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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Free hunter safety course offered at HCC 

Hunters will have a chance to get their safety creds for free with hunter safety courses offered through Haywood Community College’s Natural Resources Department and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The courses will be held 6 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 4-5 in building 3300, room 3322, with both evenings required for certification. Additional courses will be offered Sept. 8-9, Oct. 6-7 and Nov. 17-18. 

Free with no age limit. Pre-registration required online at


The Haywood fair is upon us

It’s not too early to start thinking about the Haywood County Fair. Competition among local gardeners invites entries in many varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables. There is no cost to submit an entry, but the Haywood County Master Gardeners are sponsoring $450 in prizes. 

The fair will run from 5 p.m. Aug. 20-25. 828.456.3575. 


Nature series explores conservation

The Tuckaseegee Nature Presentation Series this week will focus on the philosophy of Aldo Leopold, whose ideas influenced and set the stage for the modern conservation movement, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Jackson County Library in Sylva.

Rob Hawk, director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension in Jackson and Swain counties, will talk about Leopold’s enduring idea of land ethics, the moral responsibility of humans to the natural world, fostered through personal connections to the landscape.

The series continues the following week with a talk titled “Golden-Winged Warbler and Early Successional Habitat” on Thursday, Aug. 7, by Patrick Farrell of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

Presentations will continue on the same 6:30 p.m. Thursday schedule through Aug. 28. 

The series is a partnership of Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. 

828.524.2711 or


Talk to feature the sacredness of food

The garden is our oldest metaphor, where God made humans from humus, says award-winning writer and permaculture gardener Fred Bahnson, this year’s featured lecturer at the Lake Junaluska Signature Series. 

Bahnson will speak at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, in Terrace Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. The lecture is free, but a love offering will be taken. A book signing with the author will follow. 

Bahnson also is the final guest preacher of the Lake Junaluska Summer Worship Series, speaking at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at historic Stuart Auditorium.

His life and writings center on what he calls the sacred relationship between food, faith and agriculture, and he directs the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston Salem. He is also the author of Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith, and the co-author of Making Peace With the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile With Creation.


Dayton Duncan to speak at Blue Ridge Heritage gathering

Dayton Duncan, who worked with Ken Burns to write and produce The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will be the keynote speaker at Gather ‘Round the Blue Ridge at 1 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center in Asheville.

Duncan has worked with Burns for many years, their joint projects including The Civil War, Horatio’s Drive, Baseball and Jazz. He was the co-writer and consulting producer of the 12-hour series The West, about the history of the American West, and writer and producer of the four-hour documentary Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.

The event is expected to fill up quickly, so get tickets soon. $50.

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