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My family and I were in the Rock Hill, S.C.-Charlotte area a few weeks back to visit my sister and catch my niece, Haley Barfield (one of the triplets, yeah, as in three, Allison and Jess round out the trifecta) in Shakespeare Carolina’s production of Macbeth. We also got to enjoy a birthday dinner with Matt, the triplets’ older brother.

By Jerica Rossi • Folkmoot Guide

When asked which country I wanted to be a guide for during the 2017 Folkmoot Festival, it was a no brainer: India.

It was while I was studying and traveling through the states of Gujarat and Kerala that I fell in love with the vibrant colors and aromatic cuisine that India boasts of. It was then that I also had my first taste of being completely intoxicated by the up-tempo drum beat and the tenacity of the synchronized dancers — a kind of high that hits your stomach and demands you to be completely present and in tune with your senses.

Edisto Beach, South Carolina – I will never forget the pictures. The day after Hurricane Matthew plowed through — and plowed up — Edisto Beach last October, I found a series of photographs someone had taken of the devastation along Palmetto Boulevard, which was no longer visible underneath a deep layer of sand and debris. Beachfront decks had been reduced to heaping mounds of kindling, street signs snapped like match sticks slanting this way and that, the twisted and jagged remains of patio furniture and wind-blasted beach umbrellas resembling giant, metallic insects, various and sundry decorations that had once adorned quaintly-appointed residences, now strewn haphazardly across the landscape like toys in a child’s playroom.

Since my mom’s passing almost a year ago, my dad and I have become very close. Without her here as our anchor, we’ve relied on one another. I now talk to him about things once reserved for my mom or sister.

• Colonial Theatre, Canton

828.235.2760 • www.cantonnc.com

• Franklin High School Fine Arts Center

828.524.2787

• Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, Waynesville

828.456.6322 • www.harttheater.org

• Highlands Playhouse

828.526.2695 • www.highlandsplayhouse.org

• John W. Bardo Fine & Performing Arts Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee

828.227.2479 • www.wcu.edu/bardoartscenter

• Peacock Performing Arts Center, Hayesville

828.389.2787 • www.peacockplayhouse.org

• Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin

828.524.1598 • www.greatmountainmusic.com

• Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Bryson City

828.488.8227 • www.smctheatre.com

• Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Robbinsville

828.479.3364 • www.stecoahvalleycenter.com

What if you discovered that one of America’s most beautiful roads was right in your backyard, and it wasn’t the Blue Ridge Parkway?

Places to eat

Andrews

• Burger Basket — American. 828.321.3785

• Hoppy Trout Brewing Company — American. 828.835.2111

• MakAly’s on Main — American. 828.516.9661

• Mi Pueblito — Mexican. 828.321.2220

• Monte Alban — Mexican. 828.321.1802

• Myaca’s Sea & Soul Food — Seafood/Gourmet. 828.321.9103

• Potter’s House — American. 828.321.1786

Bryson City

• Anthony’s — Italian/American. 828.488.8898

• Bar-B-Que Wagon — Southern/American. 828.488.9521

• The Bistro at the Everett Hotel — Southern/Gourmet. 828.488.1934

• Derailed Bar & Lounge — American. 828.488.8898

• Everett Street Diner — American/Café. 828.488.0123

• Filling Station Deli — American/Southern. 828.488.1919

• Fryemont Inn — Southern/Steak/Seafood. 800.845.4879

• Great Smoky Mountains Winery — American/Southern. 828.788.1346

• Guayabitos — Mexican. 828.488.1336

• Hemlock Inn — Southern/Gourmet. 828.488.2885

• Iron Skillet — American/Café. 828.488.4766

• Jimmy Mac’s — American/Southern. 828.488.4700

• La Taqueria — Mexican. 828.488.9162

• Mountain Perks Espresso Bar & Café — American/Café. 828.488.9561

• Naber’s Drive-In — American/Southern. 828.488.2877

• Nate & Nick’s Pizza — American/Southern. 828.588.0500

• Pasqualino’s — Italian. 828.488.9555

• Village Bistro — Southern/American. 828.488.9000

• The Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing — Southern/Gourmet. 828.585.5885

• Water’s Edge — Seafood/Southern. 828.488.7977

Canton

• Black Bear Café — American/Café. 828.648.1003

• Breaking Bread Café — American/Café. 828.648.3838

• Canelos — Mexican. 828.648.0303

• China King Buffet — Chinese/Asian. 828.235.8815

• El Chapala — Mexican. 828.235.9193

• El Pobre — Mexican. 828.235.9311

• J-RO’s — American. 828.492.0015

• Jukebox Junction — American/Café. 828.648.4546

• Papertown Grill — American/Café. 828.648.1455

• Sagebrush — Steakhouse. 828.646.3750

• Southern Porch Kitchen & Drink — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.492.8006

Cashiers

• Buck’s Coffee Café — American/Café. 828.743.9997

• Carolina Smokehouse — Southern Barbecue. 828.743.3200

• Chez Dupont & The Stone Soup Café — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.743.1960

• Chile Loco — Mexican. 828.743.1160

• Cornucopia Restaurant — Southern/American. 828.743.3750

• El Manzanillo — Mexican. 828.743.5522

• High Hampton Inn & Country Club — Steak/Seafood/Southern. 828.743.2411

• The Orchard — Southern/American. 828.743.7614

• Randevu — Southern. 828.743.0190

• Slab Town Pizza — American. 828.743.0020

• The Ugly Dog Pub — American/Southern. 828.743.3000

• Winslow’s Hideaway — Steak/Seafood. 828.743.2226

• Zookeeper Café — American/Café. 828.743.7711

Cherokee

• Brio Tuscan Grille (Harrah’s) — Italian. 828.497.7777

• Chestnut Tree — American/Café. 828.497.9181

• Frontier Pancake House — American/Café. 828.497.4718

• Granny’s Kitchen — Southern/American. 828.497.5010

• Lee Garden — Chinese. 828.497.4388

• Little Princess — Southern/American. 828.497.9000

• New Happy Garden — Chinese. 828.497.4310

• Newfound Lodge — American/Café. 828.497.4590

• Noodle Bar (Harrah’s) — Asian. 828.497.7777

• Paul’s Diner — American/Southern. 828.497.9012

• Peter’s Pancakes & Waffles — American/Café. 828.497.5116

• Rancho Viejo — Mexican. 828.497.0343

• Ruth’s Chris Streak House (Harrah’s) — Steak/Seafood. 828.497.7777

• Sassy Sunflowers Bakery & Café — American/Southern. 828.497.2539

• Selu Garden Café (Harrah’s) — American/Southern. 828.497.7777

• Wise Guys Pizza — American. 828.497.2838

Clyde

• Blue Rooster Southern Grill — Southern/American. 828.456.1997

• Coffee Cup Café — American/Café. 828.627.8905

• Ferrara Pizza & Pasta — American/Italian. 828.476.5058

• Sherrill’s Pioneer — American/Café. 828.627.9880

Cullowhee

• Cullowhee Café — American/Café. 828.293.3334

• The Point Coffee House — American/Café. 828.526.4685

• Sazon — Mexican. 828.293.9443

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille — American/Southern. 828.293.4688

Dillsboro

• Boots — Steakhouse. 828.631.9713

• Coach’s Bistro — American/Southern. 828.586.0265

• Country Traditions — American/Southern. 828.586.1600

• Haywood Smokehouse — Barbecue/Southern. 828.586.9556

• Jarrett House — Southern. 828.586.0265

• Kostas — Greek/Italian. 828.631.0777

• Lee’s at the Depot — American/Gourmet. 828.339.1700

• Well House — American/Southern. 828.586.8588

Franklin

• The Boiler Room — Steak/Southern. 828.349.5555

• Boone Thai — Thai. 828.524.1111

• The Bowery — Southern. 828.369.3663

• Caffé Rel — French. 828.369.9446

• Chris & Charlie’s — Italian/American. 828.349.0900

• City Restaurant — American. 828.524.4948

• El Charro — Mexican. 828.369.9002

• Gazebo Creekside Café — American/Southern. 828.524.8783

• Hungry Bear — American/Café. 828.369.2900

• Kountry Kitchen — American. 828.524.6209

• Las Barricas — Mexican. 828.349.4484

• Lucio’s — Italian. 828.369.6670

• Mi Casa — Mexican. 828.369.1580

• Motor Company Grill — American/Southern. 828.524.0099

• Ms Lois’ — American/Café. 828.369.8628

• Mulligan’s Bar & Grill — American/Southern. 828.349.3183

• Normandie — American/Café. 828.524.3118

• Papa’s Pizza of Franklin — American. 828.369.9999

• The Post & Beam at Mill Creek — Southern/American. 828.349.0402

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus — American/Café. 828.369.6796

• Root & Barrel — American/Gourmet. 828.369.3663

• Sakura — Japanese. 828.349.8917

• Stamey’s Café — American/Café. 828.524.8198

• Sunset — American/Café. 828.524.4842

• Thai Paradise — Thai. 828.349.0973

• Tienda Mexicana La Guadalupana — Mexican. 828.349.0108

• Vito’s Pizza — Italian/American. 828.369.9890

• Willy’s Ribs & BBQ — Southern/American. 828.524.0414

Hayesville

• Alazan — Mexican. 828.389.2727

• Anejo Grille — Mexican. 828.389.6061

• Angelo’s Downtown Pizza — Italian/American. 828.389.2500

• Chevelle’s 69 — American. 828.389.6069

• The Copper Door — Steak/Seafood/Southern. 828.237.4030

• Mika’s Pizza — American. 828.389.6366

• Rib Country BBQ — Barbecue/Southern. 828.389.9597

Highlands

• Asia House — Asian. 828.787.1680

• Bistro On Main — American. 828.526.2590

• Brick Oven Pizza — American. 828.526.4121

• Buck’s Coffee Café — American/Café. 828.526.0020

• Cyprus — International. 828.526.4429

• El Azteca — South Pacific/Mexican. 828.526.2244

• Highlands Smokehouse — Southern Barbecue. 828.526.1900

• Lakeside — Seafood/Southern. 828.526.9419

• Madison’s Restaurant & Wine Garden — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.526.5477

• Main Street Inn Bistro — American. 828.526.2590

• Meritage Bistro — American. 828.526.1019

• Mountain Fresh Grocery — American/Café. 828.526.2400

• On the Verandah — Gourmet Fusion. 828.526.2338

• Paoletti’s — Italian/American. 828.526.4906

• Pescados — Mexican. 828.526.9313

• Pizza Place of Highlands — American. 828.526.5660

• Ristorante Paoletti — Northern Italian. 828.526.4906

• Ruka’s Table — Southern/Contemporary. 828.526.3636

• Rustico at the Log Cabin — Northern Italian. 828.526.0999

• The Ugly Dog Pub — American/Southern. 828.526.8364

• Wild Thyme Gourmet — Southern. 828.526.4035

• Wolfgang’s Restaurant & Wine Bistro — New Orleans/Steak/Seafood. 828.526.3807

Lake Toxaway

• The Blind Mule — American/Southern. 828.553.8978

• Brown Trout Mountain Grille — American/Southern. 828.877.3474

• The Grill — American. 828.883.5551

• Osteria Del Monte — Mexican. 828.883.2551

Maggie Valley

• Andolini’s — Italian/American. 828.944.0770

• Apple Andy’s — American/Southern. 828.944.0626

• Brew Cue & BBQ — Southern/American. 828.944.0259

• Butts On The Creek — Barbecue/Southern. 828.926.7885

• Cataloochee Guest Ranch — Southern/American. 800.868.1401

• Country Vineyard Café — Italian/American. 828.926.6557

• Frankie’s Italian Trattoria — Italian. 828.926.6216

• Guayabitos — Mexican. 828.926.7777

• Holiday Diner — American/Café. 828.926.0820

• J. Arthur’s — Steakhouse/American. 828.926.1817

• Joey’s Pancake House — American/Café. 828.926.0212

• Maggie Valley Club — American/Southern. 828.926.1616

• Maggie Valley Restaurant — American/Café. 828.926.0425

• Moonshine Grille — Southern/American. 828.926.7440

• Mountaineer — American/Café. 828.926.1730

• Pin High Bar & Grille — American/Southern. 828.926.4848

• Rendezvous — American/Southern. 828.926.2325

• Salty Dog’s — Seafood/American. 828.926.9105

• Snappy’s — Italian/American. 828.926.6126

• The Swag — Farm-to-Table/Southern. 828.926.0430

• Taqueria Guanajuato — Mexican. 828.926.3483

Murphy

• Blue Mountain Coffee & Grill — American/Café. 828.837.1362

• Chevelle’s — American. 828.835.7001

• Daily Grind & Wine — American/Coffeehouse. 828.835.7322

• Downtown Bakery — American. 828.835.8986

• Downtown Pizza Company — American. 828.837.0500

• Doyle’s Cedar Hill — American. 828.837.3400

• El Manzanio — Mexican. 828.837.9624

• Mama Mia’s — Italian. 828.557.5401

• Monte Alban — Mexican. 828.835.9767

• Murphy’s Chophouse — Southern/Steak/Gourmet. 828.835.3287

• No Name Deli — American/Italian. 828.837.9138

• Rib Country BBQ — Barbecue/Southern. 828.837.4444

• ShoeBooties Café — Southern/American. 828.837.4589

Robbinsville

• Carolina Kitchen — Southern/American. 828.479.1500

• El Pacifico — Mexican. 828.479.8448

• Hub Of WNC — Barbecue/Southern. 828.479.0478

• Lynn’s Place — American/Southern. 828.479.9777

• Pacefeco — Mexican. 828.479.8448

• Southern Gals Country Cooking — Southern/American. 828.479.9405

• Stecoah Diner — American/Café. 828.479.8430

Sapphire

• Canyon Kitchen at Lonesome Valley — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.743.7697

• Cork & Barrel Lounge — American/Southern. 828.743.7477

• Gamekeeper’s Tavern — American. 828.743.4263

• The Library Kitchen & Bar — Artisan/Gourmet. 828-743.5512

• Mica’s — American. 828.743.5740

• Osteria Del Monte — Mexican. 828.883.2551

• Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company — American. 828.743.0220

• Table 64 — American/Southern. 828.743.4135

Sylva

• B & Al’s Grill — American. 828.586.5686

• Balsam Mountain Inn — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.456.9498

• Bogart’s — Steakhouse. 828.586.6532

• City Lights Café — American/Southern. 828.587.2233

• The Coffee Shop — American/Café. 828.586.2013

• Colima — Mexican. 828.586.9999

• Cosmic Carryout at Innovation Brewing — American/Farm-to-Table. 828.586.9678

• Creekside Oyster House & Grill — Seafood/Southern. 828.586.1985

• Cut Cocktail Lounge — Gastropub. 828.631.4795

• El Patron — Mexican. 828.586.8805

• Guadalupe Café — Caribbean Fusion. 828.586.9877

• Half Past — American/Southern. 828.586.1212

• Jade Dragon — Chinese. 828.586.6688

• Lulu’s On Main — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.586.8989

• Mad Batter Food & Film — American/Southern. 828.586.3555

• No Name Sports Pub — American/Southern. 828.586.2750

• O’Malley’s Sports Bar & Grill — American/Southern. 828.631.0554

• Peking Gourmet II — Chinese. 828.586.9082

• Robbie’s Char-Burger — American. 828.586.2723

• Sneak E Squirrel Brewing — American. 828.586.6440

• Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro — Southern Fusion/American. 828.586.1717

• South of Philly — American. 828.586.0550

• Southeast Asian Restaurant — 828.631.9773

• Speedy’s Pizza — American. 828.586.3800

Waynesville

• Ammon’s Drive-In & Dairy Bar — American/Southern. 828.926.0734

• Angelo’s Family Pizza — American/Southern. 828.452.1886

• Birchwood Hall Southern Kitchen — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.246.6111

• Blossom on Main — Thai Fusion. 828.454.5400

• Bocelli’s Italian Eatery — Italian. 828.456.4900

• Bogart’s — Steakhouse. 828.452.1313

• Boojum Brewing — American/Southern. 828.944.0888

• Bosu’s Wine Shop — Farm-to-Table. 828.452.0120

• Bourbon Barrel Beef & Ale — Southern/American. 828.452.9191

• Buttered Biscuit — American/Café. 828.246.6446

• Captain’s Bay — Seafood/Steakhouse. 828.456.6761

• The Chef’s Table — Italian/Farm-to-Table. 828.452.6210

• Church Street Depot — American. 828.246.6505

• The Classic Wineseller — Italian/French/Southern. 828.452.6000

• Clyde’s Restaurant — American/Southern. 828.456.9135

• Cork & Cleaver at The Waynesville Inn — Steak/Seafood. 828.456.3551

• El Pobre — Mexican. 828.456.9557

• Ellie’s Deli & Coffee House — American/Café. 828.456.4949

• Frog’s Leap Public House — Farm-to-Table/Southern. 828.456.1930

• Haywood 209 Café — American/Café. 828.627.3331

• Haywood Smokehouse — Barbecue/Southern. 828.456.7275

• J Creek Café — American/Café. 828.926.7877

• Kanini’s — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.452.5187

• Kornerstone Kafé — American/Café. 828.550.2265

• Las Palmas — Mexican. 828.456.4234

• Los Amigos — Mexican. 828.456.7870

• Maggie’s Galley — Seafood. 828.456.8945

• New Happy Garden — Asian. 828.456.6988

• Panacea Coffee House Café & Roastery — American/Café. 828.452.6200

• Patio Bistro — Southern/American. 828.454.0070

• Pub 319 — American/Southern. 828.456.3040

• Sagebrush — Steakhouse. 828.452.5822

• Secret Wine Company — Farm-to-Table. 828.452.0120

• Smoky Mountain Sub Shop — American. 828.456.3400

• The Sweet Onion — Southern/Farm-to-Table. 828.456.5559

• Tap Room Bar & Grill — American/Southern. 828.456.3551

• Tipping Point Brewing — American/Southern. 828.246.9230

• Trailhead Bakery & Café — American/Café. 828.452.3881

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grill — American/Southern. 828.456.4750

• Waynesville Pizza Company — American/Italian. 828.246.0927

The towns of WNC

Western North Carolina is a region of small, vibrant downtowns. Each has its own personality and history, so take the time to get out of your car and meander, sit on a bench, and just enjoy your time in these unique places.

Stepping out of a large passenger van into the sunshine last Saturday afternoon, a group of around 10 people entered Bhramari Brewing in downtown Asheville. Once seated, an array of craft beer samples were placed in front of the group, with friendly banter swirling around the room while a brewery employee examined and explained each selection. 

Welcome to the Leap Frog Tours.

Turning onto 2nd Street from the hectic U.S. 19/74 highway, you find yourself cruising through downtown Andrews. It’s Saturday afternoon, and for most small towns in America, it is no surprise the center of a community is busy. 

But, for Andrews, this is a sight to behold. For a mountain town that’s been eerily quiet for many years, bordering on abandoned, the downtown is now abuzz with folks strolling the sidewalks, cars parked up and down the street. A sense of “well, hey, check this out” crosses the minds of those who used to only stop in this part of Cherokee County to refuel as a halfway point to their final destinations, which seemingly could be in any direction.

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The Naturalist's Corner

Back Then with George Ellison

  • One of the Smokies’ finest poets
    One of the Smokies’ finest poets Editor’s note: This Back Then column by George Ellison first appeared in the Feb. 15, 2012, edition of The Smoky Mountain News. Olive Tilford Dargan is fairly well known in literary circles as the author of From My Highest Hill (1941), a delightful collection of autobiographical…
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