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South Carolina

Family Fun

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Greenville Zoo

Rated one of the best tourist attractions in South Carolina, the Greenville Zoo is a 10-acre facility considered the most visited family attraction in the Upstate.

With plenty of wide open space, feel free to explore the grounds at your own pace. Take in the beautiful, breathtaking animals and wildlife from around the world including giraffes, orangutans, giant tortoises, lions, and elephants. There is also a Reptile Building with lizards, frogs, turtles, and snakes. A variety of fun, educational activities are available for children of all ages during the summer months as well. The Zoo is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with inexpensive rates (Adults/$6, Kids/$3 and under). Any questions? Go to greenvillezoo.com, or call 864.467.4300. iwanna.com

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FAMILY FUN

Folk Art Center

As you drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, why not stop by the Folk Art Center? Located at milepost 382, the Folk Art Center houses a fine display of traditional and contemporary crafts, from quiltmaking and woodworking to pottery and paintings. Three different galleries feature constantly evolving exhibitions, and the

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Allanstand Gift Shop lets you browse and buy at your leisure. Also, be sure to check out the auditorium and library. With 250,000 visitors annually, it’s no wonder the Folk Art Center is the most popular attraction on the Parkway. At any time througout the year, you can experience daily craft demonstrations where talented artisans and craftspeople work their magic. A series of special events and educational opportunities are also available all year long. Open daily with free admission, call 828.298.7928.

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NC & SC Canopy Tours

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Go on an adventure high in the trees of Western North Carolina and Upstate SC! Canopy tours are becoming the next best thing in thrill rides. Fast, smooth zip lines stretch high above the ground. Wonderful views can be seen from platforms and bridges that nestle within the trees themselves. A great day trip, tours usually last between two to four hours. Check out The Nantahala River Gorge Canopy Tour, Chattooga Ridge Canopy Tour, and Navitat Canopy Adventures, all located in WNC, and Carolina Adventure World, located in Winnsboro, SC. All take you on a thrilling and educational ride that you won’t forget! Call Wildwater for the Nantahala and Chattooga Tours at 866.319.8870, Navitat Canopy Adventures at 828.626.3700, or Carolina Adventure at 803.482.3689.

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FAMILY FUN

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

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With 53 miles of track, two tunnels, and 25 bridges, explore the beautiful landscape of Western North Carolina in the unique and historical trains of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Trains depart from Bryson City and journey through river gorges and over fertile valleys in the region near The Great Smoky Mountains. And while you’re there, don’t miss the Smoky Mountain Train Museum. This summer, the Railroad introduces their All-Inclusive First Class Seating with first class flair, dining, and souvenirs. Passengers can experience authentic 1940s-era rail cars, with a bar, lounge, and an interesting history! There are train and rafting combinations available as well. For ticket prices and more information, call 800.872.4681 or visit GSMR.com.

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The Fun Factory For a great day trip that’s perfect for the whole family, plan on having some fun at The Fun Factory. Located in scenic Franklin, N.C., The Fun Factory is Western North Carolina’s award-winning destination for quality, family-friendly entertainment. Come in and get your fill of all sorts of games, mini golf, bowling, go-carts, laser tag, big screen TVs, party rooms, great food, and more. The Fun Factory has group rates available, hosts birthday parties, has an area for little ones, and the best part is you can stay all day long! Open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Open Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight. For more information, call Charlie Bass at 828.349.8888 or visit their website at funfactoryfranklin.com.

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Shindig on the Green Photo courtesy of Tony Martin

Now in its 44th year, Shindig on the Green is a fun mountain tradition that celebrates Western North Carolina’s heritage through music and dance. It’s held throughout the summer on Saturday evenings and is completely free! This year’s dates are July 3, 10, 17, 31, August 14, 21, 28, and September 4. Come to Pack Place (downtown Asheville) at around 7 p.m.; the festivities last until 10 p.m. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy a warm summer evening listening and dancing to beautiful music that is so much a part of this region’s culture. Concessions are available at all these events. There are plenty of performances on stage to keep you entertained with informal jam sessions you can join in on as well. For more information, visit folkheritage.org.

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Tweetsie Railroad Photo courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad

An attraction that’s just as fun for adults as it is for kids, Tweetsie Railroad allows visitors’ imaginations to run wild. Located in Blowing Rock, NC, discover all sorts of attractions and live entertainment. Board Tweetsie’s famous steam engine Number 12, where you get unlimited rides throughout the day. But it’s not just a train ride — cowboys and indians roam the tracks, so keep an eye out for their mischief! Don’t miss the county fair with a ferris wheel and all sorts of spinning, somersaulting rides — three of which are brand new! Stroll up to Miner’s Mountain where you can spot friendly animals at Deer Park and where you can also pan for gems and real gold! With plenty of shops and places to eat, you and your family can easily spend all day here. For hours, ticket prices, and more, visit tweetsie.com.

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A drive through suburban Inman, SC takes you to a most unexpected place — a place where wild, exotic animals roam the landscape. This place, called Hollywild, offers adventure for all ages. Nearly 500 animals from around the world reside there. Many have been filmed for movies and TV productions. Residents include rhinos, bison, llamas, deer, zebras, emus, camels, horses, cougars, tigers, peacocks, bears, wolves, snakes, birds, and more! Get up close with a safari ride or amphitheater show, or feed the gentler creatures from your hand or a bottle. There are special behind-the-scenes opportunities for tour groups and volunteers. To see a schedule of upcoming events or learn more about the park, visit Hollywild.com, or call 864.472.2038 or 877.Hollywild.

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SC Railroad Museum

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Catch a ride on a real passenger train at South Carolina’s Railroad Museum!

Take your kids to see freight cars, passenger cars, and even a real steam engine on display. The museum operates on the 11.5 mile line of the former Rockton and Rion Railroad. Located near Winnsboro, SC, the train heads westward, traveling through beautiful countryside. While there, take a look at the gallery displaying historical artifacts and pictures of SC’s railroad heritage. A gift shop lets you take home train whistles, lanterns, hats, and more. Open each Saturday from June 5 through August 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the train departs at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. and lasts around one hour. Call 803.635.4242 or visit the museum’s website at scrm.org for more directions and details. 16 IWANNA SUMMERTIME GUIDE

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Strawberry Hill, U.S.A. For a fun afternoon under the sun, travel just a short distance to Strawberry Hill, U.S.A. — the largest strawberry field in South Carolina! Located in Chesnee, SC, James Cooley has been running his farm since 1995. On your visit, get the true farm experience, and pick your own berries! While there, take a tour of the 75-acre farm. The tour includes a tractor ride, an educational session, followed by a scoop of homemade strawberry ice cream, and pint of berries to take home! If you’re interested in a farm tour, they’re held Saturdays at every hour from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays at every hour from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and weekdays by appointment. Visit Strawberry Hill with your whole family, and come away with plenty of beautifully ripened fruit to share! Visit strawberryhillusa. com for more info or call 864.461.7225. IWANNA.COM

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Upcountry History Museum Photo courtesy of Upcountry History Museum

South Carolina’s Upcountry: bordered to the North by North Carolina, to the West by Georgia, and extending down into the central plains of South Carolina. It is a region rich with history. Perfect for school visits, the museum offers structured programs to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 8th grade students. All programs provide an up-close encounter of the past with exhibits that are tailored to each grade level. The museum also has a team of trained docents who can lead your family or group on an engaging tour of interesting and culturally rich exhibits. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., admission is only $5 for adults and $3 or less for children. Located in Greenville at 540 Buncombe Street, you may reach the office at 864.467.3100.

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The Children’s Museum of the Upstate Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of the Upstate

Because of its informal, hands-on environment, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate is the perfect place where children can learn in a center that is interactive and dynamic. Located in downtown Greenville, SC, the Upstate’s museum is one of the largest children’s museums in the United States, spanning 79,000 square feet with three floors of indoor exhibits. Exhibits are geared toward 6-11 year olds, but the museum does have toddler-specific exhibits as well. The museum hosts group tour programs, summer camps, birthday parties, as well as special events throughout the year. Open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., admission is $12 for ages 2 and up. Call 864.233.7755 or visit tcmgreenvillesc.org for more info.

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NATURE LOVERS

WNC Waterfalls

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Transylvania County is home to 250 mesmerizing waterfalls that are all different in their own way. Because of the county’s unique landscape, these cascades are often within just a few miles of each other, and many of the most magnificent falls are easily accessible. Some of the most notable are Whitewater Falls with a 400 foot drop, Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, High Falls, and Rainbow Falls. They all offer a thrilling view of how astoundingly beautiful nature can be — perfect for the adventurer and the romantic in all of us. Even though waterfalls are beautiful, take caution! Rocks are very slippery, and it’s easy to fall. Go to visitwaterfalls.com to see a list of accessible waterfalls in the area with directions and maps. Or call 1.800.648.4523.

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Blue Ridge Parkway Th e B l u e R i d g e Pa r k way connec ts the Great Smok y Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park inVirgina, stretching over 469 miles. Much more than just a road, the Parkway is a beautiful journey that invites visitors and locals to explore the South’s cultural heritage that is as rich as it is beautiful. Put on your hiking boots, pack a picnic, and take a drive. With abundant hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and picnic areas, you can easily spend the whole day enjoying the Parkway’s stunning views and natural beauty. 2010 celebrates the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary, and there are loads of special events and activities throughout the summer.To find out more information about these events, visit blueridgeparkway.org. IWANNA.COM

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Spartanburg Co.’s Historical Plantations Take a step back in time as you tour the historical plantations of Spartanburg County, SC. Three plantations are within the city’s limits — Walnut Grove Plantation, Price House, and Seay House. Built in 1765, Walnut Grove Plantation is the oldest of the three properties, with Price House built in 1795 and Seay House built sometime around 1850. Each plantation offers a rich history with guided tours and the freedom to explore the grounds. When you step onto these historical sites, you can’t help but imagine what it must have been like to live during this tumultuous, revolutionary time. For more information on tours, directions, hours of operation, and the history behind it all, visit spartanburghistory.org or call 864.596.3501. IWANNA SUMMERTIME GUIDE 23


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Nantahala National Forest The Nantahala National Forest is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina with elevations as high as 5,800 feet at Lone Bald in Jackson County, to a low 1,200 feet in Cherokee County. Home of many gorgeous waterfalls and 600 miles of trails, the forest is open to visitors who enjoy hiking, camping, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and much more. The Nantahala River is a mecca for whitewater sports enthusiasts. You can bring your own kayak or raft, or rent one when you get there. Three long-distance trails — the Appalachian, Bartram, and Mountain-to-Sea Trails — cross the forest. For information on fun outdoor day adventures, contact the Nantahala Outdoor Center at 1.800.905.7238, or visit their website at noc.com.

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NC Arboretum

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For a peaceful, colorful retreat this summer, visit the North Carolina Arboretum. Just a few miles away from downtown Asheville, the Arboretum invites people to view nature at their own pace, making it a truly personal and intimate experience. With 65 acres of cultivated gardens, 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, year-round exhibits, the Baker Exhibit and Education Center, and the Savory Thyme Cafe, you can easily spend an entire afternoon here. Take time to stroll through the Bonsai Exhibition Garden as well, one of the most unique bonsai collections in the United States. It is truly magical. Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., there is a parking fee of $8, but is free all day on Tuesdays. Call 828.665.2492 or go to ncarboretum.org for more details and information.

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Linville Caverns Interested in a fun exploration that’s perfect for kids and adults alike? Then head to Linville Caverns and be mesmerized by its natural beauty. Linville Caverns lie deep within Humpback Mountain in Marion, NC. Its discovery was made by Henry E. Colton in the early 1800s during a fishing expedition. What appeared to be trout swimming in and out of solid rock was actually a whole new world hidden to the human eye, until then that is! With upgrades to the lighting and pathways, visitors get a great view of the amazing stalactites, stalagmites, and the native trout that still inhabit the caverns! Experienced guides take you into this subterranean world, allowing you to view the inner workings with a bit of history on the side. Open year-round, visit linvillecaverns.com or call 828.756.4171.

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Flat Rock Playhouse Theatergoers don’t have to travel far to see some of the best productions in the country. Ranked in the “Top Ten,” Flat Rock Playhouse has entertained all age groups for more than half a century with exemplary comedy, drama, and Broadway musicals. Lighting up the stage this summer are For the Glory, the Civil War musical, 12 Angry Men, The Producers, and The 39 Steps. There’s also an opportunity to stroll the playhouse grounds or relax in the garden courtyard with a glass of wine or Leona’s Honey

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Mt. Pisgah Take a drive on the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway and you’ll come across Mount Pisgah, complete with camping, hiking, waterfalls, and beautiful views!

Lemonade, a Playhouse tradition. For more information about this historic facility, call 828. 693.0731 or 866.732.8008, or visit online at flatrockplayhouse.org.

At the campgrounds (milepost 408), you’ll find flush toilets, an amphitheater, wooded and secluded paved sites, and separate tent/RV areas. Not in the mood for roughing it at the campground? The Pisgah Inn is conveniently right down the road with lodging, dining, and a campstore. During your stay, hike up to Mount Pisgah’s summit and take in breathtaking views. Make sure to check out Graveyard Fields and Sliding Rock as well, both a short driving distance away with more hiking and refreshing waterfalls. Visit pisgahinn.com for more info about the inn and the campgrounds, or call the Parkway at 828.298.0398. IWANNA.COM

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NATURE LOVERS

Chimney Rock State Park A beautiful oasis high in the sky, Chimney Rock is a great day trip for the nature enthusiast. Visitors can fill their day with an array of Photo courtesy of Chimney Rock at activities that suit any age group. Whether Chimney Rock State Park it’s hiking, biking, rock climbing, or dipping your toes in a waterfall, the area is worth taking the time to visit. Astounding views are at every turn, especially Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Falls, one of the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. The Park features five unique hiking trails — some of the best in North Carolina. You can challenge yourself with a strenuous hike or a leisurely stroll. Hiking up to Chimney Rock is definitely worth the exercise — with 75-mile views, this mountaintop experience will take your breath away. Visit chimneyrockpark.com or call 828.625.9611 for details.

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NATURE LOVERS

Historic Johnson Farm

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A lasting example of a late 19th and early 20th century mountain farm, Historic Johnson Farm offers visitors the chance to learn about mountain heritage. Located in Hendersonville, NC, the property includes an 1880s home, the barnloft museum, 10 other historic buildings, animals, nature trails, and 15 acres of fields, forest, and streams. For house tours, visit Monday throughThursday from June until August.There are a number of events going on this season including Fiber Weaving Camp (June 14-18) and Art Camp (June 22-24) that are both perfect for kids. The grounds are free and open to the public for walking and picnicking. Call 828.891.6585 or go to historicjohnsonfarm.org to look at their calendar of events or to schedule a tour.

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NATURE LOVERS

Live Oak Farm

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Live Oak Farm is a family-owned, Certified Naturally Grown 80-acre farm that specializes in heritage breeds. Located in Woodruff, SC, this farm is only a short drive away with a lot to offer. All the animals and vegetables are raised according to the Certified Naturally Grown standards, and boy are they lovely! The farm is proud to raise San Clemente Goats, Red Devon Cattle, St. Croix Sheep, Suffolk Punch Draft Horses, turkeys, and chickens. You can tour the farm’s lovely animals and vegetables on a day that’s good for you — just call in advance to schedule your visit. Sample farm fresh products in the farm store, and take a hayride while you’re there. Cost is only $5 per person and is a great day trip for families and groups. This summer, Live Oak Farms is once again participating in Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s 4th Annual Upstate Farm Tour on the weekend of June 5-6. The tour is a great opportunity for families to connect with a thriving agricultural community. For directions and more details on visiting, call 864.991.9839 or visit liveoakfarmsllc.com. 30 IWANNA SUMMERTIME GUIDE

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NATURE LOVERS

Tuckaseegee River The Tuckaseegee River gets its start in Jackson County, NC and is part of the Tennessee River Valley. A Class I-II river, it’s a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun filled day afloat. The Tuckaseegee River is warmer than other nearby rivers and therefore boasts a diverse wildlife. Paddle your way down the river by kayaking, rafting, canoeing, or you can tube your way down. The Tuckaseegee is also a prime spot for fishing — trout and smallmouth bass are the most common. For directions and information on day trips, contact the Dillsboro River Company at 1.866.586.3797 or northcarolinarafting. com, or contact the Tuckaseegee Outfitters

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Bent Creek Just minutes away from downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Bent Creek is a haven of adventure nestled within the Pisgah National Forest. Bent Creek is equipped with a collection of biking trails that appeal to beginner, intermediate, and advanced bikers. It’s also a great recreational site for families and groups. If biking is not your forté, the Lake Powhatan Campground is located within the Lake

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Powhatan Recreation Area at Bent Creek. Open throughout the summertime, this campground offers 98 sites, flush toilets, and hot showers, all near the shore of the lake’s swimming beach and fishing pier. Call Lake Powhatan campgrounds at 1.877.444.6777 to reserve a camp site ($12

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Asheville, NC Asheville, NC is a vibrant city surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains — no wonder so many people visit each year! The city’s rich cultural integrity draws you in, impressing anyone who visits. Because of the city’s locally-owned shops, eclectic art galleries, distinctive restaurants, and exciting entertainment venues, Asheville has an artsy and retro-urban energy that’s irresistable. It’s a wonderful place to escape to, especially during the summer when there are countless outoor music and arts festivals (including Bele Chere, Shindig on the Green, Asheville’s Art in the Park, among others). Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and stop at any number of hiking trails on the way! Amble the streets of downtown in search of unique locally-crafted finds. While out, you can dine in a handful of one-of-akind restaurants that will give you the extra energy you need to keep on exploring this cool mountain town.

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Diana Wortham Theatre Sitting in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC, this theatre has an intimate setting (with only 500 seats) and features a wide variety of performances. Located in the convenient and creative setting of the Pack Place complex, theatre-goers can see live performances of music, theatre, dance, comedy, and more all year long. Professional and regional arts groups also find a place to perform here, not to mention nationally touring artists. The 2010 Summer at the Wortham Series begins on June 6 and lasts through August.This full summer series consists of comedy, music, dance, and jazz performances presented by the theatre and various local arts groups and outside promoters. For more information on the Summer at the Wortham Series or to purchase tickets, call the theatre’s box office at 828.257.4530 or visit dwtheatre.com. IWANNA SUMMERTIME GUIDE 35


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Dillsboro, NC

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A stroll through downtown Dillsboro is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or “de-pressurize” for the weekend.

A true railroad town, Dillsboro started attracting visitors around 1886 when people began arriving by train and couldn’t help but stay several weeks. This quaint tourist destination covers five square blocks with old-timey retail shops, arts and craft galleries, working artisans’ studios, restaurants, and country inns. History runs deep throughout Dillsboro, with historic homes and businesses on every block — in fact, much of the town is just as it was over a century ago! While you’re there, make sure you take a stroll on the “Heritage Walk,” which guides you through the memory-laden streets. For the outdoor enthusiast, the area also offers the opportunity to fish, kayak, walk along the greenway, or sit in the park alongside the Tuckasegee River. The town is host to several summer events including the Dillsboro Arts & Music Festival, Picnic & Tuck River Race, and Taste of North Carolina. Dillsboro is only minutes away from other top attractions and activities — the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cherokee Indian Reservation, the Nantahala River, and The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. For more information, visit on-line at DillsboroNC.info or call 828.586.1439, as well as VisitDillsboro.org and 828.586.1600. IWANNA.COM

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entertainment, Bele Chere Festival is held annually in Asheville and is something 350,000 people come to experience. This year, from July 23-25, downtown Asheville will be packed with festivalgoers whose sole focus is to enjoy three days of music, dancing, the arts, great food, and more. With a diverse musical lineup from local, regional, and national musicians, you won’t want to miss out on four different stages of live music that’s completely free! Hundreds of vendors come from all over the country to sell original arts and crafts including metalwork, fabric, paint, ceramics, woodwork, jewelry, clothing, and a variety of other mediums. There will also be plenty of vendors selling food and beverages so you can fill up while enjoying all that’s around you. To get a detailed schedule of Bele Chere, call 828.259.5800 or visit belecherefestival.com. 40 IWANNA SUMMERTIME GUIDE

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Biltmore Estate

Discover Biltmore Estate’s beautiful and peaceful getaway in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Restored to its original splendor, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room mansion truly inspires and wows visitors. You can easily spend all day experiencing America’s largest home. With 8,000 acres, Biltmore offers an array of outdoor activities with miles of trails to truly explore the grounds. Indulge in one-of-a-kind shopping, savor exceptional food at a number of restaurants, walk through the gardens and greenhouse, and tour the winery. Antler Hill Village, the newest feature to open on the Estate, offers guests new exhibits, entertainment, fine dining and shopping, plus a revitalized winery tour. For tickets and details, go to biltmore.com or call 800.411.3812 or 828.225.1333.

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up to the “Blowing Rock” itself for a The area offers popular attractions like Tweetsie Railroad and Grandfather Mountain, as well as loads of summer festivals and events worth seeking out this summer. Discover art galleries and museums as well as creative shops all over the downtown area. The Hayes Performing Arts Center features plays, musicals, concerts, and more. If interested in venturing outside

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Blowing Rock, NC The town of Blowing Rock has so much to offer that it’s hard to see it all in one trip.

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the downtown area, there are many apple orchards, tree farms, and wineries open to visit and explore. For information on accommodations, events, and more, call the Visitor Center at 828.295.4636, or check out their website at blowingrock.com.

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Gatlinburg, TN The city of Gatlinburg is truly one of a kind!

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It’s the perfect weekend getaway, because it’s close enough yet feels as if you’re vacationing far away from home. Whether you’re more the outdoorsy type or enjoy the city sights, this Tennessee town has it all. With summer in full swing, enjoy whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, camping, and fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a day (or two!) to explore the city. With outlet malls, superb dining, festivals, parks, and live entertainment, you won’t run out of things to do. Check out the many unique museums including Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum and the Hollywood Wax Museum. And you can’t leave without experiencing Gatlinburg’s Sky Lift and Aerial Tramway. For lodging, events, and more, visit gatlinburg.com.

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without traveling too far? Cherokee, NC is the prime location to explore the Great Smoky Mountains. While visiting, discover this captivating place the Cherokee have called home for more than 11,000 years. Cherokee offers beautiful drives, hikes, horseback riding, amusement parks, a popular casino, and museums galore. With so many activities to get involved in, a weekend visit is ideal. Visit the cultural attractions, play the new 18-hole RobertTrent Jones II golf course, ride a historic railroad, and float the Oconaluftee River in a tube or kayak. The entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in Cherokee, so plan a hiking and camping trip. Check out the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and the Cherokee Heritage Museum & Gallery, where you’ll get an intriguing history lesson. IWANNA.COM

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family and friends to Lake James for plenty of camping, boating, swimming, picnicking, and hiking. Bring your own boat or rent one at many launching sites and marinas, and enjoy the open water. Water ski, fish for some large-mouth bass, or sunbathe along the lakeshore. A long-standing commitment to the

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Falls Park Falls Park is located in the heart of downtown Greenville, SC. The park includes Reedy River Falls, the Liberty Bridge, Falls Cottage Garden, and

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the Governor’s School Woods, offering a spectacular display of seasonal color and artistic architectural and garden design. Enjoy guided tours throughout the park or bring a picnic basket and delight in a meal on the grounds. You can also dine in one of the park’s two restaurants, Mary’s Restaurant at Falls Cottage or The Overlook Grill. The Upstate Shakespeare Festival is held throughout the summer here (upstateshakespearefestival.com) and don’t miss the Red, White, & Blue Festival on July 4th. The park is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily. There is no admission fee for daily use. For more info, go to fallspark.com or call 864.467.4350.

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From March to September, the city of Greenville, SC kicks off each weekend with great music and fun. Every Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., head to the Hyatt Plaza on Main Street in downtown Greenville to enjoy a variety of free, live music. Each week Main Street Fridays serves up a different kind of music featuring jazz, oldies, blues, rock, funk, country, folk, pop, and everything in between. This event is the perfect opportunity to check out downtown Greenville as well as hear some talented musicians. A great time for the whole family, you can enjoy these music-filled summer evenings all season long! You can get the full 2010 schedule by going to the City of Greenville’s website at greenvillesc. gov and clicking on “Public Info and Events.”

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Greenville, SC has become quite the bustling city in the Upstate!

In recent years, downtown Greenville has developed into an entertainment destination that shouldn’t be missed. With over 60 restaurants centered around Main Street, downtown Greenville offers wonderful dining, shopping, and exploring. Every season, there are yearround series of special events that offer live entertainment like music, dancing, and the arts that appeal to both visitors and locals. Plus, the city has weekly concerts ranging from folk to jazz all summer long. While in the area, check out Heritage Green, Greenville’s arts and cultural complex, that’s home to three art museums, The Children’s Museum, a classical theater company, and the Hughes Library. If you love an afternoon in the sun, visit the Greenville Zoo, Falls Park on the Reedy, a baseball game, or an afternoon out shopping. There’s no doubt about it, a weekend here is great for couples, friends, and families. For more details on special events, where to stay, and things to do, visit greenvillesc.gov.

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Pigeon Forge/ Sevierville, TN

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The Pigeon Forge/Sevierville area in Tennessee is an entertainment mecca at the gateway to the Smoky Mountains. There’s an endless variety of things to do: theatre shows, rides and attractions, outlet shopping, a zoo, a cavern, dining, resorts, museums, mini golf, lake activities, craft fairs, car shows, and more! You can even get married at one of more than a dozen wedding chapels. The only question is, “What to do first?” Most people might think first of Dollywood, a family theme park named for Hollywood singer/actress and area native Dolly Parton. This year, the park is celebrating its 25th anniversary season with all sorts of fun activities. To learn more about this fantastic area, call 800.462.8366 or visit on-line at smokymtnchamber.com/visitorsguide. html.

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Tail of the Dragon Photo courtesy of Tail of the Dragon

Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap is America’s number one motorcycle and sports car road with 318 curves in 11 miles. Crossing Deals Gap at the Tennessee/North Carolina state line, the Dragon is considered by many as one of the world’s best motorcycling and sports car roads. Anyone looking for an exciting highway will enjoy this stretch of US 129. With scenic mountains and a thrill ride you won’t forget, the area is packed with other incredible roads to venture. Some include the Devil’s Triangle, The Snake, Blood Mountain, and Moonshiner 28. Many say it’s better than any roller coaster ride they’ve ever been on! For more information, routes, directions, and accomodations along this ride, go to tailofthedragon.com.

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Spartanburg, SC

Located in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Spartanburg offers visitors a friendly home away from home with plenty of unique places to see and things to do. This city is packed with incredible arts and museums, outstanding recreation opportunities, fine dining, and quaint shopping, as well as a rich history you can’t ignore. In fact, you can check out the city’s historical buildings and sites while you’re exploring the area. A great time to visit Spartanburg is in the summertime when the city hosts a handful of free events that are great for the whole family, including their Music on Main weekly concerts, the July 4th Down Home Celebration, and their Mighty Moo Festival. While you’re there, hit the trails, visit outlying farms, or take in nature’s beauty at a number of lovely preserves and parks. Whether you’re interested in history, arts and culture, active living, or agri-tourism, Spartanburg has something for you! For details on activities, events, and places to see, check out visitspartanburg.com.

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Lake Lure

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One of the most beautiful places in WNC is where water and mountains meet — the sparkling jewel of Lake Lure in the heart of Hickory Nut Gorge. With more than 27 miles of shoreline, this man-made lake offers opportunities to picnic, swim, waterski, boat, fish, and much more. Live it up in style with a champagne or dinner cruise, or enjoy some sun and sport with a boat tour or rental, golfing, biking, hiking, or rock climbing. Or, simply lay back and relax on the beach or take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk. The surrounding area offers vacation rentals, dining, a state park, baseball, outdoor concerts, boat racing, museums, outlet shopping, and festivals. For details, call 800.849.5998 or log on to lakelure.com or rutherfordtourism.com. IWANNA.COM

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River Arts District

The River Arts District is a vibrant arts community just minutes from downtown Asheville. Located along the French Broad River, the district is made up of local artists who open their studios to the public throughout the year. The studios, all in revitalized old factories and warehouses, hold classes, special demonstrations, events, and their very successful Studio Strolls for visitors and locals to get involved in. With over 120 artists, you can find fiber art, textiles, jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculptures, photography, and more as you stroll through the district. The upcoming Studio Stroll is June 12-13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Ride the Asheville Historic Trolley from building to building. For directions, calendar of events, and individual artist information, go to riverartsdistrict.com.

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From April to August, Spartanburg, SC delights in a weekly social gathering, inviting locals and visitors to enjoy great, live music in the company of friends and family.

Music on Main is held every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Denny’s Plaza in downtown Spartanburg. This outdoor event is the perfect place to hang out with friends and colleagues after work. It’s also the prime location to meet people! Listen to live music that features an eclectic line-up of Blues, Reggae, Country, Beach, and more! Food and beverages are also available during Music on Main — offering beer, Shaved Ice, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, and for the first time, Bull Hawg’s BBQ! This event is completely free and a great way to get to know the town and people of Spartanburg. To find out more about this event including musicians who will be performing, visit cityofspartanburg.org.

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Chapman Cultural Center Owned and operated by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, the Chapman Cultural Center is a three-building campus at the heart of historic Spartanburg, SC. Visitors and locals are welcome to discover, experience, and celebrate the performing arts, visual arts, science, as well as history. Group tours are available for an in-depth look at the center, but you can stroll through the different galleries on your own as well. Activities, camps, and classes abound during the summer and appeal to just about every hobby and age group. There are camps great for youngsters, budding musicians, actors, dancers, artists, and more. To find out more on what the Cultural Center can offer you this season, call them at 864.542.2787 or visit chapmanculturalcenter.org. IWANNA.COM

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Downtown Alive 2010

If you can’t make it to Main Street Fridays, attend the Downtown Alive 2010 music series instead!

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Every Thursday evening from March to September, Greenville, SC comes to life featuring local, regional, and visiting musicians from around the country. Downtown Alive starts at 5:30 p.m. and the music continues until 8:30 p.m. Held at the Hyatt Plaza on Main Street, this event is the one and only fundraiser for the Metropolitan Arts Council. With free admission, you can check out The Enemy Lovers, American Aquarium, Firework Show, and many more artists. Here’s one more reason to go — approximately 45,000 people attend this event annually! Visit greenvillesc.gov, and click on “Public Info and Events” for the complete music lineup.

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Music on Main Street Historic Hendersonville’s 12th Annual Concert Series, Music On Main Street, will be presenting outstanding concerts every Friday evening. They run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. from June 11 to August 20 at the Visitors Information Center, located at 201 South Main Street. Bring your dancing shoes or sit back and relax with a diverse lineup of musical talents — from pop, oldies, and rock to contemporary music. The event is completely free and goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This summer, an added bonus is that the Hendersonville Antique Car Club will be hosting five classic car shows — perfect for car lovers out there. For more details on these events, call the Henderson County Travel & Tourism office at 828.693.9708 or 800.828.4244.

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Thomas Wolfe Memorial

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The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is one of American literature’s most famous landmarks. Author Thomas Wolfe immortalized his mother’s 1883 boarding house as the fictional“Dixieland”in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Located in downtown Asheville, visitors will recall scenes from the novel as tour guides offer up stories room by room. A visitor center offers exhibits on Wolfe and his family and an audio-visual presentation on his life and writing. Special summer events are scheduled to entertain and delight including local music and poetry on the front porch from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month and “2nd Saturdays,” featuring local artists, crafters, and demonstrators. For more information, call 828.253.8304 68 IWANNA SUMMERTIME GUIDE

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Asheville Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens in Asheville, located at 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year! A place where beauty and science merge, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a one-of-a-kind native plant sanctuary. The grounds are open year-round from sunrise to sunset, with no admission fee. This year, in celebration of their 50th Anniversary, a series of free special walks are being offered throughout the year to introduce the community to the Gardensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;diverse plantlife. There are many different activities including plant sales, nature walks, and informational talks you and your family can get involved in that are at a very low cost. Due to its fragile collection, no dogs, frisbees, flower-picking, or balls are allowed. For more information, call them at 828.252.5190

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folk, and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists. Before the show, enjoy traditional Southern Appalachian mountain cuisine that will more than satisfy your tastebuds. Located at the historic Stecoah auditorium in Robbinsville, NC, it will be held every Saturday night from June 26 to August 28 this year. “An Appalachian Evening” brings back

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Calendar of Events Asheville, NC Mountain Sports Festival May 28 - May 30 Lace up your tennis shoes for the outdoor sports event of the year in West Asheville’s Carrier Park! Activities range from intense trail running, laid-back disc golf, and adventure racing to whitewater kayak clinics. There’s something for every sports level. There will also be live music, food, and free entertainment! Contact info: mountainsportsfestival.com.

NC Arboretum’s Rose Exhibit May 29 - May 30 Roses of every color and size will be featured. Experts will be there to provide tips and advice as well as information about the selection, care, and history of these magnificent garden plants. A rose sale will be held as well. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free with parking fee ($8). Contact info: ncarboretum.org, 828.665.2492.

pickin & poetry on the porch June 4 & 18, July 2 & 16, August 6 & 20 Located at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville, local musicians, poets, and writers perform on the front porch of the historic “Old Kentucky Home.” Pack a lunch and bring a lawn chair, you’ll want to stick around for the whole (free!) show. Contact info: Chris at 828.253.8304, wolfememorial.com.

Biltmore concert series June 4 - October 1 This summer, take advantage of Biltmore’s 2010 Concert Series. See legendary performers right next to the gorgeous Biltmore Estate! Enjoy performances on the South Terrace and the Diana at Biltmore location with breathtaking views. Performances by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Clay Aiken, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the Steve Miller Band, among many other famous stars! Contact info: To purchase tickets and to view the complete lineup, call 866.336.1255 or visit biltmore.com.

Beer City Festival June 5 Believe it or not, Asheville is second in the nation for best microbrews. Beer City Festival is your chance to get a taste of the town! Tickets are $35, and you can pick them up at any of the nine local breweries, at Barley’s Taproom, or Bruisin’ Ales. The festival lasts all day in downtown Asheville.

Clay day at the folk art center June 5 The Folk Art Center hosts Clay Day where potters and other ceramic artists from the Southern Highland Craft Guild share a variety of techniques such as wheel throwing, sculpting, and hand building. By going, you’ll have the opportunity to glaze and watch the firing of raku pots. Free, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Contact info: April at 828.298.7928, april@craftguild.org.

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of activities perfect for all age groups. There will be shows by Ro-Bone the Clown, Sassy’s Marionette Puppet Theater along with exhibitions of jump roping, dancing, hoola hooping, and a Children’s Bazaar Percussion March. Creative prizes, good eats, and plenty of things to do, rain or shine. Free, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., located at 45 S. French Broad Ave. in downtown Asheville. Contact info: Pepper at 828.255.8858, downtownmarketasheville.com.

keowee chamber music festival June 8 - June 21 Based in Asheville, the Keowee Chamber Music presents its 10th festival June 8-20. A number of talented artists will show off their musical gifts. Tickets are $15 per person (free for students), and will be held throughout Asheville. Contact info: keoweechambermusic.org, office@keoweechambermusic. org, 828.254.7123.

River arts district studio stroll June 12 - June 13 The Bi-Annual Studio Stroll is your chance to tour the studios, meet with the artists, and purchase artwork. Within just a few blocks you’ll find an eclectic mix of creative mediums — from traditional to cuttingedge. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. near downtown Asheville (Riverside St., Roberts St., Lyman St., Craven St., and Clingman Ave.), free. Contact info: riverartsdistrict.com.

Asheville’s art in the park June 12, 19, & 26 For three Saturdays this June, Pack Square will be transformed into an artistic garden of beautiful diversity. Art in the Park offers a blend of regional mastery. From pottery to jewelry to sculpture to two-dimensional art, the market holds a mountain of different arts and crafts. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pack Square, downtown Asheville. Contact info: info@muddymontrie.com, ashevilleartinthepark.org.

Asheville gem fest June 18 - June 20 Celebrating the love of gems, minerals, and fossils, the Gem Fest lasts three days featuring over 20 dealers nationwide, lectures, book signings, and a bounty of gem enthusiasts. Free, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact info: Felicity at 828.254.7162, colburnmuseum. org.

Downtown after 5 June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17 Celebrating its 22nd year, Downtown After 5 kicks off its summer season in June. The event takes place each third Friday of the month. Live music and dancing starts at 5 p.m. with food, drinks, and a medley of fun! Free, downtown Asheville (Lexington Avenue at I-240). Contact info: ashevilledowntown.org. IWANNA Summertime Guide 71


Ecco la musica collective June 21

Watermelon day July 16

Come enjoy live music at UNC Asheville’s campus. The ELM Collective mixes world styles into a united and cohesive sound, fusing jazz and world music from all over the globe. Seven musicians from Italy, Lebanon, Ukraine, Suriname, Maryland, and North Carolina make up the group. Free, UNC Asheville Quad (in front of the library), 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact info: Tracie at 828.251.6991, elmcollective.org.

Watermelon Day has tons of activities to bring out the kid in all of us! Free watermelon slices for all, drawings for free watermelons, a seed-spitting contest, a watermelon-eating contest, and plenty of prizes. Free, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the WNC Farmer’s Market (570 Brevard Rd). Contact info: 828.253.1691.

Chautauqua festival June 21 - June 24

Folkmoot USA is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Held each summer across WNC, Folkmoot features performances, a parade, and workshops — up to 350 performers from over 10 countries. Tickets and venues vary by date and location, some free performances sprinkled throughout the festival. Contact info: folkmootusa.org.

This storytelling festival brings history to life through interactive theater where the audience can talk with historical characters like Langston Hughes, Benjamin Franklin, Dr. Seuss, and more. Asheville’s festival will be held at Buncombe County Library and the Smith-McDowell House. Free and open to the public. Contact info: greenvillechautauqua.org.

Beauty of butterflies exhibit June 26 - August 24 Back by popular demand, the Nature Center’s Beauty of Butterflies walkthrough display opens with a “Nectar Collector Day” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday (June 26) with games, crafts, presentations, and food in celebration of these lovely creatures. The exhibit features hundreds of native butterflies and showy moths. Where else can you be surrounded by beautiful butterflies?! Contact info: Eli at 828.298.5600, ext. 306, wildwnc.org.

Shindig on the green July 3, 10, 17, 31, August 14, 21, 28, September 4 This year’s Shindig settles within downtown Asheville’s Pack Square. Bluegrass musicians, dancers, and jammers gather together while onlookers pull up lawn chairs and take it all in. This gathering has been running for 44 years now with no sign of slowing down. Completely free, come check it out from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Contact info: folkheritage.org.

ingles 4th of july celebration July 4 Celebrate July 4 by joining the festivities in downtown Asheville. Starting at 1 p.m., head to Pack Square and College Street for music, games, food, and mingling with the locals. Stick around for the grand finale of fireworks shooting off at 10 p.m. All of it is free and open to the public.

Bamboo festival July 10 - July 11 The American Bamboo Society’s Southeastern Chapter hosts a festival with loads of information about this remarkable plant. Bamboo nurseries are displayed so visitors can learn about the artistic functionality of this plant. Artists and crafters demonstrate the process of making their products with items for sale. The weekend includes lectures, demonstrations, crafts, and plant sales. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., both days. Free with parking fee ($8). Contact info: ncarboretum.org.

craft fair of the southern highlands July 15 - July 18 For four days, the Asheville Civic Center comes alive with traditional and contemporary crafts. Showcasing the work of 200 members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the fair features craft demonstrations and live regional music. Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $7, children under 12 free, Civic Center in downtown Asheville. Contact info: April at 828-298-7928, southernhighlandguild.org. 72 IWANNA Summertime Guide

folkmoot usa July 22 - August 1

bele chere July 23 - July 25 Bele Chere is the largest free outdoor street festival in the Southeast! “Bele Chere” means “beautiful living” and is the perfect chance to immerse yourself in WNC’s arts, culture, and music. The festival fills the streets of downtown Asheville, with free, live music, arts and craft vendors, great food, activities, and a blend of locals and visitors alike! Contact info: belecherefestival.com.

Mountain dance and folk festival August 5 - August 7 The nation’s longest running folk festival, featuring traditional and old-time musicians, ballad singers, mountain dance groups, cloggers, and much more! 7 p.m. nightly at the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Regular admission $20, children 12 and under $10, three night package $54. Contact info: 828.257.4530, folkheritage.org.

asheville art walk August 6 Take a stroll through downtown Asheville, and visit the galleries with all the fine arts and crafts they can muster. With 22 galleries to visit, it’s an evening stroll worth doing! A “Downtown Gallery Guide” is available (with a map) to help you along your walk — available at any participating gallery, Asheville’s Chamber of Commerce, Pack Place, or on the Art Walk’s website. Free to anyone interested, the galleries are open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact info: ashevilledowntowngalleries.org.

flower carpet at biltmore estate August 20 September 12 Thousands of colorful flowers are woven together into a vivid, living carpet! Located right next to the gorgeous Biltmore Estate, this is a photo op you won’t want to miss! Buy your tickets on-line or at the gate. 9 a.m. to dusk. Contact info: 800.411.3812, biltmore.com.

goombay! festival August 27 - August 29 Since 1982, the YMI Cultural Center has presented Goombay!, one of several worldwide variations of the centuries-old cultural celebration. Goombay! brings a variety of entertainment and tradition to celebrate African and Carribean heritage. With music, dancing, and food, there is much to see and do — steel drums, African-American dancers, local gospel groups, contemporary

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rhythm bands, and more. Free, downtown Asheville (Eagle and Market Streets). Contact info: ymicc.org/goombay.

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC BLACK MOUNTAIN ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW June 5 - June 6 Black Mountain’s Arts & Crafts show has over 65 juried crafters and artists. Other highlights include artist demonstrations, food, and music. Free and open to the public, located on Sutton Ave. next to The Old Depot in the middle of historic Black Mountain. Contact info: Joan at 828.669.4563 or olddepot.org.

ART IN BLOOM June 17 - June 20

A celebration of art and flowers, Art in Bloom brings together floral design and fine art. The theme for this year is “Naturally Blue Ridge,” in recognition of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th anniversary. Painters, potters, sculptors, garden tours, and more. Free, Black Mountain Center for the Arts, located in the City Hall at 225 W. State Street. Contact info: 828.669.0930, blackmountainarts.org.

WNC HIGHLANDS CELTIC FESTIVAL June 18 - June 19

The 1st annual Highlands Celtic festival in Black Mountain includes live Celtic music and dance, authentic food and drink, vendors, Highland athletes, Scottish dance demonstrations, Scottish clans, and more! Starting at 5 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. Saturday, it will be held at Pisgah Brewing’s Tap Room. $10 covers all events for both days. Contact info: greg@celticheritageproductions.com, 828.280.3355.

SOURWOOD FESTIVAL August 14 - August 15

This street festival is family friendly and chock full of great mountain cookin’, games, dance, music, and just plain fun. Named for Black Mountain’s famous sourwood honey, the festival has more than 200 vendors selling handmade jewelry, baskets, ceramics, books, toys, art, and more. Free, downtown Black Mountain. Contact info: 828.669.2300, blackmountain.org/festivals.php.

BLOWING ROCK, NC CHARITY HORSE SHOW June 10 - June 13, July 4 - July 8, & July 28 August 1

Blowing Rock’s Charity Horse Show has been a traditional event that started 84 years ago, named the oldest continuous outdoor horse show in America. Perfect for horse enthusiasts and their families.The shows attract annual exhibitors nationwide and from foreign countries as well. $5 per person, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Blowing Rock Equestrian Preserve. Contact info: Rich at 828.295.4700, blowingrockequestrian.com.

ART IN THE PARK June 12, July 17

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fiber, glass, photography, painting, and much more. Free, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the downtown area. Contact info: Stephanie at 828.295.4636, blowingrock.com.

4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL & PARADE July 3

Enjoy Blowing Rock’s festival celebrating July 4th! Games, music, parade, and fun! Plus the best small-town Main Street parade. Free, downtown Blowing Rock. Contact info: 828.295.5222.

SYMPHONY BY THE LAKE July 23

Enjoy the beautiful music of the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra as you sit by the lake in the cool mountain breeze. Watch the swans drift by on the lake. Bring a picnic or sample delicious food prepared by Chetola’s chef. The music filtering into the mountains is just breathtaking. Fireworks at the end of the show top it all off. 7 p.m. at the Chetola Resort on Main St., $25, children under 12, $8. Contact info: Blowing Rock’s Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.4636, blowingrock.com.

ART & ANTIQUE SHOW July 30 - August 2

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) will be holding their annual Art and Antique Show this summer. Over 15 vendors gather to showcase their unique works of art inspired by life in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains. The weekend starts off with a Silver Tea and Early Bird Sale on Thursday, followed by the main show Friday through Sunday. $10 for entire show, located at Blowing Rock Elementary School (165 Morris St.), July 30, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., July 31 - Aug 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Aug 2, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact info: Joann at 828.295.9099, blowingrockmuseum.org.

BOONE, NC FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL June 4, July 2, August 6

The Art Crawl features local and regional artists of all genres ranging from traditional arts and crafts, pottery, paintings, metalwork, jewelry, to glasswork and music. Live entertainment, food, and spirits. Galleries and shops are open until 8 p.m. Two underground galleries are open from 7 p.m. to midnight, but only on Art Crawl nights. Free and open to the public, downtown Boone area. Contact info: Mary at 828.262.4532, boone-nc. org.

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION June 21 - June 26

Join in celebrating the Parkway’s 75th Anniversary this year. There will be outdoor activities like a guided Blue Ridge Parkway bike ride, the Headwaters Hike on June 23, BBQ and Bluegrass on June 25th on the Jones House Lawn in downtown Boone, historical/ghost tours of downtown on June 26th, and a wine and cheese fundraiser at the WPA post office building in downtown. $25 for wine and cheese fundraiser, other events are free. Contact info: Tuesdae at 828.262.4532, goboone.net.

DOWNTOWN BOONE GHOSTS OF BLUE RIDGE WALK June 26

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about the legends of this quaint town hidden in the mountains. Free, 6 p.m., begins at the U.S. Post Office in downtown (679 West King Street). Contact info: Tuesdae at 828.262.4532.

APPALACHIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL July 1 - July 30

Join Boone in their month-long Appalachian Summer Festival! An interdisciplinary arts festival, it will be presenting programs in music, theatre, dance, film, and visual arts. A number of famous and respected artists will be performing such as the Golden Dragon Acrobats, Amy Sedaris, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, among many others. In other words, the festival is a must-see! Contact info: For tickets and to view the festival’s complete schedule, go to appsummer.org.

MUSICFEST ‘N SUGAR GROVE July 9 - July 10

MusicFest located on the cool banks of Sugar Grove, gives you the chance to hear talented artists including big names like Doc Watson, T. Michael Coleman, Richard Watson, Charles Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kruger Brothers, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, The Biscuit Burners, and many more. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, Old Cove Creek School 7 miles west of Boone, Friday 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Contact info: Amy at 828.297.2200, covecreek.net.

HIGH COUNTRY MUSIC FEST July 16 - July 17

Boone’s premier bluegrass festival is a must-see and welcomes music fans from all over! Hear the music of Appalachian heritage with favorites like Doyle Lawson, The Grascals, Surefire, Southern Accent, Alan “Big Al” Johnson and friends, and more. Since it’s a two-day event, camping is available. Friday, $15, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, $25, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Located at Boone Fairgrounds (748 Roby Greene Rd.) Contact info: Kenny at 828.773.8060, highcountrymusicfest.com.

FINE ARTS & MASTERCRAFTS FESTIVAL July 17 - July 18, August 21 - August 22

Come see what artists will be displaying! Watercolors, stone, clay, bronze and copper sculptures, pottery, jewelry, handcrafted furniture, hand-woven clothing, hand-crafted leather, clay figurines, and much more. Free and open to the public, Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact info: 800-972-2183, averycounty.com.

BREVARD, NC

During Memorial Day weekend, it’s all about the White Squirrel... Festival, that is! Come enjoy live entertainment from loads of local musicians and artists. You won’t want to miss the 18 free, live concerts — headlined this year by Jupiter Coyote and Bone Pony. The festival also boasts an opening Memorial Day Parade, 5K/10K foot race, a White Squirrel Photo Contest, guided tours, and tons of fun for the entire family. Absolutely free, all day. Contact info: brevardnc.org/white-squirrel-festival/.

BREVARD ARTS & CULTURE WEEK June 25 - July 4

Brevard, NC hosts this vibrant, week-long event celebrating the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary while also sharing the eclectic and artsy businesses and artists that make Brevard so unique. Arts & Culture week features the opening of the Brevard Music Center, their “4th Friday Gallery Walks,” street dances, music jams, must-try restaurants, art shows and sales, all ending with a 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza! Contact info: Tammy at 828.884.2787, artsofbrevard.org.

38TH ANNUAL FINE ARTS & CRAFTS SHOWCASE July 3

Brevard’s TC Arts Council’s annual Showcase presents arts and crafts from over 50 artists throughout the region. Free and open to the public, it will take place on Main Street in downtown Brevard. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., it’s a full day of fun for all ages. Contact info: 828.884.2787, tcarts.org/comcal.html.

4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION July 3

Come catch the hometown spirit of Brevard, NC! The day starts off with a bang early in the morning with the 5K/10K Firecracker Run. Held in conjunction with the Fine Arts & Crafts Showcase, there will also be music, entertainment, the Transylvania Region AACA Classic Car Show, and a childrens’ bicycle parade. And, of course, plenty of fireworks to oohh and aahh over. Free, all day. Contact info: brevardnc.org/july-4th-celebration/.

SONGCATCHERS MUSIC SERIES July 4, 11, 18, & 25

Now in its seventh year, the Songcatchers Music Series brings concert-goers traditional Southern Appalachian music. Concerts begin with a 30-minute opening act by local musicians. Concerts take place in the open-air amphitheatre when the weather is nice, otherwise it’s held in the Forest Discovery Center. Picnics are welcome. $6 for adults, $3 for ages 4-15. Contact info: Cindy at 828.877.3265 x 226, cradleofforestry.org.

4TH FRIDAY GALLERY WALKS May 28, June 25, July 23, & August 27

Enjoy exploring artwork in the town of Brevard every fourth Friday throughout the summer! Stroll through downtown Brevard where you can visit 10 art galleries featuring local and regional artists, 16 animal sculptures, and 5 murals. Many of the featured art is made from natural resources which reflect the natural beauty of the area. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Brevard. Contact info: 828.884.2787, artsofbrevard.org.

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CHEROKEE, NC OCONALUFTEE INDIAN VILLAGE May - October

Experience a Cherokee village in 1759, and learn about the Cherokee way of life. Meander at your leisure, and watch traditional potters, basket weavers, blowgun marksmen, mask makers, bead workers, arrowhead knappers, and craftsmen making great canoes by ancient methods. New this year is the outdoor drama “Time of War,” featuring live re-enactments of war as well as Myths & Legends Storytelling. Open throughout the summer, adults $15, children ages 6-12 $6, children 5 and under free. Contact info: cherokee-nc.com.

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renovated Mountainside Theatre. Telling the story of the Cherokee from De Soto to today, this unique outdoor drama is one of the oldest and well-known productions in the United States. Shows nightly except Sundays, performance starts at 7 p.m., ticket prices start at $18 for adults and $8 for children. Contact info: cherokee-nc.com.

JULY POWWOW July 2 - July 4

On the first full weekend in July, get ready for a three day explosion of authentic Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. Held at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds (498 Tsali Boulevard) in Cherokee. Contact info: Cherokee Welcome Center 800.438.1601.

4TH ANNUAL CHEROKEE ART MARKET July 2 - July 4

A showcase of the best Native American artists from across the country, the annual Cherokee Art Market is the perfect opportunity to marvel at and purchase prize-winning art directly from the artists. Sponsored by the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts and funded by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, the art market has grown each year, and this year more than 100 artists are expected to participate. Located at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, free. Contact info: cherokee-nc.com.

FESTIVAL OF NATIVE PEOPLES July 16 - July 17

This culture-packed festival has been considered the finest showcase of native dance, song, and art in the Southeast. The event honors the rich history, customs, and wisdom of some of the oldest tribes. Featuring dancing, singing, artwork, ancient Hawaiian hula and drum dances, Totonac pole flyers of Mexico, Cherokee Warriors of AniKituhwa and Raven Rock Dancers, and many others. $10 adult admission, children 6 and under free, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Contact info: 800.438.1601 or cherokee-nc.com.

GREENVILLE, SC AREA CAROLINA FIRST SATURDAY MARKET May 1 - October 30

Greenville’s open-air market has over 50 vendors, bringing the freshest in-season produce, gourmet foods, and hand-picked flowers to Main Street each week. It’s the perfect time to bring your whole family to browse or just meet a friend for breakfast and a fresh cup of hot coffee. Every Saturday throughout the summer, the market is from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., downtown Greenville (Main Street). Contact info: saturdaymarketlive.com.

MOONLIGHT MOVIES May 26

This movie night is a “Viewer’s Choice” — you get to decide between Toy Story, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), or King Kong (1933). Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics, but please no pets! Free, movies begin at 8 p.m. at the Peace Center Amphitheater in downtown Greenville. Contact info: greenvillesc.gov.

DOWNTOWN ALIVE 2010 May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26

Every Thursday evening this summer from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., downtown Greenville comes to life with an outdoor street party open to everyone. There are all sorts of music genres that are perfect for everyone — rock, blues, funk, cover bands, and more. Free, Main Street at the Hyatt Regency Plaza. Contact info: greenvillesc.gov. IWANNA.COM

UPSTATE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL May 27 - 30, June 3 - 6, 10 - 13, July 8 - 11, 15 18, 22 - 25, 29 - 31, August 1

Falls Park brings you the Upstate Shakespeare Festival, bringing the magic of Shakespeare and other classic plays to the community. These shows are anchored by the free summer festival, which focuses on high quality, entertaining, and familyfriendly productions that serve as Greenville’s calling card as a summer destination! Free, shows start at 7 p.m. at Carolina First Amphitheater in Falls Park, downtown Greenville. Contact info: upstateshakespearefestival.org.

GREENVILLE SCOTTISH GAMES May 28 - May 29

The Upstate of South Carolina has, arguably, one of the highest concentrations of Scots-Irish descendants in the country. This two-day festival includes a parade, live music, athletic competitions, games, and dancing. Festivities begin with the Great Scot! parade at 6 p.m. on May 28 in downtown Greenville followed by the Great Scot! Celilidh at 6:30 p.m. Saturday holds the Scottish Games Festival from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Furman University Campus. Contact info: greenvillegames.org.

MAIN STREET FRIDAYS May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24

Start a weekly summer tradition by taking your friends and family out to Main Street Fridays. Every Friday night from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., listen to live music and enjoy downtown Greenville. Each week the music is different, and there are also activtities that appeal to children while you can enjoy the music! Free. Contact info: greenvillesc.gov.

REEDY RIVER NIGHTTIME CONCERT SERIES June 2 - August 25

This fun concert series invites you to sit back and enjoy a variety of musical concerts featuring jazz, country, patriotic, rock & roll, blues, and reggae. This free, outdoor family event provides the perfect way to spend a warm summer evening. Peace Center Amphitheater, every Wednesday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact info: greenvillesc.gov.

CHAUTAUQUA FESTIVAL June 18 - June 22

The Chautauqua Festival takes a different spin on history lessons. These storytelling masterpieces literally bring history to life! Spend a summer afternoon or evening outdoors listening to fun entertainment and journeying into the past. This event makes a perfect outing for the whole family. Free, Falls Park in downtown Greenville. Contact info: 864.244.1499, greenvillechautauqua.org.

SC FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS June 25 - June 27

This year marks the 43rd Festival of Flowers held in Greenwood, SC. The festival features a variety of music including bluegrass, jazz, beach, chorale, and gospel. There are a variety of children’s activities and sporting events, including railroad museum tours and Kidfest. Visit the Arts & Crafts Fair, Juried Art Show, and Photography Exhibition while there. Tickets range from $2 to $50, depending on which event(s) you wish to attend. They can be purchased through the Greenwood Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact info: Katie at the Chamber of Commerce at 864.223.8431, scfestivalofflowers.org. IWANNA SUMMERTIME GUIDE 75


AT&T RED, WHITE & BLUE July 4

The sky illuminates with vibrant colors every 4th of July in downtown Greenville, and this year, don’t miss the annual AT&T Red, White, and Blue! One of the largest fireworks displays in South Carolina, the celebration features live music, lots of food, and a variety of family activities. Free, Main Street in downtown Greenville. Contact info: greenvillesc.gov/PublicInfo_Events/ RedWhiteBlue.aspx.

NATIONAL KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS July 8 - July 11

Greenville will host some of the finest karate athletes in the world in July — more than 5,000, in fact! The 2010 USA-NKF National Karate Championships and US Team Trials, which lasts a total of four days, will be held at the Bi-Lo Center. Single day tickets $20, tournament pass, $50. Contact info: Ryan at 800.351.7180 ex. 215, usankf.org.

HENDERSONVILLE, NC AREA GARDEN JUBILEE FESTIVAL May 29 - May 30

Come to the Garden Jubilee Festival in historic Hendersonville, and get your fill of over 125 vendors selling handmade arts and crafts, plants, and more. Nurseries selling many varieties of annuals, perennials, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and hard to find plants will be located on every block. There will also be delicious food to satisfy any appetite. Downtown Hendersonville from 6th Ave. to 2nd Ave., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 828.693.9708, historichendersonville.org.

SUMMER MUSIC IN FLAT ROCK June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4

Summer Music in Flat Rock is a free outdoor concert series held on the first Saturday of each month all summer long. Singer/ songwriters Tom Fisch, Sally Barris, The Swayback Sisters, among others bring that sweet southern music to your ears. Flat Rock Village Bakery and Hubba Hubba Wood-fired Smokehouse will provide tasty treats and cool refreshments as you sit back and let the music wash over you. Free, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the back deck area of “Little Rainbow Row.” Contact info: Hand in Hand Gallery at 828.697.7719, flatrockonline.com/flat_rock_ events/summer_music_in_flat_rock.htm.

MAIN STREET SIDEWALK ANTIQUE SHOW June 19

Plan a day for browsing the unusual finds at downtown Hendersonville’s 19th Annual Antique Show. If your eyes need a break from sifting through all the antiquities, stop in at one of many restaurants nearby. Open to the public, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact info: downtownhendersonville.org.

STREET DANCE July 5 - August 9

Hendersonville’s Street Dance has been a part of the town’s culture for over 90 years! Every Monday evening from July 5 to August 9 at 7 p.m., people of all ages venture down to South Main Street in downtown Hendersonville for bluegrass music, square dancing, and clogging. Free and open to the public, bring a chair, sit back, and relax to the sounds of mountain heritage tunes. Contact info: 828.693.9708, historichendersonville.org.

CAROLINA MOUNTAIN RIBFEST July 9 - July 11

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Class professional barbecue rib vendors from all over the country, live entertainment, amusement rides, arts & crafts, and more! Friday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., $6 adults, children under 12 free, Fletcher. Contact info: 828.628.9626, wcpshows.com/ ribfest.html.

BRING US YOUR BEST 2010 July 9 - August 7

The Arts Council of Henderson County presents Bring Us Your Best 2010, a juried show and a favorite among locals and visitors to Hendersonville. Each year, talented artists from Henderson County, Asheville, Black Mountain, and more display work in a variety of mediums. Free, Neill Galley on Main St. Contact info: 828.693.8504, acofhc.org.

DO TELL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL July 10

Hendersonville’s Do Tell Storyfest will be held at the Historic Courthouse on Main St. from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sit back and be entertained by riveting stories and engaging storytellers, poetry, short stories, tall tales, along with children’s activities. Single session $5, all day ticket $8, children under 6 free with an adult. Contact info: 828.388.0247, dotellfestival.org.

CHALK IT UP! July 17

Bring a bucket of colorful chalk, and draw away in downtown Hendersonville! All day, watch as drawings slowly meander for six blocks down Main Street, brightening up the historic mountain town. Free, rain dates: July 23 and 31. Contact info: 828.697.6393.

ANNUAL STORYTELLING AT THE FARM August 4 - August 5

Come to Historic Johnson Farm located in Hendersonville to hear entertaining stories in a beautiful farm setting. Bring a chair and blanket, a picnic lunch, and enjoy an afternoon of interesting stories. 10:30 a.m., free. Contact info: 828.891.6585.

LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND August 14 - August 15

Sponsored by the Henderson County Heritage Museum, Living History Weekend has much in store for you and your family! With re-enactors, authors, vendors, children’s activities, crafts, demonstrations, antiques, and specialty food. Downtown Hendersonville, Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact info: 828.694.1619 or 828.697.2022, hendersoncountymuseum.org.

LINVILLE, NC THE REMARKABLE RHODODENDRON RAMBLE June 1 - June 13

The first blooms of the rhododendron appear at the lower overlooks of Grandfather Mountain in early June and the display will arrive at the Swinging Bridge by the end of the month. Participate in special programs, activities, as well as guided walks where you can take breathtaking pictures. All activities are included in the Grandfather Mountain admission price ($15 adults, $7 children 4 and under). Contact info: 800.468.7325, grandfather.com.

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HEADWATERS HIKE June 23

Take a hike to the headwaters of major rivers on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Learn all about the conservation and restoration efforts for the rivers, plus it’s great exercise. Representatives from Upper Watauga Riverkeepers and Grandfather Mountain will be your guide. Lasts 4-5 hours, so bring a bag lunch! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free but reservations are required. Contact info: Upper Watauga Riverkeepers at 828.262.1500.

86TH ANNUAL SINGING ON THE MOUNTAIN June 27

Enjoy a full day of gospel singing and mingling. Music begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day, with a break at mid-day for a “sermon on the mount.” Bring lawn chairs and a picnic with you, and enjoy performances by top Southern Gospel groups. Contact info: grandfather.com, 800.468.7325.

GRANDFATHER MTN. HIGHLAND GAMES July 8 - July 11

Over 100 Scottish clans and societies sponsor this celebration of Scottish heritage. This four day festival will be held at MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain. With tons of crafts, games, athletics, sheep herding, traditional music, dancing, and much much more, it’s a great family event. Contact info: gmhg.org/events.htm, 828.733.1333.

“THUNDER ON THE PARKWAY” MOTORCYCLE RIDE August 21

This motorcycle event uses a small portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Charlotte to Linville Falls, where there will be a dinner for the participants who are raising money for the National MS Society Mid-Atlantic Chapter. $50 donation to cover food, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Southern Pine Boulevard. Contact info: Jim at 704.525.0659, thunderontheparkway.com.

SPARTANBURG, SC AREA MUSIC ON MAIN May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26

Downtown Spartanburg’s favorite after-work social gathering begins May 27 and lasts throughout the summer months. Meet up with friends and colleagues for an evening cocktail, treat your ears to some great live music, munch on food and beverages — all in a pretty outdoor setting. Free, every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Main Street at Denny’s Plaza. Contact info: cityofspartanburg.org.

19TH ANNUAL PLUM HOLLOW FESTIVAL May 28 - May 29

Don’t miss the Plum Hollow Festival that’s dedicated to celebrating all things bluegrass — New Grass, Grunge Grass, Jazz Grass, Bluegrass Rock & Roll, the list goes on! While tapping your boots, get your fill of old fashioned southern food with cooking from Backyard BBQ. $25 per day, $45 weekend tickets, located in Campobello, SC. Contact info: Debbie at 864.680.0225, moonshiners.com.

MOVIES IN THE PARK June 11, July 9, August 13

Spread out a blanket and snuggle up for an outdoor movie in downtown Spartanburg. Three Fridays this summer will feature free movies in the cool summer air. June 11’s showing will be at Historic Duncan Park Baseball Stadium and July and IWANNA.COM

August’s movies play in Barnet Park. Movies start at 8 p.m., free snacks and drinks. Contact info: hubcitychurch.com.

THE MIGHTY MOO FESTIVAL June 17 - June 20

Cowpens, SC celebrates its “Mighty Moo Day” that’s been grazing the streets since 1977 when the festival was founded to honor veterans and crewmen of the USS Cowpens CVL 25 and the USS Cowpens CG63. Now in its ripe age, the festival has since grown into a four-day event boasting street dances, a golf tournament, beauty pageant, baseball game, arts and craft vendors, and a parade. Free, downtown Cowpens. Contact info: 864.580.9766, cowpensmightymoo.com.

CHAUTAUQUA FESTIVAL June 18 - June 22

Find creativity and entertainment at Wofford College from June 18 - 22 for Spartanburg’s Chautauqua Festival! You’ll find stories that link you to the past with inspiring memories told by Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Dr. Seuss, and Langston Hughes. Free, Leonard Auditorium at Wofford College, 7 p.m. Contact info: 864.597.4207, greenvillechautauqua.org.

MISS SOUTH CAROLINA & MISS SOUTH CAROLINA TEEN COMPETITIONS July 1 - July 3

The annual Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Competitions take center stage at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. July 1 and 2 are reserved for preliminaries, July 3 are the finals. Tickets are available on their website. Contact info: misssouthcarolina.com.

JULY 4TH DOWN HOME CELEBRATION July 4

Kick off this 4th of July with a celebration to remember! Spartanburg’s festivities center around activtieis for children, and there is a Main Street parade they can be in as well. After the parade, play old timey games and browse the many craft and food vendors. Free, celebration starts at 6:30 p.m.

TRYON, NC BLUE RIDGE BBQ & MUSIC FESTIVAL June 11 - June 12

The Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival is one of the area’s biggest events with fantastic barbecue, live music, and arts and crafts from local vendors. Bring the whole family, and enjoy savory BBQ and a toe-tapping good time. Fireworks show on Saturday night. $6, kids under 12, free. Contact info: Janet at 828-859-RIBS, blueridgebbqfestival.com.

WEAVERVILLE, NC RECYCLE, REUSE, & RE-PURPOSE June 12

A look at how 19th Century Americans saved and reused everyday items for new purposes. Crafters on site and demonstrations of weaving rag rugs, lye soap making, clothes washing & mending, and American Girl plays like Felicity and Kirsten will be performed. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free, Vance Birthplace historic site in Weaverville. Contact info: David at 828.645.6706, nchistoricsites.org/vance/vance.htm.

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Sumertime Guide for the Carolinas  

Your guide to summer fun and activitiesin the Carolinas. • Festivals and evnts. • Arts and crafts. • Calendar of events • and so much more

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