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Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:06

A festive evening planned for annual JCAC gala

The Jackson County Arts Council’s annual Members Gala will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, at Riverwood Shops in Dillsboro. In addition to food and beverages, Western Carolina University’s gamelan and woodwind trio, “Six Foot…
The well-known Fiddling Dills Sisters will perform gospel, bluegrass and traditional mountain music at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, at the Jackson County Public Library. Amanda Dills Stewart and Sharon Dills, locally known as the Fiddling Dills Sisters, have…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:05

Dailey & Vincent to perform in Franklin

Bluegrass fans attending the 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, Oct. 8, of Dailey & Vincent at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin, NC, now have even more to cheer about. Dailey & Vincent earned top honors…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:04

Master the art of yo-yoing

Learn the unique art of yo-yoing and all the different tricks to master with a yo-yo with a new club headed by Conner Zranizan. Fun Things Etc., a toy store in downtown Waynesville, started up its Yo-Yo Club again on Sept.…
Nicole Polzella, owner of AccessDance WNC, has released the instructional DVD, “Workplace Yoga with Nicole Polzella.” The program offers viewers a chance to bring tranquility to their hectic schedules with simple Chair Yoga postures and deep stretches promoting relaxation, stress…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:02

Traditional dinner awaits in Waynesville

Maple Grove United Methodist Church in Waynesville will have its annual harvest dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. The church is located off Russ Avenue across from the Maple Tree Veterinary Hospital. At the dinner, there will…
The Serbian group Talija, which was very popular at the 2009 Folkmoot Festival, will perform at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, in the Haywood Community College auditorium. Proceeds from the show will benefit the 2011 Folkmoot Festival Children’s Free…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:59

Chinese acrobats to perform at Harrah’s

Cirque Shanghai, a troupe of China’s most talented acrobatic performers will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Harrah’s Casino Event Center in Cherokee. Cirque Shanghai – Bai Xi is a visually spectacular production combining astounding Chinese…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:56

Bring your best to Sylva’s Chilly Fest

The 3rd Annual Chilly Fest in Sylva is looking for professional and amateur chili cook-off contestants as well as crafters for the event. Chilly Fest is set for noon through 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, at the Bridge Park and…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:55

Learn the intricacies of creating chainmail

Medieval chainmail classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on four Wednesdays from Oct. 13 to Nov. 3, at the Jackson County Green Energy Park.   Chainmail technique hasn’t changed much since the Middle Ages, but the look…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:54

Slow races and more at Full Throttle Bike Nite

Full Throttle Bike Nite will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, at Cycle Motorsports in Sylva. Bike Nite will feature slow races, in which the last one to touch their feet to the ground and…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:53

Auction to benefit children’s choir

Western North Carolina’s s internationally acclaimed children’s choir, Voices in the Laurel, will perform a concert on Sunday, Oct. 10, at The Gateway Club, located at 37 Church Street in downtown Waynesville, during the Annual Voices Benefit Auction. The event…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:52

‘Romantic Fools’ stages at WCU

Theater students from Western Carolina University will present “Romantic Fools” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 6-9, in Niggli Theatre on campus. With influences including Monty Python, the Marx Brothers, “Saturday Night Live” and classic vaudeville, “Romantic Fools,” by Rich Orloff,…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:52

HCC alums reunite at Jammin’ at the Mill Pond

Jammin’ at the Mill Pond, a free bluegrass event to showcase Haywood Community College and the Appalachian heritage of Western North Carolina, will take place from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at HCC. The event will…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:50

Balsam Range to perform at Stecoah

Balsam Range will headline the Annual Harvest Festival with a performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center auditorium. Balsam Range has been nominated as the Emerging Artist of the Year for 2010…
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,…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:48

Leaf Festival this weekend in Cashiers

The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival will be held Oct. 8-10 in and around Cashiers. The festival main stage is at the Village Green and Commons in Cashiers where attendees will hear music from bluegrass to rock and roll on two…
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, 06 October 2010 19:46

Workshop on gourd art offered in Sylva

Decorated gourds are popular handmade accessories for homes today. Learn to make decorative gourds by attending “Wood Burning on Gourds” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 13, in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. Ronna…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:45

Woodturning magic returns to The Bascom

A new exhibition of lathe-made bowls from acclaimed artists Philip and Matt Moulthrop will be on display in the Bascom’s Atrium Gallery through Nov. 6.   The Highlands-Cashiers plateau boasts a strong concentration of private Moulthrop collectors, in part because…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:42

Nurturing a creative thread

It’s an overcast day, hints of early fall in the air, and Neal Howard is in her yard in Cullowhee. Her white skirt and lace-trimmed tank top are spattered with a kaleidoscope of colors, souvenirs of many days spent in…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:41

Swain embarks on new vision for old library

More bestsellers? A computer lab? Meeting space? This month, Swain County residents will be asked what it is they crave from their local Marianna Black Library. The surveys are part of an assessment funded by a planning grant from the…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:39

Forestry, farmland tax breaks reduced

Haywood County landowners who get a property tax break for agriculture or foresty will see a reduction in that benefit next year. A countywide revaluation will hit the books next year, bringing home and land values in line with market…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:38

WCU celebrates homecoming Oct. 8-10

The Alumni Scholarship Homecoming Golf Tournament will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Whittier. Then, the Homecoming parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Sylva. Meanwhile, the Catamount soccer team will play…
Is going into business with a Brazilian company within the mission of Western Carolina University? Dean Robert McMahan says so, and he bases that decision on the university’s adoption of the Boyer model. WCU formally adopted this new tenure model,…
A company with South American roots will set up U.S. headquarters on the campus of Western Carolina University in a partnership to design, develop and build turbines. A public announcement about the deal is scheduled for next week. The Smoky…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:33

Learn about early college high school

Jackson County Early College High School (JCEC) is recruiting for the 2011-2012 school year.   Several information sessions are scheduled for interested students and their parents. Four dates are scheduled; each begin at 6 p.m. Students and parent should select…
Town and county leaders will meet with the N.C. Highway Patrol this week in Franklin to discuss where in Macon County the state agency can build a radio tower. Something of a brouhaha erupted last week after town leaders learned…
Haywood County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to pitch in $25,000 toward the regional livestock market under construction in Canton, adding their name to the list of governments and organizations from around the region that have contributed to the project. The…
Taxes and spending in a recession economy have emerged as the top issue in the race for Haywood County commissioner this year. Challengers vying for a seat on the board have jumped on the bandwagon of critics who have continually…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 19:15

Breathing life into the Museum that Runs

A few steps past the door at Maggie Valley’s Wheels Through Time museum, and the characteristic, unmistakable scent of a mechanic’s workshop wafts out – a heady mix of grease, motor oil, gasoline and rubber worn down by open roads.…
Back about a decade ago, setting the table for economic growth around Whittier seemed something of a no-brainer — the casino in Cherokee was booming, and it seemed inevitable that businesses such as restaurants and hotels would clamor for space…
Candidates for District Court judge will espouse their vision for the bench at election forums held next week in Haywood and Jackson County. “Judges make decisions every day that directly influence people’s lives, yet many voters don’t know where judicial…
Not a day goes by that Judge Monica Leslie doesn’t realize the gravity of her decisions. Leslie is one of six District Court judges in the seven western counties. They decide how to split property and wealth when a couple…
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 13:21

Recreation rendezvous shines a light on WNC

Representatives from some of the biggest names in outdoor recreation will soon touch ground in Asheville for the 2010 Outdoor Industry Association’s Rendezvous. Industry leaders from major brands like Patagonia, The North Face, REI, Merrell, Mountain Hardwear and many more…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 13:19

The Naturalist's Corner

North Carolina’s loss – Louisiana’s gain Chris Canfield has stepped down as executive director of Audubon North Carolina to assume the position of vice president for Gulf of Mexico Conservation and Restoration. Canfield took the helm at Audubon North Carolina…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:57

‘Jack of all trades’ common in Appalachia

Here in the Smokies region “making do” isn’t a lost art. Most “country” men and women can still “get along” because they grew up doing so. And the “jack-of-all-trades” era isn’t ancient history — it lasted on mountain farms until…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:56

Stop procrastinating and start composting

A free composting workshop will be held next week by the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Jackson and Swain counties. Learn more about acceptable materials for composting, types of structures, preparing and maintaining your compost pile, temperatures, carbon to nitrogen ratios,…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:55

Monarch migration in full flight

Witness the fall migration of monarch butterflies and learn about their spectacular 3,000-mile journey from naturalists with Wild South during a special monarch viewing day at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The orange and…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:54

Meet the fastest bird on the planet

Visitors to Gorges State Park will have the opportunity to get a close look at two peregrine falcons, Seymour and Zelda Suri, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. Seymour and Zelda are cared for by trainer Peter Kipp-Dupont, a…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:52

Take a trip back in time with Roosevelt and Muir

A performance depicting John Muir and President Teddy Roosevelt called the “The Tramp and the Roughrider” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Highlands Playhouse. Journey back to May 1903 to an evening around the…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:51

Cherokee 5k to benefit cancer foundation

The Chief’s Challenge, a 2-mile race in Cherokee, will be held 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 5 to benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation “I challenge all runners and walkers to join me in this benefit run, which will help…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:49

Walk, run or relay in Power of Pink race

The Power of Pink race will be held in Haywood County on Saturday, Oct. 30, to raise money for mammograms for women who otherwise can’t afford them. There is a five-woman relay race, a four-mile individual run, and a fun…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:43

Celebrate Appalachian heritage, Oct. 2

The Cradle of Forestry annual fall festival will celebrate the rich forest heritage of Western North Carolina with the traditions of mountain living and woodcraft from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. More than 30 traditional craftsmen,…
Lumberjacks — and lumberjills — will chop, saw and axe their way to the finish line during the Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet held at the Cradle of Forestry on Saturday, Oct. 2. Competitions include axe throw, cross cut saw, pole climb,…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:41

From farm to school

Participants in the recent Farm to School workshop at Shelton Family Farms in Jackson County whipped up salsa using farm-fresh produce from the fields. Participants learned about creating school gardens, farm field trips, classroom cooking and getting locally grown food into the cafeterias.…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:40

Seed swap at annual gardeners meet in Sylva

A seed swap and plant exchange will be held at the Jackson County Farmers Market in downtown Sylva from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 2. Gardeners should bring seed that they have saved from their non-hybrid vegetables or…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:33

Fiction author to appear at Sylva

Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, will read from her new novel, The Improper Life of Bezillia Grove, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. In the novel,…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:32

Twenty regional authors at Blue Ridge Book Fest

Blue Ridge Book Fest: A Regional Author Festival will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Twenty authors from the region will be in the store to meet readers…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:31

“Therapy Dog” sales to support animal shelters

Dianna K. Klingel will be signing her book, Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, at Chapter 2 Books in Cashiers. Ten percent of the sales will…