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Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Woodsmen’s Meet rescheduled due to rain 

An annual celebration of the Cradle of Forestry’s heritage will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, rescheduled from its original Oct. 3 date due to heavy rain from Hurricane Joaquin. 

The Forest Festival and Woodsmen’s Meet, the Cradle’s largest event of the year, draws more than 100 forestry students, craftsmen and exhibitors, who entertain visitors with a timbersports competition — Haywood Community College and Western Carolina University were originally scheduled to be among the eight teams participating — while crafters and exhibitors line trails demonstrating everything from whittling to mule-packing.  

Details about the rescheduled event — to be held at Pink Beds Picnic Area along U.S. 276 — will be finalized at a later date., or 828.877.3130.


Grab coffee with a park ranger

Ever wanted to sit down with a ranger and hear what it’s like to work in the park? 

A fall ranger program at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will afford that opportunity, with a weekly coffee with a ranger event planned this fall at 10 a.m. Fridays at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center along U.S. 441 near Cherokee. 

Coffee will be provided, and the event will last about 45 minutes. 


More the merrier at molasses making day

Guests will have a chance to join in on the mountain tradition of molasses-making during the Hidden Valley Farm Sorghum Harvest beginning 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Hidden Valley Farm near Clyde. 

The daylong activity will involve everything from grinding cane to skimming molasses as it cooks. When the molasses is ready to go in the jars, guests will have a chance to sample their creation. Music, molasses treats and local arts and crafts will also make the day special. 

Free. 828.450.2232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Walk around the world — without leaving Sylva

A regular group walk to promote a heart-healthy lifestyle has started up in Sylva, held 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday through Thursday, starting from Bridge Park. 

Organized by the Jackson County Extension and Community Association, the goal of ECA on the Move is to log enough steps to equal a 24,901.55-mile walk around the globe. 

Sherrie Peeler, 828.586.4009. 

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