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Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:34

The Bascom to host Family Fun Day June 9

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The Bascom, a visual arts center in Highlands, will hold a Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.…
Haywood Community College and the American Bladesmith Society will hold an “Introduction to Bladesmithing” course from 6-10 p.m. June 18-19…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:33

Kids, hone your hula hooping skills

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Kelly Jewell-Timco will lead a hula hooping class at 4 p.m. June 13 at the Jackson County Public Library. This…
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 20:32

Summer art workshops offered in Cullowhee

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Cullowhee Mountain ARTS is gearing up for its Youth Week art workshops for children ages 5 and up from July…
Downtown Waynesville will transform into a Mecca for Appalachian heritage geeks and for people who want to learn more about…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:01

Its a scarlet tanager kind of year

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“The scarlet tanager flies through the green foliage as if it would ignite the leaves. You can hardly believe that…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:56

Highlands Nature Center offers summer camps

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The Highlands Nature Center is holding a series of summer nature camps for children from ages 4 to 14 with…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:55

Friends of the Smokies donors raise money for Trails

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Friends of the Smokies met a challenge grant from the Aslan Foundation of Knoxville to raise $4 million for the…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:54

GSMNP is starting a Youth Leadership Class

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is starting a new program beginning this summer to create a Youth Leadership Class…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:52

Tremont announces bird banding program

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Volunteers are needed to assist Tremont and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by monitoring birds through bird banding on…
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is hosting three free fishing events in early June at its Pisgah Center for Wildlife…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:50

Bird banding at Tessentee preserve

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The public is invited to the bird-banding project at Tessentee Preserve in Otto at 8 a.m. June 2.  Participants will…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:50

Free rafting trip on the Tuckasegee

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The Dillsboro River Company will offer free unguided rafting trips down the Tuckaseegee River from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:49

Jackson County Golf Club summer schedule

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The Jackson County Golf Club has planned its summer schedule, which will include rounds at Mill Creek, Sequoyah National, Bear…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:48

WCU online course to address wilderness survival

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Western Carolina University is offering an online course beginning June 1 on topics related to surviving accidents and dangerous encounters…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:46

Cradle of Forestry to host Curiosity Club

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The Cradle of Forestry will hold a nature and educational series titled “Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club” from 10:30 a.m. to…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:45

Kids in the Creek T-Shirt competition

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Robert Coleman won the Kids in the Creek T-shirt design competition and will have his design printed on 785 T-shirts…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:44

Forum to discuss alternative energy

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The Franklin Open Forum will discuss “Is alternative energy a viable alternative?” at 7 p.m. on June 6 at the…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:44

Mast General Store to hold Land Trust Day

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Mast General Store and the Appalachians Highlands Conservancy will celebrate Land Trust Day on June 2 by encouraging customers to…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:43

View the transit of Venus in Cashiers

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View the transit of Venus from 5:30 p.m. until sunset Tuesday, June 5, behind the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library. The…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:41

Lily here and lily there

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I was in the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest the other morning preparing to go to one of…
Richard Baird, a plant pathologist from Mississippi State University, was hard at work one day last week examining mushrooms in…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:30

Rash, Frazier featured at author lecture series

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Ron Rash, Charles Frazier and Wayne Caldwell will be among a group of southern writers to speak at the Summer…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:29

Great Smokies Writing Program comes to Waynesville

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UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program is offering “A Feast of Memories,” a course in Waynesville that will help local…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:28

Finding the right word

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In his Foreword to Robert Hartwell Fiske’s The Best Words (ISBN 978-193333882-8, $14.94), Richard Lederer reminds us of Mark Twain’s…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:27

International Festival Day moved to July 21

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Folkmoot USA has changed the date of its popular International Festival Day celebration to July 21. The event will take…
Since it is the 150th anniversary of Civil War, the Waynesville library has decided to make the momentous war the…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:26

Carden’s new play to premiere in Greensboro

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The world premiere of Outlander, a play written by Gary Carden of Sylva and Horace Frank Lee of Bryson City,…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:25

Summer reading programs focus on dreaming big

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Registration has begun for the “Dream Big – Read” summer reading program at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:24

Book arts workshops at City Lights

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Jackson County Visual Arts Association will present two workshops on book arts from 9 a.m. to noon on June 2…
The Jackson County Arts Association will hold an artist reception as part of  “Sylva After Dark” from 6 p.m. to…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:21

Gourd Art Festival in Cherokee

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The 10th annual Gourd Artists Gathering and Art Festival will be held at the fairgrounds in Cherokee from 1 to…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:21

Leapin’ Frog Gallery to hold collage workshop

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The Leapin’ Frog Gallery in Waynesville will host a workshop on mixed media abstract collages from 11 a.m. to 2…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:20

WWII display to stop in Franklin

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A World War II exhibit from the Museum of Military Memorabilia in Naples, Fla., will travel to Franklin in June.…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:19

Motorcycle ride comes to Maggie Valley

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“Thunder On the Parkway,” a new motorcycle ride from Gainesville, Ga., to Maggie Valley, will take place from June 8-10.…
Haywood County Arts Council’s will host an artist reception for its new exhibit, “Celebrating Appalachia,” from 6-9 p.m., June 1,…
The Cherokee Voices Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9 at the Museum of…
Catch the Spirit of Appalachia awarded the Elmer and Irene Hooper Civic Leadership Scholarship to Autumn Skye Baird. The scholarship…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:13

Take time to traverse the quilt trail

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The Haywood County Quilt Trails project is bringing tourists to Haywood County with the colorful display of traditional quilting patterns.…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:12

Midtown Men to perform in Franklin June 2

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The Midtown Men will take the stage at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., June…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:11

Two comedy acts to perform at Smoky Mountain Center

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The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will welcome two comedy acts to its stage at 7:30 p.m., May…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:10

Free concert by Smoky Mountain Brass Band

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Smoky Mountain Brass Band will perform a free concert at 2 p.m., June 2, on the lawn of the historic…
By Paul Clark • Contributing Writer A village that attracts residents because of its spectacular beauty has attracted a film…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:02

Jones made wrong vote at last Jackson meeting

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To the Editor: At the most recent Jackson County commissioner meeting at the Balsam-Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Commissioner Mark…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 13:02

Left changes it’s tune when it loses

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To the Editor: According to recent letters to the editor, Christians, or anyone else, should not be allowed to vote…
Some time back I wrote that at a future date I’d print seed-starting dates for the remainder of the growing…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:57

Misunderstanding should not nix resolution

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To the Editor: Sometimes misunderstandings can get completely out of hand. Such was the case at the last meeting of…
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:57

North Shore Road money should not be held up

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To the Editor: I commend Becky Johnson and The Smoky Mountain News for providing the facts to its readers regarding…
I’ll admit that I have never been much of a cat person. It’s because I am a little selfish, I…
You’d be hard pressed to name a state-run entity more closely aligned with the region it serves than the Mountain…