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Regional Calendar

Community Events & Announcements  

• There will be a ceremony honoring Constitution Day at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, outside at the Gazebo in downtown Franklin, NC. Participants will celebrate with a sing along and with a reading of portions of the Constitution of the United States of America. Remember the social distancing guidelines as directed per the Town of Franklin and NC Governor’s orders. For more information, contact Joe Suminski at 828.371.2307. This event will be held rain or shine. 

• The Jackson County Branch of the NC NAACP regular meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, online. The group will be electing a nominating committee to select officer candidates for the November branch elections and will discuss GOTV efforts. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receiver instructions to join online. The public is welcome to join this meeting. 

• An interfaith vigil for racial reconciliation and justice will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, International Peace Day. Speakers and music from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. followed by a candlelight vigil in Sylva at Bridge Park, 76 Railroad St. Local co-sponsors for the vigil are Reconcile Sylva and Jackson County NC NAACP Branch 54AB. All people of goodwill are invited. Wear a mask, physically distance, and bring a candle if you can.

• The North Shore Cemetery Association will be hosting a downscaled version of the Reunion from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Deep Creek Picnic Shelter north of Bryson City. There will be no organized services or agenda. Participants should bring lawn chairs and other items necessary for an outdoor picnic while maintaining social distancing.

Business & Education 

• The Small Business Center at Haywood Community College will offer a free webinar series for those looking to start or pivot a small business. The series will begin with “How to Write a Business Plan,” from 4 - 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. “Choosing Your Small Business Legal Entity” will be held from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. “Marketing Your Business” will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Visit SBC.Haywood.edu or call 828.627.4512 to register. 

• Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment will be offering a live online Digital Marketing & Public Relations Certificate program Sept. 18 – Nov. 6 (six Fridays) from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration fee for the full program is $640, individual workshops are $119 each. For more information and to register, visit pdp.wcu.edu or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Get schooled in the Smokies with one of the varied programs offered through the University of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Field School this fall. Programs will be held on Saturdays, Aug. 22 - Nov. 7. Courses cost $69 apiece with the exception of Fall Nature Photography, which costs $99. They are led by a variety of experienced and skilled instructors. For a complete course list or to register, visit aceweb.outreach.utk.edu/wconnect/ace/ShowSchedule. 

Fundraisers and Benefits  

• Haywood Pathways Center (HPC) and The Community Kitchen (TCK) will hold their first Unified Charitable Golf Outing to be held on Friday, Sept. 25 at Springdale at Cold Mountain. Registration may be completed online at www.haywoodpathwayscenter.org or at Haywood Pathways (179 Hemlock Street, Waynesville) or The Community Kitchen (394 Champion Drive, Canton). 

Health and Wellness  

• Waynesville Yoga studio presents a four-week series, “Introduction to the Chakras.” The series will be hosted by Leigh-Ann Renz from 8:30 to 10 a.m. each Sunday in October at the Waynesville Yoga Center. For more information, or to register, visit www.waynesvilleyogacenter.com

• Waynesville Yoga Center presents a series about chakras four through seven. The series is hosted by Leigh-Ann Renz and will take place over four classes between Sept. 20 - Jan. 31. For more information, or to register, visit www.waynesvilleyogacenter.com

• Waynesville Yoga Center presents “Calm Kids Yoga,” a 30 day at-home yoga program. The program will take place from Oct. 19 – Nov. 17 with Zoom calls at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 17. Each week will focus on a theme to cultivate feelings of calm within, and every day participants will receive an email with an activity or idea on how to engage their child in a yoga or mindfulness practice. For more information, or to register, visit www.waynesvilleyogacenter.com

Authors and Books 

• Danny Bernstein will discuss her new book “DuPont Forest: A History" with Smoky Mountain News writer Holly Kays during an online presentation offered 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, through Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café. Bernstein and Kays will discuss what drew Bernstein to the topic and what she learned along the way. Bernstein’s book, as well as Kays’ titles “Trailblazers and Traditionalists: Modern-Day Smoky Mountain People” and “Shadows of Flowers,” are available for purchase at Malaprop’s. The event is free with registration at bit.ly/2ZhSRR7.

 

A&E

• The Sock Hops will perform an outdoor drive-in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Please watch the theatre website for news about cancellations due to weather. Tickets are $18 each. To purchase tickets or to find out more information, go to www.greatmountainmusic.com or call 866.273.4615.

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Will James 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 and Andrew Thelston Band 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.lazyhikerbrewing.com.

• Elevated Mountain Distilling Company will host Arnold Hill (rock/jam) 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Free and open to the public. www.elevatedmountain.com

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host Good Bonez 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. and Outlaw Whiskey 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Free and open to the public. www.froglevelbrewing.com.

• The Maggie Valley Festival Grounds will host a drive-in concert series with Sam Bush Band (bluegrass/jam) Sunday, Sept. 20, Mandolin Orange (Americana/folk) Friday, Oct. 2 and Del McCoury Band (bluegrass) Saturday, Oct. 3. 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

• The Smoky Mountain Event Center (Waynesville) will host a drive-in concert series with Mt. Joy (Americana/indie) Saturday, Oct. 3, Yonder Mountain String Band (bluegrass/jam) Wednesday, Oct. 7 and Whitey Morgan (outlaw country/rock) Saturday, Oct. 10. All shows begin at 6:45 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. Hosted by the Asheville Music Hall, tickets are available at www.ashevillemusichall.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 Thursday, 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

Food & Drink

• 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. 

• Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville is offering lunch on Saturdays, “Lunch with us” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring fresh seasonal menu with outdoor seating weather permitting. 828.452.0120 or www.waynesvillewine.com.

•Bryson City Wine Market offers a glass of wine and a Market Plate Monday through Saturday as well as special flight tastings from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.

• Secret Wine Bar is hosted by Bosu’s in Waynesville on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. Contact for more information and make reservations. 828.452.1020.

Art showings and galleries 

• An art exhibit featuring works inspired by the American red wolf is on display at Buckner Gallery in Waynesville through Oct. 9. The art exhibit is organized by Defenders of Wildlife. All pieces displayed are for sale, with at least 45 percent of proceeds benefiting the Defenders of Wildlife red wolf fund. The gallery is located at 20 Galloway Street in Waynesville.

 

Outdoors 

• Jackson County Parks and Recreation will be making use of its standup paddleboard inventory with two upcoming events this month. A SUP adventure at Bear Creek Lake will be offered 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. Fee is $30. A SUP yoga session will be offered at the Sylva Pool Sunday, Sept. 27. Fee is $10. To join in, register at www.rec.jacksonnc.org

• Volunteers are needed for the Big Sweep, an annual countywide stream cleanup event that will feature four locations in Haywood County this year on Saturday, Sept. 19. Cleanups will occur from 9 to 10 a.m. beginning from the town halls of Maggie Valley, Clyde and Canton, as well as in Waynesville at the Vance Street pavilion in the Waynesville Recreation Park. To help out, RSVP to Christine O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.476.4667, ext. 11.

• Seminars on deer hunting and processing will be available free online this month, offered through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Wildlife Federation. Each seminar will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. with a 30-minute question-and-answer opportunity afterward. Introduction to Deer Hunting will be offered Sept. 16 and 18. Registration is required at www.ncwildlife.org/sbs. For more information contact Walter “Deet” James, 984.202.1387 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Steve Winchester will lead an excursion to Dan Cook Cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Cataloochee Valley on Saturday, Sept. 26. The group will meet at the trailhead at 9 a.m. and the hike will conclude by 2:30 p.m. Free for Haywood Waterways members and $5 for nonmembers. Space is limited. Sign up with Christine O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.476.4667, ext. 11.

• Take a kayak on Bear Creek Lake in Jackson County with a trip offered 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. The excursion is organized through Jackson County Parks & Recreation, with online registration at www.rec.jacksonnc.org. Cost is $30.

• Tremont Institute is offering support and resources for schools this year as they prepare for teaching and learning during a pandemic. The annual Teacher Escape Weekend will this year be offered as a virtual workshop, with sessions Sept. 11-12 and Sept. 25-26 at a cost of $50 per weekend. Tremont faculty will work with educators to share resources and develop solutions to help them maximize student-centered experiential learning, whether indoor or out, virtual or in person. Register at gsmit.org/educators/teacher-escape.

• Tennis lessons for kids age 5 to 12 are available this fall from the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. Lessons will be on Tuesday evenings from Sept. 22 to Oct. 27, taught on the tennis courts at Mark Watson Park in Sylva. Ages 5 to 8 will attend from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and ages 9 to 12 will attend from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Fee is $45, with a registration deadline Sept. 15. For more information, contact Andrew Sherling at 828.293.3052, ext. 6, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Spots are limited. 

• Registration for the fourth annual Cades Cove Loop Lope is now open, with plans moving ahead to hold the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s only footrace on Sunday, Nov. 8. The event will offer 5K and 10-mile options, with participation limited to 750 people. Sign up to run or volunteer at www.looplope.org. To learn about business sponsorship opportunities, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Applications are now being accepted for the WNC Agricultural Options Grant, which will distribute a total of $216,000 to Western North Carolina farmers in 2021. Applicants are encouraged to participate in information sessions to be held via Zoom at noon Thursday, Sept. 24, and 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6. The application deadline is Nov. 20, and applicants must contact their cooperative extension agents by Oct. 23 to set up an appointment to discuss their projects. WNC AgOptions helps offset farmers’ risk of trying new ventures and expanding their farms by offering grants of $3,000 and $6,000 in the 21 western counties and the Qualla Boundary. Applications and registration for Zoom sessions are available at www.wncagoptions.org or at county extension centers.

Hiking Clubs 

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5.5 mile hike, elevation change 580 ft., on the Mountains to Sea Trail from Waterrock Knob to Woodfin Valley Overlook. Hiking to Waterrock Knob, elevation 6,400ft., from the parking lot. Return on a moderate-to-strenuous trail, descending 1400 ft. to the Parkway. The Club will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 in the Bi-Lo parking lot.  The hike is limited to ten people. Call leader Gail Lehman, 524-5298, for reservations.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 3-mile hike, elevation change only 200 ft., exploring the 1800 Tessentee Farm managed by the Mainspring Conservancy.  The Club will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Westgate Plaza in Franklin. The hike is limited to 10 people. Call leader Jean Hunicutt, 524-5234, for reservations.

• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate-to-strenuous 4.5-mile hike, elevation change 1100 ft., from Deep Gap to Standing Indian Mountain on the Appalachian Trail, hiking to the summit for a beautiful view. The Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Westgate Plaza in Franklin.  The hike is limited to ten people. Call leader Katharine Brown, 421-4178, for reservations.

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