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First Methodist holds sing-along, meal

An Open Door Meal & Sing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the First United Methodist Church in Sylva.

The community is invited to enjoy a delicious meal, musical entertainment and fellowship. Bryson City Christian singing group Tribe Called Praise will perform during the event.

A short devotional will be offered before the meal. The event is held on the fifth Wednesday in those months that have one. Church members provide the food and beverages. All are welcome and invited to attend.



Taste the bubbly at Bosu’s

There will be a ‘Bubbly Tasting Five-For-Five’ from 3 to 7 p.m. July 2 and 13 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. $5 to try, $5 for glasses. The Secret Wine Bar at Bosu’s will also have small plates and glasses of wine and craft beer available from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 8.


‘Who are the Melungeons?’

Teach and historian Scott Withrow will host the presentation “Who are the Melungeons?” at 6:30 p.m. July 7, during the meeting of the Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society at the SCGHS library in Bryson City. 

The Melungeons were a people of unknown origin in Appalachian eastern Tennessee, southern Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. In the early 19th century, some self-identified themselves as having “Portugee” ancestry, while others were thought to be Tri-racial, Turkish, Moorish, Asian Indians, Native Americans, Carthaginian or even of Roman origins. DNA has shed light on Melungeon origins, but they remain complex, mysterious and controversial. 

Withrow will share his knowledge of the Melungeons, theories on their origins (aplenty), historic references, and geographic distribution. He will distinguish between Melungeons and other similar people. Some common surnames associated with Melungeons were Collins, Gibson, Bunch, and Goins, among others. 

Conversation and refreshments will follow the presentation. This presentation is free and open to the public.


Cherokee Pow Wow 

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ 41th annual Pow Wow will be held July 1-3 at the Acquoni Expo Center.

The event features world-champion dancers and drums competing for prizes. Vendors from across the country will offer food and arts and crafts items. 

Dance competitions are open to participants in five groups and several categories including Traditional, Grass, Fancy, Straight, Jingle and Buckskin. There will also be Northern and Southern Singing prizes and a Hand Drum special. Age groups include “Golden Age” contestants (age 50+), men and women (age 18-49), teens (13-17), Junior (6-12), and tiny tots (under age 5). Specials include Men’s Fancy and Straight, Women’s Jingle, Old Style Fancy Shawl, Cowboy/girl and two junior specials.

Cost is $12 daily or just $10 when you bring and donate three cans of food. Cash only event.


Maggie Valley barbecue, gospel sing-along

The Maggie Valley United Methodist Church will host the 13th annual barbecue and gospel sing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the church on 4192 Soco Road.

The event will take place at "the barn" across the creek from the church. There will be drawings for door prizes, a barbeque and musical performances by Angie Toomey, Subject-2-Change, and the Maggie Valley UMC choir. 

Takeout lunches will be available. Bring a lawn chair, sit back and relax while enjoying a barbeque lunch and live music. Tickets will be available at the door and in advance.

Cost is $8. All proceeds go to support church missions.




•The ceremonial Cherokee bonfires will run from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 1 Spend an evening with the Cherokee people by a roaring fire. Listen as Cherokee storytellers in period dress from the 17th century spin tales of days gone by, myths and mysteries passed down through the ages and talk of the history. Learn Cherokee survival skills and experience the dance. Your hosts will provide light refreshments, which include marshmallows for roasting and drinks. Guests sit by the fire near the Oconaluftee riverside enjoying a unique and entertaining experience. The events are free and open to the public. 

•Local ballet instructor Julie Cloninger will be teaching a short ballet lesson along with sharing a picture book that was written by ballerina Misty Copeland at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the Canton Public Library. This program is for children 5 to 12 years old. 828.648.2924.

•A bingo night will run at 5:45 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 1 at the Maggie Valley Pavilion. Cash prizes and concessions by Moonshine Grill. Sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association. 828.926.7630. 

•The third annual Paper Airplane Contest will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the Canton Public Library. The library will supply all the materials needed to build the paper airplanes and there will be prizes for the furthest flying planes for each age group. All ages are welcome to participate. 828.648.2924.

•A wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. July 2 and 9 at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. $5 per person. or 828.586.6300.

•A free wine tasting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. July 2 and 9 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. or 828.452.0120.

•A wine tasting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 2 and 9 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Free with dinner ($15 minimum). There will also be a craft beer tasting and taco night on June 30 and July 7. 828.452.6000.

•Free cooking demonstrations will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays at Country Traditions in Dillsboro. Watch the demonstrations, eat samples and taste house wines for $3 a glass. All recipes posted online. 

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