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For me, those plants found here in the Smokies region that have verified practical human uses are, in the long run, of more interest than those with often overblown reputations for sacred or medicinal uses. For instance, the history of…
We were nearing the end of our European summer vacation with three other families from Western North Carolina when we pulled into Interlaken, Switzerland on a Saturday evening. As I looked around at the neat mountain chalets on the outskirts…
I slept downstairs on a futon last night, trying to escape some of the intense heat that, chimney-like, turned the upstairs of the cabin I live in into a furnace. Even so I lay in bed sweating and dozing fitfully.…
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

A story everyone should read, learn from

To the Editor: We, the undersigned, are a group of Haywood County citizens that meets regularly for a respectful dialogue around race issues. This group first fellowships together over a meal and then enters into a structured conversation aimed at…
To the Editor: In Western North Carolina we are extremely lucky to live, work and play in a place of incredible natural beauty. I am proud that I worked professionally for many years to safeguard the health of both our…
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.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:13

Combating things that sting and itch

This is about critters and plants that sting and itch. There are lots of things out there in the woods that can cause discomfort or worse: hornets, poison ivy, poisonous serpents, poison sumac, ants, skunks, no-see-ums, and so on. Two…
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…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 14:02

Snake handlers riveting but cliché

“... and these signs shall follow those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poisons, it will not…
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…
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:06

Firecracker 5K lights a fuse with runners

  If you are looking to run a personal best, consider the Bryson City Firecracker 5k on July 4th. The course, which begins downtown and heads toward the Deep Creek community and back, is one of the flattest 5K courses…
This year’s U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Championships were held in Cherokee last weekend, with venues including the catch-and-release waters in Cherokee, the Upper Nantahala and the Lower Nantahala.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:05

Horse exhibition to benefit Panthertown

  The Bald Rock Horse Exhibition will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30 in Sapphire to benefit the Friends of Panthertown, a non-profit that works to preserve, protect and promote the unique national forest recreational area…
  From spider behavior to salamander pheromones, researchers with the Highlands Biological Station are seemingly undaunted by the finer, even obscure points of mountain ecology. They will present a sampling of their research projects at 7 p.m. July 5 at…