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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Jackson County Arts Council names grant winners

The Jackson County Arts Council announced its 2013-14 grant recipients.
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

SMCPA taps former intern for top job

The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts announced its new general manager, Paul Garner.  
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Waynesville celebrates apple harvest

The 25th annual Haywood Apple Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in downtown Waynesville. The festival features arts, crafts, live music, dance groups, food vendors and children’s activities. Key events include the Southern…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

WCU community to celebrate Homecoming

Homecoming Weekend will be Oct. 24-27 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. This year’s theme is “Whee Are Catamounts!” Public activities will begin with the “Last Lecture” by Professor Burton Ogle at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24, in the recital hall…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Milsap to make an appearance in Franklin

Country superstar Ronnie Milsap will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Milsap is best known for his signature combination of R&B, bluegrass and country music.  $25/$30.  866.273.4615 or…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Woodcarving demonstration in Clyde

Artisan in the Mountains will host a woodcarving demonstration featuring the Pigeon River Woodcarvers Club from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at 99 Depot Street in Clyde.  The club has nine active members and meets every Saturday afternoon.…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

‘The Heiress’ comes to HART

Classic Broadway drama “The Heiress” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2, and 3 p.m. Nov. 3, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. 
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Hear a rare performance of Shubert’s Octet

 The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a performance of Franz Schubert’s Octet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Coulter Building in Cullowhee.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Dillsboro festival celebrates pottery

The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in downtown Dillsboro.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Leaf Lookers Gemboree returns to Franklin

The 24th annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

All I wanted to do was play soccer. In the summer of 1997, I was 12 years old and ready to enter seventh grade in upstate New York. Until that point, I had attended a small Catholic elementary school. Now,…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Trick or Treat in Western North Carolina

Bryson City • Haunted Halls of Havoc and Corn Maze will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 24-27 at Darnell Farms in Bryson City. Haunted house, hayrides and corn maze. $5 per person, with children under age 3 admitted…
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00

Pumpkin Fest returns to Franklin

The 17th annual “Pumpkin Fest” will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in downtown Franklin. A wide array of events and activities in the spirit of Halloween —…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

We’re in the Halloween homestretch, but I’d wager at least half of you are still riding the costume rollercoaster, days away from closing in on what your kid wants to be. Back in the days before Amazon.com — when we…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Haywood Community Band to honor Hall

The Haywood Community Band will honor founding director Bob Hall during a performance at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Selections include Joplin’s “Ragtime Follies,” The Symphonic Beatles and Greensleeves: A Fantasia for…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Art After Dark returns to Waynesville

Art After Dark will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in downtown Waynesville. Stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street and Depot Street. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries, such as Haywood County…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Ticket sales for WCU’s Madrigal Dinner

Tickets for the 2013 Madrigal Dinner at Western Carolina University will go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Grandroom of WCU’s A.K. Hinds University Center. …
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

I’ll admit I’m not the fastest draw in the West when it comes to pop culture fads. I’ve yet to watch an episode of “Glee” — although I’ve concocted a vague idea of what it might be about from overheard…
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Jackson crafters place at state fair

Quilter Susan Sheets (pictured) was one of many first place winners from Jackson County at the 2013 Mountain State Fair.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

WCU’s Frizzell wins service award

George Frizzell, head of special collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, is the 2013 recipient of the Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award for outstanding service to the archival profession in North Carolina.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Brass Quintet hits WCU stage

The Western Carolina University School of Music will present a concert by the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the recital hall of the Coulter Building in Cullowhee.
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

This must be the place

I sat there, under old copper piping and newly formed spider webs, wondering where the hell my story was. It was December 2006, and I was in the basement of the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, Mass. A sit-down,…
October, of course, is the month for haunting, when lawns become littered with skeletons and witches fly in through branches of trees shedding their leaves. Store shelves are stocked with masks and makeup and an array of costumes, all designed…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

If you can eek out the time for a trip to Asheville, here’s a great excursion for the last lingering weeks of fall sunshine before winter puts a damper on outside activities. Giant LEGO sculptures have put down roots on…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Events celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Native American Expo set for WCU The 5th annual Native American Expo at Western Carolina University will run Nov. 11-13, with a series of events and presentations centered on Native American values, traditions and culture. All events will be held…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

AWAKE celebrates 20 years

AWAKE (Adults Working and Advocating for Kids’ Empowerment) will host a 20th anniversary celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Nichols House in Sylva. AWAKE’s mission is to coordinate and advocate services for abused children in Jackson…
In the coming weeks, Western Carolina University senior Mike Hill may go out after dark to drive up and down the interstates. He’ll be looking at rest areas, hoping to find a brightly lit one with a deserted parking lot…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Zombies stalk WCU stage

The world premiere of “Zombies on Campus! A SlaughterPocalypse!” hits the stage nightly at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-19 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

African acrobatics swing into Franklin

“African Acrobatics International Presents: Zuma Zuma” will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Celebrate the richness of African cultures with this show that blends acrobatics, dance and music…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

‘In the Round’ series continues

Bobby Tomberlin, Candi Carpenter and Bill LaBounty will bring an adventurous musical spirit to the Songwriters in the Round series from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Balsam Mountain Inn.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Atkins brings country swagger to Cherokee

Country star Rodney Atkins will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Atkins has had six No. 1 hits on his first three albums, from “Watching You” and “These Are My People” to his most…
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

Bluegrass legend plays Franklin

Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 00:00

This must be the place

Pizza. French fry. Those were the initial instructions I was given the first time I went skiing. I must’ve been around four or five years old. Growing up in the Champlain Valley, surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New…
“I can’t sing.”  “Nobody wants to hear my voice.”  “I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.”  They’re recognizable refrains, the shield of the perceived non-musical whenever the Christmas carolers come around or it’s time for someone to jump-start a…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

I don’t buy the theory that texting has fueled an explosion in writing among kids. The claim is texting is like a “gateway drug.” Kids who normally wouldn’t read or write very much now do so prolifically, albeit in truncated…
“Telling Your Story,” a workshop that combines business management, marketing, entrepreneurial activity and economic strategies with the art of storytelling, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in the Cordelia Camp Building at Western Carolina…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Open call for Balsam Mountain Roller Girls

The Balsam Mountain Roller Girls want you. A flat track female roller derby league based out of Haywood County, the team is looking to grow its team at the Smoky Mountain Sk8way & Fun Zone in Waynesville. The team holds two…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Nantahala Brewing to host bottle launch party

The craft beer bottling line launch party will be a 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Mural opening at Canton Library

A reception for the opening of a new mural in the children’s room of the Canton Branch Library will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, at the library.
Tickets are now available for iconic rockers REO Speedwagon and pop star Robin Thicke who will perform at Harrah’s Cherokee. REO Speedwagon plays at 9 p.m. Feb. 14, with Thicke at 8 p.m. Feb. 25.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

This must be the place

My ears are still ringing. From Nov. 1-5, I went and saw nine bands. Yep, that’s nine acts in the matter of five days. It was a musical odyssey, to say the least. If there ever were evidence of my…
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Appalachia comes to life, through food and music

Exiting your vehicle at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, a cold, late fall wind hits you in the face like a frying pan. Standing atop the 5,000-foot mountain retreat, the vastness and endless beauty of Western North Carolina lies below.…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

‘Hard Candy Christmas’ returns to WCU

The 26th annual “Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Craft Show” will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29-30 at the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. This popular event features the original work of over 100 regional artisans. Customers…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

Dear Pottery Barn photographers, Please consider hiring a consultant who actually has kids before you shoot your next product magazine. Otherwise, your catalogs will be reclassified and shelved in the comedy section.  From, Been-there-done-that-and-it-sure-didn’t-look-like-that.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Salute to Johnny Cash at WCU

“Ring of Fire — The Music of Johnny Cash” comes to life at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Santa Claus, author bring cheer to Franklin

Joe Moore, author of the Santa Claus Trilogy, will make a special appearance from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 at Santa’s Gift Shop at the Macon County Community Facilities Building…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Holt brings holiday bluegrass cheer to Highlands

Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Holt will be joined by musician Josh Goforth. 
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

Music, art converge in Bryson

Asheville blues/rock group Mojomatic will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Swain County Center for the Arts Bryson City. Following the concert there will be a meet and greet reception for the musicians and exhibiting artist, Vickie S.…
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

This must be the place

Editor’s Note: After receiving a heartfelt letter in the mail recently from an inmate at a North Carolina correctional facility, Garret decided to write back. Here is his response. Dear A***, First off, thank you from the bottom of my…
By Jacob Flannick • SMN Correspondent After ending a series of lessons in which she learned the basic steps of clogging, Dee Decker did not want to stop dancing. So she held out hope for another floor, eventually moving into a…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:50

Exhibit showcases artist Joshua Grant

The Southern Appalachian Office of the Wilderness Society will host a reception for “Land of the Crooked Water,” an exhibit of works by Joshua Grant from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:49

‘Enchanted Broadway Holiday’ at WCU

“An Enchanted Broadway Holiday Show” performed by award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Joanna O’Brien begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.  The show will feature…
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:47

Mountain Momma

I was caught flat-footed last year when my oldest daughter began questioning the myriad Santa spottings of the Christmas season. Santa’s peripatetic ways just didn’t compute.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:46

Christmas parade, food drive in Franklin

The 2013 Franklin Christmas Parade will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 in downtown.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:45

Museum fundraiser begins

The Appalachian Women’s Museum has kicked off its first fundraiser since reaching an agreement with the Town of Dillsboro to restore and preserve the 1908 Farmhouse at the Monteith Farmstead.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:44

Hayweird Holiday Jam in Waynesville

The inaugural Hayweird County Hometown Holiday Jam will be at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:41

This must be the place

Cruising up Utah Mountain Road outside Maggie Valley, one begins to get the feeling if they drove any further up the hill their vehicle might just disappear off the face of the earth. 
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This week, kids across America will learn the story of the first Thanksgiving. How the pilgrims, beleaguered and starving, broke bread with their Wampanoag neighbors, who extended a helping hand, teaching them to grow the corn…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:16

Model train set open house, Dec. 7-8

This holiday season pull the kids away from their headsets and video games and show them another version of an electronic toy.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 15:06

Sale, demos and classes at Green Energy Park

A holiday sale and demonstrations of glassblowing and blacksmithing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 15:02

‘Sounds of the Season’ at WCU

The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present its annual “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert, a performance featuring faculty and students in small chamber groups and larger ensembles, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the John…
Renowned bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Range 4th annual “Winter Concert Series” will return to the Colonial Theatre in Canton.  Guest artists for each of the five concerts include The Jeff Little Trio with Steve Lewis and Josh Scott on Dec. 7;…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:59

Ringing in Christmas in Franklin

Brasstown Ringers will present “A Brasstown Christmas” at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the First United Methodist Church in Franklin.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:57

This must be the place

The strings of tradition and progress echoed from the back alley. Upon further inspection (and a lone door cracked open), the harmonic tone was radiating from the mandolin of Darren Nicholson.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:52

Holiday Roundup: Christmas comes to Appalachia

As the temperatures drop in Western North Carolina, the fun only heats up. The holiday season here is filled with events and activities aimed at celebrating the best way we know how — with friends, family and visitors alike. Families…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:27

Faculty member and students light and learn

The Lights and Luminaries festival will be held in downtown Dillsboro, Dec. 13-14. Helping Dillsboro glow for the town’s annual Lights and Luminaries festival are Carroll Brown, an associate professor in the hospitality and tourism program at Western Carolina University,…
The Cherokee Healing and Wellness Coalition is sponsoring a Snow Moon (Usgiwi) celebration and potluck lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Cherokee Youth Center.  The event will honor retired Cherokee educators for…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:25

Young poets compete

Haywood Early College students recently participated in the National Career Development Association’s Poetry and Poster Contest, “Charting the Course for Our Second Century” held by Haywood Community College.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:24

Student film wins award at Asheville festival

The Western Carolina University student-created film “Jerry,” a dark comedy about a homeless man who comes back to haunt the local politician who ran him over, won the jury award for the best student film at the 2013 Asheville Cinema…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:21

Nature photographer showcased in Waynesville

Wildlife/nature photographer Ron Brunsvold will be the featured artist for December at the Mahogany House Gallery in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:17

Franks joins Opry House ‘Christmas Show’

Television star and International Bluegrass Music Museum legend Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” of the former show “In the Heat of the Night,” will be a special guest during the “Christmas Show” at 8 p.m. Dec. 14, at the Maggie Valley Opry…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:15

Haynes takes pride in ties to Asheville, WNC

By Joe Hooten • Correspondent Asheville will once again be the home of the annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam at the Asheville US Cellular Center Dec. 13-14, where hometown hero and all-around guitar god Haynes will present yet another impressive lineup…
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 15:12

This must be the place

Named of the “12 Comics to Watch” for 2013 by LA Weekly, Atlanta-bred comedian Dave Stone has been taking over the stage with his southern flare meets keen observations of modern society.
On a recent crisp early winter evening, hundreds of folks from around Western North Carolina and beyond converged onto the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. “This year, 2013, was a great year for us,” said Paul…
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 16:21

Mountain Momma

Last weekend, I sat down with a calendar and began sifting through all the fabulous Christmas-related events happening this month. As I plotted out which ones we could try to squeeze in — Christmas parades, Christmas concerts, Christmas plays, live…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:36

Cataloochee documentary to be screened at HCC

The new documentary “Cataloochee” will be shown in a special preview at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in the Charles M. Beal Auditorium at Haywood Community College in Clyde. Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is well…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:35

WCU annual holiday video greeting is unveiled

Western Carolina University has unveiled its third annual holiday video greeting card, “Moments to Remember” and hosted at the website www.seasonsgreetings2013.wcu.edu.  Created by WCU’s Office of Communications and Public Relations, this year’s greeting card is patterned after the popular “Good…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:26

Mountain Momma

Like many of you, I’ve been amassing Christmas presents for months now — stocking up at consignment sales, cruising craigslist for good deals, and slipping irresistible stocking stuffers into the shopping basket when the kids aren’t looking. There’s something slightly…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:25

Quilters present work to National Guard

The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild of Franklin, together with members of Misty Mountain Quilters Guild from Blairsville, Ga. and the Cashiers Guild, presented Quilts of Valor on Dec. 8 to members of the North Carolina National Guard’s 210th Military Police…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:24

Neff painting exhibit at WCU

Work by painter Edith Neff will be on exhibit through Jan. 31 in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:23

National Park hosts Holiday Homecoming

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Holiday Homecoming from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:21

Tipping Point celebrates anniversary

On Dec. 21, Tipping Point Brewing in downtown Waynesville will be celebrating its third year in operation with a “Customer Appreciation Day.” Starting as a restaurant/tavern, the business has grown into an acclaimed brewery in the bustling Western North Carolina…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:20

This must be the place

Next week will mark my second Christmas in Western North Carolina. And, like last year, I won’t be making it back home to Upstate New York for the festivities. This has also been the case for Thanksgiving and New Year’s…
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 15:18

WNC Artists find new home at Mahogany House

Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something you can’t buy or make. It’s either there or it’s not, and it’s definitely here,” she said. 
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Film and TV at the Haywood County Tourism Office

The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has officially revived the Haywood County Film Commission.  Becky Seymour, video marketing manager of the Haywood TDA, is committed to draw more TV and film production to Haywood County. The TDA is currently working…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Kool & The Gang, ZZ Top to play Harrah’s

Funk group Kool & The Gang and rock band ZZ Top will perform at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Kool & The Gang performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29. The group has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

GSMR plans New Year’s Eve Gala

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is ringing in the New Year at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 31 in Bryson City. The train leaves the Bryson City depot at 9 p.m. and returns after midnight.
The Franklin Chamber of Commerce hosted its inaugural “Gingerbread House Competition” at Franklin’s Town Hall during this year’s Winter Wonderland.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

This must be the place

Who in the hell is that? Standing on the porch at Camp Hope in Bethel, I found myself in amazement of the sound echoing from the nearby pavilion. It was the inaugural Shining Rock Riverfest this past September. The voice…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

A Santa for all occasions

By Colby Dunn • Correspondent This time of year, there’s a Santa around every corner. There’s the jolly Santa flying around in Coke commercials, the harassed-looking Santa on his mall throne, the grandfatherly, rosy-cheeked Santa in “Miracle on 34th Street,” but…
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

Ellison to host watercolor, collage demo

Painter and paper maker Elizabeth Ellison will demonstrate the use of collage in a landscape painting at the Art League of the Smokies meeting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson…
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

Folkmoot generates $9.2 million economic impact

Folkmoot USA had a $9.2 million impact on Western North Carolina in 2013, according to an economic impact study conducted by Tom Tveidt of SYNEVA Economics.
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

WCU Mountain Dulcimer Winter Weekend at Lake J

Dulcimer fans and aficionados will gather for the annual Mountain Dulcimer Weekend held Jan. 9 through 12 at Lake Junaluska, put on by Western Carolina University’s continuing education program. The conference will offer more than 50 hours of instruction on…
Balsam Range’s annual “Winter Concert Series” will continue with John Driskell Hopkins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4, at the historic Colonial Theatre in Canton. Hopkins is a multi-award winner and founding member of the Zac Brown Band. 
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

This must be the place

Every Jan. 1, a clean slate arrives. It’s a chance to start over, to push into exciting pursuits where curiosity roams free. The past year is already in the history books. Everyone has returned to square one — a level…
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

Taking to the open road of success

The real deal is hitting the airwaves. Blasting out of the backwoods of Robbinsville, My Highway is a crossroads for country, rock-n-roll and mountain music. Led by Josh Beasley and Josh Lane, the quintet has been making names for itself…
Wednesday, 25 December 2013 00:00

Mountain Momma

Supposedly just 8 percent of Americans who make a New Year’s resolution keep it. The obvious reason is human beings just aren’t very good at self improvement. But some resolutions are doomed from the start.
“Smokey Joe’s Café,” a song and dance revue of hit tunes from the rock ’n’ roll era before the Beatles, will hit the stage as part of the Galaxy of the Stars series at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in…
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

Cherokee exhibit at Jackson County library

The touring exhibit “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future,” will be on view through Feb. 9 at the Jackson County Library in Sylva. The exhibit focuses on Cherokee language and culture, using sound recordings as the basis for presenting a…