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Photography classes to be offered in Cullowhee

Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education is offering a series of monthly photography classes in Cullowhee in October and continuing through May. Each class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the kickoff being Thursday, Oct. 16.

Some of the topics to be covered include digital printing, iPhoneography and macro, landscape, black and white, infrared and travel photography. Some classes being offered are The Art of Seeing for Photographers, Photoshop for Photographers and Getting Started in Digital Photography. The classes will be led by professional nature photographer and Pisgah Forest resident Les Saucier, who has taught nature photography across the nation for more than 30 years. 

A complete list of dates and class descriptions can be found at Registration is available on the website and by calling the Office of Continuing and Professional Education at 828-227-7397.

Each class is $99 and includes lunch.


Want to learn blacksmithing?

A Blacksmithing Fundamentals class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and Nov. 8 at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro.

The course is designed to introduce students to the art of blacksmithing. Fundamental techniques will be covered: forge safety, basic hammer techniques, general shaping/squaring/drawing out, heating, quenching, scrolling, and twisting. Once the basics are mastered, the students will make a variety of simple pieces, including twisted hooks, nail swords, bottle openers, a fire poker, and more. Students must wear closed-toe shoes (preferably leather), long pants and cotton clothing, and should bring a lunch.

Space is limited to five students only. Pre-registration is strongly suggested.

828.631.0271 or


Cherokee pottery talk at museum

The presentation “Cherokee Pottery: Three Thousand Years of Cherokee Science and Art” will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at The Museum of the Cherokee Indian.

This talk is part of International Archaeology Day, sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America. It will also include examples of Cherokee pottery beginning with fiber-tempered pottery through the work of contemporary Cherokee potters who have revitalized old techniques.  

Barbara R. Duncan, Ph.D., education director, will talk about the art and science involved in Cherokee pottery, providing examples of reproduction pots which participants can examine hands-on. The talk will cover the fabric-impressed Swannanoa pots of 900 B.C., the shell-tempered pots of the Cherokee Overhill Towns, Mississippian effigy pots and fire pots, and Qualla pottery from 1300 A.D. through today.  Beginning in 2003, potters from the Eastern Band began bringing back old styles and techniques, and their work will be discussed as well. At 1 p.m., Jerry Wolfe, Beloved Man of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will be telling traditional stories and sharing oral history. 

Free. or 828.497.3481 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



• The 23rd annual Fall Arts & Crafts Show will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Over 75 local artisans and craft vendors.

• The Groovy Movie Club will screen “Inequality for All” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Buffy Queen’s residence in Waynesville. An organic potluck will precede the film, with a discussion on this movie to follow. Free. 828.926.3508 or 828.454.5949.

• The Blue Ridge Artists & Crafters Falling Leaves show will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds in Lake Junaluska. Free. or 828.550.0639.

• A Kids Lego Club will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month starting Oct. 21 in the children’s department at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville. The club is also seeking Lego donations.

• The Harvest Festival will be held Oct. 17-19 at the Stecoah Valley Center in Robbinsville. From 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 there will be campfire music, marshmallow roast and refreshments. The Dry Creek Climb 5K will be at 8 a.m. Oct. 18, with music, square dancing and other activities to follow, as well as a special performance by The SteelDrivers at 7:30 p.m. Gospel groups will perform from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 19. 

• The 25th annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. 828.524.3161. 

• Fall Photography, The Art of the Teapot, Landscape in Watercolor and a Multi-Media Art Sampler class will be offered at The Bascom in Highlands. 

• The DIY Library Series will offer a felted soap making class at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 at the Waynesville Public Library. Free, with supplies provided. Sign up is required. 828.356.2507 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

• The film “Boyhood” will be shown Oct. 15, 17-19, 21-22 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Screenings are at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:45 p.m. Friday; 2, 5 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday; and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. $6 per person, $4 for children. There is also a $3 ticket for the Saturday matinee. Saturday morning cartoons will be shown at 11 a.m. and are free to attend.828.283.0079 or 

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