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Tuesday, 06 August 2013 18:52

Trace Adkins hits the stage at Harrah’s

Country singer Trace Adkins performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

This must be the place

I was afraid of getting caught. As a teenager, I found myself sneaking into the back door of my grandfather’s garage. Amid the darkness, I stepped over firewood, fishing gear and forgotten storage boxes layered in dust. Sliding past his…
About 30 people sat scattered around the 2,800-seat Mountainside Theater in Cherokee, watching the makings of something that has never graced the stage there before. After debuting its first new play in more than 60 years last year, the Cherokee…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:49

Mountain momma

The scramble is on across WNC to pack in a few last drops of quality family time before school starts back.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:47

Donate to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS

“Drawings for Art” fundraiser is currently going on to benefit the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. The drawings will take place during a reception and art talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Fine & Performing Arts Center at Western…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:43

Off-beat romantic comedy hits the stage

The Highlands-Cashiers Players present the off-beat romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” Aug. 22-25 and Aug. 29-Sept. 1, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:42

Summer bike rally in Maggie Valley

The Maggie Valley Summer Rally will be Aug. 16-18 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:39

Balsam Range to play Franklin 

Acclaimed bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Range will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Cowee School Celebration in Franklin. Built in 1943 on the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the school served thousands of…
The Haywood County Fair will run Aug. 20-26, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. With an array of food and craft vendors, live entertainment, contest, farm animal exhibit and carnival rides, the beloved Western North Carolina pastime returns with gusto. Feature…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:37

Jeff Little Trio brings Americana to Stecoah

The Jeff Little Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. 
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:36

American Idol singer at Harrah’s

American Idol singer Lauren Alaina will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug 22, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:33

This must be the place

This might get loud. I tend to say that to anyone who finds themselves in the passenger’s seat of my rusty pickup truck. I live and die for rock-n-roll.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:29

Skating the Smokies for a good cause

Don’t mess with a mountain girl, especially one on roller skates. “We’re a tough bunch, and we stick together,” said Krista Robb. Aka “Butternut Squash,” the 28-year-old Robb is a star player on the Smoky Mountain Roller Girls, a nonprofit…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:45

Photographer exhibit, reception at WCU

Photographer Dr. Rick Cary will have a reception for his exhibit “Credo: Documentary Photographs of Signs Following Believers” from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Star Atrium at the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum. An artist…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:44

SCC offers voice acting

In order to introduce area residents to the potential of a voice acting career path, Voice Coaches presents “Getting Paid to Talk,” an introduction to the world of voiceovers, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Southwestern Community…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:38

Haywood County Fair schedule of events

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 5:00 p.m. Carnival Rides Open 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Open to the Public 6:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies Followed ByApple Orchard Community Concert Apple Orchard 6:00 p.m. Animal Viewing Zoo   THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 9:00 a.m.-10:00p.m. Open to the Public,…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:37

Mountain momma

My kids have been in training all summer for the Haywood County Fair. They haven’t been raising giant pumpkins nor whipping their dairy cows into shape for the show ring. Nor have they been boning up on their bingo skills,…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:36

Cherokee exhibit on view at SCC

The Cherokee exhibit “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future” is on display through Sept. 19 in the Balsam Building Lobby at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. A community input session will be held from noon until 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:34

Craft beer festival on tap in Waynesville

The inaugural Waynesville Craft Beer Festival will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the American Legion baseball field in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:33

Jazz guitarist plays Sylva Library

Local jazz guitarist Chad Hallyburton will present a musical program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, at the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:32

Balsam Range receives seven IBMA nominations

Renowned Western North Carolina bluegrass/gospel band Balsam Range received seven nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards.
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:31

This must be the place

The floor below me began to shake. For a moment, the idea of the structure collapsing seemed plausible. All around me, thousands of people were screaming, thrashing their arms wildly with manic looks on their faces. It was Sanford Stadium…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:28

Bringing history back to the open road

A loud roar echoed from the back of the building. The deafening sound is terrifying, yet captivating, heightened by the smell of oil and gasoline. A cloud of smoke wafted through the air, evoking the power and intrigue of a…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Open Air Indian Art Market in Cherokee

The Open Air Indian Art Market will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual in Cherokee. With dozens of authentic Cherokee artisans, the event offers traditional food and crafts, such…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Mountain dulcimer concert, workshop

Champion mountain dulcimer players Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. A reception will follow the performance, which is free and open to…
Artist, writer and speaker Doreyl Ammons Cain will do a demonstration and presentation on the four-step process of creating a historical mural, at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.  Cain is…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Copper Pot named by Food & Wine

The editors of Food & Wine magazine honored Waynesville’s Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon in the September issue. The artisan food company received an Editors’ Top Ten list nod for its Roasted Red Pepper & Peach Jam.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Labor Day in WNC

Labor Day LakeAlooza at Fontana Village The 4th annual Labor Day Weekend LakeAlooza celebration will be Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, at Fontana Village Resort, with an array of family activities, live entertainment, food and fireworks.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Hank Williams Jr. to perform at Harrah’s

Legendary outlaw country singer Hank Williams Jr. will play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Smoky Mountain Folk Festival returns to Lake J

The 43rd annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will be Aug. 30-31 at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.
Western Carolina University’s first couple will team up with other WCU performers, including recent Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Terrence Mann, for “Belchers and Friends,” an evening of music and dance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the John W.…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

This must be the place

I had never heard anything like that before. Sitting on the porch of my grandfather’s camp on Lake Champlain, a voice echoed from the small portable tape player covered with paint specks and years of winter storage dust.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Waynesville taps into craft beer festival

The inaugural Waynesville Craft Beer Festival will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the American Legion baseball field in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Brewing the next chapter

During the last 20 years, the Western North Carolina craft beer scene has exploded.  While Asheville’s nearly 20 breweries earned it the “Beer City USA” title, a loud rumble has also echoed out of the small towns west of the…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:29

Macon County Fair opens in Franklin

The 60th annual Macon County Fair will be Sept. 11-14 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Franklin. Highlights of the event include opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sept. 11, cross-cut saw demonstration at 6 p.m. Sept. 12, barbecue supper…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:28

‘Boots and Bling’ to benefit REACH

The Boots and Bling benefit will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Bloemsma Farm Barn in Franklin. “Boots and Bling,” a new fundraiser for Zonta Club, will benefit REACH of Macon County, which provides free and confidential…
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:28

Sylva church offers a taste of cookbook recipes

A cookbook tasting experience will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at The First United Methodist Church in Sylva.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:26

Music festival comes to Burningtown

The Burningtown Music Festival will be Sept. 14 in the Nantahala National Forest in the Burningtown Township of Macon County.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:24

DePaolo to be exhibited in The Strand at 38 Main

Works by artist Dominick “Nick” DePaolo will be on display throughout the month of September in the lobby at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:24

Annual charity bingo event in Haywood

The St. John the Evangelist Catholic Women’s Circle will hold its annual “Baskets and Bags Bingo” charity event at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds.
Monks from the Drepung Loseling monastery will demonstrate the art of mandala sand painting and perform sacred music and dance on Sept. 9-13 at Western Carolina University 
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:21

Mountain Faith, Primitive Quartet in Franklin

Acclaimed gospel groups Mountain Faith and the Primitive Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:19

Merle Haggard to bring honky-tonk to Franklin

Legendary country singer Merle Haggard will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 14:17

This must be the place

It’s like losing your virginity and seeing the Apocalypse at the same time.
A fiery inferno blasts through the sheet metal like a hot knife through butter. The screeching sound of a grinder echoes down into the valley surrounding Waynesville. Flipping up her face shield, metal sculptor Grace Cathey wipes her brow, smiles…
A new public art sculpture will be unveiled in downtown Waynesville this week by renowned Western North Carolina metal sculptor Grace Cathey.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

If you’re lucky enough to stay home this Labor Day weekend, revel in the fact you live somewhere other people — lots of other people — love to visit. By Friday, droves of tourists will be here. In our house,…
MedWest-Haywood is asking the community to step up to the plate and do their best rendition of the ‘Pink Glove Dance’ on Monday, Sept. 16. The ‘Pink Glove Dance’ has become a national hit to raise awareness of breast cancer.…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:15

Macon Aero Modelers Barbecue Fundraiser

The Macon Aero Modelers is holding its 5th annual BBQ Charity Fun Fly at 9 a.m. Sept. 21-22, at the club’s flying field on Tessentee Road in Otto. Each year the club, made up of radio-controlled airplane enthusiasts, hosts the…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:04

This must be the place

He slinked by, turned and glanced at me. “Well, hey there, you must be Jack, eh?” I said to him.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:10

Mountain Momma

I credit my older sister with teaching me many of life’s important lessons. Like not wearing white heels after Labor Day, or not mixing gold earrings with a silver necklace.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:00

Must-see in Cullowhee

From blockbuster Broadway musicals to the obscure art of throat singing to politically-charged documentaries on Iranian oppression, Western Carolina University is filling the stage and screen with an impressive line-up of shows, acts and film screenings over the coming year.…
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:06

Wrestler brings musical talents to Maggie rally

Professional wrestler and country singer Mickie James will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, at Thunder In The Smokies bike rally at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. 
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:07

Youth Art Festival coming to Dillsboro

The 6th annual Youth Arts Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:09

Crafts, contests and music at Railfest

The 12th annual Railfest will bring a taste of railroad food, memorabilia, storytelling, Appalachian music and dance, and special train excursions to downtown Bryson City Sept. 13-15.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:13

Mountain Momma

I recently took stock of our craft supply cupboard and realized it’s looking a little paltry. At one time, I was proud of the run-of-the-mill pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks and multi-colored pom-poms in our craft stash. But that was before…
The 39th Mountain Heritage Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. The event will be preceded by a 5K foot race at 8 a.m. WCU’s free celebration of…
The annual Mountain Life Festival in Great Smoky Mountains National Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Mountain Farm Museum near Cherokee.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:03

HART breaks ground on new facility

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Daniel and Belle Fangmeyer Theater on the grounds of the Performing Arts Center at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in Waynesville. Since kicking off a $1 million…
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:52

Racy ‘Ave. Q’ comes to HART

The Tony Award-winning puppet musical “Ave. Q” hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21, 27-28 and Oct. 4-5, and at 3 p.m. Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 6, at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:48

McCreery returns to WNC

Country sensation Scott McCreery hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:47

Chicago tribute band to perform at WCU

Called “the world’s greatest tribute to Chicago,” musical group Brass Transit will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. With a growing legion of fans on both sides…
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 13:43

This must be the place

I was born half-fish. No, not the mermaid kind, but close. As a kid, I grew up on Lake Champlain, a 125-mile long body of water sandwiched between New York, Vermont and the Canadian province of Quebec. Pristine waters flow…
Even before the lights went down and the curtain went up, one thing was already clear: this wasn’t going to be easy. A daunting job had been laid in the laps of the audience at the annual Haywood’s Got Talent…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:07

Mountain Momma

I had a bit of a wake-up call this week as I read over a fabulous collection of kid’s nature activities compiled by the folks at “Take a Child Outside” week.  The list of splendidly simple ideas for exploring the…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:01

Cowee Pottery School forming

A group of friends have come together to create a non-profit entity to operate a new pottery school in the Macon County Heritage Center at the old Cowee School. 
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:00

Acclaimed painter offers demo in Swain

Watercolor and oil painter Jo Ridge Kelley will demonstrate oil painting techniques in a naturescape for Art League of the Smokies at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:58

Youth String Ensemble begins in Haywood

Voices in the Laurel will hold auditions for “Laurel Strings,” a new string ensemble open to students in grades two-12 in area counties who are currently taking private lessons in violin, viola, cello or bass or have taken at least…
Acclaimed musician/folklorist Lee Knight will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:51

Boho show coming to Waynesville

The Boho Stage Show will bring aerial trapeze, circus acts, belly dancing, hula-hooping and other eccentric forms of performance art for two shows — one at 2 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. — on Saturday, Sept. 28, at The…
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:49

This must be the place

I know a lot about nothing. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with everything. How many dimples are there on a golf ball? — Ranging from 330-500, depending on model. What’s the deepest point in the…
Dillsboro will soon be graced with a large mural depicting the cultural heritage of the village, its key landmarks and its natural setting.
Amy Ammons Garza has always looked out for her little sister, Doreyl Ammons Cain. “Make sure you mention when the mural will be unveiled,” Garza said. “She’s always forgetting things.” “I am not,” Cain countered with a laugh. “Ever since…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:06

Poetry slam at WCU to feature big-name poet

Slam poetry champion, teacher and coach Matthew Cuban will present a spoken-word workshop at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the Hunter Library at Western Carolina University followed by a reception and performances by Cuban and the WCU Truthwriters at…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:05

Sarge’s Furry Friends benefit in Waynesville

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s 5th annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville.  The evening will feature food and live music. A silent auction will include…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:04

Print studio opens in Dillsboro

The new printing/binding studios of SpeakEasy Press will hold an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Riverwood Studios in Dillsboro.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:03

WNC band wins accolades for latest album

Haywood County’s own Balsam Range won album of the year for “Papertown” at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards this past weekend in Raleigh.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:01

‘Jammin’ at the Millpond’ returns

Jammin’ at the Millpond will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Haywood Community College in Clyde.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:59

Mountain Momma

As a kid, everything in my house stopped for the Olympics. From the opening to the closing ceremony, any semblance of normal life was put on hold, and we spent day upon day glued to the games — a big treat…
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:58

Weaver honored withs N.C. Heritage Award

Weaver Susan Morgan Leveille, owner of the Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro, was named one of the recipients of the North Carolina Heritage Award.
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:54

This must be the place

I like to get lost. Though my sense of direction is as strong as a dog’s sense of smell, I purposely wander into destinations unknown. If there’s two ways to a location, I’ll take the one I have yet to…
General Grant knew from a young age he was an artist. “I was gifted, it was a gift from The Creator,” he said. “He gave me multiple talents and I was not afraid to experiment with them. Through my experimentation,…
Thursday, 10 October 2013 18:02

Mountain Momma

I always end up with too many pumpkins by Halloween, a trajectory I am headed down once again despite telling myself to abort mission.
Acclaimed gospel group The Inspirations will host the Singing in the Smokies fall color festival at 6 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Inspiration Park in Bryson City. On Thursday, performances include Martin, Squire & Ray Dean,…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Smith, Sebens present works of Ron Rash Oct. 19

Actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens will showcase the works of author Ron Rash during “A Rash of Stories” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Waynesville Public Library. The program of varied selections in an informal…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

The MET Opera live in HD in Highlands

“The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD” will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. MET opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and…
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Cat shelter auction in Sylva

Catman2 will host “The Cat’s Meow Auction” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The largest no-kill, cats-only shelter and adoption center in Western North Carolina, Catman2 seeks donations from local businesses and…
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 19:46

Clay artist to give demonstrations, talks

Acclaimed clay artist and University of Georgia emeritus faculty member Ron Myers will give demonstrations and talks on the subject of ceramics Oct. 16-17 at Western Carolina University.
The Alash ensemble will hold a special performance featuring the ancient tradition of throat singing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Twenty-five top high school marching bands from six states will compete at Western Carolina University’s 13th annual Tournament of Champions invitational at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at E.J. Whitmire Stadium in Cullowhee.
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 19:42

Comedy comes to Bryson City stage

The comedic play “The Dixie Swim Club” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19 and 21 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20 at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

I needed to make an escape. Last Tuesday morning, my cell phone vibrated incessantly on the nightstand. It was 8 a.m., and the sender was my news editor. My eyes creaked open like a rusted cellar door. The message informed…
Tuesday, 08 October 2013 19:37

Cutting through to your passion

Standing in his basement workshop, furniture maker Roy DuVerger looks around the cluttered, dusty space. It may look like chaos to some, but to him, it’s the sign of a busy man doing what he loves.
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:00

Church Street at 30

Richard Miller can’t believe the Church Street Art & Craft Show is 30 years old. “I don’t know how it got that old, and I didn’t get any older,” he chuckled. “I can’t figure that out.” Alongside artist Teresa Pennington,…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Rising star redefines country music

Kacey Musgraves makes me feel like a teenager. Shouts of joy escape my lungs when I find out she’s performing nearby. All my friends grow weary over my constant babbling about her. If there were a life-size poster available, I’d…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

Help. That’s what was texted to me a couple weeks ago. It was my co-worker at the newspaper, stuck in mud somewhere in the backwoods of Maggie Valley. Normally, I would finally get to sleep in on a Saturday morning,…
The Lake Junaluska Singers’ “Songs by the Lakeshore” concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18-19 in Stuart Auditorium.  Song selections include “Battle of Jericho,” “It is Well,” “On Broadway,” “Old Man River,” “Empty Chairs, Empty Tables,” and…
Tickets are currently on sale for upcoming performances by comedian Ron White, funk group Kool & The Gang and rock band ZZ Top at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
The inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit will be Oct. 25-27 in downtown Asheville.