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Lake Junaluska to host Choir Music Weekend

Lake Junaluska invites church choirs and individuals who love to sing sacred choral music to come together Oct. 14-16 for Choir Music Weekend. Join us for a joyous weekend to expand your musical repertoire, learn new vocal skills and enjoy time for recreation and fellowship.

During the event, experienced choral directors will teach eight anthems and lead workshops on topics from the basics of playing the ukulele to how to turn hymns into anthems for smaller choirs. A new workshop track is offered specifically for the church accompanist.

Choir Music Weekend is especially geared to the choral needs of small- and medium-sized choirs, but all are welcome to attend.

The theme for this year’s event will be “Reflections of Christ — His Life and Mission.”

“It will be a glorious reunion this fall as we gather to sing after a two-year hiatus,” said Ginger Wyrick, who serves on the Choir Music Weekend leadership team. “Don’t miss this opportunity for hearts and voices to unite in song, fellowship and worship.”

The weekend takes place during peak leaf season in Western North Carolina, so attendees can enjoy the artistry of nature as they expand their choral knowledge.

A program fee of $105 includes the anthem packet, worship and workshops. Also available are lodging packages that include two nights of lodging at The Terrace Hotel or Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska, six meals and program fees. 

To register or for more information, call 800.222.4930 or visit


Attend the Fall Fling Art and Craft Walk

As the mountains transition from Summer to Fall, the unique shops of Dillsboro highlight locally handmade arts and crafts at their Fall Fling Art and Craft Walk on Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Local artists have been invited to display their work and demonstrate the crafting process. Artist Mary Smith will set up on Webster Street displaying her felted hats and knitted items. Rob Robinette, acrylic and watercolor fine artist, will be painting alongside Pam Judson, a local jewelry maker. Potter, Su Strysko, will demonstrate her pottery skills in front of Blue Ridge Realty on Webster. Nearby, Mandie Knight will have her soaps, lotions, lip balm and more all made from local beeswax. At the corner of Webster and Front Street, Karen Smyrl will be demonstrating how to assemble baked pieces of her polymer clay jewelry.

In front of Dogwood Crafters, Deborah Freedman will paint barn quilts, and Joyce Lantz will show off her basket making. At Tunnel Mountain Crafts, Trudy Griffin will be displaying her beautiful handmade quilts. 

For musical entertainment, Twelfth Fret will perform at 1 p.m. and We Three Swing will play at 2 p.m. on Cannon’s Deck. 


Haywood Spay/Neuter hosts ‘Woofstock’ event

Hippies at heart can enjoy Woofstock to help Haywood animals. 

Haywood Spay/Neuter and Boojum Brewing are teaming together for a Woodstock-inspired party with at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 at The Gem, located downstairs at Boojum. 

This feel-good Friday event benefits the work of Haywood Spay/Neuter (HS/N) providing low-cost animal spay/neuter services and animal wellness programs. 

Grab some radical threads, maybe some bell bottoms and a tie-dyed shirt, flowers for the hair and have a freaky-deaky time helping Haywood County animals. There will be a Boojum gift card awarded for the best duds.

Get down with some karaoke, drink specials, some free good and dancing. 

The $25 ticket fee goes to (HS/N), an organization that has been working for the community since 1955. 

For tickets, visit or stop at the HS/N office, 182 Richland St. in Waynesville. 


Used Book Bag Sale starts Aug. 26

The Friends of the Haywood County Library Used Book Shop receives hundreds of books each week in donations, plus all the books the libraries weed out from their collections. Volunteers carefully select books for sale in the book shop and retire them if they have not sold within several months. This leaves them with thousands of books that need new homes. 

To help clear the inventory, they are selling books for $3 per bag or two bags for $5. The sale will be three days only, Aug. 26, Aug. 27, and Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bag sale will be held in the lower level of the Waynesville branch of the Haywood County Public Library at 678 Haywood St. 

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  • I want to make appointment in Franklin at the library. Please advise. Thank you. EllaMae Jackson, 503-351-4518

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  • I want to make appointment in Franklin at the library. Please advise. Thank you. EllaMae Jackson, 503-351-4518

    posted by EllaMae Jackson

    Wednesday, 01/26/2022

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