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The Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the North Carolina Arts Council will celebrate thousands of years of southern Appalachian and Cherokee history at the Cherokee Voices Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9. The festival is free…
Haywood County Arts Council will hold International Festival Day in downtown Waynesville on July 21, a new date from previous years. International Festival Day is the highlight of regional performances by international folk dancers and musicians from Folkmoot USA, which…
Western Carolina University is accepting nominations for the Mountain Heritage Award, an honor bestowed annually on one individual and one organization that have played a prominent role in the preservation or interpretation of Southern Appalachian history and culture. Nominations will…
Barbara Bates Smith will perform “Ivy Rowe” at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville at 7:30 p.m. June 22-23, with a matinee at 3 p.m. June 23. “Ivy Rowe” is a play about the passionate life of a spunky…
Comedienne Jeanne Robertson will perform at 7 p.m. June 7 at Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium as a benefit for United Way of Haywood County. Robertson is a former Miss North Carolina and was voted Miss Congeniality. She is known for…
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its production of “Lost in Yonkers” at 6:30 p.m. June 17-18 at the Performing Arts Center on Pigeon Street in Waynesville. Wanda Taylor will direct the production and the show will…
Highlands Performing Arts Center will present “Broadway and More” with Glory Crampton at 8 p.m. June 23. Crampton is a Broadway leading lady and musical theatre veteran. She is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in “The Fantasticks,” “Hello…
The Highlands Biological Foundation will host a basket-weaving workshop and nature lecture on June 14. Doug Elliott, a local storyteller and naturalist, will lead the Poplar Bark Basket Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Bark baskets have long been a…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:43

Sylva businesses to host art stroll June 8

The Jackson County Visual Arts Association will host the Sylva Art Stroll beginning at 5 p.m. June 8 in downtown Sylva. The reoccurring event will take place on the second Friday of each month. Merchants will stay open later than…
High school students and recent graduates have until June 6 to submit their applications for the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts’ summer art portfolio program. Classes for this program will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-29. The…
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 20:41

‘Vincent’ to stage in Highlands

Highlands Performing Arts Center will perform a two-weekend run of the play “Vincent.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 7-9 and June 14-16 with 2:30 p.m. matinees on June 10 and 17. Written by Leonard Nimoy, the play is about…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:41

Lorraine Conard Band to play in Jackson

The Lorraine Conard Band will play a free concert at 7 p.m. June 14 at the Jackson County Public Library. Conrad’s songwriting style has been influenced by a mix of artists, from country-fried Americana to folk-tinged blues, and is anchored…
Western Carolina University’s 2012 Summer Concert Series will start June 7. The shows will take place at 7 p.m. each Thursday through June and July on the lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center. The concerts are free and the…
Haywood County-based band Rafe Hollister will perform in Sylva from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on June 8 as part of Concerts on the Creek. The five-member band specializes in “mountain rock.” “We use bluegrass instruments and drums and mix it with rock-and-roll,”…
The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will open a new exhibit “RE+ constructed” with a reception at 5 p.m. June 7. The exhibit brings together four artists — Heidi Field-Alvarez of Henrico, Va.; Jeana Eve Kelin of Boone;…
Textile artists and fashion designers working within a 100-mile radius of Asheville are invited to submit entries for Project Handmade, a fashion show dedicated to showcasing contemporary garments made with local materials and traditional handcrafted detail. Entries are due July…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:34

The Bascom to host Family Fun Day June 9

The Bascom, a visual arts center in Highlands, will hold a Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 9. The event is free and open to everyone. The day will include a scavenger hunt, presentations about…
Haywood Community College and the American Bladesmith Society will hold an “Introduction to Bladesmithing” course from 6-10 p.m. June 18-19 in Building 3300. The American Bladesmith Society is a nonprofit educational entity striving to preserve the art of the forged…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:33

Kids, hone your hula hooping skills

Kelly Jewell-Timco will lead a hula hooping class at 4 p.m. June 13 at the Jackson County Public Library. This event will be a part of the library’s summer activities for children and teens. The instructor will provide hula-hoops for…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:32

Summer art workshops offered in Cullowhee

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is gearing up for its Youth Week art workshops for children ages 5 and up from July 2-6. The week is part of the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS’ first Summer Visual ARTS Series at Western North Carolina. From…
Downtown Waynesville will transform into a Mecca for Appalachian heritage geeks and for people who want to learn more about the area’s distinct culture this Saturday as the town hosts its second annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration. The Downtown Waynesville Association…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:31

Café open at Stecoah

The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center Schoolhouse Café is now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The café serves lunch, fresh baked goods, coffee and snacks. Café patrons can…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:29

Rayburn to lead lavender workshop

A “Crafting with Lavender” workshop will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. June 21 in the conference room of the Community Services Center in Sylva. The workshop is sponsored by the Extension and Community Association Craft Club. Herbal crafter…
Waynesville painter and jewelry artist Kel Tanner will have her work on display at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City through July 24. Her collection includes realistic portraits, figures, animals, landscapes and still lifes. Her jewelry…
Smoky Mountain Living prominently features images from across the southern Appalachians in each edition. Photo essays adhere to the issue’s overall theme. The next issue of Smoky Mountain Living will focus on things that have been found. Have you found…
Four ceramics workshops are being offered as part of the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS Summer Visual ART Series at Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design. • June 25 – 29: Hayne Bayless will teach the workshop “Happiness is A…
The Haywood County Arts Council will host a dedication ceremony for the “Stars & Stirrups” and “City Streets” quilt block at 5:30 p.m. on June 19 at the Town of Waynesville Police Department & Development Office on Main Street. The…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:25

Pauly D to perform at Harrah’s

Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center will turn into an upscale night club when celebrity DJ and reality TV star Pauly D appears at 10 p.m. July 20. There will be multiple bars and club dancers to go along with Pauly D’s…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:24

Next Liar’s Bench is June 15

The Liars Bench, a successful regional authentic, traditional southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama and folk arts presentation, will play in the Jackson County Library community room at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 15. Admission is free.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:23

Balsam Range to perform June 15

The Concerts on the Creek series will present Balsam Range from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 15 at the downtown Bridge Park Pavillion beside Scott Creek in Sylva. Balsam Range is one of the hottest bands in the bluegrass nation…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:23

New artists join Waynesville gallery

Four artists with a mix of media and styles have been invited to join the Main Street Artists’ Co-Op in Waynesville. Bob Luciene of Clyde works with wood and woodturning. He has observed many world-class woodturners and has developed his…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:22

Library to host free Aikido class

A free Aikido class for participants ages 16 and older will take place at 7 p.m. June 19 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:21

Taste of Scotland Dinner is June 16

A Scottish Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. June 16 at the Mill Creek Country Club. A traditional Celtic menu will be served and dinner guests are encouraged to wear their Highland dress and clan tartans. The skirl of…
A series of summer events for teenagers will be held from June 20 to June 22 in the Program Room of Macon County Library. • A workshop featuring Dream Journals and a Twilight Trivia Game with prizes for teens will…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:20

WCU announces summertime theater camp

Western Carolina University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts is hosting a theater summer camp from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday July 16 to 20 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts with an end-of-camp Friday…
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 18:18

Sing-A-Long-A-Sound of Music

By Shannan Mashburn • SMN Intern Singing, lonely goat herders, nuns, and Julie Andrews are just a few things Western Carolina University’s Bardo Arts Center will be prepared for on Father’s Day with the “Sound of Music” sing-a-long event. At…
The Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University will open its eighth season this fall with a lineup featuring musicianship, comedy, magic and a command performance.
Storyteller and singer Michael Reno Harrell will perform an afternoon full of Smoky Mountain stories at 4 p.m. June 30 at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
A showing of Japanese glass artist Tadashi Torii’s works will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 21 at Jackson County Green Energy Park’s art gallery with a free reception that is open to the public.
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:45

The most dangerous woman in America

The historic Rickman Store in Macon County will once again become a stage for one of the most accomplished monologues written by Appalachian playwright Gary Carden. 
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:42

Signs as art

  Jeff Marley is creating signs for Cherokee and the surrounding area proclaiming in Cherokee and in English, “We are still here.”
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:27

Drum, song and dance highlight Powwow

  With strong personal, familial and spiritual traditions and a healthy dose of competition, the 37th annual Cherokee Powwow will ignite a three-day festival of drum, song and dance to kick off the summer season in Cherokee. Hundreds of powwow…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:04

Street dances return to Waynesville

The popular Mountain Street Dances held in downtown Waynesville on select Fridays throughout the summer kick at 6:30 p.m. on June 22. Whitewater Bluegrass will be performing along with the Dixie Darlin’s Dance team. Special guests will be the Trantham…
A Children’s Film Festival for Macon County children will be held at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday morning through July 26 at Ruby Cinema in Franklin. The Franklin Lion’s club and Ruby Cinema sponsor the event for children under…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:02

Haywood fairgrounds to hold truck pull

The Haywood County Truck Pull will be held at 11 a.m. June 23. Entries will begin at 9 a.m. at the Great Smokies Arena. The truck pull seeks to accommodate trucks, 4x4s and other vehicles of all shapes and sizes.…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:01

Art reception to benefit Haywood Waterways

There will be an art reception benefitting Haywood Waterways Association at the Village Green Café in Waynesville from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 22.   A studio owner from Waynesville, Rick Hills, will feature his new mixed media paintings. Visitors…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:00

Cashiers Mountain Music Festival

The Cashers Mountain Music Festival is being held June 30 and July 1 at the Village Green and Commons in Cashiers. In just three years, the Cashiers Mountain Music Festival has become one of the most respected events in the…
Logan Murrell will be performing from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. June 22 and 29 at the Wildwood Grill at Fontana Village Resort. Additional dates for performances have been set for July 6, 13 and 20 as well as Friday…
“Broadway and More” with Glory Crampton will be at 8 p.m. June 23 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Crampton is a Broadway leading lady, musical theatre veteran. She is best known for her critically acclaimed roles in The Fantasticks,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:58

Steampunk technique taught June 28

A Steampunk Jewelry & Creations Workshop will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 28 at the Macon County Library in Franklin. Participants can drop-in anytime during the workshop to watch a how-to presentation and look at some Steampunk…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:57

Learn cooking with soy in Sylva

A “Cooking With Soy” class will be offered at 1 p.m. June 25 in the Conference Room of the Community Services Center in Sylva. Laura Rogers and a chef from the N.C. Soybean Producers Association will teach the class with…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:56

Library to host traveling Lincoln exhibit

The Waynesville library will unveil the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. There will also be re-enactors from the NC Troops 25th Regiment from noon to 3 p.m. Immediately following…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:55

World Music Concert in Franklin

Franklin and Dillsboro Ubuntu Choirs will perform a concert of music from around the world and here at home at 3 p.m. June 24 in the historic chapel of Franklin’s First Presbyterian Church. The groups are directed by Tom Tyre…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:54

Final Noon Concert ‘Flute Flourish’

The Grace Noon Concerts season finale will feature flutists Sarah Cifani and Kathy Alley at noon on Thursday, July 21, Grace Church Episcopal in Waynesville. Kathryn Stephenson will accompany Cifani and Alley as they play music by Bach, Gabriel Faure,…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:53

Author Vicki Lane to speak in Jackson

Novelist Vicki Lane will hold a book talk with a question and answer session at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Lane of Madison County is the author of “The Day of Small Things”…
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 12:52

Peter Pan to fly high in Franklin

The Overlook Theatre Company will present “Peter Pan: The High-Flying Musical Adventure” at 7:30 p.m. June 21-23 and at 2:30 p.m. June 24 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. This two-act musical adventure follows Peter Pan’s journey…
As part of a summer series of music, the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City is presenting a special program of words and music, featuring George Ellison, reading from his new book Permanent Camp and Lee Knight, singing tunes from…
Morgan James of Macon County will sign copies of her book Quiet Killing at Books Unlimited in Franklin at 10 a.m. July 4 and at the Macon County Public Library from 4:30-6:30 p.m. July 12. Quiet Killing is a new…
Voices in the Laurel’s SummerVoice Music Camp will expand this year to become the Voices in the Laurel Summer Music Quest taking place from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. July 30 – Aug. 3 at the First Baptist Church of…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:01

WCU to hold Dulcimer U

Registration continues for Dulcimer U, a residential program at Western Carolina University that draws dulcimer enthusiasts from across the country for a week of classes, concerts, jam sessions and fellowship. The program will run July 15-20. Participants in Dulcimer U…
Paul Heckert, professor of astronomy and physics at Western Carolina University, will present a special program about stars and planets at 2 p.m. June 28 in the auditorium at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The program is for…
“Music, Art & Poetry Night,” an open mic arts night, will begin at 7 p.m. June 29 at the Rickman Store in Macon County.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:58

Sew it in Sylva

Ann Gill-Johnson, a member of the Sew Easy Girls Extension and Community Association, will offer a sewing class at 1 p.m. July 2, 9, and 16 in the conference room of the Community Services Center in Sylva.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:58

Learn to solve common painting problems

The Art League of the Smokies will meet at 6:15 p.m. July 5 at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City to show the video “Charles Reid’s Watercolor Solutions.” During the 120-minute video, Reid shares his artistic…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:57

Arts series features ceramics workshops

The Cullowhee Mountain ARTS Summer Visual ART Series is offering three weeklong ceramics workshops at Western Carolina University’s School of Art and Design throughout July.   The ceramics workshops are: • July 9 to 13: Gay Smith will teach “Working to…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:56

Workshop series brings art to the masses

Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is offering weeklong workshops through Aug. 3 as part of its Summer Visual Arts Series at Western Carolina University. Workshops run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The workshops for the week of July…
The 23rd annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Art & Crafts Show will present the top artisans and crafters in the Southeast from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 30 through July 1 in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. The…
The Mad Batter is celebrating their introduction of beer to their menu with live music and a beer tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. June 27. The event will feature local beer, local food and local musicians, Whimzik and Pat…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:54

Joe Penland to open Songcatchers series

Ballad singer and storyteller Joe Penland will kick off the 2012 Songcatchers Music Series at 4 p.m. July 1 at the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest. The series features performances of traditional mountain music every Sunday afternoon in July.…
Voices of Lee, an a cappella ensemble from Lee University, will perform at 2:30 p.m. July 1 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Voices of Lee has performed worldwide, been featured on Good Morning America,…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:52

Bascom to host barn dance

The Bascom, a visual arts center in The Highlands, will hold its first Summer Barn Dance of the season from 7-10 p.m. June 30.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:50

Celebrate world cultures through Folkmoot

Nearly 300 performers from nine countries will descend on Haywood County July 18 to 29 for the Folkmoot Festival held throughout WNC.
Neil Diamond impersonator and tribute artist Tom Sadge will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. June 29 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Cherokee Recording Artist Shea Keck will be performing from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. June 30 at the Wildwood Grill at Fontana Village Resort.   Keck began performing at the age of 12 when she was asked to join gospel…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:48

The Barefoot Movement to play in Jackson

The Barefoot Movement will play a free concert at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 7 p.m. July 3. The Barefoot Movement plays different styles of bluegrass, folk, acoustic rock and old-time front porch music. They feature original…
The Franklin Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fourth of July horseshoe and cornhole tournaments will begin at 10 a.m. at the Macon County Veterans Memorial Recreation Park, just south of town on U.S. 441. The horseshoe competition is open to men…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:43

WNC lights it up for the Fourth

From cornhole tournaments to a homemade raft race, from a fireworks train ride to kids-only parade, mountain communities are pulling out all the stops. Peruse this year’s line-up of July Fourth celebrations that put a twist of local flavor on…
Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Clay students got a firsthand lesson in designing and building kilns at its new creative arts building.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

ColorFest workshop seeking young artists

Jackson County art organizations are co-hosting a mural painting workshop called “The Young Artists of ColorFest” from 2 to 5 p.m. July 14 in Dillsboro.
More than 50 arts and crafts booths will line the streets of downtown Hayesville for the 33rd annual Festival on the Square from July 13-15. The event will start with a street dance at 7 p.m. July 13 and continue…
The Maggie Valley Club will bring a taste of “Beer City” to Haywood County at 6 p.m. July 13. The beer tasting will feature craft beer from local breweries and give locals an opportunity to enjoy some of the new…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Music series to feature Grammy nominee

Bill LaBounty, Candi Carpenter, and Grammy and CMA Nominee Bobby Tomberlin will play at the Balsam Mountain Inn’s Songwriters-in-the-Round series at 6 p.m. on July 7. Tomberlin co-wrote Diamond Rio’s number one hit “One More Day” and has also written…
Local artist Silvia Cabrera Williams will lead an experimental art workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at the Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville. Williams will give instruction on how to use household materials to do loose abstract…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Country Memories to pick at Sylva library

The library in Sylva will host the musicians of Country Memories at 7 p.m. July 10. The sextet consists of guitar, banjo, fiddle and autoharp players who perform contemporary and traditional country, gospel and bluegrass with a bit of country…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Sylva library to host contra dance

A Second Sunday Contra Dance will be from 2:30 to 5 p.m. July 8 on the second floor of the old courthouse in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. No previous experience is necessary to participate, and all dances…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Make some noise in Bryson City

The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City will host a community jam from 6-7:30 p.m. July 5 in the library auditorium or, weather permitting, on the library’s front lawn. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer or other acoustic…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Waynesville open late for Art After Dark

The Waynesville Gallery Association’s monthly Art After Dark will take place from 6-9 p.m. July 6, followed by the new Saturday Stroll from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7.
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Maggie to host arts and crafts show

The Maggie Valley Summer Arts and Crafts Show will return to the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 7 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8. The event will feature seasonal items, yard art,…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

All aboard the dinosaur train

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offer a train ride based on the PBS kids series Dinosaur Train, departing from Bryson City July 20 to 22, 27 to 29 and Aug. 4 to 5. Dinosaur Train is an Emmy-nominated and Parents’…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

Liars Bench to appear at Franklin library

The Liars Bench, a live authentic Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, drama and folk arts presentation will perform at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 12 at the Macon County Library in Franklin. Author Gary Carden started The Liars Bench in the…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

HART raising funds for second stage

Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will kick off a $1 million capital fund drive to build a second theater space at its performing arts center at the Shelton House on July 6, in conjunction with the opening night of the Haywood…
The public library in Franklin is hosting two days of haunting teen events exploring monsters and the paranormal. The Haunted North Carolina & Ghost Story Workshop will explore “The Brown Mountain Lights” that have been spotted for hundreds of years…
Actress Barbara Bates Smith will star in a stage adaptation of the short story “Lincolnites” at 7 p.m. July 12 at the Mountain Heritage Center on Western Carolina University’s campus. “Lincolnites” was included in author Ron Rash’s prize-winning fiction collection…
Old Mater Farm is set to host Junior Sisk and Darrin and Brooke Aldridge for its first summer benefit at 1 p.m. July 7.
Artists from around the Southeast will set up their easels and ready their colors in an outdoor painting spree around Cashiers for the weeklong Arts on the Green, a plein air art festival held from July 15-21.
Children ages 8 and older can get muddy and learn about pottery in two workshops from 9 a.m. to noon July 14 and July 21 at Macon County Art Association’s Uptown Gallery in Franklin.
The Asheville Gallery of Art is accepting membership applications from area artists. Applications must be submitted by July 31. Interested artists should obtain a copy of prospective member guidelines and an application, both of which are available at the gallery…
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is piloting an artist-in-residence program, which will provide artists with uninterrupted time to pursue their body of artwork as well as the opportunity to engage and inspire the public through outreach programs. The program is…
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:01

Find Waldo in Sylva, win a prize

Waldo is hiding in local downtown Sylva businesses. Can you find him? When you spot him collect a card from that business and take them to City Lights Bookstore. Collect eight cards and get a Waldo button. Collect 16 and…