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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Conference celebrates agriculture

A conference titled “Macon County — Farming the Future by Feeding the Community,” will be held 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at old Cowee School outside of Franklin. 

The conference is open to both established and aspiring farmers, as well as anyone who just wants to know more about agriculture in Macon, Swain and Jackson counties. Information, resources and a chance to talk with other farmers will all be part of the event, as will lunch — slow-cooked pork with all the trimmings.

Macon County’s cultural heritage is rich with agriculture and the businesses that supported it, and today the agricultural economy in Macon County represents $10.8 million in farm to gate value, making it the county’s third leading industry. Agriculture is enjoying a resurgence, and eating local food is not just a trend. Increasingly, it’s how consumers buy their food. 

Free. Sponsored by Macon Soil and Water Conservation District; North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and the Farm Services Agency.

RSVP to 828.524.3311, Ext 3.


Cooking for dogs (and cats)

A program detailing the benefits of feeding dogs and cats a raw diet, as well as how to safely and easily prepare the food, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Waynesville branch of the Haywood County Public Library. 

Kristi King, owner of Green Earth Pet Food in Asheville, will lead the class. She’ll cover basic nutrition information for dogs and cats, ingredients necessary for a complete diet and conclude with a hands-on demonstration of a simple recipe. 

Free, but RSVP required. Kathy, 828.356.2507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Partial solar eclipse coming to the Carolinas

A partial solar eclipse will be visible in the Carolinas on Thursday, Oct. 23. 

In Brevard, where Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is located, the eclipse will start at 5:57 p.m. and reach its maximum at 6:43 p.m. in advance of sunset at 6:46 p.m. Times will vary slightly depending on distance from Brevard. 

Solar eclipses occur when, as the moon orbits Earth, it casts a shadow on Earth when passing between it and the sun. Most times when the moon passes between the two, it passes above or below the line between Earth and sun, and its shadow misses Earth. On Oct. 23, the central part of the moon’s shadow will miss Earth, but the outer partial shadow will cross North America and the eastern Pacific Ocean. 

Viewing a solar eclipse directly can cause eye damage. Always use proper eye protection or view a projected image. 


Gem tour visits Macon 

A tour of Macon County mines will be begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, allowing visitors and residents to see three historic mine sites north of Franklin. 

The self-drive caravan tour, hosted by Friends of the Rickman Store, will leave from Mason Mountain Mine and Cowee Gift Shop and include a presentation by the mine’s operator. The caravan will then travel to Rose Creek Mine amd Rock Shop and finish at Rocky Face Gem Mine.

Carpooling is encouraged, and a $5 per vehicle donation is requested. George, 828.371.7689.


See like a lens

Photographer Don McGowan will teach a full-day workshop titled “Seeing Like a Lens,” beginning 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. McGowan will give a slide lecture discussion, after which the class will adjourn to a field location for a demonstration by McGowan. 

Because the lens is the heart of a camera, the lens the photographer chooses and the way he uses it has a great effect on determining the images produced by the shot. The program will focus on teaching participants how to understand how a lens “sees” the world and, therefore, how to get the best results in each situation. 

Cost is $35 for early registration; $45 at the door; 30 percent discount for Lens Luggers members. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Price includes refreshments, handouts and a drawing for a Think Tank photo bag. Register with Bob Grytten, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.627.0245 or at 

McGowan’s work is online at

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