“The whole world is watching.”
That’s the statement echoing from a megaphone strapped to the side of David Starnes, director of athletic bands at Western Carolina University. On a recent crisp late fall afternoon, 505 college students march up and down a large intramural field in Cullowhee. The instrumental sounds of Journey’s seminal 80s classic “Don’t Stop Believin’” ricochets around the campus, ultimately radiating into the Southern Appalachian mountain range cradling the school.
The Polar Express themed train will celebrate the holiday season Nov. 21-23 and 25-26 at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot in Bryson City. The classic children’s book comes to life as the train departs for a special visit at the “North Pole.” Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.
The Appalachian Women’s Museum has recently completed the repair of the roof to the Monteith House in Dillsboro. Funds for the roof project came from the Jackson County Board of Commissioners, AWM board member Roberta Buckner, and private donors from across the community and country. Work on the roof was completed by Woodard Construction, which is located in Bryson City.