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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

“Forever a Catamount” will be the theme for Homecoming 2019 at Western Carolina University, with a schedule of public events that includes a concert by country music star Lee Brice, a parade down West Main Street in Sylva, award presentations to exemplary alumni and the traditional football game.

Celeste Headlee, author of “We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter,” will visit Western Carolina University at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, for a facilitated conversation, book signing and reception.

Asheville herbalist Heather Perry returns to the Jackson County Public Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, to lead a seminar titled “Elderberry Elixirs and Immune-Boosting Herbs.” In this class participants will learn:

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Pam Ashe, owner of Pam’s Daycare Center, surprised Sylva’s Police Department with a handmade American flag, burnt into wood. It features the Police Department’s shoulder patch. Police Chief Chris Hatton described what Ashe said before giving them the flag. “She said some nice things about us…

U.S. Air Force Airman Brianna Monteiro graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas, completing an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare princip…

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Ramona Eddy, woodcarver and member of Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro, shows off the second-place ribbon she won at the N.C. Mountain State Fair for her woodpecker carving. Twenty crafters from Dogwood entered items for judging, and 18 of them won a ribbon.

Theatre producer Brian Clowdus invades Unto These Hills this October when “The Sleepy Hollow Experience” takes the stage. The classic Washington Irving tale takes a new spin as the audience becomes part of the action.

The 2019-20 season of the First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Series at Western Carolina University will get underway at 7 p.m. today (Thursday), with a concert featuring the Queen Family of Jackson County’s Caney Fork community.

Author Diane McPhail will visit City Lights Bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday to present her historical novel, “The Abolitionist’s Daughter.” In the tradition of “Cold Mountain,” her book eschews stereotypes of the Civil War South, instead weaving a story of survival, loyalty, hope and redemption…

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

ColorFest, Dillsboro’s annual fine arts and crafts fair, is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Artisans will be displaying authentic works in pottery, jewelry, photography, loom beading, handmade soaps, many kinds of needlework, Christmas ornaments, wreaths, candles, rustic furniture, …

The Jackson County Public Library is kicking off a three-part series of lectures/discussions on New Atheism, Science, & Faith in a Secular Age lead by Western Carolina University professor Daryl Hale at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The series will be in the Community Room, is free, and requires no re…

The Jackson County Genealogical Society will host its annual Cruise-In fundraiser from 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the Sav-Mor parking lot. The event is for classic cars and trucks (1989 and older), current-day muscle cars and “rat rods.” Participating vehicle owners pay a $20 registration fee that e…

Dogwood Crafters Co-Op is offering three workshops this month. Register for these classes by calling Dogwood at 586-2248 by the dates indicated. All classes will be held at the Dillsboro Masonic Lodge, 223 Wilkes Crescent Drive, Sylva.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Western Carolina University will host the 10th annual Rooted in the Mountains symposium, designed to integrate indigenous and local knowledge with health and environmental issues, in the conference room of Blue Ridge Hall on Thursday, Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 27.

Louise Runyon will visit City Lights Bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday. She will read selections from her latest poetry collection, “The Passion of Older Women.”

Members of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador team held a special ribbon cutting ceremony for their new chamber members at Changes ... A Salon last Thursday. The new hair salon is at 73 Webster St. in Dillsboro. Owned by Fred Ammon and Bob Spencer, the salon will specialize in…

A display of historic items at the Glenville Area Historical Society Member Appreciation Dinner included posters of famous residents, photos from the 2019 Historic Cemetery Tour and a large-mouth bass model with a list of fish found in Lake Glenville. The Glenville Area Historical Society bo…

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Appalachian Women’s Museum hosts the inaugural Music on the Porch: A Celebration of Samantha Bumgarner from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. “Aunt” Samantha Bumgarner was a Dillsboro native and musical legend who taught herself to play the fiddle and 5-string banjo in an up-picking style. The ev…

The 10th annual Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckaseigee River near the Western Carolina University campus, will be held Saturday, Sept. 21.

This month’s Creating Community Workshop is about accordion book-making with Gayle Woody at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library. This style of book-making is easy to learn but hard to master. Accordion books are extremely effective for journaling, collage a…

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will discuss the natural history of black bears at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. Among the topics covered will be the new BearWise initiative, which provides ways to prevent conflic…

With Labor Day in the rear view mirror, Sylva merchants and the towns of Sylva and Dillsboro are gearing up for a fall calendar full of events.

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador team held a ribbon cutting/grand opening ceremony Friday for Balsam Falls Eatery. The eatery is located inside the already established Balsam Falls Brewing Co., 506 W. Main St. in Sylva. Balsam Falls Eatery specializes in fresh handmade Cali-…

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting/grand opening celebration at Nantahala Brewing Company-Sylva Outpost on Aug. 22. It’s at 5 Grindstaff Cove Road and is open from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. until midnight on Fridays and Saturday…

The 10th annual season of Concerts on the Creek comes to a close Friday, when the series welcomes The Maggie Valley Band, playing dark Appalachian music. The Maggie Valley Band has been influenced by a wide variety of artists, movements, cultures and ideas. Each member grew up listening to a…

On Aug. 24 the classmates of the Cullowhee High School Class of 1957 gathered in East LaPorte for their 62nd-year reunion. Front row, from left: Imogene Brown Broom, Jean Woods Morgan, Quincy Stewart Inman, Jean Bridges Hendrix, Christine Robison McDowell, Betty Norton Bishop, Linda Hughes C…

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sylva will welcome Troy Underwood, who calls himself a “soul man,” to Friday’s Concert on the Creek. Attendees can expect Tony Joe White on his sizzling “Summertime In Georgia,” “Dance In The Kitchen” and “Big Bottom Girls.” Underwood hails from Ringgold, Georgia. Held from 7-9 p.m. every Fr…

Teri Leigh Teed’s fine art photograph, “Portal of Light,” has been selected for an Award of Excellence in the New York-based Art That Lifts Our Spirits exhibition, which runs through Oct. 15. Teed, of Sylva, is one of about 50 contemporary artists from around the world chosen for the juried …

Jessica Cory, editor of “Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene,” and contributors Thomas Crowe, Brent Martin and Ellen Perry will visit City Lights Bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday. They will present their pieces in the anthology.