Saturday, October 31, 2009

Penland's last auction for 2009

Nov 12, 8:00 PM, Gorelick Social Hall at Penland School of Crafts. Fall Auction. The auction will include student and instructor work in clay, glass, iron, letterpress printing, metals, and who knows what else? Our Concentration students are always very generous and this auction is a great way to get a jump on the holiday gift season. Read more about Penland...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Employment Law Breakfast Briefing

Nov 5, 7:30AM-9AM, Broyhill Inn, 775 Bodenheimer Dr, Boone NC. Workforce Expense Reductions: RIFs, Furloughs, Pay Freezes and more. Presented by the Labor and Employment Group of Baker Donelson and the Boone Chamber of Commerce. RSVP by Nov 2, 423-928-0181

Celebrating the Written Word

Nov 5 at 7PM, The Jackson County Main Library, Main Street, Sylva NC. The holiday celebration of Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s writing program will open with stories, poetry and song in a fast-paced production, showcasing the creative talents of many local residents. At 7:30pm there will be a reception with refreshments and book signing for this year's 6 new books published by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia. With this year's addition, the nonprofit organization has now assisted in publishing a total of 38 books since 1996. Website:

Murder at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Bryson City

Nov 5 and  Nov 7, 6:30 PM at the Bryson City Presbyterian Church.  18th  Mystery Dinner Theatre. Enjoy dinner and solve the murder-mystery. Presented by the Swian County Community Foundation with proceeds supporting nonprofits in Swain County. Reservations required - 828-736-6897.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Regional Kung Fu Tournament

Oct 31, 9AM-4PM, NC National Guard Armory, North Wilkesboro NC. All IKAA schools are welcome to attend. $25 to compete in one, two, or all three divisons. There are three divisons to compete in: Empty Hand Forms, Weapon Forms, and Sparring. There are three rank divisons White/Yellow, Green/Blue, and Brown/Black. There are six age divisions 5-7, 8-10, 11-13, 14-17, 18-34, 35 and Up.Benefits St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. (336) 838-1277

Extra Treats for Bryson City Merchants

The Swain County Chamber of Commerce has announced it has candy available at the Chamber office for merchants wishing to supplement their candy for the Downtown Trick or Treat event. Stop by and pick up your allotment any time from 9am - 5pm. 828-488-3681 Website:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

8th Annual Carole Moore McLeod Entrepreneur Summit

Nov 6, Walker College of Business, ASU, Boone NC. More than 45 business owners from around the eastern seaboard will discuss E-Commerce, Agriculture, Adventure Sports, Critical Success Factors for Entrepreneurs, Green Industries, Exit Strategies, International Business, Building a Brand for Yourself, Interactive Media, Music and Entertainment Industries, Social Entrepreneurship, Non-Profits, Women in Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism, Start Up Challenges, Marketing Strategies, Resources for Small Businesses and Start Ups and more!

 There is no fee and it is open to all, but registration is required.  Seating is limited. To register and for a full schedule, visit

Hickory Hop in the High Country

Boone / Blowing Rock Shuttle to the Charlotte Douglas Airport now available. The "Hop" Shullte vans are new, air-conditioned and have plenty of room for bags. No more hassles getting to the airport or finding airport parking. 4 scheduled Hops pre day, 7 days a week. For Details visit:

Rock Slide Update

Oct 26, update from North Carolina Division of Tourism: Interstate 40 in western North Carolina -- one of the state's key trucking routes and one of the chief roads used by visitors and others traveling to and from the mountains, Tennessee and beyond – could be closed for up to three months after a rockslide buried the highway under a mountain of rubble early Sunday morning. Approximately 25,000 vehicles pass through this section of I-40 daily, with about half of those vehicles being commercial trucks, according to the N.C. Dept. of Transportation (NCDOT). For detours and details read more...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A picture is worth a 1000 words

"Postcards from the Smokies" is a visual connection with day-to-day life in the Smoky Mountians. The service is provided by the Bryson City - Swain County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center . The postcards are sent by email and are always delightful and informative. To automatically receive postcards click here: "Postcards From The Smokies"

Weekly Fall Color Report

Leaf Report for week #6: Fall color is now in full swing in the mountains! From Linville Falls to Ashe County, peak has passed at higher elevations, but it’s moving downslope and will be in the 2,000 to 3,500 foot range this coming week. The Blue Ridge Parkway along the flank of Grandfather is still very nice. The towns of Banner Elk and Newland are still spectacular, as well as points south on the Blue Ridge Parkway toward Spruce Pine.There is some yellow now on the hillsides, but green is still the dominant color. Looks like the peak will be at least one more week away in the Asheville area. Still further south in Franklin dogwoods, sumacs and gums are showing red, while birches, maples and hickories are yellowing up, but most oaks (which turn late) are still green. Read more...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Moonshine Babies Perform in Brevard

Oct 23, 5PM-9PM, Downtown Brevard NC.
The Moonshine Babies will be performing at Local Color during Art Walk on Friday October 23rd. Moon Shine Babies are a band of Music Makers who live, love and play in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. With conscious-raising and memorable songs, exquisite acoustic instrumentation, heart-stirring vocal harmonies and inspired percussion, The Babies have a relaxed, contemporary sound that could be coming out of the ease of one's own living room. Local Color is a Fine Arts and Crafts Gallery featuring local arts and crafts including woodworking, jewelry, fiber arts, paintings, metal works, gourd art and more. Read more about Local Color...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

North Carolina now even more "Welcoming"

News: Green Welcome Center Opens
This month the state of North Carolina opened it's first environmentally friendly rest and welcome center. The new facility, The Northwest North Carolina Visitor's Center, is located off 441 in Wilkesboro NC. The $3.3 million, 10,000-square-foot building features solar panels, geothermal wells for heating and cooling, and a rain-water collection system and is predicted to be about 40 percent more efficient than a traditional rest area. Read more...

Fall Hours begin at Thirteen moons

Thirteen Moons at the Vilage fall Days of Operation are now Wednesday through Sunday serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Sunday brunch is always a favorite, this weekend's offering:

Atlantic Smoked Salmon and Bagel Bar with Capers, Red Onion and Cream Cheese
Fresh Seasonal Fruit and a Selection of Gourmet Salads
Omelet Station made to order by our Chef
Danish Pastries and Muffins
Thirteen Moons Warm Breakfast Specialty
A Fantastic Soup du Jour
Gourmet Pasta Entrée with our Authentic Italian Sauce
Carving Station featuring a Freshly Prepared Family Roast
Vegetable and Potatoes
Sensational Homemade Dessert Buffet
$11.95 per person – 10:30am – 2:30pm
Children 5-11, $6.95 ~ 4 and under FREE

Business After Hours Tonight in Black Mountain

Oct 22, 5PM-7PM, First Citizens Bank, Black Mountain NC.  Red Rocker Inn will be providingthe refreshments and there will be fun, door prizes, gifts and a special presentation for those in attendance. This month's meeting features several of the Communities exercise & fitness provider businesses. For more Black Mountain Chamber details...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Mountain Byway designated on OCT 16

Last week, U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced 42 new designations to the America’s Byways collection. Two of the byways are in North Carolina, and the Division provided technical support for the application process. The "Forest Heritage Scenic Byway" is highlighted by beautiful mountain scenery and rich local history. Enjoy the Pisgah National Forest, over a million acres designated as a National Forest in 1916. And don't miss spectacular Looking Glass Falls, an 85-foot plunge named for nearby Looking Glass Rock, a monolithic face of granite that gleams like a mirror from water seeping out of the stones. This byway intersects the Blue Ridge Parkway twice and connects with Waterfall Byway near Rosman.Read more information about The Forest Scenic Byway...
The National Scenic Byways program is a collaborative effort to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. It has funded 2,672 projects for state and nationally designated byway routes in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

It's a Piece of Cake!

Event: 60th Birthday Open House
 Oct 23, 10AM-4:30PM, 208 Howard Street, Boone NC. The Boone Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates its 60th Anniversary and invites anyone in the area to stop by and have a piece of anniversary cake. Read more...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Anime Club Meets in Bryson CIty

OCT 24, 11:00 AM -3:00 PM, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City NC. A  day of giant robots, time-traveling dog demons, cyborg cops and magical girls! Anime (pronounced “ah-ni-may”) is animation from Japan. But these are nothing like kiddie cartoons. These shows, full of action, adventure and outrageous humor, have gained a huge following in the United States. They are popular among middle and high school students, and especially on college campuses. Read more...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Last minute special in Highlands

30% Off Accommodations This Week Only!
The leaves are gorgeous! The best time of the year is here in Highlands. Come stay at Mitchell’s Lodge this week and Take 30% Off room or suite or cottage! Just to give you an idea of the huge savings, A Deluxe Room with a king bed, fireplace, wet bar, balcony overlooking a small stream and fall leaves, free continental breakfast and use of a Jacuzzi overlooking the stream. For Example: Regular October rate is $164; This week’s nightly rate is $115. Reserve Now! Limited number of rooms and suites available. Monday, 10/19/09- Thursday night, 10/22/09 are the only dates that this last minute special applies. Call: 1-800-522-9874

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Vacation Rentals in the NC Wine Country

ALLEGHANY UNIQUE RENTALS Choose from 4 special vacation rentals in the Sparta NC area. 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. $75 for 2 per night.
Relax in comfort in 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.

The 1st Annual Skull Camp Out

Oct 24, Skull Camp Wines, Mount Airy NC. A unique evening of live music, food, various lawn games, and finally  campfire fun. Cost is $24 per person and includes tasting, BBQ dinner, and a bottle of Skull Camp Wine. A limited number of people will be able to camp overnight at the winery. Advance reservation (first come/first served) are required and the cost is $10 per person which includes coffee, bagels, and OJ in the morning. Read more about the event and Skull Camp Wines...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Open House Luncheon in Maggie Valley

 Oct 23, 11:30AM-2:30PM, Smoky Mountain Retreat between Maggie Valley and Waynesville NC. Preview a new, gated community with 8 models on 80 acres at 4000 feet elevation. Common areas include hiking trails, pond, campfire site, gazebo. Minutes to Laurel Ridge Club with memberships available for homeowners. For more information...

Live Music at Knife and Fork

Oct 17, 6PM-9PM, Knife and Fork, Spruce Pine NC. Enjoy a great dinner along with the music of Bob Early & Paul Feldman. For reservations call 828-765-1511.

Customer Appreciation Day at Curtis Wright at the mercy of Mother nature

Once again Mother Nature has made Customer Appreciation Day at Curtis Wright Outfitters a challenge - the weather is going to be wet, cold and windy.  Instead of canceling it all together, it will be modified:  Customer Appreciation Day to Fish Our Private Water Day.  The food and festivities will be postponed to another day, but you are more than welcome to come on out this Saturday between 11am and 3pm to fish our private water with Carlton and Kelly.  Please let us know if you plan to come out on Saturday by calling one of the stores - we need to know how many will be there. 828-645-8700 or

James McMurtry Performs at Grey Eagle

Oct 17, doors open 7PM, Grey Eagle Music Hall, Asheville NC. In early 2009, James McMurtry and his trio traveled overseas to play their first European tour. The guys played for enthusiastic crowds in Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Scotland and Belgium. Joining the band on keyboards for the tour was the legendary Ian McLagan.

Brevard Academy Annual Fall Festival

Oct 17, 1PM-4PM, Brevard Music Center Campus. Free hayrides- Cookie decorating, Karaoke Record-a-CD, Games and Prizes, Cake Walk, Bingo,Teacher Pie-in-the-Face, Loads of Concessionsm, Chili Cookoff - $5/person includes all the trimmings- Raffle for $250 VISA Gift Card and $250 OPTaylor Bucks- Silent Auction Awesome Theme Baskets. And Lots More! Free admittance, plenty of parking.For more information call the office at  Brevard Academy at (828) 885-2665.

Full Scream Ahead on the Tweetise Railroad

Oct 16-17, 23-24, 30-31, Tweetsie Railroad, Blowing Rock NC. Advanced tickets recommended. Safe, scarey fun including: Ghost Train rides, Haunted House, Halloween Shows, 3-D maze, trick or treating and NEW THIS YEAR - Freaky Forest. Read more and purchase tickets...

Wine Tasting at Hops & Vines Tomorrow

Oct 17, 3PM-6PM Hops & Vines, Asheville NC. New arrivals from Spain under $12!  Spanish wines are some of the best value and best tasting wines on the market. The Tasting includes:
2006 Sierra Cantabria Rioja – 100% Tempranillo.  Spicy red currant and strawberry on the nose, with subtle spiciness and floral notes. 2006 Vega Sindoa Cabernet-Tempranillo –  Dried rose, tobacco and smokey notes on the nose. 2007 Vina Borgia Campo de Borja 100% Granacha.  Bright purple in color.  Jammy blackberry, blueberry and gentle spice aromas are impressively fresh for the price.

Emergency Closure on the Parkway

Parkway engineers determined that a high risk of slides caused by  recent heavy rain called for an emergency closure  at Milepost 393.6 to 405.5  in the Asheville Area. Pisgah Inn remains open and accessible from US Highway 276 at Wagon Road Gap. Read more about Parkway closures and detours...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

NOC Fishing Competition in Bryson City

OCT 16 - 18   Nantahala One-fly Competition  The first-ever fishing event on the gold-medal waters of the Nantahala. One-fly fishing competition, tournament, swap meet and live music.. The first NOC Fishing event, a One-Fly Tournament on the Nantahala River!  Entry Fee is $40/angler Nantahala Outdoor Center.

October Availability: Cabins in Bryson City

BRYSON CITY - GREAT SMOKYS CABIN RENTALS.  45+ Cabin and Vacation Rentals with  1-4 bedrooms, 1-3 baths. Many with  mountain or water views. Satellite TV & HDTV, Seclusion, Fire Pits, PET FRIENDLY cabins also available along with other features such as motorcycle accessibility, jetted tubs, game rooms, pool tables,  gas grills, washer/dryer, full kitchens, phone, WIFI, DLS. $85-$245 nt, $585-$1,595 wk. The Leaves are turning now - come see!

Something's Fishy in Bryson City

OCT  16-17  BRYSON CITY  Darnell Farms Fish Fry and Plow Day.  A mountain tradition! Enjoy a great evening and full day of unique Appalachian entertainment including wagon rides, music, food, and of course, plowing demonstrations! Bring the family and choose a pumpkin from the patch, or stay and try to find your way through the haunted corn maze!   828-488-2376

An Unnecessary Farce in Marion

OCT 16-17, 23-24 MARION  Foothills Community Theatre presents "Unnecessary Farce" Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! A comedy written by Paul Slade Smith. Performances in the Greenlee Theater at MACA, 7:30 PM and a Sunday matinee October 25 at 2:30 PM Admission: $6/students, $8/seniors, and $10/adults.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Stecoah's Harvest Festival Preserves Traditions

Oct 16-18, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, Robbinsville NC. The Festival begins with an old-fashioned evening of singing, storytelling and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the campfire. The Festival will go into full swing starting at 11 am. Saturday with a day of rousing mountain music and dance. The Country Fair will offer competition and exhibits of jams, jellies, pies, cakes, quilts, needlework and much more. The outside marketplace will feature a host of vendors offering everything from handcrafted jewelry and woodcrafts to gourds and cheese. The Stecoah Artisans Gallery features the works of over 100 local and regional artisans and the Stecoah Weavers Foundation will present weaving demonstrations in the main building. On Sunday enjoy a gospel singing in the gymnasium from 2:30 - 5 pm.

Fall menu begins at The Back Room

New Fall menu starts today October 13  See new menu  (Wednesday is still $10.00 Pasta Night!)
October 13: Emily White 6:30pm - Emily continues our dinner music series
October 14: Open Mic 9:00pm with Heath Patrick
October 15: Amanda and Pete (Honeycutters Duo) 8:30pm
October 16: William F. Gibbs 9:00pm
October 17: Chris Cates and the Master Plan 9:00pm

Contact: 828-697-6828

Monday, October 12, 2009

Brevard Cabin Rentals

APPALACHIAN HAVENS   BREVARD - 2 cabins from which to choose. 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.

Get away from it all, and relax in our rustic mountain hideaway. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Brevard, NC, this is truly an experience worth treating yourself to

Stage Race at Pisgah Mountain

October 15-18   BREVARD   Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage Race. If you're a serious mountain biker, this is your kind of event. This four day competition covers 130 miles and 31,000 feet of elevation gain. With $15,000 in prize money, the PMBSR is the richest cash purse stage race in the country, drawing championship riders from such far-flung locales as South Africa and Guatemala.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

October Availability: Cabin in Robbinsville!

CABIN ON THE LAKE.  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.  BOOK NOW!

Annual Harvest Festival & Antique Tractor Show in Robbinsville

Oct 16-18, Stecoah Valley Center, Robbinsville NC. A three day celebration beginning at 6pm on Friday evening with and old-fashioned bonfire. Saturday includes a full day of food, crafts, and entertainment. The County Fair will offer competition and exhibits of jams, jellies, pies, cakes, quilts, needlework, and much more! Free gospel singing on Sunday afternoon.
Contact:  828-479-3364

Vietnam Veterans Moving Wall in Dillsboro

Oct 15-19, Monteith Park, Dillsboro NC
The Moving Wall is a traveling half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Since 1984 the moving wall has traveled to hundreds of sites around the country, allowing even greater numbers to experience the memorial. The wall bears 58,253 names, including approximately 1,300 names of those unaccounted for and considered missing in action. Memorial Service: Saturday, October 17, noon

Friday, October 9, 2009

Business After Hours - Brevard Chamber of Commerce

Oct 13, 5PM-7:30PM, Safe's Attic Interiors, Broad Street, Brevard NC.  Co-sponsored by Elements Spa and French Broad Cafe, a Chamber  meet and Greet. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please visit the Safe, Inc. website to learn more about the organization and the help they offer in our community.

Chilly Fest Reminder

October 10, 12-5PM, Bridge Park in downtown Sylva NC. Rain or shine the Chilly Fest starts at noon with the winners anounced at 3:30PM. Start your day off at the Farmers Market in the municipal lot next to the Bridge Park from 9-noon. The Chilly Fest will feature 3 live bands including Home Remedy, Mac Brown and Kevin Tuck, and Vertigo Jazz Project as well as a number of creative arts and crafts vendors.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Vertigo Jazz Project in Bryson City

October 10, 6:30 – 8pm, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Bryson City NC. Enjoy a mellow Saturday evening after a full day with a great local group that effortlessly bridges the gap between multiple genres of music, but always maintains a distinctively recognizable element of jazz.
Contact: 828-488-3681

Fall Harvest Craft Festival

The Old Mill, 3082 U.S. 441 one mile south of Cherokee. A great day including: Pit Smoked BBQ by Rib Country, Flossie’s Funnel Cakes, Kettle Corn, Country Ham Biscuits, Fried Pies, Live Demonstrations, Live Band. Cherokee stone carver Fred Wilnoty, Appalachian crafters and Authors ~ Blacksmith, Chair weaver, Chainsaw bear carver, Jewelry designers, Wood carvers, Gourd artists and many more.70 Cherokee Artists.
Contact: 828-497-6536

N’awlins Weekend at M squared

Oct 8-10, M squared Restaurant in Spindale (near Rutherfordton). Menu includes: Crawfish Etouffee, Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, Barbecued Shrimp, Mint Juleps, Absinthe …and no N’awlins weekend would be complete without The Official Cocktail of the City of New Orleans - The Sazerac. 
Contact: 828-288-4641

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wine Tasting in Flat Rock

Oct 9, 4PM-6PM, Flat Rock Wine Shoppe, Flat Rock NC.  Enjoy in-house favorites as voted by "you" the customer, our tried and true wines for entertaining this season!  Plus live music and  great hors d'ouevres.
Contact:  828-697-6828

Monday, October 5, 2009

Australia, New Zealand Folk Concert

Oct 10, 7PM, Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City NC. Seona McDowell will perform a concert of traditional, contemporary and original tunes from Australia, New Zealand and other far away cultures. Accompanying herself on guitar, autoharp and didgeridoo (an Aboriginal instrument), she draws on her Australian, Irish and English roots to enchant her audiences with songs and stories that are witty, reflective and entertaining.  Immediately following the concert there will be a reception for the 32 Western NC artists exhibiting in the Community Exhibit.
Contact:  828-488-7843

Are you the Best Boss in Transylvania?

Blue Ridge Bakery in collaboration with the Transylvania Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Ridge Small Business Center is sponsoring Nominate your Boss in celebration of National Boss Day (Oct 16). The winning boss will receive a free lunch platter for their office up to 20 people. Email your nomination to , share with us the name of your boss, your organization, number of people in your office and why you are nominating your boss for Best Boss in Transylvania. Deadline for nomination is Friday, October 9th.
Contact: Blue Ridge Bakery (828) 883-8444

Hoppin' at the First Annual Harvest Cruise In

Oct 10, noon-6PM, Rag Apple Lassie Vineyard near Mount Airy.  Have a hoppin' good time with vintage cars, voting for the 'People's Choice' Car Award, taste award winning wines, stomping grapes a la Lucille Ball, a Hoola Hoop Contest, and tethered Hot Air Balloon Ride (weather permitting). And while you're doing all that enjoy the music of Mel Jones & his Bag o'Bones. Gourmet Burgers and Grilled Chicken with all the homemade trimmings will be available for purchase from the Applachian Braves Little League Baseball Team benefitting their trek to Cooperstown!  Admission Fee of $10.00 per person includes all of the activities and all net gate proceeds will benefit the Yadkin Food Closet.
Contact:  1-866-RAGAPPLE

Castle Rock Wine Dinner

Event:  4 Course Wine Dinner
Time/Place:  Oct 8,
7PM, Thirteen Moons Restaurant, Bryson City NC
Amuse:  Yellowbranch Farms “Homestead” Cheese
1st Course: Buttered Jumbo Lump Crabmeat with Cappelini Pasta, Arugula and Sundried Tomato Pesto
Castle Rock, Central Coast Chardonnay, 2007
2nd Course:  Oven Baked Calamari Scaloppini with Heirloom Tomatoes and Baby Eggplant, Caper-Parsley Caponata
Castle Rock, Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 2007
3rd Course: Hoisin Braised Angus Beef Short Ribs with Baby Carrots, Winter Leeks, and Fingerling Potatoes
Castle Rock, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. 2006
4th Course:  Chocolate Silk Pie On a Shortbread Crust with Seasoned Cassis Berries, Coffee
$39.99 per person For Reservations: 828-488-2826
Website: Http://

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fall Colors Giveaway

Now through Nov 22

Fabulous Fun Fall Getaways
Fall has arrived in North Carolina, and we’ve got ten great weekly giveaways to help you celebrate it! All you have to do is go to every week to register for your chance to win, then check back the following Monday afternoon to find out if you’re the lucky entrant! Winners have until Thursday noon to claim their prize.  Once you’ve entered a weekly contest, you’re automatically entered to win the Grand Prize,  a package of three trips that will take you from the Mountains to the Sea! The Grand Prize winner will be announced November 23rd.

This week, you can win a trip to explore NC’s outdoor wonders in the Lake Lure & the Blue Ridge Foothills area.


4th Annual Harvest Festival

Oct 10-11, Shelton Vineyards, near Wilkesboro
Autumn is here and it's time to see beautiful fall colors, smell the crisp fall air, and enjoy our Harvest Festival! Stomp grapes and pick up your holiday gifts early with lots of specially priced wine and accessories.  Enjoy a hayride through the vineyard, view the antique tractors on display or check out the local artists.  This is just a few of the many activities on our grounds including the winery (free) tours and tastings during the Harvest Festival.  Chef Paul will also be cooking!
Contact:  336-366-4758

97th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair

Oct 6-10, 10AM, Fairgrounds, Cherokee NC. The fair features a parade, concerts, contests, carnival rides, shows, delicious food, local artisans, fireworks and much more! Visitors will also have a chance to see a comedy show, gospel music, and a host of family-friendly competitions such as blowgun, longbow and compound bow archery contests and wood chopping.

Sunday Brunch in Bryson CIty

October 4, 10:30AM – 2:30PM, Thirteen Moons Restaurant at the Village, Bryson City NC
This Brunch featuring:
Atlantic Smoked Salmon & Bagel Bar with Capers, Red Onion, Cream Cheese
Fresh Seasonal Fruit and a Selection of Gourmet Salads
Omelet Station made to order by our Chef
Danish Pastries and Muffins
Thirteen Moons Warm Breakfast Specialty
A Fantastic Soup du Jour
Gourmet Pasta Entrée with our Authentic Italian Sauce
Carving Station featuring a Freshly Prepared Family Roast
Vegetable and Potatoes
Sensational Homemade Dessert Buffet
$11.95 per person, Children 5-11, $6.95, 4 and under FREE
Contact: 828-488-2826

Benji Hughes with The Houston Brothers perform in Asheville

Oct 16, 8PM, Grey Eagle Music Hall, Asheville NC
Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Benji Hughes spends much of his time masterminding his blend of inventive rock and ballads. At times earnest, at others whimsical, Benji is equally adept at keyboards and guitar. His music collection - spanning everything from The Crystals, Merle Haggard, and Kinky Friedman to Talking Heads, The Cars, and Slayer - is as wild as his gracious exterior.
Contact: 828-232-5800

Spooky Movies in Bryson CIty

Oct 13, 20, 27 - The Marianna Black Library, Bryson City NC
The Marianna Black Library will continue showing Halloween themed movies during the month of October with “Casper” on October 13, “The Little Vampire” on October 20 and “ET, the Extraterrestrial” on October 27. 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.
Contact: 828-488-3030

Friday, October 2, 2009

Explore Life on Lake James Tomorrow

Oct 3, beginning at 11AM, Crescent Communities on Lake James, Morganton. Events include:
CAMPOUT AND BREAKFAST - 10 p.m-Sunday Morning    
Contact:  828-391-6866

Last Minute Fall Special in Highlands - 35% off!

Oct 2-4, Mitchell's Lodge & Cottages, Highlands NCThe leaves are really changing and the nights are in the 40’s - the best time of the year has arrived in Highlands. Stay at Mitchell’s Lodge this weekend (10/2/09-10/4/09) and take 35% off of any room or suite!Example:
A Deluxe Room with a king bed, fireplace, wet bar, balcony overlooking a small stream and fall leaves, free continental breakfast and use of a Jacuzzi overlooking the stream. Regular October rate is $189; this weekend’s rate is $122. Reserve Now! Limited number of rooms and suites available.
Contact:  828-526-2267

Slow Food Asheville Feast Tomorrow

Oct 3, 5Pm-7PM, the Weinhaus, downtown Asheville NCMeet the Wine Geek - Dan Kravits of Hand Picked Selections will join us for a tasting. Local producers will be providing food to pair with the wines including West End Bakery breads, Three Graces Creamery cheeses, Sunburst Trout, Hickory Nut Gap meats, and Flying Cloud Farm Veggies. The fund-raiser supports the Time For Lunch Campaign and FEAST cooking program. Slow Food Asheville's Time For Lunch is working help get more fresh local food into schools. $10 (or more) donation.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Forest Festival Day in Pisgah Forest

Oct 3, 9AM-5PM, The Cradle of Forestry, Brevard area. The chips fly this weekend when lumberjacks and jills from four colleges compete in events like "Team Log Roll," "Horizontal Speed Chop," "Pulpwood Toss" and "Pole Fell." In addition to the competitions over 50 traditional craftspeople, exhibitors and musicians who will be on hand to celebrate the heritage of our nation's forests. The music venue is old time and bluegrass music by some standout musicians, including the unforgettably-named "The Mason Jar Drinkers."
Contact:  (828)877-3130

There's No Place Like Home - Except Beech Mountain

Oct 3-4, Land of Oz theme park, Beech Mountain
This year's celebration
coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz movie, released in 1939. Autumn at Oz begins with a hayride or shuttle ride from the Town of Beech Mountain up to the enchanted forest. Once there, attendees are treated to live music, a tour of Dorothy’s House, a mini Oz museum, magic shows and face painting. The highlight for many is the panoramic view from the Judy Garland Memorial Overlook Gazebo and a leisurely stroll along the yellow brick road, which consists of 44,000 yellow bricks.

Contact:  (800) 468-5506

Downtown Sylva Chilly Fest Heats it Up

Oct 10, noon-5PM, the Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. This event will feature a chili cook-off, (from 12-3:00 - winners will be announced at 3:30) three live bands, and wonderful arts and crafts vendors. Bring the whole family. This event will be loaded with activities for children of all ages!
Contact:  (828) 586-1577

24 Hour Lodging Special in Waynesville - $59

Reserve by Oct 2 at 11PM, Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa. Book before Oct 2 at 11PM for Oct 4-8 or Oct 11-15 and enjoy the Friends and Family $59 room rate which includes a Carolina Breakfast Buffet. Guests will also receive restaurant and golf discounts upon check-in
Contact:  800-627-6250

Gallery "Meet and Greet" in Hendersonville

Oct 2 , 6PM-9PM, The Revolving Arts Gallery, 511 N. Main St., Hendersonville NC. Interactive meet and greet with refreshments. Ms. Perez shares her nature secrets behind the exclusive Primitiva collection of one of a kind hand built bowls, vases and platters as part of the gallery's October theme "Inspired by Nature."
Contact:  828-692-9996

Get Your Tweetsie Ghost Train Tickets NOW!

Friday and Saturday every weekend in October, Gates open at 7:30PM
Have a howling good time at this favorite event with with ghost train rides, a haunted house, corn maze, black hole, trick-or-treating, Halloween shows and NEW this year - the Freaky Forest. Advanced tickets are required with only a limited number of guests admitted each night.

First Ever Columbus Farm Festival

Oct 3. 9AM-2PM, Downtown Columbus NC. The first Columbus Farm Festival promises to be a day full of down-home experiences. Visit the tailgate market for local fruit, vegetables, jams, jellies, baked goods and more. The kids can show off their prize lambs in the 4-H Livestock Club competition. A Civil War re-enactment with the Overmountain Men will take you back to the late 1700s. Craft demonstrations and carriage ride tours provide the history of Columbus. Open house at the Polk County History Museum and music all day long.
Contact: 828-894-2281.

Blowing Rock Art Show

October 3, American Legion Grounds, Blowing Rock NC. Come enjoy the beautiful fall weather with a day of art!. The juried arts & craft show features 100 artists in the charming mountain town of Blowing Rock.

Weekend Horse Trials in Tryon

Oct 3-4, 8AM, FENCE,  3381 Hunting Country Rd., Tryon NC.  This is a combined training event emphasizing the ability of both horse and rider in the three phases of dressage, cross country, and show jumping.
Contact:  (828) 859-9021

Dave Desmelik Performs in Little Switzerland

October 3,  Zack's Pub Switzerland Cafe and General Store, Little Switzerland NC. Desmelik plays his original Americana and Rock music. Zacks Pub is located at Switzerland Cafe and General Store in Little Switzerland.
Contact: 828-765-5289

Mountain Musicin Old Fort this Friday

 Oct 2, 7PM, The Rockett Building, Old Fort NCThis Friday evening just like every Friday Evening for more than a decade, folks will gather to hear and play bluegrass and traditional mountain music. Nobody is paid, everyone is welcome. Coffee and sodas are only a quarter!
Contact: 888-233-6111