Outdoors roundupWritten by Admin
Haywood market celebrates September
Haywood Historic Farmers Market in Waynesville will extend its hours through 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, for a day that will include music, special programs and plenty of tastings and demonstrations. Check out:
• Barnyard animals, with owners on hand to answer questions. No touching, though.
• A children’s program called “All about worms and their helpful ways.”
• Old farm equipment put back into action.
• Cooking demonstrations and local food tastings from vendors, with information given about what it takes to arrive at the finished product.
• Music from Carey Fradley & The Stuart Brothers at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and a performance from Junior Appalachian Musicians at noon.
nShrimp boil dinner, which includes boiled shrimp, coleslaw, Marie’s famous hush puppies, tomatoes and dessert, for a suggested donation of $8-10. The proceeds will go toward buying an electronic credit card machine that will allow vendors at the market to begin accepting credit card payment and food stamps.
Located in the HART theater parking lot on Pigeon Street. www.waynesvillefarmersmarket.com
Plant clinic still open
The season for the Haywood County Plant Clinic has been extended, with staffing now planned Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon until Oct. 16. At the clinic, Master Gardeners answer questions about nearly any topic related to plant cultivation, including lawns, vegetables, flowers, trees, pest problems, soils and fertilizers. The clinic is held at the Haywood County Extension Center on Stop by the Extension Center on 589 Raccoon Road.
Leaves alive at Highlands
A program 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at Highlands Nature Center will give the whole family a better idea about why fall happens.
Activities will focus on how leaves change color, the difference between deciduous and coniferous trees and the winter survival strategies of each kind of tree. Afterward, visitors will take a guided walk through the botanical garden and learn how to identify species by leaf type, shape and color.
$5 adults; $2 children. Register at 828.526.2623.
Forest service fall foliage website is a go-to
Looking for the best ways to enjoy fall color in the national forests? Check out the Fall Foliage 2014 webpage developed by the U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina. The page features scenic drives and other autumn activities in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forest. The page also includes links to online resources such as webcams and maps.
Fracking opponent ‘party’
A comment party with the Swain County Coalition Against Fracking, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Cork & Bean in Bryson City. The event will give mountain residents a chance to get some help drafting comments opposing proposed rules for oil and gas development in North Carolina.
The rules and legislation recently passed by the N.C. General Assembly would allow for hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method of fossil fuel extraction known as fracking.
Bring a laptop or just yourself if you don’t have one. The comment deadline is Sept. 30. Susan Leading Fox, 828.736.5529.
Wildlife students up for odd job hire
Members of the Wildlife Club at Haywood Community College are renting themselves out for a day to help pay for a trip to the National Wildlife Quiz Bowl Championship in Pittsburgh, Oct. 28. The winner of a raffle drawing to be held Saturday, Oct. 4, will nab six student workers for a full day for labor of their chosing, a perfect time to knock out landscaping projects, building a fence, pruning or all those other things in the yard you’ve been meaning to get to.