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News Drinking and playing pool now legal in Franklin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Waynesville’s South Main corridor brings in Taco Bell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Haywood schools rearrange positions, grant promotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Waynesville eyes new fleet of police vehicles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Drug dog welcomed to Haywood force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Railroad refuses to open books, at odds with Jackson County . . . . . . . . . . 12 Armadillos slowly creeping their way into WNC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Haywood writer gains fame with zombie, Bigfoot novellas . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Is it an antique or just old? Local expert breaks it down. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Filing date for town elections nears with little interest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Water rescue in Richland Creek becomes false alarm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

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After 65 years, pool is back on the table for bars in Franklin BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER ool sharks rejoice. The town of Franklin has lifted an antiquated law that banned pool tables from being on the same premises as booze, or booze from being on the same premises as pool tables. A 1948 law aimed at wiping out the scourge of billiards — by declaring pool and alcohol consumption mutually exclusive pastimes — was struck from the town code this month in a 5-1 vote by the town board. Until now, Franklin had some unusual, even archaic, laws on the books when it came to pool halls. It prohibited swearing, trap doors, hidden stairways, panels and secret devices that could hide gambling parlors or places “where persons meet or congregate for immoral purposes.� The laws also excluded persons of “immoral character� or habitual users of intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs from operating amusement-based businesses. The rules also prohibited pool halls from being located in back alleys and ordered the buildings to have plate glass windows facing the street, most likely so the local lawman and nosy neighbors could peek in. But, as Alderman Bob Scott pointed out, before casting his vote to repeal the law, Franklin in 2013 is not the same as Franklin in 1948, when the law was put in place. Scott joked that a lot of his youth was misspent in pool halls. “I think the old ordinance is a lot like one of those old ordinances that you can’t hitch your horse to a parking meter,� Scott said. Banning alcohol consumption in the same vicinity as pool tables simple didn’t jive with modern times. “Folks, let’s face it, our demographics are changing,� Scott said. But cleaning up the outdated rules on the books didn’t seem necessary until recently. It

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and not make it incomprehensible Swiss cheese,� Henning said. “My recommendation is just to repeal chapter 112 altogether.� The aldermen followed his recommendation and repealed the chapter. Alderwoman Sissy Pattillo said there was not much of a reason to keep the law. “It doesn’t bother me, it’s not like you’re going to have a brawl,� Pattillo said “I didn’t have that much problem with it.� Alderwoman Joyce Handley echoed Pattillo’s sentiments and “I come from an area where called the law obsolete. She added that growing up in Chicago she was pool tables were always in bars. accustomed to having pool tables I don’t see any harm having a in bars. “I come from an area where pool table where they’re having pool tables were always in bars,� Handley said. “I don’t see any harm a drink. I mean, come on.� having a pool table where they’re — Joyce Handley, alderwoman having a drink. I mean, come on.� But one alderman was steadfast look into amending the ordinance to make it in keeping the law on the books. more user friendly for the clubs wanting to “No, I don’t take an issue with pool tables have both pool tables and booze, but found per say,� Verlin Curtis said. “I’m just against that to be nearly impossible. Instead, at the the spread of alcohol beverages. I don’t think town’s most recent meeting, he advised alder- we need to keep exposing more people to it men to do away with the entire chapter — trap and creating potential problems for our doors, alleyways, immoral characters and all. police department.� “I cannot see any way to amend that thing As for Franklin Police Chief David Adams,

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wasn’t until 2006 that it was even legal to sell alcohol in restaurants or bars in Franklin. The antiquated law came to forefront of discussion when a private club in Franklin that serves liquor, Mixers, went to renew its town privilege license. The town realized the owners had since installed pool tables, and were forced to remove them. Meanwhile, another private club, Izaiah’s Dugout, which is new to Franklin, was looking to add pool tables until the club was shown the laws. “We said, ‘According to the ordinance, you can’t,’� Town Manager Warren Cabe said. “You could either have a pool hall or a private club that serves alcohol, but not together.� So, it was decided to give the whole ordinance a closer examination. Cabe said the law could affect the town’s private clubs as well as the bowling alley or any other establishment with a state alcohol permit that wanted to have some type of pool table, bowling alley, or other amusement. Town Attorney John Henning Jr. tried to




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he predicted that introducing pool tables to places where alcohol is served doesn’t necessarily mean there will be more conflicts or problems for law enforcement. “I mean they have fights in other clubs that don’t have pool tables,� Adams said, adding, however, that a rack of pool cues within arm’s reach could mean uglier fights. “I guess you could make the argument they have more weapons.� Rather, he was of the mindset that the law itself was outdated. But at the time it was passed it probably made sense to the residents of Franklin. Amusements plus alcohol could only equal mischief. “My grandfather always talked about juke joints and pool halls,� Adams said. “They just had a bad reputation.� However, the experience of restaurant manager Jeremiah Drake only reinforced the old stereotype of juke joints and pool halls. For no more than a couple of days, Drake tried having a pool table in his establishment, Mulligans Irish Pub & Grill in Franklin, when it first opened in 2008. He was not pleased with the result. In fact, he regretted every minute of it. “We’d have someone in here playing pool and yelling the ‘f ’ word at noon,� Drake said. “It was like, oh my gosh, we don’t need this. The crowd that it brings is just different.�


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BY B ECKY JOHNSON & CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITERS aynesville’s South Main Street continues to see slow but steady commercial growth, with a Taco Bell and Mattress Firm soon to join the ranks of the growing retail corridor. A developer listed as Orange Hill Waynesville bought three adjacent lots for $900,500 across from the street from Waynesville Commons, the shopping complex that is home to Super Walmart. The lots are adjacent to the new Old Town Bank building and currently are home to two vacant houses and the former Big Mountain BBQ restaurant, which will all be demolished. The development will bring a marked aesthetic improvement to the streetscape, according to Town Planner Paul Benson. The Taco Bell must meet the town’s architectural guidelines, making it nicer than your typical fast-food joint. “The town’s guidelines require most chain stores to pull out their upgrade model. So many places nationwide have appearance standards now, they have their slightly more expensive version,’ Benson said. “They initially submitted their cheaper one, and we said A new Taco Bell proposed for South Main Street in ‘Nope,’ and they pulled out their Waynesville will feature the stacked stone and columns upgrade version.� that are an increasingly common motif for Waynesville’s Taco Bell will feature stacked mountain-town look. Donated stone and columns that are an increasingly common motif for Waynesville’s mountain-town look. Stacked stone also plays a starring role in ing lots and sidewalks, and then turn the propother new development on South Main, erty over to Taco Bell and Mattress Firm to including Old Town Bank and the new town build the actual stores. “That is still probably going to be a little ABC store under construction. The site plan also calls for a sidewalk and a ways out,� said Walker Hoge, head of the double row of street trees — one row between Georgia-based Integrity Engineering and the street and sidewalk, and another row Development Services. “They have to finish their work before we even get started on ours.� between the sidewalk and parking lot. The new Taco Bell on South Main Street “It improves the streetscape because we are getting sidewalks and some landscaping, will replace the one currently located near the including street trees,� Benson said. “That real- Lowe’s interchange in the Clyde-Lake Junaluska area. That interchange is being redesigned by ly is lacking on South Main.� South Main is home to several empty and the N.C. Department of Transportation, a projrundown buildings, parking lots over-grown ect that will consume many of the surrounding with weeds, and a sea of unbroken asphalt. properties and businesses, and thus sent Taco The town commissioned a street study last Bell on the prowl for a new location.


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year to set the stage for how the corridor should be developed to make it more pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically appealing. The three lots had been on the market for several years, ever since Super Walmart moved in to the area. The coming of Super Walmart was expected to bring a commercial explosion to South Main, attracting a flood of retail stores angling for a piece of the action in proximity to the retail giant. But development of South Main has instead come in drips and drabs, with the slower pace blamed on the recession. In the past year, South Main has seen an uptick with the coming of Belk, Pet Smart, Michael’s and Rack Room Shoes. A new Waynesville ABC store and impressive new Old Town Bank building is under construction as well. In keeping with the town’s street plan for South Main, Taco Bell and Mattress Firm will share a single driveway entrance, allowing right turns only. They will also utilize the access road at the traffic light in front of Old Town Bank. Orange Hill Waynesville will carry out the site work, including the construction of park-

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER rowing up on the Isleta Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, 26-year-old Cody Grant could name off the tribes he descended from — Cherokee, two sects of Pueblo — but he didn’t know anything about them, except their names. “For me, it was because culturally, I was lacking,” said Grant, who split his time between New Mexico and Cherokee as a child. “I didn’t place big stock in cultural values.” His family told him tidbits about his heritage here and there, but he never took it upon himself to learn. At 16, Grant participated once in a native dance with other Cherokee youth as part of a larger performance. “But I never really touched it any after that,” Grant said. It was not until a few years later when Grant made the permanent move to the Qualla Boundary, the official name for the Cherokee Reservation, that he started delving into what exactly it meant to say, “I am Cherokee.” In truth, during the last decade, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has worked on figuring out the answer to that as well — how to not only preserve but also propagate Cherokee culture both for enrolled members and visitors. Qualla Arts and Crafts, the Museum of the Cherokee Indians, “Unto These Hills” outdoor theater and the Oconaluftee Indian Village were already cultural attractions. 8 And there were always people on the Qualla


Boundary telling traditional Cherokee stories, picking reeds to make baskets and carving statues from native woods — skills that their ancestors had passed down through the generations. But there were few concerted efforts to pass traditional knowledge onto young Cherokee. “If those opportunities were available, they were not organized in a way that is as widely available as it is now,” said Annette Clapsaddle, executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation and an enrolled member of the Eastern Band. Many young enrolled members didn’t speak the language, know the dances or know how to make Cherokee crafts. Their understanding of the culture depended on what family they were born into, but for the most part, there was a gap in knowledge between the older generations and the new. In addition to that, faux tribes — groups of people who claim native ancestry — seemed to be cropping up everywhere and were trying to advertise themselves as true Cherokees, which got the goat of members of the federally recognized Eastern Band. “A lot of them were making up fake dances, and they were calling it Cherokee,” said enrolled member Sonny Ledford. It was “getting out of hand.” Ledford is a dancer with the Warriors of AniKituhwa, a performance group created 10 years ago to be the official ambassadors of the Eastern Band and in response to the faux tribes.

Around the same time, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation started up thanks to proceeds from the new and blossoming casino enterprise. One of its key missions: to fund initiatives that protect the native culture. “We see Cherokee culture as an asset for the progress of the Cherokee people,” Clapsaddle said. Together, the creation of the Warriors of AniKituhwa and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation kicked off a revival of the culture that has led to the establishment of youth mentoring programs and the opening of a language immersion school. “There was no one to teach (the youth). No one to wake that spark,” Ledford said. “Now, the fire is started again.”


“chiefs” sported were never actually part of the Cherokee culture. “It was a game of survival, and you give customers what they want, and you can’t criticize someone for making a living that way,” Clapsaddle said. But “we would like to present a more culturally authentic picture.” While the Eastern Band has made strides toward that end, there are always ways to grow and improve in that mission. Some tourists still visit the reservation and wonder “Where the Indians are?” because they are not wearing the clothing of their early ancestors. John Tissue, executive director of the Cherokee Historical Association, which oversees the Oconaluftee Indian Village and “Unto These Hills” historical theater, said people who watch performances at the theater sometimes question why the Cherokee wear European garb for part of the show. “The Cherokee adapted what was useful and good,” Tissue said. “Just because you want to see them in something else doesn’t mean it’s accurate.” When tourists visit the Oconaluftee Indian Village, a recreation of a traditional Cherokee village, some will still ask earnestly where the teepees are, not knowing that the Cherokee lived in homes more structurally similar to today’s houses. “That is one of the most common things that we get,” said Grant, who works at the village. If a person is asking such questions, it is important to turn the moment into a learning experience, Grant said.

ALWAYS AMBASSADORS For Grant and many other enrolled members, it’s their duty to be ambassadors of the Cherokee people at all times, whether telling stories to groups of tourists or simply shopping at Walmart. When you tell someone you are Cherokee, “you put yourself in a position to speak for a whole nation,” Grant said. “You can either put them in a positive light, or you can put them in a negative light.” If someone runs into a cantankerous enrolled member, that will be their impression of who the Cherokee are, he said. Much of the job of ambassadors, whether formal or informal, is to dispel stereotypes about the Cherokee.

Tourists first started traveling to Cherokee in the 1940s era of John Wayne and expected to see the image of Native Americans that they had watched on the silver screen. At the time, Cherokee was little more than a one-horse town. Ledford still remembers his parents’ description of the now-bustling downtown Cherokee. It featured “There was no one to teach (the one building, and there was a single road cutting through the youth). No one to wake that spark. reservation, he said. Now, the fire is started again.” His mother would walk four days from Snowbird as a child — Sonny Ledford, enrolled tribal member with her family to set out handand Warriors of AniKituhwa dancer made goods on a blanket along the side of the road to hawk to a passersby. Other native peoples would dress up In fact, that is what Ledford, a Warrior of in feathered headdresses, or war bonnets, and AniKituhwa, does each time he starts his greet tourists with a “How” — even though educational presentation. He clarifies that that wasn’t the traditional Cherokee greeting. his people are not “Indians” or “injuns;” they “The kids liked it,” Ledford said of the are Native Americans. gawking tourists. “It was a way to make “It’s not a regalia. It’s not a costume. It’s money.” clothing,” Ledford said of the garb the Known as “chiefing,” it still persists as a dancers wear. way to make a quick buck by charging The Warriors of AniKituhwa, who range in tourists to pose for a photo — even though age from their 40s to nearly 60, hold commuthe teepees and feathered headdresses the nity bonfires at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays


experiences. Wolfe’s generation all spoke Cherokee. Then there were no televisions so parents entertained their children at night by telling stories in Cherokee. In fact, many of the 88-year-old’s schoolmates struggled with English and had to repeat years because of it. Just two generations later, when Cruz was in school in Cherokee, everyone spoke English. “Back then, the children that could speak it didn’t because, I guess, it wasn’t cool,” Cruz said. “But now, we admire the people who can speak it.” Clapsaddle, who is in her early 30s, doesn’t remember having the opportunity to take language classes. But now, the tribe operates the Kituwah The tribe operates the Immersion Language Kituwah Immersion Academy, which takes infants and teaches them Cherokee Language Academy, from birth. The academy is a breeding ground for a new which takes infants and generation of native speakers, teaches them Cherokee which excites enrolled members who fear the language from birth. The academy might go the way of Latin or other lost Native American is a breeding ground for languages. a new generation of The language academy is “the most wonderful thing native speakers, which we could have on the boundexcites enrolled members ary,” Grant said. Often the classroom is the who fear the language best way to reach out to might go the way of Latin younger kids since many are too busy with extracurricular or Greek. after school. “What you have to do is “It was the impetus to think, ‘What are have a class in the schools,” Wolfe said. we doing with our culture?’” Clapsaddle said. “That is the only way we can get to them Without the money flowing from the today.” casino, Clapsaddle said she doesn’t think the cultural enrichment programs available ESURGENCE OF LANGUAGE today would exist. As a non-native, Tissue said his job at the Enrolled members have begun using the Cherokee Historical Association is more fullanguage more often nowadays, just in greetfilling than ones he held directing theater in ings, if nothing else. the past, particularly when it comes to por“You hear it out in the community a lot,” traying the Cherokee in “Unto These Hills” Cruz said. historical drama. And people are spreading words to oth“This is probably one of the only places ers. If one person learns a new word, they in the world we are telling a story about a pass it on to friends who are also trying to people where the (actors) are related,” Tissue learn Cherokee. said. “I feel like there is a little more gravity “They learn that word then, too,” said to what we do.” Dawn Arneach, outreach coordinator at When talking about Cherokee culture, Qualla Arts and Crafts. enrolled members mention the Cherokee Street signs, and the signs on tribal buildlanguage as arguably the most important ings, are in Cherokee. Even police officers aspect of the culture. badges have Cherokee syllabary on them. “It is our identification; it is us,” said Jerry Arneach has been learning Cherokee on Wolfe, a tribal elder and Beloved Man, a and off for 10 years and takes her 19-year-old rarely given distinction that honors contribu- son to Monday classes with her. The hardest tors to Cherokee culture. “We have to have terms are utensils and clothes, she said, but our Cherokee language to be Cherokee.” the language as a whole is tricky because the But over the generations, language was not words describe many aspects of something always passed down. Elders who endured life at once. in brutal boarding schools, which were Words identify not only what something designed to strip the Cherokee heritage from is, but also what it does — capturing the them and make them more European, were entire essence of what is being conveyed. reticent to share their knowledge of the culture “It’s what you are talking about, who you with their own children after that experience. are talking about,” Arneach said. Parents often believed they were doing A few times a year, fluent Cherokee the right thing by putting their traditional speakers from North Carolina and cultures aside and instead raising their chilOklahoma gather to decide on new words to dren to succeed in the white world. S EE G ENERATIONS, PAGE 10 9 Different generations have had different


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education, social betterment and its culture — things it didn’t have the money for before. One of the most apparent ways casino money has been invested in propagating cultural traditions is the work of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. “The (Cherokee Preservation Foundation) exists because of the gaming compact,” Clapsaddle said. Because of worries that the reservation would only be known for the casino and gambling, people began looking around and assessing what they wanted visitors to see and take away from visits to Cherokee, she said.


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and Saturdays during the summer. The initiaHowever, it’s a balance. If a play is very tive launched two years ago offers tourists an accurate but dry, no one will want to see it, intimate experience as group members tell and the whole point of the performance Cherokee stories, perform dances and just — to educate people about the Cherokee generally talk about the culture. beyond what they already know — would be “It’s not about a card we get,” Ledford moot, he said. said of the special identification card all “There is a lot more to Cherokee history enrolled members carry. than the Trail of Tears,” Tissue said. “There During the bonfires, the Warriors ask are so many cool stories.” tourists to tell others about what they have At Qualla Arts and Crafts, Manager Vicki learned and seen — to spread the truth Cruz sees two types of tourists — those who about Cherokee culture. want to buy little trinkets from the non“It helps us,” Ledford said. “You (visitors) Cherokee owned gift shops that litter downbecome teachers when you leave here.” town and the more educated visitors who The Warriors of AniKituhwa were established Two third-graders listen to a story as official ambassadors of the in Cherokee on the computer while Eastern Band to combat falsereading along in syllabary at the hood spread by faux tribes and Kituwah Immersion Language people’s experiences with Academy. Becky Johnson photo “chiefing.” Although he doesn’t have a problem with the people who “chief ” outside gift shops in Cherokee to earn a living, Ledford said that for a real taste of Cherokee culture visitors should attend a bonfire. “That’s entertainment,” Ledford said of “chiefing.” “But what we do at the bonfire, that’s education.” The Warriors also take on younger Cherokee protégés to teach the native dances to. Grant said that the Warriors of AniKituhwa “paved the road for a lot of younger people” want to buy authentic, albeit more expento get involved in promoting the culture, and sive, handmade crafts. he credits Ledford and another warrior “The way we know is they come in and known as John John for helping him with his gasp at the prices,” Cruz said. The crafts are personal cultural renaissance. an investment, but they don’t lose their value, she said. Arts and Crafts is a cooperative of BALANCING ACT moreQualla than 200 traditional Cherokee crafts people. It came into existence in 1946, and is The bonfires are a creative and enjoyable the nation’s oldest and foremost Native way for tourists to learn about Cherokee traAmerican handicraft cooperative. ditions, and a big part of drawing tourists to Qualla Arts and Crafts gets orders from all the cultural attractions where they can learn around the world — Italy, Germany, about Cherokee culture is to make it enterAustralia, Africa, France. But now, it is also taining. When Tissue arrived in Cherokee in building a client base within the Eastern Band. 2005, the Oconaluftee Indian Village was “A lot of Cherokee people are buying mostly enrolled members sitting around Cherokee crafts now,” Cruz said. “We love it, making crafts, and tourists watching. and we want it in our homes.” “The craft tour was kind of stale,” Tissue said. “We knew we needed to change that. There is so much more to Cherokee culture ONEY REQUIRED than crafts.” The reservation might still be a small So, they added the living history compotown with “chiefs” populating the roadsides nent, which dramatizes Cherokee history, if not for the casino. Harrah’s Cherokee from traditional hunting techniques to the Casino and Resort opened in November social structure of familial clans. The Cherokee Historical Association works 1997 and created a stable and attractive source of revenue for the tribe. with experts at the Museum of the Cherokee “Now, it is the engine of the Western Indian, speaks with elders and references the North Carolina economy,” Tissue said. books of ethnographer James Mooney when It is the single largest tourist attraction in writing a new play or gathering information North Carolina, attracting more than 3 milfor a new dramatization for the village. Tissue lion visitor annually and bringing more than emphasized that the living history at the vil$250 million in profits for the tribe. lage and plays at the theater are historically While the casino has its critics who say accurate in addition to being entertaining. that it’s immoral for the tribe to profit off of “It has to be entertaining first,” Tissue gambling, it has undeniably benefitted the said. “(Some tribal members) want us to be extremely historically accurate, which we try Eastern Band, allowing the tribe to invest the casino profits in infrastructure, health care, to be.”


G ENERATIONS, CONTINUED FROM 9 add to the language’s vocabulary. Words for modern objects like ‘computer’ or ‘airplane’ are the most obvious, but even words like ‘whale,’ ‘arctic tundra’ or ‘bomb’ didn’t exist in the traditional language. Although use of the Cherokee language is growing in popularity again, it still has many hurdles to jump. “Language still continues to be on the critical side,” Clapsaddle said. For one thing, there is a lack of teachers. The tribe can’t replace the fluent speakers who are dying off quickly enough. “That is extremely difficult for us to develop because it takes so long,” Clapsaddle said. But the trouble of creating fluent speakers is considerably better than the alternative. “The structure of the language — the places it is used, the way it is used — represents our world view,” Clapsaddle said. “If we lose that, we lose a major piece of our world view.” As society continues to move forward, is Clapsaddle concerned that parts of Cherokee culture will get lost in the shuffle? “There has been a lot put in place to make sure that doesn’t happen,” Clapsaddle said. The Cherokee Preservation Foundation has started mentoring programs pairing elders or experts with Cherokee children to teach them about traditional Cherokee culture and how to be leaders on the reservation. It also has the Cherokee Youth Council, which includes students from the middle and high schools that is modeled off the Eastern Band’s Tribal Council, as well as the Coulter

Stone carver John Grant displays and sells his work during the Open Air Indian Art Market at the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual in Cherokee. The coop gives acclaimed Cherokee artisans a venue to keep their craft alive. Garret K. Woodward photo Leadership Council for adults. Both councils interact with similar groups funded by the foundation in the seven western counties. “We being Cherokee don’t just want to sit at the table; we want to set the table,” Clapsaddle said.

TEACHING THE FUTURE Similar to the Kituwah Immersion Language Academy, Qualla Arts and Crafts takes one aspect of Cherokee culture and focuses all its efforts on preserving it. “Our responsibility here is to promote

“We are the roots of Cherokee. We are kind of the real deal.” — Vicki Cruz, Qualla Arts and Crafts manager

the crafts and make sure they don’t die out,” Cruz said. The arts and crafts center holds classes for enrolled members and sells native artists’ crafts. The courses often show enrolled

members how to create items the way their ancestors did with natural resources, including getting their own clay from the earth or harvesting river cane for basket weaving. “We are the roots of Cherokee,” Cruz said. “We are kind of the real deal.” To further expose enrolled members to native crafts, Qualla Arts and Crafts hosts outreach courses in the reservation’s different communities. “If we have it out in the community, other people might get interested,” Cruz said. The Cherokee Historical Association has also started a small six- to eight-week mentoring program for youth this summer. It pays a minimal amount, and the young’uns learn how to give tours of the Oconaluftee Village and must make at least four of the six crafts shown there. The program has four participants this year and will likely remain about that size, Tissue said, because the association only has a little room in its budget to pay them. The broad spectrum of cultural preservation initiatives in Cherokee make the tribe a leader among native peoples in the Americas when it comes to propagating their traditions. Cherokee is a model other tribes look to for how their culture can be authentically showcased to tourists, while keeping the flame burning for future generations to carry on. Many Cherokee today prefer to call themselves “Kituwah,” their own word for their own people, rather than Cherokee, which was bestowed on them by whites. “Anyone born in America is Native American,” Ledford said. “We are Kituwah.” 196-53

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Passel of new patrol cars on Waynesville’s shopping list

The new patrol cars will be financed over a five-year period. The town will make its first payment during fiscal year 2015. Only Alderman Gary Caldwell opposed the idea, saying it was too costly. “It’s just so much money,” Caldwell said. He recommended having assigned vehicles for only part of the force, such as the police chief, captain, DARE officer, the three K9 units, detectives, sergeants and lieutenants — but not for all patrol officers. Caldwell said his thoughts on the program were not a reflection on the police department but were made out of concern for the town’s financials, particularly given possible state tax reforms that could take hundreds of thousands of dollars from the town. “I feel we need to evaluate the realities of our fiscal environment and avoid potentially operating in ‘crisis’ mode,” Caldwell wrote in a letter to his fellow board members. — By Caitlin Bowling

Haywood deputies welcome Lenny to the force A new drug dog named Lenny joined the force of the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office last week. The German Shepherd joins Abel, a Belgian Malinois, that has been with the sheriff’s office for five years. Lenny cost $5,500, plus another $5,000 for his kennels and retrofits to a cop car to be K9 compatible. The money came from forfeitures from drug traffickers. Deputy Randy Jenkins will be the handler for the new police dog. Donated photo

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The town of Waynesville plans to buy 15 new police cars in the coming year for $500,000, a move that will assign each officer their own vehicle instead of having to share. Waynesville police officers currently share vehicles, so their entire fleet is essentially in service 24-hours a day, seven days a week. That means vehicles wear more quickly. Although buying each officer their own car will cost $500,000 upfront, the investment will pay off by extending the life of the vehicles and saving on maintenance, according to Police Chief Bill Hollingsed. Officers will also be able to take their patrol car home with them, allowing offduty officers to respond to more quickly if called in for an emergency.

students: a reorganization of duties among central office staff to cope with the new realities of doing more with less. Budget cuts have led to the loss of several positions within central office in recent years, with their jobs and duties parceled up among the remaining staff. “Someone would leave and they would have four or five roles and we would assign them to people, and eventually it didn’t make sense,” Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bill Nolte said. So this summer, they put all the cards on the table, so to speak. “We literally put 3-by-5 [inch] index cards with all the major duties in the office out on a table and lined them up in a way that made the most sense,” Nolte said. “We reorganized a lot of jobs.” A lot of jobs indeed, from student testing to teacher training, from school facility rentals to school policy oversight, from federal programs for the children of migrant workers to social services for homeless students. Central office employees generally have anywhere from two to six roles, so the exercise was intended to pair up similar roles and then parcel them out accordingly. On Nolte’s plate, for example, he will no longer be the one to authorize fundraising activities or approve overnight field trips, but he has picked up the annual balancing act of allotting the right number of teachers to each school based on changing student populations. The shuffling of central office duties was spurred by the loss of two key people — Trantham and Danny Miller — who together managed everything from athletic program oversight to setting the school calendar to drug testing for bus drivers to textbook purchasing. Both are being replaced, but the timing was opportune to finally take the bull by the horns and reapportion who does what. “Every job up here is loaded,” Nolte said.

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON & CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITERS aywood County Schools has announced a handful of promotions among principals and assistant principals ahead of the upcoming school year. The administrative shuffle is a standard exercise every summer, giving principals and assistant principals a chance to move up in their careers. The changes students and parents can expect come August include: • Bethel Elementary and Middle School will welcome a new assistant principal, Natalie Boone. Boone previously oversaw implementation of a coveted $1 million federal grant to offer new physical education programs across the school system. She will replace Assistant Principal Clint Conner. Boone said she was “eager and excited” to take on the new role at Bethel. • Clyde Elementary will welcome Clint Conner as its new principal. Conner had been the assistant principal at Bethel. The former principal at Clyde, Pam Justice, is retiring. • Waynesville Middle School will welcome a new assistant principal, Kim Shipman. Shipman was previously the lead teacher at Riverbend Elementary. “I know the job comes with a lot of responsibility. I will work hard,” Shipman said. Tammy Irish previously held the job but moved on to a job in another school system. • Pisgah High School will have a new assistant principal, a position that has not yet been filled. The former assistant principal, Mark Sheppard, will take on a new role as the system-wide academic support director in the central office. Fred Trantham, who previously held the central office position, is retiring. However, one of the biggest staffing changes facing Haywood County Schools might actually go unnoticed by parents and


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Railroad, Jackson leaders at impasse on plan to bring train back to Dillsboro BY ANDREW KASPER & B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITERS he news of stalled talks between the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and Jackson County was met with mixed feelings in the little village of Dillsboro, which once served as the hub for the bustling scenic railroad. “I just don’t get it,” said David Gates, a Dillsboro alderman who advocated for the deal to go through. “Most counties would give anything on God’s green earth to have this opportunity. Dillsboro will just be another little town in the mountains with empty shops.” He predicted more shops would close in Dillsboro this year and even harder times were on the horizon. “I think you’re going to see four to six more shops close this year,” Gates said. “You’re going to see people lose their livelihoods.” Dillsboro’s merchants had pinned their hopes on a deal being struck between the county and the railroad. In exchange for a $700,000 economic development grant from the county, the railroad in return promised to bring back train service to Dillsboro, plus some. The promise of the tourists that the train would bring had given new hope to merchants who have been faltering since the train suspended the majority of its trips in and out of Dillsboro several years ago and instead moved the center of its operations to nearby Bryson City. Renae Spears, owner of The Kitchen Shop in

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Talks break off on railroad deal, but door not closed

BY B ECKY JOHNSON & ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITERS he Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and Jackson County reached an impasse on an economic development agreement last week after two years of negotiations. The deal would have provided the scenic passenger train with $700,000 to help it expand its offerings in the town of Dillsboro, and in turn pump money into the county’s tourism economy. The railroad sent a letter to the county last Thursday thanking county leaders for the time and energy spent trying to broker a deal, but “postponed” moving forward. The county promptly replied with its own statement, in turn thanking the railroad but agreeing it was best to call off talks for now. Al Harper, the owner of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, said he holds out hope the county and train could try again to strike a partnership in a year or two. “I am disappointed it didn’t work out,” 12 Harper said.

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A plan between the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and Jackson County to bring more train excursions to Dillsboro has fallen through. Great Smoky Mountains Railroad photo Dillsboro, said she couldn’t understand why the railroad and the county leaders, both with so much to gain from making a deal, couldn’t make it work. “I think that there has to be common ground that can be worked out,” Spears said. “I’m not one for giving them tax dollars outright, but there certainly has to be something that can be worked out. What other opportunity does the county have that is sitting in their lap?”

She worried that if something didn’t happen soon, Dillsboro might never be the same. “Dillsboro is running out of time,” Spears said. “We’ve been years without the train and no economic relief because of it.” In exchange for an economic development grant, the railroad had made several promises: to once again originate some of its passenger trips from Dillsboro, to make improvements to its maintenance yard there so visitors could

Harper cited two key reasons for why he pulled out of negotiations. “The first thing was it created quite a storm,” Harper said. “That bothers me.” The train deal was lambasted by some members of the public as a giveaway to a private business that was not properly vetted. If Jackson has $700,000 to put on the table for economic development, was a deal with the train truly the best option or just the bird in the hand? Without full buy-in from leaders, Harper didn’t want to move forward under the cloud of controversy. But the real rub seems to revolve around the county’s request that Harper provide records and statements detailing the railroad’s financial position. Harper said if he turned over his books to the county, he feared they would become public record, open to all to see. “I don’t need people to me judging me on how to run the railroad,” Harper said. “I don’t want to get into a position where every naysayer has the opportunity to take shots at my financial statements.” Commissioner Charles Elders, a staunch proponent of making a deal with the railroad, remained optimistic some sort of negotiations could be reached in the future. But he said he was surprised the train would not hand over financial reassurances. “I thought things were going really smooth,” Elders said. But, “Just like going to the bank to borrow money, they’re going to require financial

statements and collateral, and we need to do the same thing.” He said the requests of the county were meager compared to the benefits that would be realized to the town of Dillsboro and the extra $700,000 the railroad would get to invest in its infrastructure. He was disappointed train officials wouldn’t meet the county halfway. The railroad, for now, will focus on its investments in nearby Bryson City, Harper said. Swain County gladly offered the railroad a $600,000 grant to restore a steam engine, in hopes to boost ridership and in turn bring more tourists. Had Jackson pitched in, it would have gotten in on the action as well. The railroad promised it would originate half its steam engine trips out of Dillsboro instead of concentrating them in Bryson City. Put plainly, County Commission Chairman Jack Debnam said furthering the deal at this point would be contingent on the train’s cooperation. Without financial reassurances, Debnam said the county had no way of knowing whether the railroad even had the wherewithal to perform the promised work. “That does turn us off,” Debnam said. “We’re not closing the door on the railroad, but part of opening it back up is going to be a release of financials.” As much as the shop owners in Dillsboro wanted the county to help bring economic activity to the area, Debnam said commissioners must be stewards of public funds.

watch trains being worked on, and build an engine turn-table in town. But as a condition, the county had demanded — in vain — that the train turn over its finances as a prerequisite to administering a $700,000 grant. Those negotiations, which have been going on for more than two years, fell apart last week. Standing behind the counter in Bradley’s General Store Monday, Rose Anne Johnson pondered what the latest impasse would mean for her business. A few customers, preparing for a rafting trip on the adjacent Tuckasegee River, shuffled into the shop. It was a far cry from the booming business she does on days when the train arrives from Bryson and dumps out droves of customers onto the streets of Dillsboro for a short layover. “We’ve had moments where we have had people out the door in the line to get ice cream,” Johnson said. She said she understood both sides, however. “I think the commissioners are between a rock and hard place,” Johnson said. “The whole town has their hopes up and we’d welcome the train back, but I’ve heard that the train has not been the best of business neighbors.”


Not too long ago, Dillsboro was the bustling hub of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Trains rolled in and out almost non-stop, funneling about 60,000 people a year through the town — and through the doors of merchants’ shops, seeking everything from souvenir refrigerator magnets to root beer floats. But around 2006, the train shift-


“It was surprising, it really was, that us asking for that was really a big issue,” Debnam said. “I know it’s a disappointment.” County Manager Chuck Wooten said the lack of financial disclosure from the railroad halted a deal that was still far from being hashed out. Wooten said the commissioners had never officially voted on the matter and the county had run into other setbacks. One of those was what the county would be offered as collateral should the railroad not live up to its end of the bargain. The railroad had offered property it owns near Dillsboro, which the train has said was free and clear of other encumbrances and could be used as collateral. But research by the county’s attorney uncovered that it was not in fact free and clear — namely due to a $7.5 million loan from the Federal Railway Administration taken out by the railroad in 2005 for track improvements. The property was already tied up as part of the collateral for that loan. Secondly, the property where the turntable was planned has a mortgage lease on it. Both of those issues could most likely be resolved as talks continued, Wooten said, however, the train’s refusal to open its books put a wrench in the spokes. He said the county has protocol that it has used in the past for administering economic development loans. “We believe we have a procedure in place we would want to follow,” Wooten said.

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Meanwhile, Swain County is moving full steam ahead on an economic incentive package for the railroad to further expand its operations in Bryson City. Swain County will chip in $600,000 to help the railroad rehabilitate an old steam engine to add to its all-diesel fleet. The steam engine would be a major new selling point and further boost the tourism draw of the railroad in Swain County. It will also help build a turntable needed to operate the steam engine. The county is close to finalizing the deal. The sizeable grant would come entirely from tourism tax dollars, which can only be used on tourism initiatives. County Manager Kevin King wagered that’s


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one reason why there hasn’t been nearly the same level of controversy in his county as in Jackson. “If we were using general fund money, we would have had a lot more opposition,” King said. But the money for the train grant is coming entirely from a tax collected from accommodation owners and their patrons. King said Swain County leaders didn’t feel it was necessary to examine the train’s books. But King emphasized that there will be plenty of oversight involved in the grant. “We will not give the railroad a blank check,” King said. The railroad will present invoices and work orders for all the work done on the steam engine, and the county will pay out the money along the way, making sure it is spent on its intended purpose. Furthermore, the county has a nice piece of collateral should the railroad not live up to its end of the bargain. The title to the steam engine is actually being transferred to the county’s name. If the train lives up to its end of the deal, after 15 years the title reverts to the railroad. If not, the county will own the steam engine. King said the county and the town of Bryson City understand the importance of the railroad to their economy. “If the train moved off tomorrow, we would be critically hurt. We would be hurt badly. We have rafting and the train as far as tourism attractions — aside from natural beauty,” King said. Al Harper, the owner of the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, said he appreciates the cooperation he has gotten from Swain County and Bryson City. “They said we’ll give you parking, we’ll open streets, we’ll close streets, we’ll do whatever you want. It was a whole different attitude,” Harper said. He didn’t always enjoy that kind of relationship with Dillsboro, pointing to a handful of conflicts and disagreements between the train and Dillsboro over the years. But Harper said new leaders in Dillsboro have “bent over backwards” lately to restore the broken relationship. “The attitude today is wonderful. But there is still a contingent that doesn’t like us,” Harper said. Ultimately, Harper decided it wasn’t worth the controversy. Without 100 percent buy-in from Jackson County leaders, he didn’t want to proceed with trying to broker a deal. Harper said his scenic rail operations make money, but not a huge amount. It is a risky business, with low profit margins and high overhead, he said. “I do this because I love it. I have this noble cause to save railroad history. I have the noble goal of helping communities,” Harper said. Ideally, the train could have worked out a deal with both Swain and Jackson counties. Without Jackson’s money, the big picture of expanded rail operations between Dillsboro and Bryson will likely fall short. The $600,000 from Swain probably won’t be enough to rehabilitate the steam engine and build the needed turntables — let alone make improvements to the train’s maintenance yard. “If it comes out on the low end we are OK, but if it comes out on the high end I may come back hat in hand and say, ‘Jackson let’s make a deal,’” Harper said.


ed its headquarters to Bryson City. Then more and more trips began originating from Bryson City, and Dillsboro became a mere layover destination. When the recession hit and ridership declined, the train pulled out of Dillsboro completely. Dillsboro suffered — big — and just how much the town relied on the train's overflow foot traffic became obvious. A pair of visitors from New Orleans walking around Dillsboro Monday noted the stark difference between the Dillsboro that day, with no train on the tracks, and the Dillsboro they witnessed years ago on their last trip to the town. Then, the town was bustling. “We couldn’t find a place to park anywhere around and the stores were packed,” said Tom Yaeger. “We can notice the difference, some businesses have even closed since then.” A couple of years ago, the train began reintroducing limited layover trips into Dillsboro — but only during certain months and select weekends. The now-sidelined steam deal held the promise of once again seeing train trips originate out of Dillsboro. T.J. Walker, owner of the Dillsboro Inn, said his business pulls in $80,000 less in annual revenue than five years ago when Dillsboro was in its heyday of train traffic. Just a few weeks ago, Walker said he barely scraped together enough money to pay his 2012 property taxes. He was not too forgiving of county decisionmakers, whom he faulted for scaring off a deal with the train with requests for financial disclosure. He even threatened to run for county elected office to fix the situation himself. “I think Jackson County is being hyper-vigilant and not looking at the big picture,” Walker said. “Our county commissioners are kidding themselves if they think they can replace the train.” The county has pointed to another promising “opportunity” that could help breathe new life into Dillsboro: capitalizing on the Tuckasegee River at Dillsboro’s doorstep. The county offered to help Dillsboro with the creation of a river park that would lure more paddlers and fishermen. Walker said the commissioners should show more faith in the railroad, however, and go out of their way to accommodate it because of the economic impact it could bring back to Dillsboro and Jackson County as a whole.



Armadillos in the mountains? You betcha

The armadillo may be the newest addition to the fauna of Western North Carolina, as reported sightings of the unique-looking animals increase. Photo courtesy of Webb Center/Jay Butfiloski

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER t make have taken 50 million years, give or take, but the small, armored animal known as the armadillo is finally making into the hills into Western North Carolina after its humble roots in South America eons ago — and it could be here to stay. For years, reports of armadillo sightings, mostly of their roadside carcasses, have been cropping up across the region. An unconfirmed report in Macon County, several sightings in Jackson County, another one in southern Haywood County last December and other testimonies have led biologists to conclude that the armadillo is attempting to make its home here in the mountains as it continues its slow northward march. The N.C. Wildlife Commission is averaging four to six calls per year to report armadillo sightings, and all the ones for past few years have been coming from WNC. “I would call it the hotspot,” said Colleen Olfenbuttel, a biologist and the de facto armadillo tracker with the wildlife agency. “We don’t know enough to know how many they are, or what western counties. But, yes, there are armadillos in Western North Carolina.” The milder winters as of late, Olfenbuttel said, have given the historically warm-weather species a toehold in the mountains, filtering in from surrounding states of Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. The abundance of fresh water, forests and bugs and critters to eat has also made the place an attractive spot for the shelled creatures to bed down. However, until recently, there has not been a reliable sighting in the state of a 14


“I kept thinking ‘You can’t be here, what are you dong in my yard?’” Newton said. Newton was concerned about the damage the armadillos would cause to her property and what other animals, like skunks, their burrows might invite. And having heard that armadillos can be carriers of the rare flesh eating disease leprosy, she had neighbors come and remove two of them. But two escaped and remain at large, Newton said. While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies the risk of getting leprosy from an armadillo as low, Newton said she is now happier with her property armadillo-free. “They had made themselves right at home,” Newton said. “I hope that they’re gone.” She was surprised that no one else saw the pack of armadillos, or others like them in the area. When she called the county’s Cooperative Extension Office, she was asked if they weren’t in fact opossums she had seen. Robert Hawk, extension agent for Jackson County, said he was doubtful at first of Newton’s report because it was the first he had heard of the creature in Jackson County. But nonetheless, after a bit of research her story became more plausible to him. Newton’s residence is only miles from where armadillos are established in northern Georgia. While full of useful advice on a whole host mountain critters, from bears to beavers, Hawk found himself short on advice to give to a WNC resident with an armadillo problem. He ended up borrowing species-specific information from the extension service in Alabama and sending it to Newton by mail. “It’s the first I’ve heard of it,” Hawk said, but didn’t expect it to be the last. “They like protection and cover, water, and loose soil to

young armadillo, a family of armadillos, nor a live one for that matter, questioning the notion of whether there is in fact a breeding population in the region. The only live armadillo sightings in the state were tenuous at best. The state’s first eyewitness report of an armadillo in 2000 is a classic example. As the armadillo continues to Someone saw an armadillo expand its range across the jump off a truck hauling United States, it looks like North palm trees with a Florida Carolina, especially the western plate. It had stopped at a region, could be one of its stomprest area along Interstate 95 when the armadillo made a ing grounds. Donated break for it. “We don’t know how true the story is — we just took the report,” Olfenbuttel said. “But it’s not beyond the realm of imagination that it happened.” Most sightings are logged as “unconfirmed,” but Jackson County resident Judy Newton knows exactly what she saw in the yard of her home in Cashiers. What first appeared to be a turtle from her kitchen window was in fact a group of armadillos. rummage for food. WNC has all of that.” Newton said she lived in Florida as a child Wildlife experts estimate that it will and saw them down there a good bit. Enough take another 10 to 20 years before the to know what they were, and that’s what they species is seen regularly in the area, though were, she said. They were each about the size of it is suspected that a breeding population a football and were digging through the mole already exists. holes in her lawn, most likely for bugs to eat. They could one day become prolific on

the North Carolina landscape. The state already has them lumped in with the unprotected “exotic species” status given to coyotes for the purposes of unlimited hunting and trapping, although armadillos are notorious for avoiding man-made traps. They are also well-equipped for the mountains as versatile scavengers with few real predators. Once balled up, their protective shell make them difficult for any coyote, fox or bobcat to get at. They can also swim by ballooning their bellies with air and are quick to evade capture. The only real deterrent to armadillos becoming established in WNC will most likely be the weather. The animals can’t endure prolonged cold and frozen soil makes scavenging for grubs nearly impossible. “A cold winter here may knock them back a bit,” Hawk said. “But that’s one of few things.” So while Newton may be able to get rid of the first round of armadillos in her backyard, the ones already in WNC may be multiplying and many more are poring across the border headed north. Besides the oddity of picturing the Appalachians overrun with armored prehistoric-looking creatures, the armadillos may bring new possibilities for local crafters, musicians or cooks. Their shells have used to make hats, lutes and other string instruments and their meat is said to have the texture and taste of fine grain pork. Undoubtedly, they will be another WNC roadside staple like opossums. They already have the nickname “opossum on the half shell.” (Along with the Texas turkey, armored pig and, as the ancient Aztecs called them, rabbit-turtles.) Like opossums, and the species’ unfortunate tendency to stare at approaching headlights, armadillos are equally ill-equipped to thwart the threat of oncoming traffic. Of their three reactions to danger — rolling into a ball, springing into the air and digging into the ground — each one tends to get them killed on the blacktop with cars rushing by. “The poor armadillos,” said Olfenbuttel. “They didn’t adapt to our cars in their evolution to avoid danger.” That’s one reason why armadillo road kill is still more common in North Carolina than live sightings. Apart from Swain, Jackson, Macon and Haywood counties, there have also been road kill armadillos confirmed in Henderson, Cherokee, Catawba and Cleveland counties. But that all could be changing soon. “Scattered reports have slowly started to increase over the past two to three years,” Olfenbuttel said. “We know once they establish themselves they probably will expand rapidly.” Have you seen an armadillo? Call the N.C. Wildlife Commission to report it. 919.707.0050.


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Southern Appalachia goes squatchin’ BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER igfoot is alive and well in Haywood County, at least through the pages of Eric S. Brown. Creator of the acclaimed science fiction series Bigfoot War, the 38-year-old Canton author has made a name for himself around the world as one of the finest horror writers on the market. Emerging into the writing scene with his apocalyptic zombie novellas, Brown has shifted in recent years towards Eric S. Brown Bigfoot, the legendary half-man/half-ape terror of the wilderness. Set in Haywood County, the seven book series has garnered significant praise from readers and critics alike, with a film on the first novel currently in production. Brown has churned out about 50 books in his writing career over the past 12 years. Early on, he held down a gamut of day-jobs to pay the bills and support his writing habit. But now that he’s made it into the mainstream, it’s his full-time gig — that and being a stay-at-home dad to his two young kids. With the pop-culture phenomenon of zombies and public obsession over an apocalyptic society at the end of its rope, the timing couldn’t have been better for the fastpaced, violent worlds created by Brown. He recently sold the movie rights to Bigfoot War to Origin Releasing. The film is already in preproduction with a target release date of 2014. The movie, although technically set in Haywood County, will be filmed in Texas. Alongside the hefty book sales, Brown’s

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entrance into Hollywood has surprised and delighted him. It won’t be Haywood’s first rodeo on the silver screen, however, although its other movie forays are of a decidedly different variety. Other novels set in Haywood that were made into films include Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain and Ron Rash’s Serena. Brown sat down with The Smoky Mountain News to discuss the phenomenon of his work, why Bigfoot is perfect for horror writing and how deep down he’s still that curious kid with a love for comic books and monsters. Smoky Mountain News: So why Bigfoot? Eric S. Brown: I spent eight years writing apocalyptic zombie horror and I became pretty burnt out on them. So, I started looking for another monster. Growing up in the rural South, I was terrified of Bigfoot as a kid. And, there aren’t many Bigfoot books around. I told my publisher I’d like to do an apocalyptic Bigfoot book. They said it was insane, but it could sell. They took a chance and the first book came out in May 2010. It kind of sat there for eight months with people wondering what the heck it was. Soon, people began picking it up and the whole thing exploded. It spent a year as the highest rated Bigfoot book on all of Amazon and Amazon U.K. The sales have been phenomenal for a small press book. I just kept writing them. There are seven books in the series currently on the market, with book eight ready to come out later this year. SMN: You must be writing like a fiend. ESB: [Laughs] I get up and get my wife

and son (age 7) out the door, then write like crazy when my daughter (age 1) takes her nap. I try to write at least a minimum of a 1,000 words a day. But, if it’s a project I just started and I’m excited about it, I can get up to about 5,000 words a day. SMN: Where does that love for writing come from? ESB: I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I almost came out of the womb screaming to be taken to a comic book store. I’m a huge comic book geek. “Night of the Living Dead” and “Dawn of the Dead” sealed it for me — I knew I wanted to write horror. I wrote and wrote, and it all gathered dust. After I got married, my wife said I should try and get published. I wrote some short stories and I had about 15 published stories my first year. It just snowballed from there. SMN: Why the horror genre? ESB: I think all writers are inherently damaged or we wouldn’t be writers. And this is kind of cathartic for me. It’s a good way to let out all of the negativity in your life.

[My first Bigfoot book] kind of sat there for eight months with people wondering what the heck it was. Soon, people began picking it up and the whole thing exploded. — Eric S. Brown

SMN: What do you like about Bigfoot as a character? ESB: He’s bigger, faster, stronger and meaner. With zombies, we’re talking billions of them, with Bigfoot maybe around 1,500 in my books. My Bigfoot can run about 30 miles per hour, has the agility of an ape, can lift about half a ton or more. They are big, scary creatures. Their muscle density can deflect bullets, where zombies can be taken out with one gunshot. SMN: Do you have personal views on Bigfoot? ESB: It’d like to believe Bigfoot does exist, but I’m not completely sold on the idea. I’m not a scientist. I’m a horror writer.

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Sara Crump and her husband Ed, who live at Junaluska part-time, brought three things with them to have Ruggiero take a look at — a hand-woven rug they bought in Israel, a large print of a jockey on a horse and a small painting of an Appalachian homesteader family. Ruggiero valued the horse print between $300 and $500, half what it used to be worth. The rug could sell between $400 and $700, much less than what the Crumps had expected or hoped. But the small picture painted by a family member around 1900 could sell for as much as $1,000 — which is $1,000 more than the two thought it was worth. “I guess I thought the rug should have been higher,” Sara said. “But my husband thought his painting didn’t have any value.” But that’s the way it can go sometimes in the world of antiques. Ruggiero related some of the more tantalizing stories from his field. Like the undiscovered painting bought for peanuts that in turn sell for more than $1 million — the world record is $125 million for a painting. (For the record, $7,500 was the priciest he came across at Lake Junaluska that day.) Or a work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir hanging unsuspectingly on the wall of a divorcee, left behind by her ex-husband. As for his personal favorite? It’s the story of an imperial brush pot, scribbled with ancient Chinese poems, posing as an inauspicious makeshift lamp. It’s discovery was pure happenstance. Ruggiero had been summoned to a home in Biltmore Forest by a lady looking to sell a tea service. When she answered the door, almost immediately he could see the set and noted it was merely silver plated, rendering it almost worthless. However, he went through the motions, they gave introductions, and he the antiques market as a broke the bad news to her. whole has been on a steady The woman, who came decline, those truths have from a moneyed family but become harder of late. had fallen on hard times, “It’s going to be hard to was still interested in havsell with the chip, so pass it ing him take a look around. on to the kids,” Ruggiero So, he toured the house said to another woman who looking for something the approached with a jug he appraisal pros call a “sleepsurmised stored either er,” a hidden object of high vinegar or moonshine. worth. Without the chip he tossed That’s when he came Top: Antiques dealer Bob Ruggiero examines an old pot at an Antiques Road out a value anywhere upon the brush pot, damShow-style roundup at Lake Junaluska last week. Local residents brought in aged with three cracks wired between $250 and $500 for their collectibles and old items to be valued and examined. Above: Sara Crump shut and converted into a the antique container. displays an old piece of Appalachian artwork painted by a late family member. lamp. But, being the “bearer of bad news,” as he puts it He assumed the item She brought the piece, and others like it, to be assessed by collectibles expert when someone is brought Bob Ruggiero at Lake Junaluska last week. Andrew Kasper photos would sell for anywhere back down to reality by one between $5,000 and $8,000, of his assessments, is part of the business, antique appraisal session at Lake Junaluska, considering its damage, which would help and is the fairest way to treat someone seek- one of many special events that filled a week- make up for the tea service. However, upon long celebration of Lake Junaluska’s sending photos to a colleague, he learned it ing his honest advice. Ruggiero’s career brought him from an Centennial. Like a local version of the popu- was an imperial gift to a Chinese emperor education in finance at the Ivy-league larized Antique’s Roadshow, Ruggiero fielded from a general in the cotton-growing region University of Pennsylvania to the auction a steady stream of mostly senior women bar- of the empire. blocks of Sotheby’s in New York before even- ing their sacred antiques. It sold for $126,000. For every handful of worthless China sets tually settling in the rural Haywood commu“You talk about God stepping down and nity of Fines Creek and working for the Brunk and chipped vases there were a few diamonds dropping it on some old lady, he stepped in the rough, except, sometimes they are hard right up,” Ruggiero said. “Everyone hears the Auctions firm in Asheville. Last Saturday, Ruggiero hosted a drop-in to spot. story and wishes it was their lamp.”

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Rags to riches Unlocking the value of antiques rarely results in a jackpot

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER ake Junaluska resident Hattie Polk finally inched her way to the front of the line and released her clutch on what she believed to be an English monastery lantern dating to the reign of King Henry VIII, circa late 1800s — proudly offering it up to the antique appraiser with a glimmer in her eye. The lantern was hand-forged brass with a slinky-like waxed paper held between the base and the top. After the serving the monks, according to Polk, the lantern eventually landed in the hands of man who ran a way station in the early West. From there it made its way to a family friend and then Polk’s brother who gave it to her. But the antiques expert stopped Polk at “way station in the early West.” “Now it’s getting a little strange don’t you think?” Bob Ruggiero said. Instead, Ruggiero dated the collapsible lantern to sometime in the 1800s and estimated it may be worth $100 or so in the hands of the right collector. Whether Polk believed him, or preferred to stay with her magical story of 15th century monks, was up to her. But Ruggiero has spent decades dishing out hard truths about peo18 ple’s heirlooms and prized possessions. As





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What was once a hobby of the elite, collecting has burgeoned as a pastime among the middle classes since the 1950s. But the recent economic downturn, and a loss of interest in the next generation, has knocked back the collectibles market a bit. The Internet has forever changed the game, providing the market value of an object with a few clicks of the mouse but also linking collectors in other continents with the forgotten collectibles in Western North Carolina. Ruggiero jumped on this bandwagon early as a co-founder of the Internet auction site iGavel. He makes a generous living selling antiques to a global audience from his rural Fines Creek home. Nowadays, expensive items continue to go up in value, while the mid-range items are worth about half what they were years ago — and the more common items can’t even be sold. Counterfeits have also had an impact on the market. Manufactured collectibles like baseball cards, Beanie Babies and animation art have been hit the hardest. So when collectors are picking out pieces to purchase, they must scrutinize. Valuable things usually look valuable, feel valuable and older things of value almost always have a smell. Ruggiero once had woman insist that a piece of French furniture was antique and authentic. He said “no” and told her to open one of the drawers and smell it. She replied, that it smelled like nothing. Exactly, was his response, because it was new. “It’s really important to touch, it’s really important to smell,” he said. “Something that is 200 years old smells musty.” But just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s valuable, he said. He added that a lot of the attendees to the Lake Junaluska session may have been confusing the two notions. “We had a lot of grandma’s stuff come in here today,” Ruggiero told the crowd. “You’re never paid for grandma’s stuff. It doesn’t have any value.” Ruggiero warned attendees that shows like Antiques Road Show give false hope about collecting. After doing a short stint as one of the show’s assessors, he learned quickly that it is rigged, in a way. Thousands of items are screened beforehand and a select few are picked out and researched to be “discovered” on air. That gives the impression that valuable treasures are lurking in grandmas’ closets everywhere, and that the hosts are more knowledgeable than they actually are. “The road show is very popular but it also leaves you with the misconception that all you have to do is go in the basement, pick something up and it’s worth $250,000 bucks,” Ruggiero said. The odds of sleuthing out something of that value aren’t in a collector’s favor. There’s not a lot of stuff out there worth that kind of money, points out Ruggiero. As a piece of wisdom to antiques collectors he advised them to buy stuff they like to look at, because if it doesn’t sell as planned it could be sitting in the living room for a while. And sometimes the least valuable things are some of the more interesting ones. At Lake Junaluska that day, one of the most interesting items Ruggiero examined was a top hat owned by one of the first ministers to give sermons at Lake Junaluska. The hat, which had the minister’s name “Samuels” written inside it was discovered by a family who bought the minster’s old house. The hat is worth nothing, but was especially fitting for the centennial celebration, and so by another token worth a lot. Ruggiero suggested items such as Samuel’s old hat had a special place in the world of antiques that are important in history or fitting for gifts. “If you can’t sell it for anything of any reasonable import give it to someone,” Ruggiero said. “You can either sell it or generate pleasure from it.”



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HAYWOOD COUNTY • In Canton, all four seats on the town board plus mayor are up for election. Running for the town board so far are: Ralph Hamlett, Gail Mull and Zeb Smathers. No incumbents have filed yet. • In Maggie Valley, three of the five seats are up for election. Two are currently held by Saralyn Price and Mike Matthews. The third seat is vacant, with two years left to fill, and will have its own election to fill. Running for the town board so far are: Mike Eveland and Saralyn Price. Running for the vacant seat so far are: Charlie Meadows and Janet Banks. • The Town of Waynesville has no elections this year.

• In Sylva, two of the five town board seats plus mayor are up for election. Mayor Maurice Moody is not running for re-election. Running for the town board so far are the two incumbents: Danny Allen and Barbara Hamilton. • In Dillsboro, all five town board seats

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MACON COUNTY • In Franklin, four of six town board seats plus mayor are up for election, currently held by Mayor Joe Collins, Sissy Pattillo, Billy Mashburn and Bob Scott. Mayor Collins will not run for reelection. Both Pattillo and Scott will relinquish their town board seats to make a run for mayor — leaving at least two seats up for grabs by newcomers on the town board, leading to a potentially crowded field. Running for mayor of Franklin so far are: Sissy Pattillo and Bob Scott. No one has filed for town board yet. • In Highlands, two of the town board seats plus mayor are up for election. Running for mayor of Franklin so far is Brian Stiehler.

BLUE RIDGE BBQ COMPANY 180 N. Main St., Waynesville. 828.452.7524. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. TuesdayThursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. FridaySaturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Blue Ridge BBQ is a family owned and operated restaurant. The BBQ is slow hardwood smoked, marinated in its own juices, and seasoned with mountain recipes. All menu items made from scratch daily. Featuring homemade cornbread salad, fresh collard greens, or cornbread and milk at your request. Old-fashioned homemade banana pudding and fruit cobbler of the season. Catering, take-out, eat-in.

SWAIN COUNTY • In Bryson City, two of the five town board seats are up for election, currently held by Stephanie Treadway and Tom Reidmiller. Running for the town board so far are: Brad Walker (former mayor of Bryson City up until two years ago.)

BOURBON BARREL BEEF & ALE 454 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville, 828.452.9191. Now open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner nightly from 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday. We specialize in hand-cut, all natural steaks, fresh fish, and other classic American comfort foods that are made using only the finest local and sustainable ingredients available. We also feature a great selection of craft beers from local artisan brewers, and of course an extensive selection of small batch bourbons and whiskey. The Barrel is a friendly and casual neighborhood dining experience where our guests enjoy a great meal without breaking the bank. HERREN HOUSE 94 East St., Waynesville 828.452.7837. Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Brunch 11 a. m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fresh local products, created daily. Join us in our beautiful patio garden. We are your local neighborhood host for special





All clear declared in Richland Creek search n all-night search Monday along Richland Creek in Waynesville for a possible missing child turned out to be a false alarm. Waynesville Police got a call around 7:30 p.m. Monday from someone who thought they heard a children’s screams coming from the direction of Richland Creek. “We did an exhaustive search and even put a swift water rescue boat in the water,” said Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed. “We went door-to-door to all the houses in the neighborhood to make sure everybody’s children were accounted for. We didn’t find anything. We’ve had no reports of anybody missing.” The search was called off at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Several agencies assisted in the search, including Haywood Emergency



AMMONS DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT & DAIRY BAR 1451 Dellwwod Rd., Waynesville. 828.926.0734. Open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrating over 25 years. Enjoy world famous hot dogs as well as burgers, seafood, hushpuppies, hot wings and chicken. Be sure to save room for dessert. The cobbler, pie and cake selections are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.


Management, Haywood Rescue Squad, and the Waynesville, Saunooke, Clyde, Center Pigeon and Junaluska fire departments. Hollingsed said caution is always the best policy and would go to the same lengths each time to ensure a child isn’t in danger. Richland Creek was running full tilt with high and swift waters due to the heavy unrelenting rains in recent days.

“We went door-to-door to all the houses in the neighborhood to make sure everybody’s children were accounted for. We didn’t find anything. We’ve had no reports of anybody missing.” — Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed

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JULY LIVE MUSIC: 7/11 Dylan Riddle 7/12 Dylan Riddle & Friends 7/13 Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots 7/14 Croon & Cadence

7/18 Humps and the Blackouts 7/19 Humps and the Blackouts 7/20 Travers brothers 7/21 Dylan Riddle

7/25 Chris Blaylock 7/26 Amy Lavere 7/27 The Hermitt Kings 7/28 Amy Lavere



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are up plus the mayor. Running for the town board so far is: Jimmy Cabe. • In Webster, all five town board seats plus mayor are up for election. No one has signed up to run yet. • In the Village of Forest Hills, two of the five town board seats plus mayor are up for election. No one has signed up to run yet.

BLUE ROOSTER SOUTHERN GRILL 207 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, Lakeside Plaza at the old Wal-Mart. 828.456.1997. Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friendly and fun family atmosphere. Local, handmade Southern cuisine. Fresh-cut salads; slowsimmered soups; flame grilled burgers and steaks, and homemade signature desserts. Blue-plates and local fresh vegetables daily. Brown bagging is permitted. Private parties, catering, and take-out available. Call-ahead seating available.

tasteTHEmountains events: business party’s, luncheons, weddings, showers and more. Private parties & catering are available 7 days a week by reservation only. CATALOOCHEE RANCH 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1401. Family-style breakfast seven days a week, from 8 to 9:30 am – with eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and oatmeal, fresh fruit, sometimes French toast or pancakes, and always all-you-can-eat. Lunch every day from 11:30 till 2. Evening cookouts on the terrace on weekends and Wednesdays (weather permitting), featuring steaks, ribs, chicken, and pork chops, to name a few. Bountiful family-style dinners on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with entrees that include prime rib, baked ham and herb-baked chicken, complemented by seasonal vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and desserts. We also offer a fine selection of wine and beer. The evening social hour starts at 6pm, and dinner is served starting at 7pm. So join us for mile-high mountaintop dining with a spectacular view. Please call for reservations. CITY BAKERY 18 N. Main St. Waynesville 828.452.3881. Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us in our historic location for scratch made soups and daily specials. Breakfast is made to order daily: Gourmet cheddar & scallion biscuits served with bacon, sausage and eggs; smoked salmon bagel plate; quiche and fresh fruit parfait. We bake a wide variety of breads daily, specializing in traditional french breads. All of our breads are hand shaped. Lunch: Fresh salads, panni sandwiches. Enjoy outdoor dinning on the deck. Private room available for meetings.

CORK AND BEAN 16 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 9



FRYDAY’S & SUNDAES 24 & 26 Fry St., Bryson City (Next To The Train Depot). 828.488.5379. Fridays is open 6 days a week and closed Wednesdays. Sundaes is open 7 days a week. Fryday’s is known for its Traditional English Beer Battered Fish & Chips, but also has burgers, deep fried dogs, gyro, shrimp, bangers, Chip Butty, chicken, sandwiches & a great kids menu. Price friendly, $3-$10, Everything available to go or call ahead takeout. Sundaes has 24 rotating flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream making them into floats, splits, sundaes, shakes. Private seating inside & out for both locations right across from the train station & pet friendly.



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Mile High Band


Brad Boulet & Friends 83 Asheville Hwy.  Sylva Music Starts @ 9 • 631.0554


J. ARTHUR’S RESTAURANT AT MAGGIE VALLEY U.S. 19 in Maggie Valley. 828.926.1817. Lunch Sunday noon to 2:30 p.m., dinner nightly starting at 4:30 p.m. World-famous prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, gorgonzola cheese and salads. All ABC permits and open year-round. Children always welcome. Take-out menu. Excellent service and hospitality. Reservations appreciated.

MON-FRI: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. SAT: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. SUN: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. ASHEVILLE: 60 Biltmore Ave. 252.4426 & 88 Charlotte St. 254.4289 196-04

Classic local American comfort foods, craft beers & small batch bourbons & whiskey.

JUKEBOX JUNCTION U.S. 276 and N.C. 110 intersection, Bethel. 828.648.4193. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Serving breakfast, lunch, nd dinner. The restaurant has a 1950s & 60s theme decorated with memorabilia from that era.


Try our New Panini & Sandwich Lunch Menu!

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Gourmet Soups, Salads, Sandwiches & Deserts GEORGIA ROAD, FRANKLIN NC

Every Sunday from 11a.m.-2 p.m. Reservations Appreciated

(828) 456-3333 • Dinner: Mon-Sat 5:30-8

Seafood, Steaks Specialty Burgers Daily Lunch & Weekend Dinner Specials

Remember Sunday Brunch!



FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church St. Downtown Waynesville 828.456.1930 Serving lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Mondays. Frogs Leap is a farm to table restaurant focused on local, sustainable, natural and organic products prepared in modern regional dishes. Seasonal menu focuses on Southern comfort foods with upscale flavors. Come for the restaurant’s 4 @ 4 when you can choose a center and three sides at special prices. Offered WedFri. from 4 to 6.


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CITY LIGHTS CAFE Spring Street in downtown Sylva. 828.587.2233. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasty, healthy and quick. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, espresso, beer and wine. Come taste the savory and sweet crepes, grilled paninis, fresh, organic salads, soups and more. Outside patio seating. Free Wi-Fi, pet-friendly. Live music and lots of events. Check the web calendar at

p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy organic, fair-trade, gourmet espresso and coffees, a select, eclectic list of wines, and locally prepared treats to go with every thing. Come by early and enjoy a breakfast crepe with a latte, grab a grilled chicken pesto crepe for lunch, or wind down with a nice glass of red wine. Visit us on Facebook!

We prepare our menu with the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients we can find. We serve regionally-raised antibioticand hormone-free beef, lamb, chicken and pork. Many of our seasonal vegetables come from local farms and our fresh fish are harvested from sustainable fisheries.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. • Dinner Nightly at 4 p.m. • CLOSED ON SUNDAY

454 HAZELWOOD AVENUE • WAYNESVILLE Call 828-452-9191 for reservations 195-57


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tasteTHEmountains MAD BATTER BAKERY & CAFÉ Located on the WCU Campus in Cullowhee. 828.293.3096. Open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Earth-friendly foods at people-friendly prices. Daily specials, wraps, salads, pastries, breads, soups and more. Unique fare, friendly service, casual atmosphere and wireless Internet. Organic ingredients, local produce, gourmet fair trade and organic coffees.

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EVERY SAT @ 8-10:30PM Julie's Kickin’ Karaoke



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Dance Night with Julie Live

JULY 11 & 12 Smoke Raise Band

JULY 18 - Dylan Riddle


JULY 19 & 25 - Mile High Band JULY 26 Darren Nickelson Band - Darren is a member of Balsam Range ($10 advance/$12 @ the door)

Adam Bigelow & Friends


Tyler Kittle’s Jazz All Stars


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OLD STONE INN 109 Dolan Road, off Love Lane. 828.456.3333. Classic fireside dining in an historic mountain lodge with cozy, intimate bar. Dinner served nightly except Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Signature dinner choices include our 8oz. filet of beef in a brandied peppercorn sauce and a garlic and herb crusted lamb rack. Carefully selected fine wines and beers plus full bar available. Open year round. Call for reservations. PASQUALE’S 1863 South Main Street, Waynesville. Off exit 98, 828.454.5002. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Classic Italian dishes, exceptional steaks and seafood (available in full and lighter sizes), thin crust pizza, homemade soups, salads hand tossed at your table. Fine wine and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, dine indoor, outside on the patio or at the bar. Reservations appreciated. PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday


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MOONSHINE GRILL 2550 Soco Road, Maggie Valley loacted in the Smoky Falls Lodge. 828.926.7440. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Cooking up mouth-watering, wood-fired Angus steaks, prime rib and scrumptious fresh seafood dishes. The wood-fired grill gives amazing flavor to every meal that comes off of it. Enjoy creative dishes made using moonshine. Stop by and simmer for a while and soak up the atmosphere. The best kept secret in Maggie Valley.

RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Bar open Monday thru Saturday; dining room open Tuesday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday. SOUL INFUSION TEA HOUSE & BISTRO 628 E. Main St. (between Sylva Tire & UPS). 828.586.1717. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon -until. Scrumptious, natural, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. 60+ teas served hot or cold, black, chai, herbal. Seasonal and rotating draft beers, good selection of wine. Home-Grown Music Network Venue with live music most weekends. Pet friendly and kid ready. SPEEDY’S PIZZA 285 Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.3800. Open seven days a week. Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Family-owned for 30 years. Serving hand-tossed pizza made to order, pasta, subs, gourmet salads, calzones and seafood. Also serving excellent prime rib on Thursdays. Dine in or take out available. Located across from the Fire Station. THE WINE BAR 20 Church Street, downtown Waynesville. 828.452.6000. Underground cellar for wine and beer, served by the glass all day. Cheese and tapas served Wednesday through Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. or later. Also on facebook and twitter. VITO’S PIZZA 607 Highlands Rd., Franklin. 828.369.9890. Established here in in 1998. Come to Franklin and enjoy our laid back place, a place you can sit back, relax and enjoy our 62” HDTV. Our Pizza dough, sauce, meatballs, and sausage are all made from scratch by Vito. The recipes have been in the family for 50 years (don't ask for the recipes cuz’ you won't get it!) Each Pizza is hand tossed and made with TLC. You're welcome to watch your pizza being created.

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MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted.

through Saturday. Breakfast bagels and sandwiches, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches for lunch with homemade soups, quiches, and desserts. Wide selection of wine and beer. Outdoor and indoor dining.



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DOT decision could finally lay the Southern Loop to rest


a different approach to the N.C. 107 problems — rather than a new road at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars — that they were at best naïve and at worst just plain ignorant about transportation. In a quote pulled from that first 2001 story in SMN, this is how the DOT’s Transportation Improvement Plan described the route: “The Sylva/Dillsboro Southern Loop (FS-0114C),” would extend from U.S. 441 south of Dillsboro to N.C. 107, probably between Walmart and the Western Carolina University campus. From there it would continue on to the U.S. 19/23/74 bypass.” The idea, of course, was to siphon traffic off of one of the busiest and most congested roads in the region. Again, from our first story in 2001, here’s Jackson County resident and former Editor state Transportation Board member Conrad Burrell: “This has been kicked around by DOT since 1985. Nothing has ever been done about it, and the traffic on N.C. 107 is getting beyond unbearable.” In 2003, Ron Watson was the division chief for the DOT in our region. I liked Ron but think he was wrong about this project. Here’s what he had to say a decade ago: “I know for a fact that nothing we’re going to be doing to 107 is going to solve this problem,” he said. As time went on, the Southern Loop debate spilled over and became an issue in town and county elections. That initial grassroots effort against the road developed into an organized, knowledgeable Smart Roads Coalition that educated the com-

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’m not sure it represents a new philosophy or perhaps is just an acknowledgement of reality, but the decision by the state Department of Transportation to hold off on any further planning for the massive Southern Loop project in Jackson County was certainly welcome news. It was September 2001 when the controversy over this proposed bypass erupted in Jackson County and made its first appearance in the pages of The Smoky Mountain News. Malcom MacNeil, the former owner of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, was circulating a petition from the very outset that garnered more than 500 signatures to get the state to back off the project. Now, 12 years later, those early efforts have paid off. The state announced last week it would first work on redesigning the traffic-clogged N.C. 107 to try and alleviate problems on the road. For those who don’t live in Jackson County, N.C. 107 is the well-traveled highway that runs from downtown Sylva out to Western Carolina University and on up the mountain to Cashiers. “People spoke loudly and clearly they wanted to have N.C. 107 improvements done first, and then if it doesn’t solve all the problems, you come back and do the N.C. 107 connector,” said Zahid Baloch, a DOT project engineer based in Raleigh. “We felt like it was the best idea to go with the wishes of the people and what they want. So that is the whole thing we are trying to do.” There is more than a little irony in this about face by the DOT. For more than a decade, the DOT fought against the wishes of county, municipal and community leaders — along with thousands of citizens — who lined up against the bypass. All along the way, the DOT told those who supported

munity and themselves about smart growth. To the DOT’s credit, it funded a Jackson County Transportation Task Force that spent many hours looking at alternatives. All these efforts eventually made the road opponents formidable adversaries to the state DOT and anyone else who thought a massive new road project was a good idea. From the very outset no one debated that N.C. 107 has serious problems and needs to be redesigned. That is a given. But many — and I count myself among them — believe the new road will cause more problems than it will solve. The destruction of a swath of Jackson County’s rural landscape is certainly not something many people see as a positive. Downtown Sylva and many of the businesses along the N.C. 107 corridor would also lose business if a bypass kept traffic away. Perhaps most important, though, is the fact that new highways that promote strip commercial and residential growth have been proven to be detrimental to small communities. It is the 1950s and 1960s model that most who live in WNC want nothing to do with. Instead, let’s make Sylva and Cullowhee a model for the best ways to re-develop a congested highway. Close off some entryways to the road and expand others. Build a few connecting roads back behind the buildings. Make sure bike lanes and sidewalks encourage other kinds of use in addition to automobiles. Use traffic calming medians and other devices to slow automobiles in certain places. The residents of Jackson County who argued for the N.C. 107 redesign for the last 12 years may be exhausted from the fight. The work, however, has just begun. (Scott McLeod can be reached at

High mileage, some rust, still running BY JOHN B ECKMAN COLUMNIST

quite a few cars on the road in the Istart’vepasthad 40 years, and I’ve noticed that they all to fall apart when the odometer begins showing nervously higher figures. The breakdowns that happen depend largely on how hard the operator has been on the pedals and buttons and how diligent they have been in preventative maintenance and regular upkeep. When my current truck started growling strangely last week, and my back and bad elbow did the same, I paused to ask: aren’t human beings a lot like cars and trucks? They run fine without a care for a while, but then ... I came off the assembly line in 1958, the same year Ford introduced the Edsel, the “Chipmunk Song” hit No. 1, Lego patented the Lego Block, President Eisenhower ordered the National Guard out of Little Rock High School and Elvis joined the Army. When viewed in that context, I should consider myself a “classic, having come from a half century back and still moving forward. I’m thinking that every one of the vehicles built back then probably has a few problems and needs a little work, so why should I be any different? That might explain — and

maybe help me justify — the expenses middle age seems to supply in abundance for regular maintenance to keep this older model roadworthy, headed straight between the lines and out of the ditches. I’m not sure where my own odometer is currently reading, but I have to confess to being less than perfect at timely maintenance during the last 100,000 miles or so. Like the times I skipped the dentist after college for several years, or forgot to get a regular doctor check up for a couple decades. Hey, everything was clicking along, gauges were fine, no indicator lights flashing, not burning oil, lights come on. Heck, drive on, right? Sure, my 20s, 30s and 40s were a great time to be a fairly new model, but something must have rolled that mileage counter over when I wasn’t looking. Since my debut on the showroom floor, I’ve had to get my share of repairs. This buggy has needed a couple knee surgeries to repack my ball-joints, a broken leg required some axle work, and stabs and jabs from rough roads have left the tires of my hands and feet in need of patches and repairs from time to time. Working in construction and agriculture for most of those miles, the regular abuse on this daily driver has caused parts to “show

wear patterns,” so to speak. My body has spent a good share of time “off-road,” much of that time in the equivalent of two-wheel drive when greater traction would have saved physical overheating and walking for water while my fluids boiled over. Since turning 50, corrective lenses for my headlights have become more a standard feature than an accessory in the option package, and the wear on my bushings and gaskets are evidenced by creaky joints and slower turns. My dermatologist is tasked with keeping the paint job looking as best it can given its age and always being left out in the rain, snow and hail, while my dentists and periodontist have stayed busy keeping my grill shiny and minimizing rust and corrosion. It’s probably true that there is some sludge in the system somewhere that could uses a little Gum-out or Magical Mystery Oil for smoother operation, or maybe if I just rich-up the fuel mix and take it out for a fast run those problems will clear up. My wife, along with other health nuts, has suggested a juice fast to improve overall performance, but somehow no coffee or bread, no alcohol or dairy, no cooked foods, meats or sweets for a month sounds to me like a great way to end up in a wreck somewhere. I rely on

French roast starter fluid in my carburetor each morning to get the motor started and think a glass of thick kale and carrot juice would have me running on two cylinders, if I got out of the driveway at all. I thank my lucky stars that I haven’t had to call 911 for a wrecker due to a head-on with any telephone poles or a dead battery, or to have a pacemaker installed to keep my engine’s firing pattern right, or a new titanium driveshaft put in my hip. But with all the hazards out there on the roads it make me sometimes wonder how far this jalopy will make it. The local auto repair shops don’t stock replacement parts for the human body style, so I’m stuck with what I got and just have to keep rolling on. When I start doubting this rig’s ability to plow ahead, I sometimes play the Grateful Dead’s classic tune “Truckin’” and it’s enough of a spark to make me plug onward and remember “what a long, strange trip it’s been.” So if you pass me out there on the road moving a little slow or with a lame turn signal or cracked windshield, remember that there have been a lot of miles put on this puppy, and hoping for more if I can get her started again tomorrow. I’m probably just trying to get where I’m going, or at least to the next service station along life’s highway. (John Beckman is a builder and farmer who lives in Jackson County. He can be reached at



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Cherokee festival honors tribal music, dance and culture from around the Americas K Want to go? nown as the finest showcase of native traditions, the ninth annual Festival of Native Peoples will take place July 12-13 at Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds. The event features a variety of traditional dance, storytelling and song performances honoring the collected history, culture, tradition and wisdom of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. “An array of entertainment as diverse as the tribes that provide it ensures visitors to Cherokee will be impressed,” said Howard Wahnetah, event supervisor for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. “The tribes are so different, and when we come together to celebrate our collective native heritage, we gain a better understanding of our own history and customs.” Visitors to Cherokee can witness the intricate traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation,

Zuni, Apache, Hawaii, Totonac, Plains Cree and Cherokee peoples through non-stop performances and art markets featuring acclaimed native artists. “Learning the native ways of life can be fun, beautiful, interesting, exciting and a positive experience for all ages,” said Diamond Brown, a Cherokee native. “I’m teaching the native way of life on Mother Earth, keeping alive the traditions in today’s time.” For Cherokee, the annual festival is a chance not only to rekindle their connection with other tribes, but also serve as a model for other tribes trying to duplicate Cherokee’s success in preserving their native customs. “It’s vital that we continue to learn from our Elders and pass down to the younger generations our living history and culture. Festival of Native Peoples helps us and visiting tribes do just that,” Wahnetah said.

high-energy demonstrations with strong drumming bring the ancient legends of their people alive through vibrant regalia featuring carved cedar masks, button blankets and headdresses. The family rights to perform these ceremonial dances and songs are passed down from generation to generation among many witnesses. The members of the company come from families with chiefly traditions and have inherited rights to perform the sacred dances of their ancestors.

The Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds opens each day at 11 a.m., with performances throughout the day and into the evening. Daily admission is $10 per person. Children six and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the gate. 828.554.6471.

The Tloke Nahuake are traditional Aztec Fire Dancers, which is a family dance circle from Mexico City. Their dances will include real fire. With their heritage deeply rooted, they travel the world sharing a beautiful and ancient culture of the Mexica. Led by the Salinas family, the group is raised within its Aztec roots as members of the Pochtecatl, the “long-distance merchants,” an important part of the Mexica culture. They were a humble society all its own, below royalty, alongside the warrior class.

Mayan Pole Flyers (Totonac) are the voladores, or flyers, return once again to thrilling audiences in vibrant traditional costumes, climb up a 90-foot pole, and leap off with only a coil of rope tied to their ankle. They “fly” gracefully around and around as the coils of rope unwind until they reach the ground. As the voladores “fly,” another performer balances at the top of the pole and plays haunting tunes on his wooden flute. The voladores rite is a traditional act of worship. The caporal plays a drum and flute and invokes an ancient spiritual offering in the form of a spectacular dance.

The ninth annual Festival of Native Peoples will be held July 12-13 at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee. Donated photos

Warriors of Anikituwah of the Eastern

Meet a few of the tribes who will be performing ...

Band of Cherokee Indians are a dance group brings to life the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail. The group has been designated as official cultural ambassadors by the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The War Dance was used when men went to war, but also when meeting with other nations for diplomacy and peace, and within the Cherokee nation was also used to raise money for people in need. It conveys the strength of the Cherokee nation. The warriors also perform Cherokee social dances including the Bear Dance, Beaver Hunting Dance, and Friendship Dance.

The Le-La-La Dancers are a tradition-

The White Mountain Apache

al Kwakwaka’wakw dance company who present the First Nations culture from the British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. The

Crown Dancers from Arizona exhibit the song and dance customs of two Southwestern tribes – the Apache and Navajo. The troupe leader

hails from the White Mountain Apache reservation, but had a Navajo father. He melded the traditional song and dance of both tribes. Masked dancers wearing giant, artist headpieces impersonate mountain spirits in vivid and high-energy dance. According to ancient custom, the dancers became so imbued with power that it was dangerous to touch them as they danced.

A Zuni dance troupe from New Mexico will share the colorful dances from their pueblo, including an ancient and authentic Rain Dance and the Shalako dance performed in conjunction with the winter solstice, the start of the tribe’s New Year. The

ensemble also performs the Buffalo, Eagle, Butterfly, Deer and Turkey dance. Dancers explain the significance of their movements, share their cultural experiences and interact with the audience.

The Plains Cree of Saskatchewan will provide a visual experience of life in the 1800s with their presentation of a “Walk Back Through History.” The performance helps people to visually understand the meaning of the tipi and its adaptability with the changing of the seasons, the Hudson Bay Company and their effect on the First Nations People. Patrons will experience the value of trade through furs, beads and other items.


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festival in 2005 led to an epiphany that I and City Lights Café in Sylva. The Classic wanted to become a writer, come hell or high Wineseller, Water’n Hole, Frog Level and water. For the next several years, I zigzagged BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. across the country, writing about anything Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. Not to that would catch my ear. Dive bars in mention all of the weekly community conManhattan, open fields in Michigan, endless deserts outA child of post-WWII, my father side of Reno, the backwoods of Arkansas – if you had a band, I would play everything from Nat wanted to hear it. And that sentiment has King Cole to Jerry Butler, Sam never subsided. If anything, it’s Cooke to George Jones. I have grown, especially with my ongoing education in Southern many fond memories of riding Appalachian bluegrass and around with him in our old minivan mountain music. Western North Carolina is a very special just letting the tapes roll. On the place, and those in the vast musical circles here can attest other hand, my mother was a child to that. The high peaks and valof the 1960s, full of flower power. leys are inspiring, echoing the ancient sounds of string and percussion. And yes, there is live music tonight, certs in Cashiers, Highlands and Franklin. somewhere. Plenty of establishments within What keeps these events going is the notion an earshot go to great lengths to track down that “if you play it, they will come.” The peoand bring great music to our backyard. No ple keep the music alive, and the music Name Sports Pub, Soul Infusion, Guadalupe keeps us alive. Support live, local music y’all.

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It’s the question I get asked the most. “Is there any music around tonight?” Well, yes, actually. There’s always someone, somewhere playing in Western North Bluegrass/Americana sensation The Freight Carolina. The amount of musiHoppers perform at the Stecoah Valley cians and groups in this region Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville on July 13. is quite possibly the biggest reason I moved here. Almost everyClaymates kicks off its one-year anniversary one I know in these parts can celebrations on July 13 in the Waynesville stuplay an instrument, sing or at dio. least has a deep love for live performance. Cullowhee Mountain ARTS offers two miniAs far back as I can rememworkshops on July 11 and 18 at Western ber, I’ve been obsessed with Carolina University. music. Obsessed. With older parents, I was introduced early Salt Lake City-based Uinta Brewing hosts a on to an array of different genres craft beer tasting on July 18 at City Lights Café and sounds. A child of postin Sylva. WWII, my father would play everything from Nat King Cole The Sylva Art Stroll will continue on July 12 at to Jerry Butler, Sam Cooke to various locations in downtown. George Jones. I have many fond memories of riding around with him in our old minivan just letting the tapes roll. On the other Eventually, I got my mainstream radio hand, my mother was a child of the 1960s, fix. It was time for something more. I went full of flower power. Her tastes ranged from further down the rabbit hole. I wanted to get Sly and the Family Stone to The Rolling as close to the stage as possible. I wanted to Stones, Chicago to Crosby, Stills and Nash. see the guitarist fingers flutter up and down With that rich foundation, I soon began the fret like a hummingbird. I wanted to see my own musical journey. Growing up outthe wrinkles on their faces from years on the side of Burlington, Vt., I went through the unforgiving road. I wanted to feel the bass obvious channels – Phish, Strangefolk and and drums vibrate through my body. And The Grateful Dead. From there, I began thus, I became a “slave to the groove.” going to concerts. Those early shows were My trips out of town for shows became pretty typical for a late 1990s kid, which longer and further, to my mother’s dismay. I included Green Day, Third Eye Blind, Our would travel out of state or down the east Lady Peace and, admittedly, The Backstreet coast. I couldn’t get enough. In an odd twist Boys (I still stick to my story that I had to of fate, my solo trip to the Bonnaroo music chaperone my little sister). 25

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On the beat • Country singer Dylan Riddle, exotica jazz group Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots, and rock/folk act Croon-n-Cadence will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Riddle plays at 9 p.m. July 11-12, with West at 9:30 p.m. July 13 and Croon and Cadence on July 14. All shows are free. 828.586.2750 or • Karen “Sugar” Barnes/Dave Magill and Sarah Morgan will play City Lights Café in Sylva. Barnes/Magill will play on Friday, July 12 with their blend of heritage blues. Hitting the stage on Saturday, July 13, Morgan is a mountain/folk music singer/songwriter. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. Free. 828.587.2233 or • Eddie Rose and Hwy 40, Southern Appalachian Cloggers and Fines Creek Cloggers play the Mountain Street Dance summer series from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, in downtown Waynesville. Enjoy old-time mountain music, dance and learn how to clog. • The Buchanan Boys play the Concerts on the Creek concert series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Bridge Park in Sylva. The hometown band brings together country and rock in its own original style. The series is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Sylva and Jackson County Parks and Recreation. 800.962.1911 or • ‘Round the Fire will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 12 at Tipping Point Brewing and 8 p.m. July 13 at Pub 319 in Waynesville. The group specializes in original and popular folk/rock selections, including tributes to The Grateful Dead and Neil Young. Both events are free. or


• The Boxcars hits the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in the Central Plaza at Western Carolina University. Described as a “super group,” the bluegrass ensemble has won two consecutive International Bluegrass Music Association awards for “Instrumental Group of the Year.” Free. or 828.227.3622.

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• Singer/songwriters Ben Wilson and Jimi McKenzie tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Wilson hits the stage on July 12, while McKenzie plays July 13. Free. 828.454.5664 or • Bluegrass/Americana group The Freight Hoppers perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. Heavily praised for its rich old-time and Americana sound, the band’s last two albums reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Americana chart. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students grades K-12. 828.479.3364 or • The Chris Miller Band will perform as part of the Friday Night Live concert series from 6 to 8 p.m. July 12 at the Highlands Town Square. or 828.524.5841.

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• The Music in the Mountains concert series continues with an “Elvis” impersonator at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. The free concert series brings together local residents, visitors and musicians for an evening of music. The series is sponsored by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce and the Swain County Tourism Development Authority. • Leigh Glass and The Hazards play the Groovin’ on the Green concert series at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Village Commons in Cashiers. Asheville-based, the band plays blues and rock. The series is sponsored by the Greater Cashiers Merchants Association. Free. • Singer/songwriters Ben Wilson and Jimi McKenzie tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Wilson hits the stage on July 12, while McKenzie plays July 13. Free. 828.454.5664 or • Lisa Price comes to Pickin’ on the Square at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the lower level town hall in Franklin. Price specializes in variety and blues music, with an emphasis on Patsy Cline. At 6:30 p.m. the stage is opened for anyone wanting to play a few songs. 828.524.2516 or

• The Eroica Trio performs on July 12-13 as part of the Highlands Chamber Music Festival. Sara Sant’Ambrogio (cello), Ericka Nickrenz (piano) and Sara Perkins (violin). The Friday performance is at 6 p.m. and Saturday’s concert begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students under age 18. 828.526.9060 or 26

Chamber music comes to Waynesville The 19th annual Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival continues at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. The series showcases world-class musicians performing a variety of chamber music. Swannanoa Chamber Players are featured throughout the five-week festival along with the Jasper Quartet. The July 21 performance will feature an all-woodwind instruments symphony concert. Tickets are available at the Haywood County Arts Council and the HART Theatre box office, both in Waynesville. Season tickets may be purchased for $75, with individual tickets for $20 per person. A complimentary guest ticket for a concert of choice is included with each season ticket purchase. Students 25 years old and under are admitted free of charge with valid student ID. The festival is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. 828.452.0593 or or

The Jasper Quartet will perform at the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival on July 14 in Waynesville. Donated photo

Jazz festival heats up Waynesville Enjoy traditional, bop and original jazz during the Summer Jazz Festival on Saturdays through July 20 at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. The schedule includes Byron Hedgepeth (vibraphone) and Michael Jefry Stevens (piano) on July 13 and Wendy Jones (vocals) and Stevens on July 20. Stevens performs extensively in Europe, Latin America and North America. A bandleader for over 30 years, he has more than 75 albums featuring his music. Hedgepeth is among the most versatile percussionists in the Southeast and is currently teaching classical percussion, vibes and drum set at Appalachian State University. Jones delivers smart and arresting jazz vocals with such passion and skill that she is now one of the most popular jazz artists in the region. Her renditions of cool, bop, and post bop standards are energetic and entertaining. Each event includes a four-course dinner for $39.99 per person. 828.452.6000 or or

Community dance in Sylva A community dance, featuring circle, square and contra dances, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 14, in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva.  All dances will be taught and walked through before dancing. No previous experience is neces-

sary and no partner is required. Kristin Seibert will call the dance to the live music of Out of the Woodwork, a band made up of local musicians. Other musicians are invited to sit in with the band. There will also be a potluck dinner following the dance at 5 p.m. Bring a covered dish, plate, cup and cutlery and a water bottle. or

Franklin welcomes Battistelli, Jars of Clay

Christian singer Francesca Battistelli and rock group Jars of Clay perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Battistelli hits the stage on July 12, with Jars of Clay on July 13. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Battistelli’s album “My Paper Heart” produced four major hits on the Christian charts, which included “I’m Letting Go,” “Free To Be Me,” “It’s Your Life” and “Beautiful Beautiful.” Her music spread worldwide, being featured on numerous TV shows. Jars of Clay launched its breakout career with the multi-format hit “Flood” in 1995. Since then, it has amassed more than six million in career sales, three GRAMMY Awards, an American Music Award nod, three GMA Dove Awards, and BMI honors for songwriting as well as performing. Both performances are $20 apiece, with a special price of $34 for a weekend combo ticket. 828.524.1598 or

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• Salt Lake City-based craft brewery Uinta will host a tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at City Lights Café in Sylva. The café will offer special flavors, selections and appetizers. $5. or 828.587.2233.

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Due to record-breaking rainfall throughout Western North Carolina, Cashiers, Dillsboro and Highlands Fourth of July fireworks were canceled and moved to a later date. Cashiers has been changed to Sept. 1, to coincide with the Labor Day weekend events. Dillsboro will host theirs on Dec. 14 in conjunction with their holiday Luminary Festival, while Highlands will be on Aug. 31, also during Labor Day weekend.

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The Sylva Art Stroll continues from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, in downtown Sylva. Galleries will feature art exhibits and some will host artist receptions. Enjoy art, explore historic downtown Main Street or take in a concert at Bridge Park. Participants include Jackson County Library Complex Rotunda, Nichols House Antiques and Collectibles on Landis Street, Guadalupe Café, Signature Brew Coffeehouse, It’s By Nature, and Gallery 1 at 604 Main St. The Jackson County Visual Arts Association is dedicated to enriching the arts community and presenting visual arts. Membership is open to the public and new members are always welcome. The Sylva Art Stroll is a monthly event, occurring every second Friday of the month. Free. 828.337.3468.

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in Highlands. Donated photo

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The Tony-Award winning musical comedy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee runs through July 20 at the Highlands Playhouse. This is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders competing for the spelling championship of a lifetime. These children, who are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. Audience volunteers are chosen nightly before the performance to participate. Call for ticket prices and show times. 828.526.9443 or

Dulcimer U Summer Week, is set for July 14-19 at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. The 14th annual conference of mountain dulcimer classes, concerts and jam sessions will feature Ralph Lee Smith, a mountain dulcimer historian who discovered the instrument while living in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and Sarah Morgan, a 19-year-old dulcimer virtuoso and dulcimer national champion with a progressive playing style. The schedule includes an orientation, a banquet, and dulcimer skill courses, electives and organized jam sessions, with guest instructors. Evening activities are intimate concerts, open stages and instructors-inthe-round. The dulcimer masters from the staff will be featured in concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Eleven dulcimer players, including five who have earned the title “national champion,” will be presented in a concert in the round. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling 828.227.2479 or visiting For information on accommodations, registration and class descriptions, visit and click on “Dulcimer U Summer Week.” 828.227.7397.

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Showcasing the dramatic retelling of Cherokee history and culture, “Unto These Hills” has hit the mid-point in its 10-week summer run, playing nightly at 7:30 p.m. through Aug. 17 (except Sundays) at the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee. Reserved tickets are $23 for adults, $13 for children ages six to 12, with children under five admitted free. General tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages six to 12.

Magician brings love of books to libraries Charlotte-based magician “Carolina” Zelnik will perform on July 16 at Haywood County libraries. Shows are 11 a.m. at the Canton branch and 2 p.m. in Waynesville. Zelnik’s shows are fun for children and adults of all ages. The act features Zelnik on a mission to save the Earth and only summer reading kids can help him. His magic shows highlight lots of books, encouraging children to read and to check out what the library has to offer. Free.

Hula-hoop jam for kids and teens in Bryson Two hula-hoop jams will be held at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Kelly Jewell Timco, a hula aficionado from Sylva, will be sharing a variety of hulahooping techniques with lots of hands-on activities. The preschool to fifth grade jam will be held at 11 a.m., with a special teen jam at 2:30 p.m. Timco will also be showing off her fire-hooping skills during the teen jam. Free. 828.488.3030. • Celebrating the work of theater composer Steven Sondheim, the production “Side by Side by Sondheim” will hit the stage at 2 p.m. July 13, 20 and Aug. 3, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students. Special $8 discount tickets for students are available for Thursday and Sunday performances. Season ticket holder tickets are $12. 828.456.6322 or • The 7th annual Ultimate Elvis Contest will be from July 11-13 at Harrah’s Cherokee. Tribute artists compete for prize money by showcasing the greatest skills of “The King.” Preliminary rounds take place at the Essence Lounge on July 11-12, with the main event on July 13. $20. 800.745.3000 or


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Two artist-in-residence mini-workshops will be offered as part of the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS programs at Western Carolina University. From 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 11, printmaker Linda Soberman will offer a hands-on demo in Photo Transfer techniques. Soberman will share her various methods of transferring images to a variety of surfaces such as watercolor paper, fabric, metal, etc. and demonstrate how to alter the transfers with the addition of gold leaf, oil crayons, text, collage, and creative backgrounds. Soberman is a printmaker and educator with studios in Michigan and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Cost for one of the two class-demos is $30, all materials supplied. Class size is limited for each session. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18, book artist Julie Friedman will teach paper cutting, which has its roots in European, Chinese, and Jewish folk art and is now used in the con-


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Cullowhee Mountain ARTS will offer two workshops on July 11 and 18. Garret K. Woodward photo temporary art world. In this one-day workshop, Friedman will demonstrate this art form and participants will create their own cut paper designs. No prior experience is needed. Cost for one of the two class-demos is $90, all materials supplied. Class size is limited. 828.342.7899 or

Techniques Class on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Dillsboro; and Ladies Night on Thursday, Aug. 22 in Waynesville. or 828.631.3133 (Dillsboro) or 828.246.9595 (Waynesville). • Works by WNC painter Elizabeth Ellison and fabric crafter Ann Smith will be on display from July 13 to Sept. 2 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. An artist reception will be at 3 p.m. July 14 in the arboretum. or 828.665.2492.








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you might want to get yours soon. Now that we have a week of solid rain behind us (I hope, I hope), don’t forget to stay up late and frolic about the yard catching fireflies while you still can. Last summer, the chance to chase fireflies seemed to slip right by us. Since it means keeping the kids up well past 9 o’clock, I put it off, and put if off — and suddenly, the fireflies were gone and summer was almost over. This summer, I’m determined not to let that happen, so this week is going to be our firefly week. There are plenty of other reasons to keep the kids up late this summer. While the days of the old drive-in theater are gone, you can still experience the thrill of an outside movie on a warm, summer night at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. Every Thursday this month (July 11, 18 and 25), family movies are shown under the stars courtesy of Jackson County Parks and Rec and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and, hurrah, it’s free! (828.293.3053 or And if you really want to experience the dark side, there’s a night hike geared just for kids in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every Sunday at 8:45 p.m. through mid-August. This Junior Ranger hike, led by a park ranger, begins from the Smokemont Campground a few miles into the park along U.S. 441. It’s free, but you have to reserve a spot a few days ahead of time by calling 828.497.1904.

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Claymates, a “Paint-Your-Own-Pottery & Glass Fusing Experience,” is celebrating its one-year anniversary from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at its Waynesville studio, with a free hotdog lunch, games, activities and crafts, and a 20 percent discount on DIY pottery and fused glass projects. The Macaroni Kids will also be on hand. Upcoming events at Claymates include Margarita Night on Friday, July 19 in the Dillsboro studio; Ladies Night on Thursday, July 25 in the Waynesville studio; a Painting

ver since we splurged on a $2.99 plastic magician’s wand at Santa’s Land last year, my daughter has treated us to the occasional magic show in the living room. They are 90 percent theatrics, and 10 percent tricks. The climax of each trick involves the same magic words and audience instructions: “Doodley-doo, look out the window….” We all swivel to look out the window and when we look back again, Voila! Just like that, a stuffed animal has miraculously appeared on top of the card table. A couple of months ago, we sat in on a kid’s magic class run by the Toy Boat outfit in Asheville. The slight-ofhand techniques of magic tricks supposedly improve kids’ focus and concentration. While diverting and holding the audience’s attention with one hand, they have to secretly be carrying out the trick with the other hand — even a simple trick like concealing a coin in the palm of your hand and then making it appear at the right moment. Next Tuesday (July 16) Zelnik the Magician will be make himself appear at the Canton and Waynesville libraries for a free kids magic show. He’ll work his magic — and by that, I mean entertaining an auditorium full of kids for longer than five minutes — at the Canton library at 11 a.m. and the Waynesville library at 2 p.m. I wager there will be a run on the libraries’ stock of children’s magic books afterwards, so

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Oil thicker than blood in Texas eviewers of Philipp Meyer’s new novel, The Son (ISBN 978-0-06-212039-7, 561 pages, $27.99) have compared his epic story of the West to books as varied as One Hundred Years of Solitude, Blood Meridian, and Lonesome Dove. His account of Texas from its founding as a republic to the late twentieth century does have elements of all three books — Marquez’s blend of fantasy and realism, the violence and sometimes stark prose of Cormac MacCarthy, the sweep and spread of Larry Writer McMurtry’s writing — but these comparisons may confuse as much as elucidate the reader. Meyer is very much his own man in this fine book. The Son tells the story of a Texas family through the eyes of three protagonists. Eli McCullough, who narrates his story as a centenarian, was the first baby born in the new Texas Republic. Captured by Comanches as a boy, witness to the murder of his mother, sister, and brother by these same raiders, later a Texas Ranger, a rancher, and an oilman, Eli fights his way to wealth and power as a violent man living in a violent land. He possesses a sharp mind, a powerful will, and a readiness to kill or terrify those who would thwart his ambitions. Peter McCullough, Eli’s neglected son and an astute diarist, serves in many ways as the conscience of the book. Peter, always at odds with his father and brothers, has a sense of honor and morality that they lack. When he witnesses the blood vengeance taken on a wealthy Mexican neighbor whose outlaw sons have stolen some of the McCullough cattle, Peter becomes forever estranged mentally and spiritually from his family. Despite their contempt for him, he remains with the ranch and strives to live by his own code of honor.

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Jeannie McCullough, Eli’s great-granddaughter, has as much spirit as both these men. She fights her way into the family enterprises, finds a husband she loves who helps

The Son by Philipp Meyer. Ecco, 2013. 576 pages. her keep building that business, and eventually takes her place in a man’s world of ranchers

and oilmen. Through Jeannie we follow the family fortunes up to the end of the twentieth century. Like all of the McCulloughs, Jeannie is haunted by the ghosts of the past and the legacy of violence and death that helped build her empire. What we witness through The Son is the tension between our spiritual disposition and the environment to which we bring those particulars into play. Eli, for example, survives and even triumphs in his ordeal as a Comanche captive while his brother Martin, more bookish, more a dreamer, succumbs to despair. Eli, his kin, and Peter’s wife Sally all consider Peter a weak man, which he is by their lights, yet he stands alone against all of them after they murder their longtime Mexican neighbors. Early in life, Jeannie recognizes that she is not made for motherhood or a domestic life, and battles against those who would stop her from managing the family business. In addition to its character and drama, The Son is compelling because of the history it contains. On every page of Meyer’s

account of the time Eli spends with the Comanches, for example, the average reader will find some new bit of information of life among this fierce people. Meyer also vividly paints the various conflicts among three different peoples, the Mexicans, the AngloAmericans, and the Comanches, all of whom largely despise each other. We learn of Pancho Villa’s terrible raids on Texas towns and ranches, of reprisals taken against innocent Mexicans, of Comanche raids and retaliatory strikes by Texans and Mexicans. Meyer’s skill as a writer, a maker of sentences as well as of stories, adds to the attraction of The Son. Here, for example, Eli tells of the death of his brother Martin, who was also a captive of the Comanches. The Comanches — and Eli — think Martin weak and a coward, and a warrior named Urwat, having grown impatient with the young captive’s attitude, knocks him down numerous times with his horse, stabs him with a lance, and finally kills him with an ax. Because of the bravery with which Martin meet his death — he struggles again and again to his feet to face his assailant — the Comanches’ opinion of the young man changes: Toshaway later explained that my brother, who had acted like such a coward the entire time, was obviously not a coward at all, but a kutseena, a coyote or trickster, a mythical creature who had been sent to test them. It was very bad medicine to kill him – the coyote was so important that Comanches were not allowed to even scratch one. My brother could not be scalped. Urwat was cursed. In The Son, Meyer, the critically acclaimed author of the novel American Rust, gives us a dark tale of the crawl to power and riches of a Texas family, of what it cost each of them to make that journey, and how they paid down on the debts they owe for their crimes and sins. For those interested in fine fiction about the Old West, as well as any readers who enjoy well-written, literary epics, The Son is a book to add both to your reading list and your bookshelf.

Kelly memoir discusses a life of discovery Writer Perry Kelly presents his memoir, Cosmos Screen, at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Cosmos Screen is the story of the son of a Southern sharecropper coming of age during the Great Depression and World War II and his subsequent life as he seeks education, artistic expression, economic security, religious and sexual identity and love. It is a story of one who rises from 1930s poverty to achieve his doctorate degree and retirement as professor emeritus. Moreover, it is the story of his lifelong struggle to assuage conflicts of personal versus family values in his large conservative family and the society in which he lives. 828.586.9499.

‘Coffee with the Poet’ featuring Brent Martin The Coffee with the Poet series continues with Brent Martin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. An artist and author, Martin has written Poems from Snow Hill Road and A Shout in the Woods. His work has also been featured in the North Carolina Literary Review, Every Breath Sings Mountains and a collection of nature essays titled, Wildbranch. The series meets every third Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and is co-sponsored by the Netwest Chapter of the North Carolina Writer’s Network. 828.586.9499.

Tuckasegee poet Thomas Crowe won the George Scarborough Prize for Poetry during the recent Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. The winning poem was “Here With Who-Shot-John.” Judge Maurice Manning has this to say about the poem: “I love the language and the music of this poem; it’s funny and searching at once. As an ars poetica, it puts me in mind of similar poems by Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney.” Crowe’s poem was selected from a small group of poems that Manning said paid careful attention to craft. “This is a real honor, coming from a regional festival that honors those poets living in and being inspired by these Southern Appalachian mountains,” said Crowe. “And further that it is in the name of one of our region’s most accomplished poets, George Scarborough. I am especially gratified that my poem ‘Here With Who-Shot-John’ was the poem selected as the winner of this year’s

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Come here where the nary and the never minds don’t give a shuck or a jive ‘bout the bees in the branch or the billies in the blind that come clear, come hell or high water and dabble down at the spring house where the ducks lay their eggs and I write.

my puny pen makin’ its way across paper like it was a goat in the grass goin’ nigh into the new ground that we cleared this week for more hay.


Crowe wins prestigious poetry award

prize, as it is a poem dense with what Jim Wayne Miller called ‘Southern Mountain Speech’ — referring to the dialect that is spoken here by longtime European native/immigrants. Was a bit of good luck, I think, that Maurice Manning, as someone who understands the musicality and metaphorical implications of our mountain language, was the judge for this year’s award, as he clearly understood what I was doing in this poem. I am honored to have received this award and will take great pride in this.” Crowe is the author of 13 volumes of original poems, including most recently his collection of placebased poems Crack Light with photos by photographer Simone Lipscomb. His Thoreau-like nature memoir Zoro’s Field: My Thomas Crowe Life in the Appalachian Woods has won several awards and has just been translated and published in France by Phebus Books based in Paris. Crowe is also the publisher of New Native Press, a small literary press focusing on the publication of poetry and translations of endangered languages around the world.

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Appalachian Trail conference serves up full buffet of hiking fare Coming to Cullowhee soon: four days of total immersion in everything trail. Camaraderie with fellow trail enthusiasts and taking in the region’s trails is the top draw that will land hundreds of hikers at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial conference held July 19-26 at Western Carolina University. But the real trail geeks will revel in nitty-gritty nuances of trail construction or philosophical discussions on the human phenomenon of recreation hiking. The event is hosted by the five southern Appalachian Trail maintaining clubs and convenes trail managers, hikers, and fans to celebrate and conserve the iconic footpath. Organizers expect 1,000 participants of all ages for come in celebration of the A.T. and take part in the many happenings. The event rotates its location among the regions of the A.T. This year, Cullowhee will host the Southeast’s festival and act as base camp to the Southern A.T. and the region surrounding it. “This event is only held in the Southeast once every eight years,” said Morgan Sommerville, regional director of the ATC. “So the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to bring this informative and entertaining event to North Carolina to showcase the Appalachian Trail and the surrounding beauty.” The program will include nearly 150 organized hikes, more than 70 workshops and two dozen excursions, live music, dancing, and outings to some of the region’s best locations. Read on to discover a sampling of what the conference will bring, and for a full menu, go to


Participants can view a full breakdown of each hike, departure time, length, difficulty etc. online.

Make sure those boots are in working order. There will be 66 guided hikes offered from Saturday, July 20 through Friday, July 26, across the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. Hikes will run the full range of difficulty, from an easy stroll along the greenway in Franklin to a strenuous 10-hour trek from Stecoah Gap to the Nantahala Outdoor Center. The hikes will cover 114 miles of the Appalachian Trail in a series of section hikes from Deep Gap/Standing Indian Mountain in North Carolina to Mt. Cammerer in the Smokies to Max Patch in the Pisgah National Forest. There will be 14 different hikes in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, five hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway, several hikes to waterfalls and vistas in the Cashiers and Highlands area, and of course, Panthertown Valley just a hop and skip from Cullowhee. Most hikes will depart between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., but there will also be half-day afternoon hikes and half-day morning hikes to allow for participation in other workshops or activities that day.

WORKSHOPS: BONING UP ON TRAIL TALK More than 70 workshops are packed into the four day AT conference, running the gamut of talks, presentations and hands-on sessions for outdoor enthusiasts. Learn the “Gentle Art of Wandering” with archeologist and author David Ryan at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday. The workshop is geared towards teaching the mindset and art of wandering in the woods. Or, for those worried about a sprained knee or the risks of sunburn while out in the woods, attend the seminar “Common Medical Issues” at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, put on by Justin Padgett with the National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Medicine Institute based in Cullowhee. Female hikers can learn tips on “Backpacking for Women” at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday. This program teaches the ins-andouts of gear, getting started, and safety for women of the trail. Or, if you’re a hiker who likes to walk but really just enjoys a good meal, “Feasting in the Wild Backcountry” at

Charlies Bunion on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

1:15 p.m. Sunday might be just the right program. Plus, there is food sampling involved. The full lineup includes programs on topics of cultural heritage, environmental issues, hiking and backpacking skills, trail management, tools for environmental organizations, social media and more. Some are all-day ordeals, while others are a couple of hours. Some are scheduled in the evening, allowing for participants to go on many of the fieldtrips offered and return in time for a seminar or two.

ENTERTAINMENT When the sun goes down on the trail conference, the event really gets kicking. Live music, dancing, presentations about hiking trails and a Cherokee storyteller are on the nightly event schedule running from Sunday, July 21, to Thursday, July 25, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. The evening events begin at 8 p.m., with the educational talks being held at Forsyth Auditorium. Admission to the entire week’s evening events is $15 with conference registration or nightly tickets are $7 and children under 12 are admitted free. Here’s the line-up for talks, but to learn about the musical shows and concerts each night visit ■ Sunday, July 21: Author Jennifer Pharr Davis, who holds the record for speed hiking the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail, will talk about her experiences during the 46-day journey. ■ Monday, July 22: Author Danny Bernstein will present a slide show of her 1,000-mile hike of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, featuring the beauty, vibrancy, and history of this endto-end route, captured in her book, The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina.

■ Tuesday, July 23: Jim Kern, founder of the American Hiking Society and two other state and regional trail clubs, will talk about essential elements for founding a successful outdoor non-profit. ■ Wednesday, July 24: Darcy Douglas will present a slideshow about the 288-mile Benton MacKaye Trail that runs from north Georgia to Davenport Gap at the north side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ■ Thursday, July 25: Swimmer, an accomplished Cherokee dancer, storyteller and public speaker.

EXCURSIONS ABOUND: SAMPLE ALL THE REGION HAS TO OFFER Want to get out, but don’t quite feel like another hike? The trail conference has twodozen or so excursions on the menu from Saturday, July 20, through Tuesday, July 23. The options are plentiful and aimed at highlighting the beauty, culture and adventure opportunities in Western North Carolina. Participants can get their feet wet while whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River or tubing on the Tuckasegee River, or burn some rubber while mountain biking in Tsali Recreation Area or road-biking on the Blue Ridge Parkway, or flex their artistic muscle with an arts and crafts tour of Asheville. There is also a tour of Cherokee, featuring the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the Qualla Arts and Craft Center, and a chance to experience a modern Native American town; a visit to the Biltmore Estate and gardens; and a stop at Wheels through Time, the motorcycle museum in Maggie Valley. Real cowboys and girls can ride horses through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The costs range from free to $70.


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The Appalachian Trail doesn’t only inspire hikers — it also inspires artists. Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, 38 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, is featuring an art exhibit inspired by the Appalachian Trail, from now until July 23. The project is a joint venture with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Blue Spiral 1 Gallery will donate 10 percent of all proceeds from sales of the works associated with the exhibit to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and its local trail clubs. The exhibit, called “Along the Trail,” features eight regional artists who work in a variety of mediums including photography, painting, pastels, and mixed media. The Blue Spiral 1 Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. “The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to team up with the Blue Spiral 1 Gallery,” said Lenny Bernstein, board member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “This exhibit has been a wonderful way to showcase the love of the Appalachian Trail that these artists share with hikers and naturalists.”

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The regional environmental group Wild South has a hike planned for July 13 into the heart of, what they hope will soon be, one of the wildest national scenic areas in the country. Wild South and its partners and supporters have been marshaling support for the proposed Grandfather National Scenic Area (GNSA) since 2006, when the USDA Forest Service apparently forgot about promises it made to the local community and once again began extensive logging around Globe Mountain in the Pisgah National Forest. Heavy clearcutting in the 1980s generated a huge outpouring of protest, and the Forest Service assured the local community that there would be no more logging in the area. Then in 2006 with little or no public notice, timber contracts were let again on Globe Mountain. After Wild South alerted local communities to what was happening, Boone City Council, Blowing Logging in the proposed Grandfather National Scenic Area. Wild South photo Rock Town Council and Watauga County Commissioners all Globe Mountain cut. passed unanimous resolutions calling for Wild South in an effort to keep momenpermanent protection of the area. tum building towards the official designation Since then, many local businesses and of the GNSA, will be hosting a number of local and regional environmental organizahikes into the area this summer. The first tions have joined forces with Wild South in hike will be this Saturday July 13. It will be a seeking recognition and designation of the relatively easy and short hike (1.5 miles one GNSA. Some of those partners include The way) along Thunderhole Creek to its nameBlowing Rock Attraction, Mountain sake Thunderhole falls – a 15-foot tiered falls Lumber Company, Mast General Store, that should be truly thundering in light of all Patagonia, Southern Environmental Law the recent rainfall. Ben Prater, associate execCenter, Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub, utive director of Wild South will be the hike Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition, leader and it will be a great chance for interBabbit’s Backcountry Outfitters, Western ested parties to learn about the GNSA. North Carolina Alliance and others. Wild South has created a “Meetup” Southern Environmental Law Center assistgroup online where you can RSVP and/or ed Wild South in drafting language for a bill find out logistics about the hike at that would create the GNSA. The area comprise 25,000 acres at the north Scenic-Area-Hikers/ or you can call Wild end of the Johns River Gorge in the South at 828.258.2667 for information. Grandfather Ranger District. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He Economists have predicted that the crecan be reached a ation of the GNSA could create more than

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Nature lecture series continues with master gardener in Highlands The next talk in the Highlands Nature Center summer series will focus on flowers and signs of environmental impact. Rekha Morris will discuss “The Demise of a Single Floral Genus as an Indicator of Environmental Devastation” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Highlands Nature Center. Morris is a South Carolina master gardener with a Ph.D. in early Indian art. She is a member of numerous horticultural societies and was a founding member of the Southeastern Horticultural Society. Morris teaches several programs as a master gardener, and her special interests are shade gardening and native plants of the Southeastern United States and their Asian counterparts. The talk Morris is giving is part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series, a tradition in Highlands since the 1930s. The talks are free each Thursday throughout the summer and focus on natural history and conservation. They feature well-known regional scientists, conservationists, artists and writers. or 828.526.2221.

Conference serves as conduit to the natural world Roll out the green welcome mat for the unusual in allowing diverse stakeholders to annual Cullowhee Native Plant Conference regularly come together and exchange ideas coming Wednesday, July 17, through on vital environmental issues. Participants Saturday, July 20, at Western Carolina typically include landscape architects, comUniversity. mercial nursery operators, garden club For 30 years, the conference has been members, botanists and horticulturists from creating awareness for natural environstate highway departments, along with repments, conservation and sustainable interactions among plants, animals and people. Conference registration remains open through Friday, July 12. “The conference is the oldest and largest of its kind in the Southeast and has spawned a number of satellite conferences around the country,” said Robert Wyatt, retired professor of botany and ecology at the University of Georgia and current conference director. “This meeting stresses the Participants in the 2012 Cullowhee Native Plants pivotal role that plants play in conConference learn some botanical details during a walk servation of the land and water resources on which human life on campus. depends. It focuses on increasing people’s appreciation of the beauty of naturesentatives from universities, native plant ral plant communities and native plant societies, botanical gardens and arboretums. species.” The perspectives of attendees range from the The annual gathering of plant enthusimost basic, philosophical and academic to asts began in 1984 in an effort to increase the most applied, practical and hands-on, interest in and knowledge of propagating Wyatt said. and preserving native Southeastern plant Conference attendees will have their species. choice of general and concurrent sessions, Wyatt said the Cullowhee conference is all-day and half-day field trips, workshops

and nature walks. Other session topics include “Edible Native Plants of the Gulf Coast,” “Muddy Sneakers: The Joy of Learning Outside” and “Garden Conversations.” Field trip participants will visit area locations such as the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, Black Balsam Knob and Flat Laurel Creek, Panthertown Valley, Bear Lake and Whitewater Falls. The conference will offer a home gardening miniconference beginning at 8:15 a.m. July 20. Leaders will help home gardeners who are new to the topic of native plants understand how they can bring about a healthier garden environment. Designed for those looking for a “Native Plants 101,” the session is included for all regular conference participants and can be attended by others for a $25 fee. In recognition of the conference’s 30th anniversary, founding members and past directors will present a panel, “Thirty Years of Progress in Advancing the Cause of Native Plants: Where Are We Now?” A highlight of that event will be a portrayal of Andre Michaux, a well-known early botanical explorer of the Southeast. Michaux will be portrayed in costume by Charlie Williams of Gastonia, president of the Andre Michaux International Society. Campus lodging and dining options are available for conference participants. For more details and to register, visit or 828.227.7397.

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The Lens Luggers photography club of Western North Carolina is holding a special photography clinic featuring wide angle perspective and control. The program will be led by photographer Don McGowan from 9 a.m. until noon Tuesday, July 16, at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. The program is titled “From Here to There and Back Again: A Journey Through the Wide-Angle Lens” and is an educational and inspirational sketch of what wide-angle lenses do and what they have to offer. “The wide-angle lens can be readily mastered by the understanding and application of a few basic concepts of how wideangle lenses ‘see’ the world,” McGowan said. The program is about 1.5 hours in length and will be followed by hands-on instruction in the field. The cost of the program is $35 for advance registration, $45 at the door. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The price includes refreshments and a drawing for a camera bag. This program is


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Mountain Wildlife Days offers everything wild

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Mountain Wildlife Days “Wild Lives and Wild Places” is set for July 19-20 at the Sapphire Valley Resort. Renowned local nature photographer Bill Lea will host “An Evening with Bill Lea and His Inspiring Nature Photography” at 7:30 p.m. July 19, at the Sapphire Valley Resort Community Center. Friday’s activities include a handicapped-accessible field trip to Gorges State Park’s Visitor Center; a Headwaters Trail hike in High Hampton; and a High Falls Trail hike near Lake Glenville. At 3 p.m., Wendy Henkel of the Sapphire Valley Resort staff will talk about understanding black bear neighbors. Saturday activities include a bird walk by the Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, a talk about birds of prey by wildlife naturalist Pete Kipp, a live wolves presentation, a close-up look at reptiles, amphibians and small mammals, and a presentation called “Wildlife Wonders,” showcasing unique animals from the North Georgia Zoo. A silent auction will benefit Mountain Wildlife Days’ Western North Carolina Wildlife Outreach. The auction items will go on display at 7 p.m. Saturday. 828.743.7663.

Eco-tour highlights three waterfalls A tour of one of the premier waterfall spots in the region will take participants to three notable falls in the Highlands area. The “Trio of Waterfalls Eco Tour” will

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An unnamed waterfall in Big Creek Gorge will be one of the stops on a waterfall tour in Highlands. Donated photo

waterfall to be selected by participants. Pinky Falls is a favorite spot for locals that is owned and protected by the HighlandsCashiers Land Trust (HCLT). Big Creek Gorge is a property with an unnamed waterfall, recently conserved by the land trust via a conservation easement The walk is sponsored by the HighlandsCashiers Land Trust and looks to highlight the group’s work in preserving special waterfalls, as well as show off the unique attributes of the area. Western North Carolina is said to have one of the highest densities of waterfalls in the nation. High rainfall, geology and climate are all contributing factors. They also are important from an ecological standpoint for the habitat they provide for a number of rare and endangered species of plants and wildlife. Contact the organization for more information. Registration is requested. or 828.526.1111.



Kayaker found dead near Shining Rock The body of a kayaker who was reported missing in the Pisgah National Forest late afternoon July 4 was found the following night. Richard Scott Bradfield, 36, of Lexington, Ky., was found near a riverbank in the Shining Rock Wilderness area around 7:20 p.m. Friday, July 5. Rescuers carried him in a heavy downpour from rugged terrain near the Looking Glass Falls overlook. He was transported to MedWest Haywood after midnight, where he was pronounced dead. Bradfield was one of a group of seven people who were visiting the area together. He was reported missing shortly after other members of his group saw his kayak capsize and be swept downstream. His kayak was found earlier Friday afternoon. “This was a tragic incident,” said Haywood County Chief Deputy Jeff Haynes, “and our deepest condolences go out to his family.” Bradfield was not a novice kayaker, but due to recent storms and heavy rainfall over the past several days, the river was higher than normal and rapids were treacherous, according to Haynes. “We ask that visitors and residents please be mindful of high water,” Haynes said. “Please exercise extreme caution when participating in wilderness activity during hazardous conditions.”

Property along parkway in Jackson protected The Conservation Trust for North Carolina recently purchased a 31-acre property that adjoins the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 446. The tract contains a portion of Bear Creek in the headwaters of the North Fork Scott Creek in Jackson County. The property is completely forested and contains a cascading section of Bear Creek. Protection of the property will preserve views from the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway and will provide a natural buffer to a nearby subdivision. The property contains a portion of the Woodfin Falls Significant Natural Heritage Area and is in close proximity to the 6,000 plus-acre complex of lands within the proposed Waterrock Knob/Plott-Balsams Park along the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Safeguarding these 31 acres of sensitive high elevation habitat is another impressive (CTNC) accomplishment,” said Monika Mayr, acting superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Each time buffer land is added to the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor, we assure millions of visitors will continue to enjoy a spectacular, unspoiled landscape. The property was purchased May 23 for $215,000 from Greer State Bank in South Carolina with the intent to convey it to the National Park Service as part of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s official boundary. 196-58

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Nature enthusiasts of all ages can learn about night-flying animals during the Winged Creatures of the Night program at The Cradle of Forestry. The program will take place 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13. This wheelchair-accessible program will begin in the outdoor amphitheater with a short program of nature-oriented songs. Then, naturalists will describe the special adaptations animals have for surviving from dusk to dawn. After the talk, naturalists will lead the group on a stroll through the evening woods in search of winged creatures of the night. Moths, bats and owls are among the animals active at night when many of us are settled in our shelters. Winged creatures play important roles in the forest because they help keep mosquito and mouse populations in check. Participants should bring a flashlight. If raining, the program will be held inside. The cost is $6 for ages 16 and older and $3 for 15 and under. The Cradle of Forestry is located in the Pisgah National Forest along NC Highway 276 outside of Brevard. 828.877.3130 or

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering numerous outdoors-related events, clinics and workshops during the month of July through Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard. Introduction to Fly fishing — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 13, for ages 12 and older. Topics will include equipment, knots, casting techniques and aquatic entomology. Fly fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 at Lake Imaging in DuPont State Forest. For ages

12 and older. An introductory class that includes casting theory, mechanics and practice techniques. Experienced instructors will teach the overhead cast, roll cast and the art of false casting. Introduction to Fly fishing on the Lake — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26, at Buck Forest parking area in DuPont State Forest. For ages 12 and older. Learn the basics of fl fishing while fishing on a local lake. Gone Fishin’— 9 to 11 a.m. July 27 on Lake Dense. For ages 5 through 12. Enjoy a relaxing morning of fishing. Learn fishing skills, water safety and fishing regulations. Families will meet at High Falls parking area and enjoy a hayride to the lake. 828.877.4423 or

Cuba has long been a sought-after birding destination, and an international birder who just returned from the island nation is ready to share her stories with the public. Romney Bathurst will present an evening program “After the Victory of the Revolution: Birding in Cuba Today” at 7 p.m. Monday, July 22, at the Highlands Civic Center. Cuba is an important sanctuary for birds. It offers 26 endemic species, including the world’s smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird, which measures just over two inches. Bathurst couldn’t pass up a chance to visit Cuba when she was offered a spot on a licensed bird survey in April. In her program, the special birds of Cuba will be featured, including the Bee Hummingbird and exotic species as Cuban Parakeets, Oriente Warbler and the very rare and endangered Gundlach’s Hawk. Romney also will discuss the current social and political conditions she saw first hand during her trip. The photos of cars from the 1950s alone will appeal to many, along with both city and rural scenes of life in the time-warped Communist state of Cuba. or 828.743.9670.

Birders in North Carolina are flocking to the recently redesigned N.C. Birding Trail website, which provides detailed information on each of the 327 sites statewide that comprise the loosely associated “trail.” The key feature of the new website is a map from which visitors can browse sites by location, using a Google map interface. When visitors click on a site on the map, they will see a short summary and description of the site, birds they might see or hear and the type of habitat surrounding the location. The map also incorporates a “bird finder,” where birders can search for a particular bird. “For instance, if you type in ‘American redstart,’ the map will display all of the birding trail sites where redstarts might be seen, as well as any recent sightings from other birders in the previous 14 days,” said Scott Anderson, the bird conservation biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The N.C. Birding Trail launched in 2005 as a way to connect people to birds and bird habitats by supporting sustainable bird watching, increasing the understanding of bird diversity in the Tar Heel state and encouraging patronage of local businesses.

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Jono Bryant will present a talk called “Headhunters and Toothbrushes” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Macon County Public Library. Bryant is the director and founder of MedicForce, a medical charity that specializes in expeditions to remote jungle communities throughout the world. He will talk about his experience working on a TV show in the remote jungles of Borneo and how MedicForce was formed after a chance meeting with a group of tribal natives called the Penan. Bryant is a paramedic and also runs a wilderness medicine school out of the Nantahala Outdoor Center. He was born in the UK, and before landing in Bryson City, he spent 12 years as an expedition leader and jungle specialist, leading trips for scientists and college groups and appearing in TV shows. The talk is part of Thursdays at the Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Jono Bryant, director of a charity group called MedicForce, is giving Macon County a talk about working in the remote jungles of Borneo. Donated photo Library, the weekly program is an eclectic mix of presentations by authors, musicians, and educators on varied topics. Free.



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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Employability Laboratory, Southwestern Community College, Sylva: July 10, Dressing for Successful Interviews—For Women; July 17, Tips to Make a Good Impression in Your Professional and Personal lives; July 24—Workplace Communications & Diversity; Register, 306.7020. • Professional Development Breakfast, 8 a.m. Thursday, July 11, Terrace Room 316, Terrace Hotel, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, featuring Russ Seagle of Seagle Management. Sponsored by the Haywood Chamber’s Young Professionals of Haywood (YPH)., 456.3021 or • Marketing Your Business Using Free Online Directories, with Martin Brossman, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, Southwestern Community College, Jackson Campus, Founders Hall, Room 124. Tiffany Henry, 339.4211. • Create Your Own Website and Blog Using WordPress, with Martin Brossman, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, Southwestern Community College, Jackson Campus, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18, Macon Campus. Tiffany Henry, 339.4211.

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Downtown Sylva’s Main Street “Heritage Walk” is the topic of the Jackson County Genealogical Society’s July program, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Community Room, Jackson County Courthouse. The Heritage Walk is a collection of historic Main Street photographs. 631.2646. • Drugs In Our Midst, 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14, Riverside Baptist Church, 2171 Lake Logan Road, Waynesville. 648.4709,, • RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend, July 11-13, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. An all-inclusive event, must register online, all day rides, guided tours, catered meals at night, a bar, and music. Guest speakers onsite. 336.354.6430 or • Grass Roots cribbage club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Maggie Valley Inn. Group meets every Tuesday. and Keith Miller, 410.440.7652,, or Dale Henry, 926.3978. • Aviation Historical Society meeting, “Flying Helicopters in War and Peace,” 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, Macon County Airport near Franklin. Program presented by Stan Coss, who flew two tours in Vietnam, taught new pilots, resupplied oil platforms in the Gulf, and piloted emergency medical missions. Fred Alexander,, 506.5869. • Jackson County Planning Department public meeting to receive public comment on proposed revisions to the 441 Corridor Development Ordinance and Map, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, cafeteria of the Smoky Mountain Elementary School. 631.2255. • Drop-In Public Meeting 2, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, second floor boardroom, Town Hall Building, 9 S. Main St., Waynesville. Recommendation review of North Main Street study. • Glance Family Reunion, noon Saturday, July 20, Beaverdam Community Center, 1620 N. Canton Road, Canton. Linda Glance Kier, 615.419.4815, or Johnny Glance, 593.9897, Facebook, Glance Family Genealogy. • WCU’s Academic Success Program annual Day of Service Festival, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20,

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. Bridge Park, downtown Sylva. Glenda Hensley, or 227.2786.

BLOOD DRIVES • MedWest Harris Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 68 Hospital Drive, Sylva. Melissa Southers, 586.7131. • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, Senior Resource Center, Waynesville. Suzanne, 452.2370. • Southwestern Community College Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 447 College Drive, Sylva. Amanda Pressley, 339.4305. • Swain County Hospital Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 23, 48 Plateau Street, Bryson City. Tracey Anthony, 488.2155. • Southwestern Community College Macon Campus Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin. Fairley Pollock, 306.7017. • Franklin Community Blood Drive, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15, First Baptist of Franklin, 69 Iotla St., Franklin. 800.Red.Cross,

KIDS & FAMILY Summer Camps • Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department summer camp for kids in kindergarten to fifth grade., 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Aug. 16. Daily limited enrollment. Register, 456.2030 or email • Summer Day Camp Cullowhee United Methodist Church, ages 3 to 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 2. $90. 293.9215 or visit • Lake Junaluska Summer Day Camp, through Aug. 9, for ages 24 months through rising sixth graders. Half day, full day available. Come all summer or for just a few days.,, 454.6681. Registration forms available online. • Highlands Playhouse Summer Fun Drama/Theatre Camps: Theatre Camp; July 15-27; Musical Theatre Camp; and July 29-Aug. 2, Dance Camp. 526.2695 or email Highlands Playhouse, 362 Oak St., Highlands, • WOW! a World of Wonder day camp, ages 4 to 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 6-9, Highlands Nature Center. $55, advanced registration required. 526.2623, • NatureWorks day camp, ages 8 to 11, 10 a.m. to noon, July 16-19, Highlands Nature Center. $85, advanced registration required. 526.2623, • Amazing Animals day camp, ages 7 to 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 30-Aug. 2, Highlands Nature Center. $85, advanced registration required. 526.2623,

5:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays, through Aug. 28. Ages 5 to 9. $500 per month. Subsidy accepted. 456.2458. • Teen Workshops: “A week of working in a different medium each day,”10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 14-19, ages 13-18, $275. Fine Arts Building, Western Carolina University, • Basketball Camp, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 15-18, Waynesville Recreation Center. Offered by Kevin Cantwell, current head coach at Carolina Day School and former assistant coach at Georgia Tech. $135 per camper. Each camper responsible for bringing his or her own lunch and snack. Checks payable to Kevin Cantwell. 770.490.6580 or email • Two-day art camps, Cullowhee Mountain Arts: “Garden Party” 9 a.m. to noon, July 17-18, ages 5 to 8, $50, and “Nature Fest” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15-16, ages 9 to 12, $90. Fine Arts Building, Western Carolina University. • British Soccer Camp, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. July 22-26, Vance Street Park, Waynesville., 456.2030 or email

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT GOP • Macon County Republican precinct chairs, 5 p.m. Thursday, July 18, the Boiler Room, followed by Macon County Republican Party executive board meeting at 6 p.m. 349.9735.

Others • Veteran newspaper journalists Rachel Hoskins and Bob Scott will speak on threats to freedom of the press, at noon Thursday, July 11, Tartan Hall, Franklin. Sponsored by The League of Women Voters. • OccupyWNC - Working Groups (Public welcome), 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, Room 246, Jackson Justice Center, Sylva. Every fourth Tuesday of the month.

Visit and click on Calendar for: ■ Complete listings of local music scene ■ Regional festivals ■ Art gallery events and openings ■ Complete listings of recreational offerings at regional health and fitness centers ■ Civic and social club gatherings • Photo clinic on wide angle perspective and control featuring Don McGowan, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, Old Armory Recreation Center, 55 Boundary St., Waynesville. Bob Grytten, 627.0245 or e-mail Early registration fee of $35 may also be sent directly to Bob Grytten & Associates, PO Box 1153, Waynesville, NC 28786. • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Dinosaur Train, July 19-21, 26-28 and Aug 2-4. 800.872.4681, • International Festival Day, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, downtown Waynesville. 800.334.9036,,, 452.0593,, 452.2997, toll free 1.877.FOLK.USA. • Songwriters-in-the-Round, 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Balsam Mountain Inn, 68 Seven Springs Drive, Balsam. Featuring David Olney, Malcolm Holcombe and Marshall Chapman. • Franklin’s Folk Festival storytelling sessions, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20, Town Hall Meeting Room, Franklin., 524.7683. • Brains and Brawn: Are you smarter than a roller girl? 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, Frog Level Brewing Company, Waynesville. Fundraiser to support Smoky Mountain Roller Derby. 454.5664 or visit • Bingo, 5:45 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 5, Pavilion next to Maggie Valley Town Hall. Cash prizes. • High-fashion exhibition, ReDress: Upcycled Style by Nancy Judd, through Aug.18, The Bascom, Highlands., 526.4949.

A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • Ultimate Elvis, tribute artist contest, July 11-13, Essence Lounge, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino. • Summer Jazz Festival, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 7 p.m. Saturdays: July 13, 20. Reservations at 452.6000, • “Man of the Year” Gala competition and fundraiser for REACH of Haywood, 6 p.m. Friday, July 12, Laurel Ridge Country Club. • Live music, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Mountaineer Restaurant, 64904 Soco Road, Maggie Valley: Ashley Rose–July 13, The Mix–July 20.

• Mountain Explorers day camp, ages 11 to 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23-26, Highlands Nature Center. $120, advanced registration required. 526.2623,

• Dulcimer U Summer Week, Sunday, July 14 through Friday, July 19. Western Carolina University’s 14th annual conference of mountain dulcimer classes, concerts and jam sessions. and click on “Dulcimer U Summer Week” or call WCU’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education, 227.7397.

• Summer Day Camp, Southwestern Child Development and Hazelwood Early Education and Preschool, 7 a.m. to

• Dueling pianos, 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 14 and 21, Essence Lounge, Harrah’s Cherokee, Casino.

Folkmoot USA Schedule subject to change. Visit for additions or cancellations or call the ticket office, 452.2997. • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17—HomeTrust Bank’s Family Night, Folkmoot Friendship Center, Waynesville. Free snacks. (2 groups) Adults $10; children (12 & under) $5. • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18—Gala preview and champagne reception, Stompin’ Ground, Maggie Valley. (All groups) Private event for Friends of Folkmoot, donors and sponsors. • 1 p.m. Friday, July 19—Parade of Nations, Waynesville. Court House to Main Street, free. • 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19—Grand Opening, Stompin’ Ground, Maggie Valley. (All groups) Reserved seating: $30, $25; general admission $20; children (12 & under) ½ price. • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20—Haywood County Arts Council’s International Festival Day, Main Street, Waynesville. Folkmoot groups perform to benefit Haywood County Arts Council. or 452.0593. • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20—Haywood Community College, Clyde. (All groups) Reserved seating: $30, $25; general admission $20; children (12 & under) ½ price.

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• 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21—Diana Wortham Theater, Asheville. (All groups) General admission $30, children (12 & under) ½ price. • 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21—World Friendship Day, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. (5 groups) Reserved seating: $25, $20; general admission $15; children (12 & under) ½ price. • 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 22—Western Carolina University, Fine & Performing Arts Center, Cullowhee. (3 groups) Adults $18; faculty $15; students & children (12 & under) $5. • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23—Colonial Theatre, Canton. (3 groups) Adults $16; children (12 & under) 1/2 price. • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23—Swain High School, Bryson City. (3 groups) Adults $16; children (12 & under) ½ price.

LITERARY (ADULTS) • Southern folk author Joe Cobb Crawford will sign his new book at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • Perry Kelly presents his memoir, Cosmos Screen, at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • Metal sculptor Grace Cathey will sign copies of her new book, Fire & Steel: The Sculpture of Grace Cathey, from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 136 Depot St. (Walker Service), Waynesville. • Let’s Talk About It book discussion, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Haywood County Public Library auditorium, Waynesville. Book is Nowhere Else on Earth by Josephine Humphreys. 456.5311 or

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• Coffee with the Poet featuring Brent Martin, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva., City Lights Bookstore, 586.9499. • Haywood County Friends of the Library annual Book Sale Committee is accepting donations until July 15. Call Sandy Denman to arrange a pickup of materials, 627.2370. Book sale is July 25-27.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Family friendly Concerts on the Creek, every Friday during summer, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Sylva Bridge Park Pavilion near Scott Creek: July 12, Buchanan Boys; July 19, Dashboard Blue. 800.962.1911,

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• Western Carolina University free Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. Thursdays, A.K. Hinds University Center stage in Central Plaza: July 11, Jamie Paul; July 18, The Boxcars. 227.3622. • “Side By Side By Sondheim,” 2 p.m. July 13, 20 and Aug. 3, Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. 456.6322, • Brigadoon, 7:30 p.m. July 12-13, 18-20, 25-27 and Aug. 1-3; 3 p.m. July 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4, Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. 456.6322, • Jars of Clay, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased online or at the theater’s box office. Combo tickets, which include a pass to the Francesca Battistelli concert on Friday, July 12, may be purchased for $34, but are only available at the theater’s box office., 866.273.4615.

40 • Dulcimer masters concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July

17, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. $12. Purchase at the Bardo Center box office, by calling 227.2479 or going online to

• Family movie, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Animated film features 10year-old Lucas Nickle who vents his frustrations on the anthill in his front yard. 488.3030.

• Miranda Lambert, 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. or 800.745.3000. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

• New movie, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, Macon County Library, Franklin. Movie chronicles the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden. PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material. 524.3600.

• Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through July 21, Performing Arts Center, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. 452.0593.,

• New movie, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, Meeting Room, Macon County Library, Franklin. Movie is a chronicle of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks. Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • Art Stroll, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, downtown Main Street, Sylva. 337.3468. • “On Hallowed Ground” art exhibit by mural artist Doreyl Ammons Cain, through July 31, Jackson County Arts Councils’ Rotunda Gallery, Jackson County Library Complex, Sylva. Opening reception, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12. 293.2239,

• Jono Bryant will present a talk called “Headhunters and Toothbrushes” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. Bryant is the director and founder of MedicForce, a medical charity that specializes in expeditions to remote jungle communities throughout the world. • Celebrate Franklin’s 10th annual Folk Festival with a movie featuring Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn and John Denver, 2 p.m. Friday, July 19, Meeting Room, Macon County Library, Franklin. PG, 524.3600.

• Nature Inspired, mixed media exhibit, through July 27, Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. • Ceramics exhibition by students from Highlands High School, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, through July 14, The Bascom, Highlands., 526.4949.

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Western North Carolina Woodturners Club meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Blue Ridge School, Glenville. Drive to the back of the school to the woodworking shop. • Mini workshop on photo transfer techniques with printmaker and artist-in-residence Linda Soberman, 10 a.m. to noon, and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 11, WCU’s School of Art and Design. $30, all materials supplied. Reserve a spot at 342.7899, • Exhibit featuring works by WNC painter Elizabeth Ellison and fabric crafter Ann Smith, July 13 to Sept. 2, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville. Artist reception, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14., 665.2492. • Mini workshop on paper cuts with book artist and artist-in-residence Julie Friedman, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 18, WCU’s School of Art and Design. $30, all materials supplied. Reserve a spot at 342.7899,, • Free Make and Take class, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, July 13, 20 and 27, the Art Room, 45 East Main St., Franklin. Ages 15 and up. Dianne, 349.3777 • Woodturning demonstration by Andi Wolfe, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. John Hill, 645-6633 or

FILM & SCREEN • Movies in the Park, Thursdays, July 11, 18 and 25, Bridge Park, Sylva. 293.3053. • Children’s movie, 1 p.m. Monday, July 15, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016 • Teen movie, 3 p.m. Monday, July 15, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016 • Classic movie, 1 p.m. Friday, July 12, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, featuring Connie Francis and George Hamilton in an original beach party movie, 488.3030.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Trio of Waterfalls Eco Tour, Friday, July 12, Big Falls, Pinky Falls, and the third to be announced. Details at or 526.1111. • Highlands Plateau Audubon Society bird walk, Saturday, July 12, around Horse Cove and Rich Gap Road., 743.9670. • French Broad River Paddle Trail Leave No Trace Learn-n-Paddle Overnighter, Friday, July 12 to Saturday, July 13. Learn and practice the principles of Leave No Trace for river corridors., 252.8474 ext. 14. • Highlands Plateau Audubon Society bird walk, Saturday, July 13, with birder Romney Bathurst, to the old ranger station along Ranger Falls Trail in Highlands. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public restrooms to carpool., 743.9670. • Friends of the Smokies hike, Tuesday, July 16, Appalachian Trail from Newfound Gap down to the Kephart Prong Trailhead, with hiking expert and author Danny Bernstein. 7.5 mile shuttle hike. Meet at 8:30 a.m. in Asheville, 9 a.m. in Maggie Valley or 9:30 a.m. Cherokee. 452.0720, • Highlands Audubon Society bird walk, Saturday, July 20, along Cashiers Board Walk and Village Green. Meet at 8 a.m. at the new Cashiers Community Center. 743.9670, • Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society Hummingbird Field Trip, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 20, Jerry and Carrie Burke’s home near Lake Logan. Meet at 9 am. at K-Mart Shopping Center, Waynesville, Bring a bag of sugar to donate.

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • Nature Nuts: Raising Trout, 9 to 11 a.m. July 10 and 20, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard. For ages 4 through 7 years old. 877-4423 or sign up online. pisgah/CalendarView. aspx • Zahner Conservation Lecture Series, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse

Cove Road, Highlands, featuring Alan Weakley, “Highlands, the Southern End of the Southern Appalachians: Maintaining its Hundred Million YearOld Biodiversity Legacy.” Weakley is director of the UNC Herbarium at the North Carolina Botanical Garden., 526.2221. • Stream exploration with the Highlands Biological Station staff, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Highlands Nature Center to carpool, or at 10:15 a.m. at East LaPorte Park. Preregistration required, 526.2221. • Aquatic Sampling Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Highlands Biological Station. For all ages, $10 for members of the Highlands Biological Foundation, $15 for non-members. 526.2221 to register. • Dr. Alan Weakley, director of the UNC Herbarium and adjunct professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11, Highlands Nature Center. Part of the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series. 526.2221. • Introduction to Fly-Fishing, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. For ages 12 and older. 877.4423, online aspx. • Winged Creatures of the Night program, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah National Forest, NC Highway 276, 14 miles north of Brevard. Bring a flashlight. $6 for ages 16 and older; $3 for youth 15 and under and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. 877.3130 or visit • Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, July 17-20, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. • Zahner Conservation Lecture Series, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road, Highlands, featuring Rekha Morris, “The Demise of a Single Floral Genus as an Indicator of Environmental Devastation.” Rekha is a South Carolina Master Gardener with a Ph.D. in early Indian art., 526.2221. • Mountain Wildlife Days “Wild Lives and Wild Places” July 19-20, Sapphire Valley Resort. 743.7663. • Eco Explorers: Stream Investigation, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard. For ages 8 through 13 years old. 8774423 or sign up online. • Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Biennial Conference, July 21- July 25, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Live music, dancing, presentations about hiking trails, and a Cherokee storyteller. Nightly tickets are $7, and children under 12 are admitted free.

FARM & GARDEN • Mountains in Bloom fundraiser for The Bascom. Luncheon and lecture by Kathryn Greeley, author of The Collected Tabletop, 11:30 a.m. and a Volunteer Appreciation Party, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 11, The Bascom., Claire Cameron, 787.2882 or • Private garden tours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12 and 13, plus lunch on the Bascom Terrace. Tickets, $80 per person., Claire Cameron, 787.2882 or • Mountains in Bloom Benefactor Party, 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14, The Farm at Old Edwards Inn., Claire Cameron, 787.2882 or • Ikenobo Ikebana Society, Blue Ridge Chapter meeting, 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, First Congregational Church of Hendersonville, 1735 Fifth Ave. West, Hendersonville. 696.4103.



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Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection: 196-28

a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j.

Application Type: Shoreline Management Plan Project No: 2692-055 Date Filed: December 6, 2012 Applicant: Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC Name of Project: Nantahala Hydroelectric Project Location: The Franklin Hydroelectric Project is located on the Nantahala River in Clay and Macon counties, North Carolina. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 USC 791a - 825r Applicant Contact: Dennis Whitaker, Duke Energy – Lake Services, 526 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC, 28202, (704) 382-1594. FERC Contact: Mark Carter at (678) 245-3083, or email: Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, and protests: July 24, 2013

All documents may be filed electronically via the Internet. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission’s website at Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at or toll free at 1-866-208-3676, or for TTY, (202) 502-8659. Although the Commission strongly encourages electronic filing, documents may also be paper-filed. To paper-file, mail an original and seven copies to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20426. Please include the project number (P-2692-055) on any comments, motions, or recommendations filed.



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k. Description of Request: As required by article 408 of the February 8, 2012 license, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC requests Commission approval of a proposed shoreline management plan (SMP) for the project. The SMP defines shoreline management classifications for the reservoir shoreline within the project boundary, identifies allowable and prohibited uses within the shoreline areas, and describes the shoreline use permitting process. l. Locations of the Application: A copy of the application is available for inspection and reproduction at the Commission's Public Reference Room, located at 888 First Street, NE, Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, or by calling (202) 502-8371. This filing may also be viewed on the Commission's website at using the "eLibrary" link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field (P-2692) to access the document. You may also register online at tion.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call 1-866-208-3676 or e-mail, for TTY, call (202) 502-8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item (h) above. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission. n. Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene: Anyone may submit comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211, .214, respectively. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified comment date for the particular application. o. Filing and Service of Documents: Any filing must (1) bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS”, “PROTEST”, or “MOTION TO INTERVENE” as applicable; (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person commenting, protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments, motions to intervene, or protests must set forth their evidentiary basis. Any filing made by an intervenor must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 385.2010.

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WORKING OUT THE BUGS ACROSS 1 Sir, in old India 6 Floored by 13 High fliers 20 “George & -” (former talk show) 21 It may collect around a scratching post 22 Builds into a wall 23 Bug’s favorite kissing game? 25 Least active 26 One way or another 27 U.S. Navy off. 28 Sordid 30 Corporate shuffle, for short 32 Bug’s favorite bookworm? 37 Citizen: Suffix 40 “There - sides to every story” 43 Soccer great Hamm 44 City near Lake 107-Down 45 Bug’s favorite state of mind? 50 Cake-and-ice-cream occasions, for short 51 Soft felt hat 52 Hang around 53 Last check box, often 55 Nonclerical 56 Soviet premier Kosygin 57 Mem. of Congress 58 See 60-Down 59 Peeples of “Fame” 61 Affirmative gesture 62 “7 Faces of Dr. -” 64 Bug’s favorite interrogation aid? 69 Improve by making

small changes 72 Mini, Nano, and Shuffle 74 French euro division 75 Bug’s favorite fall drink? 77 Rocky pinnacle 78 New Year in Vietnam 79 Dot in the Rhône 80 Beagle, e.g. 81 Kind of camera, briefly 83 Mogadishu native 86 Boar’s mate 89 Talks to God 91 Chinese premier Enlai 92 Clothing smoother 93 Actress Linda 95 Bug’s favorite Eddie Rabbitt hit? 98 Shankar with a sitar 99 Not well 100 Rowing a boat 101 Equine beast 102 Bug’s favorite naval officer? 105 Letter-shaped hardware items 109 Athens site 110 Atop, poetically 113 Capriciously 117 Cola holder 120 Bug’s favorite Fats Waller song? 123 Actor Chad 124 Matrimonial 125 Really rotund 126 July 4 events 127 Compound in plastics 128 New Jersey county DOWN

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The grand and showy hibiscus


George Ellison

had my first introduction to the showy and curious hibiscus flowers when I was a boy. Rose-of-Sharon was a common where I grew up, just as it is here in Western North Carolina. My cousins and I would in mid-summer amuse ourselves by trapping large bumblebees in the flowers. No problem: wait for a bee to penetrate the blossom and then seal the petals shut with your fingertips. We must not have had a lot amusement opportunities as kids since Columnist we spent a lot of time harassing bumblebees in this manner. Even then, I recall noticing the peculiar structure of the Rose-of-Sharon blossoms, but it wasn’t until I was older that I bothered to find out more about them and the other memebers of the hibiscus genus, which belong to the mallow family of plants. All mallows display five petals, within which the male stamen are united to form a long tube (or “staminal column”) that surrounds the female parts. A nectar is produced at the base of the petals that attracts pollinators deep into the flower and thereby into con-

BACK THEN tact with the sexual parts. Rose-of-Sharon is the only shrub in the hibiscus genus that’s hardy in our region. Sometimes called “althaea” by gardeners, the shrub is native to Asia but was introduced into the British Isles over 250 years ago and has been a part of our floral heritage for so long it doesn’t seem “foreign” at all; indeed, it’s not uncommon to spot plants growing near old homesites that have “escaped” and made themselves at home with the rest of our native plants. Which common garden plant displays the most striking blossoms? To my eye okra is the hands-down winner. The plant is a hibiscus genus member native to old world tropics. Another hibiscus that has come to live with us — this time from from Europe — is flower-of-an-hour (H. trionum), which has lovely sulphur-yellow petals and a purplishblack “eye.” As the common name indicates, the flowers last only a few hours. Unfortunately, it is more common in the piedmont region of the state than here in WNC, where it has been reported from only Jackson and Wautauga counties. That brings us to the single hibiscus species native to Southern Appalachian. But, if we have to just have one hibiscus of our

very own, few wildflower enthusiasts would choose another in its place. That species is the swamp rose mallow

(H. moshcheutos), which grows in moist woods, meadows, and marshes. Some authorities treat the pink-flowered, ovateleaved variety and the white-flowered variety with lobed leaves as separate species, but the current thought is that they are subspecies; indeed, the ovate variety sometimes has white flowers, and vice versa. Here in the seven-westernmost counties

of the state, swamp rose mallow has been reported from Cherokee, Swain, Macon, and Haywood counties. To my knowledge, all of these represent reports of the dominant whitish (but sometimes pinkish) subspecies. The deep-red rose mallows starting to put on a show in yards thoughout the region are derived from horticultural strains such as the “Hibiscus Southern Belle” types offered for years by the Park Seed Co. No plant is more stunning when encountered in the wild. George Ellison wrote the biographical introductions for the reissues of two Appalachian classics: Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders and James Mooney’s History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. In June 2005, a selection of his Back Then columns was published by The History Press in Charleston as Mountain Passages: Natural and Cultural History of Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains. Readers can contact him at P.O. Box 1262, Bryson City, N.C., 28713, or at

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