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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Tie a real knot

Classes coming up in Jackson County will teach how to tie all the knots you’ll need to survive outdoors.  

• 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Cullowhee Recreation Center. 

Free, with registration to one of the recreation centers requested by the close of business the day of the event. Cullowhee Recreation Center, 828.293.3053 or Cashiers Recreation Center, 828.631.2020.


Get hands-on with the outdoors

A day full of interactive demonstrations and outdoor skills will mark National Hunting and Fishing Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. 

Participants will have a chance to try their hand at fishing, outdoor cooking and fly-casting, among others, and they’ll also have the chance to explore the center’s five aquatic habitats, which feature live fish, frogs, salamanders and snakes. 

Free. The Pisgah Center is located off of U.S. 276 outside of Brevard. 



Hurry up and hayride in Cullowhee

A lineup of fall fun will raise money for Full Spectrum Farm, a non-profit that works with kids with autism, during Starlight Night at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the farm in Cullowhee. 

The evening will include music, a kids' tent hosted by the Western Carolina University Recreational Therapy students, hayrides, petting zoo, farm tours, barbecue and a silent auction. Solely funded by donations and small grants, Full Spectrum relies on revenues from this annual event to keep it running. 

$25 per person or $50 per family. Tickets are available at the door or by contacting Full Spectrum. Table sponsors, silent auction donations and volunteers are needed. 

Full Spectrum is located at 1185 Wayhutta Road in Cullowhee. 

828.293.2521 or


Run wild with Ocoee whitewater

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s annual drawdown of the Blue Ridge Reservoir in North Georgia will provide for a full week of whitewater releases along the Middle Ocoee River Sept. 24 to Oct. 2. 

The river will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the bookending weekends. Daring paddlers can head out to test their skills solo, and Nantahala Outdoor Center is planning a menu of ways to help paddlers get the most out of the week. 

NOC will host a race training day taught by Adriene Levknect, Canoe & Kayak’s 2016 Female Paddler of the year, and Chris Hipgrave, 2014 USCA Downriver National Champion, on Saturday, Sept. 27, and a five-day river paddling class for intermediate kayakers will be offered Sept. 26-30, with whitewater guaranteed. Private instruction is also available.


Farmers to be appreciated with food

A dinner to say “thank you” to farmers will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Swain County Senior Center. 

In addition to getting fed, farmers will have access to representatives from the Swain Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service, N.C. Cooperative Extension, Farm Service Agency and N.C. Forest Service to ask questions. 

Hosted by the Swain County Farmland Preservation Advisory Board with support from the N.C. ADFT Trust Fund. 

RSVP by Friday, Sept. 23, to Cayle Aldridge, 828.488.8803, ext. 3105.

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