The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra is marking its 50th anniversary this month. Founded in 1970 by James Dooley of Cullowhee, the ensemble rehearsed throughout that spring and gave its first performance May 25, 1970, in conjunction with the Western Carolina University Concert Choir. The orc…

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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, a 501c3 nonprofit arts and heritage organization, has presented the Ammons Sisters as storytellers for 30 years in the school systems and public settings of the South.

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Western Carolina University Athletics and Great Smoky Mountains Railroad have collaborated to create “The Catamount,” a renovated WCU themed rail car. The original rail car was named “The Michigan” and built in 1952 for the Penn Central line. In 2018, it was bought by GSMR for the Polar Expr…

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra is marking its 50th anniversary this month. Founded in 1970 by James Dooley of Cullowhee, the ensemble rehearsed throughout that spring and gave its first performance May 25, 1970, in conjunction with the Western Carolina University Concert Choir. The orc…

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Western Carolina University’s annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival will be shifting from the big screen to small screen for the first time in its 11-year history.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

OK, I’m toying with the idea of moving back to Georgia and nailing my feet to the ground ... as the late humorist Lewis Grizzard once wrote. My reasons vary considerably from Grizzard’s but are nonetheless viable.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to experience ‘SmokiEEEs @ Home’ during National Park Week. This new website at www.smokieees.org features videos and activities that highlight the three Es in SmokiEEEs: Explore, Entertain and Escape.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

John Pelham Thomas of Cullowhee will celebrate his 98th birthday Saturday. He was born April 18, 1922, in Bibb County, Alabama. He was married to Beulah Marie Hawks from Sept. 22, 1945, until her death in 2005. He has six children: Sarah Jane Thomas of Asheville, Susan Marie Reynaud of Cullo…

Western Carolina University students and faculty will present William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” online via Zoom. The livestream is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday on several social media platforms.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Balsam Mountain Preserve is inviting locals to enjoy all the amenities on the mountain with a 90-day Garnet Membership.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Whittier author B.D. West has released a new science fiction novel “Wynter of Wolves.” West has been writing since age 15. She is best known for her poetry and her love for science fiction and local folklore, which can be seen in some of her writings, she said.

Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy competed against dozens of dance studios from around the state and area for top honors at Showstopper, the largest dance competition in the country.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

An independent film, award-winning authors and student poets are just some of the highlights of this year’s Spring Literary Festival at Western Carolina University.

The Jackson County Public Library Recipe Swap is a quarterly event consisting of a recipe gathering, the making of a cookbook and a potluck dinner using the recipes collected.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020
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The Jackson County Green Energy Park opens the spring class schedule Saturday, March 7, offering hot glass classes and blacksmithing classes throughout the day.

During its recent annual meeting, the Jackson County Genealogical Society announced the winners of its three annual awards and installed officers for 2020.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Candice Littlejohn will be coming to City Lights Bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday for a signing and discussion of her latest novel, “The Adventures of Dr. Dorothy Jarrod Volume 1: THE ORACLE.”

The Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University continues at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, featuring the Berea Bluegrass Ensemble.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Penland School of Craft has open spaces in its upcoming eight-week session available at half tuition to area residents. These long workshops are an unusual opportunity to spend two months working with first-rate instructors in professionally-equipped studios. The discount is available to res…

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

The Sylva Photo Club’s program on Saturday is for anyone who just got into photography or would like a refresher on how to improve their photographic skills.

Western Carolina University Distinguished Professor Ron Rash has been awarded the 2020 Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature from Mercer University. Rash is a poet, short story writer and novelist, whose writings reflect life in the Southern Appalachians.

The annual N.C. State Poetry Contest is a free literary competition open to all North Carolina residents (including out-of-state and international students who are enrolled in North Carolina universities).

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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Floyd Clown Sr., a family elder of Lakota war chief Crazy Horse, will join author William Matson from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, to discuss and sign their book “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy” at the Jackson County Public Library.

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Floyd Clown Sr., a family elder of Lakota war chief Crazy Horse, will join author William Matson from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, to discuss and sign their book “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy” at the Jackson County Public Library.

The Mountain Heritage Center holds the next concert in its annual First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Local band Frogtown will play at HomeBase on the Western Carolina University campus.

The Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will host a new exhibition – Time and Again: Glass Works by Kit Paulson and SaraBeth Post. The exhibition brings together two Penland-based artists whose works explore ideas about time, history, memory and the antique.

The Jackson County Public Library is beginning a Silent Book Club. The first meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Paper Mill Lounge. The club will continue on the second Thursday of each month.