On the beatWritten by Admin
Registration open for Jackson County Junior Appalachian Musicians
Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) is now accepting applications for new students. JAM is an after-school program that provides young people instruction and performance opportunities in Mountain Heritage Music on traditional Appalachian instruments. Some musical experience is required for those registering mid-year. Semester II classes will run January through May 2014.
The classes offered are based on student interest and instructor availability in autoharp, banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. The program is open to all Jackson County students and is held after school on Thursdays at Cullowhee Valley School. The cost this semester is $100 per student.
The Jackson County JAM program is made possible in our community thanks to generous funding from the Jackson County and NC Arts Councils, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The program is run through the Jackson County 4-H.
Library hosts community Christmas concert
The 3rd annual Community Christmas Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
The show is presented by the Western Carolina Civic Orchestra strings, area music teachers and their students. The celebration begins with caroling on the courthouse steps, led by Gayle and Phil Woody. The orchestra strings will begin the concert at 7 p.m. with classical pieces by Handel, Corelli and Bach. Students of all ages will join in for a selection of favorite Christmas carols, led by Lori Richards, flute, and Elizabeth Butler and Cathy Arps, violin.
This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library and is supported by a grant from the Jackson County Arts Council.
Youth choir plans silent auction, concert
The Voices in the Laurel’s “Winter Silent Auction” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Harrell Center at Lake Junaluska.
Auction-goers can bid on a variety of local and national items, art, gift baskets, jewelry, restaurant certificates and more.
This auction is on the same day as the Junaluska Christmas Craft Show, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harrell Center. Both events are in conjunction with the Appalachian Christmas Weekend at Lake Junaluska and the Voices in the Laurel Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Lake Junaluska Chapel.
Voices in the Laurel is a non-profit choir for first through 12th graders in Haywood, Buncombe, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.
www.voicesinthelaurel.org or 828.734.9163.
• Brandon Reeves, Dustin Martin & The Ramblers, and Cutthroat Shamrock will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Reeves plays Dec. 12, Martin Dec. 13, and Cutthroat Shamrock, Dec. 14. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.
• A “Blue Ridge Christmas” with Sheila Kay Adams and Michael Reno Harrell will be at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 12, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Adams is a National Heritage Fellowship winner, while Harrell is a widely-renowned, platinum-selling artist. Both encompass the history, culture and music of Appalachia. $12. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com.
• Bohemian Duo and Productive Paranoia tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Bohemian Duo plays Dec. 13, with Productive Paranoia, Dec. 20. All shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.
• Build Me A Boat, Tina & Her Pony, Wyatt Espalin, and Eric Hendrix & Friends will play City Lights Café in Sylva. Build Me A Boat performs Dec. 13, with Tina & Her Pony, Dec. 14, Espalin, Dec. 20 and Hendrix, Dec. 21. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.587.2233 or www.citylightscafe.com.
• The Jingle Bell Bash featuring Gypsy Bandwagon and pianist Joe Cruz will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. The Jingle Bell Bash plays Dec. 13, with Cruz Dec. 14. All shows begin at 7 p.m. $10 minimum food, drink or merchandise purchase. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.