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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 14:43

Greening Up the Mountains welcomes spring

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The 20th annual Greening Up the Mountains festival will fill the streets of downtown Sylva from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, April 22. This historic Jackson County town’s largest festival of the year typically draws thousands of visitors to this free family-friendly event.

Organized by the Town of Sylva, Greening Up the Mountains features 220 vendors, representing arts, crafts, demonstrators, local schools, business, community, environmental, health, safety, children’s activities, and more. The festival will also provide many tasty food options and a plethora of regional musical acts performing on two stages.

Greening up the Mountains began as an Earth Day celebration, and continues to keep its focus on environmental protection, sustainability, and promotion of local businesses and civic groups.



• 8 a.m. — Registration for Cub-Mobile Downhill Race A Cub-mobile Downhill Race is hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, Cataloochee District. The race will be begin at 9 a.m. at Schulman Street, in Sylva. Open to all registered Cub Scouts. 

• 8:30 a.m. — Shuttle starts from the Justice Center & Jackson Plaza Shuttle service available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by the Jackson County Transit Service. $1.

• 9 a.m. — 5K Run $15 plus a $2.50 sign-up fee. Online registration ends April 19 at 11:59 p.m. https://runsignup.com/race/ nc/sylva/greeningupthemountains. Race participants should arrive to check-in to the event for registration at 8 a.m. Mark Watson Park.

• 9:30 a.m. — Mountain Youth Talent Contest Main Street Stage. Emcee is Heather Gordon.

• 10 a.m. — Main Street and Railroad Avenue Booths Open, including Farmers Market Over 100 booths plus over 100 arts and crafts booths and displays.

• 10 a.m. — “Green Thumb” Raffle for Earth Day This 20th year, in conjunction with it’s overall focus of the “greening” of spring and earth-friendly family learning experiences, the town is offering an “Earth Day” raffle featuring scrubs — rhododendron and azalea — and flowering trees — dogwood — as prizes for replanting (tickets are only $1). Sponsored by Country Road Farms in Sylva, these scrubs and trees will add year-round beauty to any landscape. Tickets are on sale at two information booths. Winners announced on both stages.

• 10 a.m. — “Kid’s Zone” and “Safety Zone” Sections Families can visit the “Kid’s Zone” on Railroad Avenue where children can enjoy an inflatable slide, balloons, a candle-making workshop, arts & crafts workshop, and much more. Law Enforcement of Jackson County will be out to meet the public, and more in the “Safety Zone.” A play area will be provided for the very young children.

• 10 a.m. — Traditional Heritage Walk Catch the Spirit of Appalachia Inc. and Dogwood Crafters are hosting a Traditional Heritage Walk in the Sylva Herald parking lot. All of the crafters will be demonstrating and selling their traditional arts. Here you will find crafters in vintage clothing sharing arts and crafts that have been passed down through the years: chair caning, wood carving, weaving, spinning, crocheting, forging, quilting, needle crafts galore, sewing, corn shuck dolls, and old fashioned churned ice cream.

• 10 a.m. — Food spread throughout festival There will be much more to enjoy at this year’s festival. For the second year, there will be a crawfish boil featuring traditional dirty rice, corn on the cob, boiled potatoes and crawfish on Back Street (in between Dixie Mae’s and Fitzgerald’s). Heinzelmannchen Brewery will also be providing beer and root beer for the event. Festival foods will be strewn throughout both areas, including funnel cakes, peanuts, pork rinds, kettle corn, cotton candy, pop corn, snow cone and ice cream. All this plus great food in our many restaurants.

• 10 a.m. — Free Mother’s Day photo cards for children Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, with photographer Etheree Chancellor, is offering free Mother’s Day photo cards for children. Located in the Traditional Heritage Walk, the booth offers a photo taken and then transformed into a Mother’s Day card. 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. 

• 10:30 a.m. — Open Mic An open mic will also be offered for those wishing to share their musical talents on the southern end of the festival on Main Street in the Traditional Heritage Walk (Sylva Herald Parking lot). The open mic will be led by musician Ron Brown and assisted by Appalachian singer Betty Brown. It will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Noon — Record Store Day/Fly By Night Rounders On Main Street, In Your Ear Music Emporium is hosting a Record Store Day celebration, which is a multinational event highlighting independently owned record stores with vinyl exclusives. In Your Ear will have the Fly By Night Rounders, a high energy acoustic folk/bluegrass band from Asheville, playing from noon until 2 p.m., in the store, as well as giveaways and special offers all day.

• 4 p.m. — Festival ends For more information call 828.631.4587, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit the website at www.greeningupthemountains.com, like the event on Facebook or call the Town of Sylva at 828.586.2719.


Music lineup

From folk, rock, bluegrass, blues, country and Americana, some of Western North Carolina’s most talented musicians will perform on two stages beginning at 10 a.m.

Main Street Stage (Neal Hearn, Emcee)

• 9:30-11 a.m., Mountain Youth Talent Show

• 11-11:45 a.m., Kim Shuler (classics)

• Noon-12:45 p.m., Ashley Heath (country, blues, Americana, folk)

• 1-1:45 p.m., Andalyn (country/rock)

• 2-2:45 p.m., The Log Noggins (blues/rock)

• 3-4 p.m., Bird In Hand (Appalachian folk)

Bridge Park Stage (Kelly Donaldson, Emcee)

• 10-10:45 a.m., Karen Barnes (acoustic originals and classic covers)

• 10:45-10:55 a.m., Encore Dance

• 11-11:45 a.m., The Maggie Valley Band (folk/Americana/bluegrass)

• 11:45-11:55 a.m., Encore Dance

• Noon-12:45 p.m., PMA (reggae/fusion)

• 12:45-12:55 p.m., Triple Threat (dance)

• 1-1:45 p.m., Kick the Robot (rock)

• 1:45-1:55 p.m., Triple Threat (dance)

• 2-2:45 p.m., Ol’ Dirty Bathtub (country, bluegrass, Americana)

• 3-4 p.m., Colby Deitz Band (country, rock, Americana)

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