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Johnny Floor and The Wrong Crowd will be performing from 8 until 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Fontana Village Recreation Hall. Johnny Floor’s singer-songwriter is also the manager and engineer of Lands Creek Studios in Bryson City, which…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:10

Eroica Trio slated for Highlands-Cashiers

Good things come in threes when the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival welcomes Grammy-nominated The Eroica Trio, Friday, Aug. 6, and Saturday, Aug. 7. The Eroica Trio – comprised of pianist Erika Nickrenz, violinist Suzie Park, and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio –…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:08

Buchanan Boys bring modern country music

Sylva-based The Buchanan Boys take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at the Bridge Park Pavilion as part of the free summer Concerts on the Creek series in downtown Sylva. The Buchanan Boys will play a…
Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several of its sixth session summer session classes available at half tuition to residents of the following Western North Carolina counties: Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson,…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:07

WCU arts venue celebrates five years

A semiformal gala featuring red carpets, bright lights, gallery openings and a Gershwin musical is planned for Friday, Oct. 22, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Western Carolina’s Fine and Performing Art Center. The venue had its grand opening in…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:05

Apply now for WCU Outdoor sculpture contest

Artists must submit applications by Friday, Aug. 13, for a chance to win Western Carolina University’s 2010 Outdoor Sculpture competition. Five winners will receive a one-year exhibit on Western’s campus and a $2,000 honorarium. A reception, inauguration and awards ceremony…
The Jeweler’s Workbench in Waynesville will present the wire-wrapping art of Nadine Fidelman as its featured artist for Art After Dark on Friday, Aug. 6. Nadine searches out the best gemstones, pearls, fossils and dichroic glass from the world’s top suppliers…
The Junaluska Woman’s Club Creative Endeavors Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday, Aug. 14, at Harrell Center Auditorium and Bistro Café in Lake Junaluska. More than 30 artists and crafters from several…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 19:03

Watercolor demo by well-known artist

Elizabeth Ellison will do a watercolor demonstration at The Blueridge Water Media Society’s monthly meeting, held at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Haywood Community College, Building 14. Ellison will demonstrate her loose expressive watercolor technique that depicts the…
Witness an authentic performance of the classic “A Christmas Carol,” with one of the original performers in the 1938 radio show that starred the legendary Orson Welles. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Western Carolina University for a…
The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, will celebrate its 83rd year of highlighting mountain culture this week. The celebration kicks off 7 p.m. nightly from Thursday, Aug. 5, to Saturday, Aug. 7. at the…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 18:52

Cloggers for life

Aileen “Poochey” Greene has been clogging for 44 years, and even at age 77, she has no intention of stopping. “That’s the place I am me, on the dance floor,” said Greene. “That’s the only time nothing bothers me.” Greene…
Attendees of the 2nd Annual Mountain Music Jamboree will not only enjoy delicious BBQ and traditional mountain music — they will help the Haywood County Fairgrounds stay alive. The festival will benefit the struggling venue, which has lost all funding…
The clock is ticking for stabilization work on a landslide in Maggie Valley to get underway or a federal grant to pay for the work will be lost. A $1.3 million grant to recontour the precarious mountainside near Ghost Town…
Monday, 02 August 2010 15:51

Folkmoot 5K race results

Folkmoot 5K overall results Folkmoot 5K age group results
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:47

An official Star Wars party

Join the fun at a Star Wars party at 2 p.m on Saturday, July 31, at Blue Ridge Books. The bookstore in Waynesville is one of only 70 in the United States hosting a 2010 DK Star Wars Event. The…
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 19:06

ColorFest in Sylva seeks WNC artists

Regional artists are encouraged to take part in ColorFest, Art of the Mountains, an official event of the Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Celebration. The art festival will be held on Saturday, October 23, on the streets of downtown Sylva,…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:33

Quilt basics taught at one-day workshop

Students will learn the basics of quilt piecing and machine quilting while making an easy tote bag at a one-day workshop Saturday, July 31, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. Participants will use the “Mini-Charmer” pattern, which is available…
The monthly Art After Dark will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 in Waynesville. Sponsored by The Waynesville Gallery Association, Art After Dark takes place the first Friday of each month, May through December. Enjoy a…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:19

Blooms in the southern mountains

Each July since 1991, I’ve led field trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway offered as part of the Native Plants Conference sponsored by Western Carolina University. This year’s outings (July 25) will have taken place by the time you read…
Volunteers continue knocking out a new section of the Mountains to Sea Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waterrock Knob. Working under the tutelage of trail builders with the Carolina Mountain Club, who have spent years tackling a missing…
Before summer slips by, take in one of the many ranger guided programs in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, from naturalist hikes to history talks. Here’s a line of up of free programs on tap in the Smokies this…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:15

Lake Logan offers cool venue for hot race

Triathletes from across the country will descend on Lake Logan in Haywood County Aug. 7 and 8. The weekend line-up includes two triathlons — one longer and one shorter — with a combo of swimming, biking and running. There is…
George and Elizabeth Ellison, the artist and naturalist husband-wife team from Bryson City, will give a talk called “Blue Ridge Perspectives: The Natural World Thru Words and Images” at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 in Highlands. George is a writer,…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:13

Program to ponder the mystery of Masa

George Masa was one of the greatest landscape photographers of Western North Carolina, but where he came from and what happened to the thousands of photographs he took remains a mystery even today. Known as the Ansel Adams of the…
A one-mile race down Main Street in Waynesville on Friday evening, Aug. 13, will raise money for the Shriners Children Hospital. The Main Street Mile is a brand-new road race down the historic section of Main Street, starting one mile…
Ruffin Shackelford led a group of boys, referred to his program by a juvenile court judge, deep into the Shining Rock Wilderness. That night one of the boys started beating up another, and when Shackelford separated them, the aggressor said…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:00

Tales of alienation and horror

For the past few years, internet literary critics of fantasy/supernatural novels have been raving about about a writer of “punk rock prose” named Caitlin Kiernan. The praise has been excessive, comparing her to H. P. Lovecraft, Poe and Clive Barker.…
To the Editor: Since November, the whole district has known that Shuler told us all an endless stack of lies regarding his dealings with the TVA and his own personal property investments. His tall tale that he had never contacted…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:59

Sen. Burr is not a fiscal conservative

To the Editor: North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, a self-defined fiscal conservative, has a lot of explaining to do. He recently rejected to extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans because Democrats did not seek spending cuts to offset the…
To the Editor: The Waynesville Tailgate Market is celebrating 25 years of serving Haywood County. The longevity of the market is due to the growers, some who are first-time vendors while others have been a mainstay of 20-plus years. Main…
To the Editor: Something is terribly wrong when the region has a “ready-made” audience of an estimated 18 million visitors and everyone is singing the blues about lack of business. Either the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 12:57

Tourism data simply not that hard to obtain

To the Editor: I read with great interest your recent column about the tourism industry in Western North Carolina. As a result of your insightful comments about the need for tourism research and based on my years of working as…
To the Editor: Taxpayers should be infuriated about any tax dollars going to such an organization as the Evergreen Foundation. It is about time that county commissioners are taking a stand on behalf of the tax dollars as it relates…
The federal government, the nation’s largest land manager, has a responsibility ... to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of the 21st century. We must look to the private sector and nonprofit organizations, as well as towns, cities, and states,…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:49

Police survival seminar offered at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Police Department will host a free law enforcement seminar on police officer survival skills from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 30. Deputy Jeff DeGrow of the Charleston County, S.C., Sheriff’s Office will re-enact an incident…
The women’s giving circle, Women for Women, was able to award $235,000 in new grants this year. To date, the initiative has distributed more than $1.2 million in grants. More than 1,000 women attended Women For Women’s sixth annual “Power…
An “old-fashioned” groundbreaking will be held July 30 for the new Homestead hospice inpatient facility, complete with a working mule and plow and banjo music. The hospice has raised $2.8 million of the $3.6 million needed to build and equip…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:45

Drowned student had 0.38 BAC

A college student who drowned in the Tuckasegee River last month was highly intoxicated, according to toxicology reports that have now been released. Allen Stanley Brisson, 22, a new graduate from Western Carolina University, had a blood alcohol content of…
An unusual proposition has landed on the doorstep of Forest Hills, a tiny speck of a town at the edge of Western Carolina University. In hopes of transforming Cullowhee into a more vibrant college community, a group dedicated to reinventing…
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is urging the state to formally license Cherokee language teachers, enabling Cherokee courses taught in public schools off the reservation to count toward a student’s foreign language requirement. Earlier this month, tribal and school…
No one is more intimate with the highs and lows of amusement park Ghost Town in the Sky than the people of Maggie Valley. In its heyday, the mountaintop theme park routinely drew 400,000 visitors a year to the small…
The town of Dillsboro, once a thriving retail market for tourists, has taken a beating in the past two years. First, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, a business that delivered 60,000 visitors per year to the downtown, moved its operations…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:33

Two towns at a crossroads

For decades Maggie Valley and Dillsboro were two of the mountain’s most iconic tourist towns. Sadly, both relied heavily — too heavily — on a single cash-cow. When Ghost Town shut down in Maggie and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad…
With ever shrinking pockets, the regional economic development arm AdvantageWest is scaling back its investment in tourism for the time being. The group — which represents 23 Western North Carolina counties — says it will primarily focus on agribusiness, entrepreneurship,…
Starting next February, all law enforcement officers will be required to collect DNA from people arrested for certain crimes. Anyone arrested for murder, rape, burglary, kidnapping or even cyberstalking will automatically have their DNA collected via a cheek swab. The…
For community nonprofits facing a daily test of survival, thefts from the thrift stores they rely on are like a slap in the face. Anita Robinson, manager of Swain/Qualla SAFE Thrift Shop, has seen emboldened thieves brave security cameras to…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:27

Asheville Quilt Guild holds annual show

Western North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage comes to life on Aug. 6 through during the Asheville Quilt Guild’s 28th Annual Show at The North Carolina Arboretum. The popular show is a judged event featuring more than 250 quilts of exceptional…
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 20:24

Season tickets on sale for WCU plays

Tickets for Western Carolina University’s 2010-10 University Theatre Mainstage season, which is packed with popular Broadway musicals and smaller experimental works, will go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 10. Mainstage productions are directed by faculty members from the School of Stage…
The two-day Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival is back for its second year at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, home of the Macon County Fair. Doors will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13,…