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Philosophy lectures continue in Sylva

The Jackson County Public Library will be hosting a Philosophy Lecture Series that continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 1, in Sylva. 

The lectures will cover Ancient Metaphysics (Thales, Heraclitus, Parmenides, and Plato — and some Aristotle if there’s time) and also Modern Metaphysics (Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant). The Lecture Series will continue with its final installment on Nov. 8. It will be led by Western Carolina University Professor John August.

August is a process ontologist that is dedicated to the cultivation of the appreciation for time and its role in the development of mind and body. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the philosophy department at SIUC, where he contributes to the academy through his attempt to make subjective experience objective. In the role of a process ontologist, he is primarily concerned with the realization of healthy communities. August’s recent inquiries have included investigations into the origin of dignity, the origin of the desire to create borders, and the effects of interpreting divine objects as personal within the Brahminical devotionalist traditions.

For more information, call the library at 828.586.2016. This free event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.


A walk down the Swain memory lane

The Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society will have a pictorial history of area places as Mary Wachacha presents “Looking Back in Time at Swain County Through Historical Postcards” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Swain County Regional Business Education and Training Center in Bryson City. 

Since she started accumulating postcards in the 1980s, Wachacha’s collection captures life and memories of places that have since changed names or no longer exits. To see and hear her presentation will permit one to visually travel and visit sites, buildings and structures that existed over the last 70-80 years.   

Wachacha’s roots are deeply embedded in the area and her family has been in Cherokee long before any of us can remember. In 2013, she retired after 40 years from work with the federal government having served as Division Director of Indian Health Services at IHS headquarters.

Conversation and refreshments will follow the presentation. This is open to the public and there is no admission charge.


Christmas in Bryson City

Santa Claus and other Christmas activities will be held Nov. 5 to Dec. 17 at the Swain County Heritage Museum in Bryson City.

• Letters to Santa: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drop a line to Santa. All materials provided.

• Santa at the Museum: 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a free photo opportunity with jolly St. Nick on the porch of the cabin located in the museum. Cookies and cocoa served in the lobby. Santa will be there from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 26 and at the Christmas Parade on Dec. 3.

• Christmas Past – Mountain Traditions: 5 to 7 p.m. This brand new program is designed with the whole family in mind. Held at the cabin in the museum, the event offers a fun, educational lecture on the Christmas meal, the felling and decorating of the tree, traditional toys and gifts, and more. Kids get to decorate the cabin tree with traditional Appalachian decorations, as well as making their own popcorn, cranberry, or paper string to take home. Cookies and cocoa provided in the visitor center lobby.




• The Friends of Extension Fall Festival will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Conference Room in Sylva. A light dinner with local foods will be provided. Please RSVP to Kerri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.586.4009 by Friday, Oct. 28.

• The second annual Cherokee Memorial VFW Post 8013 Veterans appreciation dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Yellow Hill Activity Center in Cherokee. Free to all veterans, sponsors, and their families. Menu is pancakes, sausage, juice, and more. For more information, call Steve Brown 828.497.2515 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• The “Cruise the Smokies” Fall Rod Run will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4-5 at the Acquoni Expo Center in Cherokee. Over 300 of the nation’s fantastic classic cars and trucks will be on display. Admission is $5. Children under age 10 are free. or 828.497.2603.

• The next “STIR” (socialize, talk, interact, remember” Sylva Block Party will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, in downtown. Door prizes, food vendors, networking, shopping, and more. To RSVP, contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 828.586.2155.

• The 18th Annual Spirit of the Smokies Car Show will be held Oct. 29 on Front Street in Dillsboro. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Sylva Rotary Club and the Smoky Mountain Cruisers. All proceeds benefit local nonprofit organizations. Categories include: Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Special Interest Vehicles, Modified Street Machines, Trucks, Street Rods, Farm Equipment. Registration that day begins at 9 a.m. For information on how to register, visit

• A couples ballroom dance class will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Qualla Community Building, located at 184 Shoal Creek Loop in Whittier. Cost is $10 per person, per class. All proceeds will go to the Qualla Community Club (a nonprofit organization) for maintaining the Qualla Community Building. If you have any questions, please call 828.497.9456.

• The First Baptist Church Fall Festival will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in Franklin. Face painting, sugar cookies, decorating, games, and more. 828.369.9559.

• A wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 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. Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. or 828.452.0120.

• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host a wine tasting on Wednesdays and a craft beer tasting on Thursdays. Both events run from 4 to 8 p.m. There will also be tapas from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. 

• 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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