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Kruger Brothers Open Stecoah's 17th Season of
'An Appalachian Evening'
June 25
Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
121 Schoolhouse Road
Robbinsville, NC 28771

Perennaial favorites The Kruger Brothers headline the first of ten great concerts in the 2016 'An Appalachian Evening' series that concludes on August 27 with the IBMA award-winning newgrass group Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.

The Kruger Brothers concert highlights an arts-filled opening weekend that includes the Summer Arts & Crafts Drive About on Friday and Saturday, June 24-25 and our annual Silent Auction the night of the June 25 concert.

For more information call 828-479-3364 or visit www.StecoahValleyCenter.com.
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Swain County Farmer's Market
Date(s): May through October
When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: Island Street, Bryson City

Every Friday morning, May - October stop by the old barn on the river for local, homegrown produce as well as baked goods, jellies and preserves, and craft items. Can't make it on Friday morning? Try out the Tuesday evening market: June 14 - August 16, 5-8 pm. 
(Island Street is the first street north of the Everett Street bridge)
800-867-9246
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If you’re looking for a low-key, laid-back day trip, try taking a leisurely drive down to Highlands for lunch.  Basically, head South on US 441 from Dillsboro and then South on US 64 at Franklin.  This is one of my personal favorites:

Waterfalls Drive:

1. Lower Cullasaja Falls
2. Upper Cullasaja Falls
3. Dry Falls
4. Bridal Veil Falls

From Dillsboro drive South on US 441. At Franklin, take the US 64 exit. Turn left at bottom of exit ramp and continue Southeast (toward Highlands) for 8.3 miles. After passing sign for "Nantahala National Forest - Cullasaja River Gorge," pull off to right onto blacktop for view of Lower Cullasaja Falls. Continue on US 64 for 2.4 miles. Pull off to right onto gravel for a view of the Upper Cullasaja Falls. Continue on for 3.3 miles. Ater passing sign for "Dry Falls," turn right into parking lot. Go down stone staircase to Dry Falls, which roars overhead. Exit parking lot to right, still following US 64. Continue 0.9 miles, Bridal Veils Falls is on left.  You can’t drive under it anymore but it’s still pretty cool. 

Continue on into Highlands. Park pretty much anywhere, get out of your car and stroll.  There are lots of wonderful, unique shops all along Main Street. The Old Edwards Inn is on the corner of Main and 4th. I recommend Madison’s for lunch; ask for a window seat.  (http://www.oldedwardsinn.com/dining/madisons)

You can reverse course and make your way back the way you came or continue on US 64 to Cashiers and then take NC 107 through Cullowhee and Silva.  To discover other stops along the way, visit http://mountainparadisefound.com/SEQuad.html.  Enjoy!
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Man in the Mirror: A Tribute to Michael Jackson
April 30, 2016
7:30 pm
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Event Center

A Tribute to the King of Pop!  Direct from Las Vegas – Man in the Mirror captures the essence of a Michael Jackson concert!  For more information:  https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-cherokee/Shows
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Earth Day, Friday April 22, 2016 - The movement continues.

We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action.

In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example.

And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.

This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth. Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Let’s take the momentum from the Paris Climate Summit and build on it.

- See more at: http://www.earthday.org/#sthash.k81ojcgD.dpuf

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Greening Up The Mountains Spring Festival
http://www.greeningupthemountains.com

The 19th annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 on Main and Mill Streets in historic downtown Sylva.  Join us from 10am-5pm and browse the various craft, retail, art, and food vendors, and be sure to stop by the farmer's market for some fresh, locally grown goodness!

Drawing thousands of visitors each year, Greening Up The Mountains Spring Festival is a celebration of renewal, of revitalization, and a time of reconnecting with friends, relatives and neighbors.

Families, be sure to visit the kids' activities area, complete with arts and crafts, storytelling, and a mountain heritage contest! Two music stages will host live, local music all day, including featuring some of Jackson County's youngest performers.
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Spring Hike Week at Fontana
Date(s): Apr 17, 2016 - Apr 21, 2016
Where: Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam

Spring Hike Week is a wonderful way to welcome Spring in the Great Smokies. For more information on scheduled hikes, concerts, and activities call 828-498-2122 or visit http://www.fontanavillage.com/Spring%20Hike%20Week%20Itinerary%202016.pdf
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Cataloochee Ranch

TUESDAY, APRIL 26: Peter Rowan, in a rare solo performance. The $65 ticket price includes dinner at 6:30 pm and music beginning at 8:00 pm. For reservations, call (828)926-1401. 
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32nd Annual Tuck River Cleanup

Come out Saturday April 16th and help clean up one of Jackson County’s largest natural resources! The Tuck River Cleanup is the nation's LARGEST single day river cleanup. Hundreds of volunteers unite to clean 27 miles of the Tuckasegee River in beautiful Cullowhee, NC.

Register at the UC Lawn by the Alumni Tower at WCU. The first 600 participants receive a free t-shirt. Base Camp Cullowhee will provide participants with a raft, paddle, personal flotation device, trash bags and transportation to/from the river. All you have to do is show up, float the river and pick up trash!

After a fun afternoon of doing a good deed we will transport you back to the UC Lawn in Cullowhee to enjoy a FREE cookout, live music, and yard games. We will also have a drawing for door prizes donated by local businesses.

Contact Us:
Base Camp Cullowhee
828.227.8813
basecamp@wcu.edu
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In Oconaluftee Indian Village Cherokee history is alive, well, and amazing.

As you enter the soft trails of the village, it’s no longer the 21st century: you’re immediately transported to the 1760s. You won’t need your robotic-voiced GPS here. The faint tang of wood smoke wafts by as you are led by a Cherokee cultural expert on an interactive journey through Cherokee lifestyle and history. Your guide will show you the way through the winding paths, flanked with traditional Cherokee dwellings, work areas, and sacred ritual sites. Delight in cultural dances amid the swaying oaks and sycamores. As you wander, interact with villagers as they hull canoes, sculpt pottery and masks, weave baskets, and fashion beadwork. Watch as a village prepares for war. Be amazed by a blowgun demonstration. Oconaluftee Indian Village is much more than just a place; it’s living history.  

Open from April 12, 2016 until November 12, 2016 - See more at: http://visitcherokeenc.com/play/attractions/oconaluftee-indian-village/#sthash.6rslp6Ek.dpuf
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