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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00

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Want to preserve historical documents?

Heather South will hold a discussion “A Trunkload of Trouble, The Do’s and Don’ts of Preserving Things” during the Jackson County Genealogical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Jackson County Courthouse in Sylva.

South, expert on historic document preservation at the Western Regional Archives in Asheville, will provide information on how to preserve your family photos, letters, clippings, and other documents. Bring your own paper items for evaluation and South can provide advice on how to preserve them for future generations.

All JCGS events are free of charge and the public is welcome.  



Green Thumb Day Festival in Whittier

The 15th Annual Green Thumb Day Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in downtown Whittier.

Local artists, crafters, planters and farmers will be on hand. Live music will be provided by Keep on Pickin’, Joshua Grant, and Mountain Strings Dulcimer Club. There will wagon rides and other children’s activities. Free tree seedlings and information on plants and planting will also be available. VFW Post 8013 and food vendors will also be onsite. 

Vendor spaces are still available for $15. Entry to the festival is free. Proceeds will go to benefit various community outreach projects, including the Grace House Food Pantry.



Entries sought for Taste of Chocolate

An open call for entries to Taste of Chocolate Plus is currently under way. 

The event will take place April 18 at the Maggie Valley Country Club.

This year’s categories are Amateur, Bed and Breakfast, Professional and Bakers Choice. The Taste of Chocolate Plus is a fundraiser for the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center with all proceeds going to connect volunteers in the community and assist seniors with the NC SHIIP program. 

Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased at Maggie Valley Club, Chocolate Bear, Blue Ridge Books and Quilters Quarters and The Better Bean Coffee House.

828.356.2833 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Open call for Chocolate Cook-off

There is currently an open call under way for the 8th annual “Chocolate Cook-Off” to be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Swain County Chamber of Commerce in Bryson City.

The Friends of the Marianna Black Library will host this event to help raise money for the library. In the past, proceeds have gone to help pay for the Summer Reading Program, new equipment and new books. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 to 16 and Friend’s Members.

Applications can be found at or 828.488.0480.



• There will be an oyster roast from 6 to 10 p.m. April 17 at The Bascom in Highlands. The event will be in celebration of the center for visual art’s recent expansion. Free steamed oysters. Other food and drinks available. Live bluegrass music by WellStrung from 7 to 9 p.m. 

• A Car Club Cruise-In will be from 4 to 7 p.m. April 10 at the Southwestern Community College campus in Sylva. Celebrating SCC’s 50th anniversary celebration. Free. 

• Disc Golf on the Greenway will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in Franklin. Demonstrating techniques and a round of play. Presented by the Franklin Disc Golf Club. 

• A Zumba dance class will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Classes will also run April 14, 21 and 28. $20. 

• A beer and cheese pairing with Heinzelmannchen Brewery and Looking Glass Creamery will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at City Lights Café in Sylva. Tickets are $15 until March 31, $20 thereafter. Limited to 25 people.


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