Help kick off the oldest folk festival in the country
 

Help kick off the oldest folk festival in the country

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, will celebrate its 83rd year of highlighting mountain…
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Tickets on sale for re-creation of 1938 radio show
 

Tickets on sale for re-creation of 1938 radio show

Witness an authentic performance of the classic “A Christmas Carol,” with one of the original performers in the 1938 radio…
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Watercolor demo by well-known artist
 

Watercolor demo by well-known artist

Elizabeth Ellison will do a watercolor demonstration at The Blueridge Water Media Society’s monthly meeting, held at 6:45 p.m. on…
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Junaluska spotlighted at arts and crafts sale
 

Junaluska spotlighted at arts and crafts sale

The Junaluska Woman’s Club Creative Endeavors Arts and Crafts Show and Sale is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 13, and Saturday,…
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Gemstone artist to display work at Art After Dark
 

Gemstone artist to display work at Art After Dark

The Jeweler’s Workbench in Waynesville will present the wire-wrapping art of Nadine Fidelman as its featured artist for Art After…
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Apply now for WCU Outdoor sculpture contest
 

Apply now for WCU Outdoor sculpture contest

Artists must submit applications by Friday, Aug. 13, for a chance to win Western Carolina University’s 2010 Outdoor Sculpture competition.…
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WCU arts venue celebrates five years
 

WCU arts venue celebrates five years

A semiformal gala featuring red carpets, bright lights, gallery openings and a Gershwin musical is planned for Friday, Oct. 22,…
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Discounted Penland classes available for area residents
 

Discounted Penland classes available for area residents

Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several of its sixth session summer session classes available at half tuition…
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Buchanan Boys bring modern country music
 

Buchanan Boys bring modern country music

Sylva-based The Buchanan Boys take the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at the Bridge Park Pavilion…
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Eroica Trio slated for Highlands-Cashiers
 

Eroica Trio slated for Highlands-Cashiers

Good things come in threes when the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival welcomes Grammy-nominated The Eroica Trio, Friday, Aug. 6, and…
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Johnny Floor & The Wrong Crowd play free concert at Fontana
 

Johnny Floor & The Wrong Crowd play free concert at Fontana

Johnny Floor and The Wrong Crowd will be performing from 8 until 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Fontana…
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Australian singing star performs in Waynesville
 

Australian singing star performs in Waynesville

Seona McDowell will perform a concert of traditional, contemporary and original tunes from Australia, New Zealand, and other cultures at…
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Exhibit traces history of motorcycles
 

Exhibit traces history of motorcycles

See rare vintage and antiques motorcycles from the early 1900s at the Kick-Start! American Motorcycle Design exhibition in Highlands. The…
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Go Greek with free cooking class
 

Go Greek with free cooking class

Dean Christopoulos and Gregory Gonzales from Kostas Family Restaurant in Dillsboro will teach how to dish up authentic Greek food…
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Election forums planned for NC candidates
 

Election forums planned for NC candidates

The League of Women Voters will sponsor a public forum for candidates running for N.C. Senate and House of Representatives…
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Altrusa, Rotary sponsor School Supply Drive
 

Altrusa, Rotary sponsor School Supply Drive

Altrusa International, Inc. of Waynesville and the Haywood Rotary Club will be spearheading a drive to collect school supplies for…
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Two veterans share remarkable story
 

Two veterans share remarkable story

The Junaluska Associates evening session will feature the stories of two Vietnam veterans at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7,…
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Free writers workshops in Waynesville
 

Free writers workshops in Waynesville

Upcoming free workshops at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville will offer writers behind-the-scenes tips on getting published and provide guidance…
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Searching for God and the self
 

Searching for God and the self

Home. The word is as twisted with complications and mystery as all those other household words we use every day:…
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The un-hummingbird
 

The un-hummingbird

Toni Mullany of Waynesville sent me an email the other day noting a guest scoping out her phlox. She described…
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Cherokee to host popular children’s trout derby
 

Cherokee to host popular children’s trout derby

Hundreds of children will line the banks of the Oconaluftee River in Cherokee this weekend for the annual Talking Trees…
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Snorkeling in mountain rivers offers window to the underwater world
 

Snorkeling in mountain rivers offers window to the underwater world

Cool off with a snorkeling trip on the Little Tennessee River on Saturday, Aug. 14, while gaining a new perspective…
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Parkway to celebrate 75th at Waterrock Knob
 

Parkway to celebrate 75th at Waterrock Knob

A celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.…
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New Smokies Audubon chapter forms
 

New Smokies Audubon chapter forms

A new Great Smoky Mountains chapter of the National Audubon Society formed just a few months ago but can already…
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Take your biking indoors
 

Take your biking indoors

Too hot to road bike? Why not try a spinning class. While pedaling a stationary bike might not sound like…
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On the beauty of hibiscus flowers
 

On the beauty of hibiscus flowers

I had my first introduction to plants in the Hibiscus genus when I was a boy. Rose-of-Sharon was a common…
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Landslide repair down to the wire as competing plans play out
 

Landslide repair down to the wire as competing plans play out

The clock is ticking for stabilization work on a landslide in Maggie Valley to get underway or a federal grant…
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Folkmoot 5K race results
 

Folkmoot 5K race results

Folkmoot 5K overall results Folkmoot 5K age group results
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An official Star Wars party
 

An official Star Wars party

Join the fun at a Star Wars party at 2 p.m on Saturday, July 31, at Blue Ridge Books. The…
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ColorFest in Sylva seeks WNC artists
 

ColorFest in Sylva seeks WNC artists

Regional artists are encouraged to take part in ColorFest, Art of the Mountains, an official event of the Blue Ridge…
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Quilt basics taught at one-day workshop
 

Quilt basics taught at one-day workshop

Students will learn the basics of quilt piecing and machine quilting while making an easy tote bag at a one-day…
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Waynesville celebrates Art After Dark on Aug. 6
 

Waynesville celebrates Art After Dark on Aug. 6

The monthly Art After Dark will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 6 in Waynesville. Sponsored by…
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Visa issues  a growing challenge for Folkmoot
 

Visa issues a growing challenge for Folkmoot

For those who think getting a travel visa is a headache, try steering hundreds of Folkmoot dancers from a dozen…
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Thanks to local efforts, Folkmoot food is fresher than ever
 

Thanks to local efforts, Folkmoot food is fresher than ever

An unseen cultural exchange takes place every day in the cafeteria where Folkmoot performers take their meals. Before, during and…
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Escaravage honored for service to Folkmoot
 

Escaravage honored for service to Folkmoot

Longtime Folkmoot volunteer and supporter George Escaravage was given the Alan Brown award for service to the international dance festival…
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Luggage logistics
 

Luggage logistics

At the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville, performers’ costumes erupt from the sleeping quarters to fill spare rooms, hallways, and…
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Donations dropped at thrift store doorsteps being swiped by thieves
 

Donations dropped at thrift store doorsteps being swiped by thieves

For community nonprofits facing a daily test of survival, thefts from the thrift stores they rely on are like a…
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DNA testing for crime suspects sparks ethics debate
 

DNA testing for crime suspects sparks ethics debate

Starting next February, all law enforcement officers will be required to collect DNA from people arrested for certain crimes. Anyone…
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Facing cuts of its own, regional economic arm axes tourism from its portfolio
 

Facing cuts of its own, regional economic arm axes tourism from its portfolio

With ever shrinking pockets, the regional economic development arm AdvantageWest is scaling back its investment in tourism for the time…
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Two towns at a crossroads
 

Two towns at a crossroads

For decades Maggie Valley and Dillsboro were two of the mountain’s most iconic tourist towns. Sadly, both relied heavily —…
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With the train gone, Dillsboro searches for new ways to attract tourists
 

With the train gone, Dillsboro searches for new ways to attract tourists

The town of Dillsboro, once a thriving retail market for tourists, has taken a beating in the past two years.…
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No longer resigned to handouts from Ghost Town, Maggie searches for its own identity
 

No longer resigned to handouts from Ghost Town, Maggie searches for its own identity

No one is more intimate with the highs and lows of amusement park Ghost Town in the Sky than the…
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Tribe hopes to fund Cherokee as foreign language class in public schools
 

Tribe hopes to fund Cherokee as foreign language class in public schools

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is urging the state to formally license Cherokee language teachers, enabling Cherokee courses taught…
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Invigorating Cullowhee could hinge on Forest Hills
 

Invigorating Cullowhee could hinge on Forest Hills

An unusual proposition has landed on the doorstep of Forest Hills, a tiny speck of a town at the edge…
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Drowned student had 0.38 BAC
 

Drowned student had 0.38 BAC

A college student who drowned in the Tuckasegee River last month was highly intoxicated, according to toxicology reports that have…
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Groundbreaking to be held for hospice facility
 

Groundbreaking to be held for hospice facility

An “old-fashioned” groundbreaking will be held July 30 for the new Homestead hospice inpatient facility, complete with a working mule…
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Women show off the ‘Power of the Purse’
 

Women show off the ‘Power of the Purse’

The women’s giving circle, Women for Women, was able to award $235,000 in new grants this year. To date, the…
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Police survival seminar offered at WCU
 

Police survival seminar offered at WCU

Western Carolina University’s Police Department will host a free law enforcement seminar on police officer survival skills from 10 a.m.…
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Main Street Mile race to debut in Waynesville
 

Main Street Mile race to debut in Waynesville

A one-mile race down Main Street in Waynesville on Friday evening, Aug. 13, will raise money for the Shriners Children…
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Federal investment in the outdoors a good thing for WNC
 

Federal investment in the outdoors a good thing for WNC

The federal government, the nation’s largest land manager, has a responsibility ... to help develop a conservation agenda worthy of…
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