Haywood Community Band Grows into Regional Ensemble

A delighted crowd of more than 350 people responded with a standing ovation at the season’s opening concert of the…
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Coming together: Bryson City Brewing to join WNC craft beer scene

It’s a sunny afternoon in downtown Bryson City. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is pulling into town with numerous locals…
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Books, parrots, love and regrets

If Monica Wood’s “How to Read a Book” were a painting rather than a novel, it would be a triptych,…
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Cowee School welcomes Jacob Joliff

A renowned Americana/bluegrass outfit, the Jacob Joliff Band will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Cowee School…
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The Scotsman gets the blues

Popular blues/folk singer-songwriter Heidi Holton will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at The Scotsman Public House in Waynesville. 
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HART presents ‘The Gods of Comedy’

A special stage production of “The Gods of Comedy” will be held at 7:30 p.m. June 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 27-29…
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Taste of Scotland Festival

The 25th annual Taste of Scotland Festival will be held June 14-16 at a variety of locations around Franklin. 
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‘Concerts on the Creek’

The Town of Sylva, Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce are proud to present…
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Will you ‘Bee the Change’?

Author John Kotab will present his latest book, “Bee the Change: If We Protect, Nature Will Provide,” at 1 p.m.…
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Country coffee: Blue Ridge Roastery opens in Sylva

Situated in the heart of downtown Sylva, Blue Ridge Bootleg Roastery is the newest home for coffee drinkers, country music…
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A remedy for the spring-time blues

There are always seasons in life when you feel the need to get away from your day-to-day, and I have…
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‘Conversations with Storytellers Series’

As part of the “Pigeon Community Conversations with Storytellers Series,” social entrepreneur, veteran and visual and performing artist DeWayne Barton…
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Folkmoot LIVE! celebrates African culture

Folkmoot USA is pleased to present “An African Cultural Experience,” which will feature Percussion Discussion Afrika and Chinobay at 7…
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Art fundraiser for local schools

The annual QuickDraw art fundraiser will once again be held in-person from 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Laurel Ridge…
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Bryson City community jam

A community jam will be held from 6 -7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson…
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Haywood Arts ‘Pets’ exhibit

The Haywood County Arts Council (HCAC) will unveil its latest exhibit, “Pets,” with an opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday,…
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‘Mouth of the South’ returns to Classic Wineseller

Jazz/swing duo Russ Wilson & Hank Bones will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at The Classic Wineseller in…
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‘Darwin and the Art of Botany’

Local author Jim Costa will present his new book, “Darwin and the Art of Botany: Observations on the Curious World…
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Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling

The Cherokee Bonfire & Storytelling will be held from 7-9 p.m. Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 31 at…
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Fall apart together: A conversation with Tommy Stinson

Leaning back into his chair, Tommy Stinson tilts his head and gazes towards the sunset falling behind the Blue Ridge…
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Waynesville art walk, live music

A cherished gathering of locals and visitors alike, “Art After Dark” will launch its 2024 season from 6-9 p.m. Friday,…
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Two fine novels for spring reading

Two novels, one a classic Western set in 1885 Nevada, the other centered on Barcelona and the aftermath of the…
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HART presents ‘The Secret Garden’

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will open its 40th season with the enchanting Tony Award-winning musical “The Secret Garden,” which…
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Want to learn contra dancing?

There will be a contra dance class offered from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Macon County Public Library…
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Bright sunny south: A conversation with Barry Bales

Barry Bales has 15 Grammy Awards and 23 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) honors, including four IBMA “Bass Player of…
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Building a world beyond

Having just recently written a review for these pages of an anthology made up of multiple writers published in 2023…
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Saddle up: Cataloochee Ranch rides into next chapter

Meandering up Fie Top Road in Maggie Valley, just as your vehicle’s engine is pushed to the limit and it…
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Molon Labe: A review of ‘Gates of Fire’

A little over three years ago, a stranger in a coffee shop with whom I’d struck up a conversation excused himself…
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Sure feels good anyway: A conversation with Amy Ray

A true mark of an artist is how well they age.  Not simply by the passing years on the calendar,…
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Good medicine and Mother’s Day — a book, a poem

All of us, to one extent or another, make our way through a world of unexamined phenomena.  It’s a complex…
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‘Spark of the Eagle Dancer’ at WCU

The exhibit “Spark of the Eagle Dancer: The Collecting Legacy of Lambert Wilson” will run through June 28 in the…
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Validation within the process: Sawdust + Me opens in Waynesville

At the corner of Depot and Haywood streets in downtown Waynesville sits an old building. Originally a gas station, it…
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Renowned woodturner joins Gallery 164

Gallery 164 in Waynesville welcomes esteemed woodturner Mike McKinney to its roster of talented artists. In celebration of this exciting…
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Two faces of war: America 1861, Spain 1812

Anyone interested in the history of our country will benefit by reading “The Dogs of War: 1861” (Oxford University Press,…
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Carry the music: One World Brewing welcomes Annie in the Water

Within the greater Upstate New York live music scene, there’s a vast landscape of ebbs and flows — peaks and valleys…
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The path toward a brighter future

Ervin Laszlo (Nobel Peace Prize nominee, science philosopher and founder of the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research) and David…
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30 years strong: Celebrate Record Store Day with In Your Ear Emporium

This summer will be 30 years since Lauren Calvert opened the doors to In Your Ear Emporium, downtown Sylva’s record…
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Record renaissance: Gar Ragland of Citizen Vinyl

Since its opening in October 2020, Citizen Vinyl has become a melodic hub for artists, music lovers and the curious…
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The books I didn’t read

As often as not, I check out books from the library I never read. They sit on my dining room…
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Gold light: Mallett Brothers Band rolls into WNC

It was about 15 years ago when Will Mallett cruised into Portland, Maine, and ended up crashing on the couch…
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Staring up at the branches on ‘Berry Lane’

A month ago, on a day that was officially in winter but which felt like spring, I was walking in the…
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‘Trailblazing Women of Country’

The production “Trailblazing Women of Country: A Tribute to Patsy, Loretta, and Dolly” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday,…
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HART to present ‘Constellations’

A special stage production of “Constellations” will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 12-13 and 2 p.m. April 14 at…
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‘The Midnight Post and the Postbox Clock’

Author Sarah Dean will host a special reading and signing from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Blue Ridge Books…
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The art of the tale: Pigeon Center storyteller series focuses on conversations

Stories abound in these here mountains, almost as countless as the towering trees that cloak those familiar slopes. But beneath…
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An old-school mystery for leisurely reading

For me mystery novels are summer. They are captivating, enjoyable and the perfect thing to read on a vacation.
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Haywood Arts differently abled exhibition

In 2004, my life was completely changed when one of my twin boys was born with Down Syndrome. Initially, I…
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Abstract art, surrealism showcase

Artwork by Ralph Verano will be on display through the month of April at the Macon County Public Library in…
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Built to last: A conversation with Randall Bramblett

At 76, singer-songwriter/keyboardist Randall Bramblett has been a musical artist most of his life. In recent years, a new outlook…
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Helprin’s new novel shows off his skills

It was another ordinary day when I swung by the public library on my way to town. I picked out…
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