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Melange returns with gala, culinary weekend

The 11th annual Melange of the Mountains culinary weekend will be March 26-29 around Haywood County.

The event is the county’s premier culinary kickoff for the spring tourism season. It is a uniquely local epicurean partnership of innovative chefs, sustainable producers, crafty microbrewers and local farms. The culinary gala will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 26 at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. As well, there will also be an array of special restaurant events and tastings March 27-29.

Tickets for the gala are $35 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers and $60 for VIP.


Dinner to showcase Ethiopian food, culture

A new series “Dinner Around the World” will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center in Waynesville.

The first dinner will be Ethiopian, with Dr. Joyce Hooley as the chef. Hooley has lived in Ethiopia for periods of time twice during her life. The menu will feature injera, an Ethiopian flat bread much like a crepe; Doro Wat, a chicken and egg dish in a red pepper sauce; Alecha Shiro, roasted chick pea flour sauce; Alecha Atakilt, a vegetable dish; Habisha Gomen, greens seasoned Ethiopian style; Ki Miser, red pepper lentils; and chop salad.

Tickets cost $10 per person, with donations welcome. Reservations can be made by calling 828.400.5475. If you bring family and friends along, you can choose to eat “family” style at tables of six to eight people.


Battle of Waynesville presentation

Daniel Asnip will lead a discussion about the Battle of Waynesville at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, in the Waynesville Public Library.  

Asnip is a recent UNC-Asheville graduate who researched the Battle of Waynesville for his senior thesis. He will present a program about the battle and the impacts of the Civil War in Haywood County. Attendees will also learn about the plans for commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the last shot fired in the Civil War east of the Mississippi, an event that occurred during the Battle of Waynesville in May 1865.

The event is presented by the Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society.



‘Mastering Your Energy’ in Sylva

A “Mastering Your Energy” class with Laura Elliott will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

This class encourages you to become the master of your energy through movement and sound, using body and voice as instruments for healing. Attendees will learn movements of qigong and tai chi, plus methods of vocal toning to relieve stress and restore balance.

As a holistic therapist, Elliott’s passion is to inspire the health of body, mind and spirit. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.


828.586.2016 or


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.



• 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. 

• The Balsam Mountain Junior Roller Derby home opener bout against the Attack Pack from Florida will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at the Smoky Mountain Sk8way in Waynesville. $3, free for children ages 7 and under. 828.246.9124.

• The presentation “Land and the Early Settlers of Swain County: Who Lived Where and Where They Went” will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 2 at the Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society in Bryson City. Presenter will be Mary Wachacha. Networking opportunities and refreshments will be served.

• There will be another LEGO Club meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The library will provide Legos and Duplos for ages 3 and up. The only thing area children need to bring is their imagination. This month’s theme will be amusement parks. 828.488.3030.

• A teen pizza party will take place at 4:30 p.m. March 31 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Games, food and fun, with the input sought from the teens as to what they’d like to see the library provide. Free. 828.586.2016.

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