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How to cook leafy greens

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will host a program about cooking leafy greens from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the Waynesville Recreation Center.

Have you tried cooking leafy greens and were disappointed to find that they tasted and looked lousy? Have you heard that leafy greens are really great for your health, but have no idea what to do with them? Do you believe that leafy greens are only for salads?

Join certified holistic health coach Sara Lewis for this culinary journey with greens. At this event you will learn the many healing and rejuvenating benefits of dark leafy greens, how to properly prepare and season greens, and participate in demonstration of three simple dishes and sample food.

The cost for the event is $18 for members and $22 for non-members. All participants will receive a special gift to take home. 

Space is limited on a first come first serve basis. For more information or to register call 828.550.1640 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.. 


Get aboard the wine train

After great success in 2015 with MacNeill Uncorked, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) in Bryson City is excited to collaborate with The French Broad Vignerons to present the latest specialty train, The Railroad Reserve. 

This unique wine and rails pairing will operate May 7 and June 11, powered by one of GSMR’s diesel engines and Sept. 3, powered by the historic Steam Engine No. 1702. Trains will depart from the historic Bryson City Depot at 6:30 p.m. for a three-hour excursion. 

Passengers will enjoy a full service, all-adult, first class ride with a narrator to present each pour, guiding guests through the tasting of eight featured wines. This specialty train will also feature a select sampling of cheeses, choice of a freshly made entrée prepared exclusively for the Railroad Reserve, ending with a chef-selected dessert.

Tickets for this brand new specialty train are $129 per Adult (21+ only). For more information and reservations, visit or call 800.872.4681.


‘Last Shot Fired’ in Waynesville

There will be a reenactment of the Last Shot Fired of the Civil War at the Sulphur Springs Park on Saturday, May 7, in Waynesville.

Re-enactors will be in the park from 3 p.m. on Friday, May 6 until 3 p.m. on Saturday. There will be firing of several “blank” shots from period rifles (powder only, no bullets) for the recreation of the event at 11 a.m. on Saturday. This may result in loud booms.  

The group will also hold a memorial service beginning at 2 p.m. in the Greenhill Cemetery (if no other services are being held) at the gravesite of William Holland Thomas. During this graveside service there will be a 21-gun salute. There will be shots fired from the period rifles and may result in loud booms. 

The Town Board has given permission for these displays, with administration and the police department aware of the event. 


Haywood 4-H barbecue fundraiser

The Haywood County 4-H Bulls Eye Shooting Sports Club will host a benefit car show, barbecue dinner and bluegrass music fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Haywood Community College High Tech Center in Clyde.

Plates include: award winning pork barbecue, baked beans, coleslaw, drink, and dessert and will be offered onsite or to go. Concessions and lighter fare including: barbecue sandwiches and hotdogs will also be available for purchase.  

There will be live bluegrass music, 50/50 drawing, and silent auction as part of the fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help the club purchase equipment and cover the cost of attending competitions.

All makes, models, motorcycles, and years are invited to participate in the car show. Registration to participate in the car show is $10. Trophies will be awarded to the top 15 entries. To register for the car show, please contact Patti Henline at 828.400.6070.



‘Airing of the Quilts’ in Franklin

The Mother’s Day weekend “Airing of the Quilts” returns all day Saturday, May 7, in downtown Franklin. 

The event showcases the artistry of quilts. This year’s event will also include a tour of the Macon County Quilt Trail, plus demonstrations and musicians along the sidewalks of downtown.

For additional information, contact Linda McKay at 828.524.7766.


Music, storytelling at Strawberry Jam 

The Strawberry Jam will be held May 14-15 at Darnell Farms on Governors Island Road in Franklin. The festival will open at 10 a.m. daily.

Local music, cloggers; horse, mule and plow demonstrations; hayrides. horse-drawn buggies, storytelling, local produce, strawberry short cake, fresh barbecue, u-pick strawberries, and much more. 

The event is a fundraiser for the preservation of this local, family-operated small farm.


Whole Bloomin’ Thing welcomes spring

The 14th annual Whole Bloomin’ Thing festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Frog Level district of Waynesville.

The festival serves as Haywood County annual spring kickoff. The event features numerous local growers, area artisans and a variety of nature-related professionals. Patrons can find fresh garden starts, ornamental plants and Mother’s Day gifts. There will also be local musicians, dancers, foods and kids activities.



Presentation on William Holland Thomas

The “William Holland Thomas Scotts Creek Store Ledgers, 1832-1855” will be the topic during the Jackson County Genealogical Society program at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Community Room at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

Jackson County native and Genealogical Society Vice-President Jason Gregory will share findings linking his local research to historical data gathered from Duke University’s Special Collections, where the William Holland Thomas Scotts Creek Store Ledgers are archived.  

Now available at the Jackson County Genealogical Society offices, this information can help folks, both Cherokee and non-native, who are “stuck” tracing their personal family trees. The program will also feature a Google Earth 3-D tour of General Rutherford’s War Road and history and photos of the early Love family, who were William Holland Thomas’ partners.  

In addition, Gregory will make the first live announcement identifying the site of Thomas’ original store near present day Lovesfield.  

Refreshments will be served and JCGS activities will be discussed beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program starting. All JCGS events are free of charge and the public is welcome.




• The Town of Canton will be hosting the “Pave the Way” buy a brick program for the Canton Recreation Swimming Pool Project at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Canton Recreation Park. There will be a free hot dog supper. Listen to beach music and make a lasting tribute to family and friends through our brick fundraiser. This program allows you to purchase an engraved brick to be installed at the entrance to the new Canton Aquatic Fitness Center and/or make a tax-deductible donation to the “It’s Our Time” campaign. For more information, visit or 828.648.2363.

• The Sapphire Valley “Kentucky Derby Cocktail Party” will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. BYOB and your favorite heavy hors d’oeuvre. Wear your Kentucky Derby garb and hats. $5 per person. Dessert and set-ups provided. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.743.3875. 

• The eighth annual American Girl Tea Party will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Cowee Baptist Church in Franklin. Benefit for REACH of Macon County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Adult and Children Services. Silent auction, children’s activities, hot tea and light finger foods. $10 for children, $25 for adults, $150 for a table. or 828.369.5544 (Macon) or 828.586.8969 (Jackson).

• A wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. May 7 and 14 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. May 7 and 14 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. or 828.452.0120.

• A wine tasting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 and 11 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Free with dinner ($15 minimum). 828.452.6000.

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