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News Cherokee bears find new home in the Lone Star state. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Beloved ice cream man serves WNC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Allens Creek residents fear further expansion of nearby quarry . . . . . . . . . . 8 Free dental clinic makes annual pass through Cullowhee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Jackson County to invest in new 911 center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Changes in store for Franklin’s downtown gazebo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Abandoned Forest Hills golf course at center of conundrum . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Jackson County officials consider relaxing tap fees for brewery . . . . . . . . . 11 Complaint triggers state inquiry into Ghost Town accident . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 HCC and Creative Arts building architect settle their difference . . . . . . . . 13 Frogman leaps over Waynesville sign regulations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Macon County airport runway’s girth may expand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Business page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16


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Haywood residents part of national prevention study The American Cancer Society is inviting residents of Haywood County who are interested in participating in a nationwide Cancer Prevention Study to attend a kick-off event at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the Haywood Regional Fitness Center. The study will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. Men and women who are willing to commit to the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65, and never diagnosed with cancer. The goal is to recruit 150 residents, who will participate in the study on Sept. 17 or 18. RSVP. 828.254.6931 or

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to correct the violations, the operations were suspended earlier this year and the owners fined $5,000. The bear zoos in Cherokee had been a source of controversy in the past, including the target of protests and a negative publicity campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The release of an undercover video by PETA showing the deplorable conditions came about the same time as the park’s closure and kicked off a new firestorm in Cherokee regarding the future of the bear zoos. Enrolled members asked the Tribal Council to ban all

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER leven bears once confined to concrete pits at Chief Saunooke Bear Park in Cherokee have found greener pastures in Texas after the bear park was shut down following repeated federal violations. An anonymous donor from California gave $450,000 to construct eight separate enclosures at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas. Each is larger than an acre and includes trees to climb, dirt to dig, caves to sleep in and ponds to cool off in. “I think that is the most wonderful gift for those bears,” said Amy Walker, one of many enrolled members of the tribe who advocated for a better habitat for the bears. “I was glad that they got a decent place.” Prior to moving half way across the country, the 11 bears — two Asiatic black bears, three grizzly bears and six American black bears — lived most, if not all, of their lives in concrete pits where visitors to Chief Saunooke Bear Park would pay to see them. Over the course of two years, the establishment had racked up about a dozen violations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including failure to maintain clean enclosures and provide proper nourishment. After failing


Wells Care Connections will host a free, two-part program on self-care from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, at the Senior Resource Center in Waynesville. Robin Minick, bereavement specialist at Medwest Haywood, will speak on what it means to take good care of one’s self, especially while expressing so much care for others. In addition, the staff of Haywood Community Connections will highlight the valuable resources available through the Senior Resource Center. Wells Care Connections is a bereavement outreach program offered through Wells Funeral Homes in conjunction with MedWest Haywood Hospice & Palliative Care. 828.456.3535 or 828.452.5039.


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bear zoos from the reservation, but after much discussion on the issue, tribal council decided not to take action. Currently, there are still two operating, though one of those has more natural enclosures and not concrete pits. Walker said she and other enrolled members have not given up the fight though. “I won’t give up on the bears. We just believe it’s going to have to be done in a different way,” Walker said. PETA still plans to keep at it as well until all the bear zoos are closed. “These pits are an affront to the Eastern Band of Cherokee,” said Jeff Kerr, general counsel for PETA. “They are contrary to the Cherokee way of respecting life.” PETA has protested against the living conditions of bears in bear zoos, particularly in Chief Saunooke Bear Park, for years and have finally tasted a victory. “We are just thrilled, and our hearts sing with joy,” Kerr said. PETA actually contacted the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary to see if the nonprofit could take the 11 bears from Chief Saunooke Bear Park, said Richard Gilbreth, executive director of the sanctuary. The nonprofit just so happened to have eight free acres of land. It just needed to build the enclosures. “They have adapted extremely well to their new environment,” Gilbreth said. “It’s a learning process for them.” Rescued bears will sometimes confine themselves to one area and slowly start investigating more territory as time passes. Some of the bears still walk in circles out of habit despite having ample room. Now that the bears are moved, the biggest obstacle is money. It will cost between $5,000 and $6,000 a month to care for all 11 bears. People can adopt one for $125 a month or make a smaller donation. “There are a lot of people out there who will help you and give you $5,” Gilbreth said. “I appreciate every dime.” Others also donate meat or produce to feed the animals. To donate or find out other ways to help, visit

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BY GARRET K. WOODWARD Earley remembers his first day on the job, STAFF WRITER fondly. I scream, you scream, Western North “I was a bit nervous,� he said. “I hadn’t Carolina screams for ice cream. learned the kids, prices and all the kinds of For the better part of the last decade, ice cream yet, but in no time I picked it up Benny Earley has been putting smiles on and have kept going.� kids and grownups alike. With his trusty ice On an average day, Earley serves up to 100 cream truck, he motors around the region customers, with over 200 on a busy route. He selling and handing out cold treats to any has more than 30 types of products, but the and all within an earshot of the melodies most popular selection is the ice cream sandechoing from the vehicle into neighborhoods wich. You can find his truck at public swimand downtowns. ming pools, grocery store parking lots, recre“I just love doing this because it makes ation centers and town celebrations throughthe kids happy, and that makes me happy,� the 63-year-old said. “You meet all kinds of kids and adults. They’re all nice people, and that keeps me going.� Sitting patiently in his truck at a grocery store parking lot in Canton one recent afternoon, Earley looks up at the sky. It had rained most the day, but it had since ceased. The hope of sweettooth customers finding their way fto the vehicle had once again emerged. “It has been a little slow with the economy, but business has been picking up lately,� he said optimistically. One of five drivers for Blue Ridge Ice Cream based out of Leicester, Earley works six days a week from the early afternoon until late into the evening. On Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, his route traverses Canton, Clyde and Waynesville. “We try hard to keep the business going because we want to “You get used to the people, and show the kids what the ice cream truck used to be and how imporyou miss them during the winter tant it was,� he said. months.� That iconic scene of children running down the sidewalk — Benny Earley, ice cream truck driver towards the ice cream truck is something that never gets old for Earley. It’s a special bond within small town out the summer months. He works most of life, one that is timeless and nostalgic for the year, from March until December. any who have partaken in the quest for sug“You get used to the people, and you miss ary treats. them during the winter months,� he said. “Yes, the kids chase me down,� he chuck“I’ve learned all the different types of people led. “They want ice cream and see me, then out there and all the different types of ice just start running to the truck.� cream they like.� Known as “Mr. Benny� to innumerable So, what’s the ice cream man’s favorite children, Earley has spent most of his life in treat? Leicester. He held an array of jobs, working as “Strawberry ice cream sandwich,� he said. a parking lot sweeper and building birdbaths With a decade of service quickly to name a few. approaching, Earley doesn’t show any signs His daughter, who was a driver for Blue of slowing down. Though he has a few health Ridge years ago, roped him into joining the issues now, all and all he’s still up to the job. company. For him, it’s all about those smiles radiating “She talked me into doing it,� he said. from the other side of the counter. “That was over nine years ago, and I’ve been “This has been a good thing for me,� he doing it ever since — I love it.� smiled. “I hope to stay with it for a long time.�


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Neighbors plead their case to put the brakes on quarry expansion BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER eighbors near a towering rock quarry in Waynesville have voiced concerns over a proposed expansion that could cause excavations to creep ever closer to their homes. The Allens Creek rock quarry run by Harrison Construction grows larger with each passing year. It is, after all, the nature of quarries. But as it consumes more and more of the mountainside — growing taller, wider and deeper — its neighbors have grown increasingly leery. Complaints from nearby residents are varied. Blasts from the quarry rattle windows and make residents fear for the safety of their house’s foundations. Clouds of dust and invisible fine particles are blamed for breathing problems. The near-constant barrage of heavy truck traffic creates a nuisance. And streams have been polluted by the quarry in the past, with documented state water quality violations. The quarry company owns more than 300 acres at the head of Allens Creek. About half is currently included in its mining boundary. It recently bought eight additional acres on the ridgeline above the quarry and wants to add it to the mining boundary. The quarry was obligated to inform property owners in its vicinity, prompting several to write letters to state mining officials asking them to deny the application. “The pure, clean air of the gorgeous Smoky Mountains have been polluted with debris from this mining operation and any further expansion should be immediately denied,” Ralph Dreifus, a who lives near the quarry, wrote in a letter to the state mining permit office. “The major blasting that occurs is so violent that it vibrates my home as well as others in this area.” The quarry is being “hostile and invasive” by buying up additional property to add to the mining footprint, according to Steve Rosenfelt of Highland Forest, an upscale development bordering the quarry. Like many, he cited wells that nearby neighbors rely on as their sole source of water. Wells “are at risk of being either contaminated or degraded by any increase in blasting or disturbance,” Rosenfelt wrote to the state mining permit officials. There was enough opposition that state mining officials agreed to hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the historic courthouse in Waynesville.

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Todd Quigg, president of Harrison Construction at its Tennessee headquarters, said the quarry has been forced to retool its mining strategy after hitting a metamorphic fault during excavations in 2009, when a giant slab of rock sheared off the near vertical 8

But Quigg said the quarry genuinely wants to be a good neighbor — as much as possible given that it is, after all, a quarry. “We took a lot of public comment in 2009. We took that as a learning lesson and have tried to be better neighbors,” Quigg said. The more neighborly attitude hasn’t gone unnoticed by Michael Rogers, a past opponent of the quarry. Rogers said Harrison has improved water quality, replanted trees, conducted more seismograph readings of its blasts and made a written promise to drill Rogers a new well if the spring he relies on for drinking water dries up. Still, Rogers opposes any expansion of the mining boundary. “I am opposed and most likely will be for the rest of my life,” Rogers wrote in a letter to state mining officials.


Harrison Construction rock quarry in Waynesville has been a source of contention for the surrounding community as it grows ever bigger. Neighbors have once again mounted protests over the quarry pushing its mining boundaries closer toward them. File photo rock face of the quarry. The collapse of one section of the towering quarry wall was very nearly catastrophic. It happened just after quitting time and crushed equipment that men had been operating just moments before. Now, with the discovery of the fault line, the quarry must take a different approach to mining the mountain. Instead of verticle slices, it must use a series of giant stair steps. “Since 2009, we have learned substantially more about the geology. The more appropriate way to do that is take a 50 foot cut and step out 30 feet,” Quigg said. The new, more stable approach necessitates adding the additional eight acres at the top of the mine to accommodate for the incremental terracing. The failure of the quarry wall in 2009 is one concern highlighted by neighbors, however — namely that the mountain will become destabilized as the quarry takes bigger and bigger bites out of it. “The expansion of this quarry adjoining my property sets the stage for unbelievable calamity,” Dreifus wrote. “This entire area could become uninhabitable and would cause immeasurable financial and emotional loss.” Quigg pointed out the quarry serves an important economic role in the community. The rock mined there is used to build roads, driveways, parking lots and building pads. If the quarry wasn’t there, crushed rock would have to be trucked in from greater distances, and the cost of construction would be higher.

“This would essentially grant Harrison Construction carte blanche to mine the expanded area without notification of neighbors.” — Donald Raff, a neighbor to the quarry, in a letter to the state

Be heard A public hearing on the latest boundary expansion of the Allens Creek rock quarry will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the historic courthouse in Waynesville. 919.707.9220. Quigg said most agree quarries are needed, but that this is a classic case of “not in my backyard.” It’s not the neighbors’ first rodeo in standing up to the quarry. Last time, they didn’t manage to stop the expansion but did win some concessions, namely in the area of ramped up monitoring. Outcry from neighbors prompted regulators to take a more active role in environmental oversight of the quarry, including more inspections, which had been limited in years past. The quarry in turn had to step up its compliance.

One problem faced by residents is figuring out exactly what the quarry is up to by adding the additional eight acres on the ridgeline. For now, the quarry has classified the proposed expansion as a “buffer zone,” meaning it wouldn’t be disturbed. That could change in the future, however. “The area that is now buffer may become active mine in the future,” Quigg said. Neighbors said they have been unable to get a clear answer of what the future may hold. If the additional property is needed only as a buffer, why add it to the mining boundary at all? Neighbors fear it could only spell one thing: an eventual expansion of the mining footprint further up the mountainside. So far, state mining officials tasked with processing the application haven’t asked the quarry for an explanation. “The state has limited knowledge about the overall and long-lasting scope,” Rosenfelt wrote in a letter to mining officials. As a result, residents have no way to assess the quarry’s proposal — and thus can’t comment in an educated way, he wrote. Judy Wehner, a state mining specialist in Raleigh handling the application, said she doesn’t know why Harrison would add property to the mining boundary if it is only needed as a buffer. “You would have to ask them,” Wehner said. When asked whether she was curious herself, Wehner said the application doesn’t require that information. “There’s not a spot on the application for it,” she said. When asked whether the state could still ask Harrison for that information anyway, Wehner said, “I don’t know if we could or we couldn’t. I would have to ask our attorney.” Wehner did say that Harrison would have to go through another application process if it wanted to shed the buffer status and pursue active mining on the added acreage. But that type of change wouldn’t require the same level of public notification. “This would essentially grant Harrison Construction carte blanche to mine the expanded area without notification of neighbors,” Donald Raff, a neighbor to the quarry, wrote in a letter to the state.


Jackson County to build new emergency ops hub BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER ackson County plans to build a $1.6 million state-of-the-art 911 call center and emergency headquarters along U.S. 441 south of Dillsboro. It would house all the county’s emer-


gency personnel and act as a secure response base in case of a crisis or disaster. About a third of the price tag for 5,000 square-foot facility is for new equipment to outfit the building. The county has already pledged $500,000 in this year’s budget for the construction. The remain-

Hundreds of patients lined up and waited hours in line for a chance to be seen by a dentist at the N.C. Missions of Mercy dental camp in Cullowhee last Friday and Saturday (above). Dental Technician Audrey Jarrel (left) molds a partial denture. Andew Kasper photos der will be paid for with 911 fees, a tax tacked on to all phone bills to fund emergency call services. The new call center will allow for all county emergency personnel to be housed in the same facility. The 911 personnel are currently operating out of the second floor of the county’s justice center, space that County Manager Chuck Wooten said the

courts would like to have. “The goal is to address concerns of the court system for additional space and possibly a new courtroom,” Wooten said. A local architect will present a proposal to county commissioners at their next meeting. The design work could take eight months to complete and construction of the building another year or so.

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The mobile clinics offer free dental care, such as cleanings, tooth pulls and filling repairs to anybody who shows up. On average, the work that someone gets done through Missions of Mercy would cost them $500 at a private clinic. The patients that arrive at the doorstep of the roving clinic simply can’t afford to pay for that type of work. The downturn in the economy hasn’t helped the state of dental care either. “These people can’t pay,” Blaylock said. “The problem is that recently a lot of people have lost their good paying jobs that had dental benefits — they have to turn to us.” Missions of Mercy does a circuit of North Carolina, stopping at a half-dozen sites from the coast to the mountains. The program comes once a year to Jackson County, the fur-

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER here was no shortage of work to be done when N.C. Missions of Mercy, a mobile dental camp, came rolling into town last week and set up shop in Cullowhee. Patients traveled from hours away, arriving in the wee hours of the night to camp out in hammocks, tents and folding lawn chairs and wait for the free dental clinic to open. But despite rows of dental chairs filling the basketball court at Western Carolina University, manned by nearly 20 dentists and hundreds of hygienists, assistants and volunteers, there was still no way to get to everybody. “I’m probably going to have to turn away at least 100 today,” said Bill Blaylock, director of Missions of Mercy.


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thest west it goes, bringing with it a mobile xray unit, a group of traveling dentists and all the support staff necessary to set up a makeshift, large-scale dental office. While local dentists often volunteer at each site, Blaylock said he was disappointed with the turnout from local dentists around Cullowhee. One of the volunteers was Audrey Jarrell, who spent two days molding partial dentures for people with missing teeth. Jarrell has been a dental technician for 14 years and has gone “on tour” with Missions of Mercy for the past three years. She pays out of pocket for gas to drive to the sites from Lenoir and for a hotel to stay at when she arrives but said it’s still worth it. “I don’t know this patient; I might get to

see her tomorrow; I might not,” said Jarrell as she held the denture she was working on. “But I will have done a wonderful thing to help this patient.” The clinic in Cullowhee attracted hundreds of patients but paled in comparison to the some of the clinics in the larger urban areas. In Charlotte, 2,500 people were in line on the first day, and 300 or so dentists worked in shifts for 36 straight hours on patients’ teeth. In coming weeks, the clinic will be in Fayetteville, then Salisbury in September. The long lines the clinic is seeing points to one thing: a failing dental care system that can’t provide the basic needs of residents. Blaylock said many people put off going to the dentist until they are in a state of pain from an infection or damaged tooth. “This is stop-gap measure; it’s not a health care delivery system,” Blaylock said. “We’re trying to come in and get people out of pain until they can get further help.” But some don’t and rely entirely on meeting up with the roving clinic to get any sort of relief. Limits are placed the amount of care someone can receive, and a triage system is in place to make sure a large number of patients can be seen. Lydia Faust, a 55-year-old woman from Salisbury, traveled all the way to Cullowhee and arrived at 12:30 a.m. to camp out and ensure a spot at the front of the line when the clinic opened. One of her teeth had an abscess and needed attention. Another one of her teeth was chipped and needed a filling. “They filled it in and made it look new,” Faust said. “I can smile again.” But Faust still needs work done and is planning on attending the upcoming clinic in Salisbury. But for Joel Smith, 30, from Bryson City, the day was not going so well. Smith was told he would most likely not be able to receive a much-needed denture to fill the four-tooth gap in the front of his mouth. Smith lost the teeth in a fistfight more than decade ago and has gone without a denture since his last one broke years ago. He said the unsightly gaping hole in the front of his mouth has kept him from getting a job, so he is left uninsured and without and income. The missing teeth have also taken a toll on him psychologically. “I’m just tired of not being able to smile,” Smith said. “I just hate looking at myself in the mirror. I look ugly to myself.”


BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER he Main Street gazebo in Franklin could soon see a facelift, or, even be replaced with an entirely different structure. In this year’s new town budget, $50,000 was set aside to make improvements to the iconic structure that serves as a downtown gathering spot. Although the gazebo is a workhorse of an event center — shading bluegrass bands, providing a pulpit for speakers at rallies or a loitering spot for visitors at street festivals — it has its downsides. The gazebo was built on top of an old fountain with little thought toward just how important it would ultimately be in the downtown Franklin scene. Poor structural shape, lack of paint, a deteriorating roof, a cramped floor plan, no storage space and bad sound quality are all on Town Manager Warren Cabe’s list of the gazebo’s short falls. He hopes an overhaul, or even a brand new gazebo-like structure, can remedy those problems and give the downtown a facelift. “We’re proud of downtown and the work that has been done downtown, and we feel like that facility needs to represent Franklin well,” Cabe said. The one thing the gazebo has going for it is location. “It’s a good focal point for public gatherings.” The plan is to have any sort of improvements done between the town’s two big remaining festivals of the year. Ideally, work would start after the Heritage Festival this


The gazebo in downtown Franklin is slated for improvements, and possibly replacement this summer weekend and be completed before the October Pumpkin Fest. However, Cabe said there are factors at play that could make the timeline difficult: a new design still needs to be selected by the town staff, elected officials and residents who regularly use the structure, and then construction or refurbishing work would have to be punctual. “We would like to have it done before this winter,” Cabe said “And we would love to


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The plan is to have improvements done between the town’s two big remaining festivals of the year.

have it done before October.” There are also budgetary considerations. If the gazebo is scrapped for a brand-new shelter that may pose some delays and possibly sap the financial resources the town has set aside Furthermore, Macon County is technically the owner of the land the gazebo sits on and leases it to the town for a nominal price each year That lease agreement is set to expire soon and Cabe wants to ensure the property is locked down before investing money it. Alderman Sissy Pattillo, who is running for mayor this fall, said plans for the gazebo remain in their infancy,beyond allocating money in the town’s budget. Linda Schlott, the town’s Main Street Coordinator, has already been busy working with the so-called gazebo committee, comprised mostly of event organizers who make use of the structure and are most familiar with its shortcomings. But they are still in the brainstorming stages and have not pinned down the exact fit to improve the gazebo. “It’s a well used area and we want to get the best use out of what we have,” Schlott said. “We just have been brainstorming on what would be the best use.” Schlott said whatever the solution, it may need to be a dramatic change to keep pace with the growth of the downtown district and all the events. “It’s a pretty gazebo, and I love the gazebo, but when you’re trying to do an event there it’s not ideal,” Schlott said.

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to impose zoning rules, like keeping out student apartments and condominiums. It has very few services, no fulltime employees, and as a result, a very low property tax rate — more akin to homeowners’ dues really. Buying the old golf course would almost surely force the residents to pay more in taxes, one way or another. How much and for long would still need to be hashed out. And realistically speaking maintaining that size of property would be difficult for a primarily volunteer government, said Kolleen Begley, a member of the Forest Hills Estates Homeowners Association. “Acquiring this tract would be too much for any voluntary council to manage,” Begley said. “We’re still trying to get answers to getting potholes filled and other items that matter to taxpaying property owners and residents.” Begley was against any sort of tax money being used for the purchase and characterized it as “quite” the financial burden on homeowners. If the community doesn’t buy it, the now-vacant tract could become more houses. The developer would not comment for this article. If it is built on, the number of homes would be limited by Forest Hills’ zoning rules. The zoning rules require generous two-acre lots per home, so if it was built on, at least it wouldn’t too out of character with the community. Anything more than that would need some type of variance from town leaders. But any sort of decision — to buy or not to buy — will first be opened up to the community in a public forum, possibly in August. Councilmember Carl Hooper espoused the positive aspects of the village owning the property: more green space, parks and a central gathering place. But he was also realistic about the prospect. “It would beneficial to the community if we had it,” he said. “But it’s not something that we have to have.”

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER resented with a tempting yet expensive offer, the Village of Forest Hills has to choose whether to buy an abandoned golf course in the center of its small community, or stand by and watch it be developed. The residential enclave at the doorstep of Western Carolina University has humble roots as a country club, but the golf course fell by the wayside nearly two decades ago and quickly devolved into a scrubby, overgrown tract. The owner of the has-been golf course recently asked town leaders if they wanted to buy all or part of the 60-acre tract for $1 million or more. If not, it would be sold for housing development. Smack dab in the backyards for many residents, the prospect of potentially unsightly development is cause for concern. Purchasing the tract would guarantee it stays open space. “One of the discussions that I’ve heard in the past is to make it into a green space,” said Councilmember Clark Corwin. “If people are interested in doing something that might happen.” However, the price tag may be too much for the tiny community of just more than 300 people to stomach. The price floated by developer Chris Green has fluctuated between nearly $1 million for a majority of the acreage to $1.4 million for all the property. In comparison, the town’s annual operating budget is about $80,000. “That would be whole new ballgame to be looking at that,” Corwin said. Buying the property would mean taking on debt — a milestone for a town that looks and feels a lot more like a homeowner’s association that a bona fide municipality. The chief reason Forest Hills even became a town at all was


BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER hat goes in must come out: that’s the basic premise behind your water and sewer bill. Sewer fees simply mirror the water bills. But that formula has the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority in a bind when it comes to customers that don’t follow the in-and-out mold. Heinzelmannchen Brewery is one of those customers. Much of the water that enters the brewery doesn’t go down the drain pipes. Quite the opposite: it goes out the door as beer. “What they’re doing is taking that water to make beer,” said TWSA Board Member Tom Sawyer. “So all the water they’re taking in doesn’t go out the other end. It’s really pretty unique.” Heinzelmannchen Brewery is eyeing a move from downtown Sylva to a warehouse near the train depot in Dillsboro. The brewery would need new water and sewer hook-ups at their new digs but have asked TWSA to refigure how it calculates hook-up costs on the sewer side of the equation. This has thrown the authority for a bit of a loop. The authority charges hook-up fees to new or expanding customers — a one-time fee that is meant to be set aside for inevitable sewer and water expansions down the road. The fees for both water and sewer use are calculated based on the amount of water consumption at the building. However, businesses like canning facilities, bottling companies and breweries are different. Taking a guess at their sewer fee based on their water usage is inaccurate. Sawyer said the conundrum has made the authority reexamine its fee scale to ensure local breweries, or similar operations that may open in Jackson County down the road, are treated fairly. “Were trying to be responsive to the needs of the community and the needs of business,” Sawyer said. But TWSA Executive Director Dan Harbaugh said there are other issues at play, like the nature of the wastewater that will leave Heinzelmannchen’s expanded operation. Swimming with beer-making microbes, proteins and cleaning agents — all necessary to make beer or clean out vats — it is important that those contaminants don’t get unleashed into the sewer system all at once. Harbaugh wants the brewery to install some sort of retention tank if it moves to Dillsboro to collect the wastewater and dispel it slowly into the pipes. The biological colonies that break down waste could be disrupted by an influx of alien agents and drastic changes in pH. “We want the wastewater stream coming into the plant to be controlled,” Harbaugh said. “The brewery isn’t a continuous flow; they work in batches.” If TWSA cuts the brewery a break on its sewer hook-up fee, it could incentivize the brewery to install a tank. The savings to Heinzelmannchen could be significant, as much as 80 percent off its impact fee. Those fees can range from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. The newest student housing project in Cullowhee paid around $60,000. Harbaugh expects to bring an adjusted special scale before the board by September. Jackson County Commissioner Doug Cody, who sits on the TWSA board, said the changes could be good for industry recruitment. He was pleased the fees are being addressed. “I don’t think that issue has ever been addressed by the TWSA board,” Cody said. “I think the board as a whole now has come to the realization that we’ve got to have economic development.” The brewery owners had previously declined to comment for a story about their move until they had firmer plans in place to share. 11


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Ghost Town gunslinger wounded during staged fight Incident splinters shared bond of long-time theme park patriots BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER tate officials are investigating Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park after a piece of shrapnel maimed a longtime, well-known Wild West gunfighter during one of the park’s staged gunfights. An anonymous complaint made with the N.C. Department of Labor alleges that the Maggie Valley business had no medical personnel on-site to tend to the gunfighter’s injury and no water available for the injured person to wash the blood from his hands. Ghost Town Owner Alaska Presley has denied the allegations and claims that she fired the injured employee. “None of this negative talk is going to hurt Ghost Town because I have worked too hard,” Presley said. It’s just a few people “trying to cause a problem.” Officials with the Department of Labor will spend anywhere from a few weeks to six months interviewing witnesses and the victim and reviewing policies to determine if Ghost Town violated any safety or health standards. The investigation is limited to the accident, but officials could broaden the investigation if necessary. Depending on the outcome, the amusement park could face up to a $7,000 fine.

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Ghost Town has had its share of troubles during the years — a decline in visitors, foreclosure, bankruptcy, botched attempts to reopen, failed state ride inspections and construction delays. However, recently, it seemed like the amusement park’s luck might have improved. After a month of holdups, Ghost Town finally opened on July 4 with the Wild West mock-up town, three kiddy rides, zip line and chairlift all operational. But two days later, gunfighter and longtime Ghost Town champion Robert Bradley was injured during one of the park’s famous staged gunfights. Like always, Bradley, a.k.a. the Apache Kid, stood in the middle of the Wild West Town facing his enemy. His two compatriots were “killed,” and he was left weaponless. All that remained was for Bradley to fall to the ground and play dead after his enemy took him out. Then, he and the other “dead” gunfighters would rise and take their bows. The gunfighters use blanks, obviously, but this time, for some strange reason, the shot hurt. “It felt like a mule had kicked me in the leg,” Bradley said. Nonetheless, “I went ahead and did my fall and rolled over where nobody could see me.” Bradley was puzzled. His band of gunfighters were like brothers, having worked together 12 for years, and in Bradley’s mind it wasn’t plau-

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Robert Bradley (pictured) has staged gunfights in the Wild West community of Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park on and off for about 50 years. On July 6, he was accidently injured during a performance. File photo

sible someone had intentionally put a real bulThe park is required to have someone on let in the gun. site at all times with advanced first-aid trainYet, something from the shotgun had ing. Presley contends that there was. She said flown more than 25 feet and lodged itself he was sent up the chairlift to Bradley, but about 1.5 inches deep into Bradley’s right Bradley left before he arrived. thigh, according to a police report. “We definitely do have that, and we had “It left a hole about the size of my little fin- him there,” Presley said. ger,” Bradley said. Another worker had grabbed Presley’s car When he stood up, his pants were sticky and keys to transport Bradley down the and wet. It was blood, a lot of blood. mountain. They called an ambulance to meet “It soaked all the way and was leaving a trail,” “It felt like a mule had kicked me in Bradley said. the leg. I went ahead and did my fall At first, his fellow gunfighters didn’t realize he and rolled over where nobody could was hurt, but once they did, everyone went into stealth see me.” mode — trying to help — Robert Bradley Bradley yet shield kids and spectators from seeing him. “We have to take care not to scare the kids them in the parking lot of Legends Sports for real,” said a gunfighter known as Preacher. Grill where they handed Bradley off. They brought him into Bradley’s office. At the hospital, the doctor caring for One man took off his shirt and used it as a Bradley flushed fine particles of something tourniquet around his right thigh. Bradley out of the wound but was unsure exactly what said he used brown paper towels to apply it was, according to the police report. Police pressure to the wound. believed the cause of the laceration was Now, the story diverges briefly. Bradley wadding, a small disc of cloth or paper used in said employees tried to find the on-site staff guns when firing blanks. Although the with advanced first-aid training but couldn’t. wadding typically dissolves soon after it leaves “I don’t think there was one there to be the barrel, Maggie Valley Police Chief Scott honest,” he said. Sutton said Bradley’s injury was not inconsis-

tent with being hit by wadding. Bradley, however, thinks the particles in his leg were something else. He’s just not sure what. “I have laid here just trying to figure out what had happened,” he said, speaking from his home in Maggie Valley Monday where he is recuperating. Nearly 20 years ago, Bradley said, he had been accidently hit by wadding at a closer range and did not suffer as bad an injury. “That in itself would tell you it wasn’t wadding,” Bradley said. However, since the incident was deemed an accident, the particles were thrown out. The doctor told Bradley that the shrapnel missed his femoral artery by “just fractions,” Bradley recalled. “The doctor was calling me ‘Lucky.’” Bradley is doing OK now but must return to the doctor regularly to have the wound flushed, the dressings replaced and to ensure he doesn’t get an infection. Those involved don’t blame anyone for what was deemed a freak accident. “It’s a bizarre accident. We do take risks, and things like this can happen,” Preacher said. But for the most part, the gunfighters only sustain minor abrasions and bruising. Presley who was informed of the incident right away played off the mishap.


What happened after the accident, however, has caused a huge rift between two longtime friends. Bradley and Presley have had a close bond for years, united in their shared love and dedication to Ghost Town — both desperate to revive the nostalgia of the theme park’s glory days. That’s now changed. They agree on two points: Bradley no longer has a job, and it’s questionable whether he will get worker’s compensation to cover the cost of his injury. But their versions of the story differ widely on why. According to Presley, Bradley quit. According to Bradley, he was fired. “I never fired Robert (Bradley),” Presley said, adding that she heard from a third party that Bradley wanted to hang up his gun holster following the accident. But Bradley tells it differently. According to him, coworkers kept telling him he was fired, so he called Presley directly. Presley told him that he had quit. “What the hell do you mean I quit?” Bradley said. In a statement released yesterday, Presley

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fighter Digger quit. Preacher said said she would welcome Bradley they had disagreements with the back as soon as he submits to a management. drug test in order to receive After a month of delays, Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park “Management can sometimes worker’s compensation. in Maggie Valley opened just in time for the July 4 weekend. goad a feller,” Preacher said. “We “My insurance requires it, or Since then, the amusement park has had a steady stream of visdidn’t feel appreciated.” it wouldn’t be any good,” Presley itors — some of whom spent time there as a child during the Wild Although he left of his own said. West theme park’s glory days. volition, Preacher said he had Although state law does not “We are doing OK. The rain has hurt us a lot, but on the nice wanted to be a gunfighter at require a drug test to receive days, we are doing real good,” said current owner Alaska Presley, Ghost Town since he was six and worker’s comp benefits, nothing who is trying to revive Ghost Town after buying it out of foreclosure was sad to go. says insurers and businesses in February 2012. “I love the place. I am sorry I can’t make it mandatory for peoThe park had a soft opening last year, offering rides up the am no longer there,” he said. ple applying for worker’s comchairlift, zip lining and tours of Ghost Town’s mock-up Western town. Presley said she wasn’t surpensation. This year, however, Ghost Town has three kiddy rides running, gunprised when Preacher and However, from Bradley’s fights and Cancan performances, and games. It also has expanded Digger left. point-of-view, he is the victim concessions. “They had threatened me (to and now the insurance company Adult tickets are cost $24.50, and children pay $14.95, with quit) all spring,” Presley said. is on the prowl for any little thing those under five getting in free. 828.926.1130. The accident and Gardner’s to keep from paying him. subsequent firing were the last “The one who gets hurt, give them a drug test and try to come up with a supporters, in fact, even as they spiraled into straw for the gunfighters, who Presley said reason not to pay,” Bradley said. “I won’t be bankruptcy. And he was there right behind had been pressing her for a raise. Presley last year, once again at the ready to do Presley didn’t know off the top of her head part of that.” So, Bradley will instead sit at home nurs- what it took to revive the theme park that his what they made, but said it was at least minimum wage. She justified their lower pay, howing his wound and once he heals, start fixing life had revolved around. “Robert Bradley is such a fine person in my ever. up his home. “They only worked like 15 minutes a shift “I put so much time into Ghost Town that opinion,” Presley said. every gun fight,” Presley said. Ghost Town I need to put some time into my house,” he perform several times a day, but said. UNFIGHTER WALK OUT gunfighters have downtime between fights. Bradley worked at Ghost Town on and off Bradley was not the only veteran gunfightDown four performers, Presley quickly for about 50 years. He eventually became the right-hand man of R.B. Coburn, the park’s er to leave Ghost Town though. Presley fired hired five or six new gunfighters from a pool founder and long-time owner, and even Tim Gardner, the man who accidently shot of applications she already had on hand, served as the park’s winter caretaker. He was Bradley, for “going up and down the street including a couple of older men who worked there when the amusement park closed a talking bad stuff ” and “making an issue” at Ghost Town in the past. “They are good and experienced,” Presley decade ago. He was there when new owners about the incident. Right after, Preacher and another gun- said. bought it — and was one of their most ardent



“It was a freak accident, and it was not that big of an accident,” Presley said. Ghost Town purchases blanks for its gunfighters from a reputable company, a major national supplier of blanks used in staged fight scenes. But accidents from firing blanks are not unheard of, and in very rare cases have even caused deaths.




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Frog Level auction house hopping mad over Waynesville sign rules BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER new fixture made an appearance on the sidewalks of Frog Level last week: a giant green frog waving and mugging for motorists as they tooled through this small business district on the outskirts of downtown Waynesville. It’s a happy-go-lucky sight to be sure. “It does get a little warm in this suit, but it also brings a lot of cheer to the people around here, and the kids love it. I have a blast doing it,” said Jack Wadham, a longtime Frog Level merchant donning the suit. “It’s a service for the community to see everyone smile and wave as they go past.” But the tale behind how and why this lifesized frog man came to be isn’t so rosy. Wadham’s debut as a frog began during Frog Level’s signature street festival, the Whole Bloomin’ Thing. But he’s back now under different auspices. Frog Pond Auction resorted to the masquerading frog man as a way to attract attention for their estate sales after running amuck with town sign regulations. The business was issued a $200 fine last week from the town after failing to heed warnings to take down an illegal sign. Frog Pond holds a couple of estate sales a month out of their storefront in Frog Level. The days of their sales, owners Jack and Yvonne Wadham would stick signs in flower boxes and tree planters around Frog Level — along with a big sign strapped to their truck and strategically parked along the street in front of their store. Town sign enforcement officers had stopped in during an estate sale in June and told the Wadhams their signs were illegal. But when Frog Pond’s next estate sale rolled around last Thursday, they once again parked their truck on the street with big signs strapped to it so people coming to the sale could find them.

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get fined. If he is going to give me a $200 fine, give all those other people a $200 fine.” The Wadhams plan to appeal their case to the Waynesville Town Board. In any event, Yvonne said they will refuse to pay it. In the meantime, the new strategy of parading the sidewalk in a frog suit holding a sign is perfectly legal. Anyone who’s driven Russ Avenue at rush hour has seen the Little Caesar’s employee stationed on the roadside pumping a sign advertising $5 pizza. That’s currently allowed, although Hickox “It was not on the ground, so I figured I questioned how effective it is. could get away with it. It was on our personal “Maybe if you are driving along and see a property, our truck,” Yvonne said. guy with a sign for pizza you might say, ‘Hey, Byron Hickox, the town’s code I think I’m in the mood for that’ — enforcement officer, said the tactic if you are right on the fence,” Hickox isn’t exactly a new one. A few times said. a year the issue comes up. He And, if the Wadhams wanted to recalled a café in the Walnut Street actually paint a sign for their busiVillage strip mall that tried to get ness on the side of their truck, that, around the town’s ban on sidewalk too, would be legal. signs by propping up a sandwich “If you have a permanent paint board in the bed of a pick-up and job on the side of your vehicle and positioning it along the street. you permanently drive that vehicle all “She said, ‘Well it isn’t on the the time and park it in front of your sidewalk, it is in my truck.’ But that business, then that is OK,” Hickox doesn’t make it OK,” Hickox said. said. “It is not something that would “Everyone who thinks of that idea be done in such frequency as to make thinks they are the first person to it a scourge to the community.” ever think of that loophole.” If too many people start paradIn the case of Frog Pond Auction, ing the curbs waving handheld Hickox said the Wadhams had signs, or spray painting signs on already been told once about the Jack Wadham turned heads in Waynesville’s Frog Level area curbside vehicles, then it might wartruck-mounted sign, so he was surrant a new set of rules. last week in his frog suit, a tactic to garner attention for Frog prised to see it turn up again last “But until it gets to that point, Pond Auction’s twice monthly estate sales. Garret K. Woodward photo there are much bigger issues to deal Thursday. He stopped in and told Yvonne to take the sign down. with,” Hickox said. “I told them I would be back in a Yvonne said she has a greater “‘Well it isn’t on the sidewalk, it is in few hours and if it wasn’t down I mission in trying to attract people would issue them a civil penalty,” to their estate sales. Their estate my truck.’ But that doesn’t make it Hickox said. sales are a community service to OK. Everyone who thinks of that idea Yvonne said she hadn’t been families trying to liquidate their warned about the truck-mounted possessions and belongings. The thinks they are the first person to signs before that day — only the more customers she can attract, the ones stuck in planters, which she more money she can ultimately ever think of that loophole.” had taken down. So she was permake for her clients. — Byron Hickox, Waynesville code enforcement officer turbed that Hickox came in while “Everybody is having a hard she was trying to run an estate sale time right now,” she said. and chastised her about her sign. “We’re just trying to bring business down But signs are a balancing act, Hickox said. “I said, ‘I am not taking anything down here to Frog Level,” she said, citing the mural “I think the problem, when you have an right now. I have a store full of customers and of a frog on a builder’s level they had painted over proliferation of signs, people just filter it is not convenient for me right now,’” on the side of one of their buildings. them all out. Then you don’t notice any of Yvonne recounted. She said the fine was unfair. them,” Hickox said. Besides, her husband wasn’t there at the “They pick on us when there are like 15 Garret K. Woodward contributed time and she said she couldn’t move it by herself. other businesses also in violation that don’t to this story.





“I need a man to pick it up,” Yvonne said. “I said, ‘That truck belongs to my husband and he is not here right now.’” When Hickox came back and the sign on the truck was still out front, he wrote them a $200 ticket. Yvonne’s husband Jack had come back by then, but Yvonne said she hadn’t had a chance to tell him yet about the sign given the frenzy of the estate sale going on. The Wadhams own several buildings in historic Frog Level. What was once a mostly shuttered industrial warehouse district has witnessed a renaissance of sorts over the past 15 years, but still struggles due to its off-thebeaten path location.



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over their rural community. This time around, the project hasn’t met with the same pushback, so far, said Miles Gregory, chairman of the airport authority. Rather, he said the focus is on the perceived economic benefits. “It’s a vital part of economic development here in Macon County,” Gregory said. “It attracts jobs, business and visitors.” Hoppe agrees. Since the runway was lengthened, Hoppe said air traffic has noticeably increased. He said reaching the 5,000foot mark opened the airport up to charter

He said the project will be put out to bid as early as August, but still needs the full support of the Macon County Commission. If approved, the work should take about two months to finish and Gregory says it can be completed as early as December. The commissioners already gave the green light and funded a project study and engineering work. But the county will be on the hook for a lot more if commissioners vote in favor of the full expansion. However, Gregory was optimistic they would come through.

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Curtis Lambert, a recently announced candidate for the office of Jackson County Sheriff, will be the speaker for this month’s Jackson County Patriots meeting on July 18 at Ryan’s Steak House in Sylva. Dinner will be held at 6 p.m., with the meeting to follow at 6:30 p.m. Lambert will outline his credentials and law enforcement philosophy both personally and in relationship to the county. A questionand-answer period will follow. His law enforcement career spans 18 years, all in Sylva and Jackson County, where he is a lifelong resident, and includes two years at the Jackson County Sheriff’s office and his current position in the Sylva Police Department. The Jackson County Patriots is a politically unaffiliated group of citizens who work to being about limited Constitutional government, fiscal responsibility and personal responsibility at all levels of American government. 828.329.3167 or

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“They have already supported us,” Gregory said, referring to previous projects the county has approved. “We need to stay alert and spend a little money to keep it as safe as we can keep it.” A plane crash at the Macon county Airport killed five people in 2012. Commissioner Jimmy Tate, who represents Highlands, said not all members of the commission are in support of the runway project, although he is. He acknowledged the airport is used regularly by many homeonwers in Highlands. But he said it is also used by the county as a whole, and the region for that matter. “I’m in favor of it,” Tate said. “I think the Macon County Airport is a fantastic asset for Macon County. It’s obviously one of the nicest, if not the nicest, west of Asheville in North Carolina.”

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The topic of the upcoming Ladies Night Out Program is “Arthritis & You.” The program, held at both 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. July 23 in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center, will feature guest speaker Kristi Geoghagan, director of Rehabilitation Services at Angel Medical Center. Ladies Night Out is a partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center to provide free monthly programs on a variety of health topics for women. The Franklin Bi-Lo and Fatz of Franklin are corporate sponsors of the programs and provide snacks and door prizes each month. Dodge Packaging Specialties, Inc. provides paper products and Indian Hills Spring Water provides bottled water. 828.349.2426.

Students to give back Western Carolina University students will partner with the town of Sylva to host its annual Day of Service on Saturday, July 20. A festival to raise funds and awareness for local nonprofits and service organizations will be held at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., featuring music, food, carnival games, arts and crafts, inflatable games, and a variety of booths with information on local nonprofits and their efforts. A free concert and evening celebration will close out the day in the Bridge Park from 5 until 9 p.m. Students will participate in daylong service projects throughout Jackson County that day, working with groups like the Appalachian Homestead Farm and Preserve, Catman2, the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River, Pathways Thrift Store and Full Spectrum Farms. or 828.227.2786.

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services that use jet planes, which otherwise avoided the short runway because of insurance limitations and safety concerns. That traffic was instead diverted to Asheville’s airport. Widening the runway would supposedly make Macon County’s airport safer, too. The expansion would add 12.5 feet on each side, allowing for more maneuverability, and incorporate brighter lighting and a better runway surface. “That’s a safety factor,” Hoppe said. “Would you rather drive on a narrow highway or wide highway?” The project is part of decade-long improvement plan for the airport, said Gregory. In addition to the runway extension three years ago, the airport also embarked on a costly repaving project for the entire runway.

N.C. Broadband — a part of the N.C. Department of Commerce — is collecting data on the number of Jackson County households and businesses currently lacking Internet service that are interested in purchasing it. The information will be used to entice business to move into those areas and invest in Internet infrastructure. The survey can be accessed online. Hard copies are available at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva, at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers, at the Jackson County Recreation Center in Cullowhee, at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center in Cashiers and at volunteer fire department stations throughout the county. 828.631.2295 or

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER acon County could once again find itself with a bigger airport runway — this time wider. There is a project in the works to expand the width of the runway from 75 feet to 100 feet and repave the surface. The project is estimated to cost as much as $3 million and draw from local, state and federal funds, leaving Macon County on the hook for about 10 percent of the price. Proponents of the expansion say the money would be well spent, making the airport safer and attracting more visitors by air, which will boost the local economy. “The planes are bringing in folks to Highlands, Cashiers, Maggie Valley,” said Neil Hoppe, fixed base operation manager at the runway. “Seasonal tourists and a lot of well-to-do people have vacation homes in those areas.” The Macon County Airport is centrally located for popular vacation home sites, tourist destinations and attractions like Harrah’s Casino and Resort in Cherokee. Hoppe, who leases plane parking and sells fuel at the airport, said many residents don’t realize the pluses of having a quality airport in the county. It is a boon for everything from the real estate market to local employers like Caterpillar and Drake Software. Macon County taxpayers have contributed nearly $850,000 to airport operations and improvements since 2008. Of that, $230,000 has been in the form of annual operating subsidies from the county to the tune of about $40,000 a year. The county has put up another $617,000 for capital contributions like runway expansion and paving. Although still not a done deal, the widening would be the second major runway expansion in a matter of years. The Macon County Airport Authority recently finished a widely controversial project that lengthened the airport’s runway by 600 feet, bringing it to 5,000 feet long. That project cost roughly $4.5 million and was paid for with a combination of federal, state and county money. But it attracted criticism from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians because of the archeological sites and burials it threatened to disturb. Neighbors also spoke against the projects because they don’t necessarily like the idea of more plane traffic

County sheriff candidate to speak at Patriot’s meeting


Macon County airport runway expansion in the works once more




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New Bethel restaurant opens its doors

A new restaurant called Breaking Bread Café has opened on Pigeon Road in the Bethel community of Haywood County. Steven and Barbara Eaffaldano have operated a concession business at festivals and events from Knoxville to Raleigh. However, when a store front location around the corner from their own home in Bethel came available, they decided it was time to go back indoors. Breaking Bread Café is a breakfast and lunch restaurant. Its menu features hoagies, wraps, pork meatballs, and eggplant and breakfast biscuits in addition to daily specials. Gluten-free, sugar-free and vegetarian dishes are available. Open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The Eaffaldanoes have extensive restaurant experience, having both worked at Waynesville Country Club and Pasquales as well as other eateries. Barbara also attended the Restaurant School in Philadelphia. The couple moved to the area 20 years ago. 828.648.3838.

MedWest’s providers rank among the top

Fourteen physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants and three physician practices at MedWest-Harris/Swain/Franklin ranked in the top 10 percent of the nation’s

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• Dr. Ben Stepp, a family medicine practitioner, will join the Swain Medical Center in midAugust. He received his medical degree from the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and completed his family medicine residency at Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville. Swain Medical Center is located at MedWest-Swain. 828.488.4205 or

• Mark B. Clasby, executive director of the Haywood County Economic Development Commission, was named president of the North Carolina Economic Developers Association’s Board of Directors. • Traci Burrell, manager of the Manpower Staffing Service office in Waynesville, was named chair of this year’s United Way Campaign. The United Way of Haywood County funds 23 human service agencies. 828.356.2831 or • The Haywood Chamber of Commerce successfully garnered 96 new members and renewals during its annual membership and sponsorship campaign. Nearly 40 business leaders volunteered to recruit new members during the cam-

New coffee shop at Lake Junaluska Lake Junaluska has opened the new Lake Junaluska Bookstore and Cafe, a gathering place for guests and visitors to seek respite, drink coffee or lemonade, and purchase books or gifts. The gift shop features “products with a purpose,” such as scarves and swing purses made in Donated photo India, with part of the profits supporting dental care in India, and cards made from recycled paper by Filipino girls and Rwandans, who receive a portion of the profits to support themselves. The cafe is located in the Harrell Center along the lakeshore across from the Terrace Hotel and is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Rocking chairs overlooking the lake are on an outdoor patio. providers for patient satisfaction, according to Professional Research Consultants, a consulting firm that benchmarks data from hundreds of hospitals around the United States. The providers and practices both received a five-star award for quality care based on patient satisfaction feedback collected through patient surveys. The top-ranking providers were Drs. Charles Toledo, Angela Connaughton, David Zimmerman, Clay Smallwood, Larry Supik, Steve Queen, Jennifer Bunnow, William Handley, Teresa Green, Bill Sims, Bill Ralston paign and shared their stories about the positive impact the Chamber has had on their business and the many benefits of membership. • The Disaster Doctors is a new locally owned and operated restoration company based in Franklin that specializes in speedy diagnosis, clean-up and repair after flooding, fire, smoot, smoke, mold, sewage, odors and other damage. 828.369.2000 and • R. Turner Goins, a nationally known specialist in American Indian aging issues, will join the Western Carolina University faculty on Aug. 1 as the first-ever Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor of Gerontological Social Work. Goins is currently associate director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research at Oregon State University. • Four health-related online degree programs at Western Carolina University have received high national rankings in affordability and “Best Buy” designations from the distance education information clearinghouse WCU’s bachelor’s degrees in nursing, nurse educator program, the nurse administration program and master’s degree program in health sciences all ranked in the top five for being affordable online programs. or 866.928.4723.

and Waverly Green. Hannah Hill, a physician assistant, and Jodie Wade, a nurse practitioner, also received awards. Physician practices were Mountain Regional Gynecology, WNC Pediatric & Adolescent Care and Sylva Orthopaedic Associates.

$400,000 donated for HRMC renovation The Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation donated $400,000 to MedWest • HomeTrust Bank’s recent Mortgage Advertising Campaign featuring Olympic cyclist and Asheville native Lauren Tamayo received a Bronze award in the coveted Telly Awards. • Deb Sands Photography has opened in Franklin, bringing 20 years of photography experience offering “In Studio or On Location” photo sessions, Quinceanera, weddings and engagement, tasteful boudoir, as well as, high school senior photo sessions. 828.369.9393 or • The Animal Hospital of Waynesville has extended its operating hours. The new hours are 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays thru Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. or 828.456.9755. • For the second consecutive year, Mission Health was named as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. Mission Health outperformed others by saving more lives and causing fewer complications, following industry-recommended standards of care more closely, making fewer patient safety errors and scoring better on overall patient satisfaction.

Haywood for renovations to the hospital’s fourth floor, which is home to the Women’s Care Unit and the Progressive Care Unit. Progressive Care Unit, or PCU, is a “stepdown” from the Intensive Care Unit and acts as a bridge between the ICU and the medical unit. The Women’s Care Unit cares for GYN surgical patients, labor and delivery and OB triage for those expecting mothers who may need to be assessed if they think that they may be in labor. MedWest-Haywood will receive half of the funds upfront; the remaining will come from proceeds from the Foundation’s annual Golf & Gala Aug. 27-28.

Haywood sheriff’s office extends hours

The Haywood County Sheriff ’s Office has extended its hours to better meet the needs of the public. The new hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher said too many people had to either leave work early or report to work late to take care of business at the sheriff ’s office. Now there is more time to seek services such as applying for and purchasing gun permits, and making and getting copies of incident reports. The extended hours are being provided at no additional cost to taxpayers. The Sheriff ’s Office always provides emergency service to residents and visitors of Haywood County 24 hours a day, seven days a week year-round. • For the fifth consecutive year, Mission Hospital has been named one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, formerly known as Thomson Reuters. The annual study evaluates hospitals across the nation on measures of overall organizational performance, including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability. • Michelle Smith is the new manager of the Haywood Habitat ReStore on Montgomery Street in Waynesville. Smith spent four years in the Coast Guard before moving to Haywood County in 1998 and training to be a police officer with the Asheville Police Department. or 828.246.9135. • Mission Health has extended its spine and back pain services into Haywood County with the opening of the Mission Spine & Back Pain Center on 490 Hospital Drive, near Tuscola High School. • A section of N.C. 107 in Grassy Creek area in Jackson County has been proclaimed the Orville and Kent Coward Highway by the N.C. Department of Transportation. • The Coward brothers were part of the Coward-Hooper family that settled and homesteaded more than 1,000 acres of the

• Julie Keiper and her 17-year-old daughter Chloe Zacher of Waynesville will walk 60 miles during the Tampa Bay Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer in October. Donate to their efforts at or call 800.996.3DAY. Zacher’s participant ID number is 7062865.

• Jake Robinson of Canton has been promoted to Vice President of Operations for Champion Credit Union. He earned his BS in Finance from Western Carolina University in 2010 and began his career with Champion Credit Union as a Management Associate that year, and was promoted to Project Manager in 2012. He is the Chairman of the Young Professionals of Haywood and board members of both the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce and the Haywood County Schools Foundation.

• U.S. Cellular has named Jessica Brown store manager for the company’s Waynesville location in the Waynesville Commons on South Main.

• Angel Medical Center auxiliary thrift shop in Franklin moved to a new location earlier this year in the former location of the Japanese restaurant at 75 Heritage Hollow just off Porter Street. Angel Medical Center’s Auxiliary is over 160 members strong and supports the operations of the hospital in a variety of ways. 828.349.6639.

• Nash’s Nest, a skateboard, apparel and gift shop, has opened at 112 Depot Industrial Park in Franklin behind Mulligan’s Bar & Grill. Owner John Nash owned a small shop on Main Street but was forced to close during the recession. Now, the store is reopened in a new, bigger location.

• Nectar Juice Bar has opened on North Fourth Street in Highlands. The juice bar features fresh-pressed juice, healthy

• Southwestern Community College is hosting free, two-hour-long employability classes for the unemployed and underemployed at its Jackson and Macon campuses through July. Upcoming courses include how women can dress for a successful interview, how to make good impressions in your professional and personal life, and managing diversity and conflict in the workplace. 828.306.7035 or 828.306.7020. • Western Carolina University’s partnership with the town of Dillsboro has won a Hermes Creative Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals for a Mobile Web App Launch Party held last year. Initiated in 2009, the Dillsboro/WCU Partnership is a university-wide effort designed to match WCU expertise and support with Dillsboro’s challenges and opportunities. 828.227.3804 or • James “Randy” Flanigan is the newest member of the Mainstreet Realty sales team. Flanigan is a well-known and respected name in the Waynesville area auction arena. Flanigan’s interest in the purchase and sale of real property combined with his expertise as a licensed auctioneer led him to obtain a real estate broker license in North Carolina.

HCC won’t recoup construction overages from architect BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER aywood Community College hoped to recoup $80,000 from the architect behind the new Creative Arts building due to design errors that caused the $10.2 million project to inch up in price. But the college won’t see a dime of it. Instead, it will fork over an additional $30,000 in architect fees. The Creative Arts building was completed in February, but not before the project had racked up about 20 change orders. Some of the changes were the result of design errors or omissions — like a doorway that was too small for equipment to fit through or the unanticipated need for a water pump — that in turn caused HCC to tap into its contingency budget for the project. The college used just more than 70 percent of its $600,000 contingency budget. But in the end, it’s the college that has to pay. Raleigh-based architect Mike Nicklas argued that he was due about $66,000 in additional services he provided above and beyond the original scope of work. HCC was able to talk the architect


settlement and the oldest white settlement in Haywood County. Sites include Bethel Presbyterian Church, Bethel Cemetery, Lenoir’s Creek Devon and Blanton/Reece Log Cabin, among others. The CD also provides narrations about topics, sites and people who were prominent in Bethel’s history. Doug Chambers produced the CD, and Haywood EMC sponsored the production. It is for sale at Blue Ridge Books and on the organization’s website.

• MedWest-Harris paired 15 Smoky Mountain High School students with mentors in departments throughout MedWestHarris for seven weeks as part of an annual program to encourage young people to consider training for and joining the healthcare workforce. • Five Haywood County high school seniors were awarded the Scotty Cochran Scholarship by the Haywood County Farm Bureau: Christina Harvey, a Pisgah student who plans to attend NCSU; Abigail Christopher, a Tuscola student attending Lee University; Kyla Jo Farmer, a Tuscola student attending UT; Cody Ferguson, a Tuscola student attending HCC; and Jessica Kinghorn, who is also attending HCC. • The College Democrats of Western Carolina University held a “Bank on Students” Rally on June 27 to raise student awareness of the student loan interest rates that were set to double on July 1. About 50 people showed up for the event, and calls were made from WCU’s campus to U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, and U.S. Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., to encourage them to stand behind students when making their decision regarding student loans.

down to $27,000 on the condition that the college dropped all its claims. The settlement was the best the college could do, said Richard Lanning, vicechair of HCC’s Board of Trustees. So they dropped $80,000 worth of grievances. “We could not get that money,” said Lanning. A monitor with the state construction office was part of the negotiation process and was sympathetic to the architect, Lanning said. “In this situation, it was as fair as we could make it,” he said. “I wish we could have done better, obviously.” On the bright side, Lanning reminded the county that the building’s energy efficient design and solar panels will result in lower utility costs, and even money coming back to HCC from Progress Energy for the electricity it produces. After some questioning, the Haywood County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve the settlement. “It’s time to put it to rest and move forward,” Commissioner Mike Sorrells. The commissioners were gun-shy about going to the mat to recoup what they felt they were owed. The county lost a legal dispute with a contractor surrounding cost overruns during historic courthouse renovations a few years ago and didn’t want to get trapped in litigation again.

Foundation awards $150,000 to childhood development projects

Groups creates CD tour of Bethel Bethel Rural Community Organization released its CD of the Cold Mountain Heritage Driving Tour. The CD provides a guided journey to nine of the most popular historic sites in the Cold Mountain region of Bethel, the oldest human

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• J.McLaughlin, a modern classic lifestyle clothing brand for men and women, has opened a retail location in Highlands. Founded in 1977 by brothers Kevin and Jay McLaughlin with a single shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, they now have 69 freestanding stores in the U.S.

• Champion Credit Union won the N.C. Credit Union League’s Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award, which recognizes and promotes credit unions’ social responsibility efforts within the communities they serve. Champion won the award for its commitment to nonprofit Mountain Projects.

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• Haywood Community College and Appalachian State University signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow HCC students with honors credit to transfer seamlessly into Honors at ASU and continue their progress toward graduation with University Honors. Call HCC for more information about its honors program. 828.627.4579.

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property along the stretch of highway. The family’s fingerprints are all over various landmarks in the area from the Tuckasegee Baptist Church to the former Tuckaseegee School, the Duke Energy Power Plant and the Coward Law firm in Sylva.

The Community Foundation gave two $75,000 grants to Region A Partnership for Children and Southwestern Child Development Commission. One of the grants will expand the Parents as Teachers program, which benefits participating families by offering home visits, group connections, child screenings and a resource network. The other grant will be used to improve access to quality, affordable early childhood care and education that is provided by the Southwestern Child Development Commission. The Community Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates $11 million in charitable giving annually. 17

BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER state bill that would have merged Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville is dead for now. “It doesn’t appear the political stars are aligning themselves for this to pass,” said Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown. The bill has faced a series of ever-changing, ever-mounting obstacles in the N.C. House. Despite half a dozen trips to Raleigh to make their case with legislators, leaders from Lake Junaluska and the town of Waynesville couldn’t overcome the seeds of skepticism surrounding the bill. Now, the legislature will soon be concluding for the year and time has simply run out. Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, supported the bill and remains hopeful. “It is not lost and it is certainly possible, it just may take a little more time and a little more patience,” Queen said. “I think this collaboration between the town of Waynesville and Lake Junaluska will eventually come to pass.” The town and Lake will have another shot at getting the bill through next year. In the meantime, they could bolster their case that a merger is what the majority of residents want by holding an official vote. Opponents to the merger bent the ear of conservative legislators with complaints that the merger was being foisted upon unwilling property owners. “I just know mostly in my heart they do not need to be annexed. It will only be the thumb on Waynesville and not the Lake Junaluska Assembly,” said Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville. Presnell said she thinks Lake Junaluska should incorporate as its own town instead of become part of Waynesville. However, in property owner surveys that option got fewer votes than merging with Waynesville. Raleigh’s new Republican majority is generally opposed to the annexation of new neighborhoods by cities and towns unless a rigorous process is followed, including an official election to gauge the sentiment of residents. But the town of Waynesville and Lake Junaluska didn’t go through the official process. Instead, they tried to get a special bill passed, which made sense at the time. “Our board has been very clear about not wanting to appear that it is undertaking a forced annexation process,” said Town Manager Marcy Oneial. To Presnell, however, it seemed the town of Waynesville and Lake Junaluska tried to make an “end run” around the official annexation process. “It is the wolf at the door,” Presnell said. In reality, the process used by Lake Junaluska and the town of Waynesville had more public meetings and more chances for public input than the statute technically 18 requires. Audio and transcriptions, copious

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reports, pro and con assessments, and engineer studies filled web pages available for public viewing. “We have gone way above and beyond what is required in the statute, but we are being taken to task for not following the statute. We were trying to be magnanimous and do it better than the statute,” said Mayor Gavin Brown. But it didn’t include an official vote. There was, however, was a mail-in survey. Around 60 percent participated, and of those 60 percent favored merging with Waynesville. But to Presnell and other opponents, a survey is not the same as an official vote. It only included one ballot per household, for example. And it polled all property owners, while a formal election would only be open to full-time residents registered to vote at their Lake Junaluska addresses. Presnell called the surveys “totally absurd” because they used a sliding scale, allowing property owners to express “strong” versus “mild” support. They could also vote

Next week: The town of Waynesville and Lake Junaluska now have three choices: forget the merger, pick back up with the special bill next year in the hopes of getting it passed, or bite the bullet and go through the official annexation process. for more than one option if more than one future path was OK with them. “It needed to be an up or down vote. Either a yes or no. But that is not at all what this was,” Presnell said. “Even when they got the surveys back, the only people opening up or handling the surveys are the people who were for annexation.” Lake Junaluska and Waynesville are technically in Queen’s political district — not Presnell’s. Typically, legislators defer to the hometown legislator on such local issues, putting aside their own personal views on a subject. But in this case, Presnell’s opposition as a member of the prevailing party apparently trumped Queen’s position as the hometown legislator. “When those people call you and say we need your help, Joe Sam isn’t helping us, I can’t just ignore them,” Presnell said. A merger with Waynesville is viewed as a rescue package of sorts for the 765-home residential community with century-old roots as a summer Methodist retreat. Lake Junaluska is burdened by crumbling infrastructure and is over-extended in the level of services it provides. It offers amenities on par with a bona fide town — water, sewer, police, trash pickup, street maintenance and the like — without actually being a town.

tasteTHEmountains Taste the Mountains is an ever-evolving paid section of places to dine in Western North Carolina. If you would like to be included in the listing please contact our advertising department at 828.452.4251 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. ANTHONY WAYNE’S 37 Church St, Waynesville. 828.456.6789. Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; open for dinner Thursday-Saturday 5 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exceptional, new-American cuisine, offering several gluten free items. 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. 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. 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.


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tasteTHEmountains 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 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 herbbaked 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. CHEF’S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. “Best of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Set in a distinguished atmosphere with an exceptional menu. Extensive selection of wine and beer. Reservations honored.

CORK AND BEAN 16 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy organic, fairtrade, 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! CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares innovative and unique Southern fare from local, organic vegetables grown in Western North Carolina. Full bar and wine cellar. CORNERSTONE CAFÉ 1092 N. Main Street, Waynesville. 828.452.4252. Open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh meats purchased daily, great homemade breakfast, burgers made to order. Comfortable and friendly atmosphere, with curb service available. Make lunch easy and call ahead for to go orders. COUNTRY VITTLES: FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. 828.926.1820 Open Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Tuesday. Family Style at Country Vittles is not a buffet. Instead our waitresses will bring your food piping hot from the kitchen right to your table and as many refills as you want. So if you have a big appetite, but sure to ask your waitress about our family style service. FRANKIE’S ITALIAN TRATTORIA 1037 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley.

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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.


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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 Wed- Fri. from 4 to 6. GUADALUPE CAFÉ 606 W. Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.9877. Open 7 days a week at 5 p.m. Located in the historic Hooper’s Drugstore, Guadalupe Café is a chef-owned and operated restaurant serving Caribbean inspired fare complimented by a quirky selection of wines and microbrews. Supporting local farmers of organic produce, livestock, hand-crafted cheese, and using sustainably harvested seafood.

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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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828.926.6216 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Father and son team Frank and Louis Perrone cook up dinners steeped in Italian tradition. With recipies passed down from generations gone by, the Perrones have brought a bit of Italy to Maggie Valley.

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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.

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

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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. 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. 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.


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MILL & MAIN 462 W. Main St., Sylva. 828.586.6799. Serving lunch and dinner. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Pizza, pasta, outstanding homemade desserts, plus full lunch and dinner menus. All ABC permits. Take-out menus available. 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, woodfired 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. MOUNTAIN PERKS ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ 9 Depot St., Bryson City. 828.488.9561. Open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. With music at the Depot. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Life is too short for bad coffee. We feature wonderful breakfast and lunch selections. Bagels, wraps, soups, sandwiches, salads and quiche with a variety of specialty coffees, teas and smoothies. Various desserts. NEWFOUND LODGE RESTAURANT 1303 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee (Located on 441 North at entrance to GSMNP). 828.497.4590. Open 7 a.m. daily. Established in 1946 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Family style dining for adults and children.

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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 reserva-

tions. 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. PASQUALINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 25 Everett Street, Bryson City. 828.488.9555. Open for lunch and dinner everyday 11:30 a.m.-late. A taste of Italy in beautiful Bryson City. Exceptional pasta, pizza, homemade soups, salads. Fine wine, mixed drinks and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, reservations appreciated. PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday 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. 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. TAP ROOM SPORTS BAR & GRILL 176 Country Club Dr. Waynesville 828.456.5988. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Enjoy soups, sandwiches, salads and hearty appetizers along with a full bar menu in our casual, smoke-free neighborhood grill. 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.


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Legislature leading us down to new depths

Expanded Macon runway is a bad idea To the Editor: An article in a local paper stated that the Macon County Airport Authority met in early July to get an update on the widening of runways to allow for use by larger aircraft. The news that the widening is on the way is shocking, as the people who will again be most impacted, those living in Iotla Valley, had no information whatever that it was even being planned. With the county having property records and all the information means available, it is obvious that neighbors were not informed because the power brokers know they can move ahead with their schemes without the bother of hearing from people who

Raleigh often interpret criticism from the N.Y. Times as a badge of honor, but this time what most serious journalists consider one of the nation’s pre-eminent newspapers was dead on. All of us who follow state politics knew this legislature was going to turn right, but most of us did not think it would be such a hard right at such a high speed. Here’s what the N.Y. Times criticized the legislature for: the decision to quit taking federal unemployment benefits that were going to 70,000 citizens while cutting the maximum state benefit from $535 to $350 per week and allowing folks to get benefits for as few as 12 weeks, this in a state that has the fifth-highest unemployment rate in the country; cuts in education spending, which put us 46th in the nation in per-capita education spending, including cuts in teacher pay, cutEditor ting pre-K availability, increasing class size, cutting assistants, ending the extra pay for teachers who get master’s degrees, and even cutting services for disabled children; repealing the Racial Justice Act, which promised death row inmates a chance to prove they were victims of racial discrimination; refusing to expand Medicaid and turning down federal money that is now going to other states, money that would have helped small hospitals in WNC who depend on Medicaid patients; and the new voter ID requirements, which in addition to disenfranchising many citizens would also end a tax deduction for college students if they vote at college instead of in their hometowns (a move the Times called a “blatant effort to reduce Democratic voting strength in towns like Chapel Hill and Durham”). The N&O in Raleigh has been unable to contain its vitriol

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“Thank you sir, may I have another.” The line by Kevin Bacon from the now-classic film “Animal House” kept popping into my head as I went down the list of what this year’s GOP-led General Assembly is doing to North Carolina. In the movie, Bacon is being hazed as part of a fraternity initiation, and every time he is hit with a paddle he asks for another painful blow. Here in the Tar Heel state, you think legislative leaders are done pushing the state toward the likes of Mississippi or South Carolina, and then something else almost ridiculous hits the news that they have passed or seriously considered passing. Along the same lines, just when you think it would be almost impossible for another media outlet to report on what’s happening in North Carolina and perhaps criticize what’s going on, the list gets longer: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, CNBC, CNN, The Raleigh News & Observer, and our own Asheville Citizen-Times. Thank your sir, can we have another. The seismic rightward shift taking place in Raleigh at the General Assembly is certainly newsworthy. Unfortunately, the spotlight shining on the Tar Heel state has not been very kind. We are making news not only for proposals that would make this state one of the most conservative in the nation, but also for a General Assembly that many are calling mean-spirited. The July 9 lead editorial in the N.Y. Times was a no-holds barred assessment of the actions being taken by a legislature that is under GOP control for the first time since Reconstruction. “North Carolina was once considered a beacon of farsightedness in the South, an exception in a region of poor education, intolerance and tightfistedness. In a few short months, Republicans have begun to dismantle a reputation that took years to build.” Of course, supporters of the work now being done in

might object and whose voices will not be listened to anyway. The Authority chairman takes pride that representatives from Harrah's Casino had flown in the previous week and were happy they could fly into Franklin instead of Asheville. The comparison is ludicrous, as the Franklin airport cannot ever reach the traffic the Asheville airport has because Asheville is much more centrally located, its airport already has large carrier flights, and its location on a flat plain is conducive to further growth which Franklin's airport being hemmed in by mountains precludes. It is also mentioned that people staying at Old Edwards Inn were pleased flying into Franklin. The widening will allow larger jets to fly in and more flights to come in daily. So gamblers for the casino and some wealthy

in criticizing the General Assembly: “When they got control of the General Assembly, Republicans vowed to drive North Carolina in a new and better direction. Instead, they’re behind the wheel in a demolition derby … Some of the actions are clearly ideological and partisan: abolition of the Racial Justice Act, for one example. But other actions that have been taken or are under negotiation smack of political immaturity. They’re just about doing away with anything the Democrats did in the way of innovative or helpful programs just because ... the Democrats did it.” Other actions that have led to the derisive sneering toward our state: the inclusion of a measure that would have closed nearly all of the state’s abortion facilities in bill about motorcycle safety (really, including one of this country’s most divisive issues in a bill about motorcycle safety?); rolling back environmental protections; gutting state commissions that look out for the public welfare; taxing some of the state’s most important nonprofits; and mulling drug testing for recipients of public aid. The list of misguided actions this legislature has taken is long. Although the new tax reform package unveiled this week may eventually do the state some good, that won’t happen without some serious changes. Right now it amounts to a substantial tax cut for the upper income brackets and a very small or no tax cut for lower-income families. It will give the state even less to spend on services, meaning deeper cuts to public schools, universities, community colleges and services for the elderly and disadvantaged youths. As the Asheville Citizen-Times editorial writer put it earlier this week: “Thus the spotlight is turned on North Carolina. We’re used to basking in it. These days, it brings a harsh glare indeed.” (Scott McLeod can be reached at

folks will reap the benefits while the neighbors bear the brunt of more pollution, more noise, more traffic on our curvy roads, and the eventual irreplaceable loss of our beautiful Valley. Much is made of the economic windfall the airport presently brings to our county with the untested promise being that more airport growth will result, of course, in more jobs, more business opportunities, and economic ripples to benefit all Maconians. I would like to know how many local people were and will be hired by W. K. Dickson, the engineering firm that did the runway extension and now will do the expansion. With all the rosy predictions, are the jobs going to be created by turning N.C. 28 into another fastfood lane and by widening and straightening Airport and Iotla Church roads

and all other access roads into our community? It is frighteningly sad that this may be the nightmarish vision that airport and county officials have for Iotla Valley. Living in a democracy should mean that people, especially common citizens, have a say on their destinies. How can we influence what happens to our lives when decisions are made without notice by a powerful few? Trying to be heard by government these days is a futile and demeaning pursuit as those of us who protested against the runway extension painfully know. That is why citizens don't attend meetings, that is why we are called apathetic, that is why we are silent now. Last question: is the widening going to take the runways closer to Iotla Valley School? Olga F. Pader Franklin



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Bringing the world to your doorstep

step was an in-person interview. Publisher Scott McLeod wanted to meet me, but I was 1,016 miles and 16 hours of driving away. Screw it, I said to myself. I decided to Last July, I was at a crossroads. Being a make the trek the following week to freelance writer for a few years, my usual Haywood County. Leaving on a Thursday summer work dried up before the warm afternoon, I drove straight through the weather even arrived. The publications I night, fueled on rocket fuel truck stop cofwas contributing to in Upstate New York fee and endless hours of NPR on the radio. were losing money, rapidly, with their free- The next day, I rolled into Waynesville – lance budgets being the first casualty of a dirty, tired, hungry and delirious from the haphazard newspaper industry. journey. The clock said 2:35 p.m., with my So, I started looking for work, everyinterview set for 3 p.m. where. Using, I McLeod had a chuckle when I showed scoured the site, clicking on positions in up on time and exhausted from New the deep woods of Maine, rural North York. The interview went smoothly, but Dakota, suburban Ohio, wherever. More one last test remained – I had to prove I could write on the spot. He handed me a pen, notepad and camera, and said, “Ok, go get me two stories about Folkmoot.” I thought, “What the hell is v Folkmoot?” BY GARRET K. WOODWARD McLeod gave me a quick rundown of the festival, pointed to Main Street and shut the front door of the office, leaving me standing there, wondering what to do. I turned towards the commotion on Main Street Country megastar Miranda Lambert rolls into and immersed myself in the Harrah’s Cherokee on July 19. melodic chaos. It was a mesmerizing weekend. I found myself amid a Broadway musical “Brigadoon” hits the stage plethora of talented Southern at HART in Waynesville from July 18 through Appalachian musicians and Aug. 4. cloggers alongside innumerable international dance Indie-rock act Kovacs and the Polar Bear pergroups. Watching these two J form at Western Carolina University on July entities come together as one 25. was inspiring. One moment I was interviewing the Talija Leonard Adkins presents his new comprehenFolk Dance Troupe of Serbia, sive guidebook about the Blue Ridge Parkway the next, eating dinner with at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva on July 22. the Whitireia Performing Arts from New Zealand or tapping Bluegrass ensemble Frogtown plays during my foot to the sounds of rightthe Franklin Folk Festival on July 20. from-the-source Appalachian mountain music. “Soon, a sea of people were than 100 resumes were probably submitall moving together; everyone smiling. ted during that month. Eventually, I came There they were, teenagers from every across an opening at The Smoky corner of the globe, standing as one, a Mountain News. It was a feature writer place where there were no borders, lanposition, covering all of Western North guage differences or societal conflicts,” I Carolina, seeking out all of the things that wrote. “It seems the only true currency make it unique. here is a high-five of appreciation I was intrigued. I had been to between foreign entities, now fast friends Asheville before, and driving through the thanks to the common bond of rhythm area left an impression of interesting peo- and performance.” ple amid a beautiful landscape. So, I These were the exact experiences I had applied, sending all of my notable clips, been chasing after, things that sparked references and resume, and waited. my initial interest in journalism years earThe next morning, a reply from The lier. After two days, I had found and writSmoky Mountain News was sitting in my ten my stories. By Monday morning, I inbox. They liked the clips I had sent and shook McLeod’s hand and accepted the were interested in doing an interview position. And thus, the journey continover the phone. It went well. The next ues. Onward and upward.

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Country singing sensation Miranda Lambert will play Harrah’s on July 19.

• Rockabilly/bluegrass group Humps and the Blackouts, The Travers Brothers and Dylan Riddle will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Humps and the Blackouts play at 9 p.m. July 18-19, with The Travers Brothers at 9:30 p.m. July 20 and Riddle on July 21. All shows are free. 828.586.2750 or • Dashboard Blues plays the Concerts on the Creek concert series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Bridge Park in Sylva. The Asheville band brings together rock, blues, funk and country into their own original style. The series is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Sylva and Jackson County Parks and Recreation. Free. 800.962.1911 or

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Mega-country star Miranda Lambert hits the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Lambert is country music’s reigning female vocalist of the year as named by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. She has also won the prized “Album of the Year” award from the Academy of Country Music for her second album, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and from the Country Music

Association and the Academy of Country Music for her third, “Revolution.” She received the top country female vocal performance honor at the most recent Grammy Awards for “The House That Built Me,” and was recognized as one of People magazine’s Most Beautiful People and one of Maxim’s Hottest Women of Country. Tickets are currently on sale. or or 800.745.3000.

• Bluegrass/Americana group The Kruger Brothers perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. With their exciting all-in-one performances, the trio features Swiss brothers Uwe (guitar) and Jens (banjo) Kruger, with Joel Landsberd (bassist) Tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for students grades K-12. 828.479.3364 or

Singer/songwriter Kathy Mattea plays Franklin on July 20. Donated photo through with bluegrass, gospel and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM and Grammy awards. Tickets are $18 and $22. 866.273.4615 or

Voices in the Laurel sings in New Orleans Members of Voices in the Laurel Children’s Choir have just returned from the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans. The festival featured a 200-voice mass choir, which consisted of Voices in the Laurel and nine other choirs from across the United States. The singers rehearsed two to three hours for four days ending with a gala concert at the historical St. Louis Cathedral. For the concert, each choir performed individually,

• Singer/songwriter Eric Hendrix will perform as part of the Friday Night Live concert series from 6 to 8 p.m. July 19, at the Highlands Town Square. Free. or 828.524.5841. • The Music in the Mountains concert series continues with singer/songwriter Liz Nance

followed by a stunning performance by the mass choir. Voices in the Laurel is pleased to announce that the choir has recently received a personal invitation to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York at the end of the upcoming season. The group is also holding its fourth annual Summer Voice Music Camp, which will be held July 29 to Aug. 2, at First Baptist Church in Waynesville. The camp is open to any interested musicians who are entering first through ninth grades. or 828.734.8413.

• Singer/songwriters Jen Miller and Thomas Dirk play the Saturdays on Pine concert series at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Pine Street Park in Highlands. Free. • Humps and the Blackouts hits the stage at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. The eastern Tennessee outlaw country/rockabilly group is acclaimed for its raucous stage presence. $3. 828.456.4750 or • Bluegrass ensemble Frogtown comes to Pickin’ on the Square at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the lower level town hall in Franklin. At 6:30 p.m., the stage is opened up for anyone wanting to play a few songs. Free. 828.524.2516 or • German flutist Anthony Reiss, Belgian clarinetist Roeland Hendrikx, The Vega String Quartet and Parker Quartet perform July 19-20 as part of the Highlands Chamber Music Festival. The Friday performance is at 6 p.m., with Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students under age 18. 828.526.9060 or • Kovacs and the Polar Bear hits the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in the Central Plaza at Western Carolina University. An indie-rock band from Asheville, the group is a culmination of rich harmonies, catchy hooks and Appalachian folk music. Free. or 828.227.3622.

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Acclaimed singer/songwriter Kathy Mattea will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. For Mattea, the influence of Appalachian culture from her native West Virginia represents an essential piece of her musical education and heritage, rooted deeply in family and traditions. During the years, she has gathered songs and stories of bravery, pride and grief, rich in lore and history representing what she calls her place and her people. Long known as an impeccable song-catcher, with hits such as “Where’ve You Been?” “455 Rocket” and the iconic “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses.” Her 17 albums are woven


• A Celtic jam session, Johnny Rhea and “International Day” tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. The jam session takes places at 6:30 p.m. July 18, with Rhea at 7 p.m. July 19. “International Day” is July 20, with a polka band from noon to 3 p.m. and Paul Castaldo from 7 to 9 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or

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Mattea brings heart and soul string music to Franklin

• Vocalist Wendy Jones and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens continue the Summer Jazz Festival at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Stevens performs extensively in Europe, Latin America and North America, while 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. Each event includes a lavish four-course dinner for $39.99 per person. Purchase two or more show dates and save $5 per ticket. 828.452.6000 or or

at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. The series is sponsored by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce and the Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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On the streets

Appalachian storytellers, crafts and musicians at folk fest

Glenville Area Historical Society history tour The third annual Glenville Area Historical Society (GAHS) history tour begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20. The tour starts at the Big Ridge Baptist Church, where patrons can buy tickets, pick up the brochure and hear a basic overview of the tour and final stop at Sims Valley. Dulcimer musicians will entertain. Included on the tour are original and restored homesteads, farms, cabins and community buildings. At every tour stop, a knowledgeable host, often accompanied by the property’s ancestor or present owner, will offer “inside” information, anecdotes

and intriguing details about the original family and those thereafter. Members of the GAHS interview elderly residents, conduct map research, collect documents and research history. Ultimately, after co-coordinating written material, photos and documents, the result will be a comprehensive historical publication, about the greater Glenville area and Hamburg Township. The tour is a fundraiser to raise seed money for the publication, while offering a historical event opportunity. 828.743.1658 or 828.743.6744 or

The Glenville Area Historical Society history tour will be July 20. Big Ridge Baptist Church (pictured) is included on the tour. Donated photo

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The Franklin Folk Festival comes back to downtown on July 20. The Fire Truck Parade begins at 9 a.m. Donated photo


The 10th annual Franklin Folk Festival, a “Celebration of Appalachian Heritage,” runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in downtown Franklin. The festival features Appalachian demonstrators, crafters, cloggers, musicians, vendors, antique cars, vintage farm equipment, fire engines and tractors. There will be mountain music, gospel music singa-longs and open invitations to join the pickin’ at the Jammin’ Tent. Civil War reenactors will engage in mock skirmishes. At 9 a.m., exhibits open and the Fire Truck Parade begins, followed by the official kick-off ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Gazebo Main Stage. The annual Corn Shuckin’ Contest will follow. The Macon County Arts Council will present Appalachian tales, Cherokee legends, heritage stories and songs, from 10 a.m. to

1:30 p.m. at the Franklin Town Hall. At 10 a.m., Franklin storyteller, poet and author Patti McClure will present heritage stories and songs. At 11:15 a.m., Wendel Craker of Georgia will spin yarns and share Southern Appalachian mountain folklore. At 12:30 p.m., Tom Hill will present legends and myths of the Cherokee Indians. And, heritage arts and crafts will be available from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the children’s activity area behind Town Hall. or 828.524.7683. Free. Youth ages 18 and under can showcase their talents at the Mountain Youth Talent Show from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., at the Gazebo Main Stage. Register online at or 828.586.4009. For festival information, call 828.524.2516 or 800.932.5294 or visit

Saving kittens through pottery A benefit to help save cats and kittens in Western North Carolina will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Claymates in Dillsboro. The festivities will include pottery painting, kitten shower and cat and kitten adoptions. Door prizes will be given away. Claymates will donate 30 percent of profits toward the felines. Donations welcome. The event is sponsored by Smitten With Kittens, a coalition created to promote spay and neuter care, and help end

The Dinosaur Train will run at select times from July 19 through Aug. 4 in Bryson City. Donated photo

Dinosaur Train rolls down the tracks in Bryson City Based on the popular PBS Kids television series, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train will depart at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Fridays and

the euthanasia of shelter cats in Jackson County and WNC. or 828.631.3133.

Library to screen silent films “Silents Out Loud” will be showing silent films accompanied by live music at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the Jackson County Public Library. The theme is “Stage Magic to Screen Magic” and music is composed by Ian Moore to enhance the silent movie experience. The films being shown include: “The

Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from July 19 to Aug. 4, at the Great Smoky M o u n t a i n Railroad depot in Bryson City. The train will make a roundtrip trek from the depot along the Tuckasegee River to the Nature Tracker Area. Upon arrival, patrons will have an hour and 45-minute layover filled with children’s activities that include music and stories. Crown class seating is $59 for adults, $40 for children 24 months to age 12, and $10 for infants 23 months and younger. Coach seating is $39 for adults, $30 for children 24 to age 12, and free for infants 23 months and younger. 800.872.4681 or

Grim Game,” which is some of the only known footage remaining from this film starring Harry Houdini. There is a fairytale set piece from the Barcelona studio of Segundo de Chomon titled “La Fee Printemps.” A very early puppet sequence by the Lumiere Brothers, “Le Squelette Joyeux” (The Dancing Skeleton), and stop motion animation from Russian filmmaker Ladislas Starevich that shows the secret life of some very genteel insects, “The Cameraman’s Revenge.” The screening is sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council. Free.

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Wednesday, July 17

7:30 pm

HomeTrust Bank’s Family Night, Folkmoot Friendship Center, Waynesville. Free snacks. (2 Groups) Adults $10; Children (12 & under) $5.

Thursday, July 18

7:30 pm

Gala Preview & Champagne Reception, Stompin’ Ground, Maggie Valley. (All) Private event for Friends of Folkmoot, donors and sponsors.

Friday, July 19

1:00 pm 7:30 pm

Parade of Nations, Waynesville. Court House to Main Street, Free Event. Grand Opening, Stompin’ Ground, Maggie Valley. (All Groups) Reserved seating: $30, $25; General admission $20; Children (12 & under) ½ price.

Saturday, July 20


Haywood County Arts Council’s International Festival Day, Main Street, Waynesville. Folkmoot groups perform to benefit Haywood County Arts Council. or 828.452.0593. Haywood Community College, Clyde. (All Groups) Reserved seating: $30, $25; General admission $20; Children (12 & under) ½ price.

7:30 pm

Sunday, July 21

1:30 pm 3:30 pm

7:00 pm

Affairs of the Heart

Monday, July 22

7:30 pm

Western Carolina University, Fine & Performing Arts Center, Cullowhee (3 Groups) Adults $18; Faculty $15; Students & Children (12 & under) $5.

Tuesday, July 23

7:30 pm

Colonial Theatre, Canton (3 Groups) Adults $16; Children (12 & under) 1/2 price. Swain High School, Bryson City. (3 Groups) Adults $16; Children (12 & under) ½ price.

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Diana Wortham Theater, Asheville. (All Groups) General Admission $30, Children (12 & under) ½ price. World Friendship Day, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. (5 Groups) Reserved seating: $25, $20; General admission $15; Children (12 & under) ½ price. SALT Block Auditorium, Hickory. (3 Groups) General admission $16; Children (12 & under) ½ price.

Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock. (All Groups) General Admission Adults $30, Children (12 & under), Students, Faculty: ½ price. Asheville High School, Asheville. (All Groups) General Admission Adults $30, Children (12 & under), Students, Faculty: ½ price. Town Center, Burnsville. (2 Groups) Adults $16; Children (12 & under) ½ price. Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. (3 Groups) Adults $25, $20; Children (12 & under) $10. Haywood Community College, Waynesville. (4 Groups) Reserved seating: $25, $20; General admission $15; Children (12 & under) ½ price. Extravaganza Matinee, Stompin’ Ground, Maggie Valley. (All Groups) Reserved seating: $30, $25; General admission $20; Children (12 & under) ½ price. Extravaganza, Stompin’ Ground, Maggie Valley. (All Groups) Reserved seating: $30, $25; General admission $20; Children (12 & under) ½ price. Folkmoot at Friday Street Dance, Main Street, Waynesville. Free.



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Haywood Regional Theatre (HART), Waynesville (3 Groups). General admission $16; Children (12 & under) ½ price. Haywood Community College, Clyde. (All Groups) Reserved seating: $30, $25; General admission $20; Children (12 & under) ½ price.

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Dance Workshop (1 Group), Folkmoot Friendship Center, Waynesville. Adults $10; Children (12 & under) $5. Candlelight Closing, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. (All Groups) Reserved seating: $30, $25; General admission $20; Children (12 & under) ½ price.

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GAVIN BROWN Mayor of Waynesville Personally, Folkmoot brings the world to my doorstep. I’ve been fortunate to have traveled some, but to have visited the countries that have been exposed to me would have been an impossibility. The Travel Channel is great to watch, but Folkmoot brings the world up close and personal. Folkmoot has given Waynesville a unique identity. We’re at the crossroads of the world for two weeks every year. Just as important is the positive economic impact it creates. I can’t give you facts and figures, but in my estimation, we have been repaid 10 fold on our investment. I enjoyed the opening ceremony for the 25th event. It was my first year as mayor. (Former North Carolina) Gov. Mike Easley and his wife came to the event as I recall. I felt quite honored to stand at the podium and welcome the groups on behalf of the Town of Waynesville and the community at large. Quite obviously, the event will need to morph with current economic conditions. For instance, it is difficult to sell tickets to an event when the same performance is provided free of charge. Better housing may need to be located. Hopefully, Folkmoot continues to make Waynesville the doorstep of the world for another 30 years.  

JOE SAM QUEEN N.C. State Representative, D-Waynesville Folkmoot is our state’s official international festival, and we all know how important global relationships are. It’s Western North Carolina’s gateway to the world and a great opportunity for our citizens, and a great reason to come to here. We’re the host of the world. It’s part of our southern mountain heritage. I really enjoyed the Siberian Eskimos. They were older, mostly women, and they were the real thing. They had a

Folkmoot is a great event that sets Haywood County apart from everyone else. It has a very loyal following, which brings visitors to our area each year to either participate or enjoy. It’s a given that our community should support an event with the magnitude and outreach of Folkmoot. [I remember] doing dishes at midnight, and experiencing the diversity and energy of the entertainers.

ANNE LOUGH Musician, Director of Folkmoot International Band “Folkmoot is Friendship, Folkmoot is Peace, Folkmoot is Harmony, Folkmoot is Love.” These are the words of the “Folkmoot Hymn” that is sung at the candlelight closing ceremony every year, and I think they express what Folkmoot means to me, to the wonderful dancers, singers and musicians who bring their culture and gifts to us, and to our community of Western North Carolina. As these words are sung each year, the powerful expressions of friendship, community, common bonds and experiences are evident on every face and in every tear. As director of the International Band, I see folks from all over the world coming together and “speaking” in harmony with the international language of music. And they are doing so with joy and abandon. The folk traditions of music and dance are some of the oldest creative expressions of all cultures, and, in the words of Cecil Sharp, some of the most stable and permanent. It’s fascinating to witness the similarities, as well as the differences in these traditions as the world comes to us. What a privilege for Waynesville and Haywood County to host such a cross-cultural exchange and have the opportunity to showcase heartland America with our down-to-earth, small-town values of friendliness, compassion, community spirit and a slower pace of life.   These are images of America that we are all proud of and


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Bringing together world culture and Southern Appalachia traditions, Folkmoot USA transcends any and all barriers. Whether it’s language, physical boundaries or appearance, the art of live performance found at this international dance and music festival erases any differences by creating an ambiance that’s as embracing as it is unique. Entering its 30th year, the festival has solidified itself in the landscape of Western North Carolina. Alongside the thousands of performers who have visited the region during the past three decades are innumerable members of the WNC community who have taken part in and helped produce the positive message Folkmoot provides. They are business leaders, politicians and musicians, and everyday people who appreciate the festival’s character. The Smoky Mountain News caught up with a handful of these people to find out what they think about Folkmoot USA. We wanted to know what it means to them, what memories stick out and how they see the future for this institution of culture, creativity and camaraderie.



great humor and were incredible people. One year, we had a Mongolian dance team. I was emceeing the world music stage in downtown Waynesville. Their band showed up, eight of them, and didn’t have any instruments. I thought they were lost, but then they each pulled out a mouth harp for their pockets and all played together. It was amazing. I love the idea that we cover all the continents. It’s astounding. I’ve always enjoyed, and my father before me as well, helping with the housing and the food. Good fresh, local food. There’d be hundreds of people from all different places. They were Christian, Muslim and Buddhist. Everybody would join together and talk culture, family, politics. Both of my children were guides, and it’s great that hundreds of young people from this area are personal guides and seeing the culture first hand. It’s an infusion of diverse culture. Folkmoot will continue to mature and evolve. It has a great format with multiple counties involved. They just need to stick with it, and secure their place, making sure it sustains with public support and private donations. People need to realize how important it is to our region – it’s the flavor of the world.



The countries of used to negotiate the swampy, flat lands where they cared for flocks of sheep. The Gouyats have participated in more than 2,500 performances, 100 international folk festivals and in 18 different countries. Their repertoire includes 30 traditional dances from south of the Ardour and Grande Lande. The clothing used for performances include for boys: berets, large red or black cummerbunds, loose shirts and calves wrapped in ancient “trabucs” wool. Waders on stilts wear sheepskin coats. Girls are attired in very simple large striped skirts, aprons with soft colors and pretty shimmering shawls.

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Japan Quichar Paradise The name Quichar Paradise means “Be Happy Anytime.” This performing group is from Tokyo, Japan, but represent dance of the Okinawa region. The group has participated in numerous folklore festivals including Hohhot Inner Mongolia in China, Yilan International Children’s Folklore and Folkgame (YICF), and the 21st International Folklore Festival VARNA. Their dances tell of many folklore tales and beliefs such as tragic love stories, harvest celebrations and driving out evil spirits. Many of the dances represent cultural expression from over 400 years ago. One performance is the famous dance of the ancient Okinawan Royal Court where performers wear big hats called hanagasa and hold castanets made from bamboo. They play traditional instruments to accompany their performances: the Shinobue (bamboo flute), Kane (bell), Parlanqoo (small drum), Shime-daiko (medium drum), O-daiko (big drum) and Sanshin (similar to a banjo). The costumes worn for their dances include traditional old-style Kimonos, formal wear and Uchikake: a yellow based colorful gown with tropical flowers and birds.

Canada Ena Sutton Highland Dancers of Winnipeg

Ena Sutton Highland Dancers of Winnipeg is a Scottish Highland dance group based in Canada. The Ena Sutton company formed in 1965 and have been delighting audiences of all ages for more than 30 years. Their goal is to foster appreciation of Scottish heritage through the performance of traditional and non-tradi4 tional highland dances while performing on a social level

Canada rather than a competitive one. The dancers radiate their joy and love of highland dance even when they are concentrating all their skill and energy on these elegant and vigorous dances. Live musicians accompany the Ena Sutton Highland Dancers on the bagpipes and bodhran. With a swirl of plaid and the unique sound of bagpipes, the Ena Sutton Highland Dancers will bring you the timeless pleasures and talents of Scottish dance.

France Lous Gouyats De L’Adou Lous Gouyats De L’Adou, “young people of the Adour” is a performing group from France formed in 1965. Members perform in order to revive and preserve the traditions of folklore in their region. Perhaps best known for the stilts used in performances, this presentation represents how the “Waders”


El Ballet Folklórico Tradiciones represent the School of Music and Dance in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. The dance group was initiated in 1987 with the objective of promoting and preserving Mexican dance in its most faithful and true representation. The ballet is composed of 34 performers, mostly ESMDM graduates, and eight musicians under the direction of the professors Silvia Gil and Rene Garza. Tradiciones has offered numerous performances in Mexico and abroad, performing in countries like the USA, Italy, Spain Portugal, Croatia, and Canada. They are proud to bring joy through their dance and culture to as many people as possible.


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Martinique Le Grand Ballet de Martinique Slovakia Zobor University Folk Ensemble The University Folk Ensemble Zobor comes from the oldest town in the Slovak Republic, Nitra, first settled in 828 AD. Zobor is the name of the hill above the town of Nitra. Founded in 1956, Zobor is one of the oldest folklore ensembles in Slovakia. Winners of multiple awards for choreography and musical arrangements, they have performed countless shows in Slovakia and 20 other countries throughout the world. Zobor’s dances are about ordinary country life, where poverty made life short and painful. Love, work and war are three main themes you can find in Slovak folklore as well as life’s events: marriage, birth and death. Life was very difficult, therefore the Slovak people tried to make it easier by singing anytime they could. Every second year the Zobor group organizes the CIOFF® International Festival of Academic Folk Ensembles, called Academic Nitra. Approximately 900 people from all over the world attend their festival.

The Chanthaburi Folk Dance group is from Chanthaburi, Thailand, near the capital city of Bangkok. Performers of the group are folk dance experts and specially selected students. This group has won numerous awards and been honored by Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, for a Thai musical performance competition. Chanthaburi has participated in international and folklore festivals in Mexico, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, South Korea and Australia as well as a World Music competition in the Netherlands. Signature Thai dance elements include movements of the body, arms, hands and legs to imitate the natural movements of birds and animals. Traditional costumes are often constructed of silk fabric which may be embroidered. Dancers of the north and south of Thailand usually attach long, curved bronze “fingernails,” which accentuate the fluid, sensual movements of the hands.

Poland Wici Song and Dance Company The Wici Song and Dance Company was organized in 1972 in Chicago. Its mission is to promote Polish culture through song, dance, and music. Wici has carried the traditions of their ancestors through with their authentic costumes and original choreography. All members of the company perform without any compensation or monetary reward. Over 8,000 young people and adults have participated in the group’s activities since its origin.



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Thailand Chanthaburi Folk Dance Group

Le Grand Ballet de Martinique was created in 1946. The dances and songs of Grand Ballet de Martinique evoke the distant past of the French West Indies. Comprised of about 30 musicians and dancers dressed in traditional costumes, Le Grand Ballet de Martinique perform with the “old school” rhythms of beguine and mazurka. Performances convey the joys and sorrows in a story of ancient times and how slavery led to modern Martinique. Energetic and entertaining, the performers of Le Grand Ballet de Martinique provide an interesting cultural view into the historic island of Martinique.

Wici is comprised of two groups totaling morethan 300 dancers, musicians, and artists. The group wears hand-made costumes imported from Poland, including colorful men’s and women’s attire made from wool, velvet, and silk, some of which are priceless original handicrafts. Wici has traveled and performed at venues all over the world including Canada, Italy, Poland, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Several years ago, it started exploring American folklore and music including country western and clogging. One of its new dances comes from the Appalachian region.



tics, no religion. Nothing can leave an impression like happiness and laughter, and we can all take a lesson from that. My best memories have always been with the other musicians from different countries. When Kenny Wyatt owned Bogart’s Restaurant and Tavern, we would close doors after hours except for the musicians from around the world. We would play all night. Even though we couldn’t talk to each other in language, we could through music. And we became friends, seeing one another only once a year. That was certainly some of the strangest banjo music I’ve ever played. It seems like when the economy is struggling, so does funding for the arts. But, that’s often when something “good” emerges. Hard times bring on better times. Necessity often brings out creativity in artists.


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FOLKMOOT AT 30, CONTINUED FROM 3 that many of our international visitors have never seen. I truly hope we all have a chance to be a part of this special event, whether in attending a performance, volunteering or hosting, or simply exchanging a smile, a wave or a hand of friendship.

KAY MILLER Former Executive Director of the Haywood County Arts Council

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Folkmoot means our community members have a unique opportunity to share their hospitality and friendship with the groups of dancers and musicians from all over the world. It’s a true gathering together of like-minded people who are interested in learning about one another’s culture. It helps us be ambassadors to the world from home. What if we’re the only Americans that these visitors have ever met? We have a great opportunity to show them what Americans are really like and how wonderful our country is, not what they may hear about Americans or America from their leaders and governments. We benefit by learning about and enjoying the traditional music and dance of other countries without ever leaving the state. And, we get to share with folk groups something we treasure — our local music and dance heritage. When I lived in Texas, I visited my brother and his family in Waynesville on several occasions. In 1994, I visited during the Folkmoot and attended the Parade of Nations. When I saw the folk group from Mexico, I was astonished to see that it was the identical group I’d seen performing two months prior at a beautiful hotel in Oaxaca City in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. What a small world. When I was director of the Haywood County Arts Council, I staged an international themed exhibit in the gallery each summer during the festival. I also started the “Passport to the Arts” children’s area, where the kids were issued passports so they could “travel” to different countries and create a craft unique to the country being visited. We need to keep Folkmoot on the minds of people throughout the year. This could involve civic groups, local artists, schools and churches in addition to businesses. Folkmoot is something special that you don’t find in every 6 small town you visit. I think it’s a plus to associate with a

small town and work to involve the community more in attracting folks to come here for the festival performances.

GREG BOOTHROYD Chairman, Haywood County Chamber of Commerce; Co-owner and Advertising Director, The Smoky Mountain News Folkmoot introduces many people to Haywood County and Western North Carolina for the first time. It gives all of us a taste of world culture right in our own backyard, not to mention it’s a great opportunity for many local businesses. The opening night gala is always a great time. A must-see is definitely the closing ceremonies. All of the groups are truly incredible to witness firsthand. Folkmoot is in the driver’s seat these days, a place it wants to be. I would imagine it has and will become the largest festival in this region, and that’s something to be proud of.

TERESA PENNINGTON Owner and artist, T. Pennington Art Gallery I travel and do a lot of art shows and festivals across the eastern seaboard, and there’s nothing else out there like Folkmoot. In a world where we place so much emphasis on our differences, it’s so nice to celebrate the ways we are the same and find the things we have in common. Waynesville has become known for Folkmoot. It is part of our heritage. When my son was little, he loved to come to Main Street to watch the dancers. I would really love to see more of the participants interacting with the downtown merchants, especially on “International Festival Day.”

STEVE SUTTON Banjoist, Darren Nicholson Band Folkmoot has always been a great opportunity for different cultures to share with each other in the most relaxed environment in the world, through song, music and dance. No poli-

When I think of Folkmoot, I think of the world’s greatest music and dance. And the most beautiful part is that cultures from all around the globe come to these hills, maybe even unable to speak the same language, but communicating through music and dance. It’s a very fun atmosphere. It’s a major tourism draw and gets positive attention to our area. There’s also an education value in exploring the world’s cultures, likes and differ- B ences. Generations of folks in Western S North Carolina can take something from seeing this kind of magic when all boundaries are blurred for greater good by music. It’s a beautiful thing. One night, I went with (banjoist) Steve Sutton to one of the i big shindigs in Maggie Valley; I was immediately embraced by t folks from everywhere. We couldn’t talk to each other, but we all smiled, danced and made music into the wee hours. So B much fun – that’s living. It’s such a positive thing on all levels W from where I see it. I feel like it could go anywhere it wants to. h


F a President, Folkmoot USA Board of Directors; Physician f Folkmoot is a chance to travel the world from home, a b chance to experience world cultures first hand. It’s truly a a unique experience that few communi- w ties in our country can offer. And the t experience comes alive with the personalities of the dancers who really t love to share their cultures and the his- h tory of their countries. a It’s Haywood County’s gem. Only P through Folkmoot can the people of our small county be a proud ambassador to o other countries. While we offer our gen- a erosity and hospitality, we also have a huge economic impact b in the county and part of the economic success of our county hinges on events like this. The fact that we have been around t 30 years shows what Folkmoot means to the Haywood County. 7 Perhaps the fondest memories of Folkmoot are shared by a the younger generations, as it opens their minds and F reminds them that there is a much larger world out there beyond our Haywood County. My fondest memories are the B experiences I had as a young volunteer and guide for the p dance groups. I eventually ended up as a student for a year in h France and later went to Romania to my future bride. H As the world evolves, technology and transport has made t it a smaller place, with fewer differences in culture. Folkmoot’s t future is ironically to preserve the past, to preserve the diversi- p ty of traditions and cultures from across the globe. To move w forward, it is important to remember where we came from. C

BearWater Brewing Owner Kevin Sandefur developed a special Folk Malt to mark Folkmoot USA's 30th year in Western North Carolina.

Crisscrossing the country to more than 50 cities, the Famous Idaho Potato Truck will be parked at the south end of Waynesville’s Main Street during the Folkmoot USA “Parade of Nations” at 1 p.m. Friday, July 19. The parade is free and open to the public. The Potato Truck crisscrosses the nation raising awareness and funds for Meals on Wheels, a nonprofit organization serving more than a million dishes each to homebound senior citizens. Equipped with an enormous “potato” on the truck bed, the massive big rig was launched last year to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Commission. After much publicity and success, the truck is again hitting the road, traveling from Las Vegas to Boston, Houston to Omaha, and everywhere in between. To learn more about the truck tour and how to donate to Meals on Wheels, click on

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“We are extremely passionate about crafting quality beers. Our creativity drives our vision. We now have over 26 different recipes on our books and that continues to grow,” Sandefur said. By creating a community bond with his brews, Sandefur sees the same sentiments and pure intent with the philosophy of Folkmoot. It’s about embracing you local roots, with arms outstretched and welcoming the world.

“I was very excited about the challenge of creating a recipe that would reflect the international makeup of the dance troops.” — Kevin Sandefur, BearWaters Brewing Company

“Tradition, tradition, tradition, it’s such an important piece of community, and we can’t lose sight of that,” he said. “Folkmoot is an amazing event that allows people from around the globe to connect right here in our town, with no focus on political or socioeconomic boundaries — it’s humanity connecting through a celebration of dance and music.” Reflecting on his own experiences at Folkmoot, Sandefur enjoys the innumerable opportunities the festival offers for locals, tourists and the curious alike. “When my son was 7 years old, we took him to see a performance,” he said. “After the show, he got to interact with some Russian dancers. He purchased a traditional Russian toy, which helped me see the world for a minute through the eyes of a child.” 197-02

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BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER olkmoot is a Western North Carolina tradition, and this year, the festival is tapping into the growing craft beer industry that has become a thriving part of the WNC cuisine scene. In celebration of Folkmoot’s 30th year, BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville is releasing a special brew in honor of the festival. “We were approached by some of the Folkmoot board members regarding crafting a beer that would capture the spirit of the festival,” said Kevin Sandefur, owner/cobrewer of BearWaters. “I was very excited about the challenge of creating a recipe that would reflect the international makeup of the dance troops.” Dubbed “Folk Malt,” the concoction is a traditional Munich-style lager with added hops from the United States, Czech Republic and Germany, with lager yeast used from Patagonia. “To finish it all off, we gave the beer a kiss of mango,” Sandefur said. “The end result is a perfectly balanced, refreshing summer style beer that has a sunset, glowing color.” Folk Malt will be available at BearWaters’ taproom located at 130 Frazier Street, Suite 7, and at various restaurants and pubs around Western North Carolina when Folkmoot starts in mid-July. Coming into its second year of operation, BearWaters began as an idea and business plan for Sandefur, one that ultimately won him an entrepreneur grant from the Haywood Chamber of Commerce. Since then, the brewery opened and has continued to grow by leaps and bounds, from participating in the Great American Beer Festival to winning 11 medals at the Carolina Championship of Beer.





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‘Brigadoon’ comes to HART

Legendary Broadway musical “Brigadoon” runs at 7:30 p.m. July 18-20, 25-27, Aug. 1-3, and at 3 p.m. July 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. The Lerner and Lowe stage production is set in an enchanted Scottish village that is discovered by two travelers. The result is a magical romance, great music and our usual summer spectacle. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for students. Special $8 discount tickets are available for students for Thursday and Sunday performances. 828.456.6322 or

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Librarians Serenity Richards and Meghan Potts will be featured at PLAYFEST at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at the Albert CarltonCashiers Community Library. Both former professional actors, the duo will present eight fully staged readings of some of the best short plays from around the country.

Joined by actors from Cashiers and Highlands, the readings are hilarious and poignant plays, many written by prize-winning playwrights. PLAYFEST is sponsored by The Friends of the Library. FOL is the major contributor to the daily operation of the Cashiers Community Library in monetary and volunteer time donations. The organization raises money through public book sales, and different programs held during the year. 828.743.0215 or

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The production of “Honeymoon at Gravesite Manor” will be at 7:30 p.m. July 19-20, 26-27 and 29 at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City. This is comedy-mystery written by Pat Cook follows Marian Thorncraft, who’s looking forward to her honeymoon with new hubby, Tyler. She pictures someplace romantic, secluded and cozy. No sooner have her feet touched the ground after being carried over the threshold than she discovers her love “Honeymoon at Gravesite Manor” comes to Bryson City on select nest is really a onedates through July. Donated photo time mortuary.

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The “Community Craft Workshop Day” will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Haywood Community College in Clyde. In “Make a Bracelet,” students will create their own unique designs and get a basic introduction to working with metal. “Play in the Clay” is a fun, no pressure introduction to the clay studio and basic techniques. In “Designer Pillow,” participants will design and piece together their own unique throw pillow. “Dovetails Demystified” will cover design, layout, cutting, fitting, and gluing full and half-blind dovetails. “Artful Finishes for Wood” will play with unusual surfaces and finishes such as torching, sandblasting, grinding, dyes, grain filling, and photo-trans-

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• “Movies in the Park” continues July 18 and 25 at Bridge Park in Sylva. Film starts at dusk. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. Sponsored by the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Free. 828.293.3053.

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• The film “The Pirates – Band of Misfits” will be shown at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Pirate Captain sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the Year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. $3. 866.273.4615 or

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Few families can afford to take their kids on an international trip. But thanks to Folkmoot, you can get a flavor of global cultures without leaving your home town. just as what they eat might seem strange to us. If your kids are willing, try a popular national recipe from one or two of the visiting Folkmoot countries. • Stop in at the designated kids area during International Festival Day in downtown Waynesville this Saturday, July 20, put on by the Haywood County Arts Council. Kids can get their “Passport to the Arts” and make arts and crafts indicative of the visiting countries. They are even issued a “passport” to get stamped at each table they visit. • Dream about what country they would like to visit if they had a chance — and why. It’s a fun dinnertime conversation starter if you can get the whole family to go around the table and share a destination they wish they could visit.



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of planes, trains and automobiles on their journey to WNC. But you could get outside the box and talk about all sorts of transportation modes found in other countries, from rickshaws to gondolas to subways. • Draw the flags of the different countries that are coming, and talk about how each country has its own flag. Let your children design their own flag for your family, street or town and put it on a stick and let them fly it from the porch for a few days. • Research what foods are eaten by some of the countries that are coming. Talk about how different countries and cultures like different foods, and explain that things we eat here might seem strange to them,

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whirlwind of global cultures, languages, costumes, music and dance has landed in WNC this week. The annual arrival of the Folkmoot international music and dance festival is a welcome respite from the mid-summer doldrums. As much as I love small town life in the mountains, I sometimes lament how incredibly homogenous Southern Appalachia is. I am always on the lookout for ways to broaden my kids’ understanding of other customs and skin colors, but it is a struggle to convey just how big and diverse the world actually is. Thankfully, Folkmoot helps fill that void each year. Few families can afford to take their kids on an international trip. But thanks to Folkmoot, you can get a flavor of global cultures without leaving your home town. While Folkmoot is based in Haywood County, the international extravaganza hosts performances in Jackson, Swain and Macon counties as well. I’m a big fan of free, so check out the free venues to catch some Folkmoot action, including street shows and kids’ workshops. But I recommend splurging on tickets for an actual performance — to help ensure Folkmoot is around for years to come and because the Folkmoot ticket is actually a “two-fer-one” deal. It includes the bonus offer of two hours of relaxation. My kids are usually so mesmerized by the colorful, lively action on stage that I get a break from the litany of requests and demands that trail after us moms under normal circumstances. Here are some ideas to make the most out of Folkmoot and spin this unique international smorgasbord into some fun and educational family time. • Grab the Folkmoot section that came in this week’s paper and look up on a map all the countries that are coming. Compare that to where North Carolina is, and talk about how the performers might have traveled to get here. Some literally take a combo

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The hard truth about the Cold War e Americans like to sidle around the truth nowadays, which we do by labeling ourselves relativists. Like Pontius Pilate, we ask “What is truth?” with the implication being that truth exists only in the eye of the beholder. In the political realm, this preference for opinion rather than facts means that many of us debate our positions by covering our ears, closing our eyes, and shouting at one another. So when truth does come shambling along to whap us upside the head, we’re Writer inevitably shocked. The truth may set us free, but often our first reaction to a violent encounter with facts and objective reality is confusion, pain, and denial. To read Diana West’s well-documented American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character (ISBN 978-0-312-6078-2, 403 pages, $26.99) is to be pummeled by truth. At times I literally had to force myself to keep plowing through her account of communist infiltration of the American government from the 1930s to the end of the Cold War, the massive web of lies and deceits created by American agents of the Soviet Union, the enormous damage done by those agents both here and abroad. The truth, as the adage runs, hurts, and in this case I felt mentally bruised and bleeding on concluding the book.

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What West had done in American Betrayal is to take all the data, the facts, the truth if you will, that have surfaced in the last 30 years — government records from the Great Depression onwards, the Verona files of the former Soviet Union in which the perfidy of certain Americans was laid bare, the books and biographies regarding prominent figures, particularly in the Roosevelt administration — and to lay out this information like a courtroom prosecutor before which we the American people sit as jury and judge. Her arguments shred our preconceived notions of twentieth century history. Limitations of space for this review require sharing only a few of the issues raised by West. For those who have ever wondered why the United States entered World War II more focused on getting supplies to Russia — a fact which our government largely concealed at the time — than to supplying our own troops on Corregidor and other beleaguered outposts in the Pacific, the reason becomes clear: the Roosevelt administration, led by the presi-

It is as if the West actually does not want to know the truth until the moment when the knowledge has ceased to be of use. —Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Poetry and prose presentation Susan Tekulve and Angela Kelly will discuss their latest works at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Tekulve’s novel In the Garden of Stone was the winner of the South Carolina First Novel Prize in 2012. It is a multi-generational tale about the nature of power and pride, love and loss, and how one impoverished family endures estrangement from their land and each other in order to unearth the rich seams of forgiveness. The book has been named a summer “Okra Pick” from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (“Great Southern books, fresh off the vine”), and a “spring pick” from Library Journal. Kelly’s Voodoo for the Other Women is a collection of largely narrative poems about relationships, offering glimpses of her parents’ hardscrabble marriage in 1960s Appalachia, her own coming of age in the 1970s, a young marriage of her own and its subsequent unraveling in the 1980s. She has won the Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship in Poetry from the South Carolina Academy of Authors, the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize, the Yemassee Poetry Prize, and

dent’s closest confidant Harry Hopkins, was rife with communists and their fellow travelers desperate to save the Soviet Union. (When asked by his biographer in 1957 about Hopkins, George Marshall, himself a Hopkins protégé, replied with inadvertent honesty: “Hopkins’s job with the president was to represent the Russian interests. My job was to represent the American interests.”) As West demonstrates, the Soviets dominated our European war strategy, suckered us into a “second front” (What was Africa? What was Italy?), and essentially ended the war as the new master of all of Eastern Europe. With the help of men like Hopkins, the Russians also obtained both the information and the supplies to build their own nuclear bombs. Finally, at war’s end they held as many as 25,000 American servicemen as prisoners, working as slaves in the gulag. The Soviets got away with all these things in large part through the influence of American agents in our own government. That government, including the administrations of Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower, knew about this influence, but chose to ignore it because they were either sympathizers or felt that telling the truth to the American people might cost them credibility and elections. We know now that key government officials were aware of this treachery because we have the names of people who told them the truth: Jones, Muggeridge, Lyons, Utley and Kravchenko, Bentley and Chambers, and scores of other Americans, all of whom came to the government in the wide-eyed, innocent belief that their information would lead to action against communist traitors rather than to their own suppression. These Soviet-American infiltrators similarly influenced domestic policy, so much so that by 1953, Norman Thomas, the “perennial

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Adkins presents comprehensive Parkway guide Leonard Adkins will talk about his new book, Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The comprehensive guidebook provides a detailed description of every official trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Adkins, a veteran hiker includes information on every trail that touches the Parkway, including the Appalachian Trail, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and other public pathways on national park, state park, national forest, municipal, and private lands. The book also tells you what to expect at overlooks, as well as where to dine, sleep, and find a restroom, and suggests worthwhile side trips. Also included are elevation change charts for bicyclists, minimum tunnel heights for RVs,

Socialist candidate for president,” could write, “Here in America more measures once praised or denounced as socialist have been adopted than once I should have thought possible short of a Socialist victory at the polls.” But American Betrayal serves a greater purpose than a corrective to our history. It is a painful reminder that we remain in the clutches of lies and innuendo. In 1936, witnessing first-hand the twisted versions events issuing from both the communists and the fascists then fighting in Spain, George Orwell remarked that “history ended in 1936,” that “I saw…history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines.’” Today, as West points out, this replacement of facts by fiction, of reality by unreality, continues apace in the propaganda of our government and in the reporting of news in our media, which is nearly always tainted, whether from the left or the right, with political opinions. The fruits of our delusions may be seen in nearly every aspect of our foreign policy today, particularly in our Islamic and Middle Eastern policies, in our economic practices of spending more money than we have or can ever repay, and in our cultural policies of social engineering through propaganda, through deluded theories regarding human nature, and through threats against those who don’t want to get in line with all the other zombies. American Betrayal is an account of 80 years of American misdirection and lies. By writing this book, West has helped, in her words directed toward the rest of us, “to break open the conspiracies of silence, which have endured through too many lifetimes.” She has encouraged us to turn a gimlet eye on the promises of government and the proclamations of the media. Highly recommended.

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From WNC to Italy, a coming of age memoir Elizabeth Worley will read from her memoir, Risking Everything: Coming Out in Coffee Land, at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. On the eve of her 50th birthday, a Southern woman who seemingly has it all – husband, children, career and a BMW convertible – sets out on a journey that takes her from North Carolina to Italy and to the rain forest highlands of Panama. More than a simple coming out story, Risking Everything is a true tale of adventure, expatriation, betrayal and discovering a surprising love in the most unexpected place. 828.586.9499.

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From farm to table

Get to know your local farmers and learn some tricks from green thumb masters during the annual Jackson County Farm Tour and Garden Walk from 1 to 5 p.m. this weekend, July 20 and 21. The tour takes participants from sheep farms to urban gardens on a self-guided agricultural jaunt across Jackson County. The event gives the public a chance to meet the farmers who grow and raise their food. It is put on by the Jackson County Farmer’s Market. Tour-goers can choose any number of farms and gardens from a list of 10 and drop in throughout the weekend to learn the secrets of the

agricultural trade. A portion of the farm sites are open only on Saturday and a portion are open only on Sunday. Bring your wallet and a cooler to load up on locally-grown food from the tour. To take part, a car pass costs $15 per day or $25 for both days. Students and senior citizens pay $10 per day. Participants can pay upon arrival at their first stop on the tour or by stopping at the Jackson County Farmer’s Market in downtown Sylva Saturday morning. Tour maps are also available at each site.

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Balsam Gardens, Becca Nestler and Steven Beltram • Sylva Balsam Gardens became a fulltime farm in the spring of 2009. The farmers are dedicated to sustainable and ecological growing practices, producing fresh vegetables, flowers and a variety of pasture-raised, hormone and antibiotic-free meat. The motto of these farmers is “to enable a chicken to be a chicken, an earthworm to be an earthworm, and a beet to be a beet.”

Pomme de Terre farm, John Beckman • Cullowhee A diversified farm raising vegetables, fruits, trout, plant starts and landscape materials using organic practices. Visitors can see the cultivation of melons, blueberries, raspberries, aronia berries, an apple and pear orchard, herbs and rainbow trout. Plants, trees, produce and trout will be for sale during the tour. The Dawson Green, Neil and Peggy Dawson • Tuckasegee The Dawson Green is a greenhouse and garden enterprise. It grows herb and vegetable plants for the home gardener. In addition, the farm raises tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce in late winter and spring to extend the fresh vegetable season. The farm’s large garden is in raised beds and employs the French Intensive planting method. This method provides crops nearly yearround.

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Joyce and Allen Moore • Little Canada These farmers raise sheep for meat and wool, protecting their flock with a guardian dog and donkey. The couple has a small flock of chickens, a large garden, a hoop house for tomatoes and blueberries and grapes when the weather cooperates. The farm also has a solar greenhouse for starting seeds, over-wintering perennials and growing wintergreens.


Barbara Connell Registered Nursery • Caney Fork This operation is a small nursery located on a one-acre tract. It grows a variety of herbs and vegetable plants for spring gardens. The gardening is done above ground and yields tomatoes, peppers, squash, horseradish, herbs, greens, asparagus and taters. Everything is composted to revitalize the beds yearly. This garden shows that growing in a small space can be accomplished with great rewards. Full Spectrum Farms • Cullowhee Located on 34 acres, this farm collaborates with the Autism Society of North Carolina. Volunteers help participants plant, harvest, prepare and deliver produce. Pottery and other crafts are created as persons with autism learn skills in a nurturing environment. The farm is slated to be a home for adults with autism once residences and an activity center are built.

St. John’s Episcopal Church • Sylva This is an organic garden of 12 raised beds that is supported and maintained by the parish of St. John’s. The land used for this garden is owned by First Citizen’s Bank, but due to the elevation of the parcel of land, is unusable by them. Instead it was put to good use, growing fresh vegetables that are used to make soup and salad the parish serves during their Wednesday community suppers.

Jennie Ashlock • Sylva This small urban garden is the perfect site to demonstrate how to so a lot with a little. Jackson County residents who enjoy growing vegetables but have limited space can stop in an learn how to make the best use of gardening space. This urban garden is only 10 feet by 4 feet, but utilizes a hay bale, vertical space, and containers to maximize potential Community Garden • Sylva The Sylva Community Garden is located on a one-third acre of land in downtown Sylva and is a true community of people and plants. The garden consists of 20 individual plots adopted by volunteers who organically grow produce for themselves and also for donation to people in need, mostly through the community. Vegenui Garden, Ron and Cathy Arps • Sylva These gardeners use organic methods and mostly muscle power to grow on three-fourths of an acre. The gardeners trellis many of the garden’s plants using readily available materials like rebar, stakes and string, and grow everything from arugula to zucchini on a five-year crop rotation based on the unique fertilizer requirements of the vegetables. A drip irrigation system is also used to deliver water to crops.

Jackson Farmer’s market summer sizzle cooking demos Chef Jen Pearson of Guadalupe Cafe will be showcasing eggplant in an original recipe during a local foods cooking demo at the Jackson County Farmers Market at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, near Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. Cooking demos are a regular event at the farmer’s market, intended to foster healthy eating and increase the sale of locally-grown fruits and vegetables in Western North Carolina. The cooking demonstrations feature a locally-grown products, the farmers who grew it and a local chef to demonstrate how to cook with fresh homegrown ingredients. 828.631.3033 or


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For kids in need of something to do this summer, a reading program in Bryson City may be just the ticket. The program for children preschool-aged through second grade will get a dose of agriculture at their next reading event at 10:30 a.m.

The Fastest, Flattest Mile Race in Western North Carolina! Rufous-necked wood rail. photo ruled wild/countable to the delight of the thousands of listers that showed up to check the bird off their life list. The same could happen with Daw’s rail. Siberian cranes in east Tennessee; Central/South American rails in New Mexico; 923 species new to science discovered in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park yet it’s estimated that 240 acres of natural habitat is lost each hour to the growth of human population and that 80 percent of the decline in biological diversity is caused by habitat destruction. We apparently could care less if our grandchildren ever saw a rufous-necked wood rail or hooded crane or a tree they couldn’t reach around. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He can be reached a Wednesday, July 23, in the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The program, held in conjunction with Swain County Soil and Water Conservation, will discuss food resources and seed germination. Kids will also have the chance to make seed necklaces. The program is in line with the theme of this year’s reading series “Dig into Reading” for children and “Beneath the Surface” for teens. 828.488.3030.


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A Southern gardener and multi-talented lifestyle expert will be one of the featured speakers this weekend during the Joy Garden Tour. Buff Adams will present a floral design talk called “Grab and Go,” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road in Cashiers. At 2 p.m., author and gardener James Farmer will speak. Farmer is an editor-atlarge with Southern Living magazine and the author of several books, including his newest, A Time to Taste. He has also appeared on numerous television shows, most notably NBC’s Today Show. Farmer grew up vacationing with his family in Cashiers and learned to cook from his James Farmer, a lifestyle author who visited Cashiers in grandmother, using seasonal his childhood, will return to give a talk about gardening vegetables from the garden and cooking. Donated photo and local farmers markets. He became skilled at pulling vegetables, herbs and flowers Greenwich, Conn., including items for from the family garden to bring food, pets.

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Carolina birder Matt Daw from Raleigh was videoing a least bittern last week as it foraged at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. In an interview, Daw said he was looking through the viewfinder at the bittern when suddenly an interloper sauntered by behind the bittern. The 19-year-old college student is an avid birder and was working in New Mexico this summer studying willow flycatchers for the Bureau of Reclamation. But this was Sunday, his one day of the week off and what was he doing — you got it, birding. Now birders don’t only bird on their days off, they also peruse field guides of exotic birds and birding venues; they watch birding videos and they look at photos and think, “Man I’d like to see one of those.” Well, it was “one of those” that Daw saw. He immediately identified the video bomber as a rufous-necked wood rail, Aramides axillaris, though he had never seen one in the field. Daw said, in the interview that after the rail disappeared back in the bush, he called a friend in Raleigh and asked him to look rufous-necked wood rail up on the computer. The description was “spot on” according to Daw with one little hiccup: “it’s not supposed to be there,” his friend said. The closest record to New Mexico for rufous-necked wood rail is near Sinaloa on the Pacific coast of Mexico. The rail commonly ranges from Mexico, south to northern South America and is usually associated with brackish and/or salt-water habitats, especially mangrove swamps, and there is no record (at least not yet) for the bird in the American Birding Association’s Checklist Area (ABA area,) which encompasses all of North America north of Mexico. But one thing is sure: this photogenic bird has been photographed and seen by thousands of birders — no Sasquatchesque ivory billed woodpecker here — and it is definitely a rufous-necked wood rail. Now what is a sedentary (non-migratory) rail, normally associated with brackish

or salt-water habitat doing hundreds, if not thousands, of miles out of its range and in a freshwater habitat to boot? I am sure there is no other answer for that than — it’s a bird; it has wings and no one can ever tell for sure where wings might take you. The question of provenance or origin of the bird remains. Some ABA sanctioned rules committee will be left with the daunting task of trying to decide if this specimen is actually a wild (countable) bird or some type of escaped captive. I’m sure area birders and/or readers of this column will remember the hooded crane that showed up at Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood, Tenn. last winter. That bird was

decor and flavor to the table. Another highlight of the Joy Garden Tour will be The Garden Shops, at The Village Green Commons. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 19, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, the upscale boutiques will feature special wares from Nashville, Atlanta, New Orleans and


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Ethnobotanist David Cozzo will lead an eco tour on July 30 to the Tessentee Bottomland Preserve to discuss how the Cherokee select river cane, an important artisan resource, and restoration efforts for this once abundant bamboo-like plant. Area river cane is vanishing and its disappearance is affecting traditional Cherokee artisans, who use the plant for baskets and other handmade crafts, as part of their cultural traditions that date back hundreds of years. River cane once was one of the most abundant plants in the Southeast, growing along the bank of many rivers and streams in Western North Carolina. But it has become scarcer. The outing is hosted in conjunction with Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. Cozzo has been working through The Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee River cane, a bamboo-like plant used to make Artisan Resources along with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to restore the traditional balance between maintaining and using natural resources like river Cherokee baskets, is disappearing from local cane. Cozzo will be the featured speaker at the Village Nature Series at 7 p.m. July riverbanks. 30, at the Village Green Commons at the Village Green in Cashiers.

Calling all weed-pullers Japanese knotweed is taking hold in Richland Creek in Haywood County and volunteers are needed to help stop it. Haywood Waterways Association is looking for volunteers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. either Wednesday, July 24 or Thursday July 25 to pull Japanese knotweed in Vance Street Park in Waynesville. People who enjoy gardening would be especially useful to the project. Japanese knotweed is an invasive species that, if not removed, can take over an area and out-compete the native vegetation. Maintaining native vegetation along the stream riparian is important to stabilize the stream banks.

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Canton man to serve time for Max Patch destruction

gally drove vehicles in the Max Patch area in January 2013, causing more than $5,000 worth of damage to the scenic area. Pace tore down the entrance gate and fence, thereby enabling the others to drive their vehicles into the protected area where vehicles are prohibited. Max Patch sits next to the Tennessee

prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard Edwards. “This sentence sends a message to vandals that damaging our public lands will not be tolerated,” said United States Attorney Anne Tompkins. Pace was with a group of men who ille-

state line in the Harmon Den area and is intersected by the Appalachian Trail. At 4,629 feet, the bald offers 360-degree vistas of Mount Mitchell to the east and the Great Smoky Mountains to the southwest. An abundance of ferns and grasses blanket the area.

Trout Unlimited gets behind Obama on climate change Trout Unlimited CEO Chris Wood issued a statement Tuesday, showing his support for a plan recently outlined by President Barack Obama that would take immediate action on climate change, a step toward reversing the negative trends affecting coldwater fisheries across the country. Wood said in his statement that climate change could especially damage Southeastern brook trout. Some predictions state that up to 90 percent of the brook trout populations may disappear from Southern Appalachian mountain streams, while Western trout populations could decline by more than 60 percent. Wood called for a reduction in climate changing emissions, water conservation, restoration of floodplains and rivers and protections for wilderness areas that contain pristine headwaters that serve both people and animals below. “We are pleased with the President’s announcement that the government will more aggressively pursue such opportunities to help both natural and human communities adapt to climate change,” Wood said. “It is now time for action.”


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Tyler Pace is expected to report to the U.S. Marshals Service office in Asheville next week to start serving his 90day sentence for vandalizing parts of Max Patch, a scenic area in the Pisgah National Forest near the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Pace, 24, of Canton, was sentenced July 9 by United States Magistrate Judge Dennis Lee Howell during an appearance in U.S. District Court in Asheville. Before his sentencing hearing, Pace paid restitution for

his share of the damage to Max Patch. Convicted of a petty offense, Pace may remain free for the two weeks from his sentencing date until he “self-reports” the week of July 22 to the marshals office in Asheville, said a spokesman from the U.S. Marshals Service in the Western District of North Carolina in Charlotte. The case was

A $3 million federal grant will help protect 8,000 acres of working forestland in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina from development. The tract contains the East Fork of the French Broad Headwaters and connects to more than 100,000 acres of existing conservation lands in North Carolina and South Carolina, including the Jocassee Gorges Management Area. The project will also expand public recreation by protecting the last privately-owned section of the Foothills Trail, opening more than five miles of trout streams to the public, and securing access to Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina’s highest point. The project will also preserve more than 60 miles of streams and protect endangered plant species and other plant and animal species of concern. The project is one of 16 conservation projects in 15 states that received a total of $44.2 million in grants. The grants are part of a U.S. Forest Service program called the Forest Legacy Program. “Since 1990, the Forest Legacy Program has prevented the loss of more than 2.3 million acres of private forest lands for future generations of Americans,” said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “In an era of continued sprawl, this program protects land and keeps working forests working.”

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A project to help federally-listed aquatic species in Macon County has received $142,500 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The money will be used to acquire 39 acres, of which about 2,600 feet is frontage on the Little Tennessee River. The purchase aims to protect habitat and reduce sedimentation to benefit the threatened spotfin chub, the endangered littlewing pearlymussel and the endangered Appalachian elktoe. The award was part of a recent round of nearly $32 million in grants given out in 20 states to help conserve rare species. The grants enable states to work with private landowners, conservation groups and other government agencies to initiate conservation planning and acquire and protect habitat that benefits threatened and endangered fish, wildlife and plants. The competitive grants were issued through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund. “Private landowners play a vital role in conserving our most imperiled species, but they need our help,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “These grants provide a lifeline to species on the brink [of extinction] by fostering partnerships between federal, state and local governments, private organizations, and individuals.”

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Once abundant river cane is a dwindling resource

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Tennis stars to face off in Cashiers Retired tennis stars Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will play a charity exhibition match, the UCB Mountain Challenge, on Saturday, July 27, at Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers. Roddick is a new homeowner in Cashiers. Proceeds will benefit the new nonprofit organization Mountain Youth Charities. The marquee match-up brings together players who have been ranked No. 1 in the world. Roddick held that position following his victory in the 2003 U.S. Open. Courier was the world’s No. 1 player four times in the Andy Roddick 1990s. The UCB Mountain Challenge will also include a match between top-ranked juniors Thai Kwiatkowski of Charlotte, and Korey Lovett of Brevard, and a doubles match between the Roddick and Courier and the winners of a local pro-am tournament. Roddick and Courier will host a gala dinner Friday evening, July 26, at Lonesome Valley’s Canyon Kitchen in Cashiers. The VIP breakfast and the junior match begin at 10 a.m., followed by the doubles match at 11 a.m. Roddick at Courier begin play at 11:30 a.m. Tickets range in price from $100 to $5,000 for box seats. They can be purchased online. 828.743.3411 or

Robert Balentine, founder of the Southern Highlands Reserve, will give a talk on the biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians.

Talk on biodiversity in the Southern Appalachians Robert Balentine, founder of the Southern Highlands Reserve, a nationally recognized native plant arboretum and research center, will give a talk on the biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at The Bascom in Highlands. The talk is part of a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Balentine describes himself as “an invet-

erate, dirt-under-the-fingernails gardener.” He comes from a family of horticulturalists: his father a rosarian and mother a Garden Club of America horticulture judge and former president of the Atlanta GCA. Balentine developed his love for the flora and fauna of the Appalachian highlands through years spent camping and hiking as an Eagle Scout. He is now chairman and CEO of Balentine, an Atlanta-based investment management firm, and serves as the lead sponsor for The Bascom’s annual Mountains in Bloom event. More information for this or other events at The Bascom can be found online or by phone. or 828.282.2882 or

She will also talk about habitat and species preservation and the benefits of ‘birding beyond the birds’— experiencing the people, the flora and other fauna in various countries. The class is open to birders of all levels, as well as armchair travelers. Registration is requested online or by phone. The course will be at the new auditorium facility at the Peggy Crosby Center, 348 S. Fifth St. in Highlands. or 828.526.8811. 

Audubon offers course on International birding Global birder Romney Bathurst will present “Birding Beyond Our Borders” a presentation on the proper techniques of international birding, from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Center for Life Enrichment. She has traveled to more than 50 countries on seven continents in search of birds and wildlife. Bathurst will explore reasons for birding outside the United States; what types of birds can be seen across the globe (there are more than 9,000 species beyond the U.S. borders), and where and how to plan an overseas birding trip.

Romney Bathurst on a recent international birding trip to Cuba.

Shooting range closed for summer The Moss Knob Shooting Range, located in the Nantahala National Forest near Franklin, will close for improvements starting July 22. The range is projected to reopen by the end of September, weather permitting. The improvements will include building a new access road to the shooting range from behind the shooting line and constructing a new earthen backstop for each shooting line. The work also will include drain work, as well as filling and leveling along the firing line. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Rifle Association are partners in the project. 828.524.6441 x 424.

Bridge dedicated to honor whitewater hero

Billy Jones, ATC Ridgerunner Photo

Bear cables get a boost

July 17-23, 2013

Backpackers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can continue to keep their food and packs out of reach of bears, thanks to specialty license plate funds. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has partnered with Friends of the Smokies to provide $1,100 from specialty license plate funds to repair bear cables at two park shelters. Bear cables at the Mollies Ridge shelter and Cosby Knob shelter had become damaged by weathering and use over time. With proper use by backpackers, the

repaired storage system can help reduce the number of bears raiding shelter areas in the park. This is the third year the conservancy has provided money from the license plate funds to help reduce black bear access to backpacker food along the A.T. The two organizations have also partnered to renovate many of the backcountry shelters along the Appalachian Trail in the Smokies and to support several other efforts to address trail maintenance and hiker safety. or

Cherokee to host elk banquet purchase both will get a free Buck knife and six issues of Bugle magazine. To become a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk

A million miles away is just down the road.

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Eastern elk enthusiasts unite. The Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host its Big Game Banquet & Auction at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Hotel. The event is held each year to help educate visitors about the elk they see in the Smokies and about the foundation, and to help raise funds for the elk restoration project. The evening will include a ribeye steak dinner with all the fixings, raffles and drawings, a silent auction and a live auction — at least 12 rifles and shotguns and two handguns will be raffled or auctioned. Proceeds from the event will support the foundation’s efforts to save wildlife habitat in various locations of the United States. The cost of the membership is $35 and the banquet meal is $45. People who


Using the bear cable in the Smokies can help to keep food away from bears and bears away from shelters.

Mystic Lands Property Owners Association has dedicated a bridge to honor Rob Kelly, a whitewater rafting guide who saved a woman who became trapped under a tree while paddling the Nantahala River last September. The bridge is located at the association’s river lodge on the banks of the Nantahala River and now carries a plaque that says “Rob Kelly Bridge” with the word “Courage” underneath in honor of the rescue. The ceremony was held June 30 in a surprise bridge dedication ceremony for Kelly. Sue Martin, a mother of two and the woman Kelly helped save, also attended the event. “In acts of heroism we exceed our normal or habitual capacity,” said Ami Shinitzky the developer of Mystic Lands, in his dedication statement. “When we cheer for heroes, we also cheer for ourselves, for heroes remind us of the greatness hidden within us all.” Martin was kayaking the Whitewater guide Rob Kelly (left) with kayaker Sue Martin, Nantahala during a whitewhom he rescued from the Nantahala River in September, water release when she and Ami Shinitzky, who dedicated a bridge to Kelly. became trapped underwater in her kayak. Kelly, an employee of the Nantahala Outdoor Center, was passing by while driving another group of kayakers to the put-in site when he saw Martin in trouble and stopped to free her. Foundation or attend the banquet, register online or by phone at 828.506.3308.



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• Employability Laboratory, Southwestern Community College, Sylva: July 17, Tips to Make a Good Impression in Your Professional and Personal lives; July 24— Workplace Communications & Diversity; Register, 306.7020.

and Route #13 – Maggie Valley – Tuesdays. Jeanne Naber, 356.2442 or

• 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 Care Clinic of Franklin needs volunteers for a variety of tasks including nursing/clinical, clerical and administrative and communications and marketing. The clinic will provide volunteer orientation and training for all individuals. 349.2085.

• Grand Opening, 10 a.m. to 4 p. Saturday, July 20, WNC Supply, Inc., a prepper supply and survivalist store, Highway 441 North just off Exit 74 on Highway 74, Whittier.

• Catman2 Shelter needs volunteers for morning feeding and general shelter chores, especially from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 293.0892 or

• Free 90-minute computer class, Excel for Beginners, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Space limited. Register, 586.2016.

• The Volunteer Water Inventory Network (VWIN) is looking for people to work one to two hours every second weekend of the month at Hyatt Creek, Raccoon Creek and Jonathan Creek. Supplies provided. Volunteers pick up empty bottles, collect water samples, and return full bottles. 926.1308 or Early evenings are the best time to call.

• Franklin Chamber of Commerce Alive After Five! Networking Social, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, Barium Springs, 150 Georgia Road, Franklin. 524.3161.

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Glance Family Reunion, noon Saturday, July 20, Beaverdam Community Center, 1620 N. Canton Road, Canton. Bring a covered dish to share. Drinks and serving ware provided. Linda Glance Kier, 615.419.4815, or Johnny Glance, 593.9897, Facebook, Glance Family Genealogy. • Junaluska Woman’s Club Game Day, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 25, Gaines Auditorium of the Bethea Welcome Center, Lake Junaluska. Open to all family members, bridge groups, and fun lovers. Tables, game materials and refreshments will be provided by hostess Peggy Winters. • Celebrating the Ammons Family Roots, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Holly Springs Baptist Church Franklin. 404.310.5172. • Swain High School Class of 1983 Reunion, 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Administration Pavilion. Tanya Calhoun or James Fisher, • Big Game Banquet and Auction, 5 p.m. doors open, Saturday, July 27, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Hotel. Hosted by the Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. J. Cooper in Cherokee, 506.3308 or R. McLean in Waynesville, 452.2896. Individual membership is $35; meal $45. Order online at!AEQ.

VOLUNTEERING • Angel Medical Center Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop needs volunteers for six-hour shifts. The Thrift Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Jennifer Hollifield, director of volunteer services, 349.6688. • The Haywood Volunteer Center has many openings for volunteers. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program: If you are over 55 years of age, you can receive a limited amount of mileage coverage and supplementary insurance while you are volunteering. 356.2833. • The Haywood County Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals to Haywood County residents who cannot fix meals for themselves. Drivers are needed in the following areas: Route #9 – Beaverdam – Fridays; Route #10 – Bethel – Mondays and Tuesdays; Route #11 – Jonathan Creek – Fridays;

• Agencies throughout Haywood County seek volunteers for many different jobs, including helping with Haywood Christian Ministries, REACH hotline and thrift shop, the Elk Bugle Corps for the National Park and many more. 356.2833. • The Bascom in Highlands seeks volunteers to help at arts center. Volunteer opportunities include office, gallery docent, benefit events, hospitality, flowers, installation, studio, library, landscaping, parking, recycling and building. 526.4949, or • The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society maintains a museum located in the historical courthouse in room 308. The HCHGS is seeking articles and objects of historical value to Haywood County that anyone would like to share. 456.3923. • Haywood Volunteer Center needs respite work, domestic violence hotline volunteers, meal delivery drivers, mediators, craft instruction, house building, foster grandparenting and office work. 356.2833

BLOOD DRIVES Jackson • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, Senior Resource Center, Waynesville. Suzanne, 452.2370. • Lowe’s of Sylva Blood Drive, 1:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 22, 1716 N. Main St., Sylva. 586.1170 or logon to Keyword: Lowe’s for appointment. Walk-ins welcome, appointments preferred. • Southwestern Community College Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 447 College Drive, Sylva. Amanda Pressley, 339.4305. • Southwestern Community College Blood Drive ,10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 447 College Drive, Sylva. Amanda Pressley, 339.4305 to schedule appointment.

Haywood • Senior Resource Center Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Suzanne Hendrix, 356.2816. • Longs Chapel Church Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 175 Old Clyde Road, Waynesville. Carol Honeycutt, 627.2808.

Swain • Swain County Hospital Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 23, 48 Plateau Street, Bryson City. Tracey Anthony, 488.2155.

• Franklin Community Blood Drive, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 18, First Baptist of Franklin, 69 Iotla St., Franklin. 800.Red.Cross or log onto to appointment.

HEALTH MATTERS • Workshop on new mental health diagnostic manual (DSM-5), 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, First United Methodist Church, Waynesville. Presented by local marriage and family therapist Martha Teater, who served as a collaborating investigator during the field trials phase of the manual’s development. $125. Register with Cecil Yount at 454.5253 or • Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3) Kick Off, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, second floor classroom, Haywood Regional Fitness Center, Clyde. RSVP, American Cancer Society, 254. 6931., 1.888.604.5888. • Ladies Night Out Program, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, cafeteria at Angel Medical Center, Franklin. Topic is Arthritis and You. Dawn Wilde Burgess, 349.2426. • Men’s Night Out Program, “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, Video Conference Room, Angel Medical Center, Franklin. Guest speaker, Donna McClure-Allen, LCSW, LCAC, NCAC1, Mental Health Social Worker, Veteran Affairs, Franklin VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Don Capaforte, 349.6887 or Dawn Wilde Burgess,349.2426. • From Struggle to Freedom: Discover the 5 Steps to a Life of Fulfillment, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, Where Angels Gather, 124 Miller St., Waynesville. Free. Diannah Beauregard, 400.0003.,

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 • Jackson County Senior Center Pigeon Forge Trip to visit Titanic, the world’s largest museum attraction, shopping and dinner, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. $30, includes Titanic ticket and bus ride. Bring money for meals. For those over 50. Reservations at 586.4944. • Free seminar, “The Health Benefits of Essential Oils” 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, Jackson County Senior Center Board Room. 586.4944. • Happy Wanderers Senior Program trip to the NC Apple Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Hendersonville. Registration opens July 19, closes Aug. 15. $10. Haywood County Recreation and Parks Department, 452.6789. • Happy Wanderers Senior Program trip to Hollywild Safari, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, Wellford, SC. $25. Registration closes Sept. 9. Haywood County Recreation and Parks Department, 452.6789. • Happy Wanderers Senior Program trip for Storytelling, with Donald Davis, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

KIDS & FAMILIES • Kindergarten Readiness, Family Story time, 6 p.m. Monday, July 22 and 29, Macon County Library, Franklin.

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RECREATION & FITNESS • Aqua fitness course 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Tuesdays, through Thursday, Aug. 1, Reid Gymnasium pool, Western Carolina University. $35, registration is ongoing. 227.7397,, “Conferences and Community Classes.” • Hoop Fitness, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Family Resource Center, Webster. Hoops provided; all ages welcome. 586.2845 to register. $3 children, $5 adults. • Hula Hoop class for children and adults, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Jackson County Family Resource Center, $3 kids, $5 adults. 586.2845 to register.

THE SPIRITUAL SIDE • 2013 Global Leadership Summit, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8-9, broadcast live from Willow Creek Community Church to host site Lake Junaluska’s Stuart Auditorium. Gen. Colin Powell one of 13 speakers., 800.570.9812.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES • “Understanding How to Provide Self Care While Caring for Others” and “A Haywood Community Connections Tour,” two-part program, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Jennifer at Wells Funeral Homes, 456.3535 or Robin at MedWest Hospice and Palliative Care, 452.5039. •Jackson County Senior Center Folkmoot Parade of Nations trip and lunch on Main Street in Waynesville, 10 a.m. Friday, July 19. $5 for transportation. Lunch is on your own. Register, 586.4944.

• Tennis Lifesong Summer Camps, Tuesdays through Fridays, through Aug. 23 at Lake Junaluska. Ages 4 and older. Bunnie Allare, 513.608.9621, or • 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: 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, • 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, • 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,

• Jackson County Natural Resources Summer Camp, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2, Jackson County Recreation Center, Cullowhee. For rising seventh graders. Hike, swim, snorkel, and learn about the environment. $25, scholarships available. Jane Fitzgerald, 586.5465 or email • SummerVoice Music Camp by Voices in the Laurel, 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 29-Friday, Aug. 2, First Baptist Church of Waynesville. $85 per chorister and includes all music, snacks, professional instructors, and a T-shirt. Registration through July 29 at or call 335.2849. • Day Camps at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, 227.7108 or • 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

Seasonal Activities

• A Haywood county non-fiction book club meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at various locations. 456.8428 • Book Babies story time at Blue Ridge Books meets Mondays at 10:30 a.m. for children 3 years old and younger. 456.6000. • Adventures in Reading is held at noon and 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Includes story, a snack and craft. Swain County Family Resource Center. 488.7505. • Family Story Time, 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Canton Public Library and at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Waynesville Public Library. Stories, songs, crafts. 452.5169. • Ready 4 Learning, 11 a.m. Tuesdays Waynesville Public Library. Specifically for 4 and 5 year olds and focuses on kindergarten readiness skills. 452.5169. • Rompin’ Stompin’ Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays, Canton library, for kids of all ages. This is a musical story time with dancing, singing, simple musical instruments and even a parachute, and of course books. • Movers and Shakers Story time, 11 a.m. Thursdays, Waynesville Public Library. For all ages. Movement, books, songs and more. 452.5169.

Shirley Ches, 524.9991, Cindy Solesbee, 524.6599.

• Story Time (birth – age 5) is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Jackson County Library in Sylva. The time begins with a reading in Spanish by a volunteer followed by a story and activity. The pre-literacy skill focus for this group is vocabulary development. 586.2016.

• Guided tours of American Chestnut Orchard, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Cataloochee Guest Ranch. $15, includes tour, lunch. Self-guided tours anytime. Reservations, 926.1401.

• The American Girls Club meets at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The club is based on a book series about historical women. Club members read and do activities. Free. 586.9499.

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• Book Talk for grades 3-5 is held Wednesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 526.3600.

• Organizing For Action (OFA) will present information and lead a forum on the impact of climate change, 6:30 p.m. Tues., July 23rd, large meeting room, Macon County Public Library, Siler Road.

• Hula Hoop Jams, 11 a.m. for preschool – fifth grade, 2:30 p.m. for teens, Wednesday, July 17, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Featuring Kelly Jewell Timco. 488.3030. • The following events are at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016: • Book Club with Mary Ann, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, Macon County Library, Franklin. For third through fifth graders. Hands-on worm farming with guest speaker. 524.3600. • Special activity, the American Revolution, presented by the Macon County Historic Society, 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, Macon County Library, Franklin. All ages welcome. 524.3600.

• Teen program final party, 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. 488.3030. • Family Carnival, 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 26, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. 488.3030. • Local author Anna Browning will sign copies of her new book, Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks, at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville.

9 a.m. Thursday, July 18 and Friday July 19, ECA Craft Club Workshop: Square Dance Basket, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva

FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • International Festival Day, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, downtown Waynesville. Features performers from Folkmoot USA, international cuisine, a juried international and regional art show, and local and past regional entertainment including “Uncle Hamish & the Hooligans.” 800.334.9036,, 452.2997 • Southeastern Gas & Petroleum Expo, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 19, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. $5 daily admission. Sponsored by The Rod Shop, featuring gas pumps, oil pumps, oil cans, vintage car tags, pedal cars and gas station signs. Rodney Buckner, 423.623.2723 or 423.608.4519; or visit • A benefit to raise money for breast cancer patient Linda Arredondo of Waynesville and to raise money for Taysachs disease research in the name Skyanne Shipman, a Waynesville child who died from the rare disease at the age of 3, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday July 20, at the American Legion in Waynesville. • WCU’s Academic Success Program annual Day of Service Festival, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Bridge Park, downtown Sylva. Free concert, 5 to 9 p.m. Music, food, carnival games, arts and crafts, inflatable games, and a variety of booths with information on local nonprofits and their efforts. Glenda Hensley, or 227.2786. • Annual Grace Church Parish Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. Flea market, music, food and more. Proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations in Haywood County. To donate items, Thatcher Hall is open 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday. 456.6029, 926.2043. • Cherokee Bonfire, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Aug. 31, Oconaluftee Islands Park (across from KFC), Cherokee. Hear stories next to a roaring fire. Light refreshments. Free. + 00.438.1601,

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. • North and South Jackson County Republican meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, Ryan’s, Sylva. Ralph Slaughter, chair, 743.6391, email or

Others • 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.

• Book Babies, story time for children four years old and younger, 10:30 a.m., Mondays, Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville.


• A Book Trade/Exchange, 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays at Brain Gym at 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville. An ongoing event. 452.2370.

• Men’s Night Out Program, “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, Video Conference Room, Angel Medical Center, Franklin. Guest speaker,


• 25th annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival needs artists and crafters. Festival set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct.19 on Historic Main Street downtown Waynesville. Deadline for applications is Aug. 30. Booth space assignments for the festival will be announced after October 4. Applications available at or by calling 456.3021. • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Dinosaur Train, July 19-21, 26-28 and Aug 2-4. Tickets start at $39 per adult and $30 per child (ages 2-12). Crown Class tickets are available on a limited basis and are $59 per adult and $40 per child (ages 2-12) and $10 for infants 23months and younger. 800.872.4681, • 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. Tickets: $45 includes dinner and show. • Franklin’s Folk Festival storytelling sessions, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 20, Town Hall Meeting Room, Franklin., 524.7683. • Glenville Area Historical Society Tour, 10 a.m.

• 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. Trivia teams, up to six people, for $10. 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.

LITERARY (ADULTS) • Author Joe Tennis will sign copies of his children’s book, “Finding Franklin,” 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Books Unlimited, 60 East Main St., Franklin. 369.7942. • Coffee with the Poet featuring Brent Martin, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva., City Lights Bookstore, 586.9499. • 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. • Elizabeth Worley presents her memoir, Risking Everything, 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Citylights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • Leonard Adkins will talk about his book, Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 22, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • PLAYFEST, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, Albert Carlton Cashiers - Community Library, Cashiers. Local actors and librarians will present eight fully staged readings of some of the best short plays in the country. • Joint reading of poetry and prose by Susan Tekulve and Angela Kelly, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • Friends of the Haywood County Library annual Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday July 25; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 26, and 9 a.m. to 3 ish Saturday, July 28, Haywood County Public Library, Waynesville, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Bring bags/boxes. Volunteers needed. 452.5169. • Local author Anna Browning will sign copies of her new book, Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks, at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville. • Metal sculptor Grace Cathey will sign copies of her new book, Fire & Steel: The Sculpture of Grace Cathey, 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 series, Shiloh and Other Stories, by Bobbie Ann Mason. Discussion from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, auditorium of the Waynesville branch of the Haywood County Library. Led by WCU’s Russell Binkley. 456.5311 or .

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• Resources, seed germination and seed necklaces with Swain County Soil and Water Conservation, Wednesday, July 24, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. During preschool through second grade program. 488.3030.

ECA EVENTS • Extension and Community Association (ECA) groups meet throughout the county at various locations and times each month. NC Cooperative Extension Office, 586.4009.


Saturday, July 20, Glenville. Tickets sold until 2 p.m. Self-guided tour with tour map. Plenty of directional signage on main roads leading to Glenville and Big Ridge. 743.1658, 743.6744 or email

July 17-23, 2013

• Author Joe Tennis will sign copies of his children’s book, “Finding Franklin,” 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Books Unlimited, 60 East Main St., Franklin. 369.7942.

Donna McClure-Allen, LCSW, LCAC, NCAC1, Mental Health Social Worker, Veteran Affairs, Franklin VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic. Don Capaforte, 349.6887 or Dawn Wilde Burgess,349.2426.

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• Summer Day Camp, Southwestern Child Development and Hazelwood Early Education and Preschool, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays, through Aug. 28. Ages 5 to 9. $500 per month. Subsidy accepted. 456.2458.

• WCU is collecting old books for local children. Please drop donations at Reynolds Residence Hall or Scott Hall on the campus of WCU. 227.4642 or

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Country Memories, musicians from Franklin and North Georgia communities, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • “Honeymoon at Graveside Manor,” 7:30 p.m. Fridays, July 19 and 26; Saturdays, July 20 and 27; Sundays, July 21 and 28; and Monday, July 29, Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, 134 Main St., Bryson City. Tickets 37

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for adults are $8, students ages 6 to 18 are $5, and under age 6 are free. Director Toby Allman, 488.8227, 488.8103. • 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 19, Dashboard Blue; July 26, Mountain Faith; Aug. 2, Whitewater Bluegrass Company; Aug. 9, Lonesome Sound, Aug. 16, Steve Weams & the Caribbean Cowboys, Aug, 23, Porch 40 and Aug. 20, Lisa Price Band. 800.962.1911,

• The hour-long radio show Stories of Mountain Folk airs at 9 a.m. every Saturday on its home station, WRGC Jackson County Radio, 540 AM on the dial, broadcasting out of Sylva. Stories of Mountain Folk is an ongoing all-sound oral history program produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA), a western North Carolina not-for-profit, for local radio and online distribution.

• Lisa Price Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Concerts on the Creek, downtown Sylva at Bridge Park.

• Mountaineer Restaurant, 64904 Soco Road, Maggie Valley Live Music on the Patio, Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m., The Mix – July 20, Judy Morgan – July 27.

• “Side By Side By Sondheim,” 2 p.m. July 20 and Aug. 3, Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Tickets, $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for students. Special $8 discount tickets for students on Thursday and Sunday productions. Season ticket holder tickets: $12. 456.6322,

• Live music, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Mountaineer Restaurant, 64904 Soco Road, Maggie Valley: The Mix– July 20, Judy Morgan–July 27.

• Dulcimer masters concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Among the 11 performers are 19-year-old Sarah Morgan, a current national champion, and 85-year-old Ralph Lee Smith. $12. Purchase at the Bardo Center box office, by calling 227.2479 or going online to

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• Western Carolina University free Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m. Thursdays, A.K. Hinds University Center stage in Central Plaza: Jamie Paul; July 18, The Boxcars; July 25, Kovacs and the Polar Bear. Lori Davis, assistant director for campus activities,, 227.3622.

• Brigadoon, 7:30 p.m. July 18-20, 25-27 and Aug. 13; 3 p.m. July 21 and 28 and Aug. 4, Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Tickets: $24 for adults, $20 for seniors, $12 for students. Special $8 discount tickets for students for Thursday and Sunday productions.

NIGHT LIFE • Summer Jazz Festival, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Reservations at 452.6000,

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

MUSIC MAKERS • Signature Brew Coffee Company holds Sylva Open Jam nights on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Shop provides the instruments, you provide the talent. Chris Coopers’ Fusion band hosts. • A new signing choir begins rehearsals from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Sign language used in connection with song. Open to all willing to learn. 476.4231.

• Miranda Lambert, 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee.

• Golden Aires singing group meets at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at the Golden Age Senior Center in Sylva. Secular and religious music. Performances given at area nursing homes. Singers need not be seniors to join. or 800.745.3000. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

• Haywood Community Band meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church. 452.7530.

• Kruger Brothers, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road in the Stecoah community off Highway 28 between Bryson City and Fontana Dam. Purchase tickets at the Stecoah Gallery, by phone at 479.3364, or at

• Men Macon Music, canella singing, meets at 5:30 p.m. every Monday in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church St., Franklin. 524.9692.

• Country music artist Kathy Mattea, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Tickets start at $18 each., 866. 273.4615. • Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through July 21, Performing Arts Center, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Tickets are $20 per person, season tickets are $75 for the series including a free guest ticket for a total of six tickets. Students 25 years old and under are admitted free of charge with valid student ID. 452.0593.,

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• “An Evening with Mark Twain” with actor and historian Kurt Sutton, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. $5 for all ages at Bardo Arts Center box office, 227.2479 or by going online to • An Appalachian Evening Concert Series at historic Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 31. General seating $120 adults, $40 students (K-12); season reserved seats are $50 rows A through E and $25 all others. or call 479.3364.

• Unto These Hills, 7:30 p.m. preshow, 8 p.m. main performance, nightly except Sundays, through Aug. 17, Mountainside Theatre, 688 Drama Road, Cherokee. Reserved seating, $23, adults; $13, children 6 to 13 years of age; free for children five and under. General 38 seating, $20, adults; $10, children 6 to 12; free, chil-

• Mountain Dulcimer Players Club meets from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month at the Bryson City United Methodist Church. Knowledge of music not required, tablature method used. 488.6697. • Pick and Play Dulcimer Group of Sylva meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Saturday of every month in the fellowship hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church. 293.0074 • The Franklin Early Music Group meets every Monday at 9 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. 369.5192

JAMS • Music Jam, 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. 488.2382. • Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam, 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee, Great Smoky Mountains. • Open Mic, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Pickin’ on the Square, Lower Town Level, Franklin. 524.2516. • Mountain Street Dance, 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, Main Street, downtown Waynesville. • Open Mic, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Pickin’ on the Square, Lower Town Level, Franklin. 524.2516. • Music Jam, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. 488.2382. • Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam, 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains. • Open Mic, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, Pickin’ on the Square, Lower Town Level, Franklin. 524.2516. • Mountain Street Dance, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, Main Street, downtown Waynesville. • Music Jam, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. 488.2382. • Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam, 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains.

DANCE • High Mountain Squares, 7 p.m., dance, 6:30 p.m. workshop, Friday, July 19, Macon County Community Building. Jim Duncan from Otto, NC will call. Western Style Square Dancing, Main/Stream and Plus levels. Everyone is welcome. 371.4946, 342.1560, 332.0001 or

FOOD & DRINK • Gathering Table, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, at The Community Center, route 64, Cashiers. Provides fresh, nutritious dinners to all members of the community regardless of ability to pay. Volunteers always needed and donations gratefully accepted. 743.9880.


• The Nikwasi Dulcimer Players meet every Thursday afternoon from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Franklin. All are welcome. 524.1040 or 524.2294

• Smitten With Kittens, pottery painting and kitten shower, 1 p.m., pottery paining, 3 p.m., kitten shower, Sunday, July 21, Claymates, 31 Front St., Dillsboro. 631.3133.

• Karaoke is held at 7 p.m. every other Friday at the American Legion Post 47 in Waynesville. Open to all members and their guests. 456.8691.

• 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.

• Karaoke is held from 8:30 to12:30 p.m. every Friday at the Tap Room at the Waynesville Inn. 800.627.6250.

OUTDOOR MUSIC • The Boxcars, 7 p.m., Thursday, July 18, Western Carolina University Summer Concert Series. • Dashboard Blue, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19, Concerts on the Creek, downtown Sylva at Bridge Park. 800.962.1911. • Frogtown, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Pickin’ on the Square, Lower Level Town Hall, Franklin. 524.2516. • Haywood Community Band free concert, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21, pavilion next to the Maggie Valley

• Nature Inspired, mixed media exhibit, through July 27, Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville., 342.6913. • Southern Lights, a colorful exhibition, through Sept. 1, The Bascom, Highlands. • Green Biennial Invitational Exhibition featuring nine new sculptures, through Dec. 31, the Village Green Commons, Cashiers., 743.3434. • Regional fine artists are invited to show and demonstrate their art form at ColorFest, Art & Taste of Appalachia in fall 2013. Applications available at or 293.2239. • Vendors wanted for Southwestern Community College Mountain Shapes & Colors, Nov. 9. Application at NSA Facebook page, the college Web site or at the SCC Swain Center. Deadline is 5 p.m., Aug. 12. 366.2000 or email

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Exhibit featuring works by WNC painter Elizabeth Ellison and fabric crafter Ann Smith, through Sept. 2, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville., 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 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 • Free Community Craft Workshop Day, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Creative Arts Building, Haywood Community College. Register by Wednesday, July 17. Must be 18 or older. 627.4522. • Drawing, 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Blue Mountain Studios, $75 for eight classes, 788.0348. Students, $10. • Learning to Quilt with Linda Nichols, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through July 24, Bradford Hall Conference room, Southwestern Community College, Jackson campus. $80. Register, 339.4426. • Area artists invited to submit up to four original works of art for the annual community art exhibit at Swain County Center for the Arts. Artwork will be received from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 (or earlier by appointment) in the lobby of the Center for the Arts. Jenny Johnson, 488.7843, • Make Your Own Mug/Cup, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 26, Pincu Pottery, Bryson City. $25 per person per cup. Must pre-register, 488.0480. • Hand building class, 6 to 8 p.m. through July 31, Riverwood Pottery, Dillsboro Studio. $160, 586.3601 or email • Wheel Throwing, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 6, Riverwood Pottery, Dillsboro. $160, 586.3601,

• Photographer Barbara Sammons’ Dusty Roads and More, a collection of 18 photographs of old cars and tractors, wildlife and scenography, through July 31, Canton Branch Library, 11 Pennsylvania Avenue, Canton. Barbara Sammons, 707.4420.

• Movies in the Park, Thursdays, July 18 and 25, Bridge Park, Sylva. 293.3053.

• Cullowhee Mountain ARTS 2013 Summer ARTS Series, through July 27, Bardo Arts Center, Western Carolina University. Twenty artist workshops, in painting, printmaking, book arts, ceramics, photography, mixed media and sculpture. www.cullowheemoun-

• 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.

FILM & SCREEN • Family movie, 1 P.M. Thursday, July 18, Macon County Library, Franklin. PG and G movies. 524.3600.

• Groovy Movie Club will show the movie, “42” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Buffy Queen’s home. Potluck dinner at 6:15 p.m. Call for reservations and directions, 926.3508, 454.5949, • 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. • Silents Out Loud will be showing silent films accompanied by live music at 7 p.m. July 20, in the Jackson County Library Complex Community Room. The theme is “Stage Magic to Screen Magic” and music is composed by Ian Moore to enhance the silent movie experience. • Children’s movie, 1 p.m. Monday, July 22, Jackson County Public Library. Call library for movie title. 586.2016. • Teen Movie, 3 p.m. Monday, July 22, Jackson County Public Library. Call library for movie title. 586.2016. • Family movie, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Family adventure movie featuring teenager Sean Anderson who has to search for his grandfather. • Movie night, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, Jackson County Public Library. Call for movie title. 586.2016.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • 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. • Franklin Bird Club weekly bird walk Wednesday, July 24, along the Greenway. Meet at 8 a.m. at Big Bear shelter parking area. Led by Karen Lawrence. 524.5234.

• Nantahala Hiking Club hike, Saturday, July 27, Jones Knob and Keith Day Knob on the Bartram Trail. Meet at 10 a.m. at Bi-Lo parking lot in Franklin. Joyce Jacques, 410.852.7510. No pets. • Franklin Bird Club weekly bird walk, Wednesday, July 31, along the Greenway. Meet at 8 a.m. at Salali Lane. Led by Paula Gorgoglione. 524.5234. • The Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Society meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month, May through October, at the Paul Kern Youth Center, Lake Junaluska. • The local Audubon Society is offering weekly Saturday birding field trips. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public rest-

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • Nature Nuts: Raising Trout, 9 to 11 a.m. July 20, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard. For ages 4 through 7 years old. 877.4423 or sign up online. spx • Outdoor Photography for the Beginner, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 19, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. Ages 14 and older. 877.4423, spx. • 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. • Think About Thursdays conservation photography workshop, 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 18, Highlands Biological Station. Limited to 10 kids, ages 10 and up and their guardians. $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Advanced registration is required., 526.2221. • Mountain Wildlife Days “Wild Lives and Wild Places” July 19-20, Sapphire Valley Resort. 743.7663. • Haywood Waterways annual Membership Picnic, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Vance Street Park pavilion by the Waynesville Recreation Center walking track. Stream cleanup at 10 a.m. RSVP by Monday, July 17 to Christine at 550.4869 or • 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. 877.4423 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. • “After the Victory of the Revolution: Birding in Cuba Today,” 7 p.m. Monday, July 22, Highlands Civic Center, with international birder Romney Bathurst., 743.9670. • Fly-Fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, Lake Imaging, DuPont State Forest. Ages 12 and older. 877.4423, spx. • International birder Romney Bathurst will teach a class, “Birding Beyond Our Borders,” through the Center for Life Enrichment from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands. $25 for CLE members, $25 for nonmembers. Register at 526.8811 or • Pellet Rifle Shooting Range, 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 25, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education. Ages 8 and older. 877.4423,

• Dr. Louis Guillette, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road, Highlands. Topic is Environmental Health, Genes, and Contaminants: New Lessons from Wildlife. Zahner Conservation Lecture Series., 526.2221.

Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, • Junior Ranger: Being a Kid in the Mountains, 10 a.m. Saturdays through Aug. 9, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904,

• Bill Lea presents “Understanding the Black Bear” for the B.E.A.R. Task Force, 7 p.m. Friday, July 26, Highlands Recreation Center. 526.9227.

• Smokemont Night Hike, 8:45 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 9, Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont Campground. Limited to 25 participants. Reservations, 497.1904,

• Introduction to Fly-Fishing on the Lake, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 26, Buck Forest parking area, DuPont State Forest. Ages 12 and older. 877.4423, spx.

• Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included, 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Fridays through Aug. 17, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904,

• Gone Fishin’, 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, July 27. Meet at High Falls parking area for a hayride to the lake. Ages 5 through 12. 877.4423,

• Junior Ranger: Be a Blacksmith, 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Fridays through Aug. 17, Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904,

• Stream Investigation, 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, July 27, Davidson River. For ages 8 and older. 877.4423, spx. • Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation “Big Game Banquet,” 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Hotel Ballroom. Live auction, silent auction, raffles, door prizes, and dinner. Cost $45. 506.3308. Deadline for reservation: July 24. No tickets available at the door. • Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians, through July 29, Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah National Forest on NC highway 276, 14 miles north of Brevard, and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 412. 877.3130, • Village Nature Series guest speaker ethonobotanist David Cozzo, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, Village Green Commons at the Village Green, Cashiers. Free community event, co-hosted by Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and Village Green at Harmony Towers. 526.1111 or email • Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club, 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 1, Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah National Forest, NC Highway 276 14 miles north of Brevard. Summer nature series for children ages 4 to 7. $4 per child. Accompanying adults are admitted to the Cradle of Forestry for half price, $2.50., 877.3130. No charge for adults with season passes. Reservations required at 877.3130. • Self-guided tours of American Chestnuts, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Cataloochee Guest Ranch. $15 includes tour with lunch afterward. Reservations, 926.1401.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK • Mingus Mill Demonstration, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 17, one-half mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, • Mountain Farm Museum, dawn to dusk, daily through Aug. 17, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center,194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, • Back Porch Old-Time Music, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, July 20, and Aug. 3 and 17, Oconaluftee Visitor Center porch, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, Bring an acoustic instrument or just listen. • Hike Bradleytown to Smokemont Baptist Church (near Smokemont Campground entrance), 9 a.m. Saturdays, July 20 and Aug. 17. Join park volunteer Dick Sellers. 497.1904, • Junior Ranger: Stream Splashers, 1 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Mondays, through Aug. 10, Oconaluftee River adjacent to the Mountain Farm Museum, 194

• Junior Ranger: I wish I lived in the good ol’ days! 2 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 8, Mountain Farm Museum adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, • Junior Ranger: What Story? 11:30 a.m. Thursdays through Aug. 8, Oconaluftee River Trail adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, • Junior Ranger: Can you guess? 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 17, Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, • Old Time Mountain Religion, 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 17, Smokemont Baptist Church (near Smokemont Campground entrance). 497.1904, • Junior Ranger: Slimy Salamanders, noon Tuesdays through Aug. 17, Mingus Mill, Newfound Gap Road. 497.1904, • A Stitch in Time, 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 17, porch of Davis Queen cabin at the Mountain Farm Museum. 497.1904, • This “Tree-mendous” Place, 10 a.m. Mondays through Aug. 17, Oconaluftee River Trail adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, • Once upon a time…, 7 p.m. Mondays, through Aug. 17, Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and DLoop. 497.1904, • Hike: Where the Waters Sing, 11:30 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 17. Meet in Smokemont Campground D Loop. 497.1904, • Junior Ranger: Whoooooo Gives a Hooooot? 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 4, Oconaluftee Visitor Center porch, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, • Smoky Mountain Elk, 5:30 p.m. Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley. 497.1904, • Junior Ranger: Night Hike, 8:45 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 17, Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont. 497.1904,

COMPETITIVE EDGE • Annual Charity Golf Tournament in Macon County, 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Mill Creek Country Club. Sponsored by Macon Childcare and Educational Center. Four person Captain’s Choice, $95 includes dinner and auction. Non-golfers welcome for dinner/auction at $20 per person. Mill Creek, 524.4653.

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• Franklin Bird Club joint bird walk with Highlands Plateau Audubon Society, Saturday, July 27, to Turtle Pond Road area near Highlands. Led by Brock Hutchins. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at either the Highlands Town Hall parking area or Franklin Bi-Lo to carpool.

• The Gorges State Park is looking for volunteers to assist in maintaining existing trails and campgrounds in the park on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. Bring gloves, water and tools supplied. Participants need to be at least 16 years old and in good health. Registration not required. Meet at 17762 Rosman Highway (US-64) in Sapphire. 966.9099.

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• Franklin Bird Club weekly bird walk, Wednesday, July 17, along the Greenway. Meet at 8 a.m. at Salali Lane. Led by Paula Gorgoglione. 524.5234.

rooms, or at 8 a.m. behind Wendy’s if the walk is in Cashiers. Binoculars available. or 743.9670.

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• 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.

• Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Cup Golf Tournament, Tuesday, July 23, Balsam Mountain Preserve. $150 for an individual, $600 for a foursome. Register online at 39 or call 456.3021. Field limited to 72 golfers.

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• Lake Logan Multisport Festival, Aug. 3-4, Lake Logan, Canton.


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HIKING CLUBS • Carolina Mountain Club hosts more than 150 hikes a year, including options for full days on weekends, full days on Wednesdays and half days on Sundays. Non-members contact event leaders.

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• High Country Hikers, based in Hendersonville, plans hikes Mondays and Thursdays weekly. Participants should bring a travel donation and gear mentioned on their website: 808.2165


• Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, located in East Tennessee, makes weekly hikes in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as surrounding areas.


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• Benton MacKaye Trail Association incorporates outings for hikes, trail maintenance and other work trips. No experience is necessary to participate.


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• Diamond Brand’s Women’s Hiking Group meets on the third Saturday of every month. For more information, e-mail or call 684.6262.

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• Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond. • Mountain High Hikers, based in Young Harris, Ga., leads several hikes per week. Guests should contact hike leader.


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• A weekly bike ride in Waynesville meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Rolls Rite Bicycles on the Old Asheville Highway. Beginner to intermediate rides led by Bicycle Haywood advocacy group. Eight- to 12-mile rides. 276.6080 or • A weekly bike ride meets in Bryson City on Wednesdays around 6 p.m. Depart from the East Swain Elementary school in Whittier on U.S.19 off exit 69 from U.S. 23-74. All levels. 800.232.7238. • A weekly bike ride in Sylva meets Tuesday at 6 p.m., departing from Motion Makers bike shop for a tough 25-mile ride up to the Balsam Post office via back roads and back into Sylva. 586.6925. • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., departing from Smoky Mountain Bicycles at 179 Highlands Road. Geared for all levels. 369.2881 or • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at Macon Middle School on Wells Grove Road. Ladies and beginners’ ride. 369.2881 or


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• The Mountain Challenge, charity exhibition match between retired professional tennis players Andy Roddick and Jim Courier, Saturday, July 27, Cedar Creek Racquet Club, Cashiers.

• A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Saturdays at 8 a.m., departing from South Macon Elementary School. 369.2881, 195-70

• A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Sundays at 9:30 a.m., departing from the Franklin Health and Fitness Center. 369.2881,

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES • Nantahala Area SORBA weekly mountain bike ride at Tsali every Thursday for all levels of bikers. Riders meet at 6 p.m. Ride starts at 6:15 p.m. Group ride for all levels. 506.0133 • Every second Saturday of the month Nantahala Area SORBA leads a mountain bike ride in Bryson City. Meet at 3 p.m. at the Tsali Recreation Area trailhead. Cookout after ride. 506.0133 • A weekly bike ride in Bryson City meets at 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Tsali Recreation Area trailhead. Bryson City Bicycles. 488.1988.

FARM & GARDEN • 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.

Sylva • Jackson County Farmers Market Plant starts, green and other spring veggies, meats, eggs, baked goods, mozzarella, honey, jams and jellies can all be purchased using SNAP food stamp benefits or Credit/Debit. Locally handcrafted items include pottery, soaps, journals, scarves, kid’s toys, candles, aprons and more. Jenny McPherson, 631.3033., Facebook or • Cooking Local Demonstration and Tasting, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, Jackson County Farmers Market, Sylva. Features Chef Jen Pearson of Guadalupe Café. Sponsored by Buy Haywood. Tina Masciarelli, Buy Haywood Program Coordinator, 734.9574 or visit • EBT/SMAP Match Incentive, July 20-Aug. 10, Jackson County Farmers Market, Sylva. The first 15 SNAP recipients who spend as little as $1 at the farmers market will receive a $5 coupon to be spent at the market. Tina Masciarelli, Buy Haywood Program Coordinator, 734.9574 or visit


• Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, The Bascom with Robert Balentine, who will speak on the biodiversity of the Southern Appalachians., 282.2882, www.thebascom,com.

• Whee Farmer’s Market, 5 p.m. until dusk, every Wednesday, Cullowhee United Methodist Church grass lot, behind BB&T and Subway on WCU campus, Cullowhee.

• Southern gardener, floral and interior designer James Farmer, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, The Village Green Commons, Frank Allen Road, Cashiers, as part of the 2013 Joy Garden Tour.


• Haywood County Plant Clinic: Master Gardeners provide research-based answers to all your gardening questions, 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 2, and 9 a.m. to noon through September, Haywood County Extension Service, Raccoon Road, Waynesville. 456.3575. • Community Garden Plots available at the Cowee Community Garden, Macon County Heritage Center, Cowee School. Voluntary $25 donation for the season. 524.8369. • Volunteer workdays, 4 p.m. until dark, Wednesdays, Cullowhee Community Garden.

FARMER’S & TAILGATE MARKETS Waynesville • Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market Fresh, local produce, fresh seafood, baked goods, goat cheese, herbal products, meat and eggs, plants, flowers, preserves, honey and heritage crafts. Live music, 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 250 Pigeon St, Waynesville in the parking lot of the HART Theatre. 828.627.1058. • The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market Fruits, fresh vegetables, black walnuts, organic food and other products from Haywood County Farmers. 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 171 Legion Dr., Waynesville, at the American Legion in Waynesville behind Bogart’s restaurant. 828.648.6323.

Canton • Canton Tailgate Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays at Municipal parking area, 58 Park Street in Canton. 828.235.2760.

• Cashiers Tailgate Market Fresh baked goods, jellies, local fruit pies and much more. 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, N.C. 107, Cashiers, in the parking lot at the Cashiers Community Center. 828.226.9988.

Franklin • Franklin Tailgate Market Variety of only homegrown products such as cheese, plants, eggs, trout, honey and more. 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, 226 E. Palmer St., Franklin, across the street from Drake Software. 828.349.2046. .

Bryson City • Swain Tailgate Market Organic produce, plants, trout, honey, jams, quail and rabbit as well as an array of local crafts. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, Main Street behind the historic courthouse downtown. 828.488.3848.

Cherokee • Cherokee Farmers Tailgate Market Fresh local, organic and heirloom produce. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, Acquoni Road, Cherokee 828.554.6931.

ONGOING CLUBS • The Cherokee Riders, a new cycling club in Cherokee, seeks members for weekly group rides. Hugh Lambert 554.6810 or • Mountain Wild, the local chapter of the N.C. Wildlife Federation works to preserve and increase wildlife and wildlife habitat of the region. Free programs and guest speakers held periodically at the WNC Nature Center in Asheville. Call 338.0035. • Free Fly Fishing Classes are offered at River’s Edge Outfitters in Cherokee every week. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Classes will be approximately an hour and half long. For more information contact Rivers Edge Outfitters at 497.9300.



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TUSCOLA CLASS OF 1978 35th Class Reunion. Saturday August 3rd 2013, Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center. Meet and Greet 2:00 - 4:00. Pool side with Cash Bar and Menu if desired ($5 for pool use see front desk, 3 & under free). Dinner 7:00 ($35 per person, this includes dance) Dance with DJ 9:00 - 12:00. Visit with old friends - Dress Casual. Make Checks payable to: Jamie Moody Magalhaes, 295 Laurel Ridge Dr., Waynesville, NC 28786.

The Smoky Mountain News Marketplace has a distribution of 16,000 every week to over 500 locations across in Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties along with the Qualla Boundary and west Buncombe County. For a link to our MarketPlace Web site, which also contains a link to all of our MarketPlace display advertisers’ Web sites, visit

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AUCTION TAX SEIZURE AUCTION Saturday, July 27 at 10am. 201 S. Central Ave., Locust, NC. (East of Charlotte) Selling Seized Items for NC Department of Revenue. Cars, Pickups, Construction Trucks, Skid Steer, Trailers, 5320 JD Tractor, DSL Gator, (2) Auto Repair Shops. 704.791.8825. ncaf5479.


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EMPLOYMENT $1,000 WEEKLY Or more guaranteed salary mailing our financial company letters from home. NO Experience Required. FT/PT. Genuine opportunity. Rapid Advancement. FREE Information (24/7): 1.888.557.5539. SAPA CHAMPION JANITORIAL SUPPLY Is in need of a focused, committed sales person to develop existing and new business in Haywood and Jackson Counties. This position is part time yet can grow into full time based on commitment and results. Compensation is primarily commission and existing customers will provide some immediate benefit. Monthly stipend to assist in covering expenditures. Contact: AIRLINE CAREERS BEGIN HERE Get FAA approved maintenance training financial aid for qualified students - housing available job placement assistance. Call aviation institute of maintenance 1.866.724.5403 WWW.FIXJETS.COM. SAPA



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DRIVERS - APPLY NOW! 12 Drivers Needed. Top 5% Pay. Class A CDL Required. 877.258.8782 DRIVERS: HOME WEEKLY Pay up to $0.41/mi. 70% D&H, 90% No Touch Freight. BCBS/ Dental/Vision/401K. Class A CDL 6 months exp. 877.704.3773. HIGHLANDS-CASHIERS HOSPITAL Positions now available: Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Patient Care Services, Director of Human Resources and Volunteer Services, Med/Surg Registered Nurses, Clinical Applications Analyst, Clinical Informatics Specialist, Night Shift MLT/MT, Radiologic Technologist, Seasonal Receptionist, and Cook. Benefits available the first of the month following 60 days of full-time employment. PreEmployment screening required. Call Human Resources. 828.526.1376, or apply online at: www.highlandscashiershospital. org




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HAYWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY Is seeking full-time and part-time Instructors. Positions include full-time math instructor, full-time 5th grade instructor and full or part-time Art and PE instructors. Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of 1 year experience. Applications found at Please submit applications with Resume by July 19th to: mbane@haywoodchristian

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TANKER & FLATBED COMPANY. Drivers/Independent Contractors! Immediate Placement Available. Best opportunities in the Trucking Business. Call Today. 800.277.0212 or OWNER OPERATORS Flex Fleet. 14-21 days out. $3,500 gross weekly. Weekly settlements. Class A CDL & 1 year experience. Discount plans for major medical & more. Fleet Owners Welcome. CALL TODAY! 866.566.2011. PART-TIME JOB With Full-Time Benefits. You can receive cash bonus, monthly pay check, job training, money for technical training or college, travel, health benefits, retirement, and much more! Visit or call us at 1.800.GO-Guard to learn more on how the National Guard can benefit you. THE MAD BATTER, IN CULLOWHEE Is hiring Counter Help. Call or stop by between 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. , M - F. 828.293.3096. 197-19

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THE TOWER The Waynesville Tower Is Seeking Elderly Only Applications for 1 & 2 Bedroom Units If You Are Interested in Being Placed on Our Waiting List Contact Our Office

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All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 800.669.9777.


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65 Church Street Waynesville, NC 28786 Phone: 828.452.1223 Fax: 828.452.1207

PETS HAYWOOD SPAY/NEUTER Has a microchip clinic Saturday, August 3, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our office. $15. Folks need to call us at 828.452.1329 to make an appointment. This is open to all dogs and cats in WNC.

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WANTING TO HIRE! Experienced Web-Offset Printing Press Operator. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Three years experience in web-offset printing; Verifiable work experience with current contact number; Good attendance record with previous employer; Must be professionally minded and take pride in one’s work; Must demonstrate good color recognition; Must demonstrate a good mechanical aptitude; Must be physically able to perform all job functions. These include but not limited to: pushing paper rolls on hoists, lifting ink rollers, bending, working inside printing units, and standing for extended periods of time; Must relocate to the greater Pulaski, TN area. DESIRABLE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Four or more years experience in commercial web-offset printing; Experience with Web Press/ Web Leader printing presses; Experience with micrometers, gauges and other measuring instruments related to printing; Offset printing technical training such as G.A.T.F. certification. Contact Richard Gaines, 800.693.5005. SAPA


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93 Wind Crest Ridge in Dillsboro. Social community designed for the Elderly (62 or older) or persons with disabilities, has regularly scheduled, varied activities. Energy efficient, affordable 1 BR apts. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY! Rental Assistance Available. Accessible units designed for persons with disabilities subject to availability. $25 application fee; credit/criminal required. Call site for information 828.631.0124. Office hours are M-Th 1-3 pm or by appointment. Equal Housing Opportunity. This institution is professionally managed by Partnership Property Management, an equal opportunity provider, and employer.

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Back in the day, many built their own Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in July 2004.


George Ellison

hen I was a very young boy growing up in Virginia, there was a very old man in our neighborhood who was was eccentric. He almost never spoke to anyone, except to scold them in a cackling tone. He was said to be very wealthy but scarcely ever spent so much as a dime. What’s more, he was reputed to have built his own coffin in the Columnist work shed behind his house. His immediate neighbors boasted that they had watched him doing so through the hedges. And those few that turned out for his funeral testified that they saw him being buried in it, too. But the thing that sealed his fate as to being a true eccentric is that it was widely rumored he slept in his handmade coffin each night for many years before his death. Great Britain, for whatever reason, has for centuries specialized in eccentrics of all varieties. Naturally enough, that island nation has produced the majority of coffinbuilding tales that I’ve encountered.

BACK THEN At Highdown Hill, near Ferring, is a site visited by many curious people so as to view the altar-like tomb of John Oliver, or ‘Miller Oliver’ as he was known, who lived in a mill on the hill. He was a famous Sussex eccentric, who made his own coffin years before he was likely to need it and kept it on castors under his bed. When he finally died at 84 in 1793, 2,000 people attended the funeral to catch a glimpse of the famous coffin. Jemmy Hirst of Rawcliffe was one of Yorkshire’s most eccentric characters during the early 18th century. For one thing, he rode a bull rather than a horse when foxhunting. For another, he made a vehicle equipped with sails and a carriage of wickerwork that housed his bed and was drawn by Andalusian mules. Jemmy, of course, constructed his own coffin. It had windows and shelves. When he died in 1829, aged 91, 12 pounds from his estate was set aside to pay a dozen old maids to follow his coffin to the burying ground. Two musicians were also engaged, a fiddler and a piper, who, as a final salute, played Jemmy’s favorite tune “O’er the Hills and Far Away.” Not to be outdone, other parts of the world have produced their fair share of eccentrics. A man named Shoobridge lived on Bruny Island off the coast of Tasmania. His nickname was the Bruny Island Bomber

because of his love for the Essendon Bombers Football Team. He made his own coffin and requested that when he passed his head was to be pointed toward Windy Hill, the home of the Essendon Football Club. This country has turned out its fair share of “original characters” — as eccentrics were know in the 19th century. Daniel Boone made his own coffin and kept it under his bed. In Pennsylvania during the 1800s, a relatively young shopkeeper named Bishop Moffit made his own coffin. One day a man named Warren Snow, who Moffit didn’t care for, entered his place of business. Seeing the coffin hanging over the checkout counter, Snow dared to inquire as why it had been made so far in advance of his likely death. Moffit looked up and replied: “I want everything dry and light so I can go over Hell just a-flying, so I won’t have to stop down and see you.” Closer to home, Sylva native John Parris noted in These Stories Mountains (1972) that “Many a mountain man has made his own coffin. But old man Eddie Conner is the only man I ever heard of who planted the tree that provided the lumber for the one they laid him away in.” In May 1885, Conner had as a young man planted a walnut sprout at his sister’s home place in the Smokemont area of what is now the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In 1918 he suffered “a slight

stroke of paralysis” and decided it was high time to get “busy making my preparations for the last go-round.” By this date, the walnut sprout had grown into a tree that measured two feet and seven inches in diameter. With the help of two Cherokee Indian men, Conner felled the tree and they drug it to nearby rail line, where it was loaded up and freighted “to the big band sawmill at Ravensford where the lumber was cut for my casket.” A carpenter by the name of Jim Ayers assisted Conner in the construction of his casket. This wasn’t your ordinary run of the mill casket. It featured “a heavy walnut panel on the lid to make a round or ovalshaped top.” It was “trimmed in three-inch cherry molding, cut in mitered squares like picture frames, leaving a two-inch black walnut margin clear around the top, the sides and the ends.” The brown and red colors highlighted the casket’s appearance so much that, in Conner’s eyes, it “truly gives a beautiful combination beyond compare.” When it was done, Conner gave his creation a test drive, as it were, by putting in his pillow and laying down in it “to see how good it fit.” The coffin was then stored away in the attic of Coot Hyatt’s home above Bryson City. Upon passing away in 1951 at the age of 87 — 33 years after finishing it — Eddie Conner was laid to rest in his masterpiece.

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