will be held each week at City Lights Café in Sylva. Local Western North Carolina beers, with 11 taps able to fill growlers. Bring your own to fill or purchase one at the café. 

• Competition entrants are still being sought for Mountain Heritage Day on Sept. 27 at Western North Carolina. Entrees for baked goods, the 5K road race, craft juried competitions, and more are still available. 

• The “Way Back When” dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. The dinner showcases a recreation meal, music, storytelling and atmosphere of a 1930s Appalachian trout camp. $31.95 per person, which includes food and beverage. 828.926.1401 or 800.868.1401 or 

• The Highlands Road Gem Show will be from 9 a.m. until dusk July 23-27 at the corner of U.S. 411 and Highlands Road in Franklin. Free. 828.369.6341.

• A street dance will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 25 in downtown Waynesville. Live music by Whitewater Bluegrass and The Trantham Family, with clogging by the Dixie Dar-lin’s. Dancing led by Joe Sam Queen. All skill levels welcomed to participate. 

• The T&D Gem Show will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through July 27 at the corner of U.S. 441 and Lake Emory Road in Franklin. Free. 828.371.2954.

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This Must Be the Place

  • This must be the place

    art theplaceThere’s no place like home. Amid my first few weeks living in Western North Carolina, there were times I got homesick. Though I have bounced around the country for many years now, I, too, have moments where I start to miss things familiar to me.

    Written on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:56