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Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:49

This must be the place

It had been 10 years. I kept thinking those words while boarding a plane in Charlotte this past weekend, bound for my hometown. Tucked far away in the northeast, awaiting my arrival was a 10-year high school reunion. 
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 01:46

Finding inspiration in Appalachia

Standing in an empty field, Martin Cook has a vision.  Founder of the renowned Western North Carolina gospel group The Inspirations, Cook looks around the band’s 29-acre property (dubbed “Inspiration Park”) just east of Bryson City. The beauty and grandeur spills…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 14:09

World beat hits Main Street

By Garret K. Woodward • Staff Writer If Norman Rockwell ever ventured out of New England, as the crow flies, he may have found himself in downtown Waynesville. And if Rockwell had packed a blank canvas and a rusty toolbox…
By Garret K. Woodward • Staff writer I had just finished my third steamed carrot when the yelling began. It was a group of men, with faces of power and a seemingly euphoric rage. With backs to each other, their…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:15

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:08

The countries of Folkmoot USA

New Zealand — Whitireia Performing Arts Whitireia Performing Arts is affiliated with New Zealand College of Performing Arts. This school is an energetic setting that prides itself on high-quality performing art programs and performers.
For many teens growing up in Haywood County, becoming a Folkmoot guide is a dream come true. The job means spending two weeks with a group of international dancers and musicians, helping them with everything from getting to performances on…
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:04

Serbian performers return to Folkmoot

The Serbian group Talija Art Co., crowd pleasers at the 2009 Folkmoot, will make a return appearance at this year’s folk festival.
Two artist-in-residence mini-workshops will be offered as part of the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS programs at Western Carolina University.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:44

‘Unto These Hills’ opens in Cherokee

Showcasing the dramatic retelling of Cherokee history and culture, “Unto These Hills” has hit the mid-point in its 10-week summer run, playing nightly at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 17 (except Sundays) at the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:43

Mountain Momma

Ever since we splurged on a $2.99 plastic magician’s wand at Santa’s Land last year, my daughter has treated us to the occasional magic show in the living room. They are 90 percent theatrics, and 10 percent tricks. 
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:42

Claymates celebrates one year in business

Claymates, a “Paint-Your-Own-Pottery & Glass Fusing Experience,” is celebrating its one-year anniversary from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at its Waynesville studio, with a free hotdog lunch, games, activities and crafts, and a 20 percent discount on DIY…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:41

Hula-hoop jam for kids and teens in Bryson

Two hula-hoop jams will be held at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Kelly Jewell Timco, a hula aficionado from Sylva, will be sharing a variety of hula-hooping techniques with lots…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:40

Rained out fireworks rescheduled

Due to record-breaking rainfall throughout Western North Carolina, Cashiers, Dillsboro and Highlands Fourth of July fireworks were canceled and moved to a later date. Cashiers has been changed to Sept. 1, to coincide with the Labor Day weekend events. Dillsboro…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:38

Chamber music comes to Waynesville

The 19th annual Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival continues at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 13:37

This must be the place

It’s the question I get asked the most. “Is there any music around tonight?”
Known as the finest showcase of native traditions, the ninth annual Festival of Native Peoples will take place July 12-13 at Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. The event features a variety of traditional dance, storytelling and song performances honoring the collected…
A mountain dulcimer historian who discovered the instrument while living in Greenwich Village in the 1960s and a 19-year-old dulcimer virtuoso who already has been crowned national champion and is widely recognized for her progressive playing style will be on…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:50

Mountain Momma

A whirlwind of global cultures, languages, costumes, music and dance has landed in WNC this week. The annual arrival of the Folkmoot international music and dance festival is a welcome respite from the mid-summer doldrums. 
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:46

‘Brigadoon’ comes to HART

Legendary Broadway musical “Brigadoon” runs at 7:30 p.m. July 18-20, 25-27, Aug. 1-3, and at 3 p.m. July 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
The 10th annual Franklin Folk Festival, a “Celebration of Appalachian Heritage,” runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in downtown Franklin.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:39

Voices in the Laurel sings in New Orleans

Members of Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choir have just returned from the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans.   The festival featured a 200-voice mass choir, which consisted of Voices in the Laurel and nine other choirs from…
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Kathy Mattea will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:37

Tickets on sale for Miranda Lambert

Mega-country star Miranda Lambert hits the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
It all started with an email.  Last July, I was at a crossroads. Being a freelance writer for a few years, my usual summer work dried up before the warm weather even arrived. The publications I was contributing to in Upstate…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

“Dexter” There is so much bad television that I’m usually way behind the curve on good new shows because I lack the time or patience to wade through the dreck to find the occasional jewel. But I could not resist…
Wednesday, 22 November 2006 00:00

Effortless extraction from the days of fusion

By Chris Cooper Music, and the artists that make it, have no choice but to evolve as time goes by. For many rock-oriented instrumentalists that came into prominence during the 80s, this has been a difficult thing.
By Michael Beadle Like artists inspired by the drama of their own lives, some art studios have their own back story.
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

The New Yorker Waynesville’s James Joyce is not only an excellent writer (as evidenced in his latest work Use Eagles If Necessary). He’s also a guy who appreciates fine writing.
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 00:00

So, what is there to do around here?

By Chris Cooper Though Sylva might not qualify as a simmering hotbed of musical and cultural hipness, to a degree it does have it’s own thing going on. We have a reasonable variety of musicians and bands, with several —…
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Freakonomics OK, I’m often late to the game, but this book published a few years is just fascinating. While working Folkmoot this summer one of the guides was reading it, and she explained that it was the freshman summer reading…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Jacob Clark, a sixth-grader at Waynesville Middle School, likes the trumpet. “It’s easy to play,” he says.
Wednesday, 08 November 2006 00:00

From the pick of the old time pickin’ litter

By Chris Cooper Rafe Stefanini: Ladies Fancy Rafe Stefanini is something of a walking encyclopedia of old-time fiddle and banjo music, having dedicated most of his life to hunting down and learning tunes both famous and obscure from all over…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Book By Book Michael Dirda, a reviewer for The Washington Post Book World and winner of a Pulitzer Prize for criticism, gives readers a treat in this small volume of meditations on life and literature.
By Chris Cooper “Timeless” is one of those words tossed around a lot in reference to music. Everybody wants to write a song that’s “timeless,” right? A tune that sounds just as good today as it will 20 or 30…
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 00:00

The landscapes of our lives

By Michael Beadle Shafts of sun pierce through a misty forest. A thick river of fog rolls through ancient mountains. Plump sparrows perch on a bare branch thin as tin foil.
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

A Tall One Earlier this month North Carolina won five medals at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival Competition —
Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Jim Stoltz first learned to appreciate nature on family camping trips.
Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Lauderdale’s Country Super is super country

By Chris Cooper The stellar songwriting talents of Jim Lauderdale have been tapped by a “who’s who” of country music and bluegrass stars — anyone from George Strait to the Dixie Chicks, blues grandfather John Mayall to newer country upstarts…
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Sports I’m sorry, I am an unabashed sports fan. Not one of those people who paints themselves in their team’s colors, or whose happiness or existence depends on the outcome of a particular game.
Wednesday, 11 October 2006 00:00

Southern Cross set to test its metal

By Chris Cooper If you can imagine an even more ticked-off Phil Anselmo fronting a hybrid of COC and Black Sabbath, you’ll have an idea of where mountain metal outfit Southern Cross is coming from.
By Michael Beadle With the blaze of leaf season in full swing, inspiration is all around — especially for local artists.
By Michael Beadle Miss Daisy Werthan is an elderly Jewish widow who has gotten too old to drive herself, so she’ll have to hire a driver. In 1950’s Atlanta, that meant a white woman being driven by a black man.…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:52

Friends of the Library holds book sale

Support your local library by coming to the Haywood County Library annual Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 25, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 26, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27, at the Haywood…
The Light of the Lake, a theatrical production evoking 100 years of Lake Junaluska history, will have its premier performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 3, in Stuart Auditorium. Described as a multimedia experience, the production will incorporate photography, acting,…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:51

Make your own pottery in Bryson City

People of any skill level will have the opportunity to make their own pottery from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Pincu Pottery in Bryson City. Make your own cup or mug. Stamp, draw on or texture a…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:50

HART reaches goal for new stage

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) in Waynesville reached its fund-raising goal of $600,000 sooner than expected, thanks to John and Susie Harmon.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:49

Gemboree returns to Macon

Gem, mineral dealers and rock hounds will converge on the 48th annual Macon County Gemboree July 25-28 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Hours for the event are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and…
Supporters of Francis Mill recently helped celebrate the mill’s designation as a National Register of Historic Places site. 
The Talleys and Brian Free & Assurance will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:45

This must be the place

Don’t go in there. As long as I can remember, I’ve been told this. From my parents, teachers, friends or just strangers in general. It’s a phrase that can refer to a dangerous spot in the woods, front yards with…
Legendary American tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will battle it out in a charity exhibition match in Cashiers this Saturday, hopefully raising as much as $200,000 to support and expand a wide variety of youth programs in the…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

If you do a lot of surfing on the Internet, you probably know that astonishing changes are taking place there. Almost every day, Web sites that were previously stiff and uninteresting are suddenly morphing into multi-media sites with color, graphics…
By Michael Beadle The world where artists create can often be a private place off limits to the general public.
By Michael Beadle It’s a gorgeous autumn afternoon in Asheville just a few days before author Charles Frazier begins an 11-city tour for his new book, Thirteen Moons.
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

The eighties uncovered

By Chris Cooper It’s all too easy to dismiss the ‘80s as an era of day-glow clothes, poofy hair and painfully lame, glossy radio friendly “pop.” And thanks to the popularity of television shows like VH1’s “I Love the ‘80s,”…
Wednesday, 04 October 2006 00:00

When a book becomes an industry

By Michael Beadle “Where is Cold Mountain?” Nearly a decade after Charles Frazier’s debut novel became an international success, folks still come to the area asking about the mountain that has become as much of a tourist icon as Thomas…
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

Los Lobos: The Town and the City Remembered by most as “that band that revived ‘La Bamba’,” this criminally under-appreciated group from east Los Angeles may well be the best rock and roll band of the past quarter century.
By Michael Beadle Appalachian storyteller and musician Jerry Harmon will perform at Eaglenest in Maggie Valley for one special performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

HART: Thinking outside of the (ticket) box

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer In most rural small-town communities, local theater isn’t known for being particularly racy, daring, or even very good.
Wednesday, 27 September 2006 00:00

Fine playing on a Kinky collaboration

By Chris Cooper I have to admit — I really don’t know much about Kinky Friedman. I mean, most of us have certainly heard the name, but beyond what seems like the sheer novelty of being a Jewish country artist…
By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer It’s late at night and Georgie is standing at the door waiting for Dave to come home. Her suitcase is packed. There’s a look of disgust mixed with anguish on her face.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:03

Illustrator to hold demos in Bryson City

The Art League of the Smokies will meet at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.  Featured artist will be Bente Starcke King, whose DVD, “Beautiful Botanicals—Painting and Drawing Flowers and…
Dharma teacher Trish Thompson, ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh and a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction instructor, will offer a workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at St. David’s Episcopal church in Cullowhee. The workshop will explore…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:02

Dining out for The Bascom

“Dining for The Bascom” will be from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Lakeside Restaurant in Highlands.  Diners will help The Bascom visual arts center by having 15 percent of the gross sales from their meals donated…
Spencers Theatre of Illusion will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Kevin and Cindy Spencer present a high-tech stage show that combines drama, comedy, romance and…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:00

Downtown Waynesville goes to the dogs

The 8th annual Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation Downtown Waynesville Dog Walk will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Sign up begins at 9 a.m. in front of the Haywood County Courthouse.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:57

Tanner exhibition at Gallery 86

Painter Kel Tanner will have a solo exhibition from Aug. 7 to Sept. 2 at Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86 in Waynesville. An artist reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the gallery.
The Pop Ferguson Blues Review will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. 
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:49

The Black Crowes come to Harrah’s

Legendary southern rock group, The Black Crowes, performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:47

This must be the place

I wanted to be close to the source. When I was 20 years old, I decided to become a writer. Standing in the mud at Bonnaroo 2005, I realized all I wanted to do what talk to strangers and write…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:45

Festival honors moonshine, Popcorn Sutton

The 4th Annual Popcorn Sutton Summer Jam will be from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
It was the only thing he knew how to do. It was the only thing he wanted to do.  Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton was a moonshiner, through and through. Meandering the thick woods surrounding Maggie Valley, and points beyond in Southern…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:53

Mountain Momma

I never realized little old ladies had such sharp elbows, or just how willing they were to use them, until my first experience with the Friends of the Library book sale at the Waynesville library several years ago.
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Porsche club to raise money for Sarge’s

The Carolinas Region, Mountain Area of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) is hosting the 5th annual People’s Choice Concours, In Den Bergen, Aug. 9-11, at The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa. More than 70 Porsches are expected at…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Mountain momma

Living within walking distance of the farmers market has lots of perks. For starters, it’s a great excuse when asked, with a tinge of poorly disguised incredulity, “You don’t even grow a few vegetables, not even a couple of tomato…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Tickets on sale for WCU performances

Tickets for the Western Carolina University Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series will go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

Celebrate wood crafts at the Folk Art Center

“Wood Day,” an annual celebration of wood crafts, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Folk Art Center at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway east of Asheville.
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 18:54

Black brings country hits to Franklin

Country singer Clint Black will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Black has long been heralded as one of country music’s brightest stars. Black’s many talents have enabled…
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 18:53

Barbecue, classic cars roll into Franklin

The 5th annual Mountain High BBQ Festival and Car Show will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 10, at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Frankin.
Tuesday, 06 August 2013 18:52

Trace Adkins hits the stage at Harrah’s

Country singer Trace Adkins performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 00:00

This must be the place

I was afraid of getting caught. As a teenager, I found myself sneaking into the back door of my grandfather’s garage. Amid the darkness, I stepped over firewood, fishing gear and forgotten storage boxes layered in dust. Sliding past his…
About 30 people sat scattered around the 2,800-seat Mountainside Theater in Cherokee, watching the makings of something that has never graced the stage there before. After debuting its first new play in more than 60 years last year, the Cherokee…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:49

Mountain momma

The scramble is on across WNC to pack in a few last drops of quality family time before school starts back.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:47

Donate to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS

“Drawings for Art” fundraiser is currently going on to benefit the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. The drawings will take place during a reception and art talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Fine & Performing Arts Center at Western…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:43

Off-beat romantic comedy hits the stage

The Highlands-Cashiers Players present the off-beat romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” Aug. 22-25 and Aug. 29-Sept. 1, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:42

Summer bike rally in Maggie Valley

The Maggie Valley Summer Rally will be Aug. 16-18 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:39

Balsam Range to play Franklin 

Acclaimed bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Range will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Cowee School Celebration in Franklin. Built in 1943 on the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the school served thousands of…
The Haywood County Fair will run Aug. 20-26, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. With an array of food and craft vendors, live entertainment, contest, farm animal exhibit and carnival rides, the beloved Western North Carolina pastime returns with gusto. Feature…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:37

Jeff Little Trio brings Americana to Stecoah

The Jeff Little Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. 
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:36

American Idol singer at Harrah’s

American Idol singer Lauren Alaina will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug 22, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:33

This must be the place

This might get loud. I tend to say that to anyone who finds themselves in the passenger’s seat of my rusty pickup truck. I live and die for rock-n-roll.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:29

Skating the Smokies for a good cause

Don’t mess with a mountain girl, especially one on roller skates. “We’re a tough bunch, and we stick together,” said Krista Robb. Aka “Butternut Squash,” the 28-year-old Robb is a star player on the Smoky Mountain Roller Girls, a nonprofit…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:45

Photographer exhibit, reception at WCU

Photographer Dr. Rick Cary will have a reception for his exhibit “Credo: Documentary Photographs of Signs Following Believers” from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Star Atrium at the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum. An artist…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:44

SCC offers voice acting

In order to introduce area residents to the potential of a voice acting career path, Voice Coaches presents “Getting Paid to Talk,” an introduction to the world of voiceovers, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Southwestern Community…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:38

Haywood County Fair schedule of events

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 5:00 p.m. Carnival Rides Open 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Open to the Public 6:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies Followed ByApple Orchard Community Concert Apple Orchard 6:00 p.m. Animal Viewing Zoo   THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 9:00 a.m.-10:00p.m. Open to the Public,…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:37

Mountain momma

My kids have been in training all summer for the Haywood County Fair. They haven’t been raising giant pumpkins nor whipping their dairy cows into shape for the show ring. Nor have they been boning up on their bingo skills,…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:36

Cherokee exhibit on view at SCC

The Cherokee exhibit “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future” is on display through Sept. 19 in the Balsam Building Lobby at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. A community input session will be held from noon until 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:34

Craft beer festival on tap in Waynesville

The inaugural Waynesville Craft Beer Festival will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the American Legion baseball field in Waynesville.