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Outdoors roundup

Buy national forest passes online

A new online platform allows visitors to the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests to pay day use fees online at at no additional cost. 

Digital passes are available for Cheoah Point Beach, Dry Falls, Whiteside Mountain, Whitewater Falls, Jackrabbit Mountain Beach and Roan Mountain. 

Because many areas of the national forest have limited cell reception, it’s best to buy passes before heading to the destination. Passes can be printed and placed on the dashboard, but this is not required because rangers can use license plates to validate passholders. 

To purchase a pass online go to or search “National Forests in North Carolina Digital Passes” at the homepage.


Eat fresh

From gathering ingredients to enjoying a finished dish, a Sept. 12 event beginning at 3 p.m. at The Mountain in Highlands will have it all. 

Chef Sandra Stefani, originally from Pisa, Italy, will offer a tour showcasing the mission of The Mountain — bringing the community closer to their food — that includes picking fresh ingredients form the onsite farm. 

Participants will then receive instruction on preparing a four-course dinner, when they’ll then enjoy with wine and good company “al fresco” with spectacular mountain views. Lodge accommodations are available. 

Tickets are $150 for dinner only, and $200 for dinner with lodging. Register at


Donate to the Power of Pink

The 14th annual Power of Pink 5K is canceled due to COVID-19, but funds are still needed to help low-income people in Haywood County pay for breast cancer screenings, the cause that event proceeds typically support. 

To contribute to the Power of Pink, call 828.452.8343 or visit

Next year’s race will take place on Sept. 25, 2021. 


Teacher Escape Weekend goes virtual

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

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