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By Leon Grodski de Barrera • Guest writer There are a lot of ways to spin Christopher Columbus’ accomplishments or his misdeeds, depending on which version of history you go by. Some call him a hero, some a murderer, many…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:49

Apple Festival returns to North Hominy Oct. 16

The North Hominy Community Center will have its annual Apple Festival breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. on Oct 16, at the center at 2670 Newfound Road near Canton. This homemade farm-style breakfast of grits, bacon, country ham, biscuits and gravy,…
A Halloween event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Best Buy store in Waynesville to benefit Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Pets dressed in Halloween costumes can have their photos taken with their…
Complimentary demonstrations on how to build a gingerbread house will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, in Grand Ballroom C at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The…
Storyteller and writer Gary Carden’s Liars Bench programs will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva and again at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the Waynesville Library. Appearing this month are: Steve…
Rhonda Vincent and Gene Watson will perform Oct. 29 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. They will perform their No. 1 single, “Staying Together,” and other duets, as well as both artists performing full shows…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:56

The rightfully named ‘King of Slow Soul’

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Percy Sledge will bring his distinctive voice and style to Eaglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23. Sledge will forever be associated with “When a Man Loves a…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:55

Country artists come to Guadalupes Oct. 22

Guadalupes in Sylva will be hosting a “Country Music Get Down!” on Friday, Oct. 22, featuring the Dan River Drifters of  Jackson County and Jacob Jones of Nashville. This fall celebration will be sponsored by the Nantahala Brewing Company. The…
The Arc of Haywood County is holding its second annual “Arc”toberfest from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, at The Gateway Club in Waynesville from Tickets are available for $50 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:53

Night of gospel music is Oct. 23 in Franklin

Gospel group, Blue Ridge, will host a unique night of music beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at The Smoky Mountain Center of the Performing Arts in Franklin. Blue Ridge will perform all their songs including the hits “One…
Pale glimmers of subdued lighting casting shadowy silhouettes against a backdrop of muffled voices will transform the historic Shelton House from a gallery where artifacts, crafts and valuable artistic pieces are displayed in an eerie setting where ghostly tales are…
The changing face of Appalachia is the subject of an upcoming photography exhibit at the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. “Seeing Rural Appalachia,” large-format photographs by Mike Smith, will run Sunday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Dec. 17. The…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:49

FPAC marks five years with Oct. 22 gala

Western Carolina University will mark five years of art and entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at the Fine and Performing Arts Center with a gala featuring art, music and a theatrical revue of songs by George…
A concert and free symposium to raise awareness of the intersection of environmental, health and indigenous issues related to mountain destruction will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 21-22, in the theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center at Western…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:47

Waynesville Public Art Commission seeks members

Are you artsy or interested in art? Want to engage the community and enrich public spaces through original art that celebrates Waynesville’s unique historic, cultural, natural and human resources? Then join the Waynesville Public Art Commission, because that is exactly…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 18:45

ColorFest returns to Sylva Oct. 23

ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge, will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Oct. 23 in downtown Sylva. The annual event will host some of the most accomplished artists in Western North Carolina. ColorFest is produced by…
By Brittney Burns • SMN Intern Sylva native Matt Stillwell spent the last week of September as the opening act for country recording artist Luke Bryan’s 2010 Farm Tour. In fact, the 35-year-old Stillwell has spent the past year touring…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:46

Exhibit of student art to run Oct. 7-24 at WCU

Students of the fine arts at Western Carolina University will show work from their senior portfolios from Thursday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Fine Art Museum in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Admission to WCU’s Fine…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:12

Jackson craftsmanship showcased Oct. 24

Celebrate national American Craft Week with the “Hand + Craft: A Jackson County Celebration” exhibit, which runs until Oct. 24. Opening night will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, at Gallery One in Sylva. More than…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:11

Casino Royale Night to benefit HRMC

Everyone will be a winner at an evening of gaming, dining and dancing hosted by the Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation, Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Maggie Valley Club. Casino Royale Night is a fundraising evening to help the foundation…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:09

HRMC gets involved with Quilt Trails project

Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Care has submitted a quilt square to be included on the Haywood County Arts Council’s Quilt Trails project. The Haywood County Arts Council has joined other existing quilt trails in Ashe, Avery, Madison,…
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, for the annual Madrigal Christmas Dinners at Western Carolina University. Tickets for the 2010 Madrigal Christmas Dinners at Western Carolina University will go on sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov.…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:07

Halloween roundup

• Downtown Trick or Treat in Bryson City. Oct. 29. All of downtown is tricked out in Halloween finery to welcome the crowds for the evening as they scurry from business to business trick or treating. 800.867.9246, 488.3681. • Trick…
“The Little Foxes” will conclude Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s 2010 season and will be one of the theatre’s most elaborate productions.   “The Little Foxes” tells the tale of an aristocratic Southern family struggling for wealth and power among one…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:04

Mark and Clark return to Maggie Oct. 30

The Original Twin Piano Twins Mark and Clark return to the Eanglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley for 7:30 p.m. show on Oct 30. Mark and Clark Seymour have been playing the piano since they were 4 years old. At first, the…
The First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series for 2010-11 will get under way at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center on Thursday, Nov. 4, with a concert by traditional music ensemble Dehlia Low and a jam session in…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:03

The Isaacs to perform in Franklin Nov. 6

The Isaacs, an award-winning family group from Tennessee, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. The Isaacs began singing 30 years ago and are based out of LaFollette,…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:02

Classic rides on display in Cherokee Nov. 5-7

The “Cruise the Smokies” Rod Run car show will be held Nov. 5-7 at the Acquoni Event Center in Cherokee. The event features hundreds of classic and customized pre-1972 cars and trucks. All cars, either for show or sale, will…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 18:58

WNC Pottery Festival is Nov. 6

The sixth annual Western North Carolina Pottery Festival is set for Saturday, Nov. 6, in Dillsboro. This juried festival showcases more than 40 master potters demonstrating a variety of techniques. The WNC Pottery Festival was established in 2005 by Travis Berning and Joe…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 18:43

Thursdays at the gallery

By Kristen Davis • Contributing Writer If a painter were to illustrate a Thursday morning at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin, she might depict this scene: a silver-haired woman painting a watercolor landscape chatting with a young man who has…
By Andre A. Rodriguez Twenty-five years after their father represented the Netherlands at the first Folkmoot festival, a second generation of folk dancers has arrived from Holland to take part in the two-week international dance festival. Oscar and Victor Peeters…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Gaily colored petals of long-stemmed Cosmos flowers lilt along on the sea-swept winds that blow across Great Cranberry Island, located just off the coast of Maine where Patricia Bailey, an associate professor of art…
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 19:00

Hard work takes place off Folkmoot stages

By Andre A. Rodriguez Each morning of the Folkmoot festival, the members of Shalom Israel Ashdod spend at least one hour getting warmed up for the day, working on staying in shape by doing ballet. Then the group — including…
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 19:23

Cookouts, lightning bugs, and the relatives

By Karen Dill • Guest Writer July brings warm and often muggy weather to the usually cool mountain glens. It brings hot sultry afternoons with thunderstorms and the smell of snakes in the damp air. July brings the occasional mosquito…
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 19:25

Recipes, 7/29/09

Zach’s Barbecue Pork: Zach takes a Boston Butt pork shoulder — the cheaper cut of meat the better. He marinates the pork overnight in a salt water and molasses mix. The next morning he removes the pork from the marinate…
Wednesday, 03 June 2009 18:31

Pennington recreates scenes of the Smokies

As a little girl, Teresa Pennington of Waynesville looked forward to Sundays all week. After church, her family would venture into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, often to the banks of the Oconaluftee River, to enjoy a picnic lunch…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer The misty mountaintops and bubbling creeks of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have served as a source of inspiration for countless artists. In celebration of the Parks’ 75th anniversary, some are now choosing…
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 19:29

Woman turns passion into beneficial career

When Suzanne Wilson’s job was eliminated last December, she quickly found a new career, one that would allow her to use her creative talents and provide financial assistance to a cause near and dear to her heart. Wilson, a resident…
The Cherokee Preservation Foundation recently awarded $87,700 to Western Carolina University’s Craft Revival Project to continue the university’s Cherokee crafts documentation project. Following its initial year, which explored Cherokee baskets and basket makers, the second year of the project will…
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 20:11

Out like trout

Anybody who knows any thing about Western North Carolina is aware of the bountiful rivers and stream waters that paint an awesome landscape for trout fishing. Urban and backcountry waters running in all directions makes the area an attractive mecca…
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 15:49

Sunburst: Fantasy and Reality

By Karen Dill Sunburst. The word evokes a magical image. Yet, in my childhood community of Bethel, Sunburst was simply a place visited on lazy Sunday afternoons in June. It was a mere section of land beyond Lake Logan, but…
Wednesday, 24 June 2009 16:35

Recipes, 6/24/10

Rainbow trout with lemon caper sauce: Grill filleted trout over medium-hot coals. Baste with butter and fresh herbs (parsley, chives, dill). Grilled trout does not need much to accompany it, but a lemon caper sauce is nice if you like…
Susan Livengood of Fines Creek has been awarded a 2009 Regional Artist Project Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. Livengood, whose paintings are represented by Art on Depot in Waynesville, used the money to do a three-dimensional installation, loosely…
By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer Haywood County jeweler Diannah Beauregard believes that art can change the world. With that as a starting point, Beauregard is embarking on a project that is quickly gaining interest in the local art community.…
Wednesday, 27 May 2009 17:31

Recipes, 5/27/09

Grilled Lemon Tarragon Chicken An intense lemon and garlic-flavored grilled chicken, the addition of the dill-like herb, tarragon, adds a wonderful dimension to the overall taste equation. Marinade: 1 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons olive…
By Karen Dill Author’s note: This article is dedicated to our dear friend and neighbor, Louise Bedford, who passed away March 26 of this year. She loved Percy unconditionally and he preferred her house to ours. On a cool mountain…
Annie Burrell of Franklin will display her pottery skills at the 18th annual Mountain Shapes and Colors Art and Craft Fair from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Southwestern Community College Swain Center. After working…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:42

‘Jekyll and Hyde’ musical comes to Franklin

Jekyll and Hyde, the musical thriller, will be shown at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 11, 12, 13 and at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.  Jekyll and Hyde is the…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:41

Fine food and wine on the plateau

Highlands Culinary Weekend returns for the fourth season Nov. 11-14, showcasing Highlands’ award winning restaurants, innovative chefs and a huge selection of wine varietals against the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Opening Night Celebration kicks off the…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will hold a 2-hour holiday celebration of its writing program starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the Jackson County Public Library. The program will open with stories, poetry and song in a fast-paced…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:39

Cooking program offered at Shook House

The continuing cultural education series, “Short and Sweet,” will present a cooking program at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Shook House Museum on Morgan Street in Clyde. This introductory talk is meant to be the first in a…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:38

Jazz trio to perform at WCU Nov. 9

The Pavel Wlosok Trio will perform original music at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. The performance is part of WCU’s Catamount Concert Series. The jazz trio includes Pavel Wlosok…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:38

Rock bands to rage against cancer Nov. 6

“Rock Against Cancer” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at The Gateway Club in Waynesville. This event is a rock ‘n roll charity event organized by local musicians to support cancer research. Three local bands will…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:37

Student percussion ensemble plays Nov. 11

The Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building at WCU. The group comprises 13 undergraduate percussion students and performs music exclusively composed or arranged for percussion…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:36

Blue Ridge Books hosts open mic series

“Open Mic Nights” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month beginning Nov. 4 at Blue Ridge Books on Main Street in Waynesville. The series is hosted by Chris Minick and sponsored by…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:27

Chorus presents free concert Nov. 14

The Haywood Community Chorus will hold its fall concert at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The 60-voice chorus has prepared the much-cclaimed “Messa di Gloria” by Giascomo Puccini. Featured Soloists are Herbert…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:26

Potters converge on Dillsboro Nov. 6

The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival expects record attendance this fall as the juried festival continues to attract master potters from across the U.S. This year’s event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6,…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:25

Haywood book honored by historians

Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community, was awarded the Willie Parker Peace History Book Award and the Presidents Award at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Society of Historians at Mooresville on Oct. 23.   The Peace History…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:24

Grab a bowl of Chilly in Sylva Nov. 6

The Downtown Sylva Association’s 3rd annual Chilly Fest is from noon until 5 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Bridge Park and Poteet Park in historic downtown Sylva. There will be live music from Ian Moore’s Mountain Music Miscellany and The…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:23

Bryson celebration to feature craft and dance

Bryson City Bellydance and Movement will host a Harvest Hafla (celebration of dance) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Swain County Senior Center at 125 Brendle St. The event is free and open to the…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:23

Learn glassblowing at the Green Energy Park

Benjamin Elliott will teach a glassblowing workshop for beginners from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 5 at Jackson County’s Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Elliott has worked with glass as a medium for 11 years. In…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:22

Haywood to install inaugural quilt block

The Haywood County Arts Council will install the first Quilt Block on the Haywood County Quilt Trail at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Historic Shelton House in Waynesville. The Shelton House Quilt Block, designed by Chris Sylvester,…
The next Sylva After Dark will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday Nov. 5 in downtown Sylva. The evening features art, music, food, shopping and more. Events include: It’s by Nature (678 W. Main St.) — Scott Hotaling, “Light…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:19

Art After Dark is Nov. 5

Waynesville’s next Art After Dark will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. Held the first Friday of each month, Art After Dark allows customers to visit working studios and galleries on Main Street, Depot Street…
By Kristen Davis • Contributing writer Triple-threat musician Bryan McDowell was first introduced to bluegrass music as a young child while riding in the car with his parents. His father taught him and his sister, Emma, how to identify the…
By Josh Mitchell • Staff Writer J.R. vanLienden grew up in a frame shop and used to promise himself he would never get into the field of photography. Now he has purchased the old Whittier elementary school built in 1936…
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 15:56

Weavers bring finest of craft to WNC

By Julia Merchant • Staff Writer This April, nearly 100 professional weavers and spinners will converge at Lake Junaluska in Haywood County for the Southeast Fiber Forum. They’ll come to share their knowledge and learn new crafts — “everything from…
Maggie Valley will roll out the welcome mat next weekend for more than 3,500 motorcycle riders descending on the tiny Smoky Mountain town for the annual Thunder in the Smokies Motorcycle Rally held April 24 through 26. With hundreds of…
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 16:40

Art as a spectator sport

More than 40 artists will race against the clock this weekend, crafting a piece of art from scratch in just one hour during the annual Quick Draw event in Waynesville. Quick Draw will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 17:00

All things wild and wonderful

By Karen Dill It is in April that the wild things emerge. Bears crawl from their dens; baby wolves are born while their parents howl at the moon; and mysteriously tender green shoots climb bravely from the ground. To an…
Maggie Valley has a year-round of population of only 607, and its main drag contains dozens of 1960s-era mom and pop hotels, a Wild West theme park, and shops selling fudge and moonshine jelly. All these business, however, share space…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:10

Mirari Brass Quintet to perform Nov. 12 at WCU

The Mirari Brass Quintet will present a concert at Western Carolina University on Friday, Nov. 12, as part of the group’s tour of the Southeast. The quintet will perform at 8 p.m. in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building.…
The Haywood Community Chorus will hold its fall concert at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14, at First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. For the major choral selection, the 60-voice chorus has prepared the much-acclaimed “Messa di Gloria” by Giacomo Puccini.…
The leftover Halloween goodies might be still sitting in the candy bowl, but at Western Carolina University it’s already beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. That’s because WCU’s music students and faculty are getting ready for their annual “Sounds…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:08

Forum emphasizes challenges for basketmakers

The Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources is presenting a symposium Nov. 12-14, called “Gathering Places: Traditional Basketmaking and the Environment.” Gathering Places seeks to bring together basketmakers from diverse tribal and traditional origins to discuss ways of maintaining access…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a number of events in November. The museum is in the Fine and Performing Arts Center on the WCU campus. All events are free and the public is invited to…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:06

Contra dance fundraiser is Nov. 14

The Second Sunday Contra Dance will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the new Senior Center in Sylva. This dance will be a fundraiser for the Community Table. Dancers are encouraged to get sponsors to pledge…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:05

HCC hosts regional competition

Haywood Community College recently hosted a regional cosmetology competition on the Clyde campus. In addition to HCC, Blue Ridge Community College and Tri-County Community College also participated. HCC student Haley Walls was the overall student winner. Following are the top…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:04

SCC exhibit highlights Native American art

The November art display at Southwestern Community College’s Balsam Lobby on the Jackson Campus celebrates Native American Month.  Students from SCC’s Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts will display their recent work through Dec. 1. The work includes examples from the…
The Macon County Art Association will hold a collage workshop for children from 9:30 a.m. until noon on Nov. 13 at the Upton Gallery in Franklin. Materials will be furnished by the Macon County Art Association and a Community Foundation…
“Lilly Oncology On Canvas,” an art exhibition honoring the physical and emotional journey people face when confronted by a cancer diagnosis, will be on display at Carolina Cancer Specialists Nov. 15 through 30. This free public exhibit, which is touring…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 20:02

Carden play, ARTSaturday planned at Rickman Store

The Rickman Store in the Cullasaja community of Macon County will host two upcoming arts events. Sylva writer Gary Carden’s play “Bright Forever” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19. Carden will attend the show to share and chat with…
Haywood County art teachers gained a boost to their teaching wish lists when members of the QuickDraw Committee met to award mini-grants to elementary, middle school, and senior high art teachers. The grants were given at the Haywood County School…
Waynesville will dedicate its third public art project during a dedication ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Gallery 86. The project — an artistic railing representing Waynesville’s connection with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park — will be…
The Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 will hold its third annual small works show titled, ”It’s a Small, Small Work 2010” beginning Nov. 17 through Friday, Dec. 31. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The show…
By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Capturing a grandmother’s story of survival, a fiancé’s sigh, or a best friend’s joke during an intimate interview is how StoryCorps allows people to connect with each other. Recording the stories of our lives…
By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Spotlighting filmmakers from Georgia, Louisiana and Florida, Haywood County Arts Council presents the 2nd annual Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival on March 14 at Haywood Community College. Short Circuit is the only festival of…
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 19:58

Balsam Range’s mountain mantra

By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Little girls clacked their clogging shoes while families ate hushpuppies and barbecue in anticipation for the band, Balsam Range, to play at the Fiddlin’ Pig in Asheville last Friday night. Teens in camouflage hats…
By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Dressed in flip flops and shorts with an aroma of teen spirit in the air, students acting in the upcoming production of Swain County High School’s “Beauty and the Beast” are eager to recapture…
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 20:38

Recipes, 3/25/09

Cabbage Rolls Stuffed with Corned Beef with Spicy Creole Sauce • 1 large head green cabbage • 1 small onion, chopped • 2 celery ribs, sliced • 2 cloves (or more, if you like) of garlic, finely chopped • 1…
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 20:45

Uncle Fat and Cabbage-head

By Karen Dill The climatic temperaments in the month of March have been likened to gentle lambs or irascible lions. In the mountains, this description seems especially applicable. On March 1, the wind can whistle through the ridges like the…
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 16:08

The ultimate rock ’n’ roller

By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Feb. 3 marked the 50th anniversary of the death of music legend Buddy Holly, who was 22 when his plane crashed in Iowa. Celebrating the music of Holly and giving fans a chance to…
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 17:19

Recipes, 2/11/09

Lentil Soup • 1 onion, chopped • 1/4 cup olive oil • 2 carrots, diced • 2 stalks celery, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • 1 bay leaf • 1 teaspoon dried basil •…
By Karen Dill • Guest Writer The weather in February can be as fickle as new love. In the mountains of North Carolina, the wind can howl through the ridges like a scorned lover or the day can be as…
Courtney Boessel’s “Patchwork Community” was chosen as the winning entry for Waynesville’s new police station paver design as part of a contest sponsored by the Waynesville Public Art Commission. The contest was designed to build community — and also to…
Wednesday, 18 February 2009 19:07

Hair Wars: May the gel be with you

By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Movie stars are coming to Cullowhee. With a snip here and a dye job there, hair stylists will be battling the gift of glam in Hair Wars for the second annual fundraiser Feb. 21…
What would surprise someone the most about the Appalachian culture? Well, assuming that they are not Appalachian, it would probably be the fact that we have nothing in common with the stereotypes. I remember teaching a class at the Mountain…
By Christi Marsico • Staff Writer Chubby Checker clears his throat and states with pomp, “I plan on tearing the place up and taking no prisoners in Cherokee.” Leaving New York City on his tour bus, the Checkerlicious Express, Checker…
“The Nutcracker,” Peter Tchaikovsky’s famous and beloved ballet, is being presented again this year by Betsy’s School of Dance and the Rabun Gap Dancers. Performances are set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4, at the…