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On the Street

• Elevated Mountain Distilling Company will host the “Western Carolina Writers” songwriters showcase with Nick Mac, Jon Edwards and Jesse Frizsell at 8 p.m. Aug. 8. Free and open to the public. 

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Shane Meade 7 p.m. Aug. 7. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

• Nantahala Brewing (Sylva) will host Shane Meade 5 p.m. Aug. 8. Free and open to the public.

• The Great Blue Farms Brunch & Blooms will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays from Aug. 8 through Sept. 12 at 1101 Briartown Church Road in Nantahala/Topton. Admission is $75, which includes a tour, brunch, all flowers, supplies and container to take home your floral masterpiece. To register, visit or call 828.508.1502. 

• There will be a free wine tasting from 2 to 5 p.m every Saturday at The Wine Bar & Cellar in Sylva. 828.631.3075. 

• The Haywood County Arts Council “Artist Member Show” will be held through Aug. 29 at the HCAC Gallery & Gifts showroom in Waynesville. Featuring 42 artists, the show is a celebration of our community, allowing locals to share their great work at the height of the summer season.

• There will be an artist demonstration with Richard Baker from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville. Baker’s art pays homage to the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the same way that works of the Hudson River School movement captured the pastoral wilderness of America in the mid-nineteenth century. A disciple of this movement, Baker produces landscapes in oil that are studied in realistic detail and radiant light.

• The “Haywood County Medical Exhibit: 1870-1950” will be held at The Shelton House in Waynesville. The showcase will run through October. Admission is $7 adults. $5 students. Children ages 5 and under  free. Admission includes Shelton House. 828.452.1551 or 

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