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Most people snip flowers, drop them into a jam jar with some water, call it an arrangement and place them…
You know it’s summer in Sylva when Concerts on the Creek gets going, bringing local and regional music and family…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:03

Late Bloomer: Local bassist in full flower

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“This song was written before the USDA got their hands on organic standards,” announces the booming voice from the stage.…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:17

Davis at the top of his game as a storyteller

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Storytellers draw inspiration from sources as varied as Shakespeare, the Brothers Grimm and the Bible; however, the tales that immediately…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 19:33

Big Stakes at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

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Of the many games that grace the floors at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, poker might be the most universal. From casino…
If there’s one thing Western North Carolina is rooted in, it’s music. The rolling Appalachians were the birthplace of bluegrass,…
Of the many forms of entertainment readily at our fingertips, from television and movies to YouTube and the many vast…
For those looking to learn more about the sculptures that dot the campus at Western Carolina University, well, there’s an…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 19:58

Bottoms up! Bryson City brewery opens

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Beer brewing in Bryson City just took on a whole new look this weekend when Nantahala Brewing Company threw open…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 19:31

Tuscola hosts 39th annual Country/Western Show

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By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern Donning their best flannel and cowboy boots and armed with harmonies and dance moves,…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:43

Small town alive with music

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It’s unsurprising that in the mountain town of Sylva, the music scene is a pretty vibrant place to be. With…
In modern America, the term ‘women’s work’ is not exactly a complimentary phrase. It’s less descriptive, more derisive, not so…
By DeeAnna Haney • SMN Intern All it took was a knack for guitar playing and a single visit to…
When Jackson County opens its new library, it will be with a little more than just the usual fanfare. Thanks…
John Gernandt loves the word tactile. It’s not so much the word, really, as the whole concept. People, he says,…
While ice carving may seem like a delicate enterprise — a patient art form executed with a well-aimed chisel and…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 21:23

Falling in love with the art of paper cutting

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A single piece of paper can bring all sorts of different things to our lives: the excitement of a love…
Everybody loves a classic. At least that’s what the minds behind Franklin’s Overlook Theater Company were banking on when they…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 19:24

RTCAR: Enabling artisans to preserve tradition

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In the storefront of Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, shelves and tables are laden with handmade baskets that shimmer dully…
In a crowded high-school classroom last Friday, under bright fluorescent lights, a little over 50 people crammed into hard, plastic…
Martin DeWitt, founding director and curator of the Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, has announced his retirement. “I…
Western Carolina University will host a public presentation and book signing featuring Arthur Anderson, one of the original radio performers…
By Brittney Burns • SMN Intern While preparing Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains marching band for their debut…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:25

Honoring a lost art

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By Kristen Davis • Contributing Writer The newest piece of public art in downtown Waynesville — a metal railing that…
The Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 will hold its third annual small works show titled, ”It’s a Small, Small…
By Kristen Davis • Contributing writer Triple-threat musician Bryan McDowell was first introduced to bluegrass music as a young child…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 18:43

Thursdays at the gallery

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By Kristen Davis • Contributing Writer If a painter were to illustrate a Thursday morning at the Uptown Gallery in…
By Brittney Burns • SMN Intern Sylva native Matt Stillwell spent the last week of September as the opening act…
By Leon Grodski de Barrera • Guest writer There are a lot of ways to spin Christopher Columbus’ accomplishments or…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:42

Nurturing a creative thread

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It’s an overcast day, hints of early fall in the air, and Neal Howard is in her yard in Cullowhee.…
The traditional folkways of the Southern Appalachian Mountains will once again take center stage as the Western Carolina University community…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 18:54

Immersed in art

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Spiral Creek stands as a contrast to the everyday. Away from jarring news reports and routine responsibilities, the Bryson City…
Mountain music, dancing and tradition will be on display on the shores of beautiful Lake Junaluska as the Smoky Mountain…
Attendees of the 2nd Annual Mountain Music Jamboree will not only enjoy delicious BBQ and traditional mountain music — they…
On International Festival Day, Main Street in Waynesville will transform into a world bazaar where more than one hundred artists,…
Aaron Plantenberg was relaxing by a lake in northern Wisconsin when his vacation was abruptly cut short by a phone…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 18:53

Portrait of WCU’s Belcher unveiled

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A future addition to Western Carolina University’s gallery of presidential portraits was recently unveiled for the first time as the…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:46

HCAC elects new members

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The Haywood County Arts Council has elected three new members to its Board of Directors. The new members, who will…
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 15:41

Triple Threat wins in Asheville

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The Competition Teams of Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy in Sylva traveled to Asheville recently to compete in the regional…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:39

HART’s scenic artist sets the stage for drama

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Lyle Baskin is a man of high places. He’s spent most of his life on a ladder.
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:37

Six life lessons from a backdrop artist

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The Smoky Mountain News asked Lyle Baskin, the scenic artist for Haywood Regional Arts Theatre, to share the secrets of…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:29

Sylva welcomes fourth brewery

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Though exact details are unknown, BCNC Investments in Bryson City has announced the purchase of the building that formerly held…
Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, in partnership with One Dozen Who Care, will host a display on the cultural…
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:13

SCC pottery chosen for NC Welcome Center

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Heritage arts instructors Susan Coe and Ed McIlvaine, along with Kari McIlvaine (Ed’s wife and a heritage arts student), recently…
Within almost two decades together, Greensky Bluegrass has grown from a scrappy string band to one of the premier live…
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 16:15

‘Blackbeard’s Ghost’ wins national award

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Western Carolina University’s 2016 original radio-style production of “Blackbeard’s Ghost and the Queen Anne’s Revenge” has won a “best of…
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 16:01

HART welcomes Arnette, Dykes

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The board of directors of the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) in Waynesville held its annual meeting recently in the…
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:26

What’s the value of a mural?

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The Appalachian Mural Trail has developed a long-range plan to include these priceless murals and all future murals into a…
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 16:10

2016 in A&E

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Each year, we here at The Smoky Mountain News showcase our “Spoof Awards.” Sometimes they’re meant in good tongue-and-cheek fun,…