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Bonfires, storytelling in Cherokee

The Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28 at the Oconaluftee Islands Park. Sit by a bonfire, alongside a river, and listen to some of Cherokee’s best storytellers. The bonfire is free and open to the public.


‘Mind Over Wine’ WOW fundraiser

The Women of Waynesville (WOW) will present the “Mind Over Wine” fundraiser from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 13, at the Cork & Cleaver in the Waynesville Inn Resort.

Alongside food and wine pairings, entertainment will be provided by “Reality Twisting: The Magic of Dr. Brett Senor,” a mentalist. Proceeds from the event go to the ongoing community efforts of WOW, which focuses on helping local women and children.

$25 per person. 828.550.9978 or visit


Get on the craft beer, bbq train

The “BBQ & Brews Dinner Train” will depart at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1, from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot in Bryson City.

Enjoy the ride along with slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing local breweries. Tickets start at $69 and include a souvenir tasting glass for three samples of finely crafted beer selections. Adults-only and family friendly seating. 

For tickets, call 800.872.4681 or visit



• The Summer Speaker Series will host Ed Kilbourne on Sunday, June 25, at Long's Chapel United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Kilbourne will be speaking at the morning worship, with a concert at 4 p.m. Kilbourne is a singer, storyteller, humorist, and folk-theologian who is widely-known and appreciated for his gifts of combining music and spiritual teaching in worship and concert settings. He grew up in China, Japan, and Korea where his parents served as missionaries. He has served as a United Methodist minister in the Atlanta area. The series is free and open to the public. 

• The “Thunder in the Smokies” motorcycle rally will be June 30-July 2 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Bike games/show, live music, cruises, and more. $20 weekend pass. Discount tickets available. 

• The Cut Cocktail Lounge (Sylva) will host a superhero costume party with tacos and chili on June 25. All welcome. 828.631.4795. 

• The “Speak to the Mountain” car show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23-24 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Free event, donations welcome. 

• There will be a free wine tasting from 1 to 5 p.m. June 24 and July 1 at Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville. or 828.452.0120.

• Free cooking demonstrations will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays at Country Traditions in Dillsboro. Watch the demonstrations, eat samples and taste house wines for $3 a glass. All recipes posted online.

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