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Wednesday, 31 August 2016 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Get the low-down on forest management 

A seminar on the what, how and why of landowner forest management plans will be offered at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Swain Senior Center in Bryson City. 

John McCall of the N.C. Forest Service will present an overview of forest management plans, and Amanda Buchanan of the Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss financial assistance available for them. 

Free, with refreshments provided. Supported by the NCADFP Trust Fund. 

Cayle Aldridge, 828.488.8803, ext. 3105.


Lounge with llamas

Enjoy afternoon tea with llamas during a 2-mile walk offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Cradle of Forestry in America. 

The program will cover the special adaptations llamas have for life on the trail and let participants take turns leading the llamas as they carry lunch and snacks toward a great picnic spot. 

$5 for ages 16 and up and free for youth, with America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports accepted. Participants should bring their own food, but iced tea will be provided. 

The Cradle of Forestry is located along U.S. 276, about 35 miles south of Waynesville. 

828.877.3130 or


Tie a real knot

Classes coming up in Jackson County will teach how to tie all the knots you’ll need to survive outdoors. 

6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Cullowhee Recreation Center. 

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Cashiers Recreation Center. 

6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Cullowhee Recreation Center. 

Free, with registration to one of the recreation centers requested by the close of business the day of the event. Cullowhee Recreation Center, 828.293.3053 or Cashiers Recreation Center, 828.631.2020.


Churn like a homesteader

A workshop on making butter and yogurt will teach participants how to handle dairy like homesteaders at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Waynesville Public Library. 

Celebrating the library’s 125th birthday, local author and homesteader Ashley English will lead the class, taking the group back to a time when such skills were commonplace rather than an anomaly. 

Free, with sign-up required with Kathy Olsen, 828.356.2507 or 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.. 

Refreshments and door prizes included. Made possible by the N.C. Humanities Council and Friends of the Haywood County Library. 


Help clean the Little Tennessee

 A crowd will descend on the Little Tennessee River to rid it of litter 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Franklin. 

Sponsored by Mainspring Conservation Trust, the Little Tennessee River BigSweep will launch in the lower parking area of Big Bear Park. Volunteers will be assigned locations throughout the floodplain, riverbanks and in the water itself. Canoes and boats are helpful but not necessary to participate. 

BigSweep Coordinator Guy Gooder has been organizing these cleanups since 2005 and believes a clean river creates a better environment for everyone. 

“When you live in a litter free community you feel a sense of pride,” he said, “and that translates into a better quality of life for all of us.”         

Gloves, bags and a pizza lunch will be provided. 

Guy Gooder, 828.349.4097. 


De-litter Lake J

Lake Junaluska will get a once-over with a stream cleanup at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. 

Spearheaded by the Haywood County Board of Realtors, the group will meet at the parking lot just past the chapel, concentrating efforts around Stuart Auditorium. 

Sign up at


Pair scenic films with good beer

An evening of short films celebrating nature, the wilderness and outdoor adventure will raise money for MountainTrue beginning 7 pm. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Brewery.

The 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival will feature a selection of films from the annual festival held each year in Nevada City, California, with a focus on films speaking to environmental concerns and celebrations of the planet. 

The films will be shown under the open sky in an outdoor amphitheater on the banks of the French Broad River. Arrive early to grab a drink and snag a prime viewing spot. 

$15 or $10 for students with IDs.


Help beat cancer with cornhole and softball

Cornhole, a poker run and a softball game will offer a chance to have fun while raising money toward a Jackson County man’s battle with stage four lung cancer. 

A softball tournament will be held Sept. 2-3 at the Old Macon County Recreation Park in Franklin. Teams will be able to buy home runs before each game, at $2 per home run, and the entry fee is $200 per team. Trophies will be given to first through third places and to the home run winner. Sign up with Ron Bryson, 828.508.3409.

All proceeds will go toward the medical costs of Travis Watkins, a lifelong Jackson County resident who was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer this summer. He has completed 17 radiation treatments and is undergoing chemotherapy but has no medical insurance. 


Hear the history of mountain settlement

The story behind white settlement of the Tuckasegee Watershed will be told at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Swain County Regional Business Education and Training Center in Bryson City. 

Lamar Marshall, cultural heritage director for Wild South, will present the program titled “Ancient Lines.” Wild South focuses on protecting Native American cultural heritage sites on public lands, and Marshall, who lives in Cowee, has partnered with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to map out Cherokee trails, towns and sites, gathering more than 100,000 digital archives. 

Free. Part of the Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society’s regular meeting. Refreshments will follow.

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