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On the Street

• Balsam Falls Brewing (Sylva) will host an open mic from 8 to 10 p.m. every Thursday. Free and open to the public. www.balsamfallsbrewing.com.

• Elevated Mountain Distilling Company will host semi-regular live music on the weekends. Free and open to the public. www.elevatedmountain.com.

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host semi-regular live music on the weekends and Scoundrel’s Lounge Nov. 6. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. www.froglevelbrewing.com.

• The Ghost Town in the Sky parking lot (Maggie Valley) will host a drive-in concert series with St. Paul & The Broken Bones (soul/rock) on Oct. 29. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Hosted by The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds, tickets are available at www.thegreyeagle.com.

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host The Dirty Dead Halloween Party Oct. 31 and The Pony Express Nov. 7. All shows begin at 7 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on www.lazyhikerbrewing.com.

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Sylva) will host a Halloween party with Jelly Beet Connection 8 p.m. Oct. 31 and Anna Victoria 7 p.m. Nov. 6. For more information and a complete schedule of events, click on www.lazyhikerbrewing.com.

• The Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will host a drive-in concert series with Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires (rock/Americana) Nov. 5, Martin Sexton (folk/soul) Nov. 7 and Keller Williams & Friends (jam/acoustic) Nov. 13. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Hosted by The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds, tickets are available at www.thegreyeagle.com.

• Nantahala Brewing (Sylva) will host semi-regular live music on the weekends. Free and open to the public. www.nantahalabrewing.com.

• An artist demonstration will be hosted by painter Jennifer Sharkey from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Haywood County Arts Council on Main Street in Waynesville. Free and open to the public. www.haywoodarts.org.

• The Blue Ridge Heritage Craft & Quilt Exhibit will be held through Oct. 31 at the Haywood County Arts Council on Main Street in Waynesville. www.haywoodarts.org.

• 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 www.sheltonhouse.org.

• The seventh annual “Hillbilly Show & Shine” will be held Oct. 30-31 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Car and bike shows. Live music. Craft booths. Food and beverage vendors. Admission is $10 per day. Free parking.

• The annual Swain County “Trick or Treat” event will be held this year as a drive-thru from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the East and West elementary schools. The candy will be donated by the Swain County Tourism Development Authority. Volunteers are needed and should call 828.508.2795.

• There will be “Spooky Storytelling” with master storyteller Tim Hall around the fire pit in front of the Storytelling Center of the Southern Appalachians at 140 Fry Street in downtown Bryson City. The storytelling will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in October, weather permitting. Look for the yellow house with fall decorations and benches just down the tracks from the train depot (behind the train museum). Free. Donations welcomed.

• The drive-thru “Trunk of Treat” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the West Canton Baptist Church, located at 75 Lowe Street. Wear costumes. Stay in car. Each child will get a bag of candy.         www.westcantonbaptist.org or 828.648.5561.

• The annual “Polar Express” train ride will kick off the holiday on Nov. 6 from the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot in downtown Bryson City. For a complete listing of departure dates and times, call 800.872.4681 or click on www.gsmr.com.

• 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.

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