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Outdoors roundup

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Celebrate harvest time in Waynesville 

SeptemberFest at the Old Armory in Waynesville will celebrate harvest, community gardening and preservation from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

The event will feature garden tours, activities for kids, Cherokee singer-storyteller Paula Nelson, music by the Armadillos and a variety of demonstrators, vendors and food. A collaboration of Green Thumb Community Gardeners, Waynesville Parks & Rec, Haywood Gleaners and Open Door Community Garden. 

 

Fair time in Macon County

The 61st annual Macon County Fair will occur Sept. 17-20 at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin, and it’s time for county residents to start gathering their best handiwork to enter the sundry contests.

Garden vegetables, flowers, canned and baked goods, photography, sewing, visual arts and other projects are wanted, with both youth and adult categories available. The fair’s theme is “Legacy of Yesterday … Promise of Tomorrow.” Drop off of entries at the fairgrounds between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16.

828.349.2050 or www.themaconcofair.com/agricultural-fair-franklin-nc.

 

Jackson County greenway opens

A ribbon-cutting for a new 1.2-mile greenway section along the Tuckaseigee River in Cullowhee will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 will celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the Jackson County Greenway.

Due to limited parking, a shuttle service will transport guests from the Cullowhee Community Garden parking lot on South Painter Road starting at 3 and going until 5 p.m. 

For now, the greenway can be accessed at Monteith Gap Road. A bridge over the river will provide a second access point at the other end of the path.

The greenway itself cost about $400,000, funded mostly by grants. But a bridge over the river allowing access at one end of the greenway cost $1 million, funded from county coffers. The price tag for the bridge was initially lower, but hit a $350,000 cost overrun recently due to the belated discovery of engineering issues.

 

Shop at Mast, support the Smokies

Friends of the Smokies day at Mast General Store in Waynesville will be Saturday, Sept. 13.

Friends volunteers will tell shoppers about their work and 10 percent of sales that day will benefit Friends of the Smokies. Patagonia and Patagonia footwear will also support the cause with a contribution based upon units sold between Sept. 1-13.

Friends of the Smokies is a nonprofit that works to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds, awareness and volunteers. 

“Not only is it an escape from the everyday for our locals,” said Fred Martin, president of the Mast Store. “It is a place visited by travelers from around the world because of its sheer beauty, cultural connections, and many options for hiking and exploring. It is important for us, for everyone, to do what we can to take care of this national treasure.”

828.452.2101.

 

Costa presents evolution-themed books at City Lights

A Western Carolina University biology professor who doubles as the director of the Highlands Biological Station will wear his third hat — that of an author — during an appearance at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

James Costa to present a pair of new books celebrating the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, an explorer, reveler and co-discoverer of natural selection and founder of the field of evolutionary biology. 

One of his books — Wallace, Darwin and the Origin of Species — examines the parallel development of Wallace’s and Darwin’s thinking on species in the years leading up to publication of Darwin’s landmark 1859 work, critically examining allegations that Darwin and his circle conspired to sideline Wallace while stealing his ideas. 

The other — On the Organic Law of Change — is a facsimile and annoted transcription of Wallace’s Species Notebook, the most important field notebook Wallace kept while exploring southeast Asia in the 1850s, reveals Wallace’s plans for a book arguing for evolution. 

828.586.9499.

 

Dahlia master to speak at Lake Junaluska

A program titled “Dahlia Grower by Default” will be held by the Tuscola Garden Club at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Gaines Auditorium at Lake Junaluska.

A resident of Lake Junaluska, Zulla has been a member of the Carolinas Dahlia Society for 11 years and he was chairperson for last year’s Annual Dahlia Show in Asheville. Since he began his hobby, he has won many awards and honors as a grower and shower of dahlias. Zulla was also recently awarded the 2014 Chief Junaluska Award for his many years of service to the enhancement and advancement of the Lake Junaluska community. 

All welcome. 

828.452.7176.

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