THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE invites the public to visit “Camping in the Old Style,” a re-created early-1900s campsite at the Cradle of Forestry, on Saturday, Oct. 10. In the early 20th century, camping meant sleeping under canvas and cooking over an open fire. Visitors can see fires ignited by flint, steel and friction; old-style campfire cookery; four different styles of period shelters; and traditional camp tools. Campers will be on hand to answer questions. The Cradle of Forestry is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for those under the age of 16. Call 828-877-3130 or visit for more information.


THE HISTORIC RICKMAN STORE will host an annual celebration of brunch and bluegrass music on Saturday, Oct. 10, featuring local and visiting musicians at 11:30 a.m. This is the third year the Rickman Store has invited all musicians who have previously played at the store to return and share their love for mountain music and local heritage.

THE BATTLE OF SUGARTOWN CHAPTER of the North Carolina Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at the Boiler Room Restaurant. Call 828-524-2673 for more information.

THE N.C. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION will hold two open houses to collect feedback on what transportation projects the community thinks should be submitted to compete with other projects for funding in the next State Transportation Improvement Program. The first open house for Division 14, which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties, will be on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Macon County Community Building’s multipurpose room. The second will be Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Henderson County Library. Residents can drop in anytime during those events to learn more about the projects the division proposes to submit and provide feedback. Visit for a list of projects. Visit for more information.

YOUTH OUTRIGHT, a leading advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth in Western North Carolina, will present “Creating Safe Spaces: Working with LGBTQ Youth in WNC” on Friday, Oct. 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin. This free workshop is designed for professionals who work with youth health and wellness professionals, community members, and parents. Reservations are requested to plan for a complimentary supper; contact or 828-772-1912. Visit for more information.


COFFEE WITH THE POETS AND WRITERS will feature Joan Howard in the large meeting room of the Moss Memorial Library at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The group will meet on the third Wednesday of the month for the rest of the year. Visit and for more information.


THE 33RD ANNUAL HIGHLANDS OWN ART AND CRAFT SHOW will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Highlands Civic Center. Hometown Day will also be from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Kelsey Hutchinson Founder’s Park. Activities for the day include more than 60 arts, crafts and farmers market vendors, live music, clogging, tractor hay rides, inflatables for children and performances from The Boys From Tuckasegee and Highway 74. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Highlands Scholarship Fund.