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Shutterbug alert: Balsam Mountain Trust in Sylva will hold a digital photography class Sept. 24, from 3 p.m. until sunset. Students will learn both composition and digital “darkroom” techniques. There will be both classroom instruction and a field trip to…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:37

WCU’s Rooted in the Mountains symposium

The second-annual Rooted in the Mountains symposium at Western Carolina University will be held Thursday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 21, in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center. The Rooted in the Mountains event was created to raise…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:36

Get outdoors and support land conservation

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is challenging outdoor enthusiasts to support land conservation simply by hiking. The Hiking Challenge encourages all those who enjoy the beauty of Western North Carolina’s mountains to explore and discover the breathtaking scenery of the conservancy’s…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:36

Land Trust to hold Tessentee Preserve clean-up

The Land Trust of the Little Tennessee will hold a Stewardship Workday at Tessentee Bottomland Preserve in southern Macon County on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. until noon. This will be a general “cleanup” day. September and October will…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:35

See the elk via two guided trips

As part of their popular Eco Tour Outreach Program, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust hold two elk tours in Cataloochee Valley with a Smokies elk specialist will on Thursday, Sept. 22, and Wednesday, Sept. 28. The event includes a picnic dinner; the…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:34

Learn to share the land with bears

With fall comes hungry bears, and the B.E.A.R. Taskforce wants to help people learn to peacefully coexist with these great animals and decrease the growing number of human-bear conflicts. “B.E.A.R. Talk …..In Your Neighborhood” will be held at 5:30 p.m.…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:32

A few hours on top

Yesterday’s (9/11) wonderful late summer weather — mostly clear mid 70s — enticed my family up to Black Balsam for a walk on top. Black Balsam is an easy way to explore unique high elevation balds because you can drive…
There’s a new call to arms for hunters of wild boar: shoot as many as you can — day or night, anytime of year — and ask questions later. Wild boar are a reviled scourge on the landscape. Yet until…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:26

Otters are what beautiful aspires to be

Earlier this week about nine in the morning, I was standing on the Everett Street bridge in the heart of downtown Bryson City. Looking down I saw two otters in the dark-tinted currents of Tuckasegee. I retrieved my binoculars from…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:25

Rally returns to Maggie

Maggie Valley will play host to the Carolina Harley Davidson Dealers Fall Rally in the Valley from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sept. 16 and 17, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The event will feature live music, bike stunt…
The Gods of the Machine, an exhibit by painter John Lytle Wilson, will open with a reception at 5 p.m. on Sept. 15, in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University. An interview with the artist is scheduled for…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:24

Learn blacksmithing at a traditional forge

Western Carolina University will offer eight weeks of blacksmithing classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 20 through Nov. 10 at Calerin Forge in Balsam. Taught by David Burress, participants will learn fundamental skills in shaping…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:23

World wars round table to meet Sept. 21

Capt. Joseph E. Myers, historian for the Asheville Composite Squadron of the North Carolina Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, will be the guest speaker at the Carolina Round Table on the World Wars. The group will hold its first…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:22

Youth music program accepting students

The Haywood County Arts Council will hold registration for new students in the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Canton Middle School. JAM instructors will be on hand to assist beginning…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:21

Mandy Barnett will pay tribute to Patsy Cline

Mandy Barnett, a country music singer and stage actress, will perform a Tribute to Patsy Cline at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Throughout Barnett’s music career, which began…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:21

Highlands Playhouse to hold auction

The Highlands Playhouse will hold a fundraising auction at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Highlands Playhouse. The auction will include items donated from businesses throughout Highlands and across the country. The auction will include items such as an…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:21

Crafters to host English tea

Dogwood Crafters will host an English tea, with two seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Jarrett House in Dillsboro. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 828.586.2248. The cost is $10. All…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:20

Colonial basket techniques to be taught

A basket-weaving class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Macon County Cooperative Extension Services building. Participants will construct a functional and decorative Williamsburg basket, designed after a popular basket used in…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:19

Cullowhee to play at WCU

The band Cullowhee will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. The band began at WCU in 1974 and inhabit a musical genre encompassing the sounds of folk, bluegrass, country,…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:19

Doxita film festival returns to WCU

A checkpoint on the Pakistan-India border and Peruvian workers traveling by boat to an island of birds are just two of the scenes from the upcoming opening of Doxita, a film festival that began in 2008 and showcases documentaries under…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:18

Community band to play Sept. 11 tribute

The Haywood Community Band will present its monthly free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Maggie Valley Pavilion, adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall. The concert will include a Sept. 11 anniversary tribute. Music for…
Native American tribes the Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, Seminole and Cherokee return to Cherokee for a two-day event that celebrates the revitalization of their ancient traditions. The Southeast Tribes Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept.…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 18:15

WCU marching band to perform at NFL game

The 380-member Western Carolina University band will perform as halftime entertainment during the Carolina Panthers regular season home opener against defending Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers, on Sunday, Sept. 18. The game has a 1 p.m. kickoff at…
There is a core of energy to Thomas Rain Crowe, a get-in-there and get-it-done spirit, evident both in his writings and the man himself. So it isn’t surprising that when fellow poet and friend Brent Martin mentioned an interesting concept…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:24

Monkshood — both beautiful and deadly

Usually I locate rare plants by visualizing them and visiting likely habitats. It’s as if I can will them into existence. But this time was different. It was just suddenly there. By chance, while looking for another plant, I literally…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:24

Movie time for extreme sports addicts

For some adrenaline-pumping outdoor flicks, catch the Sept. 12 “Radical Reels” tour hosted by REI in Asheville, with proceeds benefiting the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. These outdoor sport films feature on-the-edge skiing, mountain biking, kayaking and more. The show gets under…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:23

Jet boat business takes off in Bryson City

Smoky Mountain Jet Boats in Bryson City, which for six years has been building New Zealand style jet boats, is now expanding to build larger boats. Smoky Mountain Jet Boats has been making a 12-passenger boat since 2006. This year,…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:22

Tour a local buffer demonstration trail

Get a firsthand understanding of stream buffers by touring a demonstration trail at Monteith Farmstead Park in Dillsboro at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, just before the annual fall dinner of the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River. There are…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:21

WCU groups sponsor amateur river race

The third-annual Citizens Race, a competition for amateur paddlers on a calm section of the Tuckasegee River, is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Participants are timed as they paddle canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddle boards through nine slalom…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:20

New exhibit teaches fundamentals of shelters

Learn about the functions of shelters, including how animals and humans adapted to various environments, through a new exhibit at The N.C. Arboretum. Opening September 24, Sustainable Shelter explores biodiversity, human and animal architecture, ecosystems, and energy and water conservation,…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:20

A good leaf season might be in sight

Western North Carolina’s lackluster economy could get a significant boost from leaf lookers this year, if the annual prediction is right and we enjoy an excellent fall color show. Kathy Mathews, who serves as the region’s and Western Carolina University’s…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:18

Celebrate Public Lands Day by volunteering

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day by hosting several volunteer projects Saturday, Sept. 24, in a unified effort with many public lands across the country.   National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:17

Get out and work in Pinnacle Park

The Pinnacle Park Foundation, the Jackson County Greenways Project and the town of Sylva will hold a volunteer workday at Pinnacle Park beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept.16. Tasks include bridge installation and trail repair and construction. Pinnacle Park,…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:17

Community garden receives grant

The Green Thumb Gardeners in Haywood County has received a state grant that will enable the group to expand its community garden. The funding is through Nourishing North Carolina, a statewide community garden program making local, healthy food more accessible…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:16

Learn how to identify hawks on the Parkway

With September’s arrival, many different species of hawks are winging their way south across the Blue Ridge Parkway, making for a great opportunity to work on identification techniques. To this end, on Saturday at Waterrock Knob Visitor Center (M.P. 451.2)…
One of the South’s most-recognized horticulturist names is headlining the 12th annual Native Plant Symposium held Sept. 16-17 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Michael Dirr, author of the Manual of Woody Landscape Plants and a professor of horticulture at…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:15

Food dehydration subject of hiking club meet

Hikers can learn how to use proper dehydration techniques to make their own trail and backpacking foods at the monthly meeting of the Nantahala Hiking Club, set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Macon County Public Library.…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:14

Every breath sings mountains

Friday, Sept. 23, is the autumn solstice. The solstice is about balance and harmony — the day and night are equal. Here in the Smokies, we wave goodbye to summer as Joe-pye and goldenrod fade, apples and pumpkins brighten and…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:12

Meet, learn about llamas

It’s not everyday you get to have afternoon tea with llamas, those unusual but valuable pack animals that are showing up frequently now on our trails. The Cradle of Forestry in America will offer Afternoon Tea with Llamas at 11…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:11

Cowee Mound site of bird-monitoring work

Cherokee students and teachers have undertaken the first part of a long-term monitoring project of birds at the Cowee Mound in Macon County. A group with the Robbinsville-based Cherokee language camp in July participated in a breeding-bird sample survey at…
The Friends of the Haywood Public Library offers the fifth and final book discussion in the Discovering the Literary South series at 4 p.m. on Sept. 15, in the auditorium of the Waynesville library.   The book to be discussed…
Join a special story time with author Gail Nolen at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Nolen will read from her book, Johnny, My Favorite Mouse. Based on a true story, this book tells…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:08

Political writer to read in Sylva

Martin A. Dyckman, a retired associate editor of the St. Petersburg Time who lives part of the year in Waynesville, will discuss Florida political history and present his latest book, Reubin O’D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:07

Writing that transcends the mystery genre

The fierce Santa Ana winds that blow through southern California are as much a recurring character in The Triggerman’s Dance as any of the troubled (and often doomed) people who scheme, deceive and betray each other in this tension-ridden novel.…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:05

Marty Stuart stops in Franklin

Marty Stuart, a four-time Grammy winner and platinum recording artist, will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.   Stuart is best known for his traditional…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:04

Masters of Motown open Galaxy of Stars series

The Masters of Motown’s “A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A.,” will open the Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University. The show features many of the greatest hits from the legendary Motown era at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11,…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:04

Free arts and crafts workshop for kids

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the Macon County Public Library children’s wing. The theme is the United States Constitution, with a variety…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:02

Hone your glassblowing and blacksmithing skills

The Green Energy Park in Dillsboro is offering more classes this fall in both glassblowing and blacksmithing. Come make a glass pumpkin or ornament for the holidays, forge a handmade knife for a gift or just try a new experience.…
Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville is holding a Star Wars party from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. The event will include games and crafts for children, a trivia contest for all ages, free Star Wars souvenirs for…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:01

Introductory Reiki workshop being offered

Sylva resident Mercedes Fernandez will present an introductory Reiki workshop at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. Reiki is a form of hands-on healing that was originally popularized in Japan…