Mike McKinney comes from a family of woodworkers

He grew up around a father and grandfather that had woodshops, but he didn’t turn to woodworking until a little later in life. Now, after 49 years in banking, he spends 30 to 35 hours a week in his own wood shop in Maggie Valley. 

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Bryson City Potter Susan Coe

Susan Coe was born in England, grew up in Alabama, and now lives just outside of Bryson City. There was one spot left in the pottery class she decided to take at Southwest Community College (SWCC). Soon thereafter, pottery consumed her. Today, Susan has a home studio where she produces her colorful, functional pottery. 

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Meet Gallery Zella

Gallery Zella opened in Bryson City in March of 2016. Zella Jackson Hannum and Brian Hannum retired from their respective careers to devote their time to Gallery Zella and the work of nurturing the arts and artists in the region. 

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Psychic Charades

By Sabrina Matheny • Rumble Contributor | “May I have your attention, please? Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?”  This lyric of Eminem’s song The Real Slim Shady was playing again and again in my head as I woke up early one morning.  I love rap music. I enjoy running and shaking my tail feathers to the beat, but seriously, what’s this got to do with the price of tea in china? I’ve introduced psychic skills in the past and want to demonstrate how your inner guidance can communicate with you, if you’re up for a good ole game of psychic charades. 

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Sponsor a Foster Child For Christmas

Eliada works hard to make the holidays a special time for the children in our care. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic and job insecurity, our children and youth need support more than ever.
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16 Days of Activism: Stop Violence Against Women

Have you noticed orange bows and signs around Franklin? The Zonta Club is asking you to do your part in the campaign to end all forms of violence against women.

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DIY Wreath Making

Holiday decorations have a way of bringing joy into our lives. Whether by their pleasing aesthetic, or by the anticipation created for holiday festivities. Enjoying decorations is even more rewarding (and eco-friendly) when we can make them ourselves. Below is a list of a few wreath-making events in WNC. 

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Tips for Staying Sane During Holiday Shopping Season

Black Friday!  Shop Local Saturday! (Sleep on Sunday) Cyber Monday! Giving Tuesday! Are we all ready for a full week of shopping, people? That’s what our post-Thanksgiving week seems to be about as soon as we fill up on turkey and pie.

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Eco-friendly gift options

The saying “the more the merrier” certainly applies during the holiday season. But during a season of big gifts, extra food and travel, “more” can exact a heavy toll on the environment. 

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