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The new Earl Scruggs Center, honoring one of the nation’s premier banjo artists, will celebrate its grand opening at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Cleveland County Court Square in Shelby.
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

Haywood celebrates MLK weekend

Haywood County will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a pride march and a weekend full of services, including the 24th annual MLK prayer breakfast at Lake Junaluska. • A pride march will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 18…
Western Carolina University has several speakers and programs as part of its annual Martin Luther King celebration, which is themed “Beloved Community: Peace and Unity,” running from Jan. 20 to Jan. 25.
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

This must be the place

The train came to a halt. Looking out the foggy window, a cold, snowy landscape awaited me.  “The current temperature is 10 below zero. Make sure you all bundle up. It’s like Siberia out there,” the conductor said over the…
By Colby Dunn • Correspondent If someone asked you to describe the world of competitive, non-electronic gaming, your first thought might be poker, perhaps followed closely by chess. Dungeons and Dragons might get a mention in there somewhere, but cribbage…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

HART to hold 2014 season auditions

There’s an open call for actors to audition for “To Kill A Mockingbird” Feb. 2-3 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. Professional actors are asked to be there at 6 p.m., with community theater actors at 7 p.m.…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

Apollo Winds brings chamber music to WCU

Apollo Winds, a professional chamber music group, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building in Cullowhee.  The concert features Francis Poulenc’s “Sextet,” a three-movement work with an extensive part for the…
Smoky Mountain Sk8way & FUN ZONE will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and customer appreciation skate on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Waynesville. The ribbon cutting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by a customer appreciation night from 6…
Play Shop, a free event in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service and Celebration, will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Swain County Regional Business Education and Training Center, 45…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

2014 marks 125th year for WCU

This year marks the beginning of Western Carolina University’s 125th year of existence, and university faculty, staff and students are planning a yearlong celebration to mark the milestone.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

The Stuart Brothers to play The Strand

Appalachian fiddle and banjo duo The Stuart Brothers will perform at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 16 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

‘Good Thoughts Better’ exhibit opens at WCU

An exhibit of work by Edward J. Bisese titled “Good Thoughts Better” will open with an artist talk and reception at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

This must be the place

Hailing from the Green Mountains of Burlington, Vt., The DuPont Brothers have emerged as a breath of fresh air in an often stifling, suffocating music industry. 
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

Tossing fate into the air

What started as a backyard game one afternoon has turned into a passionate career for Nathan Lowe. “I just got addicted to playing cornhole,” the 28-year-old chuckled. Lowe was at his sister’s college graduation party at North Carolina State in…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:11

NC Arts Council grants open call

The deadline for submitting applications for grants from the North Carolina Arts Council is Monday, March 3. The grant programs are designed to sustain and advance the state’s arts industry, to enhance the education of the state’s children and youth,…
The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority has announced its “Homegrown Picks” for 2014. Buy Haywood, is the only county-specific agritourism initiative in Western North Carolina and works diligently to introduce high-quality farm products to community-minded consumers. Each year Buy Haywood…
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:09

Jackson County Arts Council awards grants

Six Western North Carolina artists have received funding from the Jackson County Arts Council to support their artistic endeavors. Regional Artist Project grants support professional artists at any stage in their careers to pursue projects that further their artistic development.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:08

Cullowhee fire victims fundraiser at WCU

Donations for people affected by a November fire in Cullowhee will be collected at Western Carolina University’s men’s basketball game at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 15:06

This must be the place

If Keith Richards had been born below the Mason-Dixon Line, his name might have been Mike Cooley.
Nearly 30 years after Bill Eleazer put the finishing touches on “Chasing Tadpoles,” a multi-piece bronze sculpture of three children playing in a pond, the former Tuscola High School art teacher’s work has come home to Waynesville. The only question…
There’s a buzz going on at the Mahogany House in Waynesville. Normally, one could attribute that to a woodturning tool, handheld blowtorch or whatever else an artist might need to turn one’s vision into a physical reality. But today, that…
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:04

WCU kicks off celebration of 125 years

A yearlong celebration of Western Carolina University’s 125th anniversary kicked off Thursday, Jan. 23, in Cullowhee.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:02

Beatles tribute band comes to WCU

Recreating the music of the Beatles, “1964: The Tribute,” will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 16:01

HCC to offer new creative arts classes

Haywood Community College’s Continuing Education Department will offer a number of classes in the Creative Arts Building in the coming weeks. From learning several programs on a Mac computer to stained glass, there’s something for everyone. 
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:59

Sarge’s pet photo contest begins

Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation is now accepting photographs for its 8th annual “Pet Photography Contest.”
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:58

This must be the place

The end is near. On Feb. 5, I’ll turn 29 years old — the last official birthday of my young adulthood. I’ve always subscribed to the adage “you’re only as old as you feel,” and though I’ve never been one…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

REO Speedwagon to rock Harrah’s

Iconic rockers REO Speedwagon will play at 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by legendary vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band whose career will always…
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

‘A Doll’s House’ at WCU

The 1960s version of the production “A Doll’s House” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12-15 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 16, in the Hoey Auditorium at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

Artist reception, showcase for Macon painter

A reception and conversation with artist Lizzy Falcon will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.13, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Her paintings and sculptures will be on display through February at the library.
A “Coffee and Chocolate Reception” and gallery talk with artist Matt Liddle will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva. 
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

Haggard brings honky-tonk to Harrah’s

Legendary country singer Merle Haggard will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Haggard has 40 #1 hits, a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame and countless music awards for songwriting and performing.
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

This must be the place

What does the “K” stand for? “It stands for Kavanagh,” I told the lady behind the counter. “My mother’s maiden name, now my middle name.”
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

Haywood revives film commission

Becky Seymour can see the bright lights of Hollywood from Haywood County. “Right now we’re in the major infancy stage, but we want to basically put Haywood on the map in the film and television world,” she said.  As video…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:51

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival wants artists

The Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association is currently looking for artisans for the 6th annual Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival, which will be held Oct. 10-12.  The festival is Western North Carolina’s most prominent fall event. The weekend festival is held…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:50

Waldroop family benefit in Franklin

A benefit for Sam Waldroop will be at 4 p.m. Feb 15 at South Macon Elementary School in Franklin. On Dec. 24, 2013, Sam Waldroop (son of Ricky and Julia Waldroop and brother of Christie and Amy Kinsland) was in…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:48

Celtic dance troupe steps into Franklin

The National Dance Company of Ireland’s “Rhythm of the Dance” hits the stage 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:44

Exhibit of rare pottery at WCU

Pottery from the private collection of Joan Byrd and George Rector will be on display Feb. 17 through May 9 in the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. An artist’s talk and reception is set for 5 p.m. March…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:43

The Drifters to bring doo-wop to Franklin

Bennie Anderson and The Drifters will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The Sock Hops will open the show.
The Sunday Concert Series continues at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Waynesville and Canton libraries.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:39

This must be the place

My first time was in a navy blue 1991 Toyota Camry. My first time hearing The Beatles, that is. Like the first time you kissed a loved one, that initial introduction to the Fab Four stopped you in your tracks,…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 17:37

Country boys can survive

Zach Haney looks at obstacles as opportunities. “I wasn’t even supposed to walk, but here I am,” he said.  Guitarist for the Joe Lasher Jr. band, Haney is a 21-year-old Canton native. Born with cerebral palsy, he’s turned whatever adversities…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

Chili competition heats up in Maggie Valley

The Maggie Valley Chamber “Chili Challenge” will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Maggie Valley Inn & Conference Center. Alongside chili tasting, there will be awards given for an array of categories. To enter the…
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

Penland School plans open house

The Penland School of Crafts Community Open House will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1. 
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

WCU exhibit of artwork by local students

An exhibit of artwork by local students in kindergarten through 12th grade will run Feb. 28 through March 21 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

Chocolate Drops to perform at WCU

Grammy Award-winning black string band Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

Squirm Burpee Circus to perform at WCU

The Squirm Burpee Circus will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. The performance is part of the 2013-14 Galaxy of Stars Series.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

This must be the place

I ski in jeans. There, I said it. And I’ve been doing it for years — as far back as I can remember. Ever since I was a child, when the snowflakes started to drift down from the heavens, I hit…
Summer McMahan remembers the exact moment her life changed. “Mountain Heritage Day [at Western Carolina University], 14 years ago,” she said. “I watched the Fiddlin’ Dill Sisters and decided that’s what I wanted to do.”
“An Evening with Gloria Steinem” will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western North Carolina. An award-winning writer and activist, Steinem has been involved globally in feminist and…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:41

Granddaughter of Duke Ellington to present at WCU

Internationally acclaimed choreographer and dancer Mercedes Ellington will give a presentation at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:40

Harlem Ambassadors hit the court

The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will play a basketball game against the Franklin Dribblers at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Franklin High School. 
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:39

Roller team kicks off 2014 season

The Smoky Mountain Rollergirls Roller Derby Team will open its 2014 season at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Swain County Recreation Center in Bryson City.   From all across Western North Carolina, SMRG is a group of mixed-experience…
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:38

Jam series to feature James Leva, Stuart Brothers

The 2013-14 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue with a concert featuring multi-instrumentalist James Leva and The Stuart Brothers at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:37

Real time painting demo at Gallery 86

Artist Melissa Enloe Walter will hold a painting demonstration from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., in Waynesville. 
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:34

This must be the place

It was his voice that caught my ear. Turning towards the stage at the Water’n Hole in Waynesville, I was immediately transfixed on the bullfrog-deep vocals echoing from the microphone. Who is that voice?
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:31

From the studio to the classroom

The loud pounding echoed from the end of the empty corridor. Crossing the threshold of the last classroom on the left at Smokey Mountain Elementary School in Whittier, one could see — and hear — that the source of the…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:00

‘Trail Magic’ party at Nantahala Brewing

The Trail Magic No. 7 Release Party will be March 14-15 at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City.
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 21:09

McMahan, Nicholson solo shows

Mountain Faith fiddler Summer McMahan will perform at a release party for her new solo album, “The Story of My Life,” at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Courthouse in Sylva.
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 21:08

Celtic concert in Bryson City

The sixth annual Celtic concert featuring Bean Sidhe will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday March 13, at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City.
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 21:05

This must be the place

Pouring its first pints in October 2013, Innovation Brewing in Sylva was created by Nicole Dexter and Chip Owen. The couple has a deep love for the craft beer, one that developed over the years through various jobs in the…
Sitting at her loom, weaver Amy Tromiczak feels right at home. “It’s an amazing thing. You’re making cloth, and I love it,” the 25-year-old said. “It’s all about the whole process of choosing your fibers, deciding what kind of cloth…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

Iglesias to bring laughs to Harrah’s

Acclaimed comedian Gabriel Iglesias will perform at 7:30 p.m., March 22, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

Encaustic demo at Gallery 86

Artist t.e. siewert will hold an encaustic painting demonstration from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Gallery 86 on Main Street in Waynesville. 
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

‘Gentle Giant’ returns to Franklin

Country music’s legendary “Gentle Giant” Don Williams will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

This must be the place

But, it’s only mid-March? I’m well aware of that, dear readers. Yes, it is mid-March, but 2014 is hitting the ground running with a slew of incredible musical releases. Normally, I would wait until at least early July or the…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

Playing the sounds of your dreams

He was a toddler with tenacity and talent. At three years old, Seth Taylor picked up his first guitar. Seeing musicians on television and hearing them on the radio sparked something inside of the Bryson City native. Once that instrument…
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00

Robin Thicke comes to Harrah’s

Pop sensation Robin Thicke will perform at 8 p.m. March 14 at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Born in Los Angeles, Thicke taught himself to play piano at the age of 12 and by 16 was writing and producing songs for…
The acclaimed classical music duo of Alyona Aksyonova and James Waldo will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. The concert is a benefit for the United Christian Ministries of Jackson…
A celebration of Appalachian storytelling, music and drama, The Liar’s Bench will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. Storyteller Gary Carden will begin the program with his opening…
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 16:54

Christian rock comes to Franklin

Highly-acclaimed Christian rock bands Audio Adrenaline, Kutless, Finding Favour and Shine Bright Baby will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Audio Adrenaline formed in 1986 at Kentucky Christian…
The 17th Annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in downtown Sylva.
Renowned country group the Zac Brown Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Americana/country act The Malpass Brothers will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

This must be the place

The right place at the right time. We’re all aware of that notion, and most of us have experienced it at one moment or another. For Brad Boulet, it was standing in the mud at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Shooting for dreams

In a crowded, frenzied gymnasium, Macon County Sheriff Robert Holland was just trying to not embarrass himself. “I haven’t touched a basketball in years,” he chuckled. “I’m trying to not look as dumb as possible.”
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:17

Mann, ‘Les Miserables’ to stage at WCU

Directed by Broadway star Terrence Mann, the Tony-Award-winning musical “Les Miserables” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., April 3-5 and at 3 p.m., April 6 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University.
The Haywood County Arts Council has renamed their outdoor summer festival. Previously known as International Festival Day, the name has been changed to ArtFest.  ArtFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Though the name…
In 2011 a large Hollywood film descended upon North Carolina. It was a secret and it went by the name of “Artemis.” The film was actually “The Hunger Games.”  As soon as word got out, fans and media starting flocking…
Artists transform everyday objects into works of art in the exhibit “Out of the Ordinary,” which runs April 5 through June 15 at The Bascom in Highlands.
An exhibit celebrating the work of photographer Hugh Morton will open with a reception and talk March 27 at the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. 
Budding artists from across Jackson County were recently recognized during the annual Youth Art Month exhibit hosted by Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design. The exhibit is part of a nationwide recognition of visual arts programs and the…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:08

Balsam Range, The Boxcars to play Franklin

Acclaimed bluegrass acts Balsam Range and The Boxcars will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $10 and $15. Balsam Range won the Album of the Year…
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:07

WCU jam series continues with Crooked Pine

The 2013-14 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series continues with Crooked Pine at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:05

This must be the place

I went out too fast. I always go out too fast.
A writer looking at a blank page is a like a painter staring at a fresh canvas, a sculptor facing a block of clay or a woodworker holding a chunk of wood. The desire to grab words from thin air…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:35

Shorelines program to screen ‘Shored Up’

Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines will screen the film “Shored Up” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center in Cullowhee.
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:34

WCU to host International Festival

The 35th annual International Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, on the lawn of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University.
A workshop focusing on regional points of musical interest, entitled “Why and How to Connect to the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Jackson County Public…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:29

This must be the place

Kacey Musgraves makes me feel like a teenage boy. 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,…
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 14:26

'Shining up classic dishes

The ocean is a long way from Rick Miller’s kitchen. The kitchen is a long way from where his journey began. “Back then I wanted to be a marine biologist,” the 61-year-old smiled. “And I can still give all the…
Established and emerging authors of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction will discuss and read from their works at Western Carolina University during the 12th annual Spring Literary Festival from Monday, March 31 to Friday, April 4, in Cullowhee. All events are…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:10

Cherokee weaving talk and workshop

A workshop and presentation on Cherokee weaving will be held April 11-12 at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:09

Open call for Taste of Chocolate

An open call for bakers is currently underway for the 15th annual Taste of Chocolate Plus, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 19 at the Maggie Valley Club.
A concert to benefit landslide victims in Snohomish County in Washington state titled “The Circle is Unbroken: A Benefit for Oso, Washington, from Western North Carolina,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Bridge Park…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:02

This must be the place

So, what are you going to ask him? That was the question constantly asked to me when friends and curious folks alike found out I was interviewing Kevin Costner. Yes, that Kevin Costner. You see the Academy Award-winning actor/director fronts…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 14:00

Dancing with one’s dream

Staring into a 2,250-degree furnace, Tadashi Torii sees his passion come to life. “I’m really calm,” he said. “I try not to be bothered by anything else. I try to create my inner-peace area and then go from there and…
The Mélange of the Mountains culinary celebration will run from April 10-13 around Haywood County. 
The Southern Fried Chicks Cage-Free Comedy Tour will hit is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The Cage-Free Comedy Tour features Etta May, Sonya White, Karen Mills and…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:25

Easter events

Lake Junaluska offers Easter weekend activities, services The Easter weekend celebration at Lake Junaluska will be held April 19-20. On Saturday, April 19, activities begin with the Friends of the Lake 5K at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 5K Family…