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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Get smart about nature

A pair of upcoming workshops will provide opportunity to learn more about the fall landscape of the Smokies from expert instructors at Alarka Institute in Cowee Valley.

Learn your mosses, hornworts and liverworts with botanical wizard Ed Schwartzman during the Autumn Bryophyte Workshop, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Microscopes, materials, a vegetarian lunch and an afternoon happy hour are provided. Space limited. $65 or $75 after Oct. 23.

Alarka Institute and Expeditions is an educational and guide service based in Cowee, North Carolina and owned by Brent and Angela Faye Martin, who have spent more than 20 years leading courses and outings in the Southern Appalachians.

Sign up by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.524.7400.

www.alarkaexpeditions.com.

 

Turkey shoot Saturdays underway

The Sons of the American Legion in Waynesville will hold a turkey shoot starting at 9 a.m. every Saturday through April.

The American Legion is located on Legion Drive, just off of Main Street. Refreshments will be provided.

828.456.8691.

 

Gleaners hold harvest feast

A potluck dinner celebrating another successful season of the Haywood Gleaners will be held 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville.

Anyone is welcome to come but should RSVP by Oct. 23 with the number attending and which dish or beverage they plan to bring. Each dish should serve eight to 12 people, and any food that is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free or lactose free should be labeled.

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Pumpkin pursuit returns

A free-for-all dash of paddles and pumpkins through Nantahala Falls will be a main attraction at this year’s NOCtoberfest, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

The day will begin with pumpkin decorating at noon and a costume contest at 1:30 p.m., with competitors in the Great Pumpkin Pursuit meeting at 2 p.m. before the 2:30 p.m. race start. The aim of the game is to collect as many numbered pumpkins as possible while racing to the finish line, with prizes awarded at the end.

The event is free, with race registration noon to 2 p.m. on site. Waivers required for participation. 828.735.5082.

 

Get gear on sale

A gear sale noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, will offer deals on outdoor equipment on the lawn of the A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University.

The gear sale is organized by Base Camp Cullowhee, WCU’s outdoor programming organization. In addition to Base Camp, various other vendors will be selling new and used outdoor equipment. The event is now in its fifth year.

Individuals and businesses can sign up to sell items, with the table fee set at $10 for individuals and $30 for businesses.

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Art meets science in Highlands

The Carolina Gallery of Fine Art will feature a new exhibit titled, “Where Art & Science Meet” featuring works from local artists who spent the summer painting and sculpting in the Highlands Botanical Garden.

These nature-inspired pieces will be on display from Sept. 30 to Oct. 28 with a closing auction on Oct. 28 benefitting the Highlands Biological Station. Throughout the duration of the exhibit, the Gallery will host events at 4 p.m. each Wednesday, including a. Oct. 18 lecture by HBS Executive Director Dr. Jim Costa.

More than 20 artists participated in HBS’s “Artist in Nature” program this summer.  Their time spent in the lush Highlands Botanical Garden inspired many creations including paintings and sculptures. These works will be on display at the new Carolina Gallery of Fine Arts located at 411 N. 4th Street in Highlands.

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