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All aboard the wine and cheese train

The Rail Line Wine Experience “MacNeill Uncorked” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in the Bryson City Train Depot. 

The event is a specialty train experience featuring wines selected by French Broad Vignerons to pair with your meal. Full service all-adult first class ride in the MacNeill car. A narrator will be onboard to discuss the six wines selected to accompany an exclusive sampling of local cheeses, a freshly made entree and a chef-selected dessert. All passengers receive souvenir stemless wine glass and tote bag. The Cottage Craftsman, located across from the depot will have all of the sampled wines available for purchase. Age 21 and over only.

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Clean Slate Coalition Valentine’s Ball

The Clean Slate Coalition, a local nonprofit organization providing transitional housing for women, will host a Valentine’s Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Quality Inn in Sylva. 

The coalition offers women leaving rehabilitation facilities, jails, prisons, and other difficult environments, a chance to begin life anew. The program offers a safe, home-like environment, connections to mental health services, medical care, education, and other resources for up to eight women at a time in a Sylva location. While the focus is on serving Western North Carolina, women come to the facility from many locations and backgrounds.

Clean Slate also provides job skills training through its small business venture called Clean Slate Enterprise. In this project, residents prepare, package and market non-toxic cleaning supplies and offer cleaning and custodial services to businesses and homes in the area.

The ball will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, ballroom dancing and lessons, a raffle/auction event, special presentations and wine tasting. Tickets are $35 per person. Attendees who prefer to spend the night at the hotel can reserve rooms for only $65 plus tax. Further, youth and several adults from Cullowhee United Methodist Church will offer babysitting in the gym at First United Methodist Church in Sylva in exchange for a donation to raise support their upcoming mission trips. Babysitting services will run from 6:45 to 11:15 p.m. or 828.586.3939 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Foxtrot, line and tango lessons

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer foxtrot, line and tango dance lessons beginning the week of Feb. 8 at the Waynesville Recreation Center.  

The Foxtrot Session (level 1) will be offered at 7:30 pm on Feb. 8, 15 and 22, and March 7, 14 and 21. Line Dancing Session will be offered at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9, 16 and 23, and March 8, 22 and 29. The Tango Session (level 2) will be offered at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11, 18 and 25, and March 10, 17 and 24.

The cost of six classes in a specific session is $60 per person to be paid at the first class. Each class is one hour in duration. If you are a new student, you will need to come 15 minutes early the night of your first class to register.

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Learn about Scottish heritage 

Danny Williamson of the Franklin Scottish Tartan’s Museum will host a presentation at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Southwestern Community College in Franklin.

“I’m always excited to do these presentations, the attendees will gain a new perspective on factual historical clothing that is relevant to Scottish culture,” said Williamson, the museum’s curator. 

Williamson will give a presentation on Scottish dress from the medieval period to the 18th century. The Scottish Tartans Museum is currently the only Scottish museum in the United States and is the only Scottish museum dedicated to the history of Tartan and Highland dress in the world.  




Craft beer release, dinner at Tipping Point

There will a “Beer Dinner Extravaganza” held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Tipping Point Brewing in Waynesville.

The five-course special menu will be prepared by acclaimed Executive Chef Doug Weaver, co-owner of The Sweet Onion in Waynesville. Each course will be paired with a craft beer from the brewery, which will include two new releases. Limited tickets are $50 per person ($62.50 altogether including tax and tip). There will also be live music.

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• A “Wine Dine Valentine” will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Grandview Lodge in Waynesville. The dining experience will include an appetizer, main plate, dessert and wine pairings. The meal will be prepared by acclaimed Chef Sandra Stefani. $50 per person, which includes tax and gratuities. For reservations, call 828.246.2409. 

• The High Mountain Squares will host their “Sweetheart Dance” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Western Style Square Dancing, mainstream and plus levels. All skill levels welcomed. 828.371.4946 or 828.342.1560 or 828.332.0001 or 

• A “Wine Tasting & Food Pairing” with importer Marco Laico, president/founder of Vino Vino, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Italian wines paired with Italian dishes. $24.99 per person. For reservations, call 828.452.6000. 

• The Andrews Brewing Company will have a Corn Hole Tournament at 3 p.m. Feb. 6 ($10 entry fee, winner takes all) and a 3rd anniversary party at 3 p.m. Feb. 13. 

• A “Valentine Day Dance Party” for couples and singles alike will be held from 9 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Cut Cocktail Lounge in Sylva. 503.329.5816.

• A “Valentine Dinner” will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at The Sneak-E-Squirrel Brewing in Sylva. 828.586.6440.

• A free wine tasting will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 6 and 13 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. or 828.452.0120.

• A wine tasting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Free with dinner ($15 minimum). 828.452.6000.

• There will be a “Tasty Tuesday: Winter Seasonals” at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and 16 at Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden.

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