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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

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Bryson City craft beer, barbeque 

A “BBQ & Brews Dinner Train” will be departing at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad depot in Bryson City.

The dinner features slow-cooked barbecue prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing Nantahala Brewing Company. The train travels to the Fontana Trestle and arrives just around sunset for a spectacular view, then arrives back to the depot at 9 p.m. 

The event is for ages 21 and over. Tickets start at $69. Additional beer will be available for purchase onboard the train. Admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum is included with ticket purchase.

800.872.4681 or www.gsmr.com.


Cherokee bonfire opens for summer

The ceremonial Cherokee bonfires will kickoff the summer season from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Ocoaluftee Island Park in Cherokee. 

The bonfires will run every Friday and Saturday through Sept. 5, and also everyday from June 29 to July 4. Spend an evening with the Cherokee people by a roaring fire. Listen as Cherokee storytellers in period dress from the 17th century spin tales of days gone by, myths and mysteries passed down through the ages and talk of the history. Learn Cherokee survival skills and experience the dance. 

Your hosts will provide light refreshments, which include marshmallows for roasting and drinks. Guests sit by the fire near the Oconaluftee riverside enjoying a unique and entertaining experience.

The bonfires are free and open to the public. 

800.438.1601 or 828.359.6492 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


Smoky Mountain Sk8way summer camp

The Smoky Mountain Sk8way & FUN ZONE has once again partnered with area teachers and specialists to offer a fun, affordable, healthy and safe summer day camp experience for kids who’ve finished kindergarten through sixth grade. 

With “Skate, Learn, Play” as the theme, this year the summer camp has gone the extra mile to become an officially licensed camp by the State of North Carolina which allows them to accept subsidized payments from Southwestern Child Development. The Sk8way has also added a 5,000-square-foot outdoor park for the kids to play in, new games and activities and the Haywood County School System will provide nutritious breakfasts and lunches.

Activities will be both on site and off site. Every Monday a specialist will come in and give a class like hula hooping from Kelly Timco, self defense, creative dance, dog training, etc. Every Tuesday the campers head out for field trip day and visit places like the WNC Nature Center, Bowling at Country Side Lanes, trips to the post office, fire station, library, movies, Cherokee, putt-putt and more. 

There will also be a different field trip every week. Wednesdays are on site activities like roller skating games and skate lessons, arts and crafts, climbing wall, team building, and culinary fun, just to name a few. Every Thursdays is a trip to the Waynesville Recreation Center for swimming, a trip to the park and a picnic. Fridays are on site and the day the Sk8way invites other camps to join in for an afternoon of skating, games and inflatable fun. 

The camp offers flexible scheduling to work with parent’s schedules and summer vacations. Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Full time enrollment (4-5 days a week) is $110 and part time is $90 (1-3 days a week). Parents can choose the days and weeks they want their child to attend. Part-time campers are accepted according to availability. There is a $60 enrollment fee to reserve your child’s space for summer and comes with a camp T-shirt that the campers are asked to wear on the off-site activity days. Registration is currently under way.



Waynesville’s Rockin’ Block Party

The first Rockin’ Block Party of the summer will be at from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in downtown Waynesville.

From 6 to 7 p.m., the “Kids on Main” will begin with several merchant sponsored hands-on activities, balloon twisting, face painting and a children’s area. Live music will follow at 7 p.m. with the 96.5 House Band on the south end, with Travers Brothership (blues/rock) on the north end in front of Tipping Point Brewing. There will also be food and craft vendors onsite. 

As well, the Labor Day Rockin’ Block Party has been moved to Saturday, Sept. 19.




• PAWSitively Fun Kids Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 30 at Riverfront Park in Bryson City. Live music, games, arts and crafts, refreshments, and more. Free. Rabies and pravo/distemper vaccines will also be available for free. www.greatsmokies.com. 

• A “Customer Appreciation Tasting” will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. May 30 at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. Free tasting of nine wines celebrating Papou’s 9th anniversary. www.mountainlovers.com. 

• “Community Day” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. Live music, free lunch, engine tours, free Dogwood tree seedlings. There will also be free admission to the train museum.

• A “Tarheel Discount” for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City will be given for local residents in Swain, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Graham, Clay and Cherokee counties. The discount is good for coach class or standard open-air gondola rides on the Nantahala Gorge and Tuckasegee River. Adults rides are $25, children $15. 800.872.4681, mention promo code “local discount.”

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