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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

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Downtown Sylva comes alive with art

The Sylva Art Stroll will resume from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in downtown Sylva. 

Galleries will feature art exhibits, some hosting artist receptions. The event is a perfect night for dining and shopping local, enjoying art, exploring our historic downtown Main Street and even taking in a concert at Bridge Park. Participants include the Jackson County Library Complex Rotunda, Nichols House Antiques and Collectibles on Landis Street, Guadalupe Café, Signature Brew Coffeehouse, It’s By Nature, and Gallery 1 at 604 Main Street.

Gallery 1 at 604 Main Street will host a special exhibition of plein air paintings by Western Carolina University painting students. The Jackson County Library Complex Rotunda will showcase the works of graphic designer/digital press operator Clint Hardin. 

The Jackson County Visual Arts Association is dedicated to enriching the arts community and presenting visual arts. Membership is open to the public and new members are always welcome. The Sylva Art Stroll is a monthly event, occurring every second Friday of the month.

The event is free and open to the public.




•The Macon County Agricultural Fair will be Sept. 17-20 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Franklin. Educational booths, demonstrations, pedal tractor contest, best cake contest, barbecue supper, harvest sale and more. 828.369.3523 or 

•The Mountain Life Festival will be Sept. 20 at the Mountain Farm Museum at Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee. Historical reenactments, plus live demonstrations of Appalachian ways of making soap, apple cider, sorghum molasses and more. Live Appalachian music will also be provided. 

•The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls and their Lil’Nemesisters will be holding a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept 20, at the Swain County Recreation Center in Bryson City. The sale will benefit the Hawthorne Heights Teen Center and the Cherokee Children’s Home. 

•A game day will occur from 2 to 9 p.m. every third Saturday of the month at Papou’s Wine Shop & Bar in Sylva. Bring dice, cards or board games. 828.586.6300.

•Drink-N-Think will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month at Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro in Sylva. Led by Curt Collins, the open forum discussion’s next topic will be Israel and Palestinians: A Real History and A Real Solution, scheduled for Sept. 2.  Anyone may sign up to lead off the event and will receive $20 in house credit for Soul Infusion. 828.586.1717.

•The Cooperative Extension Centennial Celebration will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Swain County Extension Center in Bryson City. Educational booths, 4-H activities, onsite food, traditional music and clogging. 828.488.3848.

•The Thunder in the Smokies fall motorcycle rally will be Sept. 14-16 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Weekend passes are $17 in advance, $20 at the gate. 

•The Western Carolina University annual Fall Family Weekend will be held Sept. 12-14 in Cullowhee. 828.227.7234.

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