Monday, August 31, 2009

You'll LOVE Oak Hill on Love Lane, an Historic Waynesville B&B

OAK HILL ON LOVE LANE offers high end beds and bedding, gourmet breakfast, wireless internet, flat screen TVs, fireplaces in every room, locally produced all-natural soaps and lotions. $150-$235 per night.

If you are looking for luxury accommodations or want to treat yourself to a very special experience, Oak Hill on Love Lane offers exceptional value and superior comfort.

Great Smoky Mountains Bed and Breakfast Tour in Waynesville

September 3 in Waynesville NC. Six Waynesville, North Carolina bed and breakfast inns are opening their homes for touring in conjunction with Haywood County’s Play in the Park Week to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The tour will start at Herren House and then go onto Oak Hill on Love Lane, Andon-Reid Inn, Windover Inn, Brookside Mountain Mist and end at Grand View Lodge where there will be a reception. All six bed and breakfast inns have a rich history, facts and time related stories to tell along with a tour of the home. The self-guided tour will be held on September 3, 3–6pm. There will be a reception at the end of your tour at Grand View Lodge between the hours of 4pm-6:30pm.

Block Party in Waynesville

September 5 in downtown Waynesveill NC. Downtown is Alive at Night, dancing in the street with live bands, 7-10pm, children’s area, eats & treats, many shops & restaurants open, a portion of Main St. is closed.

Waynesville Mountain View Cabin Rental

BROWNS CREEKSONG HOME 3 bd 3 bath with mountain view and creek, fireplace, WIFI, secluded, paved access, year round, hot tub, game room with ping pong, foosball, air hockey, cable tv all rooms, centrally located. $175-$200nt, $900-$1000wk

Currently there is availability in late September and October. Book now for early fall or leaf season!

Labor Day Sunday Brunch and Dinner at The Chef's Table in Waynesville

September 6 at The Chef's Table, 20 Church Street, Waynesville NC. Open for Brunch from 11AM - 2PM and Dinner from 5PM - 8PM with full dinner menu plus specials. For reservations call: 828-452-6210

Open Call Auditions in Bryson City

September 1 and 3 at BE FREE Yoga and Dance in Bryson City NC. Open call auditions for the December production of "The Nutcracker". Auditions will consist of a meeting about expectations and rehearsal times, followed by the entire group learning a bit of choreography. No individual audition is required. Rehearsals will be most Tuesdays at 6pm and other days as we near the production. Show date it December 12th at the Swain Center for the Arts.

Bryson City Music Jam

September 3 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City NC enjoy the Community Music Jam on the front lawn. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged - is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in. Or, you can just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of Grampa’s Music in Bryson City. The music jams are offered to the public each 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month – year round.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Fish the French Broad River in Asheville

The French Broad River flows right through Asheville and is just minutes from anywhere within a 30 mile radius of downtown. If you don't own a kayak, canoe or a drift boat, it doesn't matter. Some of the best spots on the river are easily fished by simply wading. Give this unique fishery a try this summer. You won't be disapointed and it sure beats sitting at home waiting for the fall stocked trout season to start. Stop by or call any of the three Curtis Wright Outfitters stores for directions to the river, fly patterns that are sure to work, or maybe even a a guided float trip. for more information:

Brevard Stone Manor Vacation Rental

CHERRYFIELD MANOR. 4BD, 2BA Classic Stone Manor on 3 acres. Screened porch with rockers & table, Covered picnic area, AC, cable TV, VSH & DVD, washer, dryer, remodeled kitchen - all equipment. Serene lush setting minutes to Brevard. $875 wk. Discount for 2+wks

The Manor is only 10 minutes to downtown Brevard and easy access to shopping, antiques, festivals, quality restaurants, the Pisgah National Forest, numerous area attractions and the nationally acclaimed Brevard Music Center.

Artist Kris Dixon featured in Cedar Mountain/Brevard Area

September 5 from 2PM-4PM at Land of Waterfalls Art Gallery, Corner of 276 & Cascade Lake Rd. in Cedar Mountain NC. "Meet the Artist" - Kris Dixon who has a studio in the Big Hill area will be demonstrating. Kris works in watercolors and does local scenes of our beautiful surroundings. She is the gallery's featured artist for September. 828-883-3830

Canoe at Dust in Brevard Area

September 4 from 3:30PM-8PM. Headwaters Outfitters offers a guided canoe trip on the French Broad River as dusk settles on the French Broad Valley. It is a harmonic time of day where animals stir from their daytime hiding places and the suns light reaches through the leaves and prepares to slip behind the mountains. Escape the fast pace five o'clock traffic and rush for dinner preparations and join us in a relaxing canoe trip on one of Western, NC's natural rivers.For details:

Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week

September 4 from 10AM-12AM. Join Parkway Rangers for a moderate 2- to 3-mile RT hike on a high-elevation section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The guided hike will start at the Bear Pen Gap Overlook, MP 427.6 on the Parkway. Rangers will identify trees and ferns along the trail. Hikers should bring water, wear good walking shoes, and be prepared for changeable weather. 828-298-5330, ext. 304

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mountain Music Championship in Robbinsville

September 5 from 10:30AM - 7:30PM at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville NC. Annual music competition in guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin. Fun, food, great music all day. $10 - adults$2 - studentsChildren under 6 - free.

9th Annual Heritage Walk & Festival in Murphy

September 5 Konehete Park in Historic downtown Murphy NC. Enjoy a step back in time with this celebration of Cherokee County, North Carolina's first, last and finest place to be. Enjoy all-day historic walking tours and a heritage festival celebrating area artists, crafters, growers, food, live stage entertainment and more. Children's games will be included.

Summer Music Series in Flat Rock

September 5 from 6PM-8PM at the corner of W. Blue Ridge Rd & Greenville Hwy in Flat Rock NC. enjoy the FREE Summer Music Series in Flat Rock, Little Rainbow Row's back deck-corner featuring regional musicians. BYOC (bring your own chair). For details:

3rd Night Free in Blowing Rock Condo

Cheatola Resort is offering a special on condo rentals valid until October 1: reserve a luxurious one bedroom Chetola condominium and your third night is free. One bedroom units include a queen or king bedroom with a full bath, fully equipped kitchen, and a spacious living room area with a queen sleeper sofa. All units have a gas or wood burning fireplace. For details and rates visit:

Get Back to Nature at Buckeye Lake in Beech Mountain

Buckeye Lake is a seven-acre lake at the base of the town and one of Beech Mountain's most popular recreation areas. Fishing, hiking, bird watching and picnicking are among the Lake's favorite activities. Buckeye Lake is stocked with trout year-round! State fishing licenses are required. The Town of Beech Mountain has built a municipal recreation building and park. There are two tennis courts, a ball field, walking/jogging track, picnic pavilion, and a tot lots currently in place. A new indoor tennis and basketball facility which also contains a fitness center and child's play room opened in 2005. This building can also accommodate parties and social functions.

Beech Mountain is Dancing in the Streets!

September 6 beginning at 7PM in Beech Mountain NC they'll be dancing in the streets. Our D.J., Mac Mast is a master at reading the crowd and playing music that will get your heart pumping and your feet moving. Music starts at 7 PM weather permitting. This is a free event, brought to you by the members of the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce. For additional information: (898) 387-9283 or

Vacation Rental with 180 Degree Views in Beech Mountain

DREAM VIEW CHALET. 180 degree views at 5325 feet on top of Beech Mountain. 4 BD, 4.5 BA, fireplace, WIFI, PET FRIENDLY. Walk to Land of OZ and OZ Ski Run. Beech Mtn Club privileges. Located next to OZ Cathedral making it perfect for large parties. $300-$665 nt, $1325 - $3160 wk

Perched on a cliff at the very top of “the highest incorporated town in Eastern America”, Dream View Chalet is truly a unique house in an equally unique setting.

Go Fly a Kite on Beech Mountain

September 6 at 10AM in Beech Mountain NC. Mile High Kite Festival - a great tradition with lots of color and fun activities for kids of all ages. We welcome back to Beech Mtn the Richmond Air Force and the Wings Across Carolina Kiting and Okra Society kiting clubs. This is a free event sponsored by the members of the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce. Kites can be purchased at the event or bring your own. Be sure to bring your kite making supplies. Kite building and decorating clinics are presented for the children as well. Two kite clubs are available to demonstrate flying techniques and also display their kites. The festival begins at 10 AM. Free Parking. For additional information call the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce at (828) 387-9283 or visit:

Qualla Arts Open Air Indian Market in Cherokee

September 5 at the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, 645 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee NC. The Qualla Arts Open Air Indian Market returns for an autumn encore. See first-hand the time, patience and talent which go into each piece of authentic Cherokee artwork. Then satisfy your urge to have as your own an heirloom quality art piece, through the purchase of these beautiful works in stone or wood sculpture, bead work and basket weaving. 828-497-3103

Diana and Sarvis Ridge Perform in Blowing Rock

September 6 at 7PM at The Hayes Performing Arts Center, 152 Jamie Fort Road, Blowing Rock NC. Long-time Blowing Rock bluegrass staple Diana Wilcox and her band Sarvis Ridge grace the Hayes Center in celebration of this year's HayesGrass competition title. Tickets are $12 advance / $15 at the door. 828-295-9627

Wine Social at The Broyhill Inn in Boone

September 2 6:30 PM at The Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, 775 Bodemheimer Dr, Boone NC. September Wine Social, Old World VS. New World: A Comparison. The wines presented will be Old World VS. New World and hosted by Peabody's Wine and Beer and The Broyhill Inn. You don't have to know anything about wine to come. This is an intro to a series of wine... tasting classes this fall. Just come and enjoy some great wines!

Bird-friendly Coffee from Grandfather Mountain

How do you have a great cup of coffee and support the protection of migratory bird habitats at the same time? Have your java at Grandfather Mountain's Restaurant or Fudge Shop and savor their new brew made from SMBC certified bird-friendly Peruvian beans. Th beans are grown in the shade of a natural high tree canopy which helps maintain soil and water quality, provide fruit, nuts and other food sources, offer shelter, and promote the balanced ecosystems that the migratory birds need to thrive.

Grandfather Mountain teamed with Bald Guy Brew in Boone to develop its own house blend of bird-friendly coffee - which has been described as "Fabulous". In addition to being served in the restaurant and fudge shop, Grandfather Mountain Blend is available by the pound from the Nature Museum gift shop and on-line fromBald Guy Brew ( A pound of whole bean coffee sells for $12.95 and delivers all the satisfaction a cup can hold.

To read more about Grandfather Mountain Blend visit:

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friends of WNC Nature Center need Volunteers

The Friends of the Western North Carolina Nature Center need baked good donations and volunteers for arts & crafts, games, hay jump, face painting, admissions, food service and cake walk for the upcoming Annual Hey Day on October 10. Volunteer all day or one of two shifts: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. To 319 or email:

12th Annual Cashier’s Designer Showhouse

One more week to visit Cashier's Designer Showhouse! Located at 1903 Highway 107 South, in Cashiers NC. This year's Showhouse brings many parts of the community together including 28 interior designers, landscapers and artists with the focus: "everyday green living".

This house will delight! If you visit the house, you are guaranteed to leave feeling inspired and wanting to rush home to start re-decorating!" Also visit the green market across the street where the designers will sell their wares at the store in the Zackary-Tolbert House. "I love finding new ways to re-purpose old items. One of my favorites to date is the beautiful chandelier in my store that was made from an old wine barrel-it's stunning!" Get your tickets now; the showhouse closes September 6! Tickets, which are available for purchase at the Showhouse or in advance by calling (828) 743-7710, cost $25 each.

Concert on the Creek Tonight in Sylva

August 28 from 6PM-9PM at Bridge Park in Sylva NC enjoy a Concert on the Creek with Chris Cates & The Master Plan. His latest album 'Carolina Songs' touches on rock, blues, beach music, country, soul, and jazz to create a sound that is completely unique with an unexplainable familiar quality that trancends age and musical taste. Cates takes the listener from the mountains to the beach of the Carolinas and back again. Kind of like driving down I-85 with the windows rolled down and the music turned up.

Golf Pro Shop Sale in Whittier

August 26 - September 7 2009 shop the Pro Shop at Smoky Mountain Country Club in Whittier NC and get 10% - 25% off. Smoky Mountain Country Club is celebrating its 2nd anniversary with savings of 10%-25% off the original price of every item in the pro shop. 828 497-7622

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Christian singer & songwriter David Phelps in Bryson CIty

August 29 at 7:30 PM at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, 1024 Georgia Rd, Franklin NC. Christian singer & songwriter David Phelps sends his message with one of the most dynamic voices in music. Known by millions as tenor and soloist in the Gaither Vocal Band for eight years, Phelps has also released several solo albums, including his latest, "The Voice," and three Christmas albums. 828-524-1598

Mountain Perks Open Mic Night in Bryson CIty

August 28 from 6PM - 8PM at Mountain Perks, #9 Depot Street in Bryson City NC. Our microphone is open to you every Friday night. Come share your talents! If you are fresh out of talent then just come and enjoy the free entertainment while sipping on a freshly brewed cup of coffee or your choice of expresso drink. We provide an acoustic guitar to anyone who would like to use it or bring your own instrument of choice.

Grandfather Mountain is buzzing!

This month marked the first honey harvest on Grandfather Mountain. Fifteen months ago Grandfather Mountain started raising its own honey bees. The venture originated because Grandfather President Crae Morton and Trails Manager Luke Appling were both keenly interested in the behavior of bees, and because the company is committed to a healthy environment. The Mountain's two hives produced enough of the golden deliciousness this summer for the team to draw off a little over two gallons of the sweet treat for the staff to enjoy. For more details about the project and how honey is harvested visit:

Old Fort Mountain Music

August 28 at 7PM in The Rockett Building, downtown Old Fort NC. Every Friday evening for more than a decade, folks have gathered to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody is paid, everyone is welcome and coffee and sodas are still just a quarter! For more information call 1-888-233-6111.

Hendersonville 91st Street Dances

August 31 from 7PM-9PM at the Visitors Information Center, 201 S. Main Street, Hendersonville NC. Season Finale for the 91st Street Dances featuring Bobby & Blue Ridge Tradition Band & Great Smoky Mountain Cloggers (mountain heritage bluegrass music, clogging and square dancing). Bring a chair, no pets or alcoholic beverages allowed.

Hendersonville Cabin from $125 per Night

APPLEJACK CABIN. Mountain views, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, Contemporary and charming Log Cabin, porch with rockers, Ping-Pong in game room and day bed, large deck with grill. WIFI. $125-$145 per day, $750-$895 per week

Relax and enjoy this charming log cabin located 25 minutes from Asheville. Situated on almost 2 acres with mountain views, romantic sunsets and a peaceful covered front porch!

Music On Main Street in Hendersonville

August 28 from 7PM-9PM at the Visitors Center in Historic Downtown Hendersonville NC. The 11th annual Music On Main Street concert series featuring " oldies rock, beach music, variety and top 40 music. This is the Season Finale, featuring Tuxedo Junction (variety 1940’s-90’s). Bring a chair and enjoy the music, admission is free.

Valley Classic Auto & Truck Show in Maggie Valley

August 28 - 30 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds in Maggie Valley, NC classic autos and trucks come to Maggie Valley again! (828) 734-9126

Southern Landscapes Exhibition in Highlands

The Bascom, A Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands NC presents an exhibit of Southern landscapes by the American masters Will Henry Stevens (1881-1946) and Lamar Dodd (1909-1996) that exemplify an affinity for nature as embodied in landscape. Stevens and Dodd were famous university teachers and still have a tremendous following among artists, art students and art collectors. The exhibit continues through October 31 2009.

FREE Wine Tasting in Asheville

August 29 from 3PM - 6PM at Hops & Vines, 797 Haywood Road, Asheville NC. Kilda by DeBortoli, South Eastern Australia - This is a DeBortoli family project, based in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The wines are made from predominantly estate-grown fruit using sustainable vineyard practices. These are intended to be friendly, no-frills, highly drinkable wines and a SUPERB value for $7.99!

4th Friday Gallery Walk in Brevard

August 28 in Brevard NC gather your favorite people and put on a pair of comfortable shoes for a fun, relaxing evening visiting downtown Brevard's art galleries and taste new wines. Eat at your favorite restaurant, where you will hear some of our best musicians perform. Galleries will be open until 9pm. Meet some of Western North Carolina's finest artists and see their diverse styles of art.

Fly Fishing School in Asheville

September 5 - Curtis Wright Outfitters is offering a 'Fly Fishing School for Beginners' in and around Asheville, North Carolina that is designed to give aspiring anglers the tools they need to be successful on the water and enjoy their first fly fishing adventure...from first fly to first fish. Learn about equipment, trout species, habitat, knot tying, casting and more. The one day school is $175 and has limited enrollment. 877-450-3474

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Bed and Breakfast Special or 3rd night FREE in Chimney Rock

Now through September 10 2009 the Esmeralda, 910 Main Street, Chimney Rock NC is offering a end of Summer Special: Arrive on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, stay two nights and receive your third night free!
Now through October 31 2009 the Esmeralda, 910 Main Street, Chimney Rock NC is offering a Bed and Breakfast package including deluxe accommodations and a full a la carte breakfast for two guests from $129!

Call (888) 258-6963, email:,

Include Pilot Mountain State Park in your next visit to Mount Airy

Pilot Mountain State Park, 1792 Pilot Knob Park Road, Pinnacle NC (336) 325-235. Approach from any direction and see Pilot Mountain rising more than 1,400 feet above the rolling countryside of the upper Piedmont plateau. Dedicated as a National Natural Landmark in 1976, this solitary peak is the centerpiece of Pilot Mountain State Park. Treat yourself to a horseback ride or challenge the river from raft or canoe. A seven-mile woodland corridor joins two sections of the park, each section offering a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun. The mountain segment, which includes the two pinnacles, contains most of the visitor facilities. The more primitive river section centers around the lazy, meandering Yadkin River.

Sangria Saturday & Sunset Grillfest in Mount Airy

August 29 beginning at 5PM at Round Peak Vineyards, Mount Airy NC enjoy the LAST Sunset evening of the summer and the spectacular sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains! We'll have our favorite Sangria's all day long, then at 5 pm we are firing up the grills, so bring your favorite grill items! We'll provide the sides, and BBQ for those that don't want to grill! 10% off on bottles of wine opened to enjoy on the back deck.

Mountain Music in Bryson City

August 29 from 6:30PM - 8PM at the Bryson City Train Depot in downtown Bryson City NC - FREE Mountain music show with the Carolina Bluegrass Boys and hard-driving acoustic bluegrass. Bring a lawn chair and settle in for an evening of great regional talent.

Super September Savers at The Folkestone Inn in Bryson City

THE FOLKESTONE INN 101 Folkestone Road, Bryson City NC is offering September Specials:

Ticket to Ride*
Book two or more nights during September and we'll include one coach train ticket - as long as supply lasts.

Weekday Saver*
If you book during the week for two or more nights in rooms priced $109-133, we will upgrade you to the next available level.

Stay Awhile*
Book any three nights in a single room and receive a 20% discount for each night.

Active Military*
20% discount for Military Personnel, Active status. ID required.

*Only one discount may be applied per reservation. Discounts only available for new reservations.

Tanner Outlet Charity Days Benefit MANNA Food Bank in Black Mountain

August 26-30 At Doncaster/Tanner Outlet in Black Mountain NC. With your food donation receive 30% off your entire purchase. Discount is taken off the already reduced prices. Leathers & Essentials not included in sale. Food Drive to Benefit MANNA Food Bank 119 Broadway Street, Black Mountian, NC (828) 669-5117 or (828) 669-4687. Please support this worthy cause. Type of items needed: Any canned item, cereal, rice, pasta & dried beans.

Bryson CIty Shows High School Musical 3

August 31 at 3:30 PM at The Marianna Black Library in Bryson City the Library will be showing the contemporary musical “High School Musical 3”. The movies at the library are free to the public and projected onto an 8 X 10 foot screen, with a theater sound system. Popcorn, provided by the Friends of the Marianna Black Library, will be served in the library auditorium starting at 3:20 PM.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

An Appalachian Evening with High Windy Band in Robbinsville

August 29 from 7:30 PM-9:30 PM Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville NC. High Windy Band will perform in concert as part of ‘An Appalachian Evening’ summer concert & dinner series at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. This award winning group's roots run very deep in the traditional sounds they heard growing up and they bring a modern contemporary spin to fantastic original songs. Hard driving, yet smooth as silk, High Windy Band is an energetic 5-piece supergroup. Dinner seatings before the concert are at 5:00 and 6:15pm. A traditional Appalachian dinner is served family style from the Stecoah Kitchen. Reservations required. $10 / adult for concert; $14 / adult for dinner.

Big Ivy Bluegrass Festival

August 29 from 12:00 AM-08:00 PM at Big Ivy Historical Park, 540 Dillingham Road Barnardsville NC. Featuring the Lewis Family, New Southern Ramblers, Sherry Lynn and Friends, Big Creek Quartet, Laura Boosinger, Wayne Erbsen & Back Country Bluegrass. $10 adults, kids under 10 free. 828-626 3843

Brevard Mountain View Cabins for $145 per night!

APPALACHIAN HAVENS BREVARD NC. Two 2 BD, 2BA cabins with mountain view, water view, fireplaces and roomy porches. Rustic elegance decor. Lake, pool, tennis court, gym and country club privileges. Hiking Trails. On 2.5 acres only 10 miles outside Brevard. $145 per night, $950 per week

Appalachian Havens are 2 cabins nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina only 10 miles outside Brevard NC. Kick back on our roomy porches and truly treat yourself to REAL relaxation. Both cabins are located on 2 1/2 acres and very private.

BUFFET DINNER At Poppies Market in Brevard

August 28 at 6:30 PM at Poppies Gourmet Farmers Market, 1 Market Street, Brevard NC.
Assorted Appetizers featuring Sunburst Trout, Carolina Bison and Roots Hummus from Asheville
Entrees-Baked Sunburst Trout with creamy leek sauce
Marinated Busy Bee London Broil served with Demi-glace
Hickory Nut Gap Bratwurst with Braised Cabbage
Sides will be assorted fresh garden veggies, Garden Greens Salad introducing a delicious Sweet
Basil & Dill dressing from Sapphire, bread from Bracken Bakery
Dessert -Lots of Loaves Sour cream Pound cake with Queens Red Raspberries
All of Brevard Wine by Rockhouse Winery in Tryon, NC

$35 per person, all inclusive
Reservations required: 828-885-5494

Brevard Presents "Fresh" the Movie

August 29 from 1PM-4PM at the Transylvania County Library's Rogow Room in Brevard NC there will be a showing of the inspiring documentary, Fresh, followed by an open discussion with an expert panel of sustainable farmers, a naturopathic doctor, and other experts in the field of sustainable agriculture and food. Fresh is an inspiring documentary about the problems with our international industrialized food system and why we need to make a major change to local food systems.

Blue Ridge Descendents in Blowing Rock

August 30 at 7PM, Hayes Performing Art Center in Blowing Rock NC. A bluegrass staple of 1960s Appalachia, the Blue Ridge Descendents was formed to celebrate and preserve the music and tradition that made mountain life and the music it begat so unique. Three of its original members-James Coffey, Bob Harman and Glenn Bolick-come together to recapture that old-time sound for generations both old and new. $12 advance / $15 at the door.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Updates from Heartwood Gallery in Saluda

The Heartwood Gallery in Saluda NC is pleased to offer: Through September 30 view the work of Saluda artist Dale McEntire: "The Changing Landscape".

New pottery has arrived from some of the country's favorite potters including Karen Newgard (Asheville) and Kelly McCullough (Saluda).

In for fall: New Handbags by Maruca Design.
Maruca is a collaborative group of designers and seamstresses, they pride themselves on the craftsmanship of cutting and sewing each bag by hand. Their designers have a close working relationship with U.S textile mills to ensure the state-of the art sophistication of their jacquard woven fabrics. They have been making handbags since 1991 and are committed to being 100% U.S made. http://www.Heartwood

11th Annual Music on Main Street in Hendersonville

August 28 from 7PM-9PM at the Visitors Information Center, 201. S. Main St, Hendersonville NC. 11th Annual Music On Main Street concert series, featuring Asheville’s Mix 96.5 House Band. Bring a Chair, No Pets or Alcoholic Beverages Allowed, parking lot seating area opens after 5:30PM-early admission is prohibited.

Olympiad Family Package in Lake Lure

August 28 - 30 offered by Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure, 112 Mountains Blvd., Lake Lure NC. Lodging in a two-bedroom Fairway Village Condo for two nights with 4 people and enjoy the benefits of free access to the Resort’s private beach on Lake Lure, heated indoor pool, outdoor pools, tennis courts and fitness center, golf dining, spa. This Package includes:

*4 Person Lodging for two nights in a Resort Condo
*4 Passes to Chimney Rock Park (2 Adult/2 Kids)
*4 Standard Event Passes (2 Adult/2 Kids) to Friday and Saturday events at the 2009 Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad
$559 per family includes all taxes & fees, based on quad occupancy, 2 night stay

2009 Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad in Lake Lure

August 27-30 2009 Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad in Lake Lure. Named a "Top 20 Event for the last two years by the Southeast Tourism Society, The Olympiad is Lake Lure's premier festival. Athletes can compete in golf, tennis, swimming, cycling, running or the triathlon. There are also events for children, family fun and entertainment. The Olympiad opens with a water ski show and closed with fireworks.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Garden Symposium in Asheville

August 28 - 29 from 8:30 AM-4:00 PM at The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville NC. Two days of garden lectures by five highly regarded designers, authors, horticulturists, research specialists and nurserymen are sure to provide participants new ideas and inspiration. Topics include private and public design experiences, new plants from NCSU breeding program, grasses and designing with grasses, new perennials from Jellitto and the Human Flower Project.

Farmers' Market in Robbinsville

August 29 from 4PM - 7PM at The Stecoah Art Center in Robbinsville NC. Organized by The Smoky Mountain Native Plant Association. Ransom Cornett and Henry Redding will sell fresh produce, honey and eggs. Visitors can expect a variety of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Area farmers, artisans, and crafters are invited to sell their product at the Center. For more information call the Stecoah Valley Center at 828-479-3364.

Robbinsville NC Lakefront Cabin

CABIN ON THE LAKE. Robbinsville NC - Fully stocked, personal items only needed, we even supply the coffee. Located 9 miles south of Deals Gap & close to many area attractions. Large yard with creek to enjoy plus Hot tub. $140 nt, $876.50 wk, +cleaning fee.

Take pleasure in the adventures of the region then return to your own space to relax in the hot tub, find contentment around a campfire, throw a line in the adjoining Snowdrop Lake, or sit beside the mountain creek that runs through this one acre sitting.

An Appalachian Evening concert in Robbinsville

August 29 at The Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville NC enjoy an Appalachian Evening concert with High Windy Band. Dinner seatings at 5:00 pm and 6:15 pm, with reservations required. This award winning group's roots run very deep in the traditional sounds they heard growing up and they bring a modern contemporary spin to fantastic original songs. Hard driving, yet smooth as silk, HWB leads the way in today’s crowded field of young Bluegrass troubadours. Look for much to come from this tight, energetic 5-piece supergroup.

Transylvania County Wood Workers on Display in Brevard

August 28 at the TC Art Gallery in Brevard NC. TC Arts Council is proud to team with local county wood workers to present this gallery exhibit that will run from August 28 thru September 25. The TC Arts Gallery is open Monday – Friday from 10 am – 4 pm. There will be an artist reception on Friday, August 28 from 5-9 pm as part of Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk. For more information call TC Arts Council at 828- 884-2787 or go to

Gallery Walk and Craft Demonstration in Brevard

August 28 from 5PM-9PM in downtown Brevard NC. 4th Friday Gallery walk and Craft demonstration at the Transylvania Heritage Museum 40 w Jordan Street, Brevard NC. Enjoy an evening stroll in downtown Brevard as you enjoy visiting the art galleries, art stores, retail stores and restaurants that are staying open late from 5-9 pm. Most galleries have new artwork each month, while you enjoy wine, munchies and music. Be sure to look for the 16 sculptures and five murals located in downtown as well. For more information call TC Arts at 828-884-2787

Last Chance for the Lone Ranger in Bryson City

August 29-30 The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City NC. Come meet the masked rider and Tonto, experiencing a full day of fun! There will be an array of cowboy and western activities at the depot for people of all ages. Enjoy live musical entertainment, old west cowboy roping demonstrations, games, original episodes of The Lone Ranger playing in the theatre, a Lone Ranger look-a-like contest and much more! 800-872-4681

Beer Dinner at The Backroom in Flat Rock

August 25 beginning at 5:30 at the Backroom at The Flat Rock Wine Shoppe in Flat Rock NC. We have a few seats left! Call 828-697-6828 for reservations.

Aperitif: Stoudts Golden Ale
1st course: Slow-roasted pork tostadas with smoked gouda and sharp cheddar cheeses
Double IPA India Pale Ale
2nd course: Endive salad with apples, cranberries, toasted pistachios and goat cheese
Triple Belgian Ale
3rd Course: Halibut spring rolls with lemon curd
th Course: Beer-basted beef short ribs
Scarlett Lady Ale
th Course: Chocolate raspberry torte
Fat Dog Stout

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Boone Chamber Business After Hours Joins Blowing Rock Chamber

August 27 from 5PM - 7PM at Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock. Monthly Chamber Members After Hours Networking will be co-hosted by the Boone Chamber and the Blowing Rock Chamber. Admission is free with a business card. RSVP to by noon 8-27

Foothills Conservancy Needs Help for Matching Funds

The Foothills Conservancy still needs $5,500 more by August 31 to achieve our goal of $20,000 and to receive the matching gift of $20,000 from our anonymous donor. Please consider making a gift TODAY to the Blue Ridge Foothills Fund. This fund is a vital reserve and sustaining fund, held for us by the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, that will provide essential support for our on-going land and water conservation work.

There are 3 Ways to Make Your Tax Deductible Gift Today:
1) Write a check and mail it to the address below.
2) Visit our website and make a gift through the "Make a Donation" button.
3) Call our office 828-437-9930 and make a credit card transaction over the phone or via email.
*Be sure to designate your gift to the Blue Ridge Foothills Fund. Foothills Conservancy of NC, P.O. Box 3023, Morganton, North Carolina 28680 828-437-9930

Ashe County Member Blast at River House

August 27 from 5PM - 6:30 at The River House near West Jefferson NC members of the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce will enjoy the monthly Member Blast. There will be door prizes to be given away through a drawing. Everyone may participate in the “50/50” drawing for cash – split 50% to the winning ticket holder & 50% to the Chamber! Tickets are $1 per ticket or $5 for increments of 6 tickets. There will be free hors d’oeuvres and beverages, along with a cash bar. 336-846-9550

Friday, August 21, 2009

Brevard's White Squirrel Shop a favorite for Special Treasures

WHITE SQUIRREL SHOPPE. Enjoy the sound of water falling from our 12 foot waterfall, while shopping in our 4,000 sq ft retail shop. Largest selection of candles in the area including YANKEE CANDLES, WILLOW TREE, AMISH FURNITURE and much more! A great place to shop when you want something special! Our retail store, located in the McMinn Building, built in 1899 in the heart of downtown Brevard, North Carolina. You may also SHOP ONLINE!

We carry two hummingbird feeders: PERRY ENTERPRISE feeders are available in the shoppe: They are very ornamental and made with "antique looking" bottles with colorful flowers as the sippers. They also make one that has a suction cup you can attach to your window. We like these because they are made right here in the mountains by a father and son team.

Mountain View Cabin in Brevard

BRIGADOON Brevard NC - A renovated, rustic mountain cabin originally built in 1917. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, fireplace, mountain views, WIFI. Large screened porch and open deck overlooking Little River, a trout stream. Sits on 4 acres. Sleeps 8. PET FRIENDLY. $150 per night, $750 per week

Brevard Golf Course offers Hairy Caddies

Improvements and innovations have been taking place at the Sherwood Forest Golf Course just outside Brevard NC. PGA Professional Brian Lautenschlager is proud of the current and future renovations which have already earned the course the first stage certification from Audubon Sanctuary Golf Course Certification Program under the auspices of Audubon International.

One of the new "green" concepts is the use of llamas as caddies. Lautenschlager has teamed up with Brevard's Great Smoky Mountains Greenskeepers Inc. owner Mark English to train the llamas, natural pack animals, to carry golf bags. The llamas are naturally calm and relaxed and their hair is hypoallergenic, so there’s no fear of any allergic reactions from golfers. They have soft padded feetand, unlike golf carts, do no damage to the course.

Llamas are available every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9AM to 11AM. Sherwood Forest is open to the public as well as residents of the Sherwood Forest community. For details call: (828) 884-7825 or visit:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Final 2009 Brevard Community Band Concert

August 23, at 3 pm at the Porter Center in Brevard NC the Brevard Community Band will close it's 2009. The Brevard Community Band is a summer band composed of 80+ volunteer musicians (professional and amateurs) ages 16-80 from Brevard and surrounding areas. The band is under the direction of Jamie Hafner, Director Emeritus of Education of the Brevard Music Center. The purpose of the band is to promote band music and provide an outlet for instrumentalists to express their musical talents. The band is also a philanthropic organization by providing music scholarships to local students and grants to schools to promote music education.

Matt Williams Concert In Bryson City

August 22 at 7PM at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City NC Matt Williams performs a folk-rock-jazz-pop concert. Immediately following the concert a reception for Pamela Haddock, watercolor artist, will be held in the lobby. Ms Haddock's work will be on exhibit through September 23. Both the concert and the reception are free to the public. 828-488-7843

Hairspray in Bryson City

August 24 at 3:30 PM in the Marianna Black Library, Bryson City enjoy the 80's classic "Hairspray". The movies at the library are free to the public and projected onto an 8 X 10 foot screen, with a theater sound system.

It's 1962, and change is in the air in Baltimore. Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion--to dance. Popcorn, provided by the Friends of the Marianna Black Library, will be served in the library auditorium starting at 3:20 PM. For more information, call the library at 828-488-3030 or visit

The Norton Argentina Wine Dinner in Bryson City

August 27 6:30 PM at Thirteen Moons at The Village enjoy The Norton Argentina Wine Dinner for only $49.99 per person:
Brochetta de Pollo
, Skewers of organic herb grilled chicken breast, Chorizo sampler, Selection of Spanish, Argentinean and Salchicha sausages, Ensalada de Pimientos, Marinated fire roasted red and yellow peppers served on goat cheese crostini
Norton Rosado, 2007 Argentina
1st Course
Oven Baked Manchego Cheese and Egg Pasta Ravioli with Fresh Jumbo Oysters
Norton Chardonnay, 2007 Argentina

2nd Course
“Matambre de la Hacienda” - Housemade beef roulade filled with carrots, spinach, egg & Spanish red sausage with a citrus chili sauce
Norton Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Argentina

3rd Course
A la Parrilla “From the Grill” Bief de Chorizo – USDA Prime Rib of Beef seasoned with sea rock salt, red pepper and fresh oregano with chimichurri sauce, grilled esparragos and garlic and parsley papas fritas
Norton Reserva Melbec 2006, Argentina

4th Course
Fresh Strawberry Rhubarb Empanada with a Dolce de Leche and homemade lemon ice cream
Norton Cosecha Tardia, 2008 Argentina


Fly Fishing Packages in Asheville

It's a great time for smallmouth bass fishing on the French Broad. Curtis Wright Outfitters and the Sourwood Inn have partnered to offer several fishing packages. The packages range from a one night stay with 1/2 day fishing to 4 nights stay with 3 days of fishing. Sourwood Inn sits on one hundred acres of hilly terrain at an elevation of 3,200 feet. Each of Sourwood Inn's guest rooms has a private balcony overlooking the Reems Creek Valley, a wood- burning fireplace and a tub with a view. For details visit: or

Win an Exclusive Biltmore Food & Wine Excursion

Enter to win a two-night Bed & Breakfast stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate, featuring a private Winery tour and tasting conducted by Biltmore's winemaker, plus a chef's wine dinner at the Bistro at Biltmore. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a two (2) night Bed & Breakfast stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina (inclusive of daily chef's buffet breakfast in the Dining Room, tickets and an audio tour of Biltmore House, and sales and occupancy taxes); a private Winery tour and tasting provided by Biltmore’s Winemaker; a chef’s wine dinner at the Bistro at Biltmore. Total package valued at $1,500. No purchase required. Must be 21 years old to enter. Some restrictions apply.

All entries must be submitted by AUGUST 30, 2009, 11:59 p.m. EST to be considered in the drawing. One winner will be selected and notified by phone or e-mail the week of September 6, 2009.
Enter Now

See "Cheri" in Flat Rock

August 21 - 27 at 4PM and 7PM at The Flat Rock Cinema "Cheri", R - Miramax - Art/Foreign, Romance, 100 Minutes with Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Rupert Friend, Bette Bourne, Iben Hjejle. It is turn of the century in Belle Epoque Paris and a scandalous romp is underfoot. The tale begins as the ravishing Lea contemplates retirement from her renowned stature as Paris's most envied seductress to the rich and famous. Her plans are cut short when she is approached by a former courtesan and arch rival, the barb-throwing gossip Charlotte Peloux, who encourages Lea to teach her disaffected 19 year-old son a thing or two about women.

Enjoy lunch or dinner with us. We recommend arriving at least 20 minutes prior to show time if you plan to eat with us or if you have a group of four or more. (828) 697-2463

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Asheville Tomato Walk

August 20 5PM - 7PM in downtown Asheville NC Asheville Tomato Walk Celebrates the Local Harvest. It's local tomato season. Run away from work, head downtown, and visit your favorite independent restaurants for tomato tastings, tomato cocktails, tomato entrees, and more during the Asheville Tomato Walk, an evening organized by ASAP in partnership with the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association.

Restaurants participating in the Tomato Walk include Bistro 1896, Bouchon, Early Girl Eatery, Ed Boudreaux's, Laurey's, The Lobster Trap, The Market Place, Posana Café, and Rosetta's Kitchen.

Tomato Workshop in Waynesville

August 21 at 10AM at the Mountain Research Station, Waynesville NC: Highlighting Studies on Growing Organic Heirloom Tomatoes And Growing Tomatoes with a Microbially Active Biochar Product. This year, there are two small studies to show you. In the organic heirloom tomato study, 11 heirloom tomato varieties and 9 new heirloom-type hybrids are being grown. Instead of comparing different disease and insect control programs as we have done the past few years, we took what we learned from those studies and created one organic disease and insect control program to test. What a year to test it! We also set up this whole study on a high-stake, string and weave system instead of a standard trellis system.

Tomato Sandwiches Provided: Back by popular demand-free tomato sandwiches! Make your own sandwich-we'll provide the tomatoes, bread and mayonnaise. Chips and tea will round out this light lunch. 828-684-3562

Asheville's Annual Tomato Tasting and Competition

August22 at 11AM at the Big Ivy Tailgate Market in Asheville NC come to the annual Tomato Tasting and Competition.. Have a taste of many different locally-grown varieties, from Mortgage Lifter to Brandywine to Cherokee Purple and more...and cast your vote for the best-tasting tomato. If you're growing tomatoes, bring some to add to the line-up (at least 3 of each variety). It's fun, and delicious! At the Big Ivy Tailgate Market on the grounds of the Big Ivy Community Center (look for the blue tents), where you can find produce, meats, coffee, fresh flowers, crafts, and more from your Big Ivy neighbors every Saturday from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. See you there!

Party-Hearty at Frasers Pub in West Jefferson

August 21 - 22 at Frasers Pub in downtown West Jefferson NC local artist Sonny Remington will be entertaining in the Pub from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Then, on Saturday night, it’s the music of 4-Wheel Drive from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Live entertainment on the weekends and no cover charge in the pub!. Frasers: “If we ain’t got it, you don’t want it!” 108 South Jefferson Avenue in downtown West Jefferson. 336-246-5222

Last Chance to see the 2009 "Unto These Hills" in Cherokee

The 2009 Season of "Unto These Hills" ends on August 29. The world famous outdoor drama "Unto These Hills" has chronicled the history of the Cherokee Indians for 60 years, entertaining more than six million visitors since it first opened in 1950. "Unto These Hills" retells Cherokee history from the Cherokee perspective. The popular, family friendly play traces the Cherokee people over a period of several hundred years, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears and finally ending in the present day where Cherokee people, much like the new script that was unveiled in 2008, continue to rewrite their place in the world. The story comes to life with live music, ritual dance and authentic Cherokee costumes in the 2,100-seat mountainside amphitheater under the stars.

4th Annual Whippoorwill Musicfest

August 21-23 at Lake James Nebo NC celebrate life at the beautiful setting of the Historical Whippoorwill Homestead. Music, fun & activities for children, pony rides, unique crafts a variety of food. Begins at 5pm Friday, 1pm Saturday and Sunday. Friday & Sunday, donations accepted benefitting South Mountain Children's Homes. Saturday, $10/person; children under 12, free. (828) 433-1234

Vendors needed for the Railfest Mountain Craft Fair in Bryson City

Vendors Needed for the Seventh Annual Mountain Craft Fair at Bryson City's Annual Great Smoky Mountain Railfest in September. The Railfest Mountain Craft Fair at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City, NC is an outdoor street fair and will proceed rain or shine on September 18 -20, 2009.

Every year railroad enthusiasts and history buffs from around the world gather in Bryson CityBryson City depot with mountain music & song and wonderful arts and crafts—that visitors always look forward to seeing—at our Seventh Annual Mountain Craft Fair. for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad's Railfest. Headliners for Railfest 2009 include the locomotives visiting from the NC Transportation Museum and Catch the Spirit of Appalachia's local “Heritage Alive!” entertainment with the fifth annual Children's Talent Show. On Saturday the festivities start at 9am at the at the Bryson City depot with mountain music & song and wonderful arts and crafts—that visitors always look forward to seeing—at our Seventh Annual Mountain Craft Fair

“The deadline for entries in the Mountain Craft Fair has been extended,” says a spokesman for Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, the nonprofit heritage group coordinating the fair for GSMR. Those wishing to have a booth for this seventh Railfest Fair should call 1-828-631-4587 to request an application to showcase at the Mountain Craft Fair or visit the website:

"After Hours" in Black Mountain

August 20 from 5-7PM at West End Cabinets in Black Mountain NC the Black Mountain - Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Business After Hours. Enjoy an ice cream social and Kilwins fudge, drinks, 50/50, and door prizes. Located on US 70 in Black Mountain.

Hank Williams: Lost Highway in Blowing Rock

August 21 - Sept 6 at the Haynes Performing Art Center. This spectacular musical biography is a tender ode to the brash, pioneering country star who stands among the greatest innovators of American popular music. The musical documents the singer-songwriter's rise from obscure hillbilly to Country-Western superstardom to his early demise at age 29. An unforgettable tribute, Lost Highway highlights Williams' unique magic as a performer and the unbreakable spell of his haunting songs. "Great fun! Absolutely delightful," says the NY Times.

Chicago City Limits in Blowing Rock

August 23 at 7:30PM at the Hayes Performing Art Center in Blowing Rock NC. New York City's legendary improv comedy show, which the New York Post deems the "funniest show in town" and the New York Times hails as "the perfect masters of improvisation," performs smart, topical humor in 90 breakneck minutes. Critically lauded for never lapsing into vulgarity, CCL is inventive and fresh even within the confines of improv styles and games the troupe has been perfecting for decades.

"Walking Across Egypt" in West Jefferson

August 21-23 at 7:30 PM at the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson NC. A production of the Ashe County Little Theatre group. For ticket prices and showtimes: (336) 846-2787.

Diane Durrett at The Purple Onion in Saluda

August 20 at 7:30 PM at The Purple Onion in Saluda NC a fresh flavor-Diane Durrett -from Atlanta, a soulful singer/songwriter who Stings says is "Damn good."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Beach Party- Downtown Concert Series in North Wilkesboro

August 20 at 5:30 PM in downtown north Wilkesboro enjoy an evening at the beach in Downtown North Wilkesboro with Billy Scott & The Party Prophets. The party will be held on the corner of Tenth and Main Streets in the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival Park. There is no admission charge so bring your lawn chairs and relax while the band plays, let us help to start your weekend off early. Food and beverages will be sold by Key City Grille. Fun for the whole family, everyone is invited.

Sparta NC Vacation Homes with Unique Themes

ALLEGHANY UNIQUE RENTALS Four unique vacation rentals! Make your stay something to remember in one of four locally-owned rental homes: Dairy Barn, Mahogany Rock Roost, Bald Knob Farm House, Chestnut House. 2-4 BD, unique themes in picturesque settings, fireplaces, mountain views, DSL. Relax in comfort in one of our beautiful, peaceful homes. $75 for 2 people per night.
On your next visit to Allegany County make your vacation memorable with one of these beautiful, peaceful, private accommodations during your stay in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Alleghany County. They offer a perfect place for weekend retreats, family reunions, church groups, weddings and honeymoons.

Allegany County Fair comes to Sparta

August 20 - 22 6PM at the County Fairgrounds Sparta NC enjoy carnival rides, games and food at this old-fashioned county fair. Agricultural exhibits and competition. Huge lawnmower race on Saturday night, last night of the fair. Fireworks show at race conclusion. Fair opens at 4 p.m. on Saturday only. Race begins at 5 p.m.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Bryson City Community Music Jam at the Marianna Black Library

August 20 from 6PM-7:30PM on the front lawn of the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City enjoy a community music jam. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer - anything unplugged - is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in. Or, you can just stop by and listen. The music jams are offered to the public each 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month – year round. Marianna Black Library is located in Downtown Bryson City at the corner of Academy and Rector.(828) 488-3030

Lodge with Whitewater Tubing in Bryson CIty

DEEP CREEK LODGE & CREEKSIDE TUBING. 1-2 bedroom efficiencies with kitchens. Whitewater tubing, snack bar, fishing, laundry, game room, hiking and FUN, FUN, FUN!. $55-$105 per night. Discounts for full week

The only lodge on Deep Creek that abuts the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Located on the left just before entering the Park gate at Deep Creek

Swain County Fundraiser Kick-off in Bryson City

August 29 from 8AM - 11AM at the Presbyterian Church on Everett Street in Bryson City NC the Swain County United Gift Fund will have its “Kick Off” Fund Raiser: Bringing Home the Bacon Breakfast. For $5.00, you will enjoy scrambled eggs, bacon, grits, baked apples, biscuit, orange juice and coffee. ADVANCE ORDERS ONLY! Can’t stay? Do take-out! All proceeds benefit the Swain County United Gift Fund, servicing (18) Swain County Non-Profit Organization. Purchase tickets at United Community Bank or call 736-3554 for tickets.

Scenic Summer Lift Rides in Banner Elk

August 22-23 from 10AM - 5:30PM at Sugar Mountain Resort in Banner Elk take a scenic lift ride! Bring the whole family, a picnic lunch, your mountain bike, or just a friend and enjoy a breathtaking 45 minute roundtrip lift-ride to Sugar 5,300 foot peak. The majestic scenery is worth it!

Groups of 20 or more can buy one-time ride tickets for only $5. Advanced reservations required. Please call 828-898-4521 x 261.

Concerts in the Park in Banner Elk

August 20 at 6:30PM at the stage behind Bank of America on Highway 194 in Banner Elk NC enjoy The "King Bees," rockin' blues. Bring your chairs or blankets and coolers. Food concessions available. 828-898-8395

Banner Elk Year-around Cottage Rental

LITTLE ELK COTTAGE RENTAL 5 BD, 1 BA mountain view and 5-person hot tub. Front & back porches with rockers, gas grill & grilling area, nearby streams, backyard swing, large backyard, TV, DVD & CD players. $75-$125nt, $500-$700 wk.

Our farmhouse provides lots of nostalgia and plenty of comfort! Enjoy the front porch rocking chairs as you listen to the nearby stream and sounds of nature.

Avery Fine Arts and Mastercrafts Festival in Banner Elk

August 22-23 at The Banner Elk Elementary School in BANNER ELK NC. Avery Fine Arts and Mastercrafts Festival. Fine Arts in the Ultimate Mountain Setting of Banner Elk. An eclectic gathering of international and mountain fine artists and master crafters handcrafting ,iron works portrait paintings, glass blowers and demonstrations. There is something to suit every taste and budget at this juried annual event. (828) 898-5605

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Downtown Concert Series in North Wilkesboro

August 20 at 5:30 PM in Downtown NORTH WILKESBORO enjoy the Downtown Concert Series. Beach Block Party with Billy Scott & The Party Prophets, hosted by Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro & Key City Grille. a family-oriented block party held the on the corner of Tenth and Main Streets in the Brushy Mountain Ruritan Apple Festival Park.

Antique Car & Truck Show in Dillsboro

August 20 6:00 p.m. Downtown DILLSBORO Beautiful cars and trucks every 3rd Thursday of the month. Vintage auto lovers will gather downtown on Front Street in Dillsboro to display their classic cars and trucks. Prizes will be awarded. There will be live music. Dogwood Crafters has a BINGO Supper Fundraiser. Town restaurants and shops will be open late for the events. Information: call 800-962-1911

SYLVA Charity Golf Tournament

18 Balsam Mountain Preverse, SYLVA NC. Charity Golf Tournament. 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to various charitable organizations benefiting residents of Jackson County. For more information please call 828-631-1054 or visit

Hey Day Needs Volunteers and Performers for the Annual Asheville Event

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center are calling for volunteers, performers and sponsers for the Annual Hey Day on October10. To volunteer or perform please contact the Friends office: 298-5600, ext 319. Business sponsorships for $300 or $500 or a special stage sponsorship for $1,000 are also still available. Call ext. 308.

Creating Asheville Flagstone Paths & Patios

August 22 from 9AM - 4PM at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville NC. Stonemason Marc Archambault leads this workshop on building sturdy and beautiful paths and patios using natural stone. The morning classroom presentation covers safety, design and structural issues. The class then moves outside for hands-on experience working with stone. 828-665-2492

Hi Ho Silver! in Bryson City

August 22-23 on The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City NC the Lone Ranger and Tonto save the day! An exciting event with cowboys, horses, a train robbery and western themed activities and live music at the Historic Bryson City Train Depot. Trains depart at 11AM, 1PM, 3:30 PM. KIDS FREE - MUST use discount code: LR when booking online or present the coupon at the Depot when ticketed.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tom Quigley Concert in Franklin

August 22 3PM-7PM at the Historic Rickman Store in Franklin NC. Guitarist and singer / songwriter, Tom Quigley, has taken his 30 year guitar avocation and started playing full time after a career as an engineer in silicon valley. His finger style approach is a mixture of jazz, classical, and folk influences. Ticket price $10 to benefit the efforts for the purchase and maintenance of the historic Rickman Store. Tickets available at the LTLT (Little Tennessee Land Trust) office and the Rickman Store.

Fishing Report: Favorite Flies this Summer

Some our favorite flies this summer have included various midges for rivers like the Davidson and the Tailwaters, Terrestrials such as ants, inchworms, and crickets for all of our trout rivers, and mayflies in various stages depending on the river and the day. The Smallmouth Bass have been eagerly attacking chartreuse and white streamers as well as crawfish patterns. I would also like to say, from the perspective of a former trout snob that has been indoctrinated in the ways of the mighty bronze back, that Smallmouth Bass on the fly might be one of the most underrated and incredibly fun things one can do with a fly rod. They are pound for pound the hardest fighting fish in Western North Carolina.

Come by the shop or give us a call because the last and most important thing to remember about this time of year is that you have to stay flexible because weather, bugs and fish in the mountains change on a daily basis and there is no better tool in a fly fisherman's box than the most up to date information. See you on the water.
-David Grossman, Curtis Wright Outfitters.