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Festivals, Special & Seasonal Events

  • Macon County Gemboree in Franklin. July 22-25. Fine jewelry, rough and cut gemstones, minerals, fossils and more. Adults $3, Children 12 and under free. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 888.337.7529.

  • Folkmoot USA in Waynesville and throughout WNC. July 22-Aug. 1. North Carolina's Official International Festival held each summer across Western North Carolina, Folkmoot features performances, a parade and workshops by performers from 10 to 12 countries. For a complete list of events and performances and for tickets, visit www.folkmootusa.org or call 452.2997.

  • Mountain street dances in downtown Waynesville. July 23, Aug. 6. Old-fashioned mountain hoe down with live music, demonstrations and instruction by local clogging teams. Bring a chair or blanket to the front of the historic courthouse. 6:30 to 9 p.m. No pets allowed. 828.456.3517.

  • Folkmoot Parade of Nations in downtown Waynesville. July 23. International parade that helps start off the Folkmoot USA Festival. 1 p.m. on Main Street. 452.2997, www.folkmootusa.org.

  • Folkmoot International Festival Day in downtown Waynesville. July 31. International festival featuring performances, crafts, music and food from around the world. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 452.2997.

  • Sylva After Dark. First Friday of every month through Dec. Take an evening stroll through downtown Sylva to enjoy a night of arts, dining, music, refreshments, shopping and more. 6 to 9 p.m. www.downtownsylva.org/sylva-after-dark.

  • 83rd Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Aug. 5-7. The nation's longest running folk festival. The best of the region's old-time and bluegrass musicians, mountain dance groups, and more. 7 p.m. nightly at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Tickets: Regular $20; Children 12 and under $10; Adult 3-night package $54. 257.4530 or www.folkheritage.org.

  • Annual Mountain Mater Fest. Aug. 6-8. A festival in historic downtown Canton 6 p.m. Friday, all day Saturday. A celebration of summer's tomato harvest. A fun weekend of food, crafts, antiques, live music and dancing. 648.8275

  • Asheville Antiques Fair. Aug. 6-8. The 64th Asheville Antiques Fair is the oldest Antiques Fair in the South. Held at the Asheville Civic Center. For more information visit, www.ashevilleantiquesfair.com

  • Mountain Street Dance in Waynesville. Aug. 6. An old fashioned mountain hoe down with clogging and square dancing. 6:30 to 9 p.m. 456.3517.

  • Mountain High BBQ & Music Festival. Aug. 13-14. The festival was selected as one of 25 stops for the Kansas City Barbeque Society Great American BBQ Tour. The two-day event features authentic, mouth-watering BBQ, live entertainment, a crafters village and tastin' tent. Held at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center located at 1436 Georgia Road, Franklin. 524.3161 or visit www.MountainHighBBQFestival.com.

  • Mountain Heritage Day 2010 is seeking vendors for its 36th annual Mountain Heritage Day on the campus of Western Carolina University on Saturday, September 25. Information may be found at www.mountainheritageday.com.

 

Opportunities for Artists

  • The Storytelling Center in Bryson City is looking for quilters or people who want to learn to quilt to participate in a quilting bee an hour or two a month. If you are interested or know someone who might be, contact Tim Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 488.5705.

  • Craft artists are invited to submit digital images of their work by July 19 to be considered for inclusion in The Bascom's juried exhibition "American Craft Today." This national competition and exhibition will feature original works in all craft media. Cash awards will be made for various categories including best in show. Guidelines available at www.thebascom.org/exhibitions. 526.4949.

  • The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its fall production of the Broadway musical "Buddy Holly" July 25, 26 at 6:30 p.m. The production is being directed by Steve Lloyd and will open on Sept. 24. Singing and non-singing roles are available.

  • The deadline for submission to the Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary ColorFest, Art of the Blue Ridge is July 31. Regional arts are encouraged to submit their applications early to be a part of the event scheduled for Oct. 23. Go to www.spiritofappalachia.org to download applications or call 293.2239.

  • The deadline for submission to Haywood Community College's Film & Video Production Technology screenwriting contest is Aug. 5. Send electronic copies in .fdr (Final Draft) or .pdf formats to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Send hard copies to Haywood Community College, Film & Video Production Technology, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC 28721. For contest rules, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Artists needed to participate in the Youth Art Festival on Sept. 18. The festival will be held at the Green Energy Park in Dillsboro and is free and open to the public. All demonstrating artists are welcome to sell their work from their booth. Space is limited. For more information contact Carrie Blaskowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 631.0271.

 

On Stage & In Concert

  • Ultimate Elvis Competition at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel Entertainment Lounge. July 22-24. Finals are July 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom. 497.7777.

  • Folkmoot USA Gala Preview Performance. July 22. Performance by Folkmoot participants exclusively for festival donors. 7:30 p.m. at Eaglenest Entertainment in Maggie Valley. For more information on being a donor, call 452.2997.

  • Mountain dulcimer concert. July 22. A group of award-winning mountain dulcimer players, including several national champion musicians, will present a concert of at WCU's Fine and Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students and children, available at www.wcu.edu/fapac. 227.2479.

  • The Andrews Brothers at the Highlands Playhouse. July 22-Aug. 8. Comedic musical theater performance. 526.2695.

  • The Marianna Black Library will present the Celtic band Bean Sidhe on July 22 at 7 p.m. 488.3030 or www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.

  • Young Artist's Harp Seminar Solo Recital is July 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Held at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in North Georgia. 215.837.2834, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 404.643.7871, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival concert at the Highands Performing Arts Center. July 23, 25. "All in the Family," performances by the sibling team the Ransoms and the Albers Trio. 6 p.m. on July 23, 5 p.m. on July 25. Ticket information available at 526.9060.

  • Concerts on the Creek in Sylva. July 23. Concert features The Smoky Mountain Brass Quartet. Musicians are invited to bring along brass instruments and join in for two songs. Concerts are held every Friday through Sept. 3. Free, live music performed outdoors at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva from 7 to 9 p.m. 586.1577, www.downtownsylva.org.

  • Grovin' on the Green Friday night concert series at the Village Commons in Cashiers features Hurricane Creek on July 23. 226.3175.

  • Play: "12 Angry Jurors" at the Smoky Mountain Community Theater in Bryson City. July 23, 24, 25 and 26. Written by Reginald Rose and Directed by Toby Allman. All performances at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students. 488.8103.

  • Young Artist's Harp Seminar Gala Finale. July 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. Held at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in North Georgia. 215.837.2834, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 404.643.7871, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center presents "An Appalachian Evening" featuring The Dismembered Tennesseans. July 24. Show at 7:30 p.m. Roasted Pork Loin Dinner at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Reservations required at 479.3364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.

  • Music in the Mountains in Bryson City features the Caribbean Cowboys on July 24. Series runs Saturday nights through Aug. 28. Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Everett Street, Bryson City. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. Free admission. 6:30 to 8 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com.

  • Laura Boosinger will perform music of the Southern Mountains July 25 as part of the Songcatchers Music Series at the Cradle of Forestry in the Pisgah National Forest, Highway 276 near Brevard. 4 p.m. $6 for adults, $3 for youth ages 4-15. 877.3130 or www.cradleofforestry.org.

  • Folkmoot USA will have performances July 27 by the "The Folklore Group of Faro" from Portugal and the "Absolutely Legless" Irish dancers at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are $16 for adults, half price for 12 and under. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. www.stecoahvalleycenter.com or 479.3364.

  • Grovin' on the Green Friday night concert series at the Village Commons in Cashiers features Nikki Talley on July 30. 226.3175.

  • Concerts on the Creek in Sylva. July 30. Concert features Angela Faye Martin and the Scarlet Oak Sway. Concerts are held every Friday through Sept. 3. Free, live music performed outdoors at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva from 7 to 9 p.m. 586.1577, www.downtownsylva.org.

  • The Liquid Ginger Band will perform July 30 on the deck of the Wildwood Grill at Fontana Village Resort. 7 to 10 p.m.. 498.2106.

  • The Angie Toomey & Friends "Make-A-Wish" Benefit Show will be held July 30 at Carolina Nights Dinner Theatre in Maggie Valley Dinner at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets $25. 926.8822. or 627.9310.

  • Terry Lee and the GT's will perform July 30 in the Entertainment Lounge at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel. 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. 497.7777.

  • Live music by MacKenzie Wilson at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. July 31 at 6:30 p.m. 456.6000.

  • Music in the Mountains in Bryson City features the Carolina Bluegrass Band on July 31. Series runs Saturday nights through Aug. 28. Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Everett Street, Bryson City. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. Free admission. 6:30 to 8 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com.

  • Folkmoot Candelight Closing at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. Aug. 1. 7 p.m. performance. Call 452.2997 for ticket information.

  • The Haywood Arts Regional Theater presents the musical "Chicago" on weekends through Aug. 1. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $22 for adults with discounts for students and seniors. 456.6322 or www.harttheatre.com.

  • An Evening with the Cherokee. Through Aug. 15. Gather at the Square Grounds inside the Oconaluftee Indian Village for an exclusive limited ticket event where you will see traditional dancing, story telling and music. Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 for children. 866.554.4557.

  • Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center presents "An Appalachian Evening" featuring Dehlia Low. July 31. Show at 7:30 p.m. Fried Catfish Dinner at 5 and 6:15 p.m. Reservations required at 479.3364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.

  • The popular play, "The Prince of Dark Corners," by famed local author and story teller, Gary Carden, will be showcased in a special performance on July 31 at the historic Rickman Store in Macon County's Cowee Valley at 7 p.m. Tickets are limited and are $15, available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce and at the Rickman Store on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Music in the Mountains in Bryson City features The Rye Holler Boys on Aug. 7. Series runs Saturday nights through Aug. 28. Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Everett Street, Bryson City. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. Free admission. 6:30 to 8 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com.

  • WCU's Ramsey Regional Activity Center will host a concert by modern country artist Corey Smith Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Aug. 16. Advanced ticket prices for non-students are $20 for floor seats and $15 for arena seating. 227.7722 or www.wcu.edu/ramsey.

  • Groovin' on the Green in Cashiers. Free summer concert series held Friday evenings at the Village Commons in Cashiers through the summer months. 6:30 to 8 p.m. 743.1630.

  • Music in the Mountains in Bryson City. Saturday nights through Aug. 28. Regional talent is showcased in a relaxed, outdoor venue at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Everett Street, Bryson City. Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for an evening of great music. Free admission. 6:30 to 8 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com.

  • Western Carolina University will host a series of free, outdoor summer concerts featuring a variety of performers. The concerts, sponsored by the A.K. Hinds University Center, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays on the University Center lawn. All concerts are free and open to the public. The rain location will be in either the University Center Grandroom or Club Illusions. 227.3622 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Pickin on the Square is held in downtown Franklin on Saturdays from through Oct. Area of Main Street is closed off with mountain music and dancing. Bring a lawn chair. Open Mike begins at 6:30 p.m. with main entertainment at 7:30 p.m. 349.1212.

  • Spring Street Café will offer live music on Friday and Saturday nights through the summer months. Fridays will feature bluegrass and Saturdays acoustic, jazz, blues and others. See www.springstcafeofsylva.com for a music schedule.

  • Live performances are held in the Hummingbird Lounge at Old Edwards Inn in Highlands on Friday and Saturday Evenings beginning at 6 p.m. Open to the public. 526.8008 or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.

  • Live entertainment at Fontana Village continues through the summer with a full line up of regional favorites. A complete list of current entertainment is listed at www.FontanaVillage.com. 800.849.2258.

  • The Diamond K Ranch in Maggie Valley offers live music Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays are ladies nights. 926.7735.

  • The Entertainment Lounge at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel will host live Karaoke every Wednesday night from 8 p.m. to midnight. 497.7777.

  • The Entertainment Lounge at Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel will host Dueling Pianos on Thursday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight. 497.7777.

 

Art/Gallery Events & Openings

  • Art After Dark in downtown Waynesville. Aug. 6. More than a dozen fine galleries and studios remain open until 9 p.m. offering demonstrations, special showings, refreshments and music. Main Street and historic Frog Level section of Waynesville. 6 to 9 p.m. 456.3517.

  • The Haywood County Arts Council's Gallery 86 will hold an exhibit by faculty members in the Professional Crafts Department at Haywood Community College through July 31. Free and open to the public. www.haywoodarts.org.

  • Community art exhibit at the Swain County Center for the Arts. Through July 28. Western North Carolina artists and artisans will exhibit their work ranging from paintings to pottery and more. For hours and additional information, call 488.7843.

  • The recent works of North Carolina potter Sid Luck will be on display in The Bascom's Balcony Gallery through Aug. 8. Exhibits are free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.thebascom.org or call 526.4949.

  • The graduating class of Haywood Community College's Professional Crafts department will exhibit their best work through Sept. 5 at the 2010 Graduate Show at the Folk Art Center located off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. For more information visit www.southernhighlandguild.org.

  • Judaculla Rock Exhibit to open at Mountain Heritage Center. Through July 10. Information about the rock's history, its cultural significance to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and past and current preservation efforts will be on display. 293.3053 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • The Bascom is open for the 2010 season with five new exhibits. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 12 to 5 p.m. Exhibition admission is always free. For more information, call 526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

  • Exhibit: "Motoring the Blue Ridge Parkway." Now open at the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. 926.6266, www.WheelsThroughTime.com.

  • Acorn's Boutique at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands will host artist David Arms in a special art showing July 30 through Aug. 1 as part of Old Edwards Inn and Spa's Season of the Arts. 526.8008 or visit www.oldedwardsinn.com.

  • Quilt Show: "Quilting New Trails." Aug. 19-21. Quilt show presented by the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild at the Communities Facilities Building in Franklin. Event will include door prizes, guild member's boutique, vendors, silent auction, scholarship quilt fund raffle. 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21. Admission is $5 per day or $10 unlimited access. www.smokymtnquilters.org.

  • "Art After Dark" in Downtown Waynesville. Galleries and studios remain open late the first Friday evening each month with demonstrations, artist's receptions, music and more. 6 to 9 p.m.. Call 456.3517.

  • Outdoor Sculptures at the N.C. Arboretum. On display through Feb. 2011. The North Carolina Arboretum will host a new series of outdoor sculpture installations by artists Jason S. Brown and Elizabeth Scofield. The exhibit is titled "Inflorescence," and is inspired by the botanical world. For information, call 665.2492 or visit www.ncarboretum.org.

 

Classes, Programs & Demonstrations

  • Close-Up Photography workshop. July 22. This program, designed for the advanced beginner, focuses on equipment and techniques that can help you become more aware of the fascinating world of tiny plants and animals. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. Register at 877.4423.

  • Potter Nick Joerling will be the featured artist at a mixer and public reception July 22 in the Atrium at the Bascom in Highlands. Reception at 4:15 p.m. followed by an artist slide lecture at 5 p.m. in The Bascom Library. 526.4949.

  • Bascom workshop: "Pots - Possibilities." July 22-24. Nick Joerling, artist-in-residence, Push, will help students cut, coax and stretch forms and discover various ways of making handles, lids and spouts. Tuition: $325 Bascom members/ $350 non-members (all materials included). Pre-registration is required at 526.4949 or www.thebascom.org.

  • Class: "The Eyes Have It." July 24. Half day of discovering new tools and tricks while producing a pencil rendering of a dog. Held at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin All supplies furnished. $15 members/$30 nonmembers. 349.4607.

  • The Art League of Highlands will host a program July 26 at the Civic Center Recreation Park featuring award-winning Greenville photographer Diane Hughes beginning with a social half hour at 5 p.m. 743.7673.

  • The Asheville Chapter of Ikebana International will present a program on Contemporary Ikenobo Freestyle Design on July 27. Program will include a demonstration and workshop with Japanese instructor Emiko Nishiwaki Suzuki. Plan to bring materials such paper, wire, plastic or other mixed "debris" to combine with a few flowers from your garden. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the auditorium at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 645.6633.

  • Art Class: "Journaling for the Artist." Through July 29. Offered by Haywood Community College Continuing Education program. Taught by local artist Lillian Parks. $60 for the sis-week class. For more information call 565.4244. To register, call 627.4505 or visit www.haywood.edu/continuing_education.

  • Art Class: "Finishing Your Masterpiece." Through July 29. Offered by Haywood Community College Continuing Education program. Taught by local artist Lillian Parks. $60 for the sis-week class. For more information call 565.4244. To register, call 627.4505 or visit www.haywood.edu/continuing_education.

  • The Bascom's workshops and the Art Academy second session runs through July 31. The programs offer educational opportunities that will stimulate creativity and inspire the artist in everyone. The cost per course (four classes per course) is $120 Bascom members/ $125 non-members. For more information, visit www.thebascom.org/artacademy. 526.4949.

  • The Waynesville Recreation Center will host a field photography program every other Tuesday evening through Aug. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. Field shoots will be take place every Wednesday at 8 a.m. The Tuesday evening programs are $10 each. The Wednesday field trips are $30 each. Each participant will need to bring their own personal camera of any type. Information and registration available at 456.2030.

  • Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in several of its fifth summer session classes available at half tuition to residents of Western North Carolina. The session runs July 25-Aug. 10 with openings in clay, drawing, glass, metals, printmaking, wood, and a special class for artists in any media. Complete details are available in the summer classes section of the Penland website: www.penland.org. 765.2359, ext 15.

  • Beginning Basket Weaving Workshop. July 29. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. Call 479.3364 to register. More information at www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.

  • The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will offer a one-day workshop on July 31 on the basics of quilt piecing and machine quilting while making an easy tote bag. A sewing machine in good working condition, preferably with a "walking foot," is required. Cost is $20 if you bring your own materials, or $55 including the fabric and pattern. A material and supplies list will be provided upon registration at 479.3364.

  • International Plein Air Paint Out. Sept. 11. Join other artists to paint on The Bascom campus all day. The day will conclude with an informal (on the easel) exhibition and wine reception in The Bascom's Dave Drake Studio Barn at 4 p.m. For more information, call 526.4949 or visit www.thebascom.org.

 

Film & Screen

  • The Groovy Movie Club shows movies once a month with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Held at a private home. For more information or directions to the screenings, contact John Buckley at 454.5949 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Movies at the Cashiers Library. The library shows movies throughout the month. The movies and popcorn are free, but donations are appreciated. For titles and times, visit www.fontanalib.org/cashiers.

  • Movies at the Marianna Black Library. Family movie days are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. Classic movies are shown the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 4 p.m. Other films are also shown throughout the month. Movies and popcorn are free to the public. For titles and times, call 488.3030 or visit www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.

  • Movies at the Macon County Library. The library shows new movies, documentaries and foreign films every Wednesday at 4:30 and again at 7 p.m., and Classic Matinees at Fridays at 2 p.m. The movies and popcorn are free, but donations are welcome. For movie titles, call 524.3600.

  • The Jackson County Public Library shows free movies on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Please call the library, 586.2016 for more information.

  • Smoky Mountain Cinema in Waynesville shows free family movies on Tuesday and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Cinema is located at 235 Waynesville Plaza. 452.9091.

 

Literary

  • Poetry reading by Brent Martin at the Macon County Library. July 22. Martin will read from his new book of poems "A Shout in the Woods." Presented by the Thursdays at the Library program at 7 p.m. 524.3600 or website at www.fontanalib.org.

  • Seekers of Spirit book club will meet July 22 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss "The Testament of Gideon Mack" by James Robertson at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 456.6000.

  • Local storyteller, Gary Carden, will tell his famous Sylva-based story, "Blow the Tannery Whistle" July 27 at the Jackson County Public Library at 7 p.m. 586.2016.

  • Dr. Barbara Carlton will autograph copies of her book, "This Nearly Was Mine: A Journey Through Carlton Country" on July 28 at 2 p. m. in the Friendship Garden at the Albert Carlton - Cashiers Community Library.

  • The Haywood County Public Library used book sale will be July 29-31 at the Waynesville branch. Over 60,000 books of all types will be available for sale. Sale hours are: July 29, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; July 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 31, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your own bags and boxes. 456.5311.

  • Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville will host a 2010 DK Star Wars Event on July 31. Activities include games and crafts for children, a trivia contest for all ages, free Star Wars souvenirs for the first 100 participants, and a costume contest. Star Wars characters will be on hand, so bring a camera. 2 p.m. 456.6000.

  • Reading at City Lights. July 31. Author Michael Rivers will read from "Ghosts of the North Carolina Shores." 7 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 586.9499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • A Haywood county non-fiction book club meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at various locations. Call 456.8428 for meeting location.

  • The Jackson County Public Library is continuing to take donations towards the new library building. The next $65,000 raised will be matched by the Foundation. Every donor will receive a certificate to add to the Wall of Fame that recognizes community donors. Contributions can be made in person at the Friends of the Library Used Book Store, also on Main Street in Sylva, or mailed to: Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 825, Sylva, NC 28779. For more information call Mary Otto Selzer at 293.0074 or 507.0476 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • "Thursdays at the Library" is an eclectic mix of programs by authors and musicians on topics designed for enjoyment and education held at the Macon County Library Thursdays at 7 p.m. 524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org.

 

Food & Drink

  • SCC Class: Fun with Fondant and Gumpaste. Thursdays through July 22. This class is designed to teach the more advanced students how to create flowers and accents with detail. Class will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jackson Campus. Class is limited. Pre-register at 586.4091, ext. 4426.

  • Every Friday during the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, which runs through Aug. 15, guests can join concert performers for a prix fixe dinner after the performance at Wolfgang's Restaurant and Wine Bistro in Highlands. $60 per person. 526.9060.

  • "All in the Family Feast" benefit dinner for the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. July 25. A rare opportunity to share an evening with Festival musicians The Albers Trio at a private home with a gourmet dinner beginning at 7:15 p.m. Cost is $100 per person. Make reservations at 526.9060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Feast to support the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival: "An Evening with Julia." July 31. An unforgettable celebration of the works of Julia Child Cost is $125 per person. 7 p.m. at a private home. Make reservations at 526.9060.

  • "Maine meets the Mountains" lobster feast to benefit the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. Aug. 4. Hosted by David and Marsha Snyder at 6 p.m. at the Continental Cliffs. Cost is $150 per person. 526.9060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Food and Beer Pairing Sessions are held on the first Friday of each month at Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva. 5 to 8 p.m. Each month a restaurant is invited to share a sample from their menu selections.

 

Dance

  • The Pisgah Promenaders Square Dance Club will celebrate summer with a western style square dance July 24. The dance will feature guest caller Jim Cosman. Round dancing will begin at 6:45 p.m., square dance from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Held at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. 631.0683.

  • Class: Beginning Clogging. Thursdays through July 29. Offered as a personal enrichment class by Southwestern Community College. Class will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Swain center. Class is limited and cost is $29. 488.6413.

  • A line dance class meets Tuesday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. Contact instructor Laura Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 734.2113 for details.

  • Social dance classes, including ballroom, Latin, country, swing and blues meets Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m. at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. No partner needed. Contact Michael Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Laura Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 734.2113.

  • Ballroom Dancing is held every Monday with a beginner class at 6 p.m. and intermediate class at 8 p.m. $15 single, $20 couple. Smoky Mountain Dance Center in Waynesville. 734.8804.

  • Salsa Dancing is held on Thursday nights at Ceviche's on Main Street in Waynesville. 6:30 p.m. introductory lesson, dance from 7 to 9 p.m. 734.8804.

  • Salsa Dancing is held on Friday nights at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. $7 for 1 hour or $10 for 2 hours. For more information on the class, call Rosa Lirely at 399.9030 or the WRC at 456.9207 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Arts Group Meetings

  • Extension and Community Association group Craft Club Workshop: Chairbottoming and Chair Caning. July 22 and 23. 9 a.m. in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. 586.4009.

  • The Anime club will meet July 24 from 11 .m. to 3 p.m. at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The group meets on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Several anime shows are featured each week. 488.3030.

  • Sew Easy Girls Extension and Community Association group meeting. July 26. 1 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. 586.4009.

  • The Art League of Highlands monthly meeting will be held on July 26 featuring photographer Diane Hughs. Program begins at 5 p.m. at the Civic Center Recreation Park in Highlands. 743.7673.

  • Thursday Painters meet at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your project and a bag lunch and join us for a day of creativity and fun.

All artists are welcome. 349.4607.

  • Plein Aire painting group. Macon Co Art Association and Uptown Gallery in Franklin invites all artists to join their Plein Aire painting group. Meet at the gallery, bring your lunch, and paint the beautiful gardens in downtown Franklin. Call 369.0356 for more information.

 

Music Jams

  • Music Jams at the Rickman Store. Friday afternoons through the summer months. Everyone is invited to join and enjoy the tunes of the talented local musicians. Held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the historic Rickman Store, located in the heart of the Cowee-West's Mill Historic District, seven miles north of Franklin by Hwy. NC 28, next to Cowee Elementary School.

  • Community Drum Circle and Music in Dillsboro. Second Saturday of each month through Nov. Join at the Dillsboro Depot for live music. 5 to 9 p.m. 586.5700.

  • Community music jams are held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. All are invited to come with anything unplugged. 488.3030.

  • Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Session Series at Western Carolina University are held the first Thursday of the month. Performers of old-time and bluegrass music are invited to bring their instruments and take part in the jam session that will follow the group's performance. 7 to 9 p.m. 227.7129.

  • Pickin' In The Park in Canton. Live music every Friday from June through Sept. at the Canton Recreation Park at 7 p.m. 646.3412.

 

Music Makers

  • A new signing choir begins rehearsals from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Sign language used in connection with song. Open to all willing to learn. 476.4231.

  • Goldenaires singing group meets at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Golden Age Senior Center in Sylva. Secular and religious music. Performances given at area nursing homes. Singers need not be seniors to join. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Haywood Community Band meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church. 452.7530.

  • Karaoke is held at 7 p.m. every other Friday at the American Legion Post 47 in Waynesville. Open to all members and their guests. 456.8691.

  • Karaoke is held at 8 p.m. every Thursday at the Tap Room at the Waynesville Inn. 800.627.6250.

  • Men Macon Music, barbershop singing, meets at 5:30 p.m. every Monday in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St., Franklin. Visitors welcome. 524.9692.

  • Mountain Dulcimer Players meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month at the Bryson City United Methodist Church. Knowledge of music not required, tablature method used. 488.6697.

  • Music in the Mountains is held at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday at the train depot in Bryson City. 488.3681.

  • Old Timey Bluegrass Jams are held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Spring Street Cafe in Sylva.

  • Open Mic Night is held at 7 p.m. each Thursday at Shot in the Dark Café on Main Street in Sylva.

  • Open Mic Night is held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Friday at Mountain Perks in Bryson City. 488.9561.

  • Pick and Play Dulcimer Group of Sylva meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Saturday of every month in the fellowship hall of St. John's Episcopal Church. 293.0074.

  • The Franklin Early Music Group meets every Monday at 9 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. 369.5192.

  • The Nikwasi Dulcimer Players meet every Thursday afternoon at First United Methodist Church in Franklin. All are welcome. 349.3170 or 524.2294.

 

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