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Get on the wine train

The “Railroad Reserve” specialty dinner train will depart at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. 

A specialty train experience featuring wines selected to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride. Narrator onboard to discuss the six wines selected to accompany an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made entree and a chef-selected dessert. All passengers receive souvenir stemless wine glass and tote bag. The Cottage Craftsman, located across from the depot will have all of the sampled wines available for purchase. 

Age 21 and over only. 

For more information or tickets, call 800.867.9246 or visit


Cataloochee ‘Way Back When’ dinner 

The “Way Back When” trout dinner will continue at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. 

The dinner showcases a recreation meal, music, storytelling and atmosphere of a 1930s Appalachian trout camp. Enjoy a wagon ride across the ranch property amid the authentic re-creation of Mr. Tom and Miss Judy Alexander’s first fishing camp. 

Cost is $39.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The dinner will also be held Sept. 2 and 16.

To RSVP, call 828.926.1401 or 800.868.1401 or



• There will be a series of fundraising events for Travis Watkins, a lifelong Jackson County resident who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and lesions on his brain. Motorcycles can register for a Poker Run at 11 a.m. Aug. 27 at the Qualla Fire Department Main Station, with a $25 entry fee. The Cornhole Tournament will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 27 at the Qualla Fire Department Main Station. A Softball Tournament will be held Sept. 2-3 at the Old Macon County Rec Park, with a team entry fee of $200. 

• The 13th annual PAWS wine tasting and silent auction will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Land’s Creek Cabins in Bryson City. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. They can be purchased at the PAWS thrift store or at 

• The Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building. Kim Cochran, Curator of the Georgia Mineral Society, will be speaking about Native American Artifacts. Guests are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

• A bingo night will run at 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 1 at the Maggie Valley Pavilion. Cash prizes and concessions by Moonshine Grill. Sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association. 828.926.7630. 

• A wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. $5 per person. or 828.586.6300.

• A free wine tasting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. or 828.452.0120.

• A wine tasting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Free with dinner ($15 minimum). 828.452.6000.

• Free cooking demonstrations will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays at Country Traditions in Dillsboro. Watch the demonstrations, eat samples and taste house wines for $3 a glass. All recipes posted online. 

• The ceremonial Cherokee bonfires will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 1 Spend an evening with the Cherokee people by a roaring fire. Listen as Cherokee storytellers in period dress from the 17th century spin tales of days gone by, myths and mysteries passed down through the ages and talk of the history. Learn Cherokee survival skills and experience the dance. Your hosts will provide light refreshments, which include marshmallows for roasting and drinks. Guests sit by the fire near the Oconaluftee riverside enjoying a unique and entertaining experience. The events are free and open to the public. 

• The Darnell Farms Corn Maze will be open from Sept. 3 through Nov. 1 on U.S. 19 at the Tuckasegee River Bridge in Bryson City. Besides the maze, there will also be a pumpkin patch, picnic area, farm fresh products, hayrides, and other activities. 828.488.2376.

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