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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Become a paddleboard pro

A clinic for those wanting to try their hand at stand-up paddleboarding will be held the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 3, at Andrews Campground on Lake Glenville. 

The course, taught by Western Carolina University students and organized by Jackson County Parks and Recreation, will cover basic paddleboard strokes. Transportation from the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee will be provided, leaving at 1:30 p.m. and returning by 5 p.m., with an option to meet onsite at 2:15 p.m. 

$20, including equipment. Participants must be at least 12 years old and 90 pounds. RSVP to Jennifer Bennett, 828.293.3053 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Forest Festival Day at the Cradle of Forestry

A celebration of mountain living and a burly timber sports competition will be held at the Cradle of Forestry in America on Saturday, Oct. 3. 

The Forest Festival and Woodsmen’s Meet, the Cradle’s largest event of the year, will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and draw more than 100 forestry students, craftsmen and exhibitors. 

Old-timey crafters and exhibitors will congregate along the trails demonstrating skills ranging from whittling and blacksmithing to mule packing. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., falconry demonstrations will be held, and old-fashioned wagon rides will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Throughout the day, timber sports teams from eight colleges will compete for a trophy in the 20th annual John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet, organized by Haywood Community College. In addition to HCC, Western Carolina University will also be a contender in the competition, which involves everything from axe throwing to crosscut sawing. 

The goal of the event is to celebrate forest heritage, as the Cradle is considered the birthplace of forestry in America. In 1898, Carl Alwin Schenk — then forester for George Vanderbilt’s estate — founded the country’s first forestry school there. 

Located 4 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s intersection with U.S. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest. $6 admission for ages 16 and up; $4 for youth 4 to 15; free for children under 4. or 828.877.3130.


More the merrier at molasses making day

Guests will have a chance to join in on the mountain tradition of molasses-making during the Hidden Valley Farm Sorghum Harvest beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Hidden Valley Farm near Clyde. 

The daylong activity will involve everything from grinding cane to skimming molasses as it cooks. When the molasses is ready to go in the jars, guests will have a chance to sample their creation. Music, molasses treats and local arts and crafts will also make the day special. 

Free. 828.450.2232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Smokies superintendent to visit Bryson

People wanting to meet the new superintendent of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have a chance at a Swain Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Swain County Visitors Center in Bryson City. 

In addition to a chance to meet Superintendent Cassius Cash, the evening will include light refreshments and access to the Swain County Heritage Museum and Great Smoky Mountains Association visitor center, located in the same building. 

Hosted by the Great Smoky Mountains Association and the Swain County Heritage Museum. Free. 828.488.3681.


Walk around the world — without leaving Sylva

A regular group walk to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle has started up in Sylva, held 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday, starting from Bridge Park. 

Organized by the Jackson County Extension and Community Association, the goal of ECA on the Move is to log enough steps to equal a 24,901.55-mile walk around the globe. 

Sherrie Peeler, 828.586.4009. 


Stock the Pigeon

Trout fans are invited to help the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Trout Unlimited Cataloochee chapter stock the West Fork of the Pigeon River at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. 

Volunteers are invited to bring a clean 5-gallon bucket, trash bags and friends to help stock at least 1,000 pounds of fish. Waders are also recommended.

It’s the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s responsibility to stock the river, but having a volunteer force to help allows the fish to be dispersed more evenly along the river, resulting in a more enjoyable fishing experience.

The group will meet at a parking lot that’s past Lake Logan and before Sunburst Campground off of N.C. 215. 

The stocking is expected to take two to three hours and will be followed by a one-hour trash pickup. Fly rods are welcome for some post-stocking trout fishing.

Ron Gaddy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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